Saturday, March 23, 2013

CAN THIS POOR THING BE SAVED?

Remember in my post on March 18 where I told you how much fun I was having creating one of the projects each day from the new Stampin' Up! online class, The Basics? http://www.paperseedlings.com/2013/03/the-basics-in-beginning.html

Well, I really am enjoying myself. Really.

A few days ago, I was working in Section 2, Stamp-a-ma-jig. Going good. Going good. Until I got to Project 4, which was called "A Fun Technique Made Possible by the Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Well, I must admit that it took me a long time to embrace the Stamp-a-ma-jig. Years. But I now find it a truly indispensable tool that I don't quite know how I had lived without it for so long. It makes perfect placement in stamping a cinch.

In fact, awhile back I picked up a roll of clear plastic on Clearance, and I just cut off the right-sized piece for whatever stamp I'm needing to line up, stamp the image with the Stamp-a-ma-jig in Black StazOn, and then just keep the little stamped plastic piece with the stamp set for the next time. Works so slick!

Well, back to my dilemma and Project 4. Other than the Crumb Cake card stock and the Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad the project called for, I had no supplies on the list to recreate the card. So, as in all except the first one of the projects I've completed so far, I decided to use what I had and make it my own, while still focusing on the technique being presented.

I don't think I ever slaved so fruitlessly over a card as I did on this one. I can blame it on my lack of supplies and thus my different approach, but I just don't know if there is even any hope left for this poor thing. I think it's beyond help.

After "finishing" it that night, I stared at it for two days, feeling completely dismayed every time it came into view. Finally, yesterday, I thought I knew how to salvage the helpless little critter. So I headed back downstairs.

While the "improvements" help a LITTLE bit . . .


. . . even my husband admits it's not my best work. And he's being kind. Here is a close-up of the little wonder:


My question for you is: Do you think this poor thing can be saved? If so, what are your suggestions?

Expectant
Hopeful
Smiles.


30 comments:

  1. I don't think it needs saving. I think it is perfect just as it is! It looks whimsical and very cheery with the pink and yellow! I love it:)

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    1. Thanks, Cathy. Those are very kind words. I love them! :>)

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  2. It's a cute card. I can't think of a thing to make it better, it's cute as it is.

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    1. Once again, Christina, you are a doll! :>)

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  3. I don't think it looks bad either to be honest. I love all your linkups this week btw.

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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  4. The great thing about blogging is that you don't have to show off your less than best. Sometimes we just hit a wall, can't think of a thing creative... I haven't made cards (except for a few to my Daughter) in years. I still love my stamps, and intend on making a comeback, but I'm working on quilts now. If you don't like it, set it on a back burner for a while and do something else... or make a different card with a different technique. You'll get back on track.
    Hugs

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    1. Thanks, Terri! I hope you're working on your card comeback! :>)

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  5. I think it looks good. I think of all the furniture I have "antiqued" (is that a word?) Sand off some paint, make a few nicks, scratch some here and it looks great. It's about not being perfect. I guess that's why I like it.
    Have a great week,
    Bev
    @http://eclecticredbarn.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Bev. That is a very diplomatic way to address the situation. :>)

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  6. I think it looks fine. But if it's really bugging you, cut out the "Hello" (as one piece with a little border around it) and reuse the strip with the bows--just paste them to a new card!

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  7. Hi Linda over from Kathe's. I think it is as much a skill as to know when to stop working on a piece as it is to even start. I love that card just as you finished it. I am taking a photography class right now and we are studying 'simplicity.' Handmade says more than perfect. Great job Linda.
    QMM

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    1. OMG. What a perfect thing to say! Thank you! :>) p.s. Good luck in your photography class! That's my emphasis in my BFA degree.

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  8. What's to save? I like it as it is.
    Thanks for sharing with us at "In and out of the Kitchen"

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  9. Love it as it is! No need to save or change anything :-) Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS Link party !

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  10. Cute as is! Thanks for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
    Hope you can join us again this week!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/03/the-creative-homeacre-hop-9.html

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! And thanks for letting me link up! :>)

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  11. Sometimes as artists we over think things. I think it is sweet. Not every piece can be our favorite. :D Let it go and start another. :D Thanks for sharing.
    p

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  12. My answer to everything would be to add a piece of lace! Maybe a snippet of white eyelet with a pink button on a corner? Seriously though, it stands by itself as it is. And it's cute! The pink and yellow are sweet together and the sentiment is really neat.

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    1. Lace! Good idea! I love it! :>) p.s. What a strange idea coming from you, Doni! JK

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  13. I like this card how it is. I love all the colors you used. I would agree with Doni above - adding a touch of lace would be great! Thanks for sharing at Romance on a dime!!

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    1. Thanks, Betsy. I like the lace idea too! :>)

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  14. I think it's cute...but if you want to salvage it, I'd cut the bottom off and use it for something else. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie! That's a good idea too. :>)

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