Monday, 25 July 2011


Hi peeps!
At last - another card, and it's for this week's LESS IS MORE CHALLENGE - BUTTON or RIBBON - how fab. is that! I love ribbon, so thanks Chrissie and Mandi!! 
For anyone new to this Challenge, all the details can be found by clicking the link above.

The "20's" Lady is a clear acrylic stamp I bought several years ago on e-bay, and I'm sorry I don't know the name of it.
I masked the lady (and her rather large hat), then stamped the La Blanche swirls. 
Soft colouring on the hat - Copics. 
The Amour stamp is part of a beautiful theme plate from Elusive Images (still available at Chocolate Baroque) called Fleur et Parfum de Paris.
Ink used - Versafine Vintage Sepia.
Blue satin ribbon from the local Boyes store in Ilkley.
White base card - SU. 
(Please can anyone tell me how to photograph white card so that it LOOKS white?!!

Have a happy week everyone ~


Sasha said...

Such a very elegant, beautifully stamped and coloured card!

Jenni's Jems said...

truly a very elegant card and love the bow ,just finishes it perfectly.x

Pami said...

This is gorgeous Sylvia, I love the colour of the ribbon with the vintage colour of the image. Very stylish. Hope all is ok with you. Pami x

Christina said...

Woww this is absolutely gorgeous Sylvia! Love the blue in it!
Hugs Kristel

G Peplow said...

Fabulous card my friend, love the colour and the delicate stamp, simply fabulous:0) I hope you're having a lovely day and all's well with you, hugs Gay xxx

Exclusively by Mel said...

What a very beautiful card!
So elegant. Love that gorgeous ribbon.
Love, Mel. xx

Chrissie said...

Fabulous lady, fabulous ribbon, fabulous card!
Thanks so much
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Lisa Jane said...

oh this is so elegant Sylvia.. i love the brown with the soft blue . really pretty
Lisa x

Christine L said...

Well all I can say is..... ooooooohhhh OOOOOOOOOHHHHH oooooooooooooooh! Your card is one of those where all you can do is go 'oooooooooooooh'! I love it!
Christine x

RefRacBe said...

Very elegant. I like the lady in the hat. Rachel.

Suzi B said...

So beautiful.. loving the blue.
Sue :)

GinaA said...

Just love the colour combination, the ribbon is perfect.

Brenda Brown said...

Just fabulous Sylvia, so elegant and striking.
I hope all is well with you.
Have a great week.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Suze Bain said...

What a fab stamp and I love your colour scheme! xx

Berry said...

So elegant and beutiful Sylvia hugs Rebekah xx

Kathleen said...

Really lovely card, love the way you have used the blue on the hat to match the ribbon. Great card.

Kath x

Andrea said...

Such a gorgeous card - I love the brown and blue together, and the ribbon finishes it off perfectly.
Love, Andrea xx

Gibmiss said...

Hi Sylvia -anne
Fabby card love the lady i have bought it but not inked as yet.....
the stamp is an Inkadinkado....

Dolly Daydreams said...

Beautiful card, exquisite image and the colours are fabulous, love this to bits.


Mandi said...

Love the flourish with the lady
Thank you so much
Diva LIM
"Less is More"

Gini said...

Very pretty Sylvia, you tie the best bows!
To get your whites white in your photos you need to increase your EXPOSURE in your photo editing programme, occasionally after doing this you also need to tweak your CONTRAST.
If you have an auto function like ENHANCE that will also do it, but not necessarily to the exacting standards that you can get the other way.
Also check the brightness levels that you have set on your monitor, if it is set too low then your whites won't look right even if your camera has picked them up well.
Or have you tried washing them with Persil - aren't they supposed to get your whites bright white?!


Thanks for the useful info. Gini - Persil might just do the trick !!

Meggymay said...

Beautiful elegant card.

DesignerDiva said...

Love your elegant card Sylvia, the masking is fab!

Laurie xx

Viv said...

What a great card & stamps, lovely colour combo & the ribbon is tied so perfectly too!I mess with my cards in psp, brightness, contrast, sharpness etc.....saying that it's always hit and miss lol :O) Viv xx

CraftinGranny said...

I'm sure loving these CAS cards Sylvia and those gorgeous stamps. Great tip from Gini above. "Hugs" Carol

cheryl said...

oh wow hun this is stunning you are brilliant at cas cards,this really is fantastic hun you are clever hugs cherylxx

Anonymous said...

what a stunning card. How elegant! I wish i could do elegant but i am afraid i tend to be a messy crafter lol
If you get time, please pop by my Dezinaworld blog today as i have a free collage sheet for everyone. I hope you will like it. Have a great day !

Vicky Hayes said...

Such a stunning design Sylvia and the satin bow finishes it beautifully! As for taking photos of white card stock - it's hard and I don't know where I'd be without iphoto! Vx

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Sylvia

What a totally gorgeous and elegant card love what you've done with your masking and the layout so effective and I really love it!

Take care

Tina (no 154)

fatmonica said...

Beautiful card-that stamp's gorgeous!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Wow what a bow and the stamp is stunning love the colour too

Marijke said...

gorgeous card and I love the stamp

Jacee said...

How gorgeous Sylvia, simply stunning!!!!
Hugs Jacee

Anonymous said...

this is just so beautiful! i love the blue and brown together and the swirl; great job of masking!

kingstonmama said...

Oh, this is just lovely. That touch of soft blue looks so pretty with the brown. A very elegant card.

Mrs.B said...

Stunning card Sylvia, love the way you have masked the image and stamped the swirl. Great bow!

Vicki said...

Gorgeous card Sylvia, such a beautiful stamp and looks well with just a splash of colour.

Hope you're enjoying the sunshine :)

Vicki x

Linby said...

This is so beautiful, I love the colours and that bow is so lush.

Lynne said...

Stunning card,love your colours.
Lynne xxx

Claire Phillips said...

A really beautiful card Syvia, so elegant with the perfect flash of colour! Cheers Claire x

Christina - Pieces of Dreams said...

Simly stunning Sylvia.
Hugs & Smiles
Chris x

Theresa said...

Sylvia this is gorgeous. The satin blue boy is beautiful and the image is perfect. Love the touch of blue in her hat. Fabulous!!

Jules said...

Oh wow Sylvia .. .. this is simply stunning!!!

I love your creation very much.

Such an elegant image alongside the most lush ribbon bow.

Have a good weekend.

Love Jules xx

Kim Piggott said...

Oh my this is so beautiful!
Fabulous and elegant!
kim x

Sally said...

Hi Sylvia, thanx everso for stopping by my blog. I just had a scroll down your beautiful creations & love them all. You are a very talented lady! I love the 20's lady as she looks so elegant. Hope to see you again & do have a go at Jules snippet challenge, it's all for fun.
Sally x

debby4000 said...

Oh this is so beautiful.

Duendes said...

Hello my dear friend,
Hope all is ok with you!!I love your creation very much.Oh, this is just lovely.your sensitivity and your good taste are amazing.Have a good week.
big hugs and blessings.

Larissa said...

Sylvia this card is so pretty. I love the stamp and these colours are so lovely together.


Michelle Short said...

WOW! this is stunning, so beautiful, I adore that ribbon bow! xx

Sheila said...

Sylvia, this is just beautiful, I love that soft blue with the sepia, it's just a stunning
Colour combo, your gorgeous ribbon is yummy too.
Sheila xx

a Seeker of the TRUTH said...

This card is stunning. Truly inspirational. It makes me want to get out my old stamps and start stamping again. The ribbon just sets the card off perfectly to match the lovely ribbon on the hat.

Thanks for sharing
hugs Julie

Cynthia Schelzig said...

What a beautiful card...just stunning and how you photograph your work is very nice!