Sunday, September 28, 2014

OLS9 - Details

Wow! What an amazing assortment of styles we saw this month - from graphic to collage, to classic to abstract! It really shows that all you need is paper and ink to make incredible cards! Thanks so much for sharing your talent and creativity this month!

Here are some of the details that we loved this month:

Ardyth's Details:

Karen's use of sponging with different colours of ink creates a gorgeous background for her snowflake!

Jasleen's brightly-coloured squares create an a-MAZE-ing optical illusion!

Julene's use of two rectangles to form a square is really inventive!

Karen's Details

 Kimberly's gorgeous image stamped in those colours is so warm and welcoming.

 Maura's gorgeous card for Autumn is just stunning with the motion of the leaves and the fabulous colours.

Sherrie M. used squares to create a great set of all occasion cards, would make a great gift.

Heather's Details

Janine B used white on kraft which is a wonderful colour combination especially with the bright pops of blue and red.

Kobylkin used rich warm colours and a four part collage to create a beautiful square. Combining three leaves with an intricate circle pattern is unusual and effective.

Janet's partial square and overlapping butterfly lead the eye on towards the sentiment.

Cheryl's Details:

Tonya's use of a two color background brought life to her tranquil seascape.

Caroline's frame of candles caught my eye.  So fun and playful!

Chriss's card has a wonderful botanical feel and pleasing color palette.

Monday, September 1, 2014

One-Layer Simplicity Challenge #9: Hip to be Square

Ardyth here, your hostess for OLS9. This month, it's hip to be square! Make a one-layer card  incorporating a square in some way. I love to make 4 1/4x 4 1/4 inch square cards - they feel modern and symmetrical PLUS they fit into a standard envelope and don't require extra postage. You can choose to use your squares in other creative ways - as long as there's a square on your card somehow, somewhere, you're hip!

For this square card, I chose a square Papertrey stamp and stamped it 4 times in bold colours, creating another square. I chose a bold, thick Technique Tuesday sentiment stamped in black, to ensure that it was easy to read. The brightly-coloured square grounds the sentiment, but doesn't overwhelm it.

How to be Hip! (Rules for OLS9)
  1. A one-layer card is defined as a single layer of cardstock folded in half.  No other layers of paper are allowed.
  2. Make a one-layer card using a square in some way. Remember to keep embellishments to a minimum. 
  3. Post your card somewhere on the internet and link it to us using the Inlinkz button below.  If you link to your blog, please link to that specific post and not your blog's home page so we can find it easily.
  4. Link up before midnight on September 24.
  5. The most important rule of all is to have fun!