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Thursday, November 11, 2010

I Need Simple

Boy, was I tired when I made this last night.  I really needed to just make a clean and simple card.  Work has been quite hectic for several months.  The days have been long just because there's too much to do with so little staff to do it.  Fortunately, I'm not going to have to put up with it too much longer as I do plan to retire at the end of December.  I can't wait, and am looking forward to more time for stamping!

In any event, Thursday brings us to another CCEE Stampers challenge.  Cindy Haffner is our November challenge hostess and she has challenged to use a store bought flower in our design.  I've got a lot of store bought flowers that I never use, so this was a great challenge to make me start using them.  I love these sweet little purple rosettes.  I know a lot of people don't care for purple, but it is one of my favorite colors and I haven't used it as the main color in any of my designs in ages. 



As you can see, this was a quick, clean, and easy card to make.  I used my five-petal flower punch on the checked designer paper and centered the store bought purple rosettes onto the dp.  I love this rich, deep purple embossed dotted swiss paper (that was a mouthful!), which I border punched with this zig zag design.  "Congratulations" is from Stampin' Up's Well Scripted stamp set.

If you have some time, why not stop by our CCEE Stampers blog, see the terrific designs Joanne, Frances, Cindy, Shirley, and Tosha made and consider playing along with us!

13 comments:

Cook22 said...

Simple? Well, yes, but the first adjective that comes to my mind is Elegant with a capital E. Love the little rosettes on the punched flowers. That deep purple brings me right back to my teacher when I was 8-10 (I never know the equivalent educational grades in the UK let alone America!).
Retiring - wow! I suppose it's a bit easier to cope with the current busy-ness if you can see an end in sight, but I hope you have time to slow down a bit before Christmas and enjoy the holiday season.

Joanne (jojot) said...

Purple-icious perfection, Pertie (wanted to keep my alliteration going...lol)

What an absolutely STRIKING CAS creation.....and those flowers are so clever....love the punched purple plaid posies (aren't I the alliterative one today???) as the backdrop for the Bertie bought blooms (eh???).....

a stupendously, striking, stunning simple card, Sertie!!!!

Judy Rozema said...

LOVE purple! Those plaid flowers are awesome for your little ones! And congrats on future retirement!

Cindy Haffner said...

Oh Charlene love those flowers.

Traci M said...

From one purple lover to another...this is a perfect purple-iffic pretty purple plaid posie card!! And I am so excited to hear of your soon to be retirement, Charlene!!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

So sweet and charming Bert!! I love your purple gingham flowers!! And that border punch is super fantastic. I always forget borders can face up. DUH! And it's so awesome looking when others do. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Hi Charlene, This is a Wow! Love the colors combined with your CAS design. Those flowers and wonderful border look fantastic together. Have a great weekend. You are going to love retirement -- every day is a Saturday!

stampingwithbrenda.com said...

Beautiful! And I hope that work is not too hectic over the holidays but I am happy that you are going to join me in retirement! LOVE IT!

Mothermark said...

Somtimes simple is the best Charlene! I love the sweet little card! You did good when being so tired! Its precious!

Julia Aston said...

This is just gorgeous in the deep purples Charlene!

Mireille said...

Very short : Wonderfull card !
I like the colors ... what a nice result !
Regards
Mireille

Shirley said...

So gorgeous, love the purple flowers with the black. Your card really pops.

Congrats, on your upcoming retirement.

Charlene said...

Oh, my gosh...how absolutely elegantly wonderful..you need to be on the CAS DT, my dear!