Thursday, September 22, 2011

OLW65 - Sentiment-a-mania and a little more "Less is More"

It's time to play with the One Layer Wednesday challenge, hosted this week by Jennifer Styles at Styles Ink.  The challenge this week is to make a card where the sentiment is either the focus of the card or shares the focus equally with the image.  I purchased this stamp from Flourishes last year and couldn't seem to use it for a card, even though I think it's a beautiful stamp.


So, this is my first try...I stamped the image using Versamark and then used sparkly gold embossing powder and heat set it.  Not my favorite look...(mostly because I'm still not a very good embosser!)

I decided I don't really like the gold embossing, so I decided to try it in red.  Same process...still not happy with the outcome.
So...one more time....This time I stamped it in Memento black and colored it with Memento markers and a gold embossing pen.  After the gold dried, I added a layer of sparkle over the gold using my Sakura clear star pen.  The berries on this were done with liquid pearls.


So, I finally gave up on the Rejoice stamp and decided to try something different.  This sentiment is from Paper Smooches.  I stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves.  The pine cone and pine bough were also stamped in the Memento Bamboo Leaves, then I colored the pine cone with two different brown Copic markers.  I like this one! Super simple...AND it fits the challenge! YAY me!!!

I'm also submitting these cards for the Less is More challenge this week, since Chrissie and Mandi are trying to have 1000 cards submitted. Unfortunately, I'm putting them all in one post, so I won't be helping the count much! Sorry ladies!

I have another layout to share with you.  This is a photo of me when I was about 3 years old.  

I used Scribble Scrabble Naomi's Collection for this layout. The edges of the background piece were punched with a MS around the edge (deep edge) punch. I cut one mat from the yellow and rounded the corners, then added a bit of faux stitching. The pink swirly mat was punched with a MS around the edge punch and backed with a piece of green card stock. The photo was also matted with the green card stock. The flowers were made using punches, inking and doodling and a piece of pink bling was added to the centers. I punched quite a few butterflies with a MS punch that has 3 butterflies on it...so there are some tiny butterflies. I also added a chipboard leaf behind the flowers and a button shoe. The chipboard swirls on the pink gingham paper were painted with pink and then I added a touch of glitter to them. Title letters are BG. I also added liquid pearls to each of the flowers in the outside border, except for the large flowers...and I added pearl centers to those flowers. Each butterfly has a bling body or s touch of liquid pearls. Journaling is tucked behind the swirly mat and the top swirl is the pull for the journaling. Journaling reads:

Looking at this photo today, makes me realize how quickly life passes. I must have been about 3 years old in this photo. The dress I'm wearing looks like one of the dresses my mama made for me from flour sacks. The little girl you see in this photo was quiet and shy. She had two big brothers that she would follow anywhere. This little girl believed in Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, and that all people were good. She lived in the country, and loved playing outside with her brothers. She went barefooted all summer and loved to splash and play in the mud puddles after it rained. This little girl thoroughly enjoyed her childhood. Times were simpler then… less busy and less stressful. People who know me now would never believe that I was a quiet and shy little girl…but I remember when…. 

Long post.....if you made it all the way through...Thank You! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I truly appreciate your comment...each and every one!!  Until next time....

♥ Hugs! ♥


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20 comments:

Valerie said...

That is a great stamp Susan but it definitely looks lovely on the 3rd card with more colour added. I loved your layout and reading about your childhood, life was certainly simpler then!
Val x

Rosemary said...

okay... first of all your layout is just good too cute (and so were you at age 3!)! i have to say i do like you last OLW card the best... although the others you made with the "rejoice" are very nice, too.

Mynnette said...

LOVE your last card--the pine cone is fabulous! :)

Cheryl said...

oh just love these cards hun the stamps are just awesome to make really beautiful cas cards,and as for your layout that is so beautiful wonderful,photo hugs cherylxxxxxx

Mandi said...

Absolutely wonderful Susan
The coloured in Rejoice is magnificient, as is the pine cone design

Continued huge thanks
mandi
LIM

Chrissie said...

These are just lovely Susan. I love the green/red version of the Rejoice card.
Thanks so much for all your cards this week.
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Jenny said...

Gorgeous cards Susan, I love the pine cone card so much :)
Pretty LO too.
Jenny x

Vicky Hayes said...

I agree that the rejoice stamp really comes alive when colour is added and I adore the pine cone card. It's lovely to hear a bit about your life when you were small!

Kathyk said...

Fab projects but I LOVE your Peace, love and happiness card

Kathyk

Cheryl Nelson said...

wow...AMAZING stamp work! I'm in awe! Your lo is just the sweetest and cutest! LOVE it!

Judy1223 said...

Wow, amazing process with the Rejoice card...isn't it funny how things evolve? I like the colored one the best, while the others are clean and classy, too. The Paper Smooches sentiment is among my favorites (and you got it so clear!) and I love the pine cone and bough. Perfect clean and simple card!Your layout is also gorgeous...you have been a busy little bee!

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi Susan, Fabulous cards and a great LO, I think your embossings great and i love the coloured version so much, Gay xxx

Bonnie said...

I really love the Rejoice painted! The peace card is also beautiful. Isn't it wonderful to remember our childhoods. It was a much simpler time. Those who remember happy times are doubly blessed!

Carol said...

Some fabulous stamping Susan, love the last card though. Carol x

Meggymay said...

They are a fantastic set of stylish cards. Yvonne x

Sandra said...

Hello Susan, wow oh wow just love these cards the stamps are just amazing and you have done a wonderful job with not one but five you have truly done a fabulous job and good luck with your challenges:) Sandra H

Debgem said...

Susan - your cards are lovely. I do like the Rejoice ones - I think my favourite is the one you've coloured. But the pinecone and peace sentiment is fab!

Carol said...

Beautiful cards, Susan! Love your progression on the Rejoice card...the 3rd one is really spectacular!

Pauline said...

Great cards. I really liked all of them . It just shows what you can do with one stamp. You are so cute it the picture. It is fun to look back at pictures.

kingstonmama said...

Beautiful. I love the one that is stamped and colored. Gorgeous scrapbook page, too!

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