Wednesday, April 3, 2013

CTS#21 & MIM #110

Oh my was this card ever a challenge!  Sheesh.  I should have stopped after a couple hours (yes, I said hours), but I had invested so much time into this stinking thing that I was determined to finish.  I initially started with Papertrey's Make it Monday #110 Challenge: Collage Elements.  When I first saw the challenge my first reaction was to skip it.  Collages are like layers times a million on my difficulty rating scale.  Plus cleaner and especially simpler seems to be suiting me better these days and finding a way to maintain that was super difficult.  Nothing was working until I remembered CAS(E) this Sketch #21 (which had initially stumped me as well).  The sketch seemed collage-ish and gave me some much needed direction (which is the positive part I'm choosing to dwell on considering that after I finished my card I realized that this sketch challenge had already ended...bummer).
Fast forward a bunch, the final product doesn't have too many collage elements, but I stamped a bunch, some of it does overlap, and I really did give it my best shot, so I'm counting it. :)  Oh, and the distressed edging...well that was kind of an accident--or rather an attempt to fix an accident because at that point there was absolutely no way I was starting over...again--and I was sort of in the mindset of "why not?" since basically everything else on the card had taken me out of my comfort zone.
But on a positive note (since I feel like I need to have more of that here on the blog), I genuinely like the colors.  And I can check "ombre" off my list off techniques to try.  And I did get a good chuckle in the end when I looked back at the card and realized that the sentiment that I'd put on it said "enjoy". :)
(P.S. Thanks for sticking with me.  I'm a rambler...I try not to let that happen all the time here, but it seems to be coming out more and more.  I guess maybe because I'm gradually letting this blog reflect more "me".)
Stamps: PTI (Background Basics: Retro, Background Basics: Super Stripes, Background Basics: Text Style, Think Big Favorites #19, Turning a New Leaf)
Ink: Colorbox (wild hare), CTMH (blush), PTI (harvest gold), SU (pink passion, pink pirouette, soft sky)
Cardstock: PTI (aqua mist, stamper's select white)
Other: CTMH (edge distresser), PTI (beautiful butterflies dies)


  1. What a sweet card, perfect for any occasion!

  2. I love your soft colours and choices of stamps! (And I can totally relate to the level of difficulty with this technique!) I also like how you stamped some text on your butterfly to give some texture and dimension.

  3. Well, I'm glad you stuck it out with this card, Lindsey, because it's fabulous! Great job with the collage-- it's so lovely!

  4. Lindsey you sound like me making a card. After you spend so much time of course you want to post it. This did turn out beautiful! I also like the accidental edges, I also do that often. The colors are beautiful and you made it for two challenges great job!

  5. "Collage" scares me, so I am impressed that you even gave it a try!! I do love how you have added all the little bits - especially the script on the butterfly! - and it is still very simple. Thanks you for TRYING to join us at CAS(E) this Sketch!!

  6. Very pretty. I like the elements you used to create it! It's very soft and delicate... very pretty!

  7. I think you did a wonderful job tackling the collage challenge! Layers and collages scare me too, but you were smart to choose a sketch that would give you some direction. The distressed edges really add to the soft overall feel of the design, too.

  8. This is soooo pretty! I love the scallops and stripes! Cute!

  9. Lindsey I love your collage you are much braver than me TFS.