Friday, March 2, 2012

Another Anthony and Burt Creation + Giveaway Friday

Hello everyone,
Thank goodness is Friday again (with Steph you might like to add). It's that time of the season when everything outside is wet and cold and everyone inside my household is down with the sniffles. I hope all these dreariness ends soon and as I was deciding on which Anthony and Burt image to use for my card - this one seem very opportune for this moment in my life.


I colored dear old Burt the frog with alcohol markers and added texture to him with a blender pen. On my last Friday's post, I shared how I colored him. This week, I wanted to share a design tip instead - for clean and simple 1 layer cards. I know I struggled with clean and simple for a while because it always turned out boring and plain - as if something was missing. Over the years, I have discovered that what helps me make a clean and simple card pop is really to create a strong and bold focal point - either using dimensions (pop up), or with a strong color such as the big colorful bow I used.

I hope you will give clean and simple a try - Anthony and Burt are such completed image set that works so well with this style of cards.

Happy Crafting!
Steph

GIVEAWAY FRIDAY 
This week we are giving away a lovely new Stamp It Stamp, called Renaissance. 
Just leave a comment on today's post by Sunday night and you could win the cute, cute stamp. We will post the winner on Tuesday's blog post. (Must be a U.S. resident to win.)

20 comments:

Paula Huiras said...

Clean, simple and beautiful-love the bow!
PH

Joan V said...

Goodmorning Steph, wow, I love this card. I also struggle with making clean and simple. But, I love what you have suggested. I don't have any Anthony and Burt, but I will try with something close to it. Love, love that ribbon. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kelly Massman said...

cute card! Really love the ribbon! Thanks for a chance to win a stamp, too!

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Oh this is adorable-I LOVe the color of the pop of ribbon.
So funny to see my card up there as the giveaway stamp...lol
I just love that stamp

Caryn S said...

The ribbon is a wonderful finishing touch on this cute card

madebyKarla said...

What a cute card! Love that chunky ribbon :)

Kathy said...

Wonderful card Steph, Great coloring...

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

Adorable card and great giveaway! Thanks for a chance to win!

GrandmaAYW said...

Love the simple stamp and bow on this card. All it needs is a sentiment. Looks great.

Melanie Rozwood said...

This turned out really cute. Great coloring.

Carol said...

Cute card! Love the coloring!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

UnikeByYes said...

These guys are so cute! I am in awe at the awesome projects you have created, I am a new follower, But I am loving every bit of your blog, TFS and for the chance to win such lovely stamp.
Have a great wknd,
Liz

Bhawana said...

a cute card.. I started liking these images after coming here.

Monique Nicole Fox said...

Adorable card. Awesome prize. Thanks for the chance to win.

Have a blessed weekend.

Monique Fox
mnfoxx1110@yahoo.com

Andrea said...

I thought I didn't like frogs, until I saw this card.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great CAS! Love the great ribbon and bow!
Carri~abusybee
www.doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com

littlen said...

very nice. really like the black & white with the pop of color from the one square.

Pat said...

that's a great collage card! Love the little stamps and the colors! Thanks for sharing!

Amy E said...

Thanks for the tips about the clean and simple design. I have a tough time with them too, and never really thought about having a strong focal point!

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com
scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

Trena in Naperville said...

Adorable Steph!! The ribbon is the prefect touch!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!