I was inspired by sketch 179 over at cleanandsimple and one-layer-wednesday's challenge #80.

The OLW remit is "to use two colors, two images, and masking".  I deliberately haven't included a sentiment as I like the way the bottom stars image balances the larger stars at the opposite corner.  "Less is more" as they say!  The bright bold colours and bold star image make this a great masculine card; so I'm including this in the sweetstampinchallenge "it's a man thing" challenge.


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SU card: Whisper White
SU inks: Daffodil Delight, Real Red
SU stamp: Sprinkled Expressions

   


Colour combo from simply stampin',
sketch from JAI and
3-in-a-row (lace, flower & brad) from sweet stampin.
Wow - a hat trick ... that doesn't happen very often!

An incredibly quick + easy card - just a matter of matting the gorgeous Flirtatious papers with some co-ordinating card.  I made the "flower" using the lace border punch; I cut a strip of wisteria wonder & a strip of whisper white and then cut out the flower shapes.  I used the tear shaped off-cuts from the punch in the bottom RH corner.



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SU card: Melon Mambo, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
SU Paper: Flirtatious Suite
SU punch: Lace Border Punch
SU other: In Colour Brads

  


I think I've missed the boat for the CAS challenge over at Sweet Stampin'.  Oh well!

I've set up a new "QUICK+EASY" tag for cards that are (yes, you've guessed it!) amazingly quick and easy to knock up.  I have a feeling that a lot of these will also be CAS cards.  I often find that the simplest cards also turn out to be effortlessly stylish.


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SU card: Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral
SU Inks: Calypso Coral
SU stamps: Elementary Elegance, Fresh Vintage
SU other: Perfect Polka Dots, Circle Punch

  


This week's one-layer wednesday challenge is "to make a one-layer card using as many different stamps as you can. You must use at least three; more is better!"  I've counted (and re-counted to check!) and I think I've managed a total of 9 stamps!


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SU card: Whisper White,
SU Inks: Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo
SU stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes, Pennant Parade, Create a Cupcake, Curly Cute, Elementary Elegance

A very quick & easy card using the matting technique.  I'm rather low on cards for men & boys, so I quickly knocked this bright and zingy card using the star stamp from the Sale-a-bration Sprinkled Expressions stamp set.  I've paired this bold masculine image with a mini sentiment from the Outlined Occasions stamp set.  I love the font of these mini sentiments - simple & bold, great for boys' cards.


If you'd like to get your hands on either of these stamp sets for FREE, spend £45 before the end of March and take your pick of free product from the Sale-a-bration catalogue.

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SU card: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
SU paper: Tempting Turquoise DSP
SU Inks: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise
SU stamps: Outlined Occasions, Sprinkled Expressions

  


An alternative to cupcakes ... the cupcake topping makes perfect ice-cream scoops!

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SU card: Whisper White, Lucky Limeade
SU Inks: Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Regal Rose
SU stamps: Create a Cupcake, Pennant Parade
SU punch: Cupcake Builder, Perfect Pennant, Corner punch
SU other: Polka Dots Embossing Folder

   


Using Colour Challenge 124 of red, pink, aqua & vanilla and Card Patterns Sketch 152.  These sugary colours just cried out Cupcake to me!  A very quick and easy card to make - just stamp and punch, with a ribbon and a cherry on top.  I put a third of the background white card into the embossing folder and then turned it around to do the other third to leave a blank stripe in the centre of the card for a sentiment.

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SU card: Whisper White, Pool Party, Real Red
SU Inks: Pool Party, Regal Rose
SU stamps: Create a Cupcake
SU punch: Cupcake Builder, Corner punch
SU other: Baja Breeze Taffeta ribbon, Polka Dots Embossing Folder

  

Whilst surfing I came across a new challenge blog for one-layer cards.  To quote their rules "A one-layer card is defined as a single sheet of card stock folded in half. No other layers of card stock allowed!".  Anyhow, their current one-layer-wednesday challenge is to make a one-layer card with at least 5 circles.  This had me thinking outside the box!


I used the mask & sponge technique with a circular aperture and a very "circle-loaded" flower from the For Everything stamp set.  To further the circular/curved theme, I rounded the edges of the card and used a sentiment from the Curly Cute stamp set.


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SU card: Whisper White
SU Inks: Daffodil Wonder, Melon Mambo, Basic Black
SU stamps: For Everything, Curly Cute
SU other: circle punch, rounded corner punch

   



Based on sketch #114 at Skipping Stones Design and the colour combo of grey, lavender and chartreuse at CR84FN.

I didn't have any patterned paper in this colour way, so I went ahead and made my own!  Incredibly easy to do.  I chose the For Everything stamp set.  I only wanted the end swirls and dots from the stamp (shown in photo) so just stamped the end of the stamp with the ink pads.  This stamp set also includes a mini flower stamp which I used once I had enough swirls.



A few pointers to bear in mind if you fancy trying this technique:
-have some rough paper underneath so you can stamp over the edges (looks more natural)
- rotate your paper as you stamp for a random effect
- works best with a maximum of 3 colours (otherwise looks too busy)
- if you want a multi-toned effect, stamp 3 times in succession without re-inking for lighter tones


The advantage with Stampin' Up products is they have inks and card that colour match perfectly. So by stamping your own patterned paper, you are guaranteed an end project that's completely colour co-ordinated.

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SU card: Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder
SU Inks: Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder
SU stamps: For Everything
SU other: Blossoms Die, Printed Designer Brads

   


First you need to mask the area of your card that you wish to sponge.  Punch an aperture in some rough paper & then position this over the area of your card you want to sponge.  If you are worried about the mask moving, you could use masking tape to hold it securely.


Using a non-absorbent sponge, apply ink (go from the edge of the punched area to the centre to stop ink leaking under the edges!).  If you are using several colours, remember to start with your lightest colour.  For this card, I have used 3 colours: Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade & Old Olive.




Remove your mask and hey presto!  A lovely multi-toned area the same shape as your punched aperture.




This technique suits "silhouette" style stamps very well.  Here I have chosen the Just Believe stamp set.  You can stamp direct onto the card base so that the silhouette overlaps your sponged area or you can re-position your mask and stamp so that the image only covers the sponged area.






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SU card: Whisper White, 
SU Inks: Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive
SU stamps: Just Believe
SU punch: Beautiful Wings Embosslits

   


Based on sketch SFF021012 from sketchfrenzyfriday and the colourQ combo of Poppy Parade, Regal Rose & Peach Parfait.

As a change to matting the stamped image, I scored a border around the edge.  I like how the tiny dotted effect of the DSP complements the tiny dots in the stamped images.

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SU card: Whisper White, Peach Parfait
SU paper: Everyday Enchantment DSP
SU Inks: Poppy Parade, Regal Rose, Peach Parfait
SU stamps: For Everything
SU punch: Scallop Punch

  


Over at Less Is More their challenge 54 is for a one-layer card using stripes.  My brand new Stripes embossing folder arrived in the post yesterday - perfect for the job!

I embossed the bottom 2/3 of the card with stripes and then chose a sentiment from the Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set (Hostess exclusive).  I stamped it in Versamark & then heat embossed it with silver powder.  It still needed something more - after humming and hahing I finally went for 2 lines of silver thread at the bottom of the card to complement the silver embossed sentiment.  All in all, a very CAS card.


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SU card: Whisper White
SU Inks: Versamark
SU stamps: Happiest  Birthday Wishes
SU other: Stripes Embossing Folder, BigShot, Silver Emboss Powder, Heat Tool

  


The Create a Cupcake stamp set has many disguises!  Here the upturned cupcase has morphed into a handbag, with a little pearl as a fastening.  


To stamp only half of the sentiment, I masked the bottom line of it with sellotape before inking.  I then masked it again to stamp the remainder of the sentiment on the scallopped circle.


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SU card: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry
SU paper: Melon Mambo DSP
SU Inks: Rich Razzleberry
SU stamps: Create a Cupcake
SU punch: Cupcake Builder, Corner punch, 
SU other: Rich Razzleberry ribbon, Pearl

  


The new Create a Cupcake stamp set co-ordinates perfectly with the Cupcake Builder punch.  Easy peasy to knock up a quick card with them!  

As well as stamping sprinkles on the cupcakes, I've also used them as a background for the card.  If you rotate the stamp as you use it and stamp 3 times consecutively between inking, you get a random multi-toned effect.


Similarly I inked the stamp well with Regal Rose to get a deep pink topping for the 2 outer cupcakes.  Then without re-inking I stamped again to get the paler pink topping for the middle cupcake.


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SU card: Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Melon Mambo
SU Inks: Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Regal Rose
SU stamps: Create a Cupcake
SU punch: Cupcake Builder, Corner punch
SU other: Baja Breeze Taffeta ribbon, Rhinestone

  


I've been playing with my FREEBIES from the S.A.B. promotion: the Fresh Vintage stamp set which co-ordinates beautifully with the Everyday Enchantment papers.  Spend £45 between now and the end of March and you can get these goodies free too!



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SU card: Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Ivory
SU Inks: Lucky Limeade, Pool Party
SU stamps: Fresh Vintage
SU punch: Lace Border punch
SU other: Blossom Party die

  


I've got a hat trick this weekend (even though most football matches have been cancelled 'cos of the snow & frozen pitches!)

Using the CAS 176 sketch, Simply Stamping 45 "heartfelt" theme and Color Throwdown 177 of black, white and melon mambo.

A bit of simple matting and the dotty embossing folder to complement the background of the heart stamp from the Perfect Postage set.  I like the masculine monochrome with just a hint of deep pink - perfect valentines card for my other half!


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SU card: Whisper White, Melon Mambo
SU Inks: Black
SU stamps: Perfect Postage
SU other: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder