Saturday, March 17, 2012

LIM59 - We're all using Masks!

It's Saturday and time once again for the wonderful Less is More challenge.  This week, Chrissie and Mandi have challenged us to show some evidence of MASKING but we still need to have some white space plus a clean and simple design.

I did a little masking for last week's challenge, and it was a nightmare! LOL!  For some reason, using a mask this week wasn't nearly so difficult.  I've made four totally different cards...you decide which is your favorite.  Here's my take on the challenge:

This was the first card I made and I really like how it turned out.  I masked off a section on the left side of the card, then tore some post it notes to use as masks for the hills.  I sponged in the hills with DI - Peeled Paint and then stamped my trees in the same ink. I added a mask for the moon on top of the trees and then sponged in the night sky with DI - Broken China. To finish off the scene, I added little stars with my white signo pen.
This is the second card I made.  I used a single bloom from the Pretty Peonies set from PTI.  I sponged the background with DI - Spun Sugar, then stamped each one of the peonies by moving my post it note mask around on the card stock.  I ended up cutting it down a bit in order for it to look right on the card (and I'd originally had it on the left and decided to move it to the right.  I wanted my sentiment to fit in the indention.  I cut out one edge of the blooms and pop dotted the piece onto my card base.  The peonies were colored with Copics in three shades of pink. I added some micro beads to the center of each bloom with some glossy accents and colored them with Copics after they dried.

I think I liked this card in my head better than on paper, but it was my daughter's favorite of the bunch.  I used one of my Magnolia stamps.  Several years ago, I was crazy about these little Magnolia children and bought quite a few of the images...and then didn't use them.  I LOVE this little girl!  I stamped the little girl, then cut a mask for her and added the grass with a stamp I've had forever.  It looked a little plain, so I decided to sponge in some green and add a few hand drawn blades of grass.  The butterflies were punched with a MS punch and a little glitter was added to each one.  The sentiment is from PTI.  I colored the little girl with Copics.  The clouds were an after thought, but I like them.  This might just be a little "too" much for the challenge...but hopefully not.  I guess it's kind of cute and will work beautifully for one of our many granddaughters!


This was my last card.  I''ve done something similar to this before, but I added a few more shells.  Each shell is a different stamp, so there was LOTS of masking going on!  I even had to mask to added the ground!  Again, the images are from SU and were colored with Copics.

Since I'm posting, I'll go ahead and share another layout I finished recently.
This is our two youngest granddaughters, Helen Grace and Maggie. For this layout I used MME On the Bright Side collection. I made a pattern for hexagon and hand cut each of the hexagons on the page out of different papers from this collection. I adhered them to the white background, leaving a small gap between them and then added some faux stitching in red between all the hexagons. The zig zag strips on the red mat were cut from one of the papers used for the hexagons. Title work was cut with a QK font. I used a technique I've used previously for making faux chipboard letters (cut out 4 or 5 of each letter from white card stock and glue the stacks together with the letters cut from the ppr as the top layer). I made "hexagon" flowers by shrinking my pattern for the hexagon and then putting 6 of them together to form a circle. I cut between each petal and added some white doodling. The hexagon centers of the blooms were hand cut, pop dotted and then coated with glossy accents. I hand cut the flower stems and the leaves are cut with a Spellbinder die. Then I added a little red gingham bow on the bouquet. No journaling on this layout...I just added some random words to the hexagon areas where there was no ppr. Three little banner tags on the bottom attached with three red brads. To get perfect points on the tag on the bottom, I used a square punch and just punched out the end.  (The black border was added in photoshop to keep the edges from fading away)

Thanks a million for popping in! Which card is your favorite?  I appreciate all your fabulous comments...they make my day!  Until next time...

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39 comments:

Judy1223 said...

Susan, you amaze me each week with not just one but SEVERAL awesome cards for the LIM challenge! I am particularly impressed with the amount of masking you did for the first and last cards...so many layers of ink, perfectly masked! The layout is adorable as well...you do it all well!

Toulouse31 said...

Hi Susan, I think the peony card is just beautiful! I finally had the right eye done and WOW ... its wonderful to see clearly again :-)

Mim said...

Wow.. WOW! You have been busy! Love that starry night one!

Chrissie said...

You always produce so much high quality work Susan and it's always difficult to choose a favourite... but this time I think it's the shells! Awesome stuff!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Fiona said...

Magnificent masking Susan, I don't know how you do it. So many gorgeous examples each week and all different. Well done.

Bea said...

lovely cards - really effective techniques.

Loli said...

Hola Susan, great, great job with masking technique:D!!!all of them are so beutiful but my fav. is the little girl, beautiful colouring!!, the butterlies are a pretty touch.
Thank you for your comment about my One layer card in simplicity last week:D.
a warm hug from Palma and have a nice week:D

Meggymay said...

Wonderful set of cards, love the shells.
Yvonne

Viv said...

All amazing again Susan, so hard to choose a fav..but maybe the pink peonies,...but I do love pink so maybe that's why I chose that one lol :) Viv xx

Carole said...

Awesome work Susan, choosing my favorite is not an easy task, but I think I will go with the shells.

Thanks so much for your visit, I was so pleased to read your comment.

lada_vl said...

Susan, that's splandid, all cards! And background on card with gerl is remarkable!

Suzilou said...

My gosh how can you choose just one! I love them all. The grass you created round tilda and the beach are just brilliant and I do like the scene in the left hand panel. Just WOW to them all and you have done a scrap book page. Love coming to see your creations :)

Rosemary said...

holey moley susan! i got one little card done with barely any masking and you manage to produce not one, but FOUR fantastic examples of masking!! i am in awe!!! (super cute layout, too!!)

GinaA said...

Fabulous set of cards, you have been busy.

Scrapmate said...

All the cards are so different but equally fab.

Anne said...

Susan that's a very difficult question, I love ALL your cards, even the Tilda which normally does nothing for me at all. The seashells are perfectly coloured and masked, the flowers are so elegant but I suppose as ever the scene is the one that does it for me, aerene, understated and classy.
Anne
x

Diane said...

Great selection of designs. The peonies is stunning a real work of art.
Diane

Linda said...

Wow they are all amazing, but i think my favourite is the pink flowers. Fabulous LO too.

Mandi said...

You put so much effort into our challenges Susan, its so appreciated
Love the flowers
Thank you very much
mandi
"Less is More"

Vicki Dutcher said...

WOW! You go girl! Amazing creations and all are just fabulous -- your page is over the top AMAZING -- glad I popped by~

Lynne said...

Wow Susan they are all amazing. Hard to pick a favourite but at a pinch it would have to be the peonies, but only just.
Lynne xxx

Vicky Hayes said...

Always such wonderful cards Susan! The peonies cards is particularly striking.

Margaret said...

Absolutely impossible to choose a favourite Susan, they're all fab! And your grandaughters are just gorgeous!
Margaret x

Bonnie said...

Wow, Susan, this is a hard choice. I love the little night scene on the first card. That may be my favorite. I also like the peonies and the little girl dreaming in the grass and the shell scene is pretty nice too.

debby4000 said...

Love the selection of cards Susan and what a fabulous patchwork layout, the papers are perfect for the cute pics.
luv
Debby

Jenny said...

I cant choose a fave so I wont , they are all brilliant Susan...you've nailed the art of masking it seems :0)
Love the patchwork on the LO too, fabulous colours :0)
Jenny x

Beryl K said...

Wow Susan, fabulous cards again. I love the pink flowers. Great lo too
Beryl x

Aileen said...

Super cards and I love your scrapbook page. x

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Wow Susan! You are on a roll! I love your cards - love the scene you've created with the first one. The Peonies are placed and colored beautifully! Love them! The Magnolia stamp card is ADORABLE! Love the way you did the sky and the grass is awesome. The shells are a favorite subject of mine. You've colored them beautifully! Your scrapbook pages are always a delight. love the honeycomb effect. I will email you about the ink dusters.

bastelengel said...

A lot of great cards with great work on the masking. I love the pink flowers.

Linda said...

All your cards are amazing! I'm partial to you pink flowers!

Suzi B said...

Wow! Susan .. you put me to shame.. such prodigeously lovely "stuff" The Peonies is my favourite.
suzi b x

Joyce said...

Tough question. All 4 are wonderful. I think I'd vote for the Pretty Peonies card as my fave.

Valerie said...

Another fab selection Susan but my favourite is the shells, beautiful!
Val x

Victoria said...

WOW! It is really difficult to choose a favourite as they are all so so stunning. I think the shells one is my fav, if I had to choose, for its sheer depth of colour and perfect composition. I LOVE IT! I really like the detailed shapes in your layout too.

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Susan, these cards are all fabulous,and so different from each other. Very difficult to choose a favourite, but somehow I seem drawn to the Tilda one!
A wonderful layout too.
Hugs, Sylvia x

stempelomi said...

hi Susan,
all your cards are stunning! Great work with the masking technique.

Sally H said...

Wow, Susan! So many beautiful creations - I love them all!

Julie Howard said...

Goodness sakes! Look at all those comments above. I wanted to give you a slap on the back for the LO. Too cute! Love the quilt pattern. You spent a lot of time on that and it shows. Wonderful work.

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