Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Experimental Flowers

I have inheirited some of my mom's crafty personality, and we love to banter back and forth with ideas and critiques. I'm pretty sure my father and husband don't understand all our artistic chatter, but they do their best to keep up. Mom and I also manage to balance each other out a bit. When it comes to letting the paint fly she's great at letting go and experimenting. Somehow I ended up wound a little tighter. Together we manage a happy medium where I provide some focus and she provides the freedom.

So what does this have to do with today's card? Today's happy flower card is the result of some time spent together where I was experimenting with that new cuttlebug of hers, and mom just sat back and watched. I like the simplicity of the card - and so far all of my cards have been pretty simple (do they qualify as clean and simple, or just beginner simple?). But the elements all seem to be a bit linear in their placement.

Ah well - it was a successful experiment anyway. I learned how to use the small edge embossing folder, and the flower die-cuts. Next time I'll try and let myself go a little bit. I did manage to cut out the green leaves by hand, and add some dimension to the flower with foam tape... does that count? {grin}.
Paper: Recollections Cardstock
Stamps & Ink: Archival Ink Jet Black; Hero Arts Anyone Can Stamp sentiment.
Other: Cuttlebug die 2x2 Flower #1 and A2 border embossing folder; scissors


Debi! said...

We do balance each other out... just right!
Wish you lived closer... when are you going to convince Joel you need to move up this way? (Your dad and I are set in cement, here... I think! (except for travel time!)
Love your Clean, Simple look! I need to go toward your style more! I am "out there" with letting the paint fly! :O)

Our Little Inspirations said...

You're doing just fine so far! I love that little border embossing folder and every time I use it I get lines on the edges I have to trim off, so you've already figured out how to avoid that! Nice flower and leaves too! Keep up the great work!

Jeanne said...

I love it! Definitely clean and simple, not just beginner simple. I much prefer simple cards to over-embellished.