Did you ever have one of those days? You know, where you've planned all this fun crafty stuff, and no matter what you try, you don't like it? Or it didn't turn out like you'd envisioned it AND the morphing, which is quite often just fine, is not emitting warm fuzzies? Yeah, today was that day for me.
Last week I bought several digital images (I KNOW!) from Mo's Digital Pencil (digitalpenciltoo.com) because they spoke to me, and I could see me using them with all sorts of irreverent sentiments. I have now spent most of today, a SUNDAY, in my jammies, futzing with paper and Copic markers and Nesties and ... and ... I am not happy.
Let's review the outcome and see if you can help me.
First up, we have this little lady, doing what I suspect most of us do: checking in with the outside world at the start of our day:
There are a few things about this card that I like:
(1) I thought to print the image a second time on some Bazzil shiny card stock (I forget the Bazzil name for "shimmery").
(2) I found a piece of marbled glossy card stock that I could use as a background.
(3) I thought of a sentiment.
(4) I had enough pink card stock left to cut some layers for the sentiments.
What I don't like about this card:
(1) I had to freakin' cut out that bathrobe 4 times.
(2) I think I should have sized her down some.
(3) I colored her cup too dark, but I made it lighter the other 3 cards.
(4) I messed up her slippers, and I ended up using a hideous pink covered by the same blue I used for her jammies to come up with that also-hideous color that is now her slippers.
(5) I colored her jammies blue and picked a background with green in it.
Next card ... I loved this image, entitled "Hoping". I thought it would be a fun one to own, though I had no idea what I'd do with it.
Here's the card:
My likes and dislikes ... first, the Likes:
(1) I got to use this Nestie shape.
(2) I got to use it TWICE! (Layers)
(3) I reminded myself that when in doubt about a coordinating card stock, flip the double-sided card stock over and see what you've got.
(4) Because of (3), I used this whole piece of 12x12 patterned paper.
(5) I think the made-up sentiment goes okay. I decided it would be a card to give someone who has lost weight and looks MAHvelous!
(6) I used a few of my bazillion half-pearls.
(1) I did a sukky job coloring the towel. Just because you can match a Copic color to your card stock doesn't mean you should.
(2) I went over and over the towel with my Copic 0 in an attempt to lighten the color. I think it looks like she threw some bleach in with her colored towels in that last wash.
(3) I should have down-sized this image, too. I really didn't want to center it, but it was too big to do anything else.
Ready for card #3? Here you go:
For this one, my W2 Copic died and I don't have any refill, yet. So I had to stop. BUT, let's do the Likes and Dislikes, shall we?
(1) I like the image. I thought I could have her scream something inappropriate.
(2) She's easy to color.
(3) I used another piece of my hoarded patterned papers.
(1) I couldn't for the life of me find the right color to layer with this image. Seriously, I must have tried (and cut) several colors before I landed with the brown. BROWN!
(2) With all those cool, fun colors, I chose BROWN?!
(3) Is there even any brown IN that paper? Oh, yes, the teenie tiny dots in the center of all the PRETTY FLOWERS!
(4) I could not match the green for her sweater to save my soul. I made 4 of these, and each one is a different version of that green. This is actually the closest I came to one I like. Really.
(5) As the owner of more irreverent sentiment stamps than most of the known universe, I couldn't find one I liked that I thought was "perfect" with the image.
Re: (5), since I couldn't decide, I decided to NOT decide, and chose four different sentiments. Since none of this is finished yet (nothing is stuck down) I thought I'd show you all four and take a poll. There's lots of time - my ink refill won't be here until the end of the week.
You've seen the first one above, and here's the other three:
Eh? I am so not feeling the love, here. I might have to make up my own sentiment; something like, "I am surrounded by idiots." or "That was the last straw." or "What part of NO don't you understand?" Oh, look, I forgot to color her tongue.
That concludes my efforts for this Sunday. As you can tell, I am not particularly happy with any of these, and I am open to suggestions.
Now if you'll excuse me, I think I'll go have a cookie and call it "dinner".
Thanks for stopping by!