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8/11/2014

Impression Obsession Watercan

Hello friends & thanks for visiting this afternoon. Have you ever colored an image, thought it looked ok, then begin to turn it into a card, and one thing after another just doesn't 'look right'? And each additional thing you try, doesn't work any better? Well today's card is just one of those for me. Here it is:


- Impression Obsession cling red rubber, which stamped out crisply, colored up easily. I was happy up to this point.

- die cut & dry embossed with S/B Labels 38, (still happy!) ----- then it went downhill from that point, when I decided to add a little vintage touch with DI tea dye & pumice sponging. The image was still in the die; thought it was placed properly & got one edge done ok. Then the die must have slipped without my notice as I kept going around the edges with the sponge applicator. When I lifted the die, to reveal the white 'frame' that should show around the edges, some of that frame obviously wasn't even. So how to fix it? Well, sponge the whole thing to the very edge, right? That didn't look appealing, so then out comes this distress tool thing-y, which I scrape around the edges. Then comes decisions as to mat & card base colors. Should it be cream mat with kraft base card, or vice versa?You can see what I chose, and I didn't like this combination either way I tried it. Other color combos didn't look any better to my very discouraged eyes.

- Elizabeth Craft Hello sentiment die, done from 3 layers of a snippet of Dylusions sprayed paper that had been cluttering up the desk. I was ok with that. The thought of burlap occurred to me, so went rummaging around the ribbon box, dragged out this open weave pattern. Not all that great, but better than some other pieces I tried. Off to the button box, and found 3 old buttons. After the buttons, I called it quits! Not sure if this one will ever get mailed, but dang it, I had worked hard on that coloring, and I was pure disgusted with this wart!!!

So thanks for stopping by, letting me vent a little bit, and I hope you can laugh along with all my mistakes on this one. I trust I'm not the only one this ever happens to! Many hugs. Come again soon.

Edit: Some sweet blogger just reminded me this has a butterfly and can fly over to Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge. So it's jumping over the pond to join in with the Summertime Butterfly Theme. Thank you sweet person, who knows who you are!!!

43 comments:

Sarah said...

I can't agree Mary!! The country image, colours and texture really appeal to me, so I say it's a lovely, lovely card!! xx

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Mary,

We are our worst critics. I think the card looks great just the way it is. It sounds like you had quite a struggle with it, but in the end, it's the way it's supposed to be, don't you think? Anyone would be happy to receive this card.

Hugs, Kay

505whimsygirl said...

I also wanted to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE your new banner!

Hugs,
Kay

Sue said...

I love the card. The textures really make the card stand out.

Hope you've had a good start to the week.

Mrs A. said...

Now pull yourself together Mary! I love and adore this card. It has a beautiful summery scene and a lovely butterfly so get your 'Warty' card over to my Butterfly challenge A.S.A.P. hugs Mrs A.

vic said...

Mary this is beautiful and gorgeous !!! I love it! You have done an amazing job honestly it's perfect !
Hugs
Vic x

Kathleen said...

Looks really great to me Mary but I do know what you mean, it happens to me a lot lol.
Fabulous scene and lovely images.

Kath x

Benzi said...

I can't believe you aren't happy with this card. The instant I saw it, I loved it. The ribbon is fabulous and the scene so beautiful. I was oohing and awing over the ribbon first thing.

But, yes, I have had several things to go downhill as I worked on them. Haven't we all? I can't consider this as one of yours because I love it. I really like buttons on cards, too.

Carol L said...

I see no mistakes, blunders or errors on this wonderful card! All I see is a beautiful scene with wonderful embellishments - especially the burlap! Your coloring is exceptional and I love the shape of the image panel too! Well done!

Rainey's Craft Room said...

I thought your card was great when I popped over to your blog, I think you are being a bit too self critical. Maybe it didn't end up as you had envisioned in your head but there is absolutely nothing wrong with it at all. I love the scene, you have coloured it beautifully.
Lorraine

Patricia said...

Love, love, love, everything about this stunning card.
Brilliant image so beautifully coloured.
Hugs

Patricia x

Redanne said...

Having read through the above comments, I can only agree, your card is beautiful! Like you, I am my own worst critic! Hugs, Anne xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Mary, I love the scene the jute & the buttons
Kevin xx

jimlynn said...

Mary, I doubt if any of us are ever really satisfied with what we create. However, you have no worries on this one because it's beautiful! I love the sponging around the die and think it came out great. The burlap is the finally perfect touch. Fabulous!
Lynn

Liz said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Like everyone above, I think your card looks great! I've really enjoyed looking at all your other lovely creations. xx

Pat said...

Oh Mary, is there something in the air? I have been having problems with a card today too as you will see when I put up my next post. But actually, I think this card is just fine and dandy and it definitely has the vintage/country look with that burlap and the buttons and the distressed edges work really well. A lovely card. x

Veerle said...

I know perfectly what you mean Mary. I've had it too or like writers can have a writers block I've had sometimes a crafters block when I was halfway a card.
Couldn't seem to finish it and whatever I tried I didn't like it. In the end this particular card took me over a week, big sigh. BUT your card I do like. I find it very pretty and well done.
Hugs, Veerle xxx

coldwaters2 said...

Oh my word Mary this is absolutely gorgeous what a wonderful scene, I would love to live there, the embellishments are super, a lovely rustic creation.
hugs
lorraine x

Lisa said...

I love IO stamps and you've done a beautiful job!! this is wonderful Mary!

Lisa said...

I think it's gorgeous, Mary!! The image is so pretty!! Though the card gave you trouble, it came out beautifully!! Love the burlap!!

Thank you again for your offer!! I can't tell you how much I appreciate your thoughtfulness!! You are so sweet :) I'll let you know if I change my mind :) Have a great evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Gail said...

Oh Mary, I'm laughing with you, not at you!
We're our own worst critics!
I always mail my 'mistakes'!
The person receiving it is happy to get a card!
They don't know it's a 'wart'!

SarahGeorge said...

Yes, I've had such experiences!! :) But Your card looks beautiful!

aussie aNNie said...

Classy and very elegantly made card, as always these are super colours and it has turned out nice in my eyes.....xxx ♥aNNie

The Journey is the Start

Maxine D said...

Don't be so hard on yourself - this is gorgeous - sometimes we just need to step away and when we come back things don't seem so bad, but I think there is nothing wrong with this.
Blessings
Maxine

Marilyn said...

Your card looks great!! Love the burlap. I've had problems like that .So what I do, I walk away from it and come back later or next day to finish it

Bonnie said...

I think it turned out beautifully! The watering can draws the eye right to it! Love the way you've distressed the image and the ribbon!

Jennifer Johnston said...

Hi there Mary, I think your card is great, just love the rustic garden look your card has, I think we are all have days where nothing seems to go right lol! but sometimes mistakes can be happy ones and your card has turned out just fine Hun, despite your misgivings. Thanks ever so much for following my blog. Nice to meet you. I'm off to follow your blog now! Take care.
Hugs Jennifer xx

Bonnie McLain said...

Oh Mary... how we are our own worst enemy... Your cards are lovely... keep it going girl... Miss seeing you too... know that all is well... gals in SC keep me posted etc... Keep in touch... teaching now at my studio and loving it all... with the exception of lack of time... the problem we all have... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

Sheila H said...

This card has a homey and yet rustic look and feel, Mary. The slight "imperfections" as you might call them are quite interesting visually. I think this card is beautifully conceived and executed. You are too hard on yourself, my friend!

Brenda said...

Oh Momma Mary, I feel your pain, but I think this is one beautiful card! I love everything about it, I wouldn't have realized there was a thing wrong with it. I think when we aren't happy with something we are doing (like me with my camper card) we can't "see" right and only notice the things that displease us. I guess we get tunnel vision. lol I love that image and how you colored it, it was the perfect image for some distressing and adding burlap. The burlap gives that country feel and adds so much texture. I love the colors on this card too, and I know you weren't feeling these colors, but to me they are perfect. Love, love those buttons too!!! Well I think I'm all caught up with you. I swear just going away for a few days has me so behind that I don't think I will ever catch up. So some blogs I've had to just skip. Some I won't skip because the people are just to important to me, like you Momma Mary! Big hugs, Brenda

Jean Straw said...

Hi Mary I think your card is lovely. It is a super stamp and you coloured it so well, and the added distressing, burlap and buttons give a rustic country appeal.
As stamps are really my favourite thing my cards often start with a stamped image carefully coloured and then no idea how to present as a card, so I quite understand how you feel. I am so glad you didn't discard it though as I am sure it will add a little sunshine to someones day.
Jean x

Irish Cherokee said...

Love impression Obsession. Their images are crisp and easy to color. You did a fabulous job in that area. Very impressive Mary. - Jim

mamapez5 said...

I love this image Mary and your colouring is beautiful. I think the kraft on cream works really well. The burlap strip is just right for the theme. So what's not to like? Give yourself a break and be encouraged by all these positive comments. It's lovely! Kate x

Mrs A. said...

As I said before I love this card . Any butterfly is a welcome bitterfly. Thankyou for fluttering by. Hugs Mrs A.

LesleyG said...

WE've all been there, but funny how it can turn out a fab card, even if it's not according to plan!xxx

Sandy said...

Wonderful farm card - everything has been done to perfection!
Lot's of rain here earlier today and now it is hot and humid.
Sandy xx

crafty-stamper said...

Well I think it'e a fabulous card love the image and buttons and the burlap is great texture-it only looks imperfect to you because you know how you wanted it -but to us who just see the result think it looks just great
Carol x

Shona Erlenborn said...

You're being far too hard on this card Mary! It has a total country look to it and I love it! The burlap and the buttons are a great touch and even now that I know about the distressed edges - I still don't see what you mean! Great job - my only complaint is - it has the beginning of fall to it - and I'm not ready to give up summer yet!! JK!

Teresa Kline said...

wow, gorgeous...luv the details!

sparkle & shine *~*

Kim Heggins said...

Wow...this is so fun and so many amazing little details that make your card simply beautiful.

Hettie said...

It looks like I am not the only one who likes this card Mary.
I love the image and you have picked out the details well.
Hugs
xx

Shirley said...

This is a work of art, Mary!! I love every beautiful detail, right down to that cute hello, fringe and buttons!!

scrappymo! said...

Well Mary, you can send it to me cuz I love it!!!

The inking looks great cuz you managed to give the image and the card a lovely country, vintage feel.
The burlap and the buttons add to this look! It looks great!