Wednesday, February 23, 2011

OLW42 - I've Got the Music in Me!

This week's OLW challenge is hosted by Jennifer at Styles Ink.  In Jennifer's words...."This week’s challenge is to make a one-layer musical themed card.  Anything to do with music.  Sheet music, musical instruments, an image of someone singing; anything that in some way relates to music. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!" 

Yeah...right!  In order to do this challenge...you MUST have some kind of stamp that relates to "music".  Well, you see, last year when I was re-modeling my craft room, I donated quite a few of my stamps and accessories to the Ronald McDonald House, because I had 1) never used the stamp, or 2) thought that I never would use it.  WRONG!  I know I had at least 2 or 3 stamps that were musically related!  I searched and searched through all my stamps and this is the only stamp I could find...no musical instruments, no singing birds...nothing!  This music score is from a very old set of Prima stamps that were designed to make frames.  The Happy Birthday is a PTI stamp and the To You is from a Technique Tuesday set.  Given what I managed to pull together, I tried to be creative with this little strip of music notes, but this is the best I could come up with! 

I stamped the music in black, then scored a couple of lines above and below it.  (By the way...I practiced on plain white paper cut to size numerous time before I actually stamped on my nice card base!).  The first card I made, using the same design I'd been stamping on the white paper looked "okay"...but seemed to be missing something. Then I decided to add a little bling, only to realize that my sentiments were not stamped in the right place! ~ sigh~ back to the drawing board!  Then I stamped it again...using color this time for the sentiment and moving the top sentiment over to the right more and the bottom sentiment over to the left more....then I added a little bling to opposing ends of the sentiments...wa-la! much better!  LOL!  Really?!? How could such a simple card be so difficult! I definitely like the sentiment in color much better!

Got another layout finished over the weekend...so here it is:

A recent photo of my son and daughter-in-law, taken just a couple of days before their 7th anniversary. I used the beautiful new Stella Rose papers from MME. The stars and the title work were cut with the Silhouette. The large scallops were punched with an EK Success punch. The circles were punched with a scallop punch and a smaller circle punch. The inner circle with their names and the date were created in the Silhouette program, printed and punched with a circle punch. I made the photo corners by cutting a square in half diagonally and then trimming out the inside to leave a 1/2 inch corner. I added quite a bit of doodling in red and black (around the outside edges and on the red dotted and teal papers). I also added a few pieces of bling and a bit of stickles to the stars. I covered the heart on the title work with glossy accents. No journaling on this...just a simple layout.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your comments are appreciate so much!! Until next time....

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24 comments:

Jennifer Styles said...

How awesome is this? Sometimes challenges are really...well, challenging!

You did a wonderful job with what you had. This is a gorgeous, elegant OLC!

Fab job on the challenge and thanks for playing along with OLW42!

Kathyk said...

Well, good job you didn't give them ALL away and kept this little gem back - your card is fab, as is your scrap layout.

Kathyk

Lisa A. said...

Susan...this is SOOOO BEAUTIFUL!! I LOVE everything about it...the border, sentiments, scoring and rhinestones...just gorgeous!! Wish I could make such a beauty with so little on hand...wow!!Way to go with this challenge....you rock!!

Kim Singdahlsen said...

Even without the perfect stamp - you did a beautiful job. I love the simplicity of it and it made me start singing!

Bonnie said...

You are amazing! It may have taken a few tries, but it's totally worth it!

Faith A said...

I love this layout, you certainly have the CAS type down to a T, lovely card oh! yes I love the colour too.

I'm not in to Scrapbooking, but this page is fantastic, I bet they loved it.

Sue said...

A great card. It turned out brilliantly. Sometimes I find the simple cards can take longer than more elaborate creations.

Thank you for the comment on my Silhouette Tulip sketch card. I hope you try using pens in your Silhouette, it works really well. Sue.x

Heather T said...

Your music card is simply elegant. Your choice of colour is lovely and the placement of scoring and bling works beautifully.

Carol said...

Susan, I think this card turned out great...you were very creative with what you had on hand. I think it's why I really like these weekly challenges so much...you get to use some of the stash and you sometimes have to think outside the box. Wonderful card...love how the scored lines really enhances it!

Cheryl Nelson said...

You always do such fabulous work!! Love both of these projects!

Rosemary said...

despite your lack of musical stamps you certainly rose to the occasion with what you had! fantastic card!! love the layout, too!

- - Sheryl - - said...

very pretty! love the music card. and LO is fab!

jenny said...

I love your music card...such a great layout and the turquoise really pops with the B & W x

Jenny x

Pauline said...

Loved this card. So elegant and simple. The scoring really added a lot to it.

yyam said...

That card is amazing! Love the strip of musical notes and all that white space! :)

And how lovely is that layout! Such happy colors! Love the titlework too! :)

stempelomi said...

It's a very nice OLW card. Elegant!

Caroljenks said...

This card is just gorgeous! The music stamp is fab and I love the sentiments in that colour. LOVE IT!
Thanks for popping over to my blog too :)

Carol x

Chrissie said...

This music OLW card is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Susan... right up my street!
Chrissie

Debgem said...

Susan - OLW is fabulous and so worth all the draft versions - love, love it!!

And your LO is superb!

Pauline said...

Love your card love it!! Never thought to use just the music strip as the focal point. You have used it perfectly, a great card.

Suze Bain said...

Susan, all your time spent 'playing around' with this card has certainly paid off. I really love it, it is so clean & simple and perfectly balanced.

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Love it!
Hugs, Sandra

kingstonmama said...

Pretty card! I like the scoring and the sentiment both above and below the line of music.

Vicky Hayes said...

I love your card - that strip layout really appeals to me and the colours are great. Love your inspirational scrapbook page too.

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