Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Another Oops! That Turned Out OK ...

This card was inspired by one in the June issue of Cards magazine. With several elements (actually, all of them) I love, I'm pretty happy with the results even though there was a major oops! that occurred during its construction.

The paper is another pattern from Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird collection, and the chipboard bird from Maya Road's Birds of a Feather set. I traced the bird and wing on Juniper cardstock, cut them out, glued the cardstock to the chipboard pieces, and then went around the edges with a sanding block. After preparing my patterned paper with a Sunflower punched border and Holiday Red "piping," I adhered it to the Kraft card base, added the ribbon, and attached the bird with Liquid Glass for a strong hold.

The final step was to stamp my sentiment on the bottom of the card. I found the stamp I wanted to use, grabbed my Holiday Red ink pad and proceeded to stamp one very crooked Hello in the bottom left corner. If I didn't say "Crap" or some such word out loud, you can be sure I said it to myself. I also asked myself how, with clear stamps, on an acrylic block can I make such a mess of a perfectly fine, almost-finished card. Big sigh... And time for a little cosmetic surgery, which entailed covering up the Kraft cardstock on the bottom with a piece of sanded Juniper paper to match the bird. Luckily, I was able to slide it under the punched border. The second time around I managed to stamp my sentiment successfully. As it turned out, I liked the card with the Juniper bottom even more than I would have liked it had I got it right the first time.

Materials & Tools: CTMH Holiday Red, Sunflower, and Juniper cardstock; Stampin' Up Kraft cardstock; Cosmo Cricket Early Bird patterned paper; Juniper ink pad; Hero Arts Bird, Tree & Messages stamp set; Maya Road Birds of a Feather chipboard set; Stampin' Up Old Olive ribbon; EK Success Dotted Wave Edger punch; Liquid Glass; Sanding block; Black My Legacy Writer.

Marv and I had a nice dinner last night. Tonight, he's on the golf course. He usually shows up at home around 7:30 after they've finished golfing and his buddies head for the bar. After three extremely busy days at work, I am exhausted this evening with plans to go to bed very early. First, however, I have a little picking up to do. One would think I was a teenager for the way I've strewn my clothes around for the past couple of days. No, not quite. My stuff is draped over the arms of chairs and hanging on door knobs. Teenagers, as I remember, wear clothes for 10 minutes and then leave them on the floor. LOL.

How was your day? A good one, I hope. Thanks for all your sweet comments on recent posts. They're a real "pick-me-up!" Your visits mean a lot, and that includes those of you who are too shy or too busy to comment. Take care, friends! I'll catch you again tomorrow.

13 comments:

Sylvia said...

What a neat card. I was making a card tonight and I kept having troubles. Now I think I finally have all the bugs worked out and will make it tomorrow.

Sarah said...

Ohhh Kathi this one is a winner. I love the way you 'saved' the card.

I So nearly made a card like this tonight! But with a butterfly!(in papercrafts Magazine)...didn't have enough time though.
Glad you finally have leaves...and I am glad you have a home with laundry issues..as do we ALL! :-)

Deborah Young said...

I like the oops!!!!! Consider it a happy accident. Say, are you sure you can't come down to Minneapolis to rescue me from my conference? The end of July....hmmmm??????

Alanna said...

Love this Kathi. That paper is so yummy too. Great job.

Liane said...

And I was so excited to have a stalker! LOL I use google reader too =-) I appreciate knowing that someone is looking at something!
Your birdie card is cute!

Laurel said...

Very nice! I'm jealous you have your magazine, I am eagerly awaiting mine... it is my first publication!

Sharli said...

Kathi,
I love your card - and thank you for sharing how you pulled it out of the fire! It is perfect with the color on the bottom - I would never have known because it looks wonderful!

I know what you mean about these past few days. I haven't been able to post - sometimes I think all I do here at home is sleep!

Ava said...

Your birdie card is so tweet! :-P Sorry, I couldn't resist the pun. That's what happens to me when I've spent 10 hours cleaning out and reorganizing my scraproom. It still looks like a bomb. But there is hope for tomorrow!
*inky hugs*
Ava

Scrappingamma said...

You can never tell Kathi, that you made an opps! Besides, don't you know there are no oppss in card making or scrapbooking? I love the card, with the bright colors. One of my favorites.

Jeanne said...

Wonderful card, my friend! Your almost oops was meant to be..."someone" wanted you to use that Juniper color instead. No accident! That you were on the ball enough to comply is terrific.

So, you are telling me with your clothes tossing, that it doesn't get better as the kids age? Although mine mostly hit the hamper in their room...mostly. LOL

Sparkle said...

Your card is just darling! I do that soooooooo many times with my sentiments too, lol.

Kariberry said...

Very pretty!!

mE said...

I love this! This card is very beautiful! Love the whimsy of the bird, too :)