i decided to rotate it, which worked. ...BUT... i accidentally messed up the proportions, which unfortunately, didn't work so well--see?
(patterned paper: doodlebug, scrapbook wizard, dcwv, junkitz; glossy white cardstock: ranger; sparkly glitter-encrusted pink cardstock: doodlebug; sequins: queen & co, doodlebug; brads: queen & co, cloud 9 design; other: zig writer, colorbox ink, foam tape)
the result is a card i very nearly almost really like. there are things about it that i LOVE: i've been longing to use my doodlebug sparkly pink glitter paper...and it is DIVINE as scallops, imo! the cupcake with the sequinned "sprinkles" (stuck on with brads b/c YOU CANNOT GLUE STUFF to d-bug sparkly paper!) came out really well, and that little strip of green dividing the two bits of pink is a very nice accent! if the pink plaid paper comprised 1/3 of the width (as in the sketch) i would love the WHOLE THING. (sorry, di hickman--purely a case of operator error there!)
...BUT... and here is the point of me telling you all this...which to me is a semi-important point:
i am posting it anyway, and i am sending it anyway! i put work and thought into it, not to mention time and supplies. it is not perfect. so what! with the exception of daniel craig and dark chocolate what *IS* perfect??! i am always pleased when i can figure out WHY i have succeeded or failed...which, in this case, i have...and that lesson (the rule of thirds ROCKS--check!!!) is now "on board"! i am planning to make stuff for a *LOT* more years, and i am hoping to keep learning how to do it-- better, faster & even more fun --for all of those years. in the meantime, sometimes i wind up with a project i love...and sometimes i wind up with a project that taught me stuff. in my opinion, both of these are really, REALLY good outcomes!!!
bottom line: if you put time and love into making a HANDMADE CARD for someone, it is **automatically** BEAUTIFUL!!!
(here endeth the first rant!)