Thursday, 24 May 2012

Less is More

This is a card I made to take along to our monthly Saturday crafting group.  Earlier in the month Sandra had sent us a sketch challenge taken from the Less is More Challenge blog to see if any of us wanted to have a go as a group challenge just for fun.           



I decided to have a go even though I'm a more is more crafter and this was the result.  I think I would have got the shakes had it been stripped back even further.  Using the card blank as the back ground for the topper was too big a step so backing paper from the NitWit digital download Time for Tea collection was used as it had colour but was still subtle.  The papers and embellishments in this collection are lovely if you like lilac, lemon and green shades. It also features pansies which are one of my favourite flowers to use in crafting.

I'd recently been looking through ideas books which I'd bought for inspiration and found Embroidery Creations with Beads by Jantina Lanting and this is where the design for the beaded pansy topper came from.

It's not a topper to make if you're in a hurry but gives you a feeling of achievement when it's finished.  The frame for the beaded pansy was made using nestabilities classic squares and then it was matted on to another square of card.  To give the topper another frame I stitched around the edge of the backing paper.  

Purple card stock from W Enterprises, lilac satin ribbon from John Lewis, a few brads and a peel off sentiment were the other materials used.  Encore metallic purple ink was sponged around the scalloped edges of the card blank.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges
Scrapbook Sisters Challenge 85 - Squares
Creative Monday Challenge 8 - Stitching
Karen's Doodles Challenge 105 - Stitch It Up
Opus Gluei Challenge 131 - Sew What
Make It Monday - Anything Goes

Thanks for reading
Liz xx


  1. A lovely card Liz - your topper is amazing and well worth the time and effort!

    Kath x

  2. wow this is gorgeous liz.stunning bead work :D

    xx coops xx

  3. Aw this is so pretty Liz what a gorgeous beaded topper - you must be very patient I'm sure I would spill them all over the place!! Lovely backing papers with it too hugs Susan x

  4. This is so pretty, Liz! I love it when a basic design yields such a stunning result! Great work! I saw this at MIM!
    Chana,DT Coordinator
    Jackson's Digital Expressions

  5. Beautiful beading! I saw it at MIM!

  6. This is soo beautiful Liz the beading work is just great. Saw it on MIM.
    Margaret M

  7. Fabulous stitching on your focal point. This is a stunning card. :)

    Thank you so much for taking the time to link up your talent and creative ideas with us at Make It Monday!
    Lisa xx

  8. Very pretty Liz, loving the cross stitch! Thanks for joining us in the challenge at Scrapbook Sisters, Julie B.x

  9. This is really beautiful and great stitching
    x catherine

  10. Fantastic card and colours.. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  11. Beautiful card! Love the colours, pretty papers and stitching! :)



  12. This is so pretty. Very creative. I seen this on Make it Monday. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Hi

    Lovely card, the stitching is beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :o)

  14. so very pretty and the beading is great! I saw this on MIM

  15. Gorgeous card, well done with the beading it looks brilliant.
    You have some lovely cards on your blog!
    Lorraine x

  16. This is absolutely lovely, I thik that stitched pansy is spectacular and just draws the eye in. You've selected perfect colors in the paper to make it pop. The recipient is going to beam.

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Opus Gluei, I hope we get you interested in our challenges and that you'll play with us again!

  17. Stunning card Liz, loving the beads.
    Hugs Erika.

  18. I came over from MIM to tell you how gorgeous this looks! xx

  19. This is such fun and so pretty! I saw it over on Make It Monday and came to leave you some love .


  20. WOW--I'm so impressed! Love your focal piece--worth the time!