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Saturday, 19 June 2010

Sweet Stampin with very little success

I was given the huge honour of being on the DT over at Sweet Stampin with a “talent” of crafters (that’s my collective noun for my team members) and every time I need to make a card for our own challenge, I really struggle.

This week the theme is “Clean and Simple”.   I’ve never ever done clean and simple and it’s really, really hard for me. I made three attempts in the end and they are definitely short of what I consider to be my own mark. I’m not convinced they are “clean” enough and whereas they look quite “simple” – the first two weren’t simple for me!  

My first card uses a Fiskers sentiment, SU bird punch and DCWV Linen Closet papers.   I word processed the sentiment for the second one which contains SU cardstock, an MS leaf punch (which comes with a stamp for the veins of the leaf) and a Hobby Art Ivy stamp, coloured with Copics. There is a little drop of glaze on the leaf for the dew.  The third one was easier so I guess I just need to practice. I used some new K&Co papers, a cute little PB kitty which has been lightly coloured with Copics, another Fiskars sentiment and some LLB lace.    Please do pop over to Sweet Stampin where you will find some lovely examples and please do join in with the challenge this week!


debby4000 said...

Oh I love them all Lesley, especially love the birds one.

Joey said...

Hiya Hun

hope you are well, your cards are gorgeous and carry such an elegant feel, fab work :O)


Lindsey said...

Lesley you are being far too hard on yourself! I love every single one of these cards esp the bird one. It is stunning! Mine is not a patch on any of your cards!
Linds xxx

Alex said...

They are all three great, don't know why you thin they weren't but I love them. My fav is the first with the bird, love the paper, too!
Lots of love, Alex

Lexxie said...

I know how hard clean an simple is to pull off, but you have done it perfectly with all of your cards Lesley.
Love Sarita xx

Val said...

Hi Lesley - these are gorgeous - just love them. I do know what you mean though - I cannot do CAS - just find it so difficult not to keep adding the odd flower or whatever!

dolcreations said...

Lesley these cards are gorgeous...I just love clean and simple, so these are right up my alley! I just love the card with the ivy leaves....You coloured the ivy beautifully! I love the black and cream card too. That lace is beautiful and soft!!!!

Alie de Vrij-Venema said...

Hi Lesley!
I love all three!! But the last one fits CAS the best I think. Anyway, it seems you're not the only one who had trouble to fit this challenge.. But you came out Grrrrreat!!!! Love Alie

Faye said...

Sweetie, you are WAY too hard on yourself. We all struggled to come up with one CAS card, but you did three! THREE! And they are all completely fabby. So there. Changed the SS blog post. Have a delish weekend. Big hugs. FB. xxxx

Cardmaking Galore said...

Love your creations. They are really original.

chris said...

Wow Lesley, I adore, adore, adore, al 3 of your clean and simple cards, they are perfection they need no more and no less!
hugs chris xx

Mina said...

they are beautiful Lasley...relax and enjoy your GDT they must love your work or wouldnt have invited you so relax and just make the cards you would normally make for their took me ages to realise that lol
Mina xxx

Annie said...

fabulous cards and with lovely little details to just liven up the CAS style - I really love the cute PB kitty tall card!
hugs, annie x

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

Sometimes I think "clean and simple" can be harder than .. .. as much as you want!!

You, however have made gorgeous creations here.

Really love your third one.

I thought about you lots today .. .. hope you were ok.

Sweet dreams.

Love Jules xx

Julie said...

These are all gorgeous Lesley - can't decide which one I like the best!!! Think it's the cat - a perfect example of clean and simple - they all are!! You are way too hard on yourself!! And to make three!!!! Love your collective name for a DT too-must be all those extra English lessons you had!!!! Hugs, Juliexxxx

Anonymous said...

I think all three are lovely! I especially love the third, but I do have a soft spot for PB :D
P.S. come check out my new challenge blog! I hope to see you there! xo Kelli

Shirl said...

Hi Lesley,

They are all very very beautiful cards! My favourite is the first one, the colour of the card is simply soothing :) Also love the kitty one, I guess lots of white space used make it really clean and simple!

Just wanna say thanks for dropping by my blog today! :)