Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Less Is More Challenge #7

Afternooon legionnaires. before I talk about my card, I have some fabulous exciting news to share. I was invited to be a member of the design team for Simply Create (blinkie to the right). When Trish H., lead designer, sent me an email, I think I re-read it 10 times and then got up and ran through the house shouting with joy. Well, those of you who have been given the honor of being a design team member realize most of the family just don't get it, but I know my fellow bloggers do, so smile a little for me. Simply Create  is a no-hassle challenge blog. Challenges are issued once every other week and sponsors are only monthly so you take the challenge, because you enjoy what you do, without trying to be rewarded.

On to my last card for the masculine themed  Less Is More challenge  here.
I think sympathy cards for a man to give or receive are among the  most difficult to design.

This past Saturday, I took a class with Ken Pesho. He is an instructor for Stampscapes, a rubber stamp company specializing in scenic stamps. Ever heard of them? I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned a great deal and of course, armed myself with some beautiful images from the stamp line. I wanted to use one of them, but, of course, it couldn't be a "scene" since we have to have white space on our card. After looking through some saved cards, I came across this sketch and I just knew it would work. I don't think I need to actually credit any particular designer, as I've only used the sketch. I stamped with Memento tuxedo black and sponged with my "finger spongy thingie" in blue, green and butterscotch, to achieve the shading. I added  some little white marks with a Signo white gel pen. Michelle Zindorf...queen of brayering, does this frequently. So I'm pleased with my last card and I'm ready for next weeks' challenge....sorta, after I clean my craft room. I'm sure design team members alway have nice neat areas to create in.Lot of laugh:11667

Don't forget to come back and visit Thursday PM, and check-out my very first  Simply Create card as a DT member. And a shout-out to Janice at Scrappin To Stay Sane who urged me to try more challenges. Super Hugs to dear friend.

Cyber Hugs and TGIW
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massofhair said...

Years ago when i first started crafting i found Stampscapes and downloaded a number of their tutorials. At the time i was overwhelmed by all the different techniques etc but feel i might be able to cope now. I will revisit their tutorials and try them out, thanks for the reminder...

Your card is stunning and the colours behind the trees reminds me of the Northern Lights, so beautiful and lights the trees so well.

Think this has to be one of my favourites from this weeks cards:-)

Susan said...

I only have two or three of the Stampscape stamps...but I LOVE them. I'm just not that good at coloring them! This card is simply awesome...your sponging looks great!!

Mandi said...

Hi erica beautiful card and most fitting for the occasions
I will have to check out those tutorials, thank you!
Great to see you as always
"Less is More"

Chrissie said...

Congratulations on your appointment to the DT of Simply Create, I really hope you enjoy it.
This card is super, I love sponging techniques.
Thanks for joining us once more Erica.
"Less is More"

Suze Bain said...

Erica this is gorgeous. What a fab tree stamp and your sponging is beautiful.

Aileen said...

Congrats on your DT. Love your card, very serene. x

Kathyk said...

It's beautiful and anyone receiving this card couldn't fail to be uplifted


Jo said...

This is a very beautiful card. Congrats on the DT, I'd be very excited too. Jo x

Bea said...

what a beatiful card - it looks very calm and peaceful and very much in keeping with the sentiment

Sylvie said...

Wonderful card
Hug Sylvie x

Scrapaddict said...

Beautiful card, my friend! Thanks for the shout-out, too!!!