Tuesday, March 13, 2012

LIM58 - One Layer Week...

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...


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Bonnie said...

I couldn't stamp any of those scripts straight either and either stamped the sentiment crooked or had a smudge on more than one card. Finally, I left off the sentiment and simplified the script. I still didn't like it but played with it last night. Now maybe I can get the photos done and show what I did. I love your blue flowers and I think that card is beautiful. In fact I think the other 2 cards are amazing. And I mean that in a good way. You must have worked out all the kinks. And the computer generated card is a WOW! I love that lady image. Very sophisticated.

Dolores said...

Susan your cards are fantastic. love them... thanks for sharing

June Houck said...

Your cards are always so lovely! The LO is so vibrant and wonderful :)

bastelengel said...

Those cards are all so fantastic! Beautiful coloring and wonderful colors against the scripts.

Loli said...

Hola Susan, great cards as always, fantastic colouiring with your pears, the Belle epoque lady card is beautiful!!!, the text, is about a expetition to La Pelee, it's a volcan in the Martinique island and the end of the text is a little bit...dark, but when you see the card your see the Belle Epoque lady only, well done Susan.
A hug from Palma and blessings for your new grandson:D

Valerie said...

Lovely cards Susan, nice to know someone else has disasters with inky fingers and crooked stamping!!
Haven't thought about this one yet, too busy with my first grandson:)
love your layout, need to do one for my DIL:)
Val x

VICTORIA said...

Wow Susan I love them all great job on them :)

Chrissie said...

Wow, what a fabulous bunch of cards Susan... your colouring is absolutely brilliant, I'm not surprised it took an age!
Wonderful work!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Suze Bain said...

Yes Susan, the main problem with one layer cards is keeping them clean! Lol. Well done for persevering - beautiful cards, the colouring on the second one is stunning and I also love the vintage lady. Beautiful photo of your grandson too. xx

Ginny said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS cards - ALL of them!!

Sandra H said...

Wow Susan what a fabulous job you have done they are brilliant and great for the challenge, l know what its like getting a new computer not knowing how it works but looking at your creations you managed it in the end:)x

kingstonmama said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards, Susan. Your coloring always inspires me. Couldn't pick a favorite. Each is so different and lovely. Ann Y.

Linda said...

Susan, all your cards are amazing! I am glad you didn't give up on the blue flowers! It is stunning!


Suzilou said...

WOW these are all just gorgeous, love the stamps and what a great scrapbook layout, you have been busy and I think they all look perfect :)

Mandi said...

Check you out!!
Fantastic cards, I adore that first stamp, I NEED it!
Super work
Thank you so much
"Less is More"

debby4000 said...

Oh what gorgeous cards Susan. I do love your scrapbooking pages too and this gorgeous baby one is no exception.

Diane said...

Wonderful cards....the stress was all worth it, I have resorted to cutting stamps but it always feels slightly wrong!! But glad you got the look you wanted in the end.
Gorgeous grandson and LO

Lynne said...

They are all wonderful Susan.I think it was quite a difficult challenge this week but you`ve pulled it off brilliantly.I love the stamp on your first one. The colouring on your pears is amazing and the computer generated one is fabulous.
Lynne xxx

Lynne said...

Sorry, forgot to say how wonderful your layout is too and your words are truely from the heart. Lovely.
Lynne xxx

Jane said...

Four gorgeous cards and beautiful photo too - congratulations on all!
You can view my card here

Lynette said...

Oh my goodness - what lovely cards! I think the first one with the blue flowers is my favorite. You must be really, really patient to keep trying after having such problems:) Your computer-made card is awesome, too, as is your scrapbook page for your newest grandson.

Thanks for your nice comment on my blog.

Victoria said...

WOW! What amazing cards! It's hard to choose a favourite, but I would probably go for the first. The blue flowers are just gorgeous!

Rosemary said...

it is always so fun to come and see how many beautiful cards you have created, susan! each one of your cards is fabby! love that sweet layout, too!

Lisa A. said...

'what beautiful cards, Susan!! I especially love the blue cone flowers...so soft and pretty...LOVE the blue and the sentiment is so profound...the whole card is just beautiful!! What a handsome grandson:)!!!

Anne said...

What a beautiful set of cards. The two pear ones both look superb, perfect colouring too

Mrs.B said...

Hi Susan, thanks for stopping by my blog.
I haven't visited you for a while and I must say your Zentangles are really fabulous!
You LIM cards are all stunning, but my fav. is the Lady in the Hat.
Avril x

Jenny said...

mmm those pears look good enough to eat Susan, you've created four beautiful cards again this week, neat computer work on the last one :0)
Love the page too,
Jenny x


What a wonderful collection of cards Susan - the finished results are stunning, and well worth the hard work you put into creating them. Love the "Peace within" sentiment too.

Have a happy weekend - Sylvia xx

Vicky Hayes said...

I always love hearing your descriptions of making your cards Susan! We all have those days where the ink goes everywhere except where we want it! Your finished cards are all wonderful and no-one would ever imagine you had any trouble at all. I love seeing your layouts too - thank you for sharing your journalling too.

Stamps and Paper said...

Susan your cards are fantastic and full of colour just stunning


Joyce said...

Well, you certainly don't do anything halfway, do you? This is a load of fabulous one layer cards with script. You are clearly a very patient person. I am looking and looking and trying to figure out which is my fave--but I can't. If I had to choose, I'd say it's the pair of pear cards.

Lyn S said...

Wow, all of your one layer cards are just beautiful Susan! I love how you coloured them!

Congrats on your new grandson too!


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