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!!!!


  1. Thanks so much to Karen for choosing my card and many congrats to my fellow crafters who got mentions this month. I love this challenge and I'm loving one layer cards so much more now :) x

  2. Thank you so much for choosing my card! Congratulations to all the other winners too!
    This bring my first challenge submission. and one-layer cards being my weak point, I am truly delighted! Looking forward to more challenges next year!

  3. Thanks Heather for picking out my little scene from amongst so many fantastic cards.
    Congrats to the other callouts,great cards one and all. :)

  4. Thanks for the shout out! You all have a great December and see you in 2015!

  5. Thanks, Ardyth for picking my card. So exciting to be amongst such beauties.

  6. Nice! thanks for choosing my card. This was a particularly fun challenge this round. Congrats, everyone!

  7. Thanks Ardyth for choosing my card! Looking forward for the next challenge and Happy Holidays for everyone!
    Karin x

  8. Thanks Heather for choosing my card! Congrats to all my fellow shout-outs - such wonderful cards, so well deserved honors! See you in January!

  9. Thank you so much, Susan, for choosing my card! After all the wonderful cards that were shown, it truly is an honor! Enjoy your holidays and break and I will see you again soon. (Probably not January since I will be having back surgery, but soon after recovery!)