Yesterday, I had my desk cleaned and ready go. We never know what our theme will be, so there is not much you can do to be ready, but have some inks and cardstock ready. Finally, it was 4 PM and the Scramble was posted with all the details and I was eager to get started, as always. Of course, being this is a timed even I tend to read very quickly through the rules, BAD IDEA and I've now learned that I will take my time from now on. In my hurry, to get creating the keys things I noted to myself was to crated an ATC or Bookmark, both things I rarely make and that I think threw me off from the get go. I do recall reading that you must use neutral colors and add a Hint for at least three other colors. But, apparently my Fibro Fog was in full force yesterday, as I did NOT even get that part right. In the end, I did manage to create two projects, a bookmark and an ATC, but both were FAILS...big time, because neither were Neutrals...Oops and neither contained only splashes of other colors. Yikes!! How embarrassing was that to start to post them and THEN realize I had it totally WRONG? Oh my!!
Needless to say, I quickly deleted mine and posted an apology to Heather for my huge error, and then did take time to comment on all those who did it right. And for me, struggling for two projects that I never make was a bigger mistake, had I read it RIGHT, I would have made cards....! YIKES!!
Today, I'm sharing the two projects here, but simply for fun. I also will readily admit, that I don't LOVE how either came out, and I think that was because both of these projects are not the norm for me....I'm a card-maker and that's my passion and love. No scrap-booking for me, no bookmarks and I've only made one other ATC. While I admire those who love do try all kinds of paper-crafting, which I have done, I've learned that card are what I love, and what I seem to have learned to do best...so I'm sticking to that!!
I should note that I did follow the rules as far as using Hero Projects and started this all with a brand new stamps that just arrived in my mailbox yesterday. It's called "Fresh Cut Pebble Pattern CG628" a wonderful new background stamp from Hero/Basic Grey. The floral embossed image is also from Hero and that's from a set I can't seem to find? Geesh, I just had it yesterday, where could it be?? (Will update when I find it). I also used my Pool Hero Layering Papers and Shadow Inks, and then still felt it needed something, so I cut the word "read" an Alpha Die set from Memory Box. I think I'll keep the base and take of the flowers to use for another card, but I'm so not loving this, so it's best to recycle!!
My second project was an ATC and I knew right away that these are small, so I thought it would be fun for me to use on the the cute "Dog" sets, which is "I Love my Dog - CL134"! I quickly stamped on my lil' pup and a matching sentiment and colored them up with my Copics and a Wink of Stella Marker. I then added a little mat and adhered it all to a black ATC Cardstock base.
This is my favorite of the two projects and I'll keep this and possible use it on a card!! Silly me, I wish I had read the rules better, so I could have made cards from the start!! LOL! So that's my lesson from yesterday. Playing in Scrambles and Challenges is always so FUN, but BE SURE to take the time in reading the guidelines, so you don't end up with two FAILS, both at the same time.
On a happier note I have two cards to share and both of these were done earlier in the day, while I was waiting to play in the Scramble. The first is another "Birthday Card" and this one is needed for another Male, my nephew, so I tried to keep the a masculine theme and hope this worked out !!
This one started with a solid black card base and the teal striped paper that I knew I would ad on top. I then used this SSS Die to cut out the 3 squares that run across the top and added an second layer of black cardstock behind the windows that I first embossed in a Star pattern, to go with my Star Theme. I then used a set of Nestie Star Dies to cute 3 starts and the strip that runs across the card, along with one small star, cut from the teal paper. I added the Happy Birthday Sentiment, which is from Reverse Confetti and finished it off with a few black and teal sequins. I do hope the teal is not too bright for a guy, but it I think the stripes will make it work okay.
And last is my favorite of all these cards and that's because it came out well, (Yaay), and it also has some f my favorite colors --- Purple and Lavender!
This one started with this pretty butterfly border image, which is an older favorite from Bugaboo Stamps. I colored it all in shades of Purple and Lavender and also had some sparkle with my Clear Wink of Stella Marker (which never shows well in photos, sad to say. I then mounted it onto some light purple vellum, that I found in my stash earlier this week, and have no clue where I bought it. I added some contrasted black stripes and adhered that piece across the top of my lavender card, another from Hero Arts, of course. The Sentiment is also from Hero Arts - Good Friends CL578 and as stamped in a Lavender Luxe Ink and then clear embossed. This card was finished off with a few matching sequins, which is my latest love for added a few blingy pieces!!
And that's it for now as I'm heading out to a Spring Open House being hosted by my Amuse Consultant, Tobey Shepherd who also owns a lovely Bed and Breakfast, called The Linden Tree Inn!. It's always a joy to visit, as she always has new things to show us from Amuse and also makes the best scones, I've ever tasted. Tobey, also is always happy to host "Scrapbook/Cardmaking Retreats" at the Inn, you can find a link to the INN here and to her Amuse Store here, if you need any Amuse goodies!! I'll have some updated cards after I get home and will have them posted later!!