Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Coldwater, Michigan - KatheD@gmail.com

Monday, November 23, 2015

a nerve-wracking adventure

I had to drive to Lansing and back one day last week for a conference.  It was before it snowed, so it wasn't at all nerve-wracking, but since then I've seen some really nerve-wracking highway crash videos that do involve snow!  On the way home I saw a scene that made me think of this Lovely as a Tree stamp, and I was inspired to try to recreate it.  It really had to be done as one layer, so I'll try linking up at One Layer Simplicity, although it may not qualify there as it's not simple:
stamp sets - Six Sayings, Lovely as a Tree; ink - Soft Sky, So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Island Indigo; card stock - Whisper White; punch - 1/1/4" circle (for masks); Stampin' Sponge, sponge dauber, painter's tape

The scene turned out pretty well, I thought, pretty much as I remembered it.  Then came the nerve-wracking part - adding the sentiment.  I really didn't want the sentiment on a banner or another layer of any type, but which color would be best?  After I held swatches of all my blues against the sponged background and made a decision, what if I stamped it badly?  Aagh - I almost gave up and left it off entirely - too nerve-wracking!  Without indicating gratitude, it wouldn't qualify at One Layer Simplicity, or Paper Craft Crew  for their "give thanks" theme, or Shopping Our Stash for their "thanks" theme.  I was hoping to play along at all three sites, and I'll need a thank you card for a Stampin' Up!® order that's scheduled to arrive tomorrow, so I braved up and went for it - yay me!  I think I'm kinda in love with the Six Sayings stamp set, especially this Thankful sentiment.  

6 comments:

Heidi Weaver said...

Kathe, this is so very, very lovely. I saw your post on Facebook and had to get a closer look. This is simply a WOW card. You don't have to get all multi-layered and fancy to create a WOW, you just have to be awesomely artistic and creative and that's what you are. Love the colours, the repetition of trees, the layout. Thanks so much for joining us for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge this week.

lauren bergold said...

YAY, you, indeed!!! ♥♥♥ & for the record i'd say that just for the bravery of stamping on the thankful when the card was indeed already such perfection... but the fact that you stamped it *PERFECTLY* is an awesome reward for said bravery! this is marvelous! thanks for SHOPPING YOUR STASH with us this week, miss kathe! ♥♥♥

Ardyth said...

Love the warmth radiating off this card! So glad you joined us at OLS!

Heather said...

It is lovely and you have captured the colours of late autumn perfectly.

Sue Kimmet said...

Perfection, just like being there! Thank goodness your sentiment turned out so well.

Carolyn Lindenmayer said...

Beautiful card, I love all the trees stamped like this. Thanks for joining us at the Paper Craft Crew. Carolyn xx