Saturday, February 28, 2015

OLS13 - Details

Thanks so much to all of you who took time to play along with our "You Blend" challenge. There are so many fabulous details to choose from that the DT has had trouble narrowing our Details post to just a few.

Susan's Picks:

Kesnija used gold spray to unite her gold-embossed sentiment and her pretty pink stenciled frame.

Maura used white embossing and three fab colors to create depth and interest on her lovely card. I also like how the black flower spills out onto the white.

Kimberly used such vivid color and white embossing to make this dramatic and pretty card. I love how the color bleeds up into the white.

Paper Learning Curve- Grá O'Neill: Clearly Besotted Stamps Brushed Poppies, Fabulous Fuchsias

Grá claims she made a mistake stamping her flowers, but she rescued it perfectly. Note the most excellent background, which she added freehand.

Ardyth's Details:

OLC Flicked Distress 001

Ingrid's bold choice of colours makes this card really pop!

Karin's stunning watercolour butterfly is a perfect example of blending!

Marianne's dramatic night sky is given real perspective by her detailed frame!

Heather's Details

It is impressive how Maura's few blended colours give the forest such depth.

Lee Ann has created a dramatic image by placing contrasting colours side by side with a thin but bold black line to divide them.

Claire's beautifully blended and layered circles almost look as though they are floating across the the white background.

Karen's Details

A Symbol Of Peace

Ashwini's card really shows how motion can be created using watercolour inks.


Sarah Jay created this super cute and fun the way she arranged them all into a heart.

Shirley created this beauty which looks like a watercolour garden.

Thanks so much to everyone who played along with OLS14 You Blend!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

OLS13: You Blend!...Edited

Remember the movie My Cousin Vinny? One of my favorite bits of dialogue (other than the bit about grits, 'cause I'm a girl raised in the South, and that's just funny) is between Vinny and his girlfriend Mona Lisa Vito.

Mona Lisa Vito: [Vinny looks at her funny] What?
Vinny Gambini: Nothing. You stick out like a sore thumb around here.
Mona Lisa Vito: Me? What about you?
Vinny Gambini: I fit in better than you. At least I'm wearing cowboy boots.
Mona Lisa Vito: Oh yeah, you blend.

My husband and I can barely use the word "blend" in any context without giving it the sarcastic New Jersey accent Mona Lisa had in the movie.

So in honor of Marisa Tomei's Oscar-winning performance as Mona Lisa Vito, we're going to blend this month! Blend colors, that is. Whatever technique or product you use is up to you, so you can blend using spectrum ink pads, the rock-n-roll technique, watercolors, markers, watercolor crayons, colored pencils...heck, you can even use eye shadow on your card as long as you blend it!

ETA: Jennifer McGuire has an awesome video showing how to blend with regular water-based markers and a blender pen.

Here's my card, blending some yummy citrus colors using a Kaleidacolor inkpad:

I added shimmer with a clear Wink of Stella pen, and a tiny yellow rhinestone anchors the design.

That was fun!

Rules for OLS13 You Blend:

 1. A one-layer card is defined as a single piece of card stock folded in half. No other layers allowed.

2. Make a card that includes colors blending in some way.

3. Post your card somewhere online and link to it using the InLinkz button on this post. If you link to your blog, make sure you link to the specific post and not your home page so we can find it easily later.

4. Post before midnight on February 24, 2015. That's when the InLinkz button will close.

5. The most important rule of all is to HAVE FUN!