Wednesday, May 11, 2016

CLEAN AND SIMPLE HELLO

I have never taken part in a challenge over at CAS(E) THIS SKETCH. But, when I saw their cute challenge #17, I was inspired to finally take the plunge into new territory.

Since the 3" x 4" portion of my card -- the grid-like background and the three colored "house" shapes along the right edge -- is a Project Life card, I really did not add just too much to the card.

Taking the Project Life card as my cue, I built upon that in choosing my colors. Since I was trying to keep this "clean and simple" according to the rules of the challenge, and the grid piece was not quite the white of Whisper White cardstock, I was forced to add a thin border of Bermuda Bay to serve as a buffer between the Project Life card and the Whisper White base.

As per the sketch, I added some grungy speckles to the two corners with a stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge set. I punched a flower with the Pansy Punch and the center for it using the Botanical Builders Framelits Dies.

Instead of stamping the sentiment, I thought I could further add to the "clean and simple" aspect of the card by die cutting my "hello" from Bermuda Bay cardstock. 

To echo the center of the flower, I added a few 1/4" punches to the grungy splotches.


Once I had the card completed, I was pleased -- with one exception: I hated the way the right edges of the flower blended in waaaaay too much with the preprinted shape of the same color. 

After searching a few options, none of which thrilled me, I finally hit upon the winner! I simply punched another of the flowers, but this time in Whisper White. I cut off only the two petals I needed, and placed them behind their pink counterparts, extending the edges just a bit. I am so happy with the way this simple gesture does exactly what was needed. 


This is the sketch upon which my card is based:


Simple
Smiles.

12 comments:

  1. That is cute! Such bright colors that really pop. Pinned.

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  2. Great design - I like the clean lines. Thanks for sharing on the
    "DIY" party at the Pleasures of the NW

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  3. Hi Linda, Clever idea to put the white petals behind the flower - it really makes it pop! Beautiful card! Well done! Blessings, Janet

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  4. What a perfect take on the sketch! I love it!

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  5. That is a really nice, sweet card!

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  6. I love the colors on this card - and great idea to help make that flower POP!! Thanks for joining us at Freedom Fridays!! :)

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  7. I love these colours and the card is so bright and happy. Thanks for sharing with us at Over the Moon.

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  8. This is too cute!

    I would love for you to share this with my Recipes, Crafts, Tips and Tricks Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  9. Love to see SU cards! I was a demo for 4 years & still make all my own cards. Such a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

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  10. Colorful things are so nice!

    By the way I found your blog via the "No Rules Weekend Blog Party" Blog Hop.

    I write about our farm life, my faith, homemaking topics (like recipes), and even craft topics.

    Please stop by and say hello and follow my feeds as well at:

    Instagram: http://instagram.com/ourlifelongstories

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ourlifelongstories

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  11. Your work always reminds me that I should at least try to use my Cricut more often.

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  12. Your cards always look so amazing! Love this hello design. :) Thank you for sharing at #FridayFrivolity -- pinning and tweeting!

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