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March 20, 2012

LIM Week 59 - Theme: "Masking" and (possibly?) OLW 83: "Inspiration"

Good Morning!

Welcome to Week 59 of Less Is More where this week the technique challenge is "masking."  This challenge has given me fits, but as of last night I'm happy to say there is no more masking melodrama at the Playhouse!  Phew!  This was really getting me down.  For me, masking is it's own form of terror, but making a one-layer card, to boot, is especially diabolic!  Finally, after several attempts, I found an image that made me happy to mask:

(Hmm, I see some wee booger is eating my pansies.)

I'm thinking that I could get by with entering the above card in the One Layer Wednesday Inspiration Challenge, too.  This week is an odd week (#83) hosted by Jennifer and Jennifer has given us a very broad range of inspirations:  "So, the challenge this week is to make a one-layer birthday card inspired by one, some, or all of the following:  Letters, a rainbow, a car, a blue square, a fan, a sweet message, a silly message.  Use your imagination and have some fun!"  I think my card could fit under "letters" or "a sweet message" (I mean, isn't it sweet not to count how many birthdays?) or "a silly message." 

And just because, below is one of my earlier attempts at masking.  I love this DSP from SU with the candies.  I fiddled around quite some time until I was happy with how I layered the image.  "Glad that's done," I said to myself, clapping gleely. 

(Gleely?  I call this TWO: Typing While Old.  Some new words that come out of the ends of my fingers I notice and like; others I dislike and correct or remove.  Sometimes they slip by me and are only enjoyed by readers.  If that happens, feel free to talk about me behind my back.  Just don't come around to my front and do it, thank you.)

About an hour later, while cleaning up the dinner dishes the Less Is More "OLC Rule" popped into my wee brain.  The OLC Rule is "One piece of card folded in half with no additional layers and minimal embellishments, where the image is stamped or printed directly onto the cardstock."  Oops.  But it's cute, nevertheless, and worthy of a blog mention and pic, doncha think?

Edit:  Thanks to Chrissie at LIM, I found out that I have misunderstood how LIM works in one large way.  On the sidebar of their blog there is a list of the monthly rotation schedule.  The glossary at the top of the first page is just general information.  This is the "when what" that you want to know about:

Challenge Monthly Rota

Week 1 Colour
Week 2 One Layer
Week 3 Theme
Week 4 Sketch or Recipe
Week 5 Lucky Dip

So, the below card is perfectly fine for this week's challenge.  Now I just have to go find out what the heck a "Lucky Dip" is ...


If you haven't played in either of these challenges before, you should click over and check them out.  They are really fun and always challenging.  Less Is More.  One Layer Wednesday OddOne Layer Wednesday Even.

Today I'd like you to join me in welcoming Lisa Brinker of "Paper Creations" as a follower; it is very much appreciated!

Please enjoy ~ and thank you for stopping by! Special thanks to you if you took the time to leave me a comment!

Who's Counting?
Paper:  PTI
Stamps: Sentiment: PTI Birthday Bash;
  Image: Stamps by Judith E-173-HK (Heather)
Ink:  SU Brilliant Blue; Marvy markers

Sweet Shop
Paper:  PTI; SU
Stamps:  SU Sweets for the Sweet
Ink:  Marvy markers, SU Always Artichoke


Anonymous said...

Both cards are fab. I am going to tackle the Masking challenge, but never done it before so putting it off until later in the week. Have a dentist appointment tomorrow, so that is enough stress for now! Ali x

Ardyth said...

Love how you masked the cakes and the bright colours. Not so happy to figure out by reading your post that my OLW probably doesn't qualify, since it isn't really a b-day card! Man, I'm almost 45 and STILL having to remind myself to READ THE DIRECTIONS! LOL!

bastelengel said...

I like your card with all the cakes. A wonderful idea and great colors.

Ardyth said...

Thanks for your comment - I just went back to Jennifer's blog and I think I may not be the only one who missed the birthday requirement (not that I'm pointing fingers, LOL!) Oh well, it's all in good fun and in the interest of inspiring great cards, which it certainly is successful in doing! Enjoy!

GinaA said...

So love your candle card, the primary colours are great and the image certainly goes well with the masking theme.
Did smile when I read your blog, not only about the TWO typing (am going to adopt that one) but your comment on the varmint that is enjoying lunch at the expense of your pansies was priceless, would never have noticed if you had not pointed it out.
Happy inking
x xx

Chrissie said...

Great cards Darnell, despite our challenge this week giving you fits... for which I apologise!!!!!
It didn't HAVE to be a One Layer card this week, (that is only on the second Saturday of each month,) but they are always welcome anytime.
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Redanne said...

Really enjoyed your very amusing post and the cards are not too bad either! Well done.

Chrissie said...

No need to pull out any more hair Darnell... look on our sidebar, there's a list of the themes for each week of the month.... it's true, one layer is only on the second Saturday of each month!
Tee Hee!

Mandi said...

Oh you have made me chuckle Darnell
Are you clear on all the info now?
FAB card, love those cupcakes
Thank you so much
"Less is More"

Sally said...

Love the stacked cakes, fab masking.
Sally x

Debbie Carriere said...

Great cards!! Wonderful job masking!

Neet said...

What a fab job of masking and what fab bright colours - love this card.
You didn't make WOYWW so I'm commenting here - thanks for commenting on y blog.
Hugs, Neet #4 x

Craftychris said...

Both your cards are fab and your post really made me laugh! xx

Victoria said...

Stunning creations, both of them!

Susan said...

You had me chuckling while reading your blog! I was going to participate in the OLW that Jennifer posted, and I never saw the part about it being a birthday card! Glad I didn't post a card now! LOL!! I love your cakes...they're bright and so pretty! You second card is my favorite though...not sure why...maybe it because that looks like lollipops and I'm hungry?!