Hello! I couldn't have chosen a more compelling post title to draw you into my blog, right? But really, it's just true. I have four more random, old card designs to share here, and then I'll be caught up. For the moment, at least. With that riveting intro... here we go.
I made this card around a year ago for a colleague's baby shower. The stamp is a House Mouse by Stampendous image (how I love House Mouse -- but the images are so fussy to color!), and the sentiment is an old A Muse Artstamps favorite. Everything else I used is from Stampin' Up!. The card base is Sage Shadow; the scalloped circle and ribbon are Bashful Blue. I stamped the images in Close to Cocoa on watercolor paper, and colored the image in with a number of the (retired but beloved) Watercolor Wonder pencils from the Soft Subtles collection. I really loved how this design turned out.
I made this card for a crafty challenge. I really liked the layout but boy I hated the color palette. (And really, I had no one to blame about it because I designed the challenge for a group of crafty friends. I ordered the colored papers, a pack of Bazzill cardstock, online, and had no idea how heinous the colors would be in real life.) Anyway, the die is from Avery Elle, and the stamps are from the Avery Elle set called "Simply Said: You." I loved the idea of making a checklist and stamped on A Muse notebook cardstock with Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I used some metallic Stickles (I think bronze but honestly can't remember) and they almost worked to save this card from its bland existence. With better colors and embellishments I think this layout would be much improved. Maybe someday I'll try it out. :-)
This card, a super last-minute design I pulled together for family and some friends this past Mother's Day, was absolutely a reboot of a design I made back in the A Muse Studio days of 2009/2010. I do love how this design turned out. The card base is an old A Muse Artstamps Kitchen pattern; the French Roast and Vanilla papers are from A Muse Studio. I used A Muse Studio inks in Sage, Buttercup, and Blush (or maybe Shell -- always hard to tell them apart) for the flowers, and French Roast for the sentiment (which is an old A Muse Artstamps favorite). I used a Quickie Glue Pen to add some glitter to the flowers' centers, which was the finishing touch that really pulled this design together. I do love how this one turned out, even if it was deeply inspired by past creativity.
Now this card... I hemmed and hawed about posting this card because... I almost love this design but it remains one of those awful, unfinished, imperfect projects. I cannot even count how many times I fussed with this design. Tweaked it, changed it, redid certain aspects of it, undid those same aspects. I had a vision in my mind but just failed to execute. Repeatedly. This was another card created for a crafty challenge that I do with a group of my crafty friends. The die and stamp are from a Hero Arts set called "Hello Stamp and Cut." I stamped with the Hero Arts neon blue ink pad. The papers were from a Simon Says Stamp monthly kit. I used a Stampin' Up! die (from the Bigz Two Tags set) and ribbon by A Muse Artstamps. There's some ultrafine glitter sprinkled on the rainbows and some Stickles (I think in Aqua?) here and there. MEH. So after many, many versions, this is where I called it done and moved on.
Next post will be some (relatively) new creations. Oh, and if you actually took the time to read this post -- you're awesome. Thank you. And I promise to do better going forward.