Friday, July 23, 2010

live, laugh


I'll be honest.  I really don't like this card.  The Splitcoaststampers color challenge was to use Regal Rose, Old Olive and the new Peach Parfait.  Regal Rose has never been a favorite.  Also, I'm working without a dedicated craft space.  I have stuff in my bedroom, stuff in the guest room (my craft space), and I'm trying to work on a desk without sufficient light.  Yet, I wanted to try to do some cards downstairs while we had a guest to see if I could come up with a way to do crafts in our living room when I had a few spare minutes rather than having to run upstairs each time.

Here's what I learned from this card:
  • Peach Parfait is a little darker than Apricot Appeal (the cardstock I used here).  However, Colorbox has an ink color that is very, very close - Amber Clay.  I have some of Peach cardstock on order from SU! but I'll probably just use my colorbox queue ink for now.  I don't see this one becoming a favorite anyway.
  • Stamp sets can be classics or be dated just like any other designed item.  This set called Funky Favorites is one I bought off E-bay when I first started stamping.  While I like the idea of the images - a watering can, a topiary tree, a chair - the artistic style is dated.  I would have been better to apply that money to something current or more classic.
  • I can not use my personal antique desk as a stamping space.  The light isn't good enough and there isn't room to house a good desk lamp or a decent cutter.
  • Don't use Craft ink with fine line images like these words.  I knew better on that one already. 
  • If I work downstairs, I have to invest in a second good paper cutter.  The Fiskers portable paper cutter is awful. 
So the card may not be a masterpiece but as they say, you learn more from your mistakes.

On a positive note, I finished cropping and touching up the Hilton Head photos.  A set is enroute to Jaime via Walmart's photo processing.  They have free shipping on home delivery of photos through the end of this month!

Ingredients:  Stamps:  Funky Favorites by SU!, greetings from Inkadinkado
Ink:  Regal Rose craft, Old Olive, Pumpkin Patch queue by Colorbox
Cardstock:  Old Olive, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White
DSP:  Regal Rose
Ribbon:  Old Olive taffeta by SU!

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