I'm later than usual with my entry for the Less is More challenge this week. I got a new computer last week, and I've been trying to get everything reloaded and transferred. You just don't realize how much "stuff" you have on your computer until you upgrade and have to re-install everything! Takes a while. Anyway, I spent a very frustrating Saturday trying to make a one layer card for this week's challenge.
If there was an Inky Fingers of the Week award...I would have won it..hands down! I lost count of how many cards ended up in the trash bin! I made several cards that were really pretty...until I managed to drop them on the ink pad...or add a inky fingerprint to the front of the card! GAAH!!!
This first card looks relatively simple...right? Well, I won't even tell you how many times I messed up before I finally got a halfway decent card finished! For this one, I stamped the flowers (Flourishes) then cut out a mask to cover them. I tore an oval (somewhat) shape from the center of a post it not and then stamped the script "behind" the flowers. The sentiment is from PTI. The sentiment is one long stamp and I was trying to mask part of the sentiment and stamp it in sections. I think I stamped it crooked about 4 or 5 times before I finally gave up, cut the sentiment stamp in half and stamped each portion separately! I really didn't want to cut my stamp in half....but I'll get over it! LOL!
This next card was stamped with some stamps from Flourishes that I've had for a while but never used. Coloring this thing took forever!....then cut out a mask so that I could add the script. I finally decided to just use this card, even though all the script is crooked. Sentiment is from Flourishes and the background script is from SU - French Foliage. Coloring was done with Copics.
These pears are from the same set from Flourishes, and the script background is a very old set I found in my stash that is a Hampton Arts set. The script looked kind of lost in the middle of the card, so I added a couple of lines of scoring on either side of the script. The sentiment is from Flourishes (and I managed to stamp it crooked several times too...) Image was colored with Copics.
I finally figured out how to make a card that I couldn't leave my inky fingerprints all over...I make this one on the computer! The background script was an image with everything written in French. Since I don't read or speak French...I hope it's "nice" words! LOL! The lady was a free digi image that I downloaded from somewhere, but I have no idea where I got it. The sentiment was computer generated with a font called Teepee. And..look at that...NO inky fingerprints! Woohoo!!
Here's a layout I did a week or so ago, of my newest grandson, Pierce, taken when he was just a few hours old.
I used MME On the Bright Side collection for this layout. To make the bottom portion of the layout, I cut 2x2 inch squares and a 3/8 inch plaid strip and adhered them to a piece of solid orange (from an older collection from MME). I punched the edge of the strip with a MS punch prior to dry embossing. Then I embossed the 12 inch strip with an embossing folder from Stampin Up. To do this, you have to run the strip through the cuttlebug lengthwise, with the folder going across it. The tag for the title was cut with a Spellbinder die, and then I traced the white tag on the inside of the orange one and hand cut it. I added a lot of faux stitching to the "quilt" and around the white edges. The bear hanging over the edge of the quilt was cut with the Cameo. The giraffe, the blue bear, and the baby shoes were stamped and then hand cut after stamping. I made photo corners for the top of the photo (using a tutorial that you can find on my blog). Title letters are chipboard letters that I colored with Copics, then added a layer of glossy accents. The butterflies were punched with a MS punch and glittered up with stickles. Journaling is tucked behind the top of the photo and reads:
Pierce, you were born on October 10, 2011. I wasn't at the hospital on the day you were born, because your Grandpa was in the hospital, too, and I was with him. I came to the hospital where you were born later that evening because I couldn't wait to see you and hold you in my arms. You weighed 7 lbs 11.2 ounces and were 19.25 inches long….but you felt so tiny in my arms! I was amazed at how bright-eyed you were. You seem to be aware of everything around you. In this photo, you are just a few hours old…but look how alert you are! You are such a beautiful little boy…and I'm so happy that you're finally here!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Maybe all your wonderful comments will help me get over the trauma of making my cards this week! Not sure what the problem was this week (well, except for the inky fingers! LOL), but I'm hoping that next week's challenge will be much easier for me! Until next time...