Monday, August 22, 2011

Sunny Gerbera Daisy

Tucked behind a few things, my daisy die cut sat lonely and abandoned.  I'm not sure why... sometimes I get stuck on using one thing and forget about my cherished other tools.

Anyway I saw a challenge to celebrate Gerbera daisies - what a perfect die cut for this.  I made the center a little darker than the larger petals and included a vintage-y looking button for the center.  Here's the challenge at Stampin Celebration #52


I found the layout from Clean and Simple Challenge Blog #154 so I thought I'd use this bold daisy in this design.  Easy and fun!

Now the colors - I just love how these gals can put together colors at CR84FN #36.  Yellows are simply not my thing, but look how pretty their challenge picture is?!  I think I was attracted to the cake and the rest is history... 

Thank you for your visit.
Have a Sunny Day!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

If You Zoom In - It's One Layer!

Stamping time yesterday was such a gift.  Thanks to some sweet friends, a stamping get-together was simply delightful.  Events in this year have been nothing short of continuous challenge, but in everything, I am grateful for the blessings that have come about through every struggle.  So, who am I to complain?  Instead, let me share a comforting quote for anyone who is feeling burdened - certainly something I have reflected on over and over:

Cast your cares on the LORD
and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous fall.
Psalm 55:22 

So, if casting my cares is what I am to do - then cast away I shall.

And, here I am.
Ready to stamp.   

I turned to the Less is More Challenge (LIM #28) to find that there is a one-layer challenge going on there.  WOW.  I cannot be a one layer gal.  I've tried.  

I give you... my attempt of simplicity.  I was so excited to try this technique from this gorgeous card, that my sweet friend, Stephanie posted.  What fun!  

The background is made of a glorious blend of colors and shimmer spray.  I inked up my acrylic block with Certainly Celery and Pacific Point.  In the corner I spritzed some Log-cabin smooch spray, followed with spritzes of water to make the inks a beautiful wash of color.  Onto Whisper White cardstock did the block go.  If you try this, I guarantee that you will hardly contain your excitement, as the inks blend together before your very eyes.

Now, as for the one layer... I tried, really.  It started off that way, but ribbons, embellishments and punches were all looking at me with those puppy-dog eyes.  Naturally, I caved.  Here is my result.  I did try to keep it simple... I did not even add a ribbon!  (But, isn't that vintage brad simply something?!)

Thank you for visiting.
Wishing you a moment to cast away your cares.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Heaven Must Be Shades of Lavender

Though, looking a little blue, the project here highlights shades of lavender.  This dreamy color, comes courtesy of this challenge - CR84FN35:

I enjoyed adding all of the little shapes together with this one.  I added a small scalloped border to the sides of my ribbon-like banner.  Then used 2 sides of the Top Note to accent the sides some more.  What a great way to use up scraps!

I wanted to use a delicate image with these colors.  I thought the beautiful swirls of the butterfly from Stampin Up's Hope and Strength campaign, along with the sentiment tag on the bottom would add to the gentle theme I was looking for.

To get just the words I wanted, I used a marker to color the stamp and used one of my millions of white paper strips on which to stamp.  Clipped the corners (there must be a punch for that shape, already?!) and popped everything on dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting!
Hope you find your slice of heaven today.
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