Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Card Has to Make Sense


Picture it...March 2013, and I have to create a card for the upcoming A Blog Named Hero Anniversary Celebration and collaboration with Simon Says Stamp (say that 3 times!).




I wanted to make a card that impresses, so I set out way ahead of time and made this one:
It uses my favorite SSS die "ABSOLUTELY" and a Hero Arts/SC sentiment. A winning combination right? NOPE. Ever make a card and you only love it for like 5 minutes?

So I have finished orientation in my new job, I am exercising 4 days a week, I am losing weight, and I am feeling good. It's a great time to get back to my craft room (newly remodeled, did I mention that? photos to come just as soon as I can. But don't get your hopes up, it's not fancy or Pinterestable. Maybe when my kids are older and the space can be entirely mine). But I digress, I was speaking about cards.

I make this:


It's cool you know, for a boys card...and then I notice it. That little BENT corner on the right. Do you see it? IT WAS KILLING ME! I squinted and stared and tried to correct it with editor, but it was just staring at me like a piece of chocolate I couldn't eat.

so you know what I did, like any good cardmaker would do. I made another one...


this time I put glitter in it and stars and made it into a shaker card like it was intended to be  (I screwed that up on the previous card too). And I photographed it and felt so good about the whole thing.

and

then

I started thinking. (bad idea) What do clouds have to do with gears? NOTHING. And I had the perfect washi tape to make the clouds work. THIS ONE:


My brain got all flustered with the idea of missing out on the perfect washi tape useage. Because I forgot that I HAD some of this washi tape. Then I decided that I needed a cup of tea and some frozen berries with vanilla yogurt to help me get through the crisis. 

I came back certain I had to make ANOTHER card.






And that my friends, was the card you see on A BLOG NAMED HERO. At last, I felt at peace with myself and the universe. Check out the blog for a chance to win prizes!

38 comments:

  1. Seriously I LOVE that last one! Your OCD pays off again! Gorgeous gorgeous card!!!!

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  2. Thats a fun story! Clouds have a lot to do with gears you know. Don't the gears in your head turn a lot when you are on Cloud 9 like you were when you started on the second card? :) Love all of the cards. Great work!

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  3. Oh thank you for sharing that story! Love all the cards. The last one is awesome!!

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  4. Oh I was totally enthralled reading the story of a card! Love all versions but the washi is a special touch :)

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  5. Taking a good card after another, to a higher level until you reach perfection? A double *yes* from me! Not saying I would do it, I'd rather abandon the project and move to something else (lame, I know), but that makes you even more of a genius, girl!! LOVE the last one best. Seriously <3

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  6. Hahaha! You have me laughing out loud (in the quiet carriage on the train, oops!). You started with a great card and just kept getting better until you finished with amazing brilliance! Woo hoo! Thanks for sharing the journey. :-)

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  7. How fun to see "famous" stampers struggle too! :) Love the end result card -- you NAILED that one - right on!!

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  8. Your cards are great and I was cracking up at your "evolution of a card"! Glad I'm not the only one who does that. But I especially love "Pinterestable" and I am totally stealing it! :)

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  9. Girl, you gotta get that hamster in your head under some serious control! Now you know you can't send any of those so-called rejects (what a laff) to anyone who knows how to read coz we'll all know you sent a card from your so-called reject (what a laff) pile! Confession is for priests!!

    Seriously, you are absolutely right. The final card is a masterpiece and the ones that came before are all rubbish.

    Wait, no, still teasing. ALL the cards are masterpieces, you goose! There. That's the truff.

    (Congrats on finishing orienting and on working out and losing weight and coming back to crafting and I can't wait to see your remodeled space! Mwah! Darnell)

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  10. I really loved reading how your idea and design evolved Wida, and it was a total bonus seeing all the interim cards as well between your first and final designs!! You totally hit the nail on the head with the last one - it is definitely a stand-out card and the best of the lot, but my heart also totally goes for the first one too!! So glad to hear that you're feeling happier in yourself - I think it shows in your work too!!

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  11. Wow Wida! I loved seeing how these great cards evolved. And I adore the final card! Adore. It.
    How did you get so amazingly talented girl???

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  12. You are awesome (and persistent)! I love seeing your process and my fave is the last one. I can't say I would have stuck with it but I admire your tenacity! And I am so glad that things are falling into place for you. Can't wait to see your new space!

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  13. Hahaha what a post Wida! Lol this one had me! I did not notice the corner at all! I love every rd and I love that you shared them all!

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  14. You my dear are a persistant crafter...I love them all, especially the last one:)

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  15. Fabulous designs!!!! I really love those clouds!

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  18. You made so many neat cards - I loved reading your blog and how you told a story to go along with your thoughts. I liked the gears, and I liked the hearts and the glitter - They're all fab - how do you pic a fave?

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  19. I ABSOLUTELY love all your cards, each more than the previous one and in the end, my very favorite is the last!

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  20. Hilarious!! love reading about your process and the last one is definitely a winner.

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  21. I thank you sooo much for sharing your thought process and how your cards evolve. It totally evolved into an amazing card in the end! If you could only give me half of your persistence I think I could get some cards redone...LOL

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  22. Well, I would have been happy with the first card and stopped there! I loved seeing the transformation of your card idea, and whilst the others were absolutely fine and I would have been happy with any of them, your last card really is a step above, and emphasises the point about the elements making sense. Frozen berries and vanilla yogurt are obviously very good for the crafting soul (and brain)!

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  23. 4th cards a CHARMER! I DO like the 1st one too for more than 5 mins.
    Glad you are feeling up and your weight is down:)

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  24. Wow! Wow! Wow!! GORGEOUS cards!! Love 'em all!!
    AWESOME job!!
    It's always fun to visit your blog!!
    So much inspiration here!! Thanks, Wida!!

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  25. Your so funny, Wida! I have a whole package of 12x12 AC cardstock in white that has one bent corner-- it totally drive me crazy!
    Fabulous cards!

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  26. You speak my mind! Isn't it funny how so much thought goes into designing a card? I am glad you kept thinking, because your final card is over the top amazing!! It is awesome! Love it, and it is pinned :)

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  27. Loved seeing your progression. Final card is a winner. So cute!

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  28. Girl, you made me laugh out loud! I totally SO do this myself, I've just never posted all of the results! Have purchased full packages of cardstock, delivered to me with a bent edge, so I feel your pain there! Wida, these are ALL fabulous! You rock, in measures of oodles, dear friend! Thanks for sharing, and for inspiring me to post 'first tries'! Hugs...

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  29. Dang- I just placed an order with SSS. I SHOULD have gotten that die...I covet it EVERY TIME I see someone use it. Your card is FAB...I totally love it. AND...it makes me want that dang die even more. Sigh. Tee hee! :) Love these!

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  30. ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY.. ABSOLUTELY... Perfect!

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  31. Wow, you are so on a roll, wida! Love all of them! Absolutely (say that 30 times) fabulous!

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  32. Oh what a great evolution! So entertaining reading about your thought process. That last one is indeed stunning!! Aside from all the obvious, I think the wider margins of the mat really help to make it more "artsy". That made a huge impact (although if you only showed me the others I would have been super happy with them).

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  33. I love your posts SO MUCH! They make me want to squeeze you.

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