Thursday, June 23, 2011

Less is More 20

The Less is More challenge this week has really had me stumped. I've never made a monogram before and just couldn't think of how I might actually use one.

I finally decided that I would make a monogram card for my husband for our anniversary next month (14 years married, 20 years together!). I kept my last name when we married, so the traditional monogram with our shared last name in the middle wouldn't work.

I was thinking of ideas using just our first initials (A & E) when I thought about initials being carved in trees, and the idea for this card popped into my head. All of my tree stamps were too small, so I found a clipart image I liked and used my craft knife to cut it out. I left the background plain because I was worried about it becoming too cluttered.

I used a brown colored pencil to write our initials and drew a heart around them. On the inside I used the computer to print 2gether 4ever. Cheesy, I know, but I think it goes well with the whole carved initials thing. Did I take it too far when I added the birds (2 little birdies sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G . . . )?

I've definitely worked with elementary school children for too long! :) I think I prefer the card without the birds, anyway.

This is not a traditional monogram, but LadyLIM and DivaLIM have defined monogram as: A design composed of one or more letters, typically the initials of a name, used as an identifying mark. I hope this works. At any rate, I've had fun and I now have an anniversary card all ready for next month. No more last minute card-making for me!

Paper: PTI white
Stamps: PTI tag-its (bird)
Ink: Memento Bahama blue (bird)


Mandi said...

Such a clever idea Ann
Perfect monograms to me!
Thank you so much
Diva LIM mandi
Less is More

Suze Bain said...

This is so clever & original - just fab! (I prefer it without the birds too!) xx

Debgem said...

I think this is a brilliant interpretation of the challenge - and they are monograms to me! It's a super idea for an anniversary!!

Lynne said...

Very clever. Genius idea.
Lynne xxx

Chrissie said...

Great card... super monogram and I hope you have a very happy anniversary next month!
I'm with you re the birds too!
Thanks so much
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Angela Weimer said...

A great take on the challenge. Love your idea and card. Thanks for sharing and have a great day. Angela

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

What a brilliant idea, well done, looks good too, Gay xxx

Kathyk said...

So cute, clever idea too


Kim Singdahlsen said...

You are so very creative! This is absolutely darling!

Vicky Hayes said...

I always look forward to seeing what you come up with Ann - you've always got a great idea up your sleeve! I love your tree with the romantic carved initials - perfect for an anniversary! - with or without the birds. Vx

Susan said...

Definitely without the birds...such a great idea...I love it! (bet your hubby will too!)
My Card

Jenny said...

Brilliant idea Anne, lovely tree image too. I think the birds are fine in the tree :)
Jenny x

Faith A said...

What a lovely idea to use a tree, love how you have done it.

Karen said...

Cute! I love your idea - great take on a monogram! Way better than towels ;-)