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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

adventures in mismeasuring

I cut the mat for the Paisley Petals designer series paper out of Soft Suede at 4-3/4"x2-3/4" and lined the scallops up perfectly.  Then I decided a Pear Pizazz mat would work better against the Soft Suede ink embossing on the Crumb Cake card base.  4-3/4"x2-3/4".  Maybe if I'd followed that old, old adage -  "measure twice, cut once" - I wouldn't have three - THREE - incorrectly sized (but perfectly scalloped) Pear Pizazz mats in my scraps drawer.  sigh.  When I finally did cut it right, I scalloped it wrong - but if anyone asks about the offset scallops, I'm saying "I meant to do that".
 Other bits and pieces include a Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiment stamped in Soft Suede on Pear Pizazz and punched out with Word Window, and a Plant Hope image stamped in Pear Pizazz on Whisper White, colored using a blender pen with Soft Suede and Crumb Cake, matted with Marina Mist.  Oh, and a Stampin' Up! antique copper metallic brad.

In other efforts, I made this card for the Less is More week 28 one layer challenge to use ink (as opposed to a digital image or computer-generated sentiment):
For me (as for some other card makers who have posted), using only ink wasn't really a challenge - that's what I'm used to using.  What challenges me is being able to tell whether the color is the "white space" or is not, so this may not really qualify?  I CASEd this card from Lynda's Quiet Time, using the same ink she used, direct-to-paper: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Real Red, and Rich Razzleberry.  I stamped the image (Just Believe) and sentiment (from my new most favorite set, Perfectly Penned) both in Basic Black.

And last tonight, but by no means least, I also made an effort for Jingle Belles, who are ready to "bling on the holidays".  <chuckling>  I love their plays on words.  I'm really not much into "bling"; I wasn't really sure whether "shiny" is a synonym or not, but that's what I went with.  Of course, after the card was finished, I re-read Lauren's post and noticed that she offered several suggestions: jewels, gems, beads, studs, pearls, glitter, stickles or *ANYTHING* sparkly.  Fortunately, I grabbed a glittered card base from my pre-Stampin' Up! stash:
Actually, all the components came from my pre-Stampin' Up! stash, except the silver stretchy cord I used to tie the charms onto the wired ribbon, and I haven't even the vaguest idea who made them <sorry>, but I do  like the card.  If I ever again have the bright idea to use that stretchy cord to tie little bows, though, I certainly hope someone stops me!


Chrissie said...

I do think the white space is missing on this one... white space is an unadorned area... the fact that you have strips of colour means the area is filled.... a blanket of colour may have worked...We'll see what Mandi thinks!!!
Thanks so much however!
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

June Houck said...

Kathe, I actually like your off set scallops. I truly did not notice because your decorative paper is so exquisite and eye-catching.

I love the warmth of your LIM card too.

Very innovative way to meet the JB challenge! I love it when someone looks at the challenge a different way :)

Mandi said...

A blank space doesn;t need to be white, it just neds to be 'blank'Thats' some cool inking you;ve done, but, we do prefer more 'blank space'
just for future reference

Thanks so much
diva LIM
"Less is More"

lin_ka1 said...

Beautiful color penetration

Suze Bain said...

Great cards Kathe and even though there's not a lot of white space on your LIM one, the colours are fab. xx

lauren bergold said...

yep, i'd call tht fabulous sparkly paper "BLING" for sure!!! and so is the silver cord, and the glimmery ribbon and maybe even the silver charms! and ALL OF THEM look wonderful on this lovely card! <3 <3 <3

ps: i'd call inky but otherwise unadorned paper in ANY color "white space"... but no matter WHAT one calls it, your colorblock card is AM*A*ZING!

SmilynStef said...

Love all of those fun holiday charms ... so glad you joined us at jingle belles.

Kathyk said...

Fab collection of cards


Sandy said...

Loved your LIM card - gorgeous colours and love the image too.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful cards for sure! And the scallops look "right" to me - no rules when you are creating. Love, love the colored background on the other card - wow, I'm impressed!
hugs, Joyce