Sunday, 20 February 2011

CSC #27 and PDCC #69

This is the antithesis of my OLW 41 (and other PDCC #69) entry. This card has lots and lots of layers and hardly any white space left. This is my entry to the joint CASE Study and Play Date Cafe challenge (see inspiration below).

Lots of layers, lots of products and techniques. I actually got to try this technique by Mary fish  of layering the same sized-label (watch video).  I think it's a better effect than using the next size up of this Spellbinder dies.

Stampin Up Very Vanilla, Black, various Jolly Holiday DSP
Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive,  Basic Black, Versamark
stamp: SU French filligree, ? (had it for years and has no label)
Spellbinder Label and Poinsettia, SU Boho Blossoms, EK Success notebook edge
Stampin Up Dazzling Diamonds, Pearls, ribbon

PDCC and CSC inspiration by Eva Dobilas
I liked the green swirls on the background of the inspiration card which I couldn't really replicate on the black cardstock - though I still did on the main background.  Anyway, I put some swirls on the black cardstock and put on some dazzling diamonds which didn't really photograph well. 

OLW 41 - Early Christmas

The OLW41 challenge is to use red and green on a one layer card (OLC) with minimum embellishment if at all. I had fun creating this card and my stamp-a-ma-jig was my best buddy. :-).

All products used are from Stampin Up

cardstock: Whisper White
stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Short & Sweet
inks: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Basic Black

I created a Christmas tree shaped mask using a standard post-it note. Then I stamped the short and sweet sentiments in alternating colours. Finally, I sponged over the same coloured ink over the sentiments. I topped off with a snowflake (and rhinestone) and used Merry Christmas as the base.

It's pretty clean and simple though not as much white space as Susan's card (see below).

This actually fits the current Play Date Cafe challenge #69, in terms of colour so I'll enter it there too. It'll make a nice foil for my other PDCC entry which is a big departure from CAS!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

OLW 40- Book Bear

I'm really fascinated by the whole idea behind One Layer cards. When I first started card-making years ago, that's what I did - that was well before the rise and rise of paper-crafting. I can't believe it's now a "challenge" and, you know what, it sure is! Keeping it clean and simple is no mean feat when there are so many tools and techniques to tempt you.

I've got to say Simplicity by Late Blossom is most inspiring in that regard. I discovered this blog via Danielle Daws via Just Add Ink. From Simplicity, there's lots more links to inspire so drop by there if you can.

'nuff of all that background stuff, here's my card for One Layer Wednesday #40, hosted by Styles Ink. The challenge was to use 2 image stamps only once, no sentiments, bling, ribbons, etc.

 This bear is a companion stamp to this girl bear with chocolates used in this CASE study challenge. I've had these stamps for ages, I mean ages, such that these companies are probably not around anymore. Anyway, this OL card is so simple and I love its simplicity and cleanness.

stamps: sonnets (Uptown Rubber Stamps), Wedding Heart (The Creative Stamp Collection)
Versafine black, Stampin Up Cherry Cobbler, Tim Holtz distress inks: shabby shutters, broken china, frayed burlap, old paper, antique linen

I stamped the bear first, masked using post-it (idea from Jennifer McGuire), then stamped the heart. I used the distress inks to colour in - idea from J McGuire again: ink craft sheet and use as water colour.