Saturday, March 15, 2014

Inspired by Laura B.

I was the lucky one to meet my card-making idol Laura Bassen while hubby and I visited Chicago last October.
Laura and Virginia
Laura is just as sweet as she is on her fun and creative videos...in fact, she is even sweeter in person (if that's possible)! Since I am taking the Clean and Simple On Line Class and Laura is one of the designers/instructors....of course, I am totally inspired by her!
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Laura is well-known for her amazingly mad masking skills and gorgeous rainbow palette. In this CAS class, Laura worked her magic with masking tape and created a beautiful plaid card. I decided that I would channel my "inner Laura" to create a one layer card by using one of the Spellbinders Classic Triple Scallop that Laura generously gifted me. I made the diecut and used both positive and negative sides to create this fun pattern. The sentiment is from CAS-ual Fridays new release called "Wait for It".

Here was my initial attempt. I was not pleased with the overall masking because I let the tiny white space show through. I was utterly disappointed with myself ! But then after examining the "boo boo" some more, I kind of liked it! So I decided to leave a small white margin between each scallop in my 2nd try (see above).
The weather has been bleak and cold here in my area. Winter doesn't seem to want to leave! Spring seems to be just a rumor !? This colorful card definitely provides me a needed dose of sunshine.
Thank you, Laura, for being such an AWESOME friend!
A note: For Virgina's View Challenge, we are reaching close to 300 entries (!!!). I made this fun caption and shared it over Virginia's View Challenge Facebook page before going to bed last night...Looks like Captain Picard is right :)
Thanks for stopping by!

49 comments:

Laura B. said...

OH MY GOODNESSSSSS!!! So brilliant, Virginia! Love your scallop masking and colorful inking! You are too kind. I need you to come back to Chicago and eat pizza with me again with Dr.John, too, ofcourse, lol! I think you might break the world record for most entries in a challenge!! Do you know what the record is? LOL! and I'm sure you've commented on every one of them, too.

Vanessa said...

This card is so stunning!!! Love it so so much!

Meg said...

LOVE this!

lenny said...

Gorgeous card! Love those bright colors!! wow! wow! wow!! Stunning!

Arlene said...

The white space just brought out the colors. You are so creative!

We will have 80 degree Fahrenheit weather here tomorrow, then it will lower again to low 70s. But we NEED rain desparately. We're enjoying the weather right now (May weather is what it feels like), but would really rather have the rain.

Doris W. said...

Totally awesome card! The white makes the colors pop!

Luckysmom said...

Love how you used a shaped mask. Your card is awesome!

Laura Jane said...

I'm guessing closer to 330 entries for your first challenge.
Great "Laura B Rainbow" card. The white space in your second card really makes it POP!!

Marcee Rodgers said...

WOW!! Your card is gorgeous.

joy said...

Love this rainbow of colors using the die as a mask, Virginia! And, I don't think 350 entries is out of reach - gotta' love it!!

ThePurplePlace said...

Love Love Love your idea and design and I think it came out great both time, they are both simply a bit of a different look.

I think it's SO cool that you had the opportunity to meet Laura -- She is so full of fun and such a happy spirit and I love watching her videos...her voice is also very calming to me, I could listen and want them all day long!! She's another of my favorite designers

....just like YOU!! See you back in class!!

Lin said...

Gorgeous, V! Yes, the white space makes such a difference! Learn something new every day! I have no doubt that you'll achieve your 300 entries ...... and then some! So pleased to see how everyone has embraced this challenge!

donna mikasa said...

Caught a glimpse of this beauty on FB and had to come over to gush! It's gorgeous, Virginia, and adding the bit of white is genius! And I believe you WILL hit that 300 mark--congrats!

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is really a cool card, Virginia! I love the white-space-in-between version! Laura is one of my stamping heroes, too (you are another), and I'm so jealous that you got to meet her in person!!! You did her proud with this!! Hugs, Darnell

jintyoo7 said...

Fantastic, Virginia - LOVE your rainbow card :)

I am so happy to to hear of the success of your Water Colour Challenge - 300 .....only 3 to go!

aileen (mum) said...

You never cease to amaze me Virginia. What a brilliant card, the white between each colour is a master stroke, it truly changes the card from nice to outstanding. Love it totally.

Piali Biswas said...

FANTASTIC!!! Love this card!!!!!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Love the rainbow, love the big black sentiment (love that font!)

Barb said...

I totally agree with everything you said about Laura - she is such an inspiration to so many of us and I adore her videos! Your card looks amazing, V! I love that you used scalloped masks for this technique - looks so pretty! Love your rainbow of colors too!

I added another card to your challenge last night and noticed I was number 280 - so awesome! ♥

Andrene said...

Love how you took that technique and stepped it up....and up....and up!! Fabulous job on both!!

Tenia Nelson said...

LOVE!!!! ;)

My Paper Epiphany said...

Virginia this card is totally stunning! Interesting to see the difference a bit more white space makes!
We are having the opposite of your weather - summer just wont go away and we are all a bit weary. But today is lovely and crisp! yay! Now I'm heading over to Virginia's view.

Linda R said...

Loving this happy colorful card my friend!!

PStanley said...

Virginia, this caught my eye in the gallery- and I clicked on it- of course, it would catch my eye- it's yours!!! I really like the white spaces! Just adds to that handmade charm. Lovley card- I'll have to try YOUR take on the fabulous Laura Bassen's inspiration :)

Cat Craig said...

Love this, the colors are fantastic.

Dawn Turley said...

stunning. It looks much better with the white space between the colours. Laura is very inspiring.

Rachel Izakowicz said...

This is gorgeous! That tiny bit of white makes all the difference.

Jo said...

This card is amazing! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog and for your truly lovely comments :)

jo x

Sheila H said...

Your scalloped rainbow is gorgeous. I love the white space, too :)

Susi said...

Love the design of this colourful card - you did a FAB job.

conil said...

I like the white space too. Believe it looks similar to something Laura would create ( can offer no higher compliment because she is AWESOME!)

Laura Norris said...

Love this card!! So fun and vibrant and so totally Laura Bassen. You did a great job channeling your 'inner Laura'.

Deb said...

Virginia, I absolutely love this card! Perfect sentiment to go with it!!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Yup awesome Virginia, love how you were inspired by Laura and now I am inspired by both of you more that Ii already am!

Loly Borda-Towery said...

I love both versions! I agree with you that Laura is a sweetheart, I haven't met her yet, but I can 'feel it' through her funny videos and lovely cards. TFS

Barb Ghig said...

Firstly, I have to tell you how much I love this photo of you and Laura...it looks like you girls had a great time, too!

Your cards are really amazing, Virginia! I also like the top one with the white border...I think it brings out the rainbow of colors so beautifully! You've done such a great job 'channeling' your inner Laura, for sure...and, I can see how proud she is of your amazing work!

Starting a challenge blog was such a great idea! I can't imagine how you're finding the time to comment on all those entries, but I know it means the world to everyone to be a part of your creative and innovative ideas! You really hit a home run with water coloring, and I can't wait to see what you have in store for us next month!

Cris said...

Virginia, your cards are beautiful! Great take on Laura's technique! I love the first one with the white, it pops more ;-) So happy about your challenge blog, I have to find time to participate!

Miriam Prantner said...

Fantastic stamping! Love the progression of colors, you definitely made Laura proud on this one!

Diane Stricker said...

Brilliant

Cathy said...

Fabulous card Virginia, striking colours, Cathy x

Debbie said...

Very cool Virginia! That little white margin between the colors really gives try #2 a polished look. And I LOVE all the bright colors.

Carol Perry said...

This is lovely Virginia. I'd say your cards are way up there with Laura. You both are great designers.

Anja (scrappie) said...

Your card is AWESOME love it and i really love that white spaces how clever to use that scallop.

Judy Nowlan said...

I love this card Virginia..especially the white areas in between the scallops! Sometimes boo boos are the best!

Nora N. said...

This card is FANTASTIC!!! I love how you masked this!! Isn't it funny sometimes how our mistakes look better then what we originally planned out? I love the colors you used and the shading of the inks!! Great job on this technique!!

Karen Kelly said...

I love the white border--it really makes the design come together. Gotta love happy accidents!

The Birminghams said...

What a great take on the technique. Beautiful card!I may need to channel my inner Virginia!

pinnednpenned said...

The white space is PERFECT! Love the result. And the intensity of the sentiment is indeed AWESOME. Great work.

cm said...

Meeting our crafting friends is so amazing (I met Geri about a month ago...still basking in joy!), and when they're you're idols, even more exciting! You and Laura are both key inspirations for me, so seeing you two together: joy! Your cards are both gorgeous! Super cool; super eye-catching!
c