When you are not a fan of the card you are making – Global Design Project Challenge #276

I decided this year that I was going to play along with the Global Design Project Challenges; to get inspiration and to have a deadline – which I have not had since I became disabled. Who would have guessed I missed deadlines and having things that must get done. I was surprised that the third week in, our challenge was to CASE the designer and the designer and I have very different styles. Not only did the designer’s card use florals, and I’m not a big fan of florals, not only did she do a bouquet, but I really did not like the colors she chose to put together either, or the background.

I guess my idea of CASEing cards differ from most. If I like I card, I CASE it, usually as is, with minimal changes, than give the designer credit. But the design team’s definition is Copy and Selective Edit. This means to some, choosing the layout, color selection or 1 of the elements and making an original design. Let me know what your definition of CASEing is? I chose to use more of my definition, but with a bit of their definition thrown in. Here is the card I chose to enter in this week’s challenge.

I almost decided to skip this week’s project. But instead I tried to challenge myself. I want to become a more creative person and I have had to make cards before that I did not love but someone asked me to make them. This is nothing against the designer. There are a hundred different styles out there. If all of us liked the same thing we’d be a bunch of boring people. And of course, if you liked her card, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with your style, its just different than mine.

First the background. The designer had the plaid builder die for her background in Balmy Blue with white accents. I don’t own that die – its not for me, and not only because I make A7 size cards. I really like Balmy Blue, but I don’t think I love it as the main color, maybe just pops here and there; because when I made my background of Balmy Blue stripes with White, oh boy, did I not like that. So I chose Costal Cabana. I love Costal Cabana and it goes with her accent colors very well – them being Highland Heather and Night of Navy.

Because I have limited flower stamp sets, I thought I’d try using hearts instead of flowers. But a heart bouquet is still a bouquet and that idea didn’t go far. I also looked at the pattern paper, and even tried to color them and put them in the bouquet. I’ll show you that disaster down below. I’m not a bouquet builder, under any circumstances.

Then I took out the Poppy Moments Die set, die cut and colored some velum, by dipping it into the ink pad, drying it for a bit than wiping it down and the left over ink stained the velum. It isn’t fabulous, but it work for me, I think. I completed the Poppies with corresponding cardstock, cut out some feathers from the set and used my white gel pen to add some details. Then finally I cut out some of the leaves with silver cardstock.

I played around with the layout forever, adding repositionable tape and dimensionals without that backing off to fiddle and fuss with the flowers to find an okay layout. Did I already say I was not a bouquet builder? Well I did it. It only took me twice as long as it would have, but its done and submitted ON TIME! Finally, I guess three times a charm. Have a great day and I hope you catch me on YouTube.

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