Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Maybe . . . Maybe Not

I'm not certain that I'm done with this card, even though I'll have to say that I like what I'm seeing so far. I've had this stamp set from Impression Obsession for a couple of months. It was one of those sets that I fell in love with immediately and had to have the minute I saw it. It was also one of those sets that after I received it, I couldn't quite figure out what to do with it. I'm sure I'm not the only one who does this occasionally, am I? I used the set to make a couple of cards, neither of which I was crazy about, and put it away in the binder where I keep many of my non-CTMH acrylic stamp sets. I didn't forget it, however, and actually set a goal on Sunday to try it again this week. To create the background, I stamped the round stamp randomly and then masked the circles and stamped the image that features the definition of "nest" on top of them. I colored the eggs with Prismacolor pencils. I think the retired Twilight B&T paper is perfect for this card, and I sigh that this pretty paper is no more. The rest of the card construction explains itself. What I'm thinking it needs, however, is a little more dimension. Hmm . . .

Materials & Tools: Colonial White, Chocolate, Twilight, and Stampin' Up Kraft cardstock; CTMH Winter Cozy B&T paper (retired); Chocolate ink pad; Impression Obsession A Little Birdie stamp set; Antiqued Copper mini brads; Prismacolor colored pencils; Gamsol odorless mineral spirits; Paper blending stump; Cuttlebug w/Nestabilities Classic Circles set.

I took a little break and went back to my corner. Here is my second version. I used 1 and 1-1/4 inch punches to cut a couple of cardstock circles, stamping the sentiment on the smaller one and mounting the layered pieces with foam mounting tape, the difference something that you probably can't see. I also "realigned" the outside sentiment, fussy old lady that I am. LOL. I'm not sure, but I think the second version is a little more interesting with the added dimension. Anyone have an opinion? I sure love that Kraft color with the Twilight and Chocolate.

It's still too wet to haul sugar beets, so Marv is around but not home this evening. The weather and ensuing reprieve from work enabled him to attend an annual fish fry at a friend's hunting cabin that is attended by another friend who lives in Arizona. If the weather had to be lousy, the timing was perfect. I'm glad he got to spend time with his friends, particularly the one he doesn't see very often. I had a fine day even though last night was one of those nights when sleep eluded me.

For tonight, I need to turn my chair around and actually watch the presidential debate. It warrants my full attention. Thanks for stopping and a heartfelt thank you for your continued kind comments on my "While I Wasn't Looking . . ." post. As I've said so many times, it's all about the sharing. I'll check back tomorrow night after a little fun at the bowling alley.


We are the Moses tribe. said...

Kathi, both cards are perfect but I do like the 2nd one just a bit more with the extra circle in the middle. And you're right about the way the kraft paper looks with twilight. Very, very nice.

Colette said...

Great color combo...I like the added dimension of the second one also. I like the upper part you created too! *smiles*

Jeanne said...

I have to agree with the others that I like the second one just a bit more. I never thought of those two colors together and I really like the combo.

I'm glad Marv got to see some friends...I'm sure he had a great time.

Good luck bowling!

Connie said...

I agree with the rest of the responses. I think the extra circle on the second one really makes it pop more. Both of them are absolutely beautiful, though!!