Saturday, March 12, 2011

Crazy for Trees and Speedy's Single Layer

I must admit to the fact that both challenges were challenging for me this week.....for totally different reasons.

The Speedy's Friends Challenge was to make a ONE-layer card with the colors of lime and gray......well....if you know me, you know that I have several layers on most cards......just with matting, I hit several layers....lol!!!
So, when you look at the picture of my card above, you will know that I was just itching to add, add, and then add some more, but I sat on my hands and made a truly simple ONE-layer card.  I only pierced the base layer, the same layer on which I stamped my image and sentiment.  I colored with my Copics and added a touch of bling.  AND that was that!!!!

The stamps used are Happy Pansies from Mark's Finest Papers, one of my go-to floral sets.

Be sure to go to the Speedy's Blog Post to see what the rest of this fab team designed on ONE layer only!!!!
Silke, our fellow Crazy4Challenge team member, challenged us to make a card with a tree, in honor of International Earth Day which is celebrated on March 20.  I LOVE trees, and have many images of trees....however, my intention was to make a winter scene with a PI image and the die cut tree from MFT.  Well, that totally bombed.....will have to play with that again another day.  So then time was runniing short, so I went through my tree images and found this one that I haven't used in ages.  Well, now I know why....It is so large that you can't do much else to 'jazz' it up.  I stamped one of my fav friendship sentiments.  I added just a touch of color (soft pink/peachy) in the 'branches'.  I colored some white pearls with my Copic marker to match the blush blossom paper and used a Prima flower in that same family of pink/peachy hues.  In real life it matches better than in this photo.

I have had a peek at the cards by the other Crazies and I just know you will appreciate their TREE-mendous talents when you visit the Crazies Blog.

23 comments:

StampOwl said...

awesome cards Joanne

Silli said...

awww, wonderful Joanne, love the tree, looks great...HUGS and happy weekend!

Carol L said...

You did great with the 1st challenge card, and I KNOW that wasn't easy for you! LOL They're both great!

Cindy Haffner said...

Two BEAUTIES Joanne!!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Congrats on adding nothing but bling! I do a lot of CAS cards, but I felt it was difficult to do an OLC too. I love your touches of green.

Susan Raihala said...

Two beautiful cards, Joanne, but you have to know that my jaw dropped when I saw your one-layer! The pansies look AMAZING in gray!!!!! Plus, the piercing was the perfect frame!

Susan Raihala said...

Two beautiful cards, Joanne, but you have to know that my jaw dropped when I saw your one-layer! The pansies look AMAZING in gray!!!!! Plus, the piercing was the perfect frame!

Vicki Dutcher said...

I KNOW this was a challenge for you - 1 layer :) - you excelled!

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Hello sweet friend!!! Your first card, the one layer one, WOW, who knew that this was possible,LOL!! No really, my friend, this is stunning, I think I'll have to borrow that idea from you and give it a try. You know, you and I have a problem using just one layer,LOL! I also love that second card....so gorgeous and you even used pearls and a flower, you go girl!! You never cease to amaze me with those awesome creations!! Have a great weekend!! Hugs, Sabrina

redwasher1 said...

Joanne, your cards are gorgeous!! Love the pansies!!

Lynda Benden said...

These are both wonderful cards Joanne! Your tree image is SO cool, I love it!

Harriet Skelly said...

Awesome card for the SCF challenge Joanne - your pansies are gorgeous!

Maria said...

Both your cards are so elegant, Joanne! I love the simplicity of the first card and how the image just stands and the tree on your second card is so pretty. . .very different. Love how you added the pretty flower. . it really stands out nicely! Beautiful card as always!

Maria

Summerthyme Studio said...

I totally LOVE LOVE LOVE that tree stamp and your one layer card is amazing too!

Hugs

Vicki

Betty Wright said...

Joannne! WOW, girl! You totally rocked the colors with the top card! Beautiful design and use of the colors! The second card had me looking to see who makes that TREE! Awesome design and both are so beautifully done!

Silke Ledlow said...

Two absolute gorgeous clean designs Joanne! Love them both! The tree is really cool :)!!! Hugs ~S~

Joan Ervin said...

Whoa, Joanne...your 1 layer card is sooo gorgeous!!! I know how hard it was for you to sit on your hands, gf!!!! Your tree card is beautiful, too...you musta felt better adding those awesome layers!!!!

Benzi said...

My goodness, what a gorgeous one-layer card, Joanne. Sitting on your hands really worked on this one. LOL I really love it.
That is a tree stamp I don't think I've ever seen...unique and just great.
Super job with these beauties!!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Your tree card is gorgeous, Jo! It's SO elegant! Love those pansies, too!

Dawn B. said...

You always paper pierce so straight.. I struggle with that.. This is beautiful Joanne. I love the pansies. Mine are looking a little droopy outside. Great job.

Denise Marzec said...

Holy smokes, girl, that pansy card is beautiful!!....I love pansies. Love the flower on the second one, too. AWESOME cards!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Pansies were my mom's favorite flower...especially the purple ones, so your first card just stole my heart Joanne!! Beautiful!! And I love that tree and fabulous flower on the second!! WOW!!

Jessie/knightrone said...

They are GORGEOUS Joanne!!