Tuesday, July 26, 2016

All is "Right" Except One Corner

After making yesterday's skewed card, I wanted to try the same layout with proper right angles. The holly card had lots of movement from the shape of the holly branches. This card relies on fun color and whimsical images. And bling!

I decided to round that one corner because it looked sort of dangerous, like it wanted to poke the flowers in their bloomers. But one of my readers (yes, you, Bev) is likely twitching right now.

While the border on this card makes me very happy, I'm not so sure about the offset sentiment panel. It's sort of strange how much I love the card that inspired this whole series, yet I can't seem to make skewed design or the asymmetry work for me. I guess I'm just too obsessive-compulsive.

Still, I wanted to share both yesterday's and today's cards to illustrate creative exploration of an idea. You learn when you play, and in the immortal words of Adam Savage (of Mythbusters), failure is always an option. Sometimes, "failure" can still be quite lovely! Some of you really liked yesterday's card, and I hope some of you feel the same about today's.

Tomorrow's card takes a different tack on the idea altogether, and I like it much better!

stamps: Papertrey Doodlie-Do, Keep It Simple Thank You
ink: Fresh Ink tangerine, basil; Memento Moroccan, espresso truffle
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: corner rounder, craft foam, glue, rhinestones


  1. I've loved both of these and I'm inspired to try my own version.

  2. I've loved both of these and I'm inspired to try my own version.

  3. I love this card, the layout and the pretty pattern on the bottom layer. Gonna have to do this myself!

  4. I definitely askew to answer yesterday's question. And I love both versions of your card.

    But I think I know why being askew doesn't fit either of your cards. The inspiration card is more muted in color; the tone is more somber; and with the sentiment, something in the recipient's life is definitely askew.

    Maile Bells askews very well, but I would bet you already know that.

  5. Oh I love this - it's exactly what I meant in my last comment. Just out of interest I wonder what it would look like with a vertical greeting?

  6. Lovely! (Poke the flowers in their bloomers...snort!)

  7. I am with you on the askew thoughts. I feel the same in regard to ribbon or buttons on cards. I can appreciate it on cards which others have made, but I will be darned if I can pull it off to my satisfaction. It just looks wrong to me. I really like your background piece on today's card. Between the two cards I prefer the askew to the straight panel today,

  8. You won't find me all a'flutter over that rounded corner, but something about this card is just not right in my book. Perhaps is the free flowing florals mixed with that straight lined panel. It's not a bad card, mind you. Maybe it's just not what I've come to expect from you.

    1. Thank you. You've put this quite well. It's not what I expect of me, either. Sometimes, combining strong clean angles with free-flowing florals works great...the tension just works. This time, not so much.

  9. You can never go completely wrong with the Doodlie-Do set, IMHO; it will always save the card from failure. I love, love, love all the color and bling!!! I happen to like the rounded corner... I like how it mimics the rounded petals of the flowers and back end of the leaves. Maybe the font is too heavy?


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