Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Long and Winding Road


I don't know why, but sometimes I get lost in a design and start to think I've created a hot mess and there's no way out but to rip it up and start over. But other times, I get a little spark of inspiration and figure out how to fix my card.

I'm playing along in this week's Create with Connie and Mary color challenge and I figured it would be easy enough because these are the colors are in the Birthday Bash Specialty Series paper. 

I choose the sheet with the bold Night of Navy stripes. And then, um, well, hmm, that's kind of a bold statement piece and I still had to add in Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry. OK, so I decided to stamp a sentiment from the Perfect Pennants set in Night of Navy ink and cut it with the Banners Framelits. I backed that banner with a larger one cut from the Birthday Bash DSP. Nice. Now what?

I got out a Crushed Curry card base and I embossed a Calypso Coral layer with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder.  I pulled out the Calypso Coral Pompom Trim and stapled one end of it to the banner. I intended to staple the other end....somewhere. I laid everything together and...meh. I didn't like it. Not at all.

I fiddled around with the Pompom Trim and got it to where it was acceptable (but nothing to write home about), but I still didn't like the card. Then I got a flash---how about I cut a second banner out of another sheet of the Birthday Bash DSP--a Crushed Curry sheet? Yep! That's the ticket! Getting better. But I still wasn't satisfied.

I switched out the Crushed Curry card base with a Night of Navy card base and, finally, I liked this card and design. It was a long, and winding road, but I finally got to my destination!!

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  1. Oh Kathy, I SO relate!! Sometimes my journey takes a couple of days as I come back to it and see it with different eyes and it has to be changed, so I love your post title!! lol! I also love your card and think you arrived at a lovely & successful destination.. Love the card! Thanks for joining us this week at Create with Connie and Mary for the color challenge!

  2. Well, I am glad you persevered because your card is delightful! It has a nautical flair which I love. Thanks for joining us this week at Create with Connie and Mary.

  3. I can totally appreciate how much experimenting it takes to make a card come together. What a beautiful end result! Great job with the colors - thank you for joining us at Create with Connie and Mary!

  4. Funny how our mind works! Sometimes I walk away and then get inspired when I'm back at it! What a fun way to use the pom pom trim! Thanks for playing along with the color challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

  5. I think we have all been in this situation more often than not! At least I have! You created a fun, interesting card and you should feel great about your success! Thanks for playing the Create with Connie and Mary color challenge this week!

  6. Love how you did the double layer of banners! AWESOME!!! And the little extra of the pompom trim is a perfect finishing touch! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  7. Oh that so happens to me all the time! It's so fun when you start out somewhere and end up somewhere completely different tough and your card looks great - I especially love the pompom trim! Thanks for joining us over at Create With Connie and Mary this week.

  8. Really fun! I love how you worked with the colours. The banners look fabulous as does the pompom trim. Thanks for joining us at Create with Connie and Mary! x