Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Great Friend in Matchbox Messages

The Same But Different

So do you wake up in the morning and ponder what am I going to wear today?  I am guessing on most days, if you are anything like me, you are on autopilot and you pick out the next item of clothing you can find that is clean without thinking too much about it.  With Noah being out of school, the summer just does that to me.  Everyone will still know me whether I'm wearing the pink ruffled top or the white striped shirt because I’m still the same just different today, right? 

Clean and Simple Card StyleI took that concept into my card making.  I’ve said many times that you can take any stamp set and create about a million plus different cards with it. So, I started by selecting two different sets, Matchbox Messages and A Great Friend to create my cards with today.  I also was inspired by two challenges to help get my brain a pondering.  My first card was inspired by the Simply Less is More One Layer Challenge.  The Matchbox Messages set has two wonderful frames that fit the challenge perfectly.  I chose the vined frame as I love that it is not perfect.  I used reverse masking to place the images inside with a bit of Crumb Cake ink distressing. 

Multi - Layer Card For this second card, I selected this superior example of a card and cased it to make it my own.  I love the bright colors she used, but I think I do better when I stick to some neutrals with a touch of color.  I know you noticed that the main panels are the same but different.  As I am a big fan of gift sets, I think it would be great to create an array of these same but different cards to give as a set.  What do you think?

Stamps:  Matchbox Messages, A Great Friend
Papers:   Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Jet Black Stazon
Accessories:   Dimensionals
Tools: Sheet of Copy Paper, Sponge, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch, Old Olive and Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers, Paper Snips
Techniques Used: Reverse Masking, Sponging

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  1. Very pretty! I love CAS and you did a great job on this one.

  2. Your first card is a perfect one for the LIM challenge. I like how you've "opened up" an area within the shaded area for your sentiment. Whoops! don't forget to take off your word verification so that the LIM divas, Mandi and Chrissie can leave a comment.
    Have fun with LIM challenges.

  3. These are both fabulous cards Linda... Welcome to "Less is More" and your first one, for our challenge is simply beautiful!
    I love the colours and the techniques you used.
    We hope that you will find our challenges stimulating and join in on a regular basis. If you could visit some of the other participants that would be wonderful!
    If you could remove Word Verification from your blog that would help us enormously... with around 300 entries each week, that's a whole lot of commenting to do!
    Thanks C
    Thanks so much
    Lady LIM
    "Less is More"

  4. Stunning cards Linda! Love the vine frame and this fab sentiment!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  5. Lovely and I'm loving that delicate frame shape too


  6. I LOVE these cards. Great neutral tones, stamps and sentiment. Fab. xx

  7. Beautiful cards. The frames and sentiment are fab. Love the soft colours. x

  8. A set of these would indeed be a great gift. I think they are both stunning and I love the used of neutrals. Zx

  9. Love it, I really must try and use neutrals more, yours looks so sophisticated xxx

  10. Beautiful cards! LOVE the first one, the sponged ink looks awesome!
    My Card

  11. Beautiful cards, your sponging is brilliant
    Beryl x,

  12. Welcome to our challenge
    your card is stunning, fantastic stamping
    Thank you
    Diva LIM mandi
    Co-creator "Less is More"

  13. Beautiful!!! love the colour

  14. These are both lovely cards with fab stamps.

  15. Simply lovely! Fab stamp and lovely layouts too! :)