Friday, January 30, 2009

Simple Hope

I made this card with no layers - all the stamping was done directly on the card stock. The only addition was a knotted twill ribbon around the top of the card. When I first started card stamping this was the only kind of card I knew how to make - and then gradually as I saw more and more cards on Split Coast - I began learning how to add layers until suddenly I found it really difficult to NOT add them!

But todays Limited Supplies challenge on Split Coast was to make a clean and simple card (CAS) and it brought me back to my roots! After I got over the initial shock of one layer I enjoyed the great simplicity of it. You can view a whole gallery of simple cards here.

I used the With Sympathy stamp set from Papertrey Ink and 4 colors of ink. I actually made 7 cards of this design in the time it might usually take me to design and put together just one layered card. I ran out of the lavender twill after 6 cards so I used Spring Rain on the last one - Look how a different color ribbon can change the whole look of a card - I think the blue ribbon makes the blue butterfly pop a little more - what do you think??

Happy Friday night everyone - are you all going to be watching Football on Sunday!?!? We are - even though our Patriots didn't make it to the Superbowl this year!

Stamps: With Sympathy: PTI
Paper: White: PTI
Ink: True black & Lavender Moon: PTI, Landscape: Pallette, Cloudy Blue: Adirondack
Accessories: lavender moon & Spring Rain twill ribbon: PTI

17 comments:

Theresa said...

These are so beautiful and elegant!

~amy~ said...

perfect CAS cards Julia!!!

Joan Ervin said...

Oh, Julia, this is sooo gorgeous!!! Who needs layers when you can create such a lovely design without them!!! I love the stamps you used, too....sooo elegant!!!

LeAnne said...

Ah, I love this style---and done so nicely, too! TFS!
LeAnne

Bev said...

Lovely cards-I love both pink and blue but the blue does do something for the butterfly.

Going to have about 10 here for football Sunday evening. Ordering in pizza and I will make a few other goodies. Have to be careful I don't blow my "lifestyle change".

Allison said...

Simple but stunning. I love one-layer cards when they are done right!

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Julia, those are simply gorgeous cards!!!

Patti J said...

Very simple and beautiful!

Pat (mspfd) said...

How pretty! Love this.

Velta said...

So very Elegant, and yet so very simple...just lovely :)

One4Joy said...

oh, Julia, these are just perfectly elegant, beautiful, and so wonderful to have on hand when the need arises. I'm with you on the knees knock with the one layer thing...but your work shows just how CAS it tis!

Hope your better and better

Lisa Foster said...

These are gorgeous Julia! You did an awesome job with this challenge! I really had a hard time NOT layering mine up too!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

These are GORGEOUS Julia!! I soooo struggle with one layer cards. Obviously you don't, because everything is so perfectly balanced and beautiful!! WOW!

Catherine said...

so elegant, so gorgeous :)

dpkennedy said...

I love the elegance of the no layer card and these are no exception! These are so pretty! I had to use my set recently...sad time, but this PTI set is just perfect!

Kristy said...

Very nice. I like the simplicity of the cards. So touching.

Anne said...

Lovely set Julia! You are so versatile! I am constantly amazed!!