Sunday, 1 July 2012

My 'coming out' card

I've been making cards for a while now and for the most part I can see that I'm getting better.  When I look back to the some of the early cards that I made and the reaction of the recipients it makes me wonder if they were acting as the Mother who gets that first hand made gift from school.  It looks dorky and lopsided but the sheer joy on the kid's face when they give it you makes you gush about how beautiful it is.  I always tell people that I appreciate constructive critism.  Hey it's the only way to get better right?  Practise, practise, practise and sometimes you have to go outside of your comfort zone.  I've seen cards on people's blogs, websites, Pinterest etc that have dimension to them.  You know they're not just flat cards, they have bits and pieces that stick out here and there and definitely have a more interesting and appealing look to them.  I've shied away from doing those types of cards because I kept thinking 'what do I do for an envelope?' 

My sister asked me the other day if I could make a card for her for a wedding that she's attending in September.  She didn't want anything specific and said she would just leave it up to me.  The only thing she wondered if I could incorporate into the card were some accordian type pages so that the bride could maybe slip in a few photographs.  I had made a card like that for my daughter's 21st birthday so that she could have a little memory/keepsake of her celebration in Nashville for the event.   I decided that this was going to be my opportunity to try making a dimensional card.  After all it wouldn't be mailed, my sister would be hand delivering it and I could easily make up a little box for it.  So I guess you could say that I was 'coming out' of the one dimension that I've been stuck in.  LOL

My sister emails me yesterday and says "Oh I found out that the girls dresses are red and the bride really likes butterflies.  Does that help with any ideas for the card?"

So back to the drawing board I go because the card I made is wedgewood blue and has flowers and a bird on it.  But I thought it turned out really well so I'm posting it.  So I'm asking for honest opinions.  Leave a comment telling me what you think and if there's anything missing or whatnot.  I'd love for any of you to sign up as a follower...I could use the support.  All that means is that when I post new cards/projects on here, you'll be alerted that there's new stuff to check out. 

Thanks, I appreciate it. 
Marianne

9 comments:

---sarahgrimbs said...

Looks awesome, Mom!! Beautiful colours and flowers. You really did an amazing job!!

Donna Hanson said...

It is a beautiful card! So much better than anything that can be bought. You can see it is made with love and a huge amount of talent.

Marianne said...

Thank you both! I so appreciate everyone's comments! I love what I do and I hope that others love it too!

Kelly said...

Hi Marianne! Thanks for visiting my blog and signing up to follow me. This card is awesome. Great colors and such detail...I love it!

Meredith said...

That is beyond amazing! The colors are beautiful (the bride's "something blue" for the day!), the birds are sweet and I love the script-the word ring looks sparkly, very pretty!

Vicky Hayes said...

I think it's very pretty Marianne!

Jani Lewis said...

Very pretty. New follower.

Marianne said...

Thanks Vicky! I'm just catching up on this blog after having surgery so I apologize for taking so long to reply. Thank you for your kind comment! I need all the encouragement that I can get. LOL
Marianne

Marianne said...

Thanks Jani. I am also a new follower of yours. Your paper flowers are absolutely gorgeous and so life like.
Marianne