Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Evolution of my Card...

Oh boy did I make a mess of my craft desk!  It all started with needing a thank you card to give a coworker and I was trying to go for a more masculine feel.  Thus began the plaid look...also keeping in mind I wanted to enter the next Lawnscaping Challenge: Stars and Stripes.

This is where my journey began...painstackingly inking up that fun border to create a stripey/plaid background.  Now what?!  You can tell it wasn't perfectly stamped so I knew I needed to add something to draw your attention away from that fact.  I knew I wanted to use the die cut scripty thanks, but it needed more...

Here's the mess I created figuring things out...

Again keeping in mind I needed stars, I wanted to use the Lawn Fawn Life is Good starfish!

The die cut comes out so cute!  I first tried cutting a strip of paper to pop the die cut thanks, but it just wasn't enough.  Finally I realized I could add a journaling card and also enter the next Moxie Fab: Photo Pocket Page Challenge: Journaling Cards!  (challenges are so great that way) So the lightbulb went on and I focused on making a journaling card.

And the finished product...

Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card, Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks, Lawn Fawn Life is Good
Lawn Fawn pattern paper, Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Cup O' Joe and Soft Sand

Ok so I ended up nixing the plaid stamped background, because it just didn't work with my journaling card!  I'll definitely save it for later though.  I couldn't decide which yellow background paper to use so....why not both!?  It killed me not to put a little smiley face on the sun and some sparkle or some sequins, but since it's for a guy I figured best to leave it alone.

Okey dokey...that's it for me!  Mahalo for stopping by!!


  1. Gorgeous! I love love love the sun and the stars!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. love it but was looking forward to the plaid background...i thought it looked fabulous!!! and is such a great idea :)

  3. love it but was looking forward to the plaid background...i thought it looked fabulous!!! and is such a great idea :)

  4. Love seeing how your card came together...and what's the matter with a bit of glitz for a dude? It's good for them :)

  5. I think the strips look awesome can't wait to see what you do with it.. Your card really did come out awesome.. love the little scene you created... so fun

  6. This is a brilliant card and it is so good to see the process you went through to create it. I love the sand and the sun and of course those adorable little starfish.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment.

  7. Amazing card! I love that you shared the evolution of your card, that happens a lot to me!! I end up with something totally different that I thought and with a big mess on my crafty desk, lol!
    Thank you so much for playing with us at Lawnscaping challenges :)

  8. Niki!
    I love it!


  9. Hahaha, that's quite an evolution, Niki!! Happens to me all the time, sometimes you just have to change direction. And look at the results ... so cute! Love how you worked the word die.

  10. Adorable card! I love that burst of sunshine!

  11. Love your plaid background, Niki! The stamping looks awesome. Glad that you save it for another project( there is a new V. V. die cut challenge...just saying...). I love the journaling card that you created with diecut and stamps! Totally creative!


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