Red and White

The first of July already. Good grief. And my 29th wedding anniversary tomorrow! Where does the time go? The weather here in Chesterfield has turned a little warmer than earlier in the week, and the rain has stopped. Finally.

For today’s card I have gone clean, but only simple once I had worked out what I was doing. It took a little thought and playing around to get the final product. I tried die cutting some simple strips, but I couldn’t get them to merge together correctly. I tried stamping onto a larger base card, but in the end went for this smaller version.

The inspiration came from three challenges. The first challenge was a sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches, which was the challenge regarding the lay out. The second challenge was from Less is More, with the theme of using the colours of your country’s flags. I stuck to the colours of the St George Cross, instead of going for the red, white, and blue of the Union Jack, and the third challenge was from Clean and Simple on Sunday, the theme being to use flowers.

The base card is just over 4 inches by 5.5 inches, with a layer of plain white card onto which I stamped a chevron from Catherine Pooler’s Stamp Of Approval Foundation box. I used my Misti because I wanted to be precise with the placing of the stamp. I also used a Catherine Pooler ink – ‘Rockin’ Red’.

I then stamped a larger flower from Altenew ‘Bamboo Rose’ and two smaller flowers from Altenew ‘Hello Sunshine’, and die cut them with the matching dies.

The sketch challenge was set by Jane, and she said she was ‘looking for one element larger than the other two, but they don’t have to be circles‘, so I thought the three flowers fitted perfectly.

I stuck them down with some foam pads, and then thought about the sentiment. This again came from the same Catherine Pooler stamp set, and fitted ‘just so’ into the space under the chevron I had stamped – again I used my Misti for placement, as I was stamping it onto the base layer.

So, even though it looks ‘Clean and Simple’ – it did take a little thinking and organising of my elements.

I hope you all have a great weekend, and I look forward to seeing what everyone else adds to these challenges.