Wednesday, August 6, 2008

delight in simpicity

...OR... step-by-step instructions on how to inadvertently make a hilarious card-based oxymoron!

my friend trish loves minimalism, clean lines, bright clear colors, and a generally crisp and modern graphic look. so every year i try to make her a birthday card which reflects that. and every year i fail...because i'm...well... *ME*! but occasionally i really do get QUITE CLOSE.

not this time!

(cardstock: bazzill; patterned paper: iron orchid, frances meyer; journaling card & brads: making memories; rub-ons: my mind's eye, fancy pants; clear stickers: heidi swapp; flowers: prima, making memories; diecuts: k&co; other: colorbox inks, stickles, foam tape)

i started out with *SUCH* good intentions: acid green cardstock base, bright blue bird, primrose paper flowers, sweet little leaves. so far, verrrrrrrrrry trish; yippee! then i decided the bird needed a branch, and the first one i found that was a good size had sparkles on. wellllllllllllllll...surely a FEW sparkles couldn't hurt?? nahhhhhh, they'll be fine. plus, it's TOTALLY the right color and shape! then i decided to try out the "delight" rub-on the lady at the scrapbook store gave me. i set it on the diecut journalling card, and could see right away that we were going in SO the wrong direction for a trish card & decided to change it...but then...i realized the rub-on had started to stick ON ITS OWN! consternation! uproar!!! (note to self: NEVER take them off their backing on a humid day!) ok, well, we're commited now. fine. so we're going to be needing a bit more blue then. AHA! leftover sparkly blooms* from another project. well, they certainly put the glittery branch into context, now don't they? since "delight" got stuck slightly higher up than i might've liked (arrrgh!) i decide it should now say "delight IN...something" . but what? i spot the partially used pack of rub-ons from my CAARDVARKS "closet" card, which has a script, "simplicity". it's EXACTLY the right size and shape. it's EXACTLY the wrong style and font. oh yeah, and it's dark brown, which nothing else on the card is. i ink the edges of the green cardstock dark brown, but it's not really enough. ah well, we're kind of layered and shabby chic now anyway, might as well go for broke!!! i add an apron of softly patterned green paper between the two existing layers, throw on a couple of tone-on-tone clear stickers, and finish off with more of the brown rubs... et voila!

(sorry, trish!) ♥

*they're really just regular primas that i painted with a thin coat of clear stickles glitter glue


  1. I really really love this card. I never even liked birds until you, and I've been searching for cute birds, with not much luck. The ones I've found aren't as cute as the one in my head, which is pretty much your cute bird (the one on Trish's card).
    Tracy asked me if I was up to a field trip on Saturday, and she picked me up and we rode over to Angela's Happy Stamper in Reston, VA. Angela was celebrating her 5th year since opening the store and was giving out travel coffee mugs with a few goodies inside. Inside my mug was a cute bird stamp...EXACTLY right! I can't wait to use it :) The pressure to make a card as nice as yours is intimidating, though!

  2. Hey?


    You know that Lauren B?


    Y'know, the rather silly one.


    She's pretty clever isn't she?


  3. i think it is simply delightful...i really love the look of the piece of paper from a spiral notebook...i may borrow that idea, it looks GREAT!!!

  4. LOVE the card. LOVE your header!!! Followed (OK, this sounds so STALKER) you from my BFF coffee's (latte_grande) blog. You left a comment there, and anyone who sprays coffee is a friend of mine... :) Just wanted to say, that you NEED to make that layout for GutterGirlz!! No Dirty secret is too "un dirty" for us!! Please play!! We'd love it.

  5. It may not be Trish's style but Laurent that card is AWESOME!
    LOVE IT!

  6. Love this card! It may not be minimalist but it is def gorgeous! Thanks for the lovely comment on my owl card.

  7. While Trish may love minimalism and clean lines etc, I am sure she will love getting this card from you because it is totally LAUREN!! My pink Lauren birdy card is still sitting on the windowsill above my desk and every time I look at it I smile....that's because you make happy things! ♥

  8. I agree ... Trish will love it becaase it embodies you ... and because you made it just for her.


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