Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Help me decide...?

Art has been hard to find time for lately, and even when i found the time, it seemed i'd lost my mojo. i just wasn't happy with most of the things i'd turned out. i think Julee's Mojo Monday sketch over at Poetic Artistry has helped turn the tide! Although i'm not completely satisfied with these results, they are a marked improvement over my other attempts.
Julee's sketch has a twist - you have to incorporate something from your scrap pile, like images that almost made it onto a card but for some reason were put aside. This first card is one i whipped up yesterday. The main stamped image was an "almost" and the faux ribbon was a scrap. i didn't like this one enough to enter it into the Mojo Monday contest, so today i tried again.
Ingredients: CS - stash; stamps - Papertrey, Inkadinkado, Art Warehouse; ink - Colorbox Fluid Chalk, Versamagic, Ranger Archival; PP- Rob and Bob; brad - MM; stickles; pop-dots.

The following two cards also include some "almosts" - i stamped, chalked and inked both suns a few months ago, and the brown CS on the first one was something i bleach-stamped just the other day. My problem is this - i can't decide which of these two i like best and want to enter. Advice? Do you like...
CARD #1...

...or CARD #2?

...Or, maybe you like the first one that i decided against! Either way, i'd love to hear some feedback.

Ingredients for both cards: CS- stash and scraps; stamps - sun - unknown, sentiments by Inkadinkado, label frame from SU's Noteworthy set; ink - Palette Hybrid, Tim Holtz Distress Ink; chalk; PP - My Mind's Eye and unknown scraps; ribbon - stash; brads - MM; pop-dots.

Thanks, and have a great day!

ETA: Thanks for the comments, ladies! In response to your questions and observations, Dana:
The faux ribbon on the flower card was made using a ribbon stamp from Art Warehouse's Ribbons and Lace set. i stamped it with chalk ink, wrapped a piece around and then wrangled with another piece until it was "tied" like ribbon. i also agree that sun card #1 could use some ribbon peeking through, and i wish now i had matted it on brown. Here's the problem - i adhered these two so well that yesterday i tried to switch the sentiments and they wouldn't budge (pop-dots)! i also used both snail adhesive and Tombow Mono-Multi because i didn't want these coming apart. Well, now i can't get them apart! Hehe... i thought about making a new card using the things i like best in both of these, but then i wouldn't be using my "almosts"... i think i almost confused myself with this post!


  1. OMG this is sooo hard Jessica! I prefer 2 and 3 to the first, although I do think your first one is pretty and I LOVE the faux ribbon! (How did you do that?)

    On the 2nd and 3rd, I think I prefer the 3rd one a bit more, but I REALLY like the extra brown in the 2nd. Maybe you could add some more brown to the 3rd one?
    And I like the sentiment piece from the 2nd one better also. Can they be switched?
    Actually, now that I look at it some more, I'm liking #2 better!
    HAHAHA...I guess I'm no help.

    Ok. I like #2 better now. I do think it would be awesome with another brown mat behind everything. Can you mount it onto a brown card? And I think it needs some ribbon too, in the same spot that #3 has it. But nothing too flashy, something sublte to peek out from behind.

    Was this comment even helpful? *lol*
    You rock, either way.

  2. card #1, with the bleach stamping on the brown, really catches my eye. I like that one, alot. But I also like the striped ribbon on card #2. And the original card is really pretty...Hmmm...tough one! Okay, card #1 caught my eye first, so that's my pick.

  3. All of these are absolutely beautiful, but I love the middle one the best.