Friday, August 28, 2015

One Layer Birthday Butterflies...Inkspirational Challenge #90~Designer's Choice

Hello,

Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #90, where our sweet Nonni selected this as her Designer's Choice challenge:


This week, the DT - Marina, Shauna, Sandie, Nonni, Yvonne, Pia, Kim and I - are joined by our talented guest designer, Ellie, whose card is pure delight.

One layer...oh my! Not something I do...in fact, I don't think I've made more than two prior this challenge, so talk about a stretch!  Not knowing what approach to take, I combed the blog-iverse and, fortunately, discovered another challenge with a similar theme. Eureka! Yes I confess, I borrowed ideas from One Layer Simplicity #19~Strip Down (but didn't enter!), because had I not, we'd all be starting at a very blank post right now!   After wrestling with getting my tape straight (make that straight-ish) for the strip, and doing the best I could with blending/sponging,  a card finally fruitified (my mom's word. Love it!). Since I was in the groove, I made two...

Here's the first showcasing my lovely Uniko English Garden butterflies, where I was perhaps a bit too enthusiastic with sprinkling water droplets,


and the second, where my So Suzy Stamps Fancy Butterfly has alit...


This business of masking/sponging a strip is not easy; fussing, mussing and, yes, a smidge of cussing were called for. Still, I'm okay with the final results, although I think I'll continue to stick with my die cut panels!

Please head over to the Inkspirational blog to scope out the one-layer wonders the team and Ellie have for you, then create one, or a few, to share in the gallery.  We love having you join us, as your creativity is always delightfully inspiring.  The winner will be invited as a guest designer for a future challenge and, as always, I'd be delighted if it were YOU!

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

29 comments:

Nonni said...

These are both very beautiful - I hope you'll give one layers another go because your end results look fantastic -I see no faults in the strips! Well done! Beautiful cards!

sandie said...

These look amazing and I like the droplets. I know what you mean about getting the lines straight but these look good to me x

Kim M said...

Your lines are perfect as is your sponging! I personally love the water droplets. They look great! Your cards turned out fantastic! :-)

Jeanne said...

Oooh, these are so very pretty, Carol! I made a couple of cards with this same technique and I can attest to the grumbling at first. It's a bit harder than one would think. But, in the end, the effort is absolutely worth it to create beauties like these. Well done, my friend. Very well done!! :)

Shauna said...

Awww... both of these look great! The masking with gradient color turned out beautifully and the black butterflies is a great silhouette for this design.
- Shauna

~amy~ said...

awesome, love the stripes of color!

Ellibelle said...

These are both amazing!! Gorgeous colors and love the butterfly!

Carole said...

Perfection Carol..........two lovely cards..........those butterflies sit so well on that fab inky background............which looks absolutely fine to my eye! I think you should do more! Thanks for your lovely comment you left me and the heads up :) Hugs xx

KayM said...

These are beautiful!! Wow!! Even with all the fussing you are so good at one layer cards! I have tried them and messed up so many times I gave up! haha! The blending is gorgeous on these and of course I adore the butterflies! ;) Happy weekend!! (Hugs))

I Card Everyone said...

I think you totally rocked this one layer gig, c... wow! So pretty! Love that strip of border, yes, I like it very much... I might have to give that a go...
=]

Susanne Vargas said...

Lovely sponged OneLayerCards! Those butterflies are wonderful! I am still a little scared of OLC because I don't like to throw things out and it's hard not to mess anything up...

Geri said...

Oh my...the fussing and cussing was such an incredibly productive procedure that resulted in two amazing cards! Think I'm going to try this process! Both panels are beautifully and seamlessly inked. The water droplets are perfect as they are....cuz that is exactly how water droplets land - totally random! Stunning images, showcased on two stunning creations!

Pam said...

These are gorgeous, my friend! You do create one layer cards splendidly - especially with butterflies!

Marina said...

I love seeing the same design with variations. They are both lovely and it's interesting to see how you achieved slightly softer affect on the first.

Monika Reeck said...

oooww Miss C
both are stunning
I have the first card Butterfly from UNIKO
and the second butterfly really really stunning stamp
your sponging also adorable
if you see my Facebook you can see I am still in Croatia dear
I share some Vacation Picture there
will catch up if I am back to munich
sending love and hugs from Croatia
Monika

Shona Chambers said...

I'm the Queen of smudges (why do you think I use so many enamel dots???) so I totally know what you mean about the masking etc. You've done a perfect job though and I love them both, your blending is sublime!!! I love one-layer cards so will definitely have to get my thinking cap on for this one (although Mr Mojo seems to have gone on holiday at the moment.......and not taken his mobile with him either....).

Anita in France said...

Awesome colour blending, Carol ... these one layer cards are both splendid ... especially with those beautiful butterflies settled against them! Hugs, Anita :)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Beautiful creations! OLC are so fun to make~

Happy Dance said...

Nice to see those signature butterflies making an appearance on these two very lovely one layer cards my friend. The colors are gorgeous, and your sponging, in spite of the fussing, mussing, and cussing is nicely done! I like the water droplets as they are, and they fit perfectly too. That So Suzy butterfly is gorgeous. Well done you! Love 'em! Bev

Bobby said...

I'm not much of a one-layer gal myself, Carol, but I think these are both terrific. I always love to see your butterfly cards.

Shelly said...

Oh, these are BEAUTIFUL!! Love!

Barb Ghig said...

You really know how to showcase your butterflies, Carol! Both one layer cards are absolutely gorgeous! Love the ombre effect of your inking on the 2nd one so much!!!

Pia Larsen said...

So lovely a card, Carol. And your sprinkle of water just looks like morning dew drops to me :)

Greta said...

Beautiful inking, Carol--perfect backgrounds for those butterflies!

Petra Swart said...

Two fabulous one layers, Carol!!! Your masking/sponging is really great - the colours are so beautiful and I love the water droplets!!!! Those butterflies are stunning!!! Really lovely!!!!

Taunya Butler said...

BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL!!!!! That is what these cards are!!!

Asha said...

WOW!!! Big bold and super striking!
hugs, Asha

Kim Heggins said...

Carol...this is a fabulous pair of cards. Love your inking, so perfect! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Kylie said...

lol I smudge everything so I can totally relate. Very pretty cards. :)