Less is More #153 (Winter Blues), CASology #77 (Bubbly), SSS Monday 6/1 (Blues), One Layer Simplicity #1 (Restocking The Shelves)

I’m not sure quite what happened this week … not a single card’s been made since Sunday.  What???  So, the plan is to remedy that over the next couple of days … starting with this …

LIM 153, CASology 77, OLS 1, SSSM 6-1

Squeaking in before the door closes shortly at Less is More, where we have a ‘Winter Blues’ theme, and combining that with CASology‘s Cue Card ‘Bubbly’ (isn’t that such a fantastic word?).  As this is a one layer card, I’m also joining in at Susan’s newly revamped, restyled, re-magnificent One Layer Simplicity (used to be One Layer Wednesday, but it’s had a facelift and now has it’s very own blog), and finally, I’m linking up to Simon Says Stamp Monday‘s ‘Blue’ themed week.

This card took a while.  I had a lot of practice runs on scrap paper to come up with it.  Why, you may be asking yourself (and anyone else in earshot if you’ve said it out loud in stunned surprise) … yep, it’s a simple layout, it’s a simple monochrome palette, it’s simple stamping.  I told myself that as I made a mess carefully worked it all out … however, simple it was not, I have no idea why.  Now, though, I’m happy … I like it … a lot.  I can’t explain it, it’s just really pleasing to look at … and it captures the bubbly look I wanted (at least IRL) … kind of flowing over the edges of the bath bubbly.

The bubbles are from Papertrey … I stamped them randomly in five different colour blues after masking the card base.  The sentiment’s from Hero Arts, embossed in black (with copious amounts of dust buddy tapped on beforehand).  What can I say, I have black embossing powder, I know it was a mistake, but it needs using, even though it’s a b****r not to get specks everywhere.  I’m thinking this’ll be a birthday card … the same HA set has a great sentiment that will go on the inside … and it has bubbles on it (well, circles really a bit like lights round a mirror in a star’s dressing room).

I’m off to wander round to see what everyone else has been inspired to create.  Thanks so much for coming by … as ever, your visits and comments are a joy!  Anita 🙂

                    Simon Monday Challenge Blog

30 thoughts on “Less is More #153 (Winter Blues), CASology #77 (Bubbly), SSS Monday 6/1 (Blues), One Layer Simplicity #1 (Restocking The Shelves)

  1. Ardyth

    This is fab – I love the texture of the sketchy bubbles! A great card for all these challenges! Thanks for joining us at CASology and OLS!

  2. Sandie

    oh my goodness…….I was looking earlier today to see if you had made any cards this week…I was missing my fix of your fab designs! This is a beauty and I agree bubble is such a cool word. I can see how this took a while but it was time worth spent……had you had a few glasses of the bubbly!! The embossing was a great idea as this gives the OLC dimension and texture.fab I love it xx

  3. shirley-bee

    Wow, Anita! Love the textured bubbles! As I was reading your post I realised that the card I’d just posted was also eligible for CASology and One Layer Simplicity, so thank you!!

  4. lollthompson

    LOVE the design Anita. Those bubbles are so sweet and I love the shades of blue you’ve used. This definitely looks like it would take a lot of time to get it just right … and you have! Loll xx

  5. serendipitydragonfly

    Gorgeous card Anita……….love the colours. The placement of the circles is perfect……..not surprised you practised, but it was well worthwhile. Congratulations on getting chosen for the goodies over at Clearly Besotted…….you lucky lady! lol


    Karen xxx

  6. Joyce M.

    I love this so much. So very bubbly and blue, I can see why a card like this would take so much time–it is really hard to get it to look random, and yet be completely balanced and stamped properly. I think cards like this can take the longest, and the ‘one layer’ aspect of it only makes it that much more challenging. And, yet–you did it!! Thank you so very much for playing along at CASology this week.

  7. Bev

    I’m so glad you stuck with this. It IS gorgeous, and I like it very much. They are the perfect blue bubbles. This end result was well worth the all the effort. Hmmmm…could go girl or guy too….

  8. Geri G

    Wow! This is sooooo cool! The depth and movement that you have created with the absolute perfect placement of circles and the variation in colors is awesome! This is a really neat stamp set – don’t think I have seen this one in action before – fabulous texture too! Good call with the embossed sentiment! Bold lettering was definitely the route to go with the sentiment as anything less would have been lost in the bubbles of the yummy beverage!

    The proof is in your awesome card….’practice makes perfect” !

  9. hannelie

    Hey friend… yes… it’s me!
    Love the differer blues you combined to get this fabulous look!
    Wishing you a great 2014!

  10. c

    Blue, bubbly, beautiful! LOVE your card with its varying shades and textures! I can’t even imagine trying to replicate this – I’d use up alllll my papers! You, however, create the most wonderful works of art. I’m adding my cheers to the others: winner! BTW: your comments always, always brighten my day. You’re marvelous!

  11. Jen W.

    It always amazes me how tricky a random pattern can be to create. Yours is a stunner though and worth all the practice runs. It is so perfectly bubbly! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

  12. kimheggins

    Anita,,,this is about as bubbly was they come. I love all the blue and your random pattern too. I am calling winner on your card too, just beautiful!

  13. Kelly Griglione

    Well I certainly agree with you, I like it a lot too!! A real lot! Perfect for “bubbly” and just having that sliver of bubbly makes it seem like you’re looking in on a wild celebration going on.

  14. Judy1223

    Oh, Anita! You are teasing us with this small section of beautiful bubbles, so perfectly colored and arranged! What a fun card! I really admire how precisely your random bubbles are arranged! (That is a crazy sentence right there, I know, but it is true!) I love it when you play along at CASology…thanks so much for sharing your talents with us all!

  15. Amanda K

    Anita I love the way you just have a small section of bubbles peeking out. It really makes an impact and it’s a beautiful card.

  16. soaphousemama

    beautiful card! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! – Ashli 🙂

  17. Bobby

    I love this a lot, too. Such a great job of stamping, and knowing the trouble I have, I can see where it might take a while and some strategic planning. Congrats on the HM.

  18. Susan Raihala

    Anita, no one who does CAS thinks it’s easy or simple, and your gorgeous card is proof of that! It’s worth every bit of effort you put into it…so well balanced, colors perfect, a fun sense of movement, and so very, very clean! Bravo! And thanks for playing along with the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge!


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