It's Not All Black and White

Monday, April 7, 2008

Use What You Love...or else

I pulled out Jen's Sketch For You To Try last night, and this is the result. This card makes me a firm believer in the thought...Use things you love and you'll love your card. I forced myself to use this paper, and therefore these colors, because it's been sitting here for probably a year. And while I don't hate the card, and can't find anything exactly wrong with it, I don't love it.
So, here are a few deets. This darling image from Stamping Bella was sent to me by Sandy (Hi!, if you happen to stop by). I know it's a permanent black stamped on (I think) Georgia Pacific white, which held up quite nicely to just a little bit of water coloring. I mostly colored with Stampin' Up markers (More mustard, creamy caramel, ruby red, certainly celery), but smoothed it out a bit with a watercolor brush. I added a few shadows with Copic C-1. I knotted some thread around the buttons (dollar store?) before adhering them with glue dots. Yummy ribbon is spring moss grosgrain from Papertrey Ink. And that not-quite-my-style paper is Mod Mat Stack from Autumn Leaves.

28 comments:

Laura said...

Ciao
bellissima card.

Laura

Flossie's Follies said...

Love the paper, love the card, it is great, don't think you could make a card that wasn't.

Denise... said...

Can't believe you don't love it...I do!

Amy said...

I love this card Bethany! The image is really funky and the colors rock it out!

Hugs,
Amy

Renée said...

I think this card is great!! You pulled it together really nicely. Love all the accents!

Shannan Teubner said...

This is so bright and fun, Bethany! I love it!

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

I don't know why you don't LOVE it Bethany, because I sure do! It's just beautiful! The colors are fabulous! But I understand what you mean. :) Lord knows I haven't liked plenty of my own cards! LOL

Melissa said...

This is fabulous!

Many Blessings,
M.

Lauren (mytime) said...

I love that! Use the things you love & you'll love your card! LOL! So true. I am baffled that you dont like this card! I think its really cool, colorful & sweet :D

Christi said...

This card is fantastic!! I had some of that paper and I think I ended giving it away because it wasn't "me" either but you totally rocked it!! :)

Libby said...

Well I love this card, even if you don't! It's so cute! What a cute image too, how fun.

Julie Masse said...

Very cute!! The colors are bright and springy and it just looks so pretty! :)

Beth said...

I love this card! The colors are wonderful together.

Alexandra said...

This is gorgeous Bethany - I love this card!! The colors are rockin' and I love that image! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

sgalley said...

This is a great card! I LOVE it!

Beth said...

I think this is super cute! I have had that same paper (and the rub-ons) forever in my stash. I haven't been particularly drawn to it myself but you have definitely inspired me to give it a chance!

Dawn Easton said...

Well girl I can't see a darn thing wrong with this card either! It's fabulous!!! Your colouring is absolutely amazing! I love the colours, the buttons, the paper, the layout...everything about it!

veronica said...

it is a cheery card! love the colors.

Joan and Amy said...

I like this a lot...I like the colours and I love the plant pots, they are too cute. Joan

Jenn said...

This is a great card, Bethany! Love the colors.

Julee T. (Shadowcatcher) said...

Just fabulous, Bethany! I love the coloring of the pots, and I think you rocked the paper. I do agree that using what you love is the best formula for cardmaking, but sometimes it's good to stretch a little out of our comfort zone to bring a new perspective to the things we love. Obviously, your stretch was a home run! :)

Tami said...

I love this card and the cute image. I love all your cards!

Christina Fischer said...

I DO love this card!! The colors, paper and embellishments are so much fun! Fantastic as always! :)

Rose Ann said...

Very pretty, Bethany!! I love those cute little flower pots and your pretty papers!!

My lifes inky escape and more said...

This is so cute! I love everything about it!

Debbie Olson said...

Beautifully colored and embellished, Bethany!

Carolyn King said...

THAT is seriously one cute card. I love your beautiful coloring of the image and those adorable buttons on the bottom--excellent!

beate said...

BEAUTIFUL! Love it!
Hugs and smiles