Sunday, February 17, 2013

Laugh or Cry

Crafting: my biggest block of crafting time is my week-ends, much like everyone else I guess. Saturday managed to get three cards completed and went to bed eager for Sunday play time. Ha!

Since I have a list of cards a page long I need done before the end of the month I really don't think I can afford days like today. I am going to possibly be the first blog in all the world to show you my mucky  mess. You decide if you want to laugh or cry. I have done both.

First order of business is a birthday card for my daughter. Her birthday is Wednesday. I wanted to do an artsy-fartsy style card for a change of pace. Medium of choice was Twinkling H2O's. Love these paints as can get rich colors or soft, they apply like watercolor and they do indeed twinkle.

Attempt one - emboss resist. Stamped image on watercolor paper and clear embossed. Twinkling H20's applied with water brush. Paper was a bit too textured but not a horrible outcome. Just different.
So I thought, I'd shadow stamp on it for more definition. Between thought process and application something went terribly wrong. See for yourself:
Frustrated, I decided to try making background paper with my paint. Did the smoosh technique. Apply paint to one quarter sheet and smoosh the other quarter onto it. I ask you, do these look like they were smooshed together?
Never giving up on the first try, here is attempt number two.
Well at least I salvaged some bits and pieces. Apparently watercolor paints can act like glue when wet and left together a second too long. Feeling somewhat foiled in my attempts by now but carried on. Finally managed a background I liked, embossed an image that worked. Time to layer papers and mount to card. Easy as pie. Did I ever mention I am horrible at making pie crusts? Here is a snap shot of some , I do mean some of the rejects.

Measure once, cut twenty times
Still I managed to get one card completed today and it is my daughter's birthday card. Photo is a bit over exposed but that's how the day has been.
Every birthday card needs a sentiment to polish it off. I should have stopped and just written a note. The final straw that stopped my crafting for today.
Yes the stamp hit not once but twice without me knowing it. Hope she enjoys anyway!

Parting thought for today:

Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
     - Abraham Lincoln -


  1. Well...All I can say is, I think that Abbey will just LOVE your card! I know I do...even the double stamp finish. :-)

  2. I think we can all sympathise with you Birdie, but at the end, thankfully you came out with a lovely card for your daughter, which I am sure she will love. hugs, Ursula

  3. Love the result B - I'd probably just given up....

  4. Remember the saying: If at first you don't Succeed---Try Try again!!!
    Finished project turned out great--remember is it the thought that counts and she will love it.

  5. HAHAAAAHAAAAAAA!!......sorry.....had to get that out....ahem.....okay, sobering now......Hahaaa!.....oops, sorry.......thought I'd finished....ahemm......she's your daughter, so she'll love it......haggghhh....sorry, little strangled gurgle......IT'S LOVELY....stop stressing!! ;D x

  6. Hello B - It is a Beautiful card and I give you much credit for sticking with it! Abbey will love it! Tell her Happy Birthday from your friends at Anything Goes.