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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Take a Deep Breath

Holy chakras, Batman - you would not believe the effort it took to create this card!!! It should have been simple enough - I had the colors taken care of from this week's Color Throwdown - Tempting Turquoise, Elegant Eggplant & my choice of green - LOVE this combo!! The sketch came from the fabulous Jenn Balcer, this week's Weekend Sketch Challenge. All I had to do was grab some paper, embellishments, stamp an image, slap it together, DONE! Right? Ohhhh soooo wroooong! ;-) I started out with a completely different image in mind - I had picked up this neat little India-themed elephant last fall at a stamp expo, and had planned to use that. I tried. It just wasn't happening. I actually pulled out this MFT Serenity Now set because I thought I might find a suitable sentiment to go with the elephant in it - I was thinking I might use "namaste" - but when the elephant started giving me trouble I just threw him in the rubbish bin and decided to make this a yoga card! The entire process just took wayyy longer than it may sound from that description. Doesn't help that it was in the wee hours when non-crazy people are sleeping and perhaps my creative juices aren't flowing as well as they should. Plus I kept finding myself distracted by Facebook or blogs - example, I clicked on Reader to scroll down to Jenn's blog, to see what she had done with the sketch - next thing I know I'm looking at Ali Edwards' blog, which lately seems to make me quite teary (she just has *the sweetest* new baby girl and it's making me long for those days with Courtney - it feels like Courtney's first year went by in the blink of an eye and I somehow missed it - but anyway - see how easily I get sidetracked?!?!) and then I actually read some of her comments because I was curious, and next thing I know I'm reading some woman's creative writing blog and a story about her son and how it surprised her that others think of him as "disabled" - which of course also made me teary - so there you go. That pretty much sums up why it can take me HOURS to create a card!! Oh but fyi - in the end I do love this card. :-) Thanks for stopping by today!
  • Stamps: Serenity Now from My Favorite Things
  • Paper: Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant, BG Marrakech, DCWV Once Upon a Time, BG Archaic, GP white
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics for coloring, Always Artichoke for sponging
  • Accessories: Spellbinders die, Cuttlebug textile folder, K&Co embellishments and bling, satin ribbon

12 comments:

  1. Beautiful card! I love the colors. I am glad to know that someone else is easily distracted as I am.

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  2. Great card Libby! You are definitely not alone when it comes to distractions - sometimes it takes me hours to find my way back when I'm blurfing! ~chris

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  3. Oh dear...I am easily distracted, all my free time just gets frittered away on blogs, too. So we all need to take your card's advice and take a deep breath! This card has such interesting embellishments! Quite unique, and it all works together nicely with the color challenge! Thanks for playing and get some sleep! :D (Sometimes easier said than done, huh!?)
    LeAnne

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  4. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Miriam

    http://www.craigslistposter.info

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  5. Yep, I get distracted, too! LOVE your card! Those embellishments are terrific! Thanks for playing the Throwdown!

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  6. Oh, happens to me all the time! Your card came out amazing though, so it was worth the effort! Thanks so much for playing the CTD!

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  7. What, me, sidetracked??? LOL, yep, happens to a lot of us, apparently.

    But your card is fabulous!! Makes me want to relaaaaaaaaaaaaxxxxxxxxxxx right now! Thanks for playing the Throwdown! Hope to see you next time!

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  8. This card turned out gorgeous! I love the way you pulled it together! Great job!

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  9. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Miriam

    http://www.craigslistposter.info

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  10. That is the funniest commentary and it sounds so much like me!! I love how your card turned out!! Sorry I'm so late in commenting!!

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  11. I love how random you are, Libby. :) I do the *same* thing!!! I love your card and think it's fabulous!!

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  12. INcredible! My cousin Shealagh is a Yoga instructor. She would flip for this! I can tell it was a labour of love. The way you have everything laid out is astonishingly incredibly beautiful. WOWZA! :O)

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