As I was looking at some of my failed attempts for Papertrey's Blog Hop yesterday one thing caught me eye that I genuinely liked...a strawberry. I had paper pieced it, and it was so bright and cheerful that I decided I wanted to try again but this time make a whole jar of them, which would conveniently also be perfect for the Simon Says...Food challenge.
I liked the sketch at Retrosketches, so I decided I would use the jar for the focal point (the rounded square in the sketch) and have two banners go across it. That was a great idea until I finished paper piecing all those strawberries and didn't want to cover a single one of them up. So I embossed the jar on some transparency paper that I found in my teaching stuff, used the label image to represent the button in the sketch and the two strings of twine to represent the banners instead. And then I was stuck. I'd completed the elements in the sketch and had a cute clear jar of strawberries, but I didn't have a completed card. I took a several hour break, and then I remembered this card from a couple months back, so I went to Jessica Witty's blog to see it more in detail. Of course I couldn't just stop there, so I kept browsing through her blog and finally I had seen so much inspiration that after a lot of trial and error adding and taking things off my card, I ended up with this. I realize it doesn't resemble the sketch as much as I had intended, but I can still see it in my focal point and I was happy with how it turned out, so I just let it go. It feels good to finish a card with a smile. P.S. Thanks for your kind and understanding comments yesterday....they definitely cheered me up!
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Stamps: Friendship Jar, Friendship Jar Summer Fillers, Mat Stack 1 Collection (PTI)
Ink: Bubblegum (Recollections), New Leaf (PTI), VersaMark (SU!)
Paper: Hawaiian Shores, Hibiscus Burst, New Leaf, Raspberry Fizz (PTI), white, transparency sheet
Other: Honeydew Twine (The Twinery), Linen & Canvas Impression Plate (PTI), White & Silver Embossing Powder (SU!)