Normally I try to mash up my Color My Heart Color Dare and my Atlantic Hearts, but it just didn't work out that way. I made those pretty flowers with the Ken Oliver powders over the weekend and right away I knew the tag element on this week's AHSC would work perfectly ... plus... I had other ideas for the color challenge. I've been kind of preplanning for a week when my colors were limited..lol... a color challenge for me really is the most difficult but I love the challenge to push myself... or in this case hold myself back as it were. That being said...I'd really appreciate a little gold thrown in some week, Marie Flayer :) ...lol!! I'm also playing along with Aud Sentiments who is having a birthday celebration! Happy Birthday Aud Sentiments! Make a Wish!
It always surprises me when I have someone make a comment that is more of a criticism on one of my cards. Not because I think everyone is going to like it... I just assume they'll pass on by if they don't. But fairly recently I had a hopefully well meaning person tell me that I should Keep It Simple and Less is More. Well, that's like telling the sun not to shine here in Arizona. I mean.. I do try... I really do... but when I am in the middle of a make and I see a blank space my head says.. Oh! That would look perfect there! And I pause for a second, probably more like a fraction...lol, and then I go to town. I love stuff.. Sparkly Stuff, Shiny Stuff, Pretty Stuff, Grungy Stuff... all kinds of stuff really... Upcycled Stuff! (Speaking of which, you can check out my project for this month's Lessology here which is both grungy and pretty and upcycley.. if you'd like... unless you don't like stuff ... then I suggest you don't go there)
So anyway, I'm not saying this so you'll say.. oh no... don't worry about those people... don't listen... because really... I don't care... I mean, my response to this person was, "I don't remember asking, but thanks for the bump.".. I feel a little bit of a harrumph and I go about my day. I make what I love and it's ok if someone else doesn't love it too. It really is. I try to live by this motto creatively:
That being said.. I LOVE all kinds of different styles. I really admire someone who can create a beautiful clean and simple card. Some day I'll achieve it.. maybe... or maybe I should leave it to the professionals. Hmmm... maybe that should be a personal challenge to myself...we'll see.
So basically on this card I used a lot of cuts from CTMH cartridges.. Artbooking for the lattice and the vines with the leaves with the cute little heart cutouts. I think the fern like leaves are from Artistry... not sure because I have a file in my Design Space with a bunch so I can cut them quickly...but I know Artistry has this type of leaf. The glittery flowers are from Artistry also. The pretty frames are dies from Craftin Desert Divas and I actually had cut for a different project including the one distressed with green inks. The little paper flowers were premade from a package and the gems inside the flowers I got at my LSS. And one of my favorite little dies from Poppy Stamps for the crown (it's a set of two and I always cut both because I know I'll use it on a future project).
Thanks for stopping and come again... if you want... it's not an order.. just a suggestion.. and don't forget to check out all of the other awesome creations on both Color My Heart Color Dare and the Aud Sentiments blogs... really cool stuff!
Happy Birthday Aud Seniments!