Friday, November 28, 2014

OLS11 - Details

It's time for our Details post for the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge #11: Home, Sweet Home! It's tough for us to pick just a few cards, and the collection this time was particularly impressive!

For those who are new to OLS, each month on the 28th, the design team calls out our favorite details from the month's entries. We focus on those little touches that take clean-and-simple one-layer cards from good to great! We hope these posts inspire you and encourage you to do more with just one layer!

Please note that the OLS takes a break in December, allowing us all to focus on family and friends and the holidays. We will resume on January 1, 2015. In the meantime, have a very Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/Happy Holidays!

Susan's Details

One Layer Simplicity Challenge

Ashwini created a stunner with her fabulous green-spectrum background, but it's that delightfully dimensional and glittery heart that draws the eye and makes that focal point work so very, very well.

Toni used gold embossing perfectly, creating a straight strip across the top of the card that balances the curvy elegance of the stamp...which is both beautiful and meaningful! The finishing touch that makes the card really pop is the red heart-shaped rhinestone in the center. PERFECT!

Angela created a lovely, home-y scene in perfect colors to pop right off the crisp, white background. Her use of glitter to accent the house and trees is spot-on, and that darling wreath is handled perfectly!

Heather's Details

Julie's use of white space as a continuation of her snow covered landscape is a technique which works beautifully on a one layer card. Her deep blue sky just makes the scene all the more striking.

Cornelia used the same technique as Julie but with a very different look. The snowy foreground white space goes on forever contrasting with the bright house cosily tucked in amongst the trees.

Although Helen's cool stamp covers the entire card front the monochromatic colour scheme keeps the card simple and effective

Ardyth's Details:

Joyce's use of a traditional colour scheme, solid images and white space make this card look modern and classic at the same time!

Karin's 'home with a twist' made me laugh out loud! I love how the scoring looks like a baseboard - exactly where you might find a mouse-hole!

Karen's Details:

Anita created a wonderfully done holiday card.  Love the way she layered the scene with inks.

Vicki's card got my attention right away with it's beautifully done night sky and hint of lights in the background.

Thanks to all who participated in this last OLS challenge of 2014. We'll see you on January 1, 2015, ready for another year of simple, clean, and one layer!!!!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

One-Layer Simplicity #11: Home, Sweet Home

Our November challenge is to make a card with some reference to Home, Sweet Home! The card can be any theme, from the obvious welcome home to congratulations on your new home or even welcome to the neighborhood or thanks for your hospitality. OR you may use an image of a house/home and make the card any theme you want...birthday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, thank you, whatever.

During a time of year when we invest so much in decorating our homes and inviting people to them (or going to other people's homes), it seems appropriate to focus on home, sweet home!

Here's my card, a Christmas card with a wonderful, homey sentiment.

stamps by Hero Arts (house) and Papertrey (sentiment)

Rules for Home, Sweet Home:

1. A one-layer card is defined as a single piece of card stock folded in half. No other layers allowed.

2. Make a card with some reference to home...either in theme or in image.

3. Post your card somewhere online and link to it using the InLinkz button on this post. If you link to your blog, make sure you link to the specific post and not your home page so we can find it easily later.

4. Post before midnight on November 24, 2014. That's when the InLinkz button will close.

5. The most important rule of all is to HAVE FUN!