Sunday, September 20, 2015
My granddaughter Makayla turned 10 years old this past Monday, and we're just getting together today to celebrate. I had her gift for a week already, and basically knew what stamp I was going to color for her card. It was yesterday evening when I remembered I still had to make it!! The stamp is Punk Amara from the Paper Nest Dolls, and I colored her up with my Promarkers and added some Clear Wink of Stella to her hair & the star on her shirt. Thought it was really cute so far! I cut her out using an MFT Stitched Oval Die, picked some blue & pink paper from my stash, cut the blue paper with a Simon Says stitched rectangle die, and started to put the card together. That's when it got really ugly!!! Even though it would cover up some of her cute leotards & boots, I thought I would do something different & heat emboss the sentiment onto vellum...first fail...even though I used my anti-static tool, the black embossing powder smudged & left some random sprinkles under some of the words! Also I clearly wasn't thinking when I decided to add it to the card with glue dots on either side...second fail...you can see them through the vellum! Oh well...I told myself...she's only 10 years old. She'll take a 2 second glance at the card, toss it down, & start ripping open her present..she'll never notice the boo-boos. The best (or should I say worst) was yet to come though! I stamped a birthday wish inside the card with black ink, waited a minute to make sure it was dry, then closed up my card to take an overall look. Well look of horror is more like it! I realized I must have gotten ink on my hands somewhere because there was a big black fingerprint on the upper right hand side of the oval, a less obvious smudge on the lower left hand side of the oval, and another big smudge on the top inside of the card... third fail. Believe it or not I didn't totally panic...although there were a couple of swear words that leaked out of my mouth! All the experts call it a "chance to embellish" but I call it one gigantic mess!! Thus the gold stars placed on either side over top of the smudges. It looked okay though...matches the star on her shirt right? I already had gold sequins in the opposite corners though & didn't think it all looked that great together but whatever! As for the inside smudge on the top portion of the card, I simply covered it with a new white piece of cards stock. Went to bed & decided it was okay but of course the ugliness continued the next day when I went to sign it & put it in an envelope. I don't think you can tell in the picture, but the gold star on the left was not sticking well with the glue dot I had used, so I tried to turn it a fraction & smoosh it down, and the pink paper ripped a little underneath. REALLY!!!! Oh well..I'm giving it to her anyway LOL! Thanks for stopping by...sorry to ramble on about it...thought it might give a couple of you a little chuckle!