Tuesday, February 11, 2014

XOXO

I'm still making a few Valentines here.  Last night I whipped up a few of these (going against my usual 'one only of each design' creed), because they are so easy.


I found some red embossed cardstock in one of those $1.00 scrap bags I used to buy.  I punched some hearts out of it, and added green leaf ribbon that I won eons ago from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  A little 'xoxo' sentiment from Hero Arts and that was it!

You'll think I'm kooky, but I could not decide which picture to place in the post, so I included both!  The top one has a cooler temp, and the bottom one is warmer.  I played with the color tools on my photo-editing software, GIMP (it's free), and achieved both filters that way.  Which do you prefer?


I'm entering at Addicted To CAS:  'LOVE'


and the Ribbon Reel's last challenge (oh no!), 'Be My Valentine.'  Inspiration photo:


And though it might be a long shot, I'm taking a chance at Less Is More too.  This week it's One Layer, Anything Goes.  Is my heart a layer?  Or just an embellishment?  Hmmm.  Not sure what the judges will think!



Stamps: Everyday Sayings - Hero Arts Paper: white - PTI; Real Red Ink: Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: green leaf ribbon - Really Reasonable Ribbon Accessories & Tools: corner rounder punch - Fiskars; Petals A Plenty embossing folder, Full Heart punch - SU

25 comments:

nwilliams6 said...

Super cute - what a great idea! I like picture number 1 - LOL! Hugz!

Loll Thompson said...

Really beautiful design Colleen. How lucky to find such gorgeous leaf ribbon ... and the embossed heart "bloom" is so pretty. Perfect CAS Valentine's Day card!

Both pictures are pretty similar in color, but think I like the warmer one a bit better. Haven't tried GIMP, but will have to look into that. Thanks. Loll xx

Bonnie said...

CAS perfection, Colleen! I think I like the first one best.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is gorgeous!! I loveeeeeeeeee that heart!!!!!!

Sindhu said...

So beautiful and elegant Colleen! I'm totally in love with the CAS beauty you have created!

Sindhu said...

By the way, I like the first picture more. :)

Maria said...

Gorgeous CAS card with lovely heart and stem! I can't decide on which photo I like best! I'm with you I like them both.:-)

Darnell J Knauss said...

Geez, I just about choked as my breath caught in my throat when I saw this sensational card, Colleen!! So touchable and so pretty! I like the cool first one better. I think the whiter white makes the red and green pop more. Hugs, Darnell

Lisa said...

Well they may have been quick and easy but they really pack a punch!! I like the first one, it's crisp and bright!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

What a stunning CAS card! Love it!
I think I like the first photo best:)

Marianne said...

beautiful card

Shani Thomas said...

Very pretty (simple, yet elegant)! And I think I prefer the first. The white is more white (although, both are indeed nice).

sandie said...

Stunning design and love all the embossing. The photos look quite similar but I think I like the first one x

Benzi said...

Such a beautiful CAS card, Colleen. I think I like your first card the best. I really do like very white cards, though. Hard decision.

Emily Keaton said...

Perfectly CAS, Colleen!! I like the first photo best :). I always question whether "an embellishment" adds a layer or not, too!

Carole said...

delightfully simple and elegant.

Janny said...

Simply and elegant. Beautiful. Janny

Janny said...

Simply and elegant. Beautiful. Janny

Marisa said...

Beautifully elegant.

Leslie Miller said...

The red looks just like SU!'s Petals Aplenty embossing folder. Beautiful and simple. I always love how red and white look together, especially when the white outweighs the red. Very nice, Colleen! I always fuss with my photos and am never satisfied. They look different on every computer, so I don't know what to do with them, really. Since you asked, I think I like the cooler photo since it's a white card. If I didn't have them to compare I would think the second photo was great. They both look good.

Chrissie said...

I think you were right to wonder about the one layer bit Colleen...as it is the main image it would be deemed a layer!
But do join us again...it is a fab card!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
Less is More

Stella said...

I know what you mean with one only of each design. But there is nothing wrong with breaking a rule :). The design is modern and also subtle. And I love it. One of the quotes here is "never change a winning team". Which means; it's not always necessary to change something that works really well.

Your card is lovely; and remember.....no one from your friends and family is receiving this cards twice. They only have one mailbox:)

About editing; my personal preferences are with bright photos. But that's my opinion. I love the bright and crisp look of the first photo.
Hope all is well; sending a hug!
XX

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE the embossed heart with that leaf ribbon! I HAD to have that ribbon and wasn't sure how to use it! YOUR CAS design is just Perfect!

Linda R said...

What a wonderful card my friend. I LOVE it.. I think the top card looks best. But to tell you the truth both look wonderful..

Hugs~

baileyrosy.com said...

What a beauty ! the pop of color is so bold and beautifully CAS thanks so much for joining us at ATCAS and good luck.

Marie

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