Monday, July 10, 2017

The "Dreaded" OLC.....

Hello dear blogging friends: I love, love all kinds of styles for making cards but there is one style that always intimidates me a bit.....CAS!!  Yes, yes, I know, what's so hard about it?? Well, I often need to fill up the space and that is a BIG No No!!!   But, none the less, I enter this challenges just to be able to practice and learn, how else am I going to get any better in teaching my brain it's ok to leave empty space around so, here is this card I made for the Less is More Challenge #336 & 337, which is collaborating with the AAA Cards and the talented DT's are asking us to make a "One Layer Card" with the added "bonus" of using colored card stock, anything but white is to be used.

This image is from the retired Flourishes set called "Zinnias", the butterfly is from a set I've had for years but I don't know it's name or where it came from, it has 9 gorgeously detailed images. I stamped the flowers and the butterfly onto a single, yellow card base first with Stazon black ink, color them with my Prismacolor pencils, easy peasy, and once it was finished, I stamped it again with Versafine black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to make the lines visible again, the pencils kind of made them look opaque,  I just left the images on my MISTI so I could stamp them again in the exact same place.
Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card, I also left this with no layers.

Both the sentiment and the butterfly are from the same sets.

I'm linking this card onto the following challenges.

AAA Cards: CAS game #94 A collaboration with "Less is More" 

International Art and Soul Challenge #12 "Elements of Nature" 
(Flora, Fauna, Water, Sky, People.....)

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.


  1. A stunning card Maria and on that gorgeous cheery coloured card it should cheer anyone up. Fantastic image and beautifully coloured. thanks for joining us at both Less is More and AAA Cards this week.

  2. Well you may find it difficult to create CAS cards, but you've definitely succeeded with this one. Brilliant sunshine yellow for your card base, really complements that floral image. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

  3. You have done a great job with keeping this CAS !
    This way shows off your artistic skills !
    Yay for your achievement !!

  4. Wow colored card stock CAS that's a challenge! These zinnias and butterfly the perfect choice!

  5. Maria such a beautiful card, I am still thinking on this challenge, one layer and coloured. Card stock, mmmm. They are pushing us. Yours is just stunning.

  6. It's an absolutely beautiful card. I love words and your words, inside and out, are perfect. The image is fantastic. I love everything about it. Thank you so much for joining us at IAAS. Hazel x

  7. I am the opposite, I have a hard time filling up space :) Your card is gorgeous! I would never guess you find CAS difficult. Thanks for sharing at AAA Cards.

  8. You did it ! Absolutely gorgeous CAS card ! And what a beautiful and vibrant yellow for your card base, it just highlights your beautiful image perfectly ! Great colouring too ! Superb take on our challenge. Thanks for sharing and for playing along at Less is More !

  9. It's a great card, and I appreciate the tips you included about your stamping. Guess I'm going to have to get a MISTI thing.

  10. Well, you'd never know you struggle with CAS cards, this is perfect for our challenge. And what a great combo of flowers and butterfly, the butterfly looks like it belongs exactly where you've placed it. Gorgeous sunny background too.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

  11. Beautiful job on colored CS! On of my fave stamps!

  12. Flowers with a butterfly would cheer me up. Beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing with us at AAA Cards.