Have you seen Kasia C.'s card over at Retro Sketches #36? One of my faves. Ever. Maybe when you find a card that you go gaga over, it helps you define the kind of cardmaker you want to be. (I know Wida has been giving this subject a lot of thought lately...)
So I analyzed why I love Kasia's card so much. First, white space. I am a total sucker for white space. Next, the amazing bright and cheery colors. Get me every time. Then the element of unexpected - the piece of kraft up top and the washi and twine combo. And finish it off with a killer sentiment - meaningful and a good font.
So why aren't all my cards like this? Hmmm.... Maybe that's a subject for another sitting. I have figured out that less is more - a small touch of PP can be better than covering an entire card in it. IMO. However, that doesn't put much of a dent in my stash. Yikes. It's a never-ending battle...
Not going to bore you with the details. Except one... See the black strip at the top? DD and friends had mutilated some pieces of PP while decorating school notebooks - punched circles and flowers pretty much all over the PP piece. I was going to cut it apart to get my strip for the top when I thought, "Why cut it away?" Use it. Was it the "go for the unexpected" or my thriftiness at work?!?!? Unfortunately I ended up covering up the cool spot where a flower had been punched with the vertical strip when I decided to put the "day" of the sentiment on the right edge.
Entering these challenges:
Papertrey MIM #90 - Sentiment Focal Point with dies and stamps
A Blog Named Hero #15 - Use a punched or die cut element
Retro Sketches - #36
Supplies for ruff day:
Paper: cardbase Papermania, PP KI memories
Ink : Versacolor, Versafine
Tools: alpha die PTI, Spellbinders