Monday, November 14, 2011


It's ONE LAYER CARD week again over at the Simply Less Is More challenge blog.
The theme for this week is LEAVES.
It is true, I have become quite comfortable with one layer cards.  When I saw this challenge, I decided to stamp a variety of leaf images in a variety of fall colors around a leaf die cut which would be used as a mask.  The leaf image would be revealed when the die cut was removed.  Well, that really bombed.  It looked awful.  I wasn't ready to give up though, so I did it in reverse and stamped inside the cutout.  That worked really well.
I stamped an image of small leaves and acorns from PTI's Autumn Abundance in fall colors inside the cutout, then sponged lightly with green to pop it.  When I removed the cutout, this lovely leaf revealed itself.  I added some score lines on top, rounded the corners, stamped my sentiment, and my creation was complete.
I am going to head over to the LIM blog to see the fabulous creations that the Limettes have made.  Thanks for stopping in today.  Thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Dude, You Rock

This is my take on this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge.

 CFC28: Create a Clean And Simple Tag or a project that has a tag on it.

I built my card around a tag that was attached to a pair of pants I bought for my sons a while ago. When I removed the tag from the pants, I thought to save it to use on a project some day.  When I saw this week's challenge, I started thinking about how I could use that tag I had stuffed in my box of bits & pieces.  SU's Extreme Skateboard image came to mind to go along with my tag, and I was on my way.

I  embossed most of the Kraft base with PTI's Woodgrain IP and brayered it with Crumb Cake ink.  I left just enough smooth space on the bottom for the sentiment .  The tag had a little red on it that ended up being covered by the skater image, so I decided to use red behind my SU Extreme Skateboard skater dude for some pop.  I was not happy with the blank space at the bottom of the tag, so I used PTI's Faux Ribbon and  added those red lines.  I think that was the perfect touch.  I like the way it came out and now I have a good man-card waiting in the wings.

Stamps~PTI Faux Ribbon, Modern Wood Mats and Signature Greetings, SU Extreme Skateboard.
Ink~Crumb Cake, PTI Pure Poppy.
Paper~Kraft, White, Riding Hood Red.
Accessories-PTI Mat Stack 1 & Layerz Mat Stack 1, PTI Woodgrain IP, Dimensionals, brayer, corner rounder, distressing tool.

Thank you for stopping in. Have a wonderful day!

Friday, November 11, 2011


Whew! Just getting this one in under the wire for this week's Less Is More challenge. 

This week it is a colour challenge with the colors of Red and Orange in remembrance of the 'Gunpowder plot' of 1605 in the UK.
I have had one of those weeks - work all day, out for various obligations every night.  I awoke this morning at 4:30 with a gazillion things in my head, including this design for my LIM card that I probably would not have time to make.  I could not go back to sleep, so I got up, made a cup of tea, and put my idea together.  I love the result.

I inked the leaves from PTI's Harvest Berries in Tangerine Tango.  I then used PTI's new Premium Dye Ink in  Pure Poppy to ink the outer edges of the leaves.  These new ink pads are shaped in such a way that you can cover a large or small area easily.  They are really wonderful.

I mounted the image on Cherry Cobbler, added some linen thread, popped it up with Dimensionals and added the sentiment from Autumn Word Borders by Hero Arts with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink.  Have to get back to work now.  So glad I had a little time to post this.  Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!