Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tiddly Inks Challenge #54 - Simplify

Good Morning Friends!!!  I'm totally LOVING this week's Tiddly Inks Challenge and I know you will too!!  Our challenge to you is to SIMPLIFY!  Create a one layer card - use or ribbon, twine or fibers is ok but no layering!!  GULP!!  I have to admit this was a challenge for me.  A serious challenge.  I've worked hard over the years to add interest, volume, and lots and lots of UMPH to my cards (LOL) so to bring it back to a single layer without all of the STUFF that I feel makes my creations mine was rather difficult.  

So as I usually do, I started with choosing an image.  I was drawn to Colorful World.  I'm finding that with school winding down and summer ramping up we're having an obvious shift in our schedules.  We are a family of artists.  My dining room has completely been converted into a full time art studio.  For all of us.  There's either coloring, puzzle making, play-doh, drawing, painting, collage making, you name it...at any given time of day and in many stages of completion.  So I wanted to start the summer off right with a creation that embodies all of our inner artists.  

I colored my image using my Copics.  I glittered and glazed up her jumbo paintbrush and flocked her floppy artists hat.  I set her aside overnight to dry.  I added a sparkly gem for a little bling.  I then carefully trimmed her out and set her aside. 

I cut my yellow card base out of Bazzill textured cardstock, using one of my Spellbinders Nestie Circles.  Using a fabulous "doily-esque" stamp from The Paper Source, Versamark ink, and clear embossing powder I created a beautiful background.  I then stitched the perimeter using a zig zag stitch in bright green thread to match her hat.  I stamped my "sentiment" over top of the background image in Momento Ink.  It says the following:

"Fear Less, Hope More
Eat Less, Chew More
Whine Less, Breathe More
Talk Less, Say More
Love More...
And All Good Things Will Be Yours.
-Swedish proverb"

After that was dry, I added my trimmed out image to the right hand side of the card.  She snuggled in just perfectly.
I was very happy with how pretty and full this card is considering how little is used on it!  I hope you have fun with our Simplify challenge!!  Come play with us here!!! 

Crafty Hugs!


Loopylou. said...

morning meredith!!! loving the card hun and the verse is fabulous!! hugs Lou xxx

Cheryl Valadez said...

Meredith, terrific card! That sentiment is awesome! I'm definitely going to have to borrow that ;D Hugz, Cheryl

DonnaMundinger said...

Darling! Love the sentiment and your house sounds like a fun place for the summer. Happy creating! xxD

Star said...

This is just too cute! I love the little heart gem on her hat! Fantastic job!

Stephanie aka Nerdette said...

Simply love your layout. Great choice using the circle and the stitching is so fab. Your little artist truly pops and how sweet is the gem heart your added to the hat.

mfc.melissamade2 said...

Meredith this is wonderful...Love the circle shape and your stitching around the edge...what a wonderful sentiment too - the little heart bling on her hat is so sweet! Beautiful creation girly!

Christy/Tiddly Inks Digitals said...

It is lovely, dear...love the circle and the sunshiney feel! :)

Unknown said...

Meredith, I love this card and I am so jealous at how wonderful your stitching is!

Jen Shults said...

This is just adorable! I love the writing to the side and the sunny fun feel of this!

Renee said...

This is just perfect!! Love the stitching!!!!