Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I started out...

...with an entirely different card in mind.  And,  I ended up with the one that I am posting.  And, this sort of thing actually happens to me all the time...really, truly all the time.  I start out with the intention of this or that sketch challenge or this or that color challenge.  And, in my mind, the card is plotted out and I will meet the requirements of the challenge.  Then, I sit down, pull out my chosen stamp, inks, etc....and then the cardmaking process becomes quite organic and thoroughly out of my control.  I start doodling with colors on the scratch sheet, then realize that I really, at the moment, like this pairing of colors rather than the ones I previously decided on.  Then the same thing tends to happen to the sketch I chose, the papers I was going to go with etcetcetc until, at the card's finish I am left holding something pretty durn different than what I originally intended to make.  And, this is key here....I usually am quite pleased with my card.  Lots of times, when I do finish a card for a strict-ish type of challenge I don't like my finished product.  It is like I tried "too hard" to make it work....and when I just sit back, color-cut-and paste I usually have more enjoyment as the card takes shape under my hands.  Now, I am thinking that perhaps this is because I have not been doing card making as long as many other folks that I know.  And, it makes me wonder if the way to keep the personal enjoyment alive and well is to, at least in the beginning...is to make LOTS of cards and to make them any old way one wants to.  And, challenges are great when they are something one enjoys to do but the minute one is working hard to meet the challenges' requirements then card making or, really any craft or hobby, becomes more like work then play.  I really would like to enter more contests and challenges....I do have a competitive spark inside me but for the time being they are going to be "easy-peasy" ones....like I will be entering this into the Hero Arts Monthly contest...it follows their colors this month (wow-totally happy coincidence there!) and bling.  And, I can always be counted on to meet the bling requirements.  Maybe, we just need more bling challenges!  Anyways, I used the Hero Arts Little Black Dress here that I used the other day (scroll down if you please) and the Basic Grey Indie Blooms here paper.  And, a doily that Maureen Morton blog here sent me awhile back.  And I love these doilies....and when they are gone they are gone 'cuz I haven't been able to find them in a store anywhere!  So here is my card!


I did a close up of the stamp to show how really cool it is!  I like that flowers are also made up of little tiny hearts....then it can also be used for anniversaries, weddings and valentines  too!


Thank you so much for stopping by!  If you happen to stop by tomorrow to visit bring an umbrella...we have had oodles of rain with more on to come!

Be well,
Sheila
                                                                             

7 comments:

Dawn said...

It is gorgeous Sheila. I love the doily on it. Your post is wonderful. Sometimes, card making like that for me too.. what ends up isn't what I had in mind at the start!

Maureen Morton said...

I love your description of the journey of designing.....so very true! Sometimes I get too caught up in challenges and forget to do what I love just the way I love doing it. You are the kind soul who encouraged me to branch out and use other stamps and that has made me happy. This is stunning - love the yummy colors. Keep your creativity forever!

Lisa said...

This is such a happy feeling and feminine card! Pretty colors- LOVE the way you used the doily and it does make me "smile" :)

Elizabeth Allan said...

Sheila I am so glad you are following your heart when you stamp and enjoying the jouney as your cards unfold into pieces of beautiful art.

Sasha said...

Hi Sheila,
This is another gorgeous card using your doily stamp, and you've coloured it beautifully.

Don't feel down hearted, Sheila, just do whatever you enjoy doing most when you make your cards. I prefer to make a card that suits what mood I'm in and if there's a challenge going that my card fits, then I enter it:)

Rosemary said...

really neat card, sheila! love the image backed with the doily... really makes it pop!

bessanne said...

love it mom! keep if for me to give to tyler for valentine's day... :P
But really, looks very nice, i love the ribbon!