Thursday, June 23, 2011

Yes, I admit it. I like to throw things...

...well, at my cards, anyway. I have this tendency to start with whatever image I've colored, find some coordinating papers, then just start throwing embellishments at that poor card until it can't take anymore. The paper sometimes ends up totally covered with pretties, but it's like an addiction. I can't stop. There's nothing more fun to me than digging through all of my embellishments to find yet another one that might work. Here's a case in point:
Quite some time ago, I colored this adorable image from Belles N Whistles, called "Clowning Around". Isn't she cute? Tonight, I finally decided to put her on a card, because she seemed perfect for the current Digi Bells challenge to make a birthday card. I'm also entering her in the Pink Elephant challenge 104 to make a circus card (thanks to Star for telling me about it!). This card started out with a basic light blue paper from Basic Grey's Hopscotch collection, matted onto dark brown bazzill cardstock. Then I put on three stripes of patterned paper from the Hopscotch collection. I didn't like that effect; it was too bland, so I added another piece of paper from the same collection. You see where this is going, right? The paper wasn't enough, so I popped the image with some dimensional dots. Still not enough. I added ribbon. Boring! Tossed on a sentiment, which made the other three corners look empty. I love Wild Orchid Crafts, so I had to add some flowers to fill a corner. Two corners were still empty. A quick punch with my EK Success scalloped corner punch almost fixed it, but not quite. More dimensional dots, and somehow, some buttons and cupcake stickers, netting, and a Sassafras Lass card made their way on there. I hope my poor clown did not end up buried. Nah, not possible, since Elisabeth Bell's images can't help but stand out. Her work is just too awesome to do anything else. And besides, this little clown needed some cute stuff to juggle, right? Yeah, yeah, that's it.

I'm tired from all of that tossing and throwing, plus trying to carry this heavy card to another room to get a decent picture (it does sit up surprisingly well, considering its weight). I'm off to watch So You Think You Can Dance, and then maybe I'll actually get some sleep tonight. Not likely, given my insomnia over the last few days, but I'm going to give it a shot!  Thanks for stopping by!

8 comments:

Starla B. said...

Beautiful card, sweetie! I LOVE all the embellishments. You amaze me. You can just keep throwing stuff on the card...and it ends up perfect! If I put more than 2 embellies...right down the crapper. LOL Teach me, Yoda! =D I just love the image, and you colored her so perfectly.

Just so you know, The Pink Elephant's challenge this week is "Join the Circus". This fits perfectly if you want to enter that challenge, too. =D

http://thepinkelephantchallenge.blogspot.com/2011/06/pink-elephant-tpe104.html

Charlene said...

lol...oh my goodness Gina you are just too funny. I had these pics going through my head of you frantically searching drawers and bins, etc for just one more thing to try and put on there. I found myself thinking "Man I hope she doesn't have to mail that to anyone...it'll cost a fortune!" lol. Anyways, this card is just too adorable, it's bright and it's fun which is what a clown is supposed to be. Great job!

Kim Kelley said...

OH Gina...I love you, you silly goose! You always amaze me with your cards...and your posts! I try to do the toss and attach but my cards never turn out as nice as yours! This is a beautiful card! Hope you get some sleep soon! Sending you sweet dreams! HUGS~LUG

margie c said...

Your card is amazing! I love all of the embellies and details you added onto this card! Very cute!
Thank you for playing along with us at The Pink Elephant :)
hugs, margie

Lysa said...

This is too cute! That image is just perfect- thanks for joining us at The Pink Elephant :)

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

What a FUN card,Gina!! Love all the fab detail!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at The Pink Elephant this week!!
~Sheri

Brenda said...

First of all chica, you crack me up!! Your words give such a lovely visual of the crazy embellie lady throwing embellies at the card, first one corner, then the next and so on, until it comes out perfect!! But way too heavy to mail to anyone!! Hugs~Bren
And that image is just darling and still pops!! Love it!

Janiel/ janny said...

Hello Gina, Your post had me just a laughing.... LOVE YOUR CARD!!! Your idea of throwing embbellies seem to work just great for you.. SO keep up the good work. tee hee heeeee
thank you for joining us this month on the DIgi Bell's blog hop.
hugs, Janiel