Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #64

Hi everyone!  For some reason I have been staring at walls when it comes to trying to make some cards the last few days, there was just nothing there!  No pictures in my head!  Just blank!  I guess it happens!

I really wanted to play along with the current PDCC challenge which you can find HERE!  This is the gorgeous inspiration photo we got with really beautiful calming colours:

And after much deliberation, including trying to fulfill one of my New Years' decisions to use stamps that have been left alone for far too long, here is what I came up with:

Paper: PTI cardstock, Vellum (unknown source)
Ink: Versamark, Broken China & Tea Dye Distress Inks
Stamps: Sentiment (Hero Arts), Birds (Crafty Individuals), Background (CTMH)
Other: PTI Mat stack Die, Crocheted Flower (made by me), Brad (CTMH), White embossing powder, Silver embossing powder

I am sure that I was not thinking straight when I made this card because I seem to have taken a long time to make it, the entire morning!  I am positive that there must have been a quicker route?!

So, are you asking yourself the same question I believed you would be asking when I stood back and looked at my card?  Where is the VELLUM?  I know, I probably did not need it, but I WANTED to emboss on vellum, and I wanted to do it TODAY!  Stubborn? Me? Never!

So, those 3 little bird collage stamps are actually stamped using Versamark, on vellum, then embossed in white powder, then inked on both sided with Broken China Distress Ink, then adhered to white cardstock and then cut out!  Why did she not just stamp and emboss in white on blue cardstock, you may be asking?  Well, I did not like the look, it did not look like THIS looks, for me, I could see the difference!

Ok, let's move on...I also used a very old method to cut out those 3 squares from the beige cardstock, I used my Coluzzle! Then I inked those edges a little with Tea Dye Distress Ink. That was then adhered with dimensional strips over the birds. 

The background is simply stamped with Versamark and clear embossed.  The sentiment from Hero Arts is embossed with Silver embossing powder.  The rest doesn't realy require any explanation.

So, what have I learned about myself today:

1. I am a SLOW cardmaker
2. I think too much
3. I am as stubborn as a mule
4. I will never be able to mass produce cards

BUT for each of those seemingly negative points, there are positives:

1. I take pride in my work
2. I am serious about what I do
3. I know what I want
4. I love that I am unique

Oh boy, this started out as a wonderful PDCC challenge and now it sounds like a philosophical speech... enough of that.  I will be back later with more craftiness!  Have an awesome Sunday!


Nigel said...

Beautiful card, I love those bird images. They may have taken ages to get just right, but it's well worth the effort :)

Tracy Evans said...

You sound just like me LOL. I am a slow card maker too and struggling with ideas at the minute, think it's that time of year. Your card is beautiful, love the birds and the embossing on vellum, lovely touch. Tracy Evans x

Michele Gross said...

First of all this is absolutely gorgeous!! I LOVE what you've created here and it was worth every second you spent on it! Second, I am one of the world's slowest cardmakers! BUT, I have fun and that's all that matters :) Wonderful use of the colors and so glad you shared it with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!

Rosemary said...

your card is lovely, brenda! beautiful use of the color combo!

Julie Ranae said...

I too am a slow creator the older I get, so you are in good company ; ) haha
This is really your design-work and so happy to have you in The Play Date Cafe.

Tracey said...

LOVE this post Brenda!!!! I am so in LOVE with this card and really can appreciate all you hard work you put into this beauty!!! You and I are soooo alike ...I am so just the same as your 4 things you learned about yourself today :) Thanks for joining us at the Play Date Cafe :)

Fiona said...

What a wonderful blog Post Brenda - I really enjoyed reading it (and I can sympathise with most of your bullet points!)
Love your card too :) thanks for playing at the PDCC this week!

Andrea Ewen said...

I thing the embossed vellum looks wonderfully elegant! Lovely soft blue hue and super use of our colors! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe!

walchowDesign said...

There is nothing wrong with your card, Brenda! It's beautiful and you are too hard on yourself! I love the white embossed on the vellum and distressed in broken china. It's simply beautiful!

Joanne Leddy said...

This card is sooo gorgeous! It takes me forever to create sometimes - but that's what makes the results so special ... it's the love we put into it. And to share that love with all of us is a beautiful thing to do - thank you.

Jacqueline said...

Beautiful card Brenda, those birds on vellum is a brill idea for this card!

Anne Jagger said...

This is lovely and the stamping on the vellum is gorgeous. Beautiful card.

Michelle said...

Great post Brenda! You are too hard on yourself...this card is awesome!!!! Great beautiful!!

Jaclyn Miller said...

Slow at creating - check. In fact, had me one of those exact same moments myself this morning. Sometimes it is so maddening. Anyway, I think your card turned out splendidly and I spy a border stamp set I have from CTMH and have never used this way. Beautiful! So glad you came up with something for the Play Date Cafe.

Colleen Dietrich said...

I like the vellum for the birds! It gives them each such a soft look. So glad you played with us this week at The Cafe. :)

Sarah Anderson said...

Those crafty individuals birds are perfect on this card. Thanks so much for joining us at the play date cafe this week :)

Tiffany said...

The embossing really shines through against that pretty, aqua blue color, I love this!

Libby Hickson said...

So very pretty Brenda! And I enjoyed reading your philosophical speech. :-) I am a super slow stamper too so I can completely relate! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe this week!

Ruby said...

A gorgeous card, and well worth the extra effort you put in!! Thanks for playing along with us this week at the Play Date Cafe!