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25.3.16

A rushed entry for Less is More recipe challenge - What's Outside Your Window

Less is More are doing a recipe challenge this week - what's outside your window. You're allowed to use your imagination, which is just as well because after a year of having the house renovated, my garden is a mess. But I have plans, and those plans involve some of the gorgeous roses from David Austin Roses along with an interlinked two-circle design done with Everedge, plum slate and creeping Thyme... oh, I have it ALL planned in SketchUp. Hope real life comes together the same way!

Alternew Vintage Roses and matching dies, Sizzix circles and a miniature sentiment from Woodware made this card which is a very loose representation of the circles, soft planting and gorgeous colours I want to create in my garden.



I feel the need to add that this one has been done in super quick time as work has been crazy this week, the deadline is tonight and I have some other commitments as well. I can totally tell I've had to rush something out and I'm not all that happy with it, but I did want to enter, so... Oh well, holidays next week so I'll have more time then! Woohoo!

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26 comments:

  1. Such a super-CAS card Esther! Those roses are so, so pretty. I think you have just made me want to purchase them! There is no way that I could have seen you rushed this if you hadn't mentioned it. Fabulous card. Thanks for finding the time to make this for Less is More.
    Sharon xx

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    1. Thanks so much Sharon! My stamping really hasn't done the roses full justice and I think in your more experienced hands you would absolutely love the results! My wishlist is now full of Altenew!

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  2. WOW! I am so impressed by your garden plans and your card Esther. You put this together in a rush??? Well I wish I could come up with such a fabulous beauty in a rush. It's perfect, CAS and so classy. Thanks for playing along at Less is More this week. Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah, though I think the garden plans in SketchUp are prettier than the card, sadly! :p I'm going to play with this lovely stamp set a lot more to get better with it x

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  3. Wonderfully executed, Esther. Those blooms look wonderful and I love the dark green leaves. It's not an easy set to use but you've created a beauty here.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Anita x
    Less is More

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    1. Thank you very much Anita! I was quite pleased with the VersaColor pigment inks used - their tones seem to work well together x

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  4. Who would know that you rushed this card?...it's just perfect! Very stylish and elegant with beautiful flowers (I'm going to look at Altenew as I've not come across them before). x

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    1. Thanks Carole! Very kind of you. You MUST check out Altenew Vintage Roses, Vintage Flowers and Peony Bouquet stamps... so lush! x

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  5. I think you are being too harsh, Esther, as this card has no appearance of being rushed at all! In fact, it appears that it came from a thoughtful design and painstaking attention to detail! So, from me: Applause! Applause!

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    1. Awww, thank you Kay! I'm just gutted that it looked better in its unglued layout - I checked quickly, loved it, then glued it in a rush and got all the spacing wrong. I hate being in a hurry!

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    2. I know! When I was scrapbooking, I would lay everything out and then photograph it. That helps somewhat in getting it right when one is in a hurry! But not always! hehe

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    3. That's what I normally do! Because I use lots of embellishments on non-LIM cards I always snap a pic when I'm happy with the unglued layout as I'd never be able to recreate them otherwise. Kicking myself for not doing it properly with this one. Oh well, as a friend used to say, if you can't be a good example you can at least serve as a horrible warning! :p Lol.

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  6. What are you like Esther lol, the card is gorgeous! just love the pretty roses and the soft colours.Have had my eye on those stamps for a while....daren't look now as I have spent a fortune lately.We also have some lovely David Austin roses, I have a tiny white climbing one outside our front door and it smells divine. Doesn't last very long alas but worth it just for the smell, it faces the sun too mostly so that helps too.Good luck with your garden design, my OH does most of ours. He is mad about water features and had 6 at one time! Happy Easter ;) Viv xx

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    1. Oh Viv, that sounds marvellous! Wish I had a helpful hubby like that! (Though 6 water features is both impressive and scary!) Your white DA rose must be absolutely gorgeous when it's blooming and giving you a fabulous scent. I want my garden done *now* and I feel so impatient about it. Just the last bits on the house and then I can get cracking with it! Happy Easter to you too xx

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  7. Such a gorgeous card, those roses are just so beautiful. Karen x

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  8. What an elegant card Esther - lovely CAS layout. I too love David Austin roses, had a lovely collection at my last home.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Anne
    "Less is More"

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    1. Thanks so much Anne! DA have such a gorgeous selection don't they :)

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  9. How stylish! Love the effect of the white framed circles, elegant!

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  10. Who would tell that it is a rushed attempt!!!! Love the clean execution 😊

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  11. It looks gorgeous to me - love the colours and the great layout. Beautifully CAS.

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  12. Lovely card, hope your plans come to fruition and turn out just as well as your card! Lou x (Guest designer at LIM)

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  13. It's taken me a long time to get to see what's outside your window Esther!
    This is such terrific stamping... so accurate and a beautiful card... I'm sure your garden will be too!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  14. Such a pretty card , it doesn't look rushed to me :D x

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