Saturday, 22 October 2011

Polka Dots - Less is More

Call me a simple gal, but I love spots and stripes... I like gingham too come to that, and this week the challenge  at  Less is More is Polka Dots.
Here I have used a Waltzing Mouse clear stamp in Adirondack Oregano ink. I trimmed the long edges of the panel with my Woodware cutter, using the scallop blade. I then cut top to tail triangles to make the layers of the Christmas trees.
I love the ink effect on this hammered card, I think the uneven coverage adds a little interest which I prefer, rather than just using a polka dot backing paper.
The trunks were stamped with a Stampin' Up sentiment stamp, it actually says WITH JOY but that was too long so I opted just to have the JOY part showing. The sentiment is from SU's Contempo Christmas.
My vertigo still keeps recurring and I keep trying the Epley manoeuvre from time to time...maybe it will settle down again soon... what it is to be getting old!
Do join in with us this week, it's a simple recipe for a Clean and Simple challenge.

39 comments:

  1. Love your card Chrissie hope you soon feel better. I can't link my card xx Jan

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  2. What a gorgeous card Chrissie.


    Hugs Riet.xx

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  3. What a fantastic use of dots - and I love the distressed look you've got from stamping on the textured card stock! I hope the vertigo gets better Chrissie. Getting older is ridiculous isn't it - sometimes I feel like a rusty old piece of machinery with bits falling off it! Vx

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  4. This is such an elegant christmas card design - not too complex to replicate for a few either. I love the use of the word for the trunk - I may well CASE that idea if I get time to make some christmas cards.

    Tara x

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  5. Hi Chrissie
    Fabulous card as always ...love your ideas.....Stunning ...
    hope you soon fel a bit better....Raining here in Gib today....
    Hugs sylvie
    xxxx

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  6. Great card this week,

    Liz x

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  7. Chrissie - your card is simply lovely. I do like the distressed trees and the joyful trunks!!!

    Hope the vertigo settles down soon. As for getting old - I know just what you mean - take care x

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  8. Wow - what a stunner!!! I love how you used the sentiment as the trunk!

    Sorry to read about your vertigo :( My mom gets it occasionally.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
    Maria

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  9. A fab design & clever idea.
    Sally x

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  10. Great card, love how you have made your trees.
    Hope you feel better soon, I tried the Epley manoeuvre when I had Labrynthitis, it didn't help very much
    Beryl x

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  11. A very classy looking card. I love your trees and the texture looks great. Sue.x

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  12. Hello! Really like your spotted trees. They are delicious!

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  13. Hi Chrissie,

    Your trees have eye-catching appeal...wouldn't have thought to do trees with polka dots...but now I have some ideas poking (hee hee) around.
    Hope your vertigo has run its course. I had it 2 yrs. ago...nasty feeling.

    Erica

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  14. love your christmas tress, chrissie! super clever idea!

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  15. Love this card Chrissie. Great idea to use Joy as the tree trunks.
    Sharon x

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  16. Love those trees Chrissie. Hope your vertigo settles down soon. xx

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  17. This is a fab Christmas card, beautifully CAS, thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. Hi Chrissie sorry to hear about your vertigo, no fun at all
    Your card is gorgeous, you know I love trees and this one is just perfect to me
    Anne
    x

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  19. Chrissie, this is so elgant and another lovely card

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  20. Hi hun
    a gorgeous card, luv the trees, very classy card, sue,x

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  21. Oh Chrissie sorry to here the vertigo is acting up. As a fellow sufferer, I know how you feel. HUGS.

    Love how you worked those Christams trees. The "Joy" stamp as the stump is very creative. I like the textured paper too; it does indeed give it that extra something. I also think textured papers give a card a bit more of an high end look.

    I hope you feel better soon.
    Carole

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  22. Fantastic card and love how you have created the trees. Very inspirational using the words as the trunks. Love it :) xx

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  23. It's so cool to see all the different ideas you wonderful ladies come up with every week! I have to admit, this totally gets the Elf stamp of approval!!! Love it! The getting old thing.....I've got a birthday coming up soon and I hate that fact I'm getting older! Things don't tend to work the same anymore and I have no patience for that! :O

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  24. Fabulous tree design Chrissie, and so inventive. What a fab. idea to use the Joy stamp for tree trunks - I absolutely love this card. Also - many thanks for another enjoyable challenge.

    So sorry you are suffering with vertigo - I hope it settles down soon. I occasionally have bouts of "positional vertigo" which, amongst other things, gives the sensation of spinning on a very fast merry-go-round when laid in bed!! My GP said "it's your age" - talk about rubbing salt into the wound!
    Sylvia xx

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  25. I love this card, the trees look fantastic :)

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  26. Hi Chrissie, Have to apologise for not appearing last week, been a bit off but I'm back and loving your new card:0) Gorgeous trees and the trunk is inspired:0) Sorry to hear you're still suffering from vertigo, not nice, I sincerely hope you feel better soon, Gay x

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  27. Lovely card - spotty trees look fab.
    Sorry to hear your vertigo is playing up - I know how that feels, they said to me at the hospital they get a lot of people with stiff necks due to trying not to bring it on - which is what I was doing at one point.
    Linbyx

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  28. Awesome Christmas card...I love those trees, Chrissie! ;)

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  29. Beautiful trees, Chrissie. They make a great Christmas card. Hope you're feeling better . . . Ann

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  30. Dotty Christmas trees are a cool idea and the uneven surface has really added to the textured effect. Love the word trunk too :)
    Jenny x

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  31. Love your card Chrissie, love the word as the truck of the tree and great placement of the tress. I hope your vertigo settles soon xx

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  32. Do I ever love this? YES! The trees are so pretty with the dots and how clever you did the trunks. Super duper card!!!!

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  33. What a lovely card! All the techniques you used to create the trees are perfect. Hope your vertigo settles down soon!

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  34. Oh, my! I LOVE your trees--LOVE that you used a word for the stumps! Super card! :) Thanks for another great challenge!

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  35. Chrissie, Your card is gorgeous! Love the stamped "joy" for the tree trunk. Great design....

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  36. Such a super card Chrsiise, love the spotty trees and that grungy look to them and the trunk wording is inspired! Oh poor you with the nasty vertigo, I get it too sometimes . Heard about that technique but always too nauseous to try it! hope it clears up soon, ...you won't be offering to carry Mandi's case then lol. :O) Viv xx

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  37. Hope you're feeling better...it's tough to be down with something. My hubby is having a rough go right now and has just been put on oxygen. I've spent quite a bit of time sitting around in hospitals in the last few weeks and haven't gotten to play like I would like too. Great challenge this week...Your card is perfect! Love those trees!

    I finally finished a couple of cards and got them posted.

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  38. love,love, love it.
    the little JOYS as tree trunks, so inspiring
    Isa

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  39. I like the distressed look to the stamping and the use of the sentiment for the tree trunk is clever. Saw your creations in Craft Stamper - well done, and congratulations. Lynn x

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Thanks,
Chrissie