Friday, February 21, 2014

Just Playing

Did you ever have an idea, then no matter how hard you tried, you failed to execute it, but you were so determined to make it work you tried something else, then something else, then ... it was dinner time? Yeah, that happened to me the other day.

You see, I was breaking down a tissue box to put it into the recycle bin, when I noticed the pattern on the side:

I saw leaves. I saw patterned leaves in two shades of green. I have leaves. I have green ink. I can do this.

And I sure tried. About 15 iterations later, I scrapped the idea, but then it morphed into something else, and after another 15 or so iterations, I ended up with this:

The idea for this probably came from one of the Online Card Classes (maybe Stretch Your Stamps?) where we stamped a flower from a single leaf stamp. I've had this Avery Elle stamp set forever, plus the matching dies, and I don't think I've used it more than once. I'll bet I've used it 485 times in the making of this card, though.

I started with this:

then I stamped the smaller, solid petal inside each of the larger ones with the same ink color:

then I repeated it with the other two colors. Once I'd worked my way to this point, it was pretty easy to do. *wipes brow*

I thought it was boring, or maybe I was sick of the blue-green by then, so I added a black center and sentiment, and when I stuck the white piece to the Pool base, I added two strips of black card stock and called it done.

In other news, I've been capturing challenge images for two weeks now, and I've printed none of them. I think I'll start over and see if I can crank out some more cards this weekend. Maybe NOT in blue-green, though. I might need a break.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I used to make this card:


  1. Way to persevere Leslie. I think I would just move on. LOL. Hope you and Bobra are doing well...and if you see this in time there is a scramble over at hero arts flickr group at 2 pm eastern us time.

  2. So after seeing your tissue box with its repeating green pattern and then seeing your card I decided either your card wasn't green or a I was drunk... I mean suddenly colorblind. And kudos to you for keeping on trying to get it "right." I'd have tossed in the towel long ago. I'm not much of an experimenter. It either works or I get distracted.... LOOK! SQUIRREL!

  3. Leslie, thanks for stopping by my blog. I'll bet getting all those leaves to line up properly was way harder than it looked. I like the final card, though. i could never get tired of a blue and green color scheme -- it is my absolute favorite.

  4. I'm glad you persevered, the result is wonderful. I have tried those kinds of things before and made nothing more than a huge mess. You did good.


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