Tuesday, June 1, 2010

One-Layer Wednesday 7: Repetition

Today's One-Layer Wednesday Challenge is REPETITION. This is a very good chance for you to use those little accent stamps that come in sets...you know, the little tiny stamps that you wonder how the heck you'll use.

Yeah, THOSE stamps.

Like the little leaf pair that comes with PTI's Father Knows Best Set.


Or the little concentric circle stamp in the same set.



See what I mean? Repeating those little suckers makes them pretty useful, in this case as a ground for the trees. Repeating the leaves or circles helps unify the design and glue the whole thing together visually. Plus, it's SIMPLE. Visually simple. It makes sense to the eye very, very quickly and makes the harmony-loving soul breathe a sigh of relief.

Or perhaps I'm being melodramatic. It's been known to happen.

My using those little stamps is just a suggestion (but it's pretty cool, isn't it?). Feel free to use repetition any way your muse moves you.

OLW7 Rules

1. One-layer cards are defined as one piece of cardstock folded in half. That's it.

2. Use repetition of images, bling, sentiments, small embellishments, or whatever...as long as it's simple, it's good.

3. Post a link to your card online using the OLW7 InLinkz button on the sidebar of Simplicity.

4. The most important rule of all: HAVE FUN!

Also, while you're making your one-layer wonders, you might--just might--mess one up. DO NOT PANIC! Just cut what's salvageable and make yourself a two-layer card. Like I did here:


It's still good, even if it doesn't qualify for the challenge. Lemons to lemonade. Glass half full. Always look on the bright side. It's a bright, bright, bright sunshiny day!

I know. I'll shut up now.



Supplies
stamps: PTI Father Knows Best, Birthday Basics
ink: first card, Memento pear tart and brown whatever; other two cards, Versacolor split pea and khaki
paper: PTI white, SU river rock
accessories: last card, dimensionals

36 comments:

  1. I thought you were about to delve into Monty Python there. Just goes to show with those weeny stamps that designers know better than us mere mortals. I know I'm repeating myself but - gorgeous (to both cards)!!!

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  2. Heheheh, I like your positive outloook. And I love your cards and suggestions. I always love those little extra images - sometimes I refuse to get rid of a stamp set just because of the little guys.

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  3. Oh my goodness gracious, I love what you've done here! I never get around to using those little stamps because they seem so, well, tiny, but this looks fabulous! I'm gonna have to try this soon!

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  4. What a fun idea! These challenges get my inspiration juice going every week. I've already got a couple ideas floating around...now, to harness them!
    Love the ink colors you used, btw -- lovely shade of green!

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  5. Wow - you never fail to amaze! I'm now so motivated to use those little stamps!

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  6. awesome cards. I particularly like the circles!! And I've made a few 2 layer cards after attempting the 1 layer card first!! It seems my first attempt at a card is rarely successful! LOL! Have a great day you optimistic gal you :-)

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  7. PS: I just posted my card, and I definitely have a 2-layer card to make from my first attempt! Ha!

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  8. What a terrific challenge! I especially love your first card with the tiny two leaf stamp. I can't wait to play!

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  9. Honestly, Susan, you're a genius! I loved that you figured out that the 3 spots in Pond Life were for the frog, and now figuring out how to use those teeny stamps that come with sets is awesome! Both your trees look so nice with these little stamps grounding them. Like you said, it makes such visual sense. You are just great!

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  10. Genius--I always use those kinds of stamps as an all over background--never thought to use them in a linear fashion. I love your blog.

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  11. Perfect cards and great challenge! Finally those little stamps will meet some ink!

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  12. Brilliant! Great cards. Of course, I'd really wanna tie a ribbon around the two layer card - lol..... Love them - thanks for another great challenge! Congrats to your prize winners!

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  13. Hi Susan, I have just found your blog and am so inspired by your C&S style, I love it.

    What a great way of using those little stamps, I would have just had them hidden away in a drawer not knowing what to do with them until I saw this post. Again, thank you for your wonderful ideas. Sue

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  14. Repetition is "simple"? I hope so. But I envision myself with a T-square and a quilting ruler and a centering ruler and a wavy line across the page in spite of it all. Given the number of risks for failure when using a tiny 2-leaf stamp to "make grass" under a tree, you deserve the Olympic gold. for the idea AND the execution.

    This is SUCH a fun place to start the day. Thanks for being here.

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  15. As always, absolutely gorgeous!

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  16. ooh, love your cards and love this challenge!

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  17. Finally, the spotlight shines on those teeny little "filler stamps"! Seems like every clear stamp set I own has at least two.
    Can't wait to ink them up and play with this idea. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  18. love those, can't wait to rescue some of those small cling stamps from the bottom of the bag... been having a lot of fun with clean and simple one layer cards, thanks for the inspiration.

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  19. Gorgeous cards as usual, Susan. I haven't made a card all year :o( I still enjoy looking at what others are crafting though :o)

    Have a blessed day

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  20. Love the way you make us think outside the box with these challenges Susan. Great tree cards too, they are all fab!

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  21. Both cards are great but I love the first one the most!! Great way to use that pear leaf!!

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  22. Now this challenge will test my SAMJ skills! :P Your examples are beautiful, and I like the two-layer card, too!

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  23. Very cool cards-love how you used those stamps. I hope to follow the rules this week and join in ;-)

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  24. Wonderful cards Susan. I sure have learned a ton about clean and simple from your blog. Thanks so very much!

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  25. I enjoyed this challenge ..... I think!!!

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  26. great challenge, especially since I have a card ready for it. just need to add a little something! love your cards here. the colors are so soothing!

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  27. Love the cards - as always - and, like you, I see my "mistakes" as an opportunity to think outside the box and produce an alternative result. A good attitude to have in life too!

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  28. And I would look at your two layer card and never know it was a "mess up". I love it on the color you used. Great idea. Your posts are so fun to read.

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  29. Beautiful cards! Here is mine:

    http://want2scrap.blogspot.com/2010/06/friends-with-flair.html

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  30. I JUST discovered your blog from another follower (Ayana) and I love it. I love your style, your posts, your sense of humor! You are hilarious. Caught myself laughing out loud several times!!! I am so glad to have found you and I made a card for this challenge and bet I will be participating in many more!

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  31. I found your blog and loved the idea of this challenge. One layer is a real challenge for me Thanks for your effort!

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  32. Love your clean cards! And your blog!
    Thanks for a fab challenge!

    Hugs
    Maarit

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  33. Another great challenge Susan!!

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  34. A fabulous card and a fun ... and challenging ... challenge! Thanks!

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