As you can tell, I LOVE colors. I was going to use pastels, because I am normally drawn to the brightest colors I can get my hands on. But then I realized that I LOVE colors. ALL of them. So, the natural choice for me to challenge myself was BLACK and WHITE. I made myself use ONLY black and white. Void of any bright and vibrant color. AGGGGGGG. It was SOOOOOO difficult for me to NOT use any other color. I even had to put a couple of sheets of cardstock on my work space so I wouldn't hyperventilate. (Sad part here, is that this is only a slight exaggeration. Really.) Anyway, I did it. I am glad I did. But I didn't go overboard. I made a card. Period. Nothing more.
I made this card without realizing how dimentional it is. I just started throwing things around and arranging until I liked it. I don't think I will mail this one. Someone close by will be the recipient. Or I'll include it in a box. But not an envelope. (Rosemary here - I love this and I am fine with it being in a box - wink wink - no, just go ahead and put it in there with lots of candy and crafty goodness and then mail it to me)
That's it for me this week. Now onto Rosemary!
This would be Rosemary (didn't even hear me sneaking in did you? It's my mad ninja prowess - I'm cool like that)
Good gosh, Jana and I are like chalk and cheese when it comes to color preferences. I admit that I am the biggest fan of the stereotypical GIRLY colors - those pastels that Jana is less fond of for her projects- although I've been known to enjoy a retina-scorching pink too. What I don't care for are the really intense/saturated colors you see lately in scrapbooking papers - the bright greens, the oranges, and so forth. Maybe it is the fact that they are used in patterns that remind me of the late '60s and 70's. Not sure why! That said, there are times when I see other people use strong colors and I love them. But it never seems to work out for me. Let's see if I can change that.
Here is an album I'm starting. It's actually just a piece of a larger album I'm planning so you may see it evolve here over the next few months.
As you can see, there's lots of color happening here and I'm just including some of the embellishments I'm going to use as it goes along. Have to let it happen along the way and then figure out how to jazz it up. (In case you are wondering, this is Lime Rickey paper line from Basic Grey)
Okay, now let's recap this past week! Getaway was our theme for the week that was. I felt for Chat Noir when she made that lovely exotic travel card for the theme "In Reach". But then I realized how talented she is and I knew she would make something equally cool for this week.
Kristen was first to the Mr. Linky with another witty card - Take Off! http://kardsandklay.blogspot.com/2009/05/take-off-its-beauty-way-to-go.html
And it's beauty eh?
Our Fortunate Stamper, Elizabeth, made us a card that just makes you smile and feel better already - like you are a little closer to tootsies-in-the-sand time!http://thefortunatestamper.blogspot.com/2009/05/relax-and-some-kittens.html
Ivolina told us in the comments that she likes to get away from things by reading and that's a wonderful way to escape - Jana and I are big reading fans and nothing is as fun as getting engrossed in a wonderful story! (IVOLINA - please send us a mailing address for you so we can send you some a little something from the Opus-Gluei poobahs)
Crafty Kathy submitted a beautiful altered book "By the Sea." Take a look at just one piece of it - so beautiful!
And now a brief SOAPBOX MOMENT (PLEASE)