"We do not remember days, we remember moments." Cesare Pavese

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Lovely as a Tree....

Hey there... I back with one more post before Saturday turns into Sunday in my part of the world.  I have not one, but two cards for this week's Less is More challenge.  Chrissie and Mandi provided us with a sketch that featured either a square or a circular main image.  I decided I would make a card using each idea.



Today I got some happy mail... a large package of cardstock, stamps, dies and ribbon from PaperTrey Ink.  One of the stamp sets in my package is the newly released Trendy Treetops.  And lucky for me... because when I was looking at the Trendy Treetops gallery I noticed that the set is now sold out!    So, first up is the card I made using Trendy Treetops.  I admit to not sticking strictly to the sketch, but the main idea is still there.  I stamped the trunk using Hero Arts Latte chalk ink and then one of the tree top images using Hero Arts Grass chalk ink.  If you have never had the opportunity to try the Hero Arts Chalk inks you really should.  Stamping with them is pure pleasure as they result in rich, vibrant images.   I added a few little buttons and the word "thanks" that is also in the set to finish off the card.



The second card uses a Hero Arts set called Trees for All Seasons and a sentiment from a Stamps of Life set Trees2Build.   For this card I used another Hero Arts chalk ink called Iris.  After stamping the tree image and trimming it out I noticed that the color of the ink is an almost exact match to the recently release PTI Autumn Rose double stitch ribbon!!   I'm pretty darn excited about that because the fewer inks I have to buy, the better!  Anywhoo... I backed the image with a little square of black cardstock and then added a piece of the Autumn Rose ribbon.  Super, super simple, but perfect for the Less is More challenge.   Both cards work for the current CAS-ual Fridays challenge, as well.

One final thing I have to share.  As I was editing my photos just a short time ago, my wee one, Gabriel, came up to see what I was doing.  He stopped and said "You make beautiful cards, mom!"  Now I ask you, how sweet is that?   Thanks for stopping by....

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white & black; Stamps:  PTI, The Stamps of Life & Hero Arts; Inks:  Hero Arts & Memento; Buttons:  PTI; Ribbon:  PTI

37 comments:

Fiona said...

Both of these are great Rosemary, I love the addition of the button/ribbon detail.

Chrissie said...

These are both beautiful Rosemary... I think the choice of colour for your second card is inspired,.. it works beautifully. and you know what they say... 'Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings, comes the truth!'
Your wee one was SO right!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Christine said...

Hello Rosy! What a great idea for using the tree for the sketch! Great card!
Hug
Christine

Linby said...

Two beautiful cards. I have a stamp similar to the second one and never know what to do with it - thanks for the inspiration.
Linbyx

Marrigje said...

I like them both, but the first one is the best IMHO.

Marrigje

Michelle said...

They're both lovely, Rosemary! I do love your cute little tree!

Chantal said...

two lovely cards. It's funny because I had the same idea for as your first one but I changed my mind and did something else. It's really cute.

Helen in the UK said...

Gabriel is right, you do make beautiful cards. Love the way you interpreted the sketch in the first one. Both are perfectly LIM :)

Olga said...

absolutley beautiful!

Viv said...

Another fab card again Rosie, awww yes how sweet a comment from Gabriel, ( love that name too):) Viv xx

Viv said...

Oops card(S) I mean't to say!:) Viv xx

Bananastamper said...

Love the simplicity of these. Such a great take on the sketch! Cheers,
Shanna :)

Cindy C. said...

Both CAS cards so lovely!

Brenda said...

Tell Gabriel we love him! That is such a sweet thing to say! As for PTI they make me mad!!! How can they, month after month, release new sets and then run out of stock immediately! It DRIVES ME CRAZY! One of two months of getting it wrong is ok, but NOT EVERY month! Anyway, it was going to be on my last order from them before leaving for SA and it was sold out! Bummer! Nevertheless, it's pure pleasure looking at what you created Rosemary! And as for HA Chalk inks! The absolute best! I want them all! (Sory for the rant!)

froebelsternchen Susi said...

both are beautiful!

Valerie said...

Two lovely cards Rosie, I love the ribbon behind the topper:) Gabriel is obviously a boy of extremely good taste!
Val x

Michelle said...

Really love them both. Need to get my hands on that Tree Tops set! x

Kelly Griglione said...

Love how you added the folded ribbon behind the focus of your card, great idea!

Nancy said...

Both cards are beautiful, Rosemary! Perfect CAS design!

Debby said...

Very nice cards. I like the tree, but the second was is beautiful too!

Martha said...

Hi, Rosemary! WOW, I love both of these CAS cards! You make the most beautiful cards!

YEAH, I received that wonderful PTI set last week. Thanks for the inspiration!

Your sweet son has terrific taste! He is absolutely correct! I loved reading this adorable story. Thanks for sharing it.

VanessaB said...

both are so cute!

Kathy V. said...

Well, looks like your son has the same great eye for beautiful cards as his mommy. Love both cards. Glad to hear the HA ink is such a good match, too!

Greta said...

Oh my goodness--you've done it again! Terrific cards, Rosemary. I had my eye on that PTI set, but didn't order it--should have! I also have that HA set & have trouble using it, but you've inspired me with this card--I just love it!

Laura Davis said...

Awesome work!
Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!
Laura

Viv's Visuals said...

Gabriel is sooooo right! Two stunning cards.

Elizabeth Allan said...

Delightful designs! The buttons and ribbon are the perfect accents!

Jenny said...

I'm just loving all these CAS cards this week and your tree card is just making me smile...I love the added buttons :0)
Love the squared tree too, the ribbon banner is so pretty :0)
Jenny x

Sarah's Little Snippets said...

Two beautiful cards Rosemary! Love them both. Sarah x

Lynne said...

Two stunning cards Rosemary as always.
Lynne xxx

Faith A said...

Such beautiful cards, "simply" lovely

Marlena M. said...

Your cards are both awesome Rosemary!

Michelle said...

CAS perfection! The buttons on the tree are sweet!

kingstonmama said...

Happy mail, indeed! I love your tree. The addition of buttons is so sweet. Also love the pink square with the fabulous ribbon behind it. Yes - beautiful cards. Ann

Mandi said...

Both are beautiful Rosie
Thank you very much
mandi
"Less is More"

Flutterby Creations said...

Two really beautiful cards! Love that tree!

Kate
xx

Julie Day said...

These trees are ca-ute! Love the added button :) Thanks for playing this week at CAS-ual Fridays!