Wednesday, June 15, 2011

QUITE a Challenge!

You never realize how much you rely on something until it's gone.  I always feel a little insecure about my cards, as I'm sure we all do.  Are there enough embellishments?  Are there enough DPs?  Do they go well together?  Is it the right sketch?

Well, this week's Tiddly Inks challenge is harder than normal for me.  The challenge? Simplify!  Create a one-layered card.  Yeah, yeah, easy for them to say!  How can I create a card with out any of the many pretty papers I've spent TONS of money on?  I decided to give it a shot.  Not only did I not use any DPs...I only used 8 gems.  That's it.  No other embellies.  I had to keep stopping myself from adding more embellishments, but I did it.  =)


Starting in Word, I placed my Tiddly Inks image (Party Time), and then I typed "birthday" under the banner to match the size.   I took an image from Digistamps 4 Joy called Flower Corner, sized it, then copied and pasted it four times (once in each corner).  When I had the layout right, I printed the entire thing.  After printing, I cut the unused edge off the cardstock and scored the card.  I colored the images using Copics (except for the leaves, which were colored with a light green Spica marker).  I edged the card using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass, and added the gems.

Well, that's it!  There's still a LOT of white on that card that, to be honest, is driving me a little nuts.  However, I think if I add anything more I will probably ruin the card.  I'm actually kind of happy how this turned out.

Thanks to the Tiddly Inkers for making me push my boundaries once again.  =D

And thanks to all of you for your always sweet comments and encouragement.  I don't know where I'd be without you!  =D  Thanks for stopping by, and I'll see you soon!

Challenges: 
Tiddly Inks: Simplify!
My Time To Craft: Xtra Images
Scrapbook Sisters: Bunting and Banners
Craft Your Passion: It's Magical!

19 comments:

Sheree said...

Thanks for your lovely comment Starla! Wow!!! I just posted haha!
Your card is sooo adorable! I've never worked with digis and the one time I tried it was all messed up! Yours always turn out fabulous!
Blogger hasn't been letting me comment lately so I will add to this one... Your Dad Tag is awesome! I never knew you could get bbq tongs stickers... how kewl is that?!
I check you out quite often and love your work!!
Hugs,
Sheree

Christy/Tiddly Inks Digitals said...

Hi Starla, Well I think it is fantastic...a great design and just the right amount of white and color...perfect!

Cely said...

Your card is awesome, don't be so hard on yourself! Just tell yourself that it was meant to have all that white space... it makes it look so crisp! Your coloring is the forefront of the card. LOVE it!

Gina L said...

Star, I also have a hard time with CAS cards, but you rocked it, girl. I think the corners are really cool and I love how you did the sentiment. Such a sweet card!

Jenn Borjeson said...

Starla - this is absolutely gorgeous. That is one of my favorite images, love those pixies and the banner is so fun! :) You rocked this challenge.

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

i think this is gorgeous and looks like you used alot more than what is really there! see! you CAN do it!!! i knew you could!

hugs :)

Tammy L said...

You did a great job on a one layer card! It's simple and very pretty. thanks for joining our 'it's magical' challenge at Craft Your Passion this week
-Tammy GDT

Rosie said...

The card is cute! I am terrible at single layer things too! And I always worry it looks like poop! lol That's what my kids would say! And I never would have been able to make something look like that card on my own! And I am hanging in there. It's all I can do right now! I'm really hoping my mother-in-law can come over a lot this summer to help me with the kids. Tuesday is their last day of school.

DonnaMundinger said...

Believe me Starla, this was a toughy for all of us! LOL You did a fabulous job, though. Sooo cute! Thanks for joining the Tiddly Inkers this week. xxD

CraftyMomOf2 said...

So sweet Starla!! Believe me...I second everything that was said above about this challenge. I struggled hardcore!! But it forced me to try! =) You did a beautiful job!! Great colors! Super springy!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

jenlynnie said...

I think that you did an awesome job! Especially for not having Photoshop. I commented on my blog entry for the challenge that I got my PSE on sale after Thanksgiving. It was super cheap. So if you're looking for it, keep an eye out for it during the holidays. And white space is color. It isn't something to get rid of. It is about balancing. And you did it well : )
xoxo

mforquer said...

I think this is PERFECT! Love the colors and all the additions - you did a WONDERFUL job on our simple challenge! Thanks for joining us again this week at Tiddly inks!
Hugs,
M

Loopylou. said...

awwwww starla, that is just so sweet!!!! i love those little banner tiddlies, too cute hun. thank you for playing with us again this week hugs Lou xxx

Shari said...

Your one layer card is fantastic!! I love your coloring and the emphasis is on your work not anything else. I am a new follower to your blog, and am looking forward to seeing your future creations. Found you through The Outlawz looking for new followers link.

Chrissie said...

This is such a pretty card!
Thanks so much for joining us at My Time to Craft this week.
Chrissie

Wendy - Anntaurus said...

A smashing card - thanks for joining us at MTTC this week.

Wendy -x-

Tanya S said...

Beautiful card hun!Thanks for joining us at Craft your Passions!

Cheryl Valadez said...

What a great one-layer creation! Thanks for joining the challenge this week at Tiddly Inks! Hugz, Cheryl

Marlena Peduzzi said...

I love this, especially your blue border! Thanks so much for joining us at Tiddly Inks!