Saturday, February 19, 2011

OLW 41: It's Christmas...

Yes, folks!  Christmas in February!
That's this weeks' challenge over at the Simplicity blog for One Layer Wednesday.  And, here's what we have to do this week if we want to play along:

OLW41 Rules
1. A one-layer card is defined as a single layer of cardstock folded in half. No other layers allowed.
2. Make a Christmas (or Season's Greetings, if you prefer) card, but you must use green and red on white or cream. Feel free to be creative with the shades of green and don't have to stay traditional. You can also use natural-style cardstock, watercolor paper, or textured paper as long as it's white or cream. Keep embellishments to a minimum. Extra points if you do like I did and use an image that isn't specifically holiday!

Well, I didn't have much to work with, since I don't have access to all my stamps...all I could come up with stamp-wise with a Christmas theme were my G Studio $1 stamps.  Let's just say that not all $1 stamps are created equal, are certainly not in any way, shape or form as good as clear photopolymers made here in the good ol' USA, and truly do affect the end result.   Truly an exercise in frustration, and after an entire afternoon of attempts and a full garbage can, came up with this:

Sorry, folks.  This is my best effort for this week's challenge.  It was either this or nothing.  It was time to move on to something more rewarding.

Thanks, as always, for peeking!


Rosemary said...

oh... your card is so sweet!

Colleen said...

Wonderful "effort"! I love it!

Pauline said...

You did it again! Came up with an elegant card inspite of not having all of your tools to play with. Lovely card.
Hugs Pauline

LaNell said...

Cute card even though it was a little frustrating. Know what you mean about those $1 stamps. I certainly have had better luck with the wooden block $1 stamps than the clear ones. Keep posting your creations. I like seeing what you are up to.

Susan said...

I feel your pain. I really struggled with the challenge this week. My biggest challenge is stamping with "color". I can color an image with the best of them, but I just can't seem to get the hang of stamping in a color. I think this turned out really cute. Glad you didn't give up on it!

Bonnie said...

I know what you mean Carol! I had a similar experience except that I can't blame it on the stamps! I think these trees are cute and they are very evenly spaced and placed! Not a bad card at all!

Debgem said...

Lovely positioning on the trees - very clean and simple. Lovely!

Susan Raihala said...

Bonnie, you have NOTHING to apologize for. The card is wonderful...despite the frustrations to get to it. That's why I finally decided to never again buy a clear stamp that wasn't photopolymer. It'll be easier when you get all your stuff back, but you are NOT alone in having a trash can full of rejects!