Wednesday, June 15, 2011

OLW58 - Yellow, Orange, and Aqua

We have a new challenge this week from Susan at Simplicity.  Our challenge this week is to make a one layer card using the colors yellow, orange, and aqua.  The only difficult thing about the challenge this week was trying to decide what I wanted to color yellow, orange, and aqua!  I finally decided to use the Inkadinkado fish stamps I got a few weeks ago. I have no idea why I wanted fish stamps, but they seem to leap in my basket without me knowing it....really! I actually made two cards, the first one I wasn't overjoyed with, so I did another one and added a little more to it.  I think I'll show you my second card first...


I used a vertical fold card base (BTW, am I the only one that makes my own card base? Do you buy your card base, and if so, where?  I really like the vertical fold better than a horizontal fold...no idea why, I just do).  Now...back to the card.  I've been practicing with my brayer...see?  I actually did it without getting the dreaded lines across my card! YAY ME!  For this card, I stamped my fish with black Memento, then colored them with twinkling H2Os.  I rarely use the h2os but, I thought I'd give it a try on these fish.  I also cut a mask from paper to cover the fish while I brayered the tempting turquoise on to the card stock.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches, and kind of fit the fish theme.

Okay, now here's the first card I did...


I used a "water" stamp that I've had for a while and stamped the little water lines, but then decided I just didn't like it very much.  I definitely like it better with 2 fish and the brayered water.

And last but not least, I also made a card for the technique challenge at Splitcoast which was to make a patchwork card.  Since I used to quilt (many moons ago), I decided to make a quilt block with the Ohio Star pattern.  After I adhered the paper pieces to a piece of card stock, I embossed it with a SU embossing folder.  Kinda cool....huh!

                                    

Playing along in all the different challenges has really made me step out of my comfort zone...and in the process, I've learned a lot.  If you haven't played in a card challenge, you should give it a try.  I still love to scrapbook and do it often, but card making is a source of instant gratification.  A layout may take me 4-5 hours (and sometimes I piddle with it for several days!), but a card is usually finished in under an hour. Like I said, instant gratification.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate all your comments...they make my day!  Until next time....

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25 comments:

Carla said...

tha card with the 2 fish I like the most

jimlynn said...

Both are great (actually all three) but I really like the fish card! Wonderful colors and oh, I so wish I could use a brayer without getting those lines. This is just great.
Lynn

snapdragon said...

You like the vertical fold because a card stands up better that way than with a horizontal fold. That HAS to be the reason because that is the reason I like it!!!
Love the two fish card. It fits the sentiment better because it says Birthday fishes (plural) instead of Birthday fish (one fish). The blue is so perfectly watery!

Folly said...

Yay you, indeed! Great work on the brayering! I like all three. I have a soft spot for quilted cards, and it has been ages since I've done any (maybe this week-end?). I like your fish cards, I like the yellow and orange colouring on your single fish, he's cute.
Michelle.

craftattack said...

Great ccards, the fishes have captured my heart! I always make my own card bases, it's cheaper, I can do whatever form I want! Valerie

Debgem said...

The one with two fish is my favourite - it's bolder and brighter and just such fun! I really like the other too. And the quilted card is just super!

Cheryl Nelson said...

Such FABBIE cards! Love 'em!

kingstonmama said...

Gorgeous. Your colors are so vibrant.

Rosemary said...

love your olw cards, susan! so clever!

Jenny said...

Fab cards Susan, love the fishes stamp. The colours shout fishes/water to me but I don't have any stamps like that...I wish some would jump in my basket sometime :)
Well done for getting the word 'piddle' into your post...it really made me laugh :D
Jenny x

Chrissie said...

Tricky colours Susan... these are fabulous!
Chrissie

fatmonica said...

They're all wonderful cards but I love the two fish best!

Meggymay said...

Great cards, the one with the two fishes is my favourite. I make my own card bases as well. Yvonne xx

Rica said...

Hi Susan, three fabulous cards, love the first fishy one the best, could be because I a little Piscean LOL!!
I'm going to email you as soon as I have a minute, it's been a manic week (another one!!)
love
Heather xx

Sandra said...

Two gorgeous cards love the one with the fish the best....:) Sandra H

Lisa A. said...

Your cards are wonderful, Susan!! LOVE the sentiment and that water stamp is sooo cool!! The quilted card is lovely...will have to check out that challenge...such GREAT cards:)!!

Pauline said...

I am having lots of trouble with blogspot. So I try again. Loved your cards. Colors are great and your braying is outstanding.
Paulie H.

Vicky Hayes said...

I agree with you Susan, the brayered card really packs a punch! Your brayering is perfect! Go you indeed!

Katina said...

Fab cards Susan but the brayered one is my favourite; it's so bold and colourful! xx

Violets Corner said...

What a fantastic array of cards, I like them all, the colours are splendid on the first one, the second is beautiful and tranquil, love the waves, and the quilt is amazing, well done!

I buy my card bases, but make my own for special cards.

Hugs
Maarit

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

OOh, love those fishies! Great job!

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Well done Susan they are Fabulous, your brayering is superb, love the fish too:0) I love your patchwork card, such patience but well worth it, lovely, Hugs Gay xxx

Susan Raihala said...

Oh, Susan. So much fabulousness on one post! I like the single fish card, but agree that the brayered one is just way cooler...can't BELIEVE you brayered that smoothly! Plus the richness of the colors really makes that two-fish card special!

The quilt card is just amazing!!!! Love the texture of it.

I fold my own card bases. My paper trimmer and ScorPal are the two most used items in my craft room.

I totally agree that challenges are a great way to push out of your comfort zone. I resolved to do more this year, and got a little burned out on them. I've taken a break the past few weeks but want to get back to my favorites next week!

Bonnie said...

I love your fish! I'm glad they jumped into your basket. Great job of brayering and I like the stamped water with the single fish. I love the Ohio Star quilt card. Your colors are wonderful!

I cut my cardstock and fold. I couldn't do without my papercutter. In fact I wore the lines off one and had to replace it! I also bought a Score Buddy a while back and I love it for folding my cards, especially when I have a class and need to cut and score 100 cards or more. What a time saver!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love your OLW cards! Fabulous use of the colrs!

ps - I ckicked "Beta" and whoa -- definately is a different set up for Blogger. They will be going to that in the future. I was a test -- I gave feedback and then went BACK to original.

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