I’m still working on getting back to my pre-Christmas, pre-bazaar schedule. One of my favorite things has always been the weekly challenges presented by the three websites on my sidebar. I missed out on the deadline for The Shabby Tea Room but I had used their color inspiration and Mojo Monday’s layout to create the card shown here which I did manage to finish before the deadline at Mojo Monday and get entered. I actually used the color inspiration from The Play Date Cafe for my Celebrate card from a few days ago. I just loved the colors from the inspiration photo although I knew there was no time to enter the card in their challenge. Each of the three challenges are shown below.
Most of the items used were things that have been in my stash for awhile; long before I started entering challenges and keeping track of where all my materials were coming from. I can say that all of the inks used were Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Black Soot, Pine and Pumice. Other tools used were Spellbinders Dies for the inner and outer circles, Tim Holtz Die for the dress form and spool and a Martha Stewart Border Punch for the black paper lace. The jute for the bow was from Ribbon Carousel.
Doing this card reminded me of the tales told by one of my favorite designers, Andrea Ewen (www.ewenstyle.com). She often tells of throwing cards in the trash in frustration as she is trying to get from paper and such what she sees in her mind’s eye. Being a little more frugal I suppose, I pull the card apart to save the bits I know I like and continue searching for the bits that will make it come alive for me.
This little card has suffered through that process. My first attempt at a dress wasn’t working and I tried three other papers, two different necklines and two different belts to get to something that said what I wanted it to say. The whole mid-portion was pulled away from the background paper and placed on just about every sort of beige paper I have in two file boxes of loose papers, 4 drawers full of paper stacks and a pile of 5 paper stacks that haven’t found a permanent home yet. The dear little butterfly has been all over the card and the dress in its hunt for a place to rest.
Of course, that is what makes these challenges… challenges. Things aren’t always so difficult when the idea comes straight from your own vision. It is putting your spin on what someone else has chosen that seems to exercise that creative muscle so that you feel the burn! It is a workout that usually leaves you feeling charged up and stronger for your own next challenge. Just what I needed!
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