After being a bit whiny about PTI's huge product line yesterday, I decided to show what I love about PTI: great stamp designs. Simple settings allow these gorgeously designed stamps to shine. This card started with the fish, from Masculine Motifs. I liked the Memento tangelo ink for it, but waffled about with the base color. White looked...eh. Orange looked too...orange. I had an already-cut piece of kraft lying on my desk and thought, "Nah, kraft will never work."
Oh how wrong I was.
A chocolate chip matte sets it off, and I really love the results. And the rounded corners were made with a pair of cheap scallop scissors.
Can't you just see a female soldier sending this card to her honey back in the States?
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the comments yesterday. They were brilliant! And like many of you, I totally agree with Super Jen's comment...
Do you remember that scene from Amadeus where (I can't remember who) someone says "Too many notes." It's not just PTI or this hobby, it's everything. I almost spit out my coffee the day PTI announced their radio show, facebook contest and daily tweets about additional challenges. I simply do not have time for that. CAS is not just for cards, it's for life too. I have two young children and work full time. It is absolutely essential to cut out the unnecessary layers and get down to the fundamentals. Maybe one day I'll have more time and energy or maybe I'll just realized that I don't really need them and and know that what I have is enough. More than enough.
I see cards on PTIs blog, think they are lovely, sum up the cost of the supplies I would need for one card, throw in the time it would take, pause and think "if only" and then move on to your blog. I love they way you are able to distill an idea into your CAS style and how you are able to take a design and mimic it using what you have on hand instead of shelling out big bucks on the newest trendy toys.
YES, I remember that scene in Amadeus!!!!! Too many notes. Perfect. Thanks, Jen, and I hope the use of $0.50 deco scissors purchased almost ten years ago to round corners on today's card makes you happy, 'cause it sure tickled me!
And any of you who missed my Craving White Space in a Carnival World post on Questioning my Intelligence might enjoy it in light of yesterday's discussion.