Friday, July 12, 2013

House of Cards - Month One Clean and Simple

Hello friends! I'm so digging the inspiration photo and colors for this month's challenge at  House of  Cards . These colors are some of my all-time favorites to use.  Here's the inspiration photo - same one as last week but this time instead of Cute and Fun they want to see a Clean and Simple (CAS) style card using at least 3 of the colors see below:

The CAS style used to make me have heart tremors as it was really outside my comfort zone.  In fact even 3 months ago I would pretty much avoid entering a challenge if it required CAS.  But being part a design team for another challenge that requires this style once a month has given me lots of practice and really helped me get better and more comfortable with this style. I'd even say that I kind of like it  now.  So... here's what I made to enter this week's challenge:
Shut the front door.... how perfect is this to have a bowl of cherries sticker in my crafting stash for this challenge - LOL!  I'm feeling practically giddy that I had these great peel off stickers (Elizabeth Craft Designs) to use for this week's challenge at HOC.  I had purchased them probably a year or more ago after attending a class on how to use them with copic markers.  Funny how the simplest things can make a person happy. I'm seriously just so tickled that I found these to use!! 

Okay...enough silliness (thanks for indulging me a bit) let me tell you just a bit more about my card.  I didn't have a sentiment stamp that went with this so I created one in Word on my computer.  I really like how the words are shadowed in a lighter color.  Adds interest without taking away for the CAS design.  I used a very thin mat around the image to give it a bit  more "pop" and yet it still left plenty of white space on the card.   The copic markers I used are: BG01 & BG05 (bowl), R29, R39 & R89 (cherries), G28 (leaves) and E49 (stems). I'm kind of wishing that I had finished it off with Crystal Glaze to make the cherries shiny. Hmmmm... gonna have to try that with the other bowls I still have to use. 

This card is going to my 89 year old Grandma who recently fell and broke her leg (right at the hip joint).  She is feeling very much in the pits and we are trying to keep her spirits up so she can stay strong and heal faster. I think this card will make her laugh.  So far not finding anything in my stamp collection that really grabs me for the inside sentiment.  If you know of a really good saying to put on the inside (funny, inspirational or otherwise) before I give it to her next week I'd love to hear it.  

Guess that's about it for now.  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit me today - I'm sure glad that you did! Til next time....hugs and happy crafting friends! D


  1. This image is PERFECT for the color challenge! I was so curious to learn more about this sticker that I had to head over to the website where you purchased it to have a closer look at it... Your coloring is awesome and it's a beautiful CAS card!

  2. This is fabulous, Danielle! Love that bowl of cherries, beautiful colouring, just right for the challenge. Sue x

  3. Fabulous card Danielle and congrats on your Fun&Cute-win! I love those cherries... Would want to eat them actually! :)

  4. Hi there Danielle, us crafters know exactly about that 'tickled' feeling when you locate the PERFECT item for a card - it is a fab feeling! You have done another fabulous job with this colour challenge - what a great card, ideal for this challenge and that sentiment is the perfect partner for the image! I love that you placed the panel at a jaunty angle!
    So lovely to see you playing along with us at HOC, please come back soon!
    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Ruth x

  5. This bowl full of delicious cherries fits very well for the challenge and I like the sentiment that goes with the picture!
    Congrats for your cute&fun-win Danielle, ...a really great work!!
    Thanks for playing with us at House of Cards for the CAS challenge!
    Hope you had a lot of fun and we'll see you soon :)
    Rosi x

  6. Those cherries look really yummy, but the sentiment tops it off!! Love this!

  7. Great use of the colours for this challenge. Thanks for sharing with us this week again for the HOC C&S. Good luck.

  8. Hello D
    Congratulations on your win last week, and thanks again for joining in this week at HOC. Your card is lovely, and a great use of the colour palette.

  9. LOL, this is fabulous Danielle! LOVE the fun image and the punny sentiment! Thanks for joining us at HOC and hope to see you again for our next challenge! Mynn xx


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