Friday, December 21, 2007

Blogger's Challenge 26 -- make it move! (oh and a confession, too!)


It is already Blogger's Challenge week #26 - a half-year of challenges already! These challenges are something I look forward to each week -- it is kind of nice having someone tell me what I need to do for a change : )

This week, our challenge was to "make it move." I toyed with several types of cards but what I really wanted to do was something I hadn't made in a while. So, here is my Christmas-themed "Make-it-Move" card.

"What?" You say? "Christmas? Uh, that is kind of a floral card."

Well so it is! I hadn't made these flip-tag cards (from the August 2006 version of the Technique Junkie Newsletter) for ages, so before I made my "final" card, I decided to practice. I dutifully pulled out scraps to make a card and grabbed the deer set to go with it. Well, after playing with it for a while (and kept adding and adding and adding), I decided that I really LIKED this practice card and that this was going to be my final version. So that is why my Christmas themed card is not Christmas themed! The card at the top is when the tag is pulled, and at the right is the card closed.
Okay, so here is the confession part.
This card is one big advantageous serendipity (also called a happy accident). I had stamped the "such a deer" saying on the green layer, under the top layer, but guess what? It was crooked (very very crooked!). What is a stamper to do? I put a layer of paper over that.
But shoot! The dang thing was too thick for the tag to close smoothly. So rip off that puppy! And, of course, the paper came with it. So what is a stamper to do? I pulled out a punch...punched the offending part right off, and stamped the saying again and the flowers with a stamp positioner this time (it takes me a while, but I do learn from my mistakes).
But shoot! The saying was too close to the bottom of the punched area. It looked off-balance. So what is a stamper to do? I added the ribbon! The ribbon is attached to the top layer only on the sides so that the top can close.
But shoot! That top layer looked strange just hanging out there! So let's put something on top of that! The circle stamp was just the thing.
And that is how my stamping goes...one advantageous serendipity after another.
So there you have it. My confession. I am the most imperfect stamper out there! I just stamp from one happy accident to another.
In any case, enjoy my Christmas themed move-it card.

22 comments:

Lynn Mercurio said...

Adorable Pat. You make this look so easy! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Connie said...

LOL! I love your serendipity story on the "birth" of your card. Great job...and it does look like a non-traditional Christmas card!

Stefanie said...

Super cute Pat! Thanks for sharing the story of your card too. That is what I would call a happy accident. ;)

Lisa said...

Cute card Pat!

Lauren (mytime) said...

Too funny!! Love it

Anita said...

Pat, I love your card! Very creative...as soon as I have time I must try more of the TJ techniques! I love how you feature techniques from the newsletter; I'll have to do that as well. TJ and all the technique developers are just the best! Thanks for all you do!

Lori said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing how the card "evolved." I can definitely relate to that experience!

Karen said...

great card - I love the colors!!

Julie Campbell said...

Great idea! See! - sometimes it's good to have a mistake that you have to fix. Everything turned out great!

Melanie S said...

This came out great Pat!

sharon said...

That's the way I make most of my cards - isn't that the right way?

Sharon

JeanM said...

There are no mistakes just different ways to try something LOL

Lisa Bohler said...

I love that little moose, Pat! Your card is fabulous!

Lila H said...

Love your moveable sample!!! and your story is one, I'm sure, we can all relate too!!! accidents are only opportunities for changing things up a bit.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Oh, my goodness! I think you've been watching me! Cute card.

MJ said...

Pat I love this set and the card is awesome.

laurie serino said...

Well, this sure is a "happy accident !" Love it !!

Debbie/StudioBeeCreations said...

HAPBEEEEEEEEEEE accident INDEED!....and your story-telling is a FUNFUN read!!...Thanks so much for sharing!

KJ said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR! BEST BLESSINGS IN 2008! I so enjoy your blog!

KJ
California

Lauren (mytime) said...

Really cute. LOVE that ribbon

Maria said...

Wow Pat. . .this card is absolutely Fabulous! I love it! It looks very fancy. I love the colors and flowers, even for Christmas!

Maria

LaurenceB said...

Your card is beautiful and I love your reindeer stamp ! I've done a card like yours in October for my dad but yours is much beautiful than mine .