Wednesday, 9 February 2011

OLW40 - two for the show ...

... the One Layer Wednesday challenge is being hosted by Jennifer over at Styles Ink this week.  Jennifer says the challenge is "to use two (and ONLY two) image stamps on your card. That’s right, just two. And no sentiment. You may not use each stamp more than once.  You may also use the following AND ONLY the following: heat embossing and/or markers to colour your stamped images. That means no bling, no ribbon, no hippopotamuses."  You'll have to read Jennifer's blog :)

Jennifer's Heats card - OLW40

Jennifer reckons this is a "toughie"!!  I love this challenge - it took me 20 minutes to make four cards - all the same design and entirely CASEd from Jennifer's first example card (shown above).  This was such fun!!




The background stamp I've used is the one that Jennifer sent me when I won the OLW30 challenge.  So it's really nice being able to use it on her challenge!!  Yes, I know I'm soft!  This card really is as clean and simple as it gets.  Stamp the background in colour of choice and add the tree stamp on top!!  Job done - four times :))



The actual card bases are all slightly different - smooth white, smooth cream, textured off-white and pearly off-white - and it makes a difference to how each card looks!  Not an effect that shows up well on the photos.  Also the cream and textured cards are 5¼" × 5¼" and the pearl white and smooth white are 5" × 5" - both sizes work well.  I think my favourite of the four is the blue background.  Thanks Jennifer - fabulous challenge and taking inspiration from your card really helped.  I like the layout and may be back again soon :))

Stamps:  Hero Arts - Ancient Motif (thanks Jennifer); Kanban - Autumn Silhouettes
Inks:  Versafine - Onyx Black;  Distress - Tumbled Glass, Dried Marigold, Shabby Shutters, Spun Sugar

Now, I'm not sure whether I'll be back later today - I really do have to get the ironing done - have put it off for far too long!  But the plus side is that I'll be doing it in front of the TV and QVC has a two-hour Dawn Bibby crafting show - so the ironing should fly by!!  And this evening - I'm off to the gym for the first time - eek!!  And then dinner at our local Indian restaurant.  Jonathan, his colleagues, Kathryn and I are going for a farewell dinner before Jonathan heads for India!! Yes, I know it's strange opting for an Indian meal, but I think this might be Jonathan's last meat dinner for a few months :)  I gather vegetarian meals are more popular in Mumbai.

So, I'll see you tomorrow.

18 comments:

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving me a comment. I've just come over to have a nosey at your blog! What a lot of lovely cards I've seen. Love the idea of the OLW challenge too . . . might have to have a go at that! See you again.

Hugs, Sandra x

Jackie said...

beautiful cards, I love it in all the colours :o)
Jackie xx

Jennifer Styles said...

Oh wow! LOVE these cards! I have that background stamp too and never thought to use it that way.

I'm gonna CASE your CASE of my card :)

Great job on the challenge and thanks for playing along with OLW40!

Susan said...

I love the look of these two stamps together. Gotta put my thinking cap on to see what I can come up with. It's amazing how different it can look just by using different colors.

Carol said...

Looks like you NAILED this challenge, Deborah! They are beautiful!

Violets Corner said...

Wow, they are beautiful, love the way the colours changes the the feeling of them, the stamps you used are wonderful together.

Hugs
Maarit

Stella said...

20 minutes for 4 beauties????
Oh my ...I am spending at least an hour on one card. ( I can look for hours for papaers and embellishments hee hee!!)
Ok off track :)..... Your cards are gorgeous!

Tiya-B said...

ditto, great challenge card, I love them all.

Viv said...

Lovely cards, well done, I will be back :O)

Robyn said...

Just beautiful! What a great one layer card!

Angelnorth said...

This would be a great design to make up sets of notecards to give as gifts - you could do a set of six, each with a different background colour and tie with a ribbon. Lovely take on the challenge!

Paula said...

Love the two stamps & the sum of the whole is more than the two parts - think that's right. Love that tree especially & my favourite will have to be the Marigold one. Sounds as if you've got a good strategy for the ironing.
Paula (PEP)

Vicky Hayes said...

Utterly gorgeous Deborah! My favourite is the green and I agree with Angelnorth that they'd make a lovely gift set.

How cunning to go off to the gym before feasting on scrumptious Indian food! Have a wonderful farewell meal together.

cbuswell said...

Love these, that background stamp is gorgeous, love all the colors!

joanne wardle said...

I agree, this was an easy challenge. I love your cards

Mim said...

That is a super background image - and I love the way that changing the colour gives it even more zing!

~amy~ said...

PRETTY one layer cards...love your choices of stamps and colors!

Michelle Mathey said...

LOVE these - great job!!

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