Friday, July 22, 2016

Together Would be Better and new Winner!

So I've been suffering from a bit of creative jet lag and crafter's block.

I did a ton of crafting before vacation because of the N&T and Stamp of Approval release, and then nothing on vacation, and the just a bit of scrapbooking when I got back.

Honestly I have a whole pile of fun things to use, but I get oddly stuck when I have new stuff.  It's like I'm afraid to use it, don't know where to start, etc.

To give myself a jumpstart, I thought I would challenge myself to create something without stamps or dies.  Just embellishments.  Now you are going to look at this and say that I cheated, well I kind of did.  Often when I'm creating I end up cutting multiple sentiments because I'm trying different ones to see which works best, or trying to decide what color to use.  The extra sentiments end up in a little pile for use later, so in this case, they're more like already existing embellishments.

Most of the items on this card are old as dirt.  The base paper is a 4x6 tag from a Pink Paislee ephemera pack that I trimmed down and added some gray splatter to.  The butterfly, striped tag at the top, and the paper polaroid are also from that ephemera pack.  I did add some stitching for texture and interest.

The chipboard polaroid is Crate, and I found some old Echo Park brads that I think were part of a kit way back as well as that sparkly little embellishment which was floating around at the bottom of one of my bins.  Finally, I added a few sequins for some extra sparkle.

I thought the card could use a little more balance at the bottom and that the sentiment couls use some amplification, so I did finish it with part of a sentiment from my Origami Map set, but here the stamping was an after thought.

It was fun to just spread some things out and play.

I think I'm ready to get down to business with some new stuff tomorrow!

OK, I also need to announce a new winner for one of my release week giveaways.  Christine Canfield was the winner of the Parquet stencil, but she had already purchased it and rather than take the refund thought someone else should get it.  So sweet!  So the new winner is....D.Ann.C!  Thanks Christine and congratulations D.Ann.C!  Shoot me an email with your address and I'll get this sent right out.

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  1. Your card is gorgeous! LOVING the colors and the butterfly! And congrats to the winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Wow!! I love it!!! Everything goes great together!!

  3. this card is all the layers

  4. Fabulous layers, Miriam, love this so much!

  5. Sweet all your wonderful little details, just beautiful.

  6. A very nice card Miriam but then again, your always are! LOL (True story!)
    Congratulations to your new winner and Congrats to Christine for being such a kind person. Not everyone is so thoughtful!

  7. If this is a cheat, I'm going to start cheating, Miriam!!! It is spectacular!!! Now I'm going back in for a close-up - love is in the details ... thanks for the visit this week xx

  8. This card is completely amazing!!! All of the elements on here are just perfect!! I have been trying to get out of my "Summer rut" lately too!! I completely understand loosing MOJO!! :) HUGS

  9. Your creativity seems at its peak to me Miriam!
    Your card is beautiful! I love the design, the decorative elements...

  10. You worked magic with "old stuff"! Such an amazing card, Miriam!

  11. Yay for creating just because! This is beautiful! Love all the layers and dainty elements! Perfection!

  12. Way to rock all the bit and pieces together. No pun intended. Haaa!! They came together like they belong that way, and obviously they do! :)
    I hear ya about being stumped/frozen. Often. ;)