Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Card Makeover Candidate

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Ugh. I'm so embarrassed to even post this card but I'd love the chance to see it made over by someone on the PTI design team (for the SAF Stampers First Aid submission) so here it is in all its ugliness. Or should I say fugliness.

My DS is 8 and so I've had to make several boy cards over the years. One of my favorite sets to do this is All Star, All Star Additions, and Have a Ball. So, when the Movers & Shakers dies came out earlier this year I thought it was a match made in Heaven. One of my son's friends is really into basketball and I had this great idea in my head but, as you can see, it didn't work out AT ALL. It just doesn't work for me. There just seems to be multiple elements on the card but they're not working together.

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I still love the idea of the moving basketball and the pennant but boy, do I ever have a hard time making that pennant look right on cards. I don't know what it is. Love the concept of it but it's always hard for me to place it so it doesn't look awkward or floating.

You can also see I attempted to make my own background design with the star strip from All Star along with an overlay of A Little Argyle. Doesn't appear to be helping the design of the card.

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Here's one more parting shot of the card. If anyone has ideas on how to make this better I'm all ears. And please tell me you've made cards that are better suited for the circular file. I hate to think I'm the only one that has doozies like this.

Make it a great day! :)

CS: Orange Zest, white (Papertrey Ink), blue by Making Memories (I think)
Stamps: All Star, All Star Additions, Have A Ball, A Little Argyle (all Papertrey Ink)
Other: Movers & Shakers Spinners die (Papertrey Ink)

Sunday, July 15, 2012


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I was able to play along with this week's challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays. The challenge was to use strips of color or pattern in your Clean and Simple creation. This one came together so easily. The strips were inspired by this card from Cristina.

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It all started with the bitty strip of black and white striped paper. It was a scrap left over from a previous card and it was just sitting on my desk. It was too cute not to use so I found some other (s)crap laying on my table to go with it. The red strip was cut with my pinking shears.

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I'm not sure if you can see it but there is a very subtle polka dot pattern on the tea pot. You look at it and you think it's just plain but then you look again and you notice the subtle pattern. Tricky! lol

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

CS: Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy, Soft Stone, and Smokey Shadow (all PTI)
PP: black/white stripe (October Afternoon, Cakewalk collection)
Ink: Pebble (Amuse), Black (Memories)
Stamps: Tea for Two (PTI)
Other: Teapot die (PTI), pinking shears

Sunday, July 8, 2012


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By the hair of my chinny chin chin I made a card for this week's Make It Monday at Papertrey Ink. The challenge was to stamp on patterned paper. I made a pocket card using some PP from October Afternoon and the file card die from PTI. Love this and am definitely going to do it again.

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Then I cut a small piece of PP and stamped a cupcake on it using Versamark and some white embossing powder. I hope this counts as stamping on PP. A little ribbon ties it all up! (pun intended *lol*)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Cardstock: Fine Linen (PTI)
PP: Cakewalk papers (October Afternoon)
Other: file die (PTI), ribbon from my stash (maybe old CTMH?)