Saturday, November 19, 2011

Techno Throwdown

CTD

This week's Techno Stamper Monday Lunchtime sketch was one I wanted to use as I had a hankering to use Stampin' Up's Season of Friendship tree and the large panel fit the bill.  I paired it with the wonderful combination for this week's Colour Throwdown.   However, that was when things came to a grinding halt!


Ever had one of those cards that just works you over?!   Since I didn't want to be outdone by some paper and ink (I know, sad statement LOL) and I was too stubborn to toss it out and start again, I pressed on....mercilessly letting the illusion of getting the card to work out torture, taunt and challenge me to get it right.  I almost didn't post it, but decided I should just as a reminder of how some times things fall together and other times your creative gears get ground but good. 

I think my troubles began when I used white instead of vanilla and then realized my error and had to work it in - first ugh!  Things continued to be issues from there.....I didn't have Basic Grey or Red Riding Hood Ink so had to sub in colours; my tree image was bigger than I remembered but I was determined to use the image so the sketch got pushed to the limits; the teeny, tiny red sentiment panel overpowered the tree so I played around with different cording, ribbon etc. across the vanilla panel and settled on the twine; the tree was still getting overpowered so I added black half pearls to the base of each leaf  to bring it out a bit more; tree didn't feel "grounded" so I added the little strip of black scallops at the bottom to ground it and get my "rule of three" going.  After trudging through the above issues, I think I appeased the competitive gene in me enough to call it a card.  Not one that will win first prize, but at least I got a participation ribbon LOL!

Thanks for listening to my woes :)  Hopefully it encouraged you in some small way and provided you with a laugh as you pictured an obsessed, crazy woman (waving madly at you) competing against an inanimate object called paper!  Trusting my next card will be a much more enjoyable experience - so there, paper LOL!



What's In It?
Stamps: Season of Friendship (SU), Hero Arts 
Paper: Real Red, So Saffron, Basic Grey, Vanilla, Black 
Ink: Going Grey, So Saffron, Real Red, Black 
Accessories:  SU Border Punch, Scalloped Circle and Circle Nesties, Crimper, Black Half Pearls, Twine, Dimensionals

17 comments:

Susan (rainy) said...

Oh but Marisa.. I LOVE it!! Have always loved this stamp set and the addition of the little black pearls with the leaves is absolutely delightful. Truly.. I LOVE it! You most definitely won. LOL

Debbie Carriere said...

Marisa, I think your struggles paid off :). It is a wonderful card, very crisp! Love that image and your addition of the pearls.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Pretty tree - love that red

Colleen Dietrich said...

Oh, boy, do I know what you mean. I just had the other day, and again last night! I read on another blogger's post recently that she gives a card one hour to work out, and if it doesn't after that time, she starts over. I kind of like that thought, but then again, when you've put all that time into it, I say keep plugging!

You did a great job with the sketch, and wouldn't have known what difficulties you had if you didn't say so!

Benzi said...

Oh, the trials we card makers endure. Just the same, it turned out beautifully and you got a tree full of colorful, Fall leaves. It's so pretty, Marisa.

Dawn Easton said...

LOL...it looks wonderful! That is one of my all time FAVE SU! sets! Fantastic card. So glad you stuck through all your woes ;)

Maureen said...

I had to giggle when I thought of all these lovely leaves on your tree...unlike the leaves on your tree now, on the ground and blowing around :) Love all the different colours you used and the black bling accents :) Up early and voted (at my old highschool, 3 doors away!). Just like walking to school 28 years ago! LOL

Denise Marzec said...

LOL! Glad you stuck it out...it's a great card!

Shirley Pumpkin said...

Very Pretty, I have always wanted to get this stamp set! You did good girl!!!

Hugs
Shirley

Lori said...

Marisa, this turned out great! Love the leaf clusters accented with the pearls. Thanks for joining us for this week's Color Throwdown.

MJ said...

I love it. I have not seen that set in a while and forgot how much I loved it. Thanks so much for playing along with my 200th sketch challenge!

Katina said...

Well I think it's stunning as everything else you make! xx

Andrea Ewen said...

Well, I certainly do love this card! Those leaves are adorable on that tree and the clean lines just shout "Marisa!" Fabulous!

Monika/Buzsy said...

So pretty Marisa. Love the gorgeous fall colors. The tiny pearls look great. Nice take on both challenges. :o)

Keva said...

How sweet! I love the leaf colors. Thanks for playing along with us at Color Throwdown!

Kristin Eberline said...

Oh, Marisa...beautiful use of our palette this week! Love your pretty tree and clean layout! This is lovely ♥

Thanks for playing along with the Color Throwdown this week!

Bonnie said...

I really like this Marissa! Especially those tiny black pearls. And I think everything went together beautifully!