OLW 132 Inspired by packaging

OLW 132 Inspired by packaging

Hopefully this challenge is not a hard one. So many products we buy are beautifully packaged; I am sure you will find inspiration all around your house. Some of the herbal teas I drink come in lovely boxes and I had planned to take inspiration from one of them but the brand I have right now is not so inspiring. After browsing the shower gels and shampoo bottles I settled instead on a tiny piece of packaging my daughter received with a gift  a couple of days ago.

Earring packaging

I like everything about this little card mount for a pair of earrings. The colours are restful, the layout is balanced and the sentiment bold, but not over powering. Packaging is great inspiration to try something you wouldn’t otherwise. I rarely use white on beige or ivory cardstock but is is very elegant. I would never have thought of adding a tiny bit of pink in the sentiment and nowhere else but it works.

OLW128 Rules

1. A one-layer card is defined as a single layer of card stock. No other layers allowed.

2. Make a one-layer card inspired by some packaging.

3. Post your cards online and link to them using the InLinkz button at the end of this post.  If you link  to your blog, be sure to link to the specific post, not just your blog’s main page.

4. Have fun



Supplies:

Stamps: Breezy, Kate’s AlphabetWinter Berries(PB)
Inks: Memento Bamboo Leaves, New Sprout, Angel Pink & Versamark  (Tsukineko)
Also: White embossing powder


OLW 128 Feminine Birthday Card

OLW128 feminine birthday

This one should not be a difficult challenge. Most of us do birthday cards for females all the time. It’s those masculine cards that are the tricky ones. I made a card for my husband’s birthday last  week  which is  yet unposted because half the small survey of people I showed it to did not understand what the scene was meant to be! Including my husband…

Remember to keep it one layer, and use a few of your favourite things on it; that’s what I did. I masked; you know I like to do that. I inked the background stamp with blue, my favourite colour. I added the letter background stamp that I love over the top and did a little sponging in both teal and yellow.

OLW128 Rules

1. A one-layer card is defined as a single layer of card stock. No other layers allowed.

2. Make a one-layer birthday card for a female

3. Post your cards online and link to them using the InLinkz button at the end of this post.  If you link  to your blog, be sure to link to the specific post, not just your blog’s main page.

4. I may or may not have chosen this theme because I am having a birthday this week. Not of course that I am making myself a birthday card, but I might just be opening a few.


Supplies:

Stamps: Glory of ModestyEdge to EdgeLetter Background(PB)
Inks: Memento Teal Zeal, Summer Sky, Dandelion (Tsukineko)


OLW 123 Keep Warm

OLW Warm Wishes

You would think that on the week that I host the One Layer Wednesday challenge I would not find it such a challenge, since I picked the theme! Not so, I really had to think this one through. The challenge is to have a warm theme to your card. The image can be something warm, or the colour scheme or perhaps the sentiment. In the dead of winter pick something to warm us up. If you happen to be playing along in the southern hemisphere I guess you won’t be short on warm inspiration.

I decided not to go for a warm colour scheme as my previous two cards were all about colour schemes so I looked for a warm image and didn’t find one. Nonetheless I persevered and created a little sweater mask and sponged myself a sweater, adding a border  stamp to give it a little pattern and texture. Wouldn’t you know it, I did not have a stamp that said ‘warm wishes’ so I wrote it myself.

Warm Congratulations: Some of you might know Darnell of djkardkreations. She and her husband are celebrating their anniversary today so why don’t you pop over and give her some warm wishes. Have a wonderful day, Darnell. Edited to add: Ardyth is hosting an Anniversary Link party on her blog. I have added my wedding photo. see below

OLW123 Rules

1. A one-layer card is defined as a single layer of card stock. No other layers allowed.

2. Make a one-layer card with theme of warmth

3. Post your cards online and link to them using the InLinkz button at the end of this post.  If you link  to your blog, be sure to link to the specific post, not just your blog’s main page.

4. Have fun!


Supplies

Stamps: Puzzle Parts (PB)
Ink: Memento Sweet plum stamp pad and marker (Tsukineko)

wedding


OLW 121 Simply Snowy

OLW121 Snowy day

Susan is hosting the first One Layer Wednesday of 2013 and the challenge is to get inspiration from the Snowy Day post on the Cake Wrecks blog. After all the snowy cards I created before Christmas I decided to use a totally different method to create some little white snowflakes on a blue background. My inspiration is the cake below. I have an EK snowflake border punch which I used to punch tiny snowy flakes out of the sticky edge of a post-it note. Once arranged across my masked panel I sponged in Memento Summer Sky ink.

Check out the inspiration link; there is a wide variety of themed cakes to choose from.

cake-thumbnail

Thanks for all the lovely comments you left on my last post. It seems that many of you have also seen sunsets over snow just like the one my husband and I saw. He agreed I had captured what we had seen as we finished our skiing so I was pretty happy with that comment too!

 


OLW 119 Silver & Blue

OLW symphony

For my challenge you could easily stay in the snow/snowflakes pattern set this month by Susan and Cheryl. I am challenging you to use silver and blue in your one layer card. I think when I planned this I intended to work with snowflakes but as I am having a little snowstorm obsession on the blog at present I decided to have one day off and use silver and blue for a different theme.

I have masked just under half the card base and stamped the music flourish and sentiment in versamark before embossing in silver powder. I then added the blue background stamp and sponging. The stamps are from the new Penny Black Valentine catalog and are in keeping with the gratitude theme happening on the PB blog this week.

OLW119 Rules

1. A one-layer card is defined as a single layer of card stock. No other layers allowed.

2. Make a one-layer card using Silver and Blue as the key colours.

3. Post your cards online and link to them using the InLinkz button at the end of this post.  If you link  to your blog, be sure to link to the specific post, not just your blog’s main page.

4. Have fun!

Supplies

Stamps: Butterfly Symphony, Bed of Roses  (PB)
Ink: Memento Teal Zeal & Versamark (Tsukineko)
Also: Silver embossing powder




OLW 117 Snow

OLW snow

Susan’s challenge for One Layer Wednesday this week is to create snow on your card. My card uses my favourite method for making snow: masking fluid. I masked either side of the panel and then flicked the masking fluid onto the panel with a toothbrush. After it had dried I removed the masks and  stamped the Winter Berries stamp as an overhanging branch rather than a tree. I inked it with black and red markers, stamped it once, then inked it with versamark and stamped it again before embossing with clear. For some reason a lot of the embossing powder stuck  around the branches resulting in more snow than I expected from the flicked masking fluid. Not to worry; I have a berry branch in a snow storm. I replaced the masks and sponged the sky in two shades of Memento inks. I realize this is a layout and technique I have done several times before, but making it with a different stamp adds another card to my Christmas card stack.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Winter Berries, All is Bright (PB)
Inks: Memento  Summer Sky, Danube Blue, Lady Bug, Rhubarb Stalk,Tuxedo Black, Versamark(Tsukineko)
Also: clear embossing powder


OLW 115 Gift Tags

Sorry it’s been so quiet round here lately. I do have cards to post but have had very little blogging time. November is always concert month for my daughters and for the younger one that means a big fundraising concert with all hands on deck.

My challenge for One Layer Wednesday this week is not too hard at all. Make some one layer gift tags. Not too much of a stretch considering I usually make my very simple tags at the last minute! I have been wanting to use the nifty background stamp from Penny Black which is full of Christmas words and phrases so this was a perfect opportunity. I masked a third of the tag, stamped the text on an angle, added some sponging and punched out a star or a row of trees. Very simple indeed.

OLW115 Rules

1. A one-layer card is defined as a single layer of card stock. No other layers allowed.

2. Make a one-layer Gift Tag

3. Post your cards online and link to them using the InLinkz button at the end of this post.  If you link  to your blog, be sure to link to the specific post, not just your blog’s main page.

4. Tag, you’re it!

Supplies:

Stamps: Christmas Story (Penny Black)
Inks:  Memento Cottage Ivy, Lady bug(Tsukineko)
Also:  Star punch, Tiny tree punch, scraps of very narrow ribbon


OLW 110 Squares

Today’s One Layer Wednesday challenge is to incorporate squares into your card. You could use a square stamp, mask a square or create patterns with squares. It is up to you as long as squares feature somehow.

I decided to challenge myself to not sponge  my squares: I thought I should think outside the box a little more than that. I have a little square acrylic block so I inked that up with two shades of green spritzed it with water then stamped it on my card. To add the maidenhair fern I used a punched mask  which was exactly the same size as the acrylic block.

Can’t wait to see your creations!

OLW110 Rules

1. A one-layer card is defined as a single layer of card stock folded in half. No other layers allowed.

2. Make a one-layer card which incorporates squares

3. Post your cards online and link to them using the InLinkz button at the end of this post.  If you link  to your blog, be sure to link to the specific post, not just your blog’s main page.

4. BE SQUARE!

Supplies:

Stamps: MaidenhairsFlourish Birthday (Penny Black)
Inks:  Memento Pistachio & Northern Pine , Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)




One Stamp, Two Ways

Susan’s challenge for One Layer Wednesday this week is to use the same stamp on two different cards in two different ways. I made the top card first and when I had finished realised I had used the emboss resist technique which included sponging so I couldn’t do that again! I do tend to sponge a lot don’t I? I am not sure that the word is really in the right place. If I made this card again I would make sure there was a gap between snowflakes at the bottom of the circle instead. I made the mask for the circle with Spellbinder circle dies I had forgotten I owned. After masking a circle on this card I made two more with different designs. You’ll see them another day.

I decided to go super simple and elegant for the second card. Even though I am very comfortable with tons of white space it does seem a little empty to me. I looked among my meager supply of bling but there were nothing the right size or colour so I left it as it is. The gorgeous flourishes on the words make me happy so I’ll live with the design being minimal.

After I had made these two I returned to the emboss resist technique I used in the first one and made three more cards to complete a set of five. I’ll post the others soon.

Supplies:

Stamps:  All is Bright, Noel, Flourish Christmas (PB)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Nautical Blue, Danube Blue, Versamark(Tsukineko)


OLW 107 Masking

Karen is hosting the One Layer Wednesday challenge this week and it is right up my alley; we have to use masking. I punched a square out of a post-it note and masked a bunch of squares tumbling across my card. Each square is sponged in Gingerbread Versamagic Chalk ink and then an image is stamped in Potter’s Clay Memento ink. I had all my squares completed and my sentiment stamped once but I wasn’t happy with the sentiment. It was too pale so I stamped it again using the stamp positioner but I didn’t get it exactly on the previous impression. Aach, don’t you hate that? It happens to me too often. I wasn’t prepared to start again with my little squares so I just restamped those words about 7 or 8 more times which made them darker but also made the shadow impression less annoying and maybe looked like it was meant to be there.  Sometimes it is possible to turn a little glitch around.

Supplies:

Stamps: A Flight of ThreadMusic BackgroundLace Flower, Diamond PatternLetter BackgroundFlower Flourish(PB)
Inks: Memento Potter’s clay, Gingerbread Versamagic Chalk ink(Tsukineko)