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Thursday, 15 April 2010

A Challenge Which Speaks to my Simple Nature


Yes, over at the Play Date Cafe (for which I am once again truly grateful for being noted as one of their cream in the coffee selections), this week's colour combo appealed to the minimalist in me once again.

Black, white and orange. If you read my previous post, you'll know I'm playing around with stuff that's been in my collection, unused for an eon and dusting it off and what popped into my head, the moment I saw the challenge, was this swirly, black, felt, border design.

I'd already had this piece cropped down, when I had a previous, obviously rejected, idea. And I'm glad I didn't throw it away because now I had an opportunity to use it. I placed it down on my card to see how it looked and I instantly said to myself, it needs nothing else! Well, okay, in order to complete the challenge it did. It needed orange (a dewdrop embellishment) and it didn't hurt to add a sentiment stamp from a Butterfly Kisses set.

It may not be award winning. It's only three items on a piece of card and it took all of five minutes to put together. But, as with my aesthetics on art, when I see something dramatic and minimalist, I get goosebumps. It's the dramatist in me :D

23 comments:

Michele said...

I love the minimalist look - very striking. Less is definitely more! x

Sarah Anderson said...

just fab Paul, I love the minimalist look, and it made me smile that your splash of orange was truly a little splash! Just the right amount for this card

Stephanie Kraft said...

Congrats on being the Cream in our Coffee last week, Paul! This is just stunning.. sometimes less is more! Thanks for playing with the PDCC!!

NEEDLEWINGS said...

Very lovely cards!

Suzanne C said...

Love the clean look of your design and the tiniest pop of color! Thanks for playing again this week!

Cath Wilson said...

It may be minimalist, but it's striking. Love it, Paul.

Jaqi said...

Its great Paul, it looks very classy , and congrats on being "The Cream in the Coffee" hehehe

Tenia Nelson said...

Love this CAS card!!!

Nancy said...

I love this totally inspiring classic card design. The little orange gem is perfect!
blessings,
nancy

Lisa Somerville said...

Congrats on being one of last weeks Cream in our Coffee! Wonderful CAS card. Thanks for playing in the PDCC.

Michele Gross said...

I'd call it simply elegant!

SnappyStamper said...

STRIKINGLY GORGEOUS!!! Awesome job, Paul - I love it!

Neet said...

"Perfick" as usual Paul.

Tracy said...

Great Card - Love the fact only 3 items make such a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing.

Julie Ranae said...

Simply elegant! Love the splash of color and your interpretation...it's just perfect!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it! I love the whole thing--it is my FAV FAV FAV! Great job! Thanks for playing along with us at the PDCC!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Stunning card, just proving that sometimes its the simplest of ideas that are the best. Have a great day, Tracy (www.craftaddicts-tracyevans.blogspot.com)

Ruby said...

Firstly congratulations on being the cream in the coffee last week!

Your card is really striking Paul, simply classy! Thanks for joining in the fun with us this week at the Play Date Cafe!

Bettythebaglady said...

Thanks for the lovely card Paul. Sometimes I think "am I being lazy for not adding more twiddly bits but find when I give these types of cards to my non crafty friends they ooh and ah over them far more than the ones that took ages. Quality,simplicity and crispness of finish.Beautiful
Hugs BettyXXX

PetraB said...

An amazingly classy card.

Tonje said...

Fabolous!! Great design, shows that less is more!

Agata said...

Absolute stunner!

Daniela Hendea {PurpleD} said...

LOVE it! You took the purpose of this challenge to a whole new level!