Sunday, November 23, 2014


By now most of you know I generally stamp without a net. I rarely plan out a whole card before I start playing around with an idea. I sometimes have a full idea, but then it morphs in translation between my head and the real-life process.

The other day I took out two of my new-ish die sets and was determined to use them. I eventually ended up with this blue panel:

The frame was cut using the smaller of the two frames in my Avery Elle Finished Frames die set, and the buildings and clouds were cut using my Paper Smooches Background Builders. But this is small, about 2.5"x 3". What to do ... what to do ...

I went in search of a sketch. I rummaged through my stack of sketches and found this one by Sketch Saturday:

My rectangle became the square in the sketch, and I used pieces of paper remnants from my Basic Grey Out Of Print paper pack to put behind the rectangle. This is what came out:

Something's off ... I'm not feeling the love. I either needed to put black behind the blue panel, or behind the printed papers. But if you like subtle, I give you subtle. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

I needed a sentiment, and with nowhere to put one, I almost tossed the whole thing, but instead I remembered the Crazy 4 Challenges challenge is to use the word hello on a card. I CAN DO THIS! I pulled out my Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental set and used the tiny hello; stamped it in white and embossed it with white. Perfect fit.

I almost didn't post this card here, but I went to the local holiday street fair around noon today and ate some street food, and I'm sitting here debating whether I also want to nap, so this card is all I have for you today. So far. I might go create after a nap with Bobra. He's such a cuddler, and tough to resist. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I used: Bazzill card stock (blue and yellow), SU black card stock, Basic Grey Out of Print 6x6 paper, and the following:


  1. I like the black mat around the whole thing. Enjoy your snuggles with Bobra. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Leslie.

  2. It's pretty, but I do agree that it needs something. I'm thinking black behind both the patterned papers and the blue panel. There's just not enough contrast there as it is. I love the composition and the black buildings against the blue sky and clouds.

  3. well, i love it, as is... but black behind either of the panels you mentioned would make them pop more AND marry to the buildings and main mat; OR an easy retro-fit might be to outline the BG panels with a black pen (or do it as faux stitching if you feel nervous about hand steadiness under pressure)

    on the other hand, for some reason, i am imagining the three background blocks being in a stark black and white newsprintish text pattern... i don't know why... city and news... ??? no idea, but that was my gut reaction, so i share it with you. (NOT that you need ANY help from me missus when it comes to cardmakin!!!!!!) ♥

  4. I know the feeling you describe about playing and morphing! I love how your card morphed into this! It's a great contrast! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Sketch Saturday! Hugs, Lesley

  5. It's a clever little card. I like how you took it from little to card size. There is something about it that is off. I think it is the text print in all the background pieces maybe. It is close but not quite there. Send to someone less deserving.


I'd love to hear what you really think! :-)

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