Friday, August 20, 2010

Before and After

Okay, I was all excited about playing with the new stampin' goodies, so I could show you all a teaser, right?  Well, first off, one of the stamp sets I ordered appears to have disappeared.  I don't know where it could possibly be.  When I unpack that carton of goodness that Mr. Brown delivers (on a too regular basis, lol), everything goes into its rightful place, and it was no different with that clear-mount stamp set.
Arrrrggghhhh!  Not finding it is driving me crazy and, believe me, that's not a very long drive!  Oh, well, here's one sneak peek for ya.  That little peek above is the Christmas Postcard single stamp that is divine.  Such a lovely, old-fashioned, vintage Christmas feel, and perfect for coloring!

So, since I couldn't use the set I had originally planned, I pulled out the Christmas Collage background stamp. It has a lot of the same elements in it, all in a collage (*snerk*, hence the name, 'eh?).  After I completed the card, I just wasn't thrilled with it.  I couldn't put my finger on it, but it was just "off".

I even tried adding some rhinestones! That usually does the trick, but not this time.  It just wasn't making my skirt fly up, as the Pioneer Woman would say.  So after giving it some thought, I decided it needed more Cherry Cobbler.  Here's the result:

It's better, I think. Still far from my favorite card evah, but definitely more balanced and pleasing to the eye.  Oh well, I guess I can't hit a home run every time, huh?  But I can keep trying!

There is a new blog hop coming that will be featuring these goodies and much more, from the soon-to-be-released 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog!  I'll be showcasing Jolly Bingo Bits.  Intrigued? It will run from Friday 8/27 through Sunday 8/29.  You won't want to miss it!!!

Items from the new Holiday Mini are highlighted and will be available September 1st.
Stamp: Christmas Collage (121279)
Cardstock: Confetti White (102028), Always Artichoke (105119), Cherry Cobbler (119685)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler Classic (119669), Sahara Sand (105208), VersaMark (102283)
Accessories: Always Artichoke Seam Binding (121000), Silver Glass Glitter (120995), Silver Tinsel Trim (120994), Basic Rhinestones (119246), 2-1/2" Circle Punch (120906)


  1. Hummm...I liked the first card. I must be in a monochrome mood because usually I love more than one color... LOL. Great ribbons. I hope the stamp you can't find is winging it's way to my house. I did a little telepathy when I got the mini catalog in the mail, which by the way is already dog eared and I've only had it 2 days... LOL

  2. A transformation from good to great! That's always a good lesson to see.

  3. Nicely done....I love the addition of more Cherry Cobbler! Good to Great indeed!


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