Thursday, April 26, 2012

How Charming

The challenge at Less is More is to use a charm on your card.  I used an anchor charm to make two nautical-themed cards using Guiding Light from wplus9 stamps.  The first card uses the larger 2-step lighthouse stamp in two colors.  The second uses the smaller lighthouse in blue only. 

I'm not a big spender and am generally pretty slow to make purchases (my husband might not agree).  However, when I saw this set recently I bought it without a second thought!  I also purchased the Mother's Day Bouquet set and would have bought the pocketful set if it hadn't been sold out.  I love these stamps and expect to be using them a lot.



Last week's Less is More challenge was a real doozy - to doodle on a one-layer card.  I actually did make a card for the challenge, but didn't get it posted in time.  These fuchsias always seem awkward to me when stamped alone, but with a doodled square around each one, I rather like them.  I was inspired by some Hero Arts stamps I've seen with a flower inside a square.


18 comments:

Diane said...

Wow fantastic cards...love the lighthouse image youve used, the cards are brilliant, so smart, and the doodle is the perfect finishing touch to your fuchsia stamp! Glad you posted it.
Diane

Faith A said...

I agree about your doodles, makes for a really effective and lovely card.

The lighthouse cards are very nautical and fabulous.

Rosemary said...

all three cards are simply fabulous, ann! i love the third one, though... the doodling is fantastic!

Pia S said...

Those nautical themed cards are just great! The design is pretty, and the colors are just perect for the theme. The twine is a nice detail too.

lostinpaper said...

I can see why you didn't hesitate to buy this stamp set, it's fabulous! Love your cards, great colour combo with the red,white & blue. And those doodled squares really do finish off those flowers perfectly!

Chrissie said...

All your cards are wonderful Ann, I agree, the stamps are fab!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Susan said...

Ann, I really love that lighthouse image! Beautiful coloring and gorgeous cards! Your doodled card for last week is cool...I wouldn't have thought to add squares around the blooms...but it really looks good!

Michelle said...

Wow! I love how the addition of a charm has given your lighthouse cards an extra something special! I think I might need to go out and buy some charms! I love your doodling on the fuchsia card, it looks stamped! :-)

Pauline said...

I love the lighthouse image, such a wonderful theme, great card!
And the pretty flowers on your second card really pop, just lovely!

Mandi said...

Simply fabulous Ann

Thank you very much
mandi
"Less is More"

onecraftymama said...

I'm like you, I wait & wait to buy things - but my hubs wouldn't agree either! Love the anchor charm - how perfect for that image! Love the nautical colours too.
And the fuchsias are so pretty inked with both colours. That would be a hard challenge, but you rocked it!

Bonnie said...

I love your lighthouses and see why you had to bring them home with you. The anchor charms and twine are perfect accompaniments to the images. The doodling really makes the pretty flowers stand out. I'm always missing challenges. Time just flies by way too fast!

Vicky Hayes said...

Your cards are always gorgeous Ann! I love the doodled one at the end of the post but the lighthouse cards are my favourites - I'm not surprised you didn't hesitate when buying these!

maria f. said...

I really like the first lighthouse -red and white - and then the touch of twine to carry your charm. Great card.

Darnell J Knauss said...

I love your lighthouse cards, Ann, and your doodling is inspired! I have some odd "floating" flower images like that and love the tip on grounding them with the boxes! Thank you!

Katina said...

Fantastic card Anne; perfect charm to use with the image. What a shame you didn't get to post your doodle card - it's lovely too.
xx

Sarah's Little Snippets said...

Your cards are gorgeous Ann! I love your lighthouse stamps and your doodling around the flowers is terrific :) Sarah x

Barb said...

beautiful cards! i LOVE masculine cards, these lighthouse cards are perfect :)