Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Christmas Blessings...ATSM #117~ Make Your Mark

Hello all...and time once again for another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More #117~Make Your Mark.  The popularity of this challenge is gaining by leaps and bounds, which means we're open to an abundance of interpretations: markers, chalks, pencils, paints, etc.  You may also use something that you feel will 'make your mark' on your project. If you think your interpretation isn't obvious, please let us know.

To be honest, I had a struggle-fest with the challenge this go-round, because I was "too focused" on using certain markers (yes, my *friends*, the distress markers) and certain images. We won't talk about the number of attempts made, until I finally arrived at something I 'sort of' like (it's growing on me).  I used distress markers to colour the image, huffed and puffed to activate the inks, then stamped onto a 4 X 4 panel of water-colour paper.  I resisted the urge to colour in the image; the 'lines' of the stamp are pretty as is. My husband agreed; he called it 'rustic'...


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The DT have a whole lot of  'make your mark' magic happening at Addicted to Stamps and More, with details on their personal blogs. I know they'd appreciate your visit.  Please be sure to share your creation in the gallery this week; I know I'll be inspired!

Thanks so much for stopping by; your visit and comments add sparkle to my day!

30 comments:

Lee-Anne said...

I love the look of this, Carol! Think it's so soft and beautiful...no coloring needed!

Susanne Vargas said...

All your huffing and puffing resulted in a pretty card! And your husband liked it! What more would anyone want?

Barb Ghig said...

I think using your Distress Markers on these images was such a great choice, Carol! I love that you resisted coloring them in, and your stitched border is fabulous! Really gorgeous card!!!

Anita in France said...

You did right to resist, Carol ... this is so soft and delicate and pretty ... so calming! Hugs, Anita :)

Shery said...

A one-layer beauty, Carol! Agree with your hubby -- this has a rustic feel! Hugs!

Julie Beech said...

Great choice Carol, I love the subtle effect you created. :)

Pop's Cards said...

Good morning sweetie, this is just stunning!! It looks like you have hand stitched it, I think it is fabulous so soft and dreamy, another amazing creation hugs Pops x x x

sandie said...

I think this is perfect as it is, it is hard with this challenge to sometimes go over the top with the colouring (like I did this week!) but often the more rustic (cool hubby) the better x

Vicki Dutcher said...

I love the "rustic" look~ :)

Sue said...

Lovely delicate stamping, Carol!

Shana Gaff said...

I love the outlined look! It looks gorgeous. I really like the stitching around the outside too.

KayM said...

Oh I totally agree with the "pretty as is"! This is very pretty!! I love the outline of the stamp stamped in the different colors! I can also see how it would be hard to resist the urge to color it in. I'm thinking I would have had to stamp two and color one just too see how it looked! heheh! Beautiful work my friend! ((Hugs))

Tracey McNeely said...

I think it is wonderful that you resisted the urge, the outline is so gorgeous and brings out the elegance of the images. The faux stitched edge adds even more elegance! Well played Carol!

Katie Melhus said...

That colored outline is perfect as is - glad you didn't color it in - gorgeous!

Dana said...

Holy smokes!! Gorgeous!! I LOVE that you didn;t color it in!! Just fabulous!!

Rahmat said...

Carol, Rustic indeed! I like it as it is, no coloring needed at all! and looks really good!

Deepti said...

I like that u used different colors to highlight different areas on the images, looks perfect !

Deborah Frings said...

I love the way you've coloured the stamp and the rustic feel of your card. Lovely work.

Greta said...

Lovely & I agree with Andy--beautifully rustic!

Marisa said...

Great one layer card. Love just the outline of the images.

lovecraftingpaper said...

Hello, cm,
your card is so simple and elegant! Something you need just a few things to make a masterpiece!

Mariangela

Shannon J said...

Rustic, elegant and GORGEOUS!! I adore how this turned out! The outlined images are perfect for creating the rustic mood. Absolutely breathtaking. You always amaze and inspire me with your fearlessness of trying new things and just going for it! And the results are always just so fabulous!! Okay, we NEED to set up a date for a chat! Send me an email once you're back and we'll set it up - miss you a ton!

Taunya Butler said...

I love the very cool and rustic feel this card has!! I am so impressed with the great look that using the distress markers gave this card!! You are so amazing at trying new things and I am so proud to be able to call you my friend!! Love seeing your creations and knowing about your process!! Have a super great day!!

Kylie said...

I'm so thrilled you aren't giving up on the distress markers because you really are making some lovely cards using them. Your card today is so pretty! :)

Loll Thompson said...

Beautiful card Carol. Love the distress markers on the w/c paper ... so pretty. And love the stitched edging. Loll xx

Monika Reeck said...

STUNNING Carol
love that stamplorations stamp too
And I love the use of the distress markers (I dont have it too bad) and great paper you have too...I adore this to miss C...
hugs, Monika

*Vicki* said...

I think this turned out amazing!! I haven't done the marker stamping in years!! Really gorgeous CAS style rustic design!! You nailed it! :) HUGS

P.S. thanks so much for your kind comments on my blog!! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*
My Blog: Stamp Smiles

Neets B said...

This is fabulous, Carol. I love the sketchy look, great idea to leave just the outline x

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol. This looks lovely, almost embroidered. Sorry to be so late with my comment, have a great day! hugs Monika xxx

Brenda said...

Wow, this is beautiful Carol! You didn't need to stress over using the markers on this one because it came out fabulous!! I love that image and I love the markers. I agree with hubby and think that it has a rustic feel to it, but in a good way. Simple and elegant to me! Hugs, Brenda