Sunday, March 29, 2015

OLS14 Details

What a great collection of Words, Words, Words cards! Thanks so much to all who entered the March challenge. I love how so many of you first thought it would be hard, but once you let your creativity flow, you came up with some wonderful cards! We hope you'll come back April 1st for a brand new, awesome one-layer challenge.

Because one-layer cards are all about those special little details, members of the Design Team have called out cards with great details. It's always hard for us to select just a few cards for our Details posts each month...but we hope this will help people who are new to CAS or new to stamping learn about how to make these minimalist cards special!

Heather's Details

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Ingrid's card is eyecatching because of that beautiful panel of blended colour. The small white space with black words provide a contrast which really stands out.

Sherrie has caught the eye with colour and with movement in the wavy extensions on the word hello.

LesLee has used a classic highlihgting technique to make an impact; use one pop of colour in the midst of an otherwise neutral colour scheme.

Karen's Details

Karin added such an elegance to her card with the embossing and the font on her stamped sentiment.

Violet's stamping sure caught my eye on this great card...well done.

Sandie did such a great job at really pulling all your interest to her sentiment with great colour!

Susan's Details

Colorful Words

Ashwini's use of bright colors and black to make the word pop is simply awesome!

Kimberly created a coffee-themed fabulousness with a shaped word collage. Love the unity of this design.

Thank You - by karen @ carefree creations

Karen used color very effectively with her hot pink focal point and gray word border. The circles on the font of the focal point also add interest to an otherwise very "straight-line" card.

Ardyth's Details

Karin's use of text on a 'brick wall' has a modern, edgy feel! Great use of texture to emphasize the message!

Thinking of you repeated

Kymona used repetition of her sentiment to ensure that the card's recipient gets the message!

I love the way Sandra created a frame for her sentiment by using simple lines.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

OLS14: Words, Words, Words

The March challenge is brought to you courtesy of William Shakespeare and that indecisive Danish prince Hamlet. When the pompous Polonius asks Hamlet what he's reading, Hamlet replies, "Words, words, words."

Your challenge for March is to use ONLY WORD STAMPS on your card! That means no flowers, no background stamps, no image stamps of any kind. Here's your chance to put those word stamps to good use...obscure quotations, oddly inapplicable words, your favorite words, happy words, sympathetic words, sarcastic words, whatever. As long as the stamp just prints words!

If you really want to use a lot of words all at once...make a word collage!

Now, I'm super-CAS and just put words on plain white card stock, but you should feel free to use any sort of technique to create backgrounds for your word long as those techniques don't require actual stamps. For instance, you could ink up a bare acrylic block, spritz it with water, and create a water-color-y block background that way. You could spritz your one-layer card with any one of the variety of spray colors, you could use a brush or sponge to apply color, you could use a stencil and sponge...just NO STAMPS except word stamps.

A Friendly Reminder: This challenge is first and foremost a ONE-LAYER challenge. Please make sure your card doesn't have layers before linking it up. Thanks for observing this rule!

OLS14 Rules

1. Your card must be a single piece of card stock folded in half. No other layers allowed.

2. Use only word stamps...quotations, single words, or sentiments that have no additional images on them. You may create backgrounds for your words as long as those backgrounds don't involve image or background stamps. Remember to keep embellishments to a minimum.

3. Post your card somewhere online and link to it using the InLinkz button below. If you link to your blog, please link to the individual post and not the blog homepage.

4. The most important rule of all...HAVE FUN!