Friday, June 5, 2009

Second-Hand Rose

Arrggghh!!! Do you ever just want to scream or throw a card you are working on out the window or into the trash? This card had me so frustrated. It took about 4 hours longer to make than it should have because I kept making sections over and over to make it fit.

It is an aperature card that I made for the first weekly challenge of a new challenge ezine blog called The Next Level. It was a great challenge and I was itching to get started. I had a perfect layout in mind. The second half of the challenge was to make a faux Prima lollipop paper flower. The wonderful people at The Next Level even gave us a tutorial on how to make a lollipop flower.

I knew I wanted the handmade flower to be the main focal point of the card and because I decorate all the panels of my cards with several layers of cardstock, I had to cut holes in all of the panels and the hitch was, they had to line up perfectly (can you say do-over???). Then I struggled with the front. Okay, so I had an aperature, now what? So I played around with that for an extra hour. Then I wasn't happy because there was no where to write a special message, let alone include a sentiment. So I ended up making a pocket and a tag on the back panel for the sender to write a message.

Overall, I am happy with the card. I wanted it to be primo because the winner gets a one week guest designer spot on the challenge blog and I would love to win that!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Floral (background stamp)
Paper: K&Co., Old Olive, River Rock
Ink: Versamark, Creamy Caramel for distressing
Accessories: Gold brads, gold pearls, Boss Kutz floruish die, Nestabilities Circle Dies, Cuttlebug, Sewing Machine, Clear EP, lace from Lace Heaven, charm from Pick a Petal (Michael's), SU jumbo eyelet
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11 comments:

Lovely Linda said...

Linda, this is just gorgeous....I love the McKenna paper and it looks fabulous here! I made one of those lollipop flowers today from The Next Level tutorial...aren't they just gorgeous!!! This card is stunning, as are all of your cards! Your woek is a pleasure to loook at - thank you - yours is now one of my favourite blogs and I am so happy to have found it!!! God bless you!

Pat said...

Wow it's beautiful!
Great idea about the hole for the flower.
I've had a look at your work and it is stunning.
Hugs xx
Pat

Cheryl said...

wow this is just simply stunning so much detail love it all love cheryl xxxxx

All Pink girl said...

Wow Linda i am so glad you did not through your card in the bin its a stunner xxxx
beautiful colours and detail
Thank you so much for joining this weeks challenge over at
The Next Level.
Hugs Dawn+Annxxxx
p.s put load your card as normal to your blog then veiw it as normal then click on your post title and this is the bit you need to copy and paste from the header bar with the rest of the code to make the link work .hope this helpps any probs e-mail us and we will help xxx

Abby said...

Linda, thank goodness you didn't throw this card out the window! It's amazingly beautiful. Thanks so much for playing along with The Next Level....Abby:)

True :) said...

Linda my Dear friend,
I would have bopped you if you would have thrown this beauty out! As usuall, it is stunning!
Glad to see one of "my girls" join us @ "The Next Level"!
Crossing my fingers for you on the guest DT spot!
Hugs,

Dianne said...

WOW, Linda this card is gorgeous. You really had your mojo going for this one.

Good luck for the guest DT. You would make an excellent asset to the team.

Anne said...

Wow your card is astonishing! Well done for persevering, the end result is worth it!

Beautiful Greetings said...

Linda, This card is stunning! I love the flowers you made from scratch and the inside is just as beautiful as the out! Great job.

Wendy said...

Gorgeous as always Linda, although I understand your feelings. I always tell my husband that I am having artistic block when this frequently happens to me!! He just laughs. Your efforts were soooo worth it, it is beeeeeeeautiful!!

maxine said...

wow fantastic card

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