Sunday, March 22, 2009


I love having choices. One thing I learned early on in my design business is that not everyone is like me. Funny, I'd been preaching that for years as a corporate trainer that we should treat eveyone the way they want to be treated, not the way we want to be treated. So I've had to learn that some people want to see every possible choice of fabric, trim, etc and others want a more limited selection. Some people make really fast decisions and some, like me, need to think it over.

Since I like having choices and have trouble making up my mind, I can never seem to make too many of the same card. Even when I set out to make a dozen of one kind of card for my stash or for gifts, I start altering them a little, trying a different color combination, adding an embellishment, moving things around.

The card on the left above was my first try at this card. I used the Petal Pizzazz stamp set (yet, again!) for the flower because the other sets I wanted were on order. When those sets came in, did the card again as shown on the right. I altered the bottom edge too opting to try a stamped scallop at the very edge and then one offset some so the card could be made from 8 1/2" x 11" paper. Then when it came time to do the workshop using this card, I offered my attendees a choice - stamp a design for the center of the flower or use a button. Many chose to make one card with the button and their second with the stamped design. They also alternated their choices of scallops or not.

See, everyone likes choices after all!

Ingredients: All from Stampin' Up! Petal Pizzazz Stamps, All Holidays, Polka Dot Punches (SAB 2009)
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Whisper White, a designer paper from about a year ago that looked really good with this
Inks: Baja Breeze, Pacific Point
Ribbon: Pacific Point striped

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