Sunday, March 10, 2013

Dots and Stripes

It's the second Saturday in March so that means its a OLC challenge over at Less Is More.  The theme this week is Dots and Stripes. 

Below are my two submissions and for once I get to say I LOVE how they turned out.

I used Distress Stains Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters for the dots.  The stripes came from a super old SU stamp set called Perfect Plaids. I used the regular Distress ink pads to stamp out the lines.  The sentiment is PTI, but I lost the insert long ago so I don't know the name of the set.  On both cards I stamped out the sentiment and had clear embossing powder at the ready so that I could make the sentiment pop.  The green sentiment is actually Kiwi Kiss and the aqua is Tempting Turquoise.  In the picture the sentiments seem a bit pale but to the naked eye they are darker and of course have a wonderful glossy finish.  Maybe that's why the sentiments seem so light n the picture; the light is reflecting off the gloss.  Oh well. 
The dots were made using a 6x6 template by Crafters Workshop called Mini Swiss Dot.  I used repositionable tape to hold the template mask in place and then lightly dabbed the Distress Stains over the template.  I practiced on some scraps first and discovered that not a lot of pressure was needed or else the stain seeped under the template making awkward blobs and not dots. 

I think I like the dots on the Kiwi Kiss card more, but regardless both came out exactly as I planned.  Yay!!!

Now for some fun.  I struggled with last weeks challenge.  It was after making more than a half dozen cards that I realized that I rarely join in on color challenges because they are even harder than OLC!!!  I think it's the balance that I struggle with, maybe I try too hard to have an even amount of the colors when really, it only needs to be represented.  I think that is why the final card is my favorite, it just has a splash of each.   Anyway below is a quick shot of a couple of the work areas in my craft room.  I call the picture LIM109 Fallout!!  This is what happens when I can't get anything to turn out the way I envision it; disaster!  The only things that should be in that section are; the box of dies (behind the bigshot), the Bigshot, the paper cutter, the tall box in the corner and that little box to the right, under the wall shelf, which has some cling stamps in it.  Everything else you see there was pulled while I attempted to accomplish that challenge.  Some have natural talent, and some of us (me) have to work at it.  LOL!!!

Thank you for stopping by.


  1. i can see why you love both cards, carole because they are fabulous!! i think i'm a bit partial to the first one, though...

  2. Hee he yeah these challenges are just that challenging but I love these , both are sooo eyecatching! & envy your crafty room it looks fab (& so not untidy!) x

  3. Hola Carole, fantastic design for yours cards, very bright colours, perfect for spring time.Your craft room looks fantastic.
    Hugs from Palma de mallorca

  4. Your card is awesome! Unisex too -- perfect.

    Love all your storage bins -- quite fabulous

  5. It was great to see the section of your craft room Carole, mine looks like a disaster area most of the time!
    Your card is fab after all your hard work!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  6. I'm so glad you like these cards Carole as they are brilliant! Once again, they are perfect interpretations of the challenge.

    Your craft space is fabulous!

  7. Hi Carole! thanks for visiting my blog, and I have loved visiting yours - you are too humble about your creativity! Your cards are beautiful - thanks for sharing them with us all. I will be back to visit again!

  8. Love your spots and stripes. Two super fun cards and in awe of all your storage! x

  9. Great cards - really like the design.

  10. Love both cards Carole, you call that a glad you can't see what a mess my room gets into lol :) Viv xx

  11. Hi Carole, I have to wholeheartedly agree, I LOVE them too, fab cards, well done, Hugs Gay x

  12. Love your design Carole, love all your storage too, looks spic and span to me compared to my craft spot!:) Cathy x

  13. Hi Carole. You came and left me some love at the Playhouse, which I really appreciate, so I came to return the flavor and join your site. You have an amazing craft area and your cards look fine to me! Why the hiatus since March? It's a shame to have your talent and that delicious space and those tools go to waste! I hope you are back to card making and blogging soon!! Darnell

    1. Oh thank you Darnell,

      The missing months are do to heavy work load, family moving to Texas (they demand my time) and getting some major sprign cleaing done (including the craftroom). I have been making cards for birthdays, weddings, graduations and such, I just haven't pulled out the equipment to take pictures.

      Guess I should make a post to let people know I'm still here, but I rather see what others are up to an leave comments, then whip out that camera equipment. LOL