Friday, February 4, 2011

Love With a Few Small Hearts

This one is for Jules .......


I have to admit, this one almost found a permanent home on the trash bin, but was saved from that fate in the final moments.

Thursdays Ways To Use challenge was to incorporate hearts into a card. Easy ....... I pulled out my BG Bittersweet which has a lovely heart pattern, along with the coordinating brads; grabbed a few matching selections of card stock and ribbon then followed that up with the clipboard. I mean how hard can it be to lay down paper that is already coordinating and then add a sparkly "love" center? Apparently too flipping hard for me.

For those of you that love your Basic Grey 6x6 pads and hoard them like they are gold, you will know my pain. I wasted 6 sheets of my wonderful Bittersweet, and to make matters worse, it is my last pad. *sob* I know how I wanted to lay this out but no matter how I arranged, cut, layered the CS and DP, it just looked cluttered, sloppy. I would piece the darn thing together, stick it in the photo box, take a picture and then rip it apart. This went on for 4 hours, nothing was working.

I finally became so frustrated that I ripped the main element off (the Love on the oval center), tossed it in the bin along with all my lovely wasted Bittersweet and then stomped off to bed like some spoiled child. I tossed and turned for about 30 minutes then told myself to get back out there and just slop the main element on a piece of white, tie a bow on it and call it done. Once I did that, I added the two heart pins behind the bow and pearls to the LOVE.

**sigh** And that is how this card came to be. It's really much prettier in real life. I think the glimmer mist, which is on the LOVE, is giving the clipboard a different color. For once all the pinks match up nicely which isn't really coming through in the picture. The oval is popped up along with the two levels of the LOVE so this card has a high side profile. In the picture the pearls seem to jump out but IRL they blend nicely, matching the darker pin heart perfectly.

So thats it; that is the progression of this cards creation. I would like to tell you that this was a one off and that normally I don't rip my cards apart half a dozen times before I am satisfied with them; but that would be a big fat lie. I work this way (sans the mini temper display) on 90% if my cards. I think I have a warped view of my own work. I took a picture of my workspace so you can see some of the larger elements that are still sitting there, it's not pretty.

Thank you for stopping in, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Ink: Blushing Bride - SU!
Paper: Purely Pomegranate and Natruals White - SU!
Extras: Pink Taffy Glimmer Mist (on LOVE); We R Memory Makers clipboard; Maya Road heart pins; Kaiser Craft pearls; BG Bittersweet brad; Michaels $1 ribbon; Spellbinders die


  1. What a gorgeous creation,I love

  2. Oh but wow Carole .. .. this is truly amazing!!

    I love it so much .. .. in fact I might use some of your ideas for my hubby's valentine card if that is OK?

    I really want to make him something super special year.

    I love what you have done here .. .. shame it was a source of torture for you though. You made me smile when I pictured you stropping off like a spoilt child LOL!!

    Your snow looks beautiful but in reality I bet it is a nightmare to live with.

    Have a good weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  3. You silly! This one stopped me in my tracks and then I read that it made you crazy?! Sigh ... beauty lies in the eyes of its beholders, eh?!

    LOVE it - TFS!