Monday, February 9, 2009

Cutesy vs. Elegant

Ya ever notice how sometimes when you set out to create something fabulous that it turns out in a TOTALLY different direction that you had envisioned?? It happens to me ALL the time!! Take this card, for example . . .

I made this for LSC206. The challenge was that the only stamp you could use was a sentiment . . . just one . . . and no other stamps. I've done that LOTS of times, so I figured, "No problemo!" My good friend, Linda Duke, came up with this lovely layered dahlia when she was previewing these Spellbinders dies for their Pre-CHA Blog Frenzy. It was AMAZING looking, and I knew I was going to have to try it. Here is Linda's fantastic creation:

Quilted Dahlia

I knew that, in addition to making a challenge-dahlia card, that I also wanted to complete another butterfly card for my "Follow the Butterflies" challenge - which makes this card #76. (See the link on the sidebar to the right for more info about that!) My dilemma was that, every time I pulled out some patterned paper, it was in the same color combo as other butterfly cards that I had just very recently done. So . . . I pulled out this old SU Cutie Pie dsp and set to work.

I had envisioned a really elegant, classy card. Instead, I came up with extremely "cutesy" . . . I'm not quite sure WHAT I was expecting, since the paper IS called Cutie Pie!! Anyway, once I completed this one, I KNEW I was going to HAVE to do another one in a more elegant vein so that I could satisfy myself!!

Stamps: Spring Blossoms by Inkadinkado
Paper: So Saffron, Rose Red, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Cutie Pie dsp
Ink: Bashful Blue, Rose Red, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Spellbinders Dahlia (S4191), Floral Fantasy and Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folders, white polka dot organza (May Arts), dimensionals

Hence, this second card. A shot at redeeming myself, sort of. Not that the other card is BAD or anything (at least I HOPE not!), it's just that I had a totally different plan when I started. So this is my second attempt, and I felt MUCH better after doing it!

Stamps: Warm Words
Paper: Mellow Moss, Shimmery White, Very Vanilla
Ink: Mellow Moss
Accessories: Spellbinders Dahlia (S4191) and Ribbon Tags Trio (S3-150), Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder, moss organza ribbon, pearl sticker, dimensionals

I'm also doing a little housekeeping around here. I just recently decided to add labels to my blog post and add a label list on the sidebar, as that is how I often look for things on OTHER people's blogs. I've only done back through the first of the year, so it's going to take me a while to get them all done . . . thanks for being patient with me!!


Melody (lacyquilter) said...

It's all in the paper. Gorgeous.

Brenda said...

Very pretty!!!!

Marti - Pez-A-Doodle Design Studios said...

hi wendy! LOVE that second card! - i always love all white cards but i can never seem to do it - the urge for color is just too strong no matter how hard i try *sigh*

Paula Barin said...

I love both cards. Each has an occasion. The elegant card is perfect for a wedding. I might just have to check out that die.

Jan Castle said... are too funny! I do the same thing! Let's just call it "two for the price of one". Both cards are wonderful - just set a different mood. I also lean to the white on white - so elegant, just like it's maker.

Etha said...

oh wow both cards are just stunning! so pretty.
I heard you like butterflies? go pick one up at my blog :)

Ashley said...

What great cards! I love the colors and the contrast in cards!