July 15, 2017


So, tell me why it is so incredibly difficult to work outside the box? If you look back at the cards I've featured on my blog, for the most part, they are all about precision and symmetry. So, any time I am trying to come up with something that is not all neatly lined up and balanced, I am truly outside my comfort zone. And, I always end up questioning the end result.

Take for example the card in today's blog post:

Be honest now. Is it a jumbled-up mess?

Sure, it's fun.

It's fashionable

It's even refreshing.

I do like my background, which consists of the watermelon components stamped 
in Smoky Slate on Smoky Slate cardstock. 

And the little additions of green sequins and Melon Mambo ribbons . . .

The two-toned "thank you" -- to match the watermelon -- 
fussy cut and popped up with Dimensionals . . . 

Maybe looking at it even makes you a little bit hungry . . .

It is sort of cute and "kitschy" to look at . . . 

And I REALLY do like that THANK YOU!

 But, be honest. As a card, is it a success?

Because I'm just not sure . . .

Can we start a conversation about the difficulties of working outside your comfort zone? And, what constitutes a successful design? 



  1. I like the tropical look of the card. Thanks for sharing at Sew It Cook It Craft It.

  2. It's cute! Personally I would have made the watermelon at an angle too (pointing up a little) and maybe moved the Thank you over the the right a bit but honestly I am nit picking and the whole thing is really pretty.
    It's nice to try things out of your comfort zone sometimes, even if it's only because it feels so good to return to the comfort zone afterwards!

  3. You used the same colors over and over so it is coherent. To me the card is playful and quirky. Great for a colorful personality. Not for the simple gal.

  4. I like it, and any handmade card (no matter what the details) is special because it is handmade with love and care. Don't be so hard on yourself, it is fun and that is what counts.

  5. Congrats on stepping outside of your box, Linda. I love the card - lots of layers and embellishments make it fun!

  6. Super cute and colorful!! So happy you decided to continue making and sharing your cards. I love to see which ones you chose to share with my No Rules Weekend Blog Party :)

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