Monday, August 30, 2010


Wings of Your Dreams_August 2010

Other possible titles for this post would be “Obsessed,” “Striving for Perfection,” “Good, Better, Best,” or “Three Strikes and You’re Out.” LOL.

It all started with Card Patterns Sketch 79.  This top view is what I initially came up with. I had to knot my ribbon instead of making a bow, because that little piece was all I had left. The butterflies were punched from a coordinating piece from the same 7gypsies variety paper pack.

I actually thought the card was OK until I photographed it. It looked a little blah. Maybe if there was a spot (or spots) of color behind the butterflies, my card would look a little better. So… I used a

piercing tool to help me pry the well-glued little buggers from my card. I punched some 1-inch circles from yet another coordinating piece of Wings of Your Dreams_2_August 2010paper – the one I probably should have used to punch my butterflies to begin with. I adhered the circles to my card and re-glued the butterflies.

Again, I thought my card was alright until after I had photographed it, and I realized the rust-colored circles looked kind out of place – unfinished. And so, I yanked ever so gently removed the butterfly-laden circles  and backed them with New England Ivy cardstock.

While the photograph of my third and final stab at this card falls short of taking my breath away, I can live with it. It looks finished to me and appears to have recovered from surgery nicely.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White and New England Ivy cardstock; 7Gypsies Wings of Your Dreams_3_August 2010Nottinghill 6x6-inch variety paper pack; New England Ivy and Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink stamp pads; Verses Wings of Your Dreams rubber stamp; New England Ivy Designer Ribbon Rounds (retired); KaiserKraft pearl accents; Martha Stewart Butterfly punch; 1 and 1-1/4 inch circle punches; Sponge dauber; Piercing tool (but only as a surgical instrument. LOL.)

A Slice of Life: Well, we made it through Monday. I hope your day was a good one. Mine wasn’t bad. I finished up a time-consuming project at work that took me the better part of three days and then started on some other smaller projects that have landed on my desk recently. I came home to a couple of charming little boys who are staying with us tonight. The earlier part of the evening was spent playing games with Mathias. We are currently in the midst of a booming thunder/rain storm, which may or may not have something to do with the fact they are having a hard time settling down this evening. My attempt at stamping this evening didn’t go well,  so I think I’ll go pick up my corner and then grab my book and read until I fall asleep.

I reiterate I hope your day was a good one and that tomorrow is, too! Take care, and thanks for stopping by.



Laurel said...

Beautiful Kathi!

Deborah Young said...

This is gorgeous, dear! I like it both ways.

Sharli said...

You are SO funny - three strikes you're out! My goodness Kathi - I like all of them!!!! LOL

Enjoy the boys - they are what is important.


Jeanne said...

I'm always interested in seeing the process to the final card. I guess it makes me feel like I'm not nuts when I work and rework a card until I like it (when I actually make one...LOL). The final card is beautiful and has a wonderful sentiment that speaks to me. Wow.

I'm glad you have the boys with you and hope they settled down enough to get to sleep at a reasonable time.

Congrats on completing the project, too!

Ruthieann said...

Love your cards Kathi...all of them. The sentiment is wonderful!

Alanna said...

Well I love all 3 takes of your card but the last one certainly does give it a bit more pop. I'm glad you were able to perform the surgery twice without any complications to the card.

And how fun that you get to spend so much time with those 2 cute boys. I'm sure they just adore going to Grandma's house.

Sylvia said...

What neat cards. They are all nice but the last one is surely the one that stands out.

Carolyn Christie said...

They are both gorgeous! You can't make a bad card... It's not in your DNA :)
Happy hump day!