Monday 21 March 2011

OLW45 - hex ...

... the challenge this week is being hosted by Jennifer over at Styles Ink.  Jennifer recently took a short holiday and went to Lancaster County, PA - an area that I've discovered is Pennsylvania Dutch Country - it's full of history and hex signs - and that's Jennifer's challenge this week - we have to make a one layer card inspired by a hex design.  Jennifer was kind enough to provide several links in her post explaining what hex signs are, and giving lots of examples. 

I did some reading around the subject and decided to base my card on this design

In the information that Jennifer provided, there was a site that gave meanings to the various symbols and colours used in hex designs, and oak leaves symbolise long life, strength and endurance.   And this is my take on the above design, similar, but I included hearts which symbolise true love, lasting love and love for others.

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Blessed by You, Sweethearts
Inks:  Stampin' Up! - Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Early Expresso; Distress - Crushed Olive (Kiwi Kiss)

I've used the colours from last week's Colour Q challenge - they are just yummy.  Sadly I missed the deadline to link to the challenge, but the colours are perfect for the hex.  And I was able to use my lovely new Stampin' Up! ink spots.  I think Kiwi Kiss must be an old SU colour as it wasn't in my new inks, so I matched it to Crushed Olive.  According to the information I've read the colours mean the following;
  • Brown - mother earth, also can mean friendship and strength
  • Green - growth, fertility, success in things and ideas that grow
  • Yellow - health in body & mind, love of man & the sun, connection to the God form
I have thoroughly enjoyed this challenge and learnt quite a bit about Dutch Country - someday I must pay a visit. 

That's all for now - I'm off to craft class this morning, and I'm going to have another go at making a OLW hex card.  So drop by again this evening to see what I come up with.


Donna Mosley said...

Very lovely card Deborah, fab stamping, especially to get it even. Enjoy your craft class.

Donna x

Pauline said...

Lovely card Deb, the colours are great.

Tara Cardwell said...

What fabulous inspiration for a card - I love when there is a meaning to the symbols uses in art. Your card is fab - love the colours.

Janelle said...

Great card, Deborah! Love that you really incorporated all the symbolism into your interpretation of the design. Fabulous -- and perfect colors, too!

Lynne said...

I`d never heard of a Hex until recently. Aren`t they wonderful?
Love your card and I love the meaning behind it too.
Lynne xxx

Stella said...

I never heard of it before but your take on this challenge is breathtaking. This post is lovely to read, I am impressed by all the thoughts and explanations of all the bits and pieces on this card. Gorgeous and stunning; you did a terrific job!
Thanks for sharing!

Vicky Hayes said...

Absolutely stunning in its design and also in the thought that went into it. I love the colours and the images - it looks like a beautiful, hand-crafted tile.

Buffy said...

Beautiful card, I love the colours. The pattern you created is super.

I'm sorry to hear about your sister. Our thoughts are with you.
I've just seen what Anth put on facebook and hope it did not upset you too much. He's being a little difficult at the moment.

Love and hugs

Jenny said...

Brilliant colours and designs you've used, I like it x

Susan said...

Deb, this is awesome! I love that you've used different colors...kind of softens the card...but I like it!

Joanne Leddy said...

Wow! You nailed this challenge! Simplicity at it's best - this card is fab!

Jennifer Styles said...

I love your subtle colours and the design is just lovely!

Great job on the challenge and thanks for playing along with OLW45!

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