Thursday, 14 August 2014


We have a very happy house today, my eldest son has just received is A Level results and they were brilliant, better than he had hoped for and he now has his University Place guaranteed for 2015 - he is taking a year out this year to earn some money and already has a job lined up.

Anyway down to business - this is my card for this weeks Less is More Challenge, it's the dreaded One Layer week and the theme is foliage.

I struggled with this one, no surprise there then, but I eventually came up with this card.

I have used Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink to sponge through a stencil and then added Translucent Embossing Paste.  This is my third attempt, I didn't clean the Distress Ink from the stencil on the first attempt and I was a little heavy handed with the embossing paste on the second.

This one is not perfect but I am quite pleased with the result, except it has not photographed well.  The sentiment is from Pink Petticoat and I masked it before adding the ink and the embossing paste.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Less is More Week 184 - Foliage
The Pink Elephant Challenge 263- Stencils
Clear It Out Challenge - Theme: Embossing wet or dry, Stash: Embossing Powders/Stencils

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog and leave a comment, your company is much appreciated.



Sharon said...

It looks perfect to me Pauline, in fact it is fabulous. Love the stencil and colours and design are gorgeous.
Enjoy the rest of your week.
Hugs Sharon x

Anonymous said...

Wow Pauline, this is fab, I thought it was paper! Very effective, you are clever!
Well done to your son with his results, we are waiting on GCSE results, they come out next week (fingers crossed!)

Vicki x

aussie aNNie said...

A beautiful card with lovely colour combo used....thanks for caring..xx
♥aNNie The Journey is the Start

Desire Fourie said...

A stunning one layer creation Pauline. Your sponging and inking of the foilage is amazing.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Lisa xx said...

beautiful work Pauline, love the lime and black together.

hearty congrats to your son too, you must be so proud! My daughter is now nervously awaiting her GCSE results.

Cumbrianlass said...

A very proud Mum moment Pauline, congratulations to your son.
Your card is very pretty.
Janet xxx

Wendy said...

Fabulous card Pauline...Congrats to your Son too, you must be very proud.
Wendy xx

Michelle J M said...

Huge congratulations to Matt and to you and your husband too! I think your card is fabulous, I know you don't like making one layer cards, but you do them so well. Michelle x

Gertrude said...

Herzliche Glückwünsche an den Sohn, aber deine Karte gefällt mir auch sehr gut
glg gertrude

julie_woolston said...

Gorgeous card Pauline love the effect .
Big CONGRATULATIONS to your son, well done.

Hugs Julie xxx

Michelle said...

aaawww congratulations to your son Pauline, how fantastic and your card is simply stunning. Gorgeous colours - Michelle x

Ali said...

Huge congrats to your son - and I like his style of going next year and earning money this!!! Beautiful card as well xxx

Sue B said...

Oh Wow! that's wonderful news Pauline… Big Congratulations to your son! you must be well proud!
I love your card !! what a beautiful design… the stencilling looks so pretty… I have to say stencilling is something that I've never tried… must have a go at it!! this is perfect CAS! :-)
Hope you have a good day!
Big Hugs
Sue xx

Julie B said...

These one layer challenges can be daunting but you ended up with a fantastic result. :)

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Congrats to your Son Pauline ... ditto - mine got his results today. He did well but has a job as a trainee accountant with structured training for 5 years so no uni for him.
Back to your card ... love, love, love it. Great image and don't know why you struggled as it's perfect.
Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
Sarah xx
Less is More

Sue said...

This is stunning Pauline. I love the stencilled background design and gorgeous colours.
Well done to your Son!
Sue xx

rachel said...

I love your make Pauline and fabulously well done to Matt - I hope he has a great year x

Carol said...

Your card looks fabulous Pauline...a perfect one layer. Well done to Matt too, you must be so proud of him. Carol x

Sid said...

Loving your tropical foliage Janet, great work !!

Céline said...

really original design , love it

Donna Ellis said...

Beautiful card, Pauline! RICH in color, and the technique is gorgeous. hugs, de

Unknown said...

Congratulations to your son Pauline, you must be soooo proud!!
Your leaves card is stunning! You did an amazing job in creating this fabulous background, wow! Hugs, Ira xox
Ira’s Crea Corner

Beverley said...

Congrats to your son & a beautiful, bold and striking card yet perfectly CAS too. Hugs Bev x

Pia S said...

Oh, you did this beautifully, Pauline! Your card looks fantastic, kind of 70s like, I love that style!
Big congrats to your son, you must be so proud of him!

Debbie said...

That is wonderful news about your sons must be so proud.I am so pleased for you.Loving your card.the background is is lovely dearie.hugs Debbie x

coldwaters2 said...

A big congratulations to your son Pauline what fantastic news. Pauline your card is gorgeous love that leaf design a super piece of crafting.
lorraine x

Lorraine said...

A brilliant one layer card Pauline, love it.
Lorraine x

Chrissie said...

This looks amazing Pauline... a fabulous effect, I haven't tried translucent embossing paste and now I want to!
Huge congratulations to your son!
Splendid news!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Janice said...

Gorgeous, and so original Pauline, so love this card! Well done also to your son, it's lovely for everyone when they do well, Jx

Carol S. said...

Third time lucky and it looks great. Loving the CAS style but sometimes still like 'Pizza cards'!! Hugs, Carol S.xx

Anne said...

Gorgeous one layer card Pauline and congrats for your son!
Thanks so much for joining us at Less is More
LIM Designer

Anonymous said...

A gorgeous creation Pauline and Congratulations to your Son!
Helen x

debby4000 said...

WOW what a striking beautiful card and congratulations to your son.

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Hi Pauline - a big congratulations to your son! You must be so proud of him!! Your card is brilliant and certainly looks perfect to me!! Susan x

downrightcrafty said...

very stylish and love the colours and the panel for the sentiment
hugs Kate xx

Anet's Crafting said...

Congratulations on your Son's results and his guaranteed spot at University, you must be very proud parents.

Your card is just gorgeous Pauline, I love the background and the sentiment. Just stunning. Anet x

Hanny said...

This looks amazing Pauline, you did a great "job".
Also your son, I know you are a proud mother ofcourse and you should be, he did very well.
Have a nice weekend, hugs from the Netherlands, liefs Hanny,

Rebecca Bradshaw said...

Absolutely fantastic! Such a wonderful design and I love how you've used the stencil - so beautiful.

Deborah said...

Beautiful Pauline, at first glance I thought it was paper. Fab work with the stencil. Congratulations to your son on his A levels. My son is waiting for his GCSE Results which come out on 21st.

Deborah A

nwilliams6 said...

Wow - I love this one layered card. You made this pop - great layers and dimension on this. Love it! I may try to case it somehow. Hugz!

Dawn said...

Fantastic card Pauline Great work!
Dawn xx

Lynn's Place said...

Thanks for joining us at CIO challenge blog...wonderful job on your project...tfs

chanya13 said...

Beautiful card, wonderful colour combo. Thanks for joining us at Clear It Out!!! I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka