Tuesday 24 May 2011

Less is more - week 16 Theme Butterfly/Butterflies

Before I say anything I need to ..........arrggghhhh!  What is up with Blogger?  I can't comment tonight.   I've managed one comment and now I seem to be in a repeating loop of being asked to sign in. 

Does this sort of problem happen a lot?  I've only been blogging a couple of months, but have got totally addicted and if this happens a lot I will also get totally frustrated!

So no comments from me tonight, I will try again tomorrow.

Rant over!  Deep breath, calm thoughts and post!

Less is More this week Mandi and Chrissie have set a theme of Butterfly or Butterflies.  I thought at first easy - but I'm not so sure now.  That does seem to be a recurring theme for these LiM posts doesn't it?   First thought, oh easy - second thought, hmmm not so easy!  As I've said before I'm not really an 'image' sort of stamp person, I'm a character (a right one, hubby says!) and I've been using my few butterflies for the last couple of LiM and DoCrafts challenges - so I was a bit stuck for what to do this time.

I've managed three cards, the first one I actually like!  The other two I'm not so sure about.  Here they are:

 Stamp is: Paper Pretties - FlutterBy (sentiment and image), coloured with prismas.  The butterfly punch I've had for ages and don't know where I got it.

 This one was inspired by Mandi.  I don't do black cards very often, don't really know why - just force of habit I suppose.  I saw Mandi's wonderful card this week though and was completely stunned.  So I thought I'd try a black card blank.  The image is a PSX stamp, heat embossed with gold powder then die cut with a circular nestie.  The background stamp is from Stamping Bella : 'I AM' script heat embossed with red sparkle powder.

This card has got to be the simplest one I've ever made.  I just inked the same stamp as before in blue stamped in the middle of the card blank, then stamped again without inking to the right of the original image.  Then re-inked, stamped on scrap card and stamped again without inking to the left.  I think the side butterflies could've gone off the page a bit more, but on the whole not too bad.

I didn't know what sentiment to put with these two cards, so left them without.  I'm off to the Sincerely Yours papercraft show in Lincoln on Sunday - hopefully I'll come back with some sentiment stamps.

We've got my father-in-law staying with us for the weekend and first half of next week and it's also  half-term here so if I do get to join in with next weeks' challenge (and I'll do my best) it will be late in the week.

Thanks to all for any comment and or suggestions on these cards - as always I welcome suggestions on how to improve.

Cheerio for now



Mandi said...

Blogger does play up, but I can comment
I run my blog through Safari as I find Inter net Explorer plays up wiht it
Your cards are FAB, the dark one is so striking
all are perfect for our challenge
Thaks so much
Diva LIM mandi
Less is More

Wishcraft said...

Lovely cards Sarah :o) They're all fab but I think my fave is your first one - so pretty! Lisa x

Vicky said...

They are all so beautiful Sarah....but I do love the first one pretty!

Blogger is just being plain BAD at the mo...very naughty indeedy!

hugs Vicky xx

Linby said...

Wow - great cards. I love the composition of the first one and those blue butterflies are stunning.

Seafield Jo said...

These are all such beautiful cards and all so different. Jo x

Sue said...

Love all three of your entries, all different but each lovely. Ooh so much inspiration, where do you get it? hah.Lol. Sue x

Sarah-Jane said...

They are all lovely cards Sarah, but my favourite is the second one. The gold on black looks fab. xx

Aileen said...

All your cards are great in their own way. I'm drawn to the black one. x

Unknown said...

These are lovely Sarah! I love all of them but I thinkthe first one is my favourite! I sometimes have those Blogger probs too...pain eh?!
Lizy x

kingstonmama said...

Fabulous cards. All so different, but so pretty. Can't say which one is my favorite . . .

Pauline said...

Beautiful cards, all perfect!

coops said...

stunning cards sarah.gorgeous images, i really love your gold butterfly card, so striking ;D

xx coops xx

Beryl K said...

Stunning cards, I love the first one the colours are so soft and gentle
Beryl x

Kathyk said...

Fab cards - all of them.

Yes, been having dreadful problems with blogger in the last two days - now playing catch up on my comments!


Flowergirl said...

Beautiful cards, love them all x
Wendy x

Brenda Brown said...

These are fabulous Sarah, love them all.
I have been one of those affected by the current Blogger problems and I have moved from IE to Firefox which seems to have cured the problem for now.
Hope you have a good week.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Hannah said...

I love your first card, the colouring is fab and the sentiment is so lovely, such a cute card :)

Toulouse said...

I love them all but my favourite is the black one, very stylish :-)

Kathleen Mc said...

i love all these cards sarah but my fave has to be the blue butterflies. i'm always scared of stamping directly on the card blank in case i muck it up, but i suppose you can always cover it up!!!

enjoy the SY Lincoln show - i had a gt time there last yr. shame we couldn't meet up before i moved away in december!
Kathleen Mc
(having comment issues!!)

Anonymous said...

Sarah, all three cards are fabulous! Each so very different...but WOW! I love them all!

Vicky Hayes said...

All of these are lovely Sarah but I particularly like the top one. I've not had trouble commenting and I use Safari. I've been blogging for just over a year and this is the first time there's been any glitch with blogger. Usually a fab - and free! - service. Vx

Sarah's Little Snippets said...

Super cards Sarah! I really love the first one, such a pretty image with a perfect sentiment :) Sarah x

Michelle said...

I love the first card, it makes me feel light. :-) I also like the last card, I like the stamp, the simplicity and the blue.