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Tuesday 11 September 2012

A New Leaf

Hello all, lovely to have your company today - however briefly!  I've got to post and run again - let's see if I can get it done before I have to catch my train...

A hop out of kin today - that's to say, a card which is not in my usual style, but rather aims at being Clean and Simple (CAS).  

I really, really wanted to find time to join in with the Artful Times challenge this fortnight which is Inchies, and was waiting for inspiration to strike... but it wasn't until I spotted the Less Is More Foliage challenge, looking for one-layer cards, that an idea started to form.  As usual, it formed in the middle of the night, so there I was at 6am this morning at the craft table, and here it is...

I cut five one-inch squares of paper, and used them to mask off spaces across the centre of the card, and then two further strips to mask the top and bottom, and then stamped away with the gorgeous Artistic Outpost leaf stamp from the Old Grist Mill set.


It's there in Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Tea Dye.

Once done, I peeled the papers away and added the sentiment using my £1 alphabet set in Vintage Photo. 

I then put a tiny edging of Vintage Photo around it to define the white space which is so vital in the CAS style.  

Since the challenge is One Layer, everything has to stamped direct onto the card, with minimal embellishing.  I remain in two minds about the twine and whether it should be there or not...!

And that's pretty much that... Hope you'll find some time for crafting today - as I've just discovered, you only need ten minutes sometimes!!

I'm entering this for the following:
The Artful Times challenge which is Inchies
Less Is More are having a One Layer challenge with the theme of Foliage
Artistic Outpost's September challenge which is Anything Goes using an AO stamp
And I'd like to join in with the Bloggers' Challenge this week: Bring On Fall, hosted by Lisa Somerville over at Splendiferous Creations, so you'll find the hop below the quotation if you'd like to join in the fun!

The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled,
as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.
Arnold Bennett


brenda said...

Great stamping and really elegant piece of work.

B x

Chrissy said...

Gorgeous Autumn CAS card Alison, love the masked area with the sentiment, fabulous colours with the leaves..beautiful.


Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous stamping technique and great colours for the leaves.
Hope you got your train ok.
Hugs Brenda xox

Neet said...

Well that is certainly a different way to do inchies.

Masking is one of my favourite techniques and I love how you have done this.

Thanks for joining us at Artful Times - Hugs, Neet xx

Chrissie said...

It's funny how ideas come to us isn't it!
Just love the leaf stamps.
Thanks so much for joining us
Less is More

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

It looks so playfull ... the leaves in autumn colors, the text...the layout...Lovely Alison!

greetings, Alie :-)

Redanne said...

You do LIM really well and this card is so beautiful, I love the simplicity of it and yet it looks anything but simple. Many congrats on your recent win for all three entries too! Crafty hugs, Anne x

Von said...

Love your CAS card and the ingeniouse way you have used inchies as a negetive space :)
Thank you for playing along with us at Artful Times
Von ♥

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful card, wonderful masking! Love how you used the leaves! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Artistic Outpost!

Anonymous said...

CAS but full of effortless elegance which is so appealing. Love the use of the stamp, in my eyes this is perfection.

catherine said...

This is so beautiful Alison and perfect for this time of year. the colours are great and your alphabet stamps were a bargain
x catherine

Paula Whittaker said...

nice colours and stamping

Claudia N. said...

Love this leaf stamp, Alison (just ordered it a few days ago *lol)

and what you did with it!
I would remove the twine and leave the leaves alone on stage for this awesome show.

die amelie xx

Inkypinkycraft said...

a really nice card, great colours trace x

Eileen Ng-Frumkin said...

It looks like you're very in tune with nature today--natural and lovely!

Strangely creative said...

I think that is a very lovely card and deceptive in its simplicity as its quite clever. Love what you have done with the inchies idea as well. I enjoyed looking at this and its tucked away in my brain for future projects (hope you dont mind!) Cx

chrissie said...

Such a clever idea and a beautiful card

Love Chrissie xx

vinny said...

lovely card and a really clever way to do inchies x Lavinia

Yvonne Garner said...

Now how clever is this?! Love it. Mthanks for stopping by my blog this morning! Best wishes, Yvonne

Linby said...

What a brilliant sentiment for the card.

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Absolutely stunning!!! What a cool way to stamp!!!

Mandi said...

Not a lot of white space here but a super idea
FAB stamp
Thanks very much
"Less is More"

Kezzy said...

Love it, love how you have bought the inches to the card via a less is more, beautifully stamped and gorgeous colours. Hugs Kerry xxx

Julia S-W said...

Beautiful take on inchies! I did manage to join in at Artful Times but not sure I want to do inchies again - ever!!

Basement Stamper said...

Love your CAS card, I have such a difficult time with them. Yours turned out beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Blogger's Challenge this week!

Shelby said...

Love the layering of the leaves. Makes for a beautiful fall themed card.


sam21ski said...

What a fabulous way to create your inchies, love the use of the negative space

Thanks for playing along with Artful Times - Sam xxx