Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Productivity and Creativity=Progress

I woke up at 5:30 this morning, thinking about the cards I have to make by Monday. It's a bit disturbing to have your first thoughts be about a card layout. I decided, after laying there for 15 min., to go ahead and go with the creative flow and start tackling the 30 cards I need to produce by Monday.

I went after the baby cards first, since these were the ones I knew would challenge me the most. I'm just not in that stage of life, so I don't really have warm fuzzies that would help drive the creative juices. It did help to have the list of cards that Leah had said she liked. This reminded me of some cards I'd made that fall into this category that I had forgotten about. The first one was the Lauren Meader baby onesie card. A classic, if you ask me! And it never fails to turn out cute. If you look for "onesie card" on my sidebar, you'll find a tutorial link in that post. My favorite detail is the scalloped "collar", which is made by punching out half of a 1 3/8" circle on a piece of scrap paper, and then punching around it with the scalloped circle punch. Genius!

Next, I made a quilt card in neutral greens and yellows. Can I just tell you how many sleepers I had in these colors for Michael? We didn't go the route of finding out what sex he was until the obstetrician delivered him, so he wore his share of mint green and pale yellow! I love being able to put to use some retired designer paper. I think this is Polka Dots & Paisleys or something like that. I'm still struggling to find a white marker that is bold enough to simulate stitching. I threw away a gel roller ball pen that I wrestled with and couldn't get to write, and the marker I found at Michael's this afternoon just doesn't have enough "umph". If anyone has a suggestion, I'd be really grateful! BTW, this uses that cute baby stroller from Fun & Fast Notes.

After work, I pulled out some more retired DP and went with this brown and pink combination, since Leah indicated she likes it. This saying is ANCIENT SU!--but it's sweet. It may not have photographed well, but there are little pink footprints behind that saying. (Click on any of the pictures to enlarge.) A decent sized length of wide chocolate chip grosgrain was put to use making those little knots above and below the sentiment.

I had two of these little tri-fold cards unassembled and they are the perfect boy colors--Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery. The medallion is made by double punching the scalloped edge punch, and the sentiment "a little something for a little someone" is from a new hostess Level 1 set I earned. A nice addition to the stash, since it's all sentiments! I created the rounded flap by using my Coluzzle Circle cutting system. The DP is from Cutie Pie, one of my favorites from the last catalog.

I also finished a few blank inspirational cards, but I'm going to save those for tomorrow. I completed 8 cards tonight, so that has alleviated some of my nervousness about whether or not I could make the necessary number by Monday. I have to keep plugging away, though, so there'll be plenty of posts forthcoming! Thanks for the prayers, positive thoughts, and encouragement in this new venture.

1 comment:

sandra said...

wow, 8 cards in only one night!!!!
and they are all amazing