Saturday, June 11, 2011

LIM19 - I've Been FRAMED!

WHEW! It's Saturday again! The weeks sure do fly by! What a great challenge we have this week at Less is More.  This is our one layer card week.  Easy...right?  I do this all the time. In fact, most of my cards are generally one layer...cause I love the look of one layer.  Oh, I can make cards with more than one layer, but sometimes I think they're more difficult. At least I did until I worked on this week's challenge!  I had in my mind what I wanted to do.  I wanted to stamp and image in a square/rectangle, and perhaps add a little clear embossing (after all, my embossing definitely needs practice!).  So, I get out my cool new HA stamp and get to work.  This card below is the result of the 4th card I tried to do this way. When I finished the first card, I realized the rectangle was crooked.  On the second card, the embossing powder didn't stick in the right places and I had it everywhere and the inking wouldn't cover it.  Third card looked pretty good until I realized that I'd stamped on the BACK of the card!  The fourth attempt looked really good...the embossing was great, the inking was great....unfortunately I had ink on my pudgy little fingers and managed to get it all over the white area around the image! gaah!!!  So...not willing to toss it completely, I cut out the stamped, embossed, inked image, mounted it on black card stock and added it to a blank card with a few pop dots and stamped a sentiment below the panel.  Whew! I finally gave up on this idea!

Then....looking through my stamps, I found these new stamps from PTI and realized they haven't seen ink yet either, so I thought I'd give it a try with them.  


First I drew a light pencil line where I wanted the base of the plant to be and stamped the image in Mementos brown.  The sentiment is also from PTI (another set).  I stamped that too.  In hindsight, I probably should have used clear embossing powder on these, but I didn't think of it until it was too late.  I used quite a few different distress inks...yellows, reds, walnut, stormy skies, purple....just a big mix.  Using a Spellbinder rectangle, I cut the center out of a piece of paper the same size as the card front to use as a mask for the inking.  After all the inking, I used a ruler and did a little faux stitching around the edges of the inked rectangle for my frame. Not totally happy with either of these cards, but maybe I'll think of something different later in the week.  If you follow my blog, I'll post any addition cards I might make here, but I probably won't link them to the challenge blog.  There's so many people playing now that I don't want to make more work for Mandi and Chrissie!

I'm sharing another layout with you today.  This is our beautiful granddaughter, Camilah and her prom date.  


I used a Martha Stewart around the page punch to make the blue background. I layered it on white card stock and then added a tiny blue border to the outside edges.  The leaves are a Sizzix die, the flourish tag is a Spellbinder die. Prom 2011 is rub on letters and then I pop-dotted the title on the swirly frame.  The flowers are a combination of Prima blooms (big blue ones) and punched blooms (little blue ones and pink ones).  I added a small pearl to each of the flowers.  The stitching is stamped. The oval tag at the top left is an oval punch and then I trimmed the green backing with scalloped scissors.  I added journaling on the tag behind the pink mat with the three pieces of bling to keep it from sliding under the pink mat. I also added a small piece of lace across the bottom of the pink mat.  Fairly quick layout, once I finally figured out what papers to use! LOL!

Another long post...Thanks so much for stopping by!  I appreciate each and every comment...you make me smile!  Until next time...

Hugs!


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99 comments:

Suze Bain said...

Oh dear Susan, and who says crafting is relaxing, Lol! Love the images in the first one but the colours in the second one are stunning. Beautiful scrapbook page. xx

Kathyk said...

LOVING your miracles card and I LOVE your faux stitching too

Kathyk

Jenny said...

Love both these Susan...I can't choose between them. Great idea to make a faux stitched border.
Your LO is fabulous, you've matched the blue of your grandaughters prom dress perfectly :)
Jenny x

Fiona said...

I adore your second card Susan, the way you've drawn the frame is really inventive. I love how you blended all the colours in the sky too.

Netty said...

Beautiful cards Susan and a great LO. Annette x

Joan V said...

Love your cards. So many stamps, so little time. PTI has some nice stamps. Love the scrapbook page. The border is awesome.

Rosemary said...

you always make the most wonderful cards, susan! love your LIM card! great layout!

Valerie said...

Your post made me laugh Susan! Love the results though, the colours are beautiful:) Scrapbook layout is great you obviously have good genes in the family to produce such good looking women!!
Val x

Debgem said...

The flowered scene is just lovely and while not strictly a OLC - I love it! The faux stritched frame on the other card is super! Finally, the layout is fab - your Granddaughter looks so pretty!

CraftyB said...

lovely cards

Carla said...

love both your LIM cards

gerdavriens said...

Wow I love your flowers...and the miracles one is fabulous!

Mandi said...

They are both fabulous Susan
the second is my fav, love the positioning
Great to see you and for your kind comments
Thank you very much
Diva LIM mandi
"Less is More"

Beryl K said...

Beautiful cards Susan, love them both. You have a very beautiful grand-daughter
Beryl x

Gina said...

Both cards are beautiful and what a pity the first one didn't end up as a OLC. The second is lovely and probably took much less time. The faux stitched frame looks really effective. I really love the LO you did for your daughter's prom, a real memory to treasure.
Gina x

Vicky Hayes said...

Your cards are always so accomplished Susan and I just cannot believe that you make all those mistakes! I particularly love the 'miracles' card - the frame is great and I like the plant overlapping it. Your scrap pages are always fab too and it's the colour of the frame linking with your beautiful grandaughter's dress. Vx

Margaret said...

Can't understand why you're not pleased with them Susan, they're both gorgeous!!!
Margaret x

fatmonica said...

Oh I know that feeling when nothing goes right!I love the image mounted onto black and the second card is just fabuolous.Great stamp and sentiment!Love your LO too!

Suzilou said...

Love both of your cards, that faux stiching around your second card is just brilliant and the scene inside is really beautiful :)

Folly said...

Oh, Susan, you made me laugh with your inky fingers! I love the idea of cutting out the image and putting it onto another card when you've "finger-inked" a CAS card, I might use that one. :-)
I love your faux stitching border. Again, I thought you had stamped it. You surprise me regularly, LOL!
Michelle.

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Hi Susan. I was cracking up when I read your post. I posted a card for CAS-ual Fridays that I must have started 10 times. I love the product of all your tries on the first card you posted. I love your LIM cars - the stirched frame is great. I also love the colors you used. I agree that embossing the foliage would have been even better, but it is still beautiful!

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Gorgeous cards Susan!! Love your LO and your grand daughter is so pretty, Have a great Sunday ,Gay xx

Viv said...

Two great cards, the second is my fav I think, such a pretty granddaughter too, lovely page :O) Viv xx

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Beautiful takes on the LIM frame this week...wonderful work!

Faith A said...

Love your cards Susan, beautiful even with all your mistakes and dabs :) Your scrapbook page is really pretty too.

Ang C said...

Stunning cards

Chrissie said...

Your adventures leading up to this submission sound very much like mine, but the finished result is wonderful. If you make another DO link it... we'd love to see it!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Sue said...

Both your cards are beautiful, Susan. I love your doodled frame on your second one.

Your granddaughter looks stunning. Hope she enjoyed her Prom. Sue.x

p.s. I've e-mailed you about using your Silhouette to cut out stamped images. I should have said that once you have cut out the shape you have to position your stamp over it stamp. I'm sure you could use Print and cut with this too.

Pauline said...

Susan, you have out done yourself again!! A superb set of cards and layout, I can't possibly pick a fave as they are all marvellous!

Sally H said...

What a great save - that is a beautiful card! Your official LIM card is really stunning,and the colours are beautiful. Finally, just wanted to say you don't look old enough to have a grand daughter that old, but yes she is a stunner too and your LO is fab!

Jeannie said...

Great cards, nice work!
Jeannie x

Cassandra said...

Love the stitched frame! You have been a busy girl, cards and a layout.

IsaNorris said...

Beautiful backgrounds on those two cards.
And gorgeous Prom page too
isa

Anne said...

One layer cards are very unforgiving if you get them wrong, aren't they! Having said that, these are both beautiful I do like that Hero Arts one, lovely, also your layout
Anne
x

Meggymay said...

Smashing cards and another Fab layout. Yvonne x

Sharon said...

Oh boy! Back of the card, eh? I've done that before too. Was in stitches reading about that card.
Your sponged panel and faux stitching on the second card is so beautiful. Such a serene scene. gorgeous!
Sharon xx

Kathleen said...

Less is more.... I think it stands for Less time to do anything else and more waste.
Two really lovely cards, both using great colours and very elegant.
Your Grand-Daughter looks stunning.

Kath x

downrightcrafty said...

beautiful cards Susan
Hugs Kate xx

Diane J said...

Your posting was really interesting to read and did make me smile, you sounded just like me sometimes when my inky fingers make a mess of my cards :o). Your two cards are beautiful and your scrapbook page is lovely, your granddaughter is very pretty.
Thanks for your lovely comments about my card this week.
Diane xx

Carol said...

Two great cards Susan despite your trials and tribulations getting there. Your grand daughter looks gorgeous, love your layout. Carol x

massofhair said...

Hi Susan
Thanks again for showing all your cards in one post, really does make commenting easier.

Loving your first card and it's a shame it didn't work out, brill colours and a fab sentiment.
The frame on your second card is amazing, did you hand draw it?
Your scrapbook page is a wonderful memory from a special day in your Granddaughter's life. Thanks for sharing:-)

Bonnie said...

I hear ya Susan. Embossing can be so frustrating! I love both of these cards but the second one really made me say WOW! I am in awe of your framing expertise! What a steady hand you have! And you have a beautiful granddaughter. What a special page!

Vicky said...

Beautiful cards Susan. I think sometimes the simplest one layer cards are the most difficult to make, it's so easy to spot any mistakes. I made a big boo boo when making my cards for this weeks challenge too. Instead of reaching for my crumb cake ink pad when I was sponging my frame I ended up with night of navy, hence my card was ruined! There was a few expletives voiced I can tell you!!
Hugs, Victoria ~x~

~ Ali ~ said...

Beautiful creations as always Susan your LO is fabulous

Ali x

Aileen said...

Your post made me smile as I had a similar experience of smudges etc and also did a salvage card which i plan to share later once I've had another attempt!

Both cards are fab. I love the frame idea on the one layer with the plant overlapping and your salvage card looks great mounted on black. x

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Well, your perseverance paid off Susan . . . you've made two lovely cards here. Good idea to use faux stitching as your frame.

(Congrats on doing your card links too!)

Hugs, Sandra

Lisa said...

While strictly not one layer I still adore your first card,the colours are fab and I love the faux stitching on the second card I too thought it was a stamp, thanks for the nice comments you left on my blog.

Hazel said...

Both beautiful cards and your granddaughter is also beautiful. She looks gorgeous in her prom dress, I hope they had a good time. Hazel x

Linda said...

That is sooo annoying to get ink where ink shouldn't be! That's happened to me so many times before. These cards, however, look flawless. The second is my favourite. The image and sentiment are so....dreamy!
Great scrapbooking LO too!

Linda said...

Susan, I love the frame you created! Love the stitched look of it! All the inked shading is phenomenal! Great work!

butlersabroad said...

I love one layer cards too, but if you mess them up then you're done! Love how you salvaged the HA card but I feel your pain with stuff not going right. I do love the colours you've used on the second card and I really like the hand drawn frame too. That scrapbooking LO is absolutely beautiful though, the colours and papers are really wonderful.

Hugs
Brenda

Stamps and Paper said...

Two lovely cards Susan...

Anne

Jehkotar said...

you are made lovely cards! Great! Jehkotar

Karen M said...

Wow, Susan! You sure have been busy! All your cards are just lovely and the sentiments are very sweet xx

Suzi B said...

Wonderful cards Susan ... I esp like the first one
thank you for your comments :)
Sue x

Daniele said...

lots of lovely projects to browse through

Sue said...

Both brilliant cards and the scrapbook page is great too Luv Sue x

My name is Wynneth said...

Two amazing cards Susan. Thank you so much for sharing the tale of your trials and tribulations in creating these 'simple' cards ! I love both of them and well done for persevering ;o) Your granddaughter is beautiful and that's a gorgeous LO. Thanks also for all your lovely and encouraging comments on my LIM submissions.
hugs
wynneth
x

Lynn said...

Two beautiful cards, and I think the scrapbook layout is gorgeous. Lynn x

Sue said...

Hi Susan, I love both your cards and I commend you for not giving up when things don't go right and I am so glad I have got to look at your beautiful work again. it is such an inspiration. Sue x

Mrs.B said...

Two fabulous cards, great image on the first one, but the colours on the second one are stunning.
Avril x

Sarah-Jane said...

I so know what you mean when you just have an idea... and it's usually the cas ones I seem to mess up too! I think it's because you can get away with more when there is more to distract the eye on a busier card if it goes a little wrong! Anyway, I love both of your cards but the first is my favourite even if it ended up not right for this challenge ;-)
Cute layout too!
Hugs xx

Jean Straw said...

Gorgeous cards Susan, and lovely sentiments. Jean x

Craftilicious said...

Oh Susan, I feel your pain - I'll let you into a secret - my submission is stamped on the back too as I messed up the first one totally! Thanks for your kind comments on my card - my brayering is definately improved after watching Barbara - she's the brayer queen - its all down to her "wheely" technique. Take a look at her videos on www.createandcraft.com under clarity stamps - she's brilliant!

Debbie Carriere said...

YOu had me laughing with your play by play (or should I say card by card)! Too funny. We've all been there. Both your cards are simply beautiful!! Your sponging is gorgeous! WOnderful layout, too :)

Squirrel said...

LOL at the card - I managed to ruin one last night too. Very pretty, and I love the LO too.
Thanks for your comments on my LIM card!
Rosey x

Jose said...

Love your cards Susan, the colours are gorgeous

Sarah said...

Hi Susan, both lovely cards. I fully understand the trial and tribulations you have gone through with your cards - I'm known for leaving little smudges all over my pristine white card stock! Have always been a messy worker, should try harder especially when it's Clean and Simple - it's never simple and I'm never clean! Great LO as well, love the vibrant blue. Sarah

nicky said...

great cards and thanks for the comment on my card
Nicky

sasa said...

I hate those days - but you pushed on so well done. Love them both but espceially the subtle tones and great frame of number two - so alls well that ends well!
Sarah at 194

Michelle said...

Both cards are stunning Susan, beatiful work xx

kath said...

beautiful cards susan and I love the LO with your gorgeous granddaughter...hugs kath xxx

Sandy said...

Two beautiful cards and love your scrapbook page, I saw your post on LIM and came for a closer look,
Sandy

Diane said...

Gorgeous cards and an even more gorgeous granddaughter...wonderful layout!!

Kendra said...

Susan, what pretty cards! The second one is particularly stunning! I'll have to give this technique a shot, the results are fabulous!

Von said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog :) I too love to colour with DI inks and inky fingers is the bain of my life too lol
Love your flower stamp and the sentiment in the second one :)
Von x

SannaS said...

beautiful cards and a fabulous layout!! such lovely details in all of them!! =)
hugs, SannaS

Stephanie said...

I completely sympathize with you. That's what I find so intimidating about single layer cards, just when you seem out of the clear, boom, your smudgy fingers mess you up. Great save though, I sometimes use buttons on other embellishments to hide my oopsy's.

Both your cards are quite beautiful.

Toulouse31 said...

Thanks for commenting on my LIM card, I too am often a victim of 'inky finger'syndrome! I love the image on the 'Joy' card best.

Sue - said...

Lovely cards but I can so relate to the problems getting there!! Also a beautiful scrap page.

Debs said...

Two beautiful cards Susan - I love the background of the second one.
And a stunning photo and LO of your Granddaughter.
Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog.
Debs xx

Joan said...

Two fab cards, love the faux stitching on the second one and the colours on the first one

MonicaB said...

I really like the stitched frame on the second card. Lovely work.

Lisa A. said...

Well...glad you got to make such a beautiful card out of a smudge on your 4th attempt...I know exactly what you're talking about, and glad it's so easy for you(normally), but your today with one layer is my usual course of events!! The second card is lovely!! Your frame is amazing...wow...how creative are you?!! Your granddaughter is beautiful...a lovely lady and beau and a lovely page:)!!

snailzpace said...

thanks for commenting on my LIM card; good to know i'm not the only one who struggled with the challenge. :) i love both cards and the beautiful layout!

lostinpaper said...

Your work is absolutely beautiful! Your OLCs have amazing depth!

Deb Hickman said...

Two gorgeous cards,the end result were definitely worth the hassle. I love the LO,all the punched work looks beautiful.xxx

Shobana said...

Super cards Susan, as always! :) Guess you are setting the standard high for yourself too now! LOVE the faux stitching border!
Your g'daughter looks beautiful! :)

Marlena M. said...

Your cards are beautiful.;)

Wishcraft said...

I feel your pain! I ruined several cards trying to make my LIM entries - so frustrating! Your cards are gorgeous though, so well worth it in the end :o) Lisa x

smt said...

Beautiful as always!

Chunyuan said...

Both are beautiful cards.Love the distressed background of first card and the fuax stickes as frame for the second card. I just got the same HA stamp. Now I am inspired to ink it up.

Karen said...

Your cards are stunning.
On a personal note it's nice to know that I'm not the only one who ruined more than a few cards trying to make it a OLC! Love your work Susan Kx

Ildiko said...

Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog. Both of your cards are stuning. I had to do mine 3 times lol Like your layout too, yr granddaughter looks relly pretty on the pic
hugs
Ildiko

Eskimo Frosting said...

both of your cards are beautiful. The Scrapbook page is beautiful too.Your grand-daughter should be very pleased.

Jayne
x

Beth aka BR-T said...

Wow you Less is More cards are stunning! Thanks for leaving a link! I always seem to ruin these type of card too!

GinaA said...

Producing a single layer card is certainly a challenge, I love the stitch effect frame on your second card and the way the grasses escape on the left. very soft colour with a lovely sentiment

The Crystal Elephant said...

Fab cards and your scrapbook page is great too! Sarah-Jane xx

Anonymous said...

Your sponged skies are so perfect because of your choice of colors. I live on a mountain top where I can see all the layers , and you're the only artist I've seen duplicate with sponges what I see.

Glad to hear I'm not the only one who finishes a card then spoils it because there's a teensy bit of ink on the tip of one of my fingers. It makes me think how wealthy I would be if I invented an ink eraser.

LOVE cruising around your blog!

Bahb

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