Thursday, December 22, 2011

Less is More: Music

I'm popping in with a quick card for the current Less is More challenge, which is to make a clean and simple card with the theme of music.  While there's always a lot of music in our house, I don't have a lot of musically themed stamps.  I do have a Recollections musical background stamp that I wanted to use.  The trick was how to use it in a way that was clean and simple.  Stamping the entire background across a card wouldn't leave very much white space.

I had no plan in mind and decided to just play around and see what happened.  Kind of fun to do that!  I cut a Nestie out of PTI rustic white cardstock and stamped the background across it.  Then I used the same ink (Versamagic Sahara Sand) to sponge around the edges. I stamped an old Memory Box bird and branch stamp and added a little button and sheer ribbon treatment at the top. 



I tried the card two ways - first on a standard size card with a little sentiment tucked under the corner and then centered on a square card.  While I like both, I find myself drawn more to the first one, which surprised me. My picture of it didn't turn out very clear; the sentiment is "Every day is a gift."

I love having my girls home from school with me.  We've been having lots of crafty fun together.  Yesterday we tried our hands at making homemade snow globes.  They turned out so cute that we've decided to make some more today. :)





I hope that wherever you are and however you celebrate the winter holidays, you are enjoying time with family and friends and sneaking in a little crafty time, too.  It's been fun "meeting" people around the world since I started this little blog last February.  Thank you for taking the time to visit me.

Merry Christmas!

Ann

Supplies:
Paper: PTI rustic white
Stamps: Recollections background, Memory Box bird and nest, PTI sentiment
Ink: VersaMagic Sahara Sand, ColorBox Chalk chestnut roan

23 comments:

Rosemary said...

your cards are absolutely beautiful, ann! and the homemade snowglobes are way too cute!!

Vicky Hayes said...

Hi Ann, what a gorgeous, delicate looking design - both are gorgeous! I love the snowglobes you and the girls made too. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas, Vicky x

Tenia Nelson said...

What gorgeous cards and snow globes!!! Merry Christmas!!!

Jenni's Jems said...

Both are gorgeous and cute snow globes ! x

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Oh Ann, your cards are gorgeous! I love the one with the sentiment best. I love the sepia look of it and the bird silhouette over the music is wonderful. I love, love, love the snow globes! My boys are still in school until tomorrow. I can't wait to have a week with them at home. I hope you have a lovely Christmas. I too have enjoyed meeting wonderful people like you in blogland. It is really Less Is More that made most of that happen for me. Gotta love those two fabby women Mandi and Chrissie. They started what has turned into such a lovely community of crafters within the big world of crafters. xo

lostinpaper said...

Both versions of this card are awesome! But I'm with you and (probably) prefer the first one, it's hard to decide.
Hope you have the most wonderful Xmas!

Kathyk said...

Love your cards and your pengy snowglobes. The ribbon and button really give them an edge

Seasons Greetings to you

Kathyk

Kim S said...

This is gorgeous! I like the first one better also - must be all the open space!

Karen said...

Gorgeous card, beautiful and elegant! I love your snow globes, Merry Christmas to you and your family Karen x

Joyce said...

I like both of your cards. You did such a great job with the challenge. I want to start with this challenge, too--I'm thinking next year. Also, your snow globes are so cute. I think my girls would like to make them, too.

Sheila in Cyprus said...

This is simplicity at it best, I love the way you have used the stamps, the colours and use of ribbon and button are beautiful. Love them both. Awesome snowglobes too. Love Sheila x

Deborah Frings said...

I really like the both cards - the sepia colour is just lovely! Great snowglobes too! Wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas! xx

Meadie said...

Both your cards are gorgeous! I love your snow globes too - what a clever and cute idea :) Hope you have a crafty christmas, hugs x x

Chrissie said...

This is a gorgeous card Ann, I love the muted shades!
Thanks so much and Happy Christmas
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Bonnie said...

I love the clean lines of this card. I think I prefer the first one too. Plus, no extra postage required. What fun to make snow globes with your children. They turned out really well. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and I look forward seeing what you create in 2012.

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi Ann, Beautiful musical cards, love both:0) Great snowglobes too what fun that must have been!
I would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year, Gay xxx

Anne said...

Your card is gorgeous and those snow globes look fun too:)
Anne
x

Mandi said...

Terrific card Ann, love the shape of the music

Thank you very much
mandi
"Less is More"

Heather T said...

Your card is so delicate and pretty - a great choice of colour.

lostinpaper said...

Yipppeee! Congrats on your win at LIM!

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Congratulations on being SHOWCASED at Less is More. Terrific card.

Hugs, Sandra x

Faith A said...

LOVE your cards, great idea for the snowglobes too

maria f. said...

Just popping in to say hi and wish you a happy 2012. BTW, I think the sentiment makes the first card perfect. The font is lovely and matches the beautiful stamped image.