Monday, August 24, 2009

Blue Madonna...REALLY Blue

I really should have learned by now NOT to use blue cardstock as a backdrop for white-based cards...the blue aura is beyond Picasa's ability to neutralize (okay, beyond my ability to neutralize using Picasa).

This card is similar to the second card on this post in two ways. First, the obvious layout similarity, though the sentiment is moved to the popped panel here. Second, both use stamps that I really struggle with. This one is from an old, old SU set called Miracle of Christmas: one of the very first stamp sets I bought. It's only taken me, what?, eight years of stamping to figure out how to use it in a way that truly makes me happy.

I'm really slow sometimes.


Christine M asked a probably rhetorical question in the comments for my last post that made me laugh--a bit hysterically, I must admit. She wrote:

I have a question - with all the co-ordinating (which must take oddles of your time), your 3 blogs, a home and family to care for WHEN do you find time to create all the beautiful cards that appear here every week (day!!)You are truly an amazing, inspirational lady.

Well, Christine, it's a combination of mental illness, insomnia, and poor housekeeping that makes me so prolific. I'm a self-diagnosed obsessive-compulsive who can't fall asleep before midnight, and since the kids go to bed at 8:00 and DH at 10:00, that guarantees me two hours of uninterrupted time to craft every day. My house is usually a mess because I'd rather go to my craft room than tidy up the place, and since DH is one-quarter Italian and wishes he were a chef instead of a defense-industry consultant, he spends hours every weekend cooking huge meals with lots of leftovers. I rarely need to cook during the week. I reheat.

stamps: SU Miracle of Christmas, PTI sentiment
cardstock: PTI white
ink: bashful blue, chocolate chip
accessories: ribbon, dimensionals


  1. Once again, a beautiful, humourous start to a week! Thank you for sharing yourself with us!

  2. simply stunning!! my dh is a chef by trade and my house is a mess!! :D

  3. This is a great card. I never bought that stamp for the very reason you suggest. It is a nice image, but how do you work with it???
    I admire that you get so much done in your life. I just spend a lot of time here on the computer, looking at all the great creations.

  4. Susan, I love simplicity in life and I have admired your work on SCS. Now to find your blog - aptly named Simplicity - and to find out you are a fellow Obsessive Compulsive - I'm SMILING! :-)

  5. Sounds like a great life to me, lol. Lovely card too :o)

  6. brilliant way to use this image! and the blue organdy is positively perfect.

    ps. send leftovers my way!!

  7. Firstly I love this card, such a simple image but your treatment of it has created a beautiful card.
    Thanks for answering my question ... so thats how you do it!!! BUT my house is a mess because I too prefer to be crafting. I don't have children at home any more so the only thing left is the cooking. Mmmmmmm wonder how DH would feel about taking on that job? Nah we would live on junk food. I could stay up till midnight (in fact my brain sometimes functions better at night)but I'm not as young as I was and need my sleep!!! The truth of the matter is I don't have your amazing talent so I think I will just keep admiring your fantastic output.
    Thanks a million for your blogs such a happy place to be.... :-)
    PS Love DHs blog all about food .... what a household food & crafting .... heaven :-)
    I've just realised where I go wrong ... too much time reading your blogs, looking at SCS etc.etc. ;-)


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