Saturday, August 23, 2014

Time After Time Challenge

How is this for a fun challenge for Stamp-A-Faire? The Design Team Members are each taking an old card from our pasts and making it over. I'm relishing the opportunity to redeem myself!

Now, I find that often, I initially don't care for the majority of my projects every month . I'm just too close to them. And, I'll admit this...I find myself comparing my projects to those of the other team members. The girls are so SPECTACULAR that, even though I am counted in their ranks, some times it can still be a bit intimidating. It just goes with the territory.

BUT, I've learned to give myself some time and space on the whole thing. 99% of the time, when I go back to review my work a few months down the line, I find myself saying a lot to myself, "You know...that really isn't that bad. In fact, you did pretty good on it."

So this all brings me to today's challenge. You'll notice that I said "99% of the time" above. That means there are some cards and projects that still slip by and I DEPLORE with a passion, no matter how much time and space has passed. I get to fix one of those today! Fantastic!  On this particular card, I can now cross something off my regret list. I'm here to redeem myself on the following train wreck.

The things I most dislike on this card is it just looks sloppy. My trimmer was dull and I have ragged edges. My stitching is crooked. And well...ya'll know this, it is no early photography wasn't that great. It's something I'm still working on. :)

And here is the card I made just the other day. I believe the original assignment was to create a project using the Celebrations set. Also that month, the Fancy Flourishes dies were released to match up with the stamp set of the same name. I wanted to hold true to that and load this card into the appropriate gallery when I was all done, so the use of those two products were mandatory for the redo.

All the colors are the same: Enchanted Evening, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, and Terracotta Tile. I keep the banner element with a Sketched Shape Die and a sentiment stamped on top. Instead of bulky buttons, I much prefer now to use my Bitty Button Stack and Button Stack dies now. Just lower profile.

I originally liked the use of Dawn's Dearest Jane Patterned Paper with these colors on the original card. So instead of of using it as my background, I cut it with the Phrase Play #6 die. The "die cut" look is really hip right now. And because the large "congrats" from Celebrations doesn't fit in the opening created by the Phrase Play die, I used the large rectangular label from Label Basics to give it a home.

Fancy Flourishes (both the dies and the stamp sets) are used as a nod to the original. This time, the stamps give my background some detail and the dies/stamps used together create a singular interesting element.

And that is that. MUCH BETTER!

Looking forward to seeing what the other girls do for this challenge. Here's the links so you can peek too.

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Maile Belles
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillips
Danielle Flanders
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Ashley Cannon Newell


Original Card
Stamps: Celebrations, Fancy Flourishes, Polka Dot Basics, BB: Gingham
Cardstock: Simpy Chartreuse, Terracotta Tile, Vintage Cream, Enchanted Evening
Patterned Paper: Dearest Jane
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Vintage Cream, Terracotta Tile, Enchanted Evening
Dies: Celebrations, Fancy Flourishes
Terracotta Tile Buttons

New Card
Stamps: Celebrations, Fancy Flourishes, Label Basics
Cardstock: Enchanted Evening, Simply Chartreuse, Canyon Clay, Blueberry Sky, Dark Chocolate
Dies: Phrase Play #6, Rectangular Labels, Fancy Flourishes, Bitty Button Stacks, Button Stacks II, Sketched Shapes
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate, Enchanted Evening
Patterned Paper: Dearest Jane


  1. I really like your first card too, Erin! You are always so creative and innovative with your ideas.

  2. You're so so funny! I really like your original card. Times change and so do tastes. I think we always gravitate to current sensibilities. I think the products you create every month are some of the most creative of all!

  3. I should have mentioned, that your '60's projects were absolutely AWESOME and my most favourites of the day even though I tend to love styles from other eras. I would love to purchase this kit.

  4. Oh, don't hold back, Erin! You're being too critical of your original card. However, I do the same myself - beautiful "re-do" ;oP

  5. Had to laugh when I saw this post... your Celebrate card is one of the very first cards that I pinned! I loved it then and it is still one of my faves :o)