Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bloom with Hope Swap Birthday Card

Today I'm sharing the swap card I made for our group meeting in May.  I didn't plan on posting it because, in hindsight, I thought it looked uninspired and plain.  The thing that gets me every time I do these swaps is the "under 10-minute rule".  Majority of the cards I make takes more than ten minutes.  I struggle when I'm forced to stay within the time limit.  Afterwards, every time I see the extra ones on my work table, I hear this little voice in my head screaming "fix me!, do something!, embellish!!".

I finally did something!  First thing I changed is the card base - from shimmery white card stock to blackberry bliss.  Then I punched a couple of butterflies from vellum card stock and colored them with the new blendabilities.  I also colored the pearls with blendabilities.  Love how the flowers look like magnolias!  And I'm much happier with the stepped up version.  What do you think?

This whole exercise reminded me of a Steven Wright quote, "Everything is walking distance, if you have the time."  It's all about the time!  My day job revolves around deadlines that's why I like to take my sweet time when I sit down to decompress and make a card.



You can get all the supplies and tools I used here.


  1. Both cards are striking in monochromatic and the curved shape, but I love your stepped up version best! I like to take my time too when creating. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Me too! Any single time I am rushed the whole thing goes kaflooey! U did a great job.

  3. LOL, you're so funny Mary, thank you! I'll try an incorporate kaflooey in my day to day conversations.