Sunday, February 6, 2011

Branch Out - OCC

Over at Our Creative Corner, this weeks challenge is to create a CAS card/project/scrapbook page, etc. with a tree. To see what the other wonderfully talented ladies came up with, click here. Here is what I came up with.
For those who may not know me, Clean And Simple, is not so simple for me. I'm one of those crafters who thinks more is more; not less is more. So, this challenge was just that; a challenge! According to OCC: 'what qualifies as CAS? Well, that's mostly up to you - generally it will be a quicker/less cluttered/clean line style. If you're not sure, then just aim for something simpler than you might usually make.' So, I encourage each of you to take this challenge! Challenge yourself, challenge your creative side, step outside your comfort zone. It can be amazing to see something wonderful that you create, that you probably wouldn't have. Stretch those creative wings, and come fly with us!
I used stamp sets from two of my all-time favorite companies: Stampin' Up! and Paper Trey Ink. I used Sahara sand & whisper white cards stock, Sahara sand classic ink, whisper white craft ink and watercolor crayons from Stampin' Up!. The ribbon is from Paper Trey Ink.
To create the water coloring affect of my tree, I 'colored' the stamp with watercolor crayons and misted the stamp with water before I stamped. (I'm not sure of the technique's name.) It's pretty and looks great (I think).
I can't say it enough, but this card was a real struggle for me. But, I have to say, that I am really pleased with the finished product!
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Kristin said...

Oh Sharon how I love this! I'm with you - more is more, so this one was a challenge for me too. I love the frame around the sentiment and your watercolor technique on the tree. Really beautiful!

Mona Pendleton said...

So pretty Sharon! Love the soft colors and the paper pieced leaves!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Fabulous work, Sharon. I can't tell you how much I love the misted/water colored tree! And the trimmed out leaves are a great touch. I feel your pain over CAS too, but in the end I really enjoyed the challenge.

Geri said...

Wow, many pretty things since I last visited!! As much as I LOVE those 2 gorgeous notebooks...I think this project right here is my favorite. So delicate! I really love the look of that stamping technique with the colors you've used on this card. This may be out of your comfort zone, but you have done a beautiful job on it! Thanks so much for visiting me and getting behind my blogaversary fun! Happy Sunday!!

Diane Gilbert said...

Sharon your card is beautiful! I love the soft look you have created with this technique! Great job on this week's challenge!