Thursday, November 13, 2008

JustRite Give Thanks

This post should be subtitled
"The Transformation of a Card"!


It all started early Sunday morning when I decided to create one more JustRite project for the week. Realizing that my *Mojo* wasn't cooperating I decided to perservere. I mean, sometimes great ideas come from nowhere...right? Yeah...right!

I had been dying to play with the Harmony Rectangular Stamp Set and my new Brayton Font Set , so I set out to create!

I can't tell you how much I LOVE the versatility of these stamps. I could make any words I wanted simply by choosing the letters and snapping them into the rectangular stamper. So I decided on "Give Thanks" for a Thanksgiving card.


Next I chose my designer paper, which is just perfect for a fall card! It's the Twiggy Paper Collection from Memory Box. Gorgeous warm colors!
I inked my sentiment with VersaMark ink then embossed with JudiKins Malachite embossing powder. The greens and copper flecks match the dp just perfectly!

A little sewing, a little distressing, a couple of leaf punches and I was done! Oh yeah...I added May Arts Brown Satin ribbon and brads in each corner to cover a couple of sewing mishaps. I don't do corners well! LOL!

After finishing the card and photographing it I decided it wasn't good enough. It needed something else. So I emailed the photos to Tosha with a desperate note asking what the card needed. I wanted it to be GOOD...not just okay.



Before I could get a response from her I tore the card apart, embossed the sentiment using JudiKins Metallic Copper . I left off the punched leaves, and you can see the result here. Again, I photographed it then sent it to Tosh with a note that says, "Better?"



In my frantic attempt at perfection, before I could receive a response from either of those emails I took off the brown satin ribbon and added Natural Loop Edge Burlap from May Arts. Photos went in my last email to Tosh. Still no response. And I have to admit it. I HATE the last one. No umph!

About 2 hours later I received an email from Tosh that said, "I like the first one! I don't think you should change anything!" ROTF! See what happens when you try too hard with no mojo?

Today is the last day of JustRite week at Stamper's Dream. Be sure to check out the fabulous samples posted today by Carolyn and Cindy .

It's been a fun week for us, and I hope you've enjoyed the awesome designs of the talented Dream Team . I know I have.

As an added bonus for reading through this lengthy *transformation of a card*, if you would like another chance to win the Christmas Stamp Ensemble and Classic Wooden Stamper you can leave a comment on this post. The winner will be announced here Sunday night.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm glad you did! :-)

51 comments:

Jingle said...

LOL! Well, such is the life of an artist! LOL! I do love your card the way it is shown here, however! Simple beauty!

catdidit said...

Hahaha Michelle! I do the exact same thing, but will email my sis Kelli, lol! The thing is about your card...I love ALL versions of it. It's funny how just changing one thing can make such a difference..like that last one...perfect male card to me!

Kerry J. said...

Hee hee! You're too funny!! I love the card - and I am partial to the first and final version! Thanks for another chance to win. Have you found your mojo now?

Vampires Dazzle Me said...

All versions of your card are great. However I am partial to the first 2. I really like the metallic embossing on the 2nd one.

You are stronger willed than I am, I would have walked away defeated.. LOL

Hope you found your Mojo and thanks for a chance to win.

Kimberly said...

hahaha! That's too funny!
I actually ADORE both cards and I cannot wait to get my hand on those!!!!!!!
The burlap is fabulous, BTW!!
Have a wonderful weekend!!
(HUGS)
k

Carolyn King said...

Wow...how cool..i loved seeing the transformation. Your first card was awesome but i like the other ones too! lol! you did a great job at showing many different awesome variations on one theme!

mitch1066 said...

haha i'm sure we have all done the same thing .Give thanks for good friends:)

Sue D said...

Thanks for showing us the transformation--I think it happens to all of us--sometimes it improves and sometimes the first one is still the best!

dpkennedy said...

Heehee...I am so glad that even you talented wonderful designers have these issues! But, I have to agree with Tosh...the first one was great and didn't need any fixin'. It's really warm and pretty!

Debbie Hight said...

I just found your blog, & I am SO HAPPY I DID!! The sewing & embossing of the card is fabulous...as I was reading through your post I wondered how your first attempt could get any better!! Great work & I will be visiting often!!

Tricia said...

LOL! We all have days like that!! :) Love your card(s)!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

I don't think there's anything wrong with your mojo! I LOVE your card!

Jekka said...

I agree that I like the first one as well but I know what you mean about forcing your mojo!!!
Thanks for the additional chance to win.

The Bug said...

I think all the versions are very nice but my personal favorite is the the first one! Great job!

Vonnie said...

Such a cool card, love to see all the changes. It turned out JustRite in the end so to speak !

Charlene (LilLuvsStampin) said...

I had to chuckle at your various mojo stages, but wanted to let you know that I think each one is beautiful!! I have JustRite products on my Christmas Wish list, too! I just love the projects I'm seeing using the JustRite products!

Amber said...

Have to say all the cards are beautiful!!! You have done a wonderful job!

Jennifer Scull said...

oh I was laughing over this post! you are tooooo funny! I happen to think they ALL look wonderful - so there! ;)

SusanH said...

But I like the first one. And the second one! Oh, and the third one!! Love the copper, the ribbon's my favorite - it's too hard to decide which one I like best. Thanks for sharing the cards (and your angst!!)

Sharri C said...

Love the versatility of these. Great blog. Thanks, SharriC

Anonymous said...

Oh I wish I had someone to send my creations too so they could critique them. No one in my circle of friends does crafts. Love looking at your blog though, very creative.

Janine said...

I am glad somebody else has those moments. My attempts end up in the bin but yours are good enough for a web site!

leenda said...

I feel your pain!! lol I do this all the time and I drive myself nuts!! I so happy to know that I might be sane after all!! All of your cards look fantastic.

Cass said...

LOL. Hope your mojo returns soon. Love the card. :)

Sara said...

Stamping without your mojo is hard!! But I think you did great despite that! Great card.

Cindy E. said...

LOL, I liked the first one the best, too! The Copper EP is pretty, but I think the Malachite is something special!!! Now I have to go order some. *wink*

melinda said...

LOL! I agree I like the first one the best. They all look good!

MN_Scrapper said...

It's just like when we used to take a test in school - NEVER change the answer from your first impression; you usually change it from right to wrong. Although I really do like the copper embossing.

Tanny said...

I like the first on the best to, Sometimes we just think to hard.

Anonymous said...

Michelle, I do the same thing. It makes me crazy sometimes. But your work is always terrific. I would love to know how you put that ragged edge on the paper! Thanks, Barbara Wiley (bluebmw53@yahoo.com)

Kathi said...

I think they're all great! Would love to win anything JustRite! Thanks for the chance.

debb said...

Sometimes we are our own worst enemies when judging our work. All versions are fabulous! debb

Laurie in MN said...

You could start a round robin with a card. You design the first card and send it to Carol. She is allowed to add or change one thing and has to pass the card to Cindy. After she adds or changes one thing, the card is sent to Laurie, etc.

I like the rust mixed in with the brown on the paper.

Thank you for the extra chance to win the Christmas Stamp Ensemble and Classic Wooden Stamper.

april said...

I like the first card the best. Simple is better. It just feels more like autumn and Thanksgiving. It is nice to know even the pros second guess themselves. Thanks another chance to win.

Kristie said...

LOL...I liked the first version too! I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who does stuff like that!

Benga said...

I like the first one as well, but still lovely just the same, oh well I think most of us also goes thru that phase once in a while :)

maiahs_momma said...

cool, card...very pretty :)!

Hugs,
catherine
www.mystampinggrounds.blogspot.com
catlevy@eastlink.ca

Kate said...

I like the first one the best, it's more my style, but I love all the things you create, thanks for another chance to win, chris.

bristowmom said...

I like the first one the best too.

Debbie Olson said...

Hi, Michelle, you don't need to enter me, because I'm already Just Rite enabled, but I wanted to tell you that I love your card--all versions! Brayton is my favorite font too, and I was just playing with a Thankgiving idea. You beat me to it! ;-D Great job!

StampinCathy said...

That's to FUNNY!!!
That is my normal way of making a card. (teehee) I love how all 3 of your cards came out. Thanks for another chance and putting a smile on my face this morning.

Mary said...

I have had those extreme card makeover days myself - I can relate! Thanks for the prize opportunity!

Katie said...

LOL! I've had those moments too. I did like the first one but I like the embossing in the second one. Wonderful card! Thanks for the chance to win! Katie

Crea Jaina said...

I love the cards and hopefully I can make something like that one day.

Janet Swofford said...

Such a beautiful autumnal card! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Whew...glad I'm not the only one who changes her card as much as her clothes! LOL! Seriously, I love it at all its stages! Gorgeous!!
hugs, Jami

Skimac2002 said...

I think it's great you experimented with the changes -- and shared them. It's neat to see how simple changes make a big difference. Love the colors you chose; it's a really striking card. Thank you for sharing! Helen in Cali

Amber (bambi64) said...

Hoping there is still time for me to jump in here. Found your blog from Cammie. Love the card you made. I just got that set plus some other JustRite stamps for the first time so I will be checking your blog for tips. Thanks for a chance to win.

Monique H said...

You are too funny Michelle! I have to say that I honestly like the first version. What I'm learning is that even tough you feel that your creation(s) are lacking something, someone else will find it perfect the way it is!!! Thanks for another chance to win!

Jessica said...

I'm firm believer that you should never try to redo a project. Just put it aside and try again!

Anyway, I like all three versions, but the second is my favourite. I like the copper EP!

Sandy Hill said...

I really like all three, but my favorite is the first one. I think you are being way too hard on yourself. Your cards are beautiful!!!