Hi there fellow crafters!
More Easter projects coming your way today. I know, it's unusual for me to post on the weekends, but Easter's coming and I wanted to get these up for you!
Okay, so today I'm showing you the second tray I did with cards and bits in it. You'll notice above that the trays are different.
Hmmm, the first one, with the rectangular cards at the back, was annoying me because every time I moved the tray they'd fall over. I tried to make it work, but eventually just decided to flick 'em outta there and replace them with a horizontal card.
So much better.
Here's the tray on display at Photo Continental. Look at all those punches lined up on the wall there :o)
Okay, let's take a look at the cards, shall we?
Lovin' these ovals right now.
Knew they'd come into their own at some point...
I decided to give the girlie a scalloped fringe this time using deco scissors. Like how it matches her curly ponytails. Flowers for ponytails are my fav for a girl.
Do you use your deco scissors at all? I still reach for mine after all these years....Remember when they went totally out of fashion and no one wanted a bar of them? Not me, I needed 'em for grass and water and fringes.
The trick with the scissors is to not get too excited with them. People used to shape their photos with them - that's getting a bit too excited in my opinion.
My deco scissors motto - a little bit goes a long way.
Oooh, love this one, but there's something missing...
You think so?
Usually I do three things on a card and above (with the girlie card) it's - girl, eggs with stitching and heart. For the one below below that we'll get to in a minute, it's bunny, flag and grass.
This one is animals, eggs and... nothing.
I knew it when I did it.
I knew it when I photographed it.
I knew it when I put it on display.
It's 98% there.
I didn't want to do grass again because I'd done that a lot.
I tried a flower, but it flung itself off the card.
I tried the pink heart, but there wasn't enough room, plus it just wasn't right for this card. The big pink egg was also on that side too, so it would've had to've been changed and then the domino effect would've started....you know how it is.
So I left it.
I knew it wasn't done...but I liked it anyway.
This is the thing. Designing takes a lot of time. None of these things take 5 mins. I'm sure you agree with me on that.
How many times have you sat down at your desk to make something and you've been totally stumped and had no great ideas?
Or you've gone there with a really great idea and it's worked, but it's taken hours to figure out?
Or you've (like me) done 98% of the card and then left it because you've not had the will to figure out the last 2%?
I don't like it though - when it happens - when I've put a lot of effort into something and it's not exactly right. And I don't have the will to figure it out.
Crafting is not always about being exact, but sometimes it is. Trust me, I go for 70% a lot of the time (with my own stuff) because I'm not interested in being perfect.
But sometimes I want perfect.
Sometimes I want exact.
This is one of those times.
Well, it obviously wasn't when I decided it was finished, but it is now!
I'm going to mull this over - maybe the answer will pop into my head at some point. Probably when I'm washing the dishes or something like that.
Popped the chick's beak up on this card.
I never do that, but decided to because I always pop the rabbit's nose up.
Probably could've glossed it too.
Again, a great thought after the card's made and out of the house and out of my reach.
Just wanted to point out there is tracing tool around the edge of the cream.
Maybe that could be number three? Animals, eggs and tracing tool?
Nup, it's not and you know it, Debra.
Just letting you know this is how I made the cards. Cut two ovals and creased the back one and glued the flap to the front one.
There's gotta be a name for this technique...
Ah, yes. Onto a card that's exact. It's perfect. It's kicking it.
I'm not tooting my own horn here, I'm just sayin'.
It's like those contestants on My Kitchen Rules - they know when their dish is kicking it and when it's not. They know when it's exact.
I know too, and this one is. It's a good feeling.
The three things (like I said above) are rabbit, flag and grass.
Things in threes are always good.
There are also three eggs. And three dark pink things. And three edges - loops (grass), pinking (flag) and scallops (frame).
Threes are good, good, good.
I love the white on the cream too. Nice.
Don't you love that scallop oval frame? (Sizzix Bigz die) I knew it'd be a good one to have something peeking out from behind it. The rabbit's not really peeking, he's just there, but still.
Again, ovals and scallops - so fun this Easter.
Oh, punch art, I love you!
And I am serious when I say that people...God, husband, family, friends, dog...and punch art - it's right up there. It just does it for me and it's the way it is. I love it, plain and simple.
And I do love it plain and simple. I love it when it's done, right on the money and at 100%.
I do not love it when it's over done, right over the money and at 110%. Not good.
Like, what's that lime on the plate for? It serves no purpose. Half the battle is knowing when to stop, don't you agree?
Wait 'til I show you a card I did that's totally over the top. I don't know what came over me that day, but it was bad!
Okay, enough yakking for today.
More Easter projects to come - if you can stand it.
PS. I've just had a thought. Maybe a baker's twine bow at the top might work...