Saturday, 4 October 2014

Muse Challenge 87 - Thanks, Kimberly!


Is it just me, or was September CRAZY? I somehow forgot that when the kids go back to school, so do I - I'm the Chair and Treasurer of our School Council and there's been so much going on that I have not been able to keep up at all!

This is my card for this week's Muse challenge, where Kimberly is our Guest Muse with this card:


I really wanted to do a super job with this - Kimberly is sweet, talented and full of cardmaking enthusiasm and support for all of us in this crazy little part of blogland. She and I work together on CASology and I really, really love this pretty card. But I ran out of time, and this is my first (and only) draft. While there are things I like about it, including the scripty font (Clearly Besotted Stamps die), the raised panel and the colour scheme (including the nifty fire opal gems which shine both orange and red), I wish I had more time to take it to the next level. Know what I mean?

In addition to time pressure (or maybe contributing to the time pressure), I recently got a new phone, which means a new camera which seems to be extra shaky, resulting in a slightly blurry photo (meaning I need to be more stable!). I'm also trying out a new photo editor to streamline my process and it seems fine so far, but you know that new software always takes a while to get used to.

There's a bit of time left for you to link up - the deadline is Monday morning at 8 am. At that time you can vote for your 3 favourites until Tuesday at 8 am. The results will be posted at noon on Tuesday.


21 comments:

Sharon Jones said...

I know what you mean, Ardyth, by the next level...but it is absolutely gorgeous as is! I love the simplicity...totally nailed it!

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautiful card Ardyth!

Sheila H said...

This is quite striking and totally beautiful, Ardyth. I love the look of it.

JD/ Jill said...

VEry nice card for this challenge! I like the colors!

wienerhoneymooners said...

You know I think it is amazing!!! I love the raised panel for the flowers, genius touches of gems and the black die cut sentiment pops so much!!! WOW...you fret it seems over nothing I can see at all out or wrong...JUST lovely!!!!! YAY for joining in the MUSE, you totally ROCK!!!

Hannelie said...

You accomplished what you were aiming for! You really did a super job with this. Always amazed and inspired by your work!

Brenda said...

This is totally a beautiful card Ardyth! I love the simplicity of it, but yet your added touches of the gems and panel really give this card a great boost. I can't pull simple and elegant off like you can! I think this card is amazing! Hugs, Brenda

Vicki Dutcher said...

I think it looks amazing!

Anita in France said...

Simple stems, so beautifully presented, Ardyth ... I think it's just gorgeous! Anita :)

Geri said...

Whoa girl...sounds like you need to stop and take a nice, long deep breath... between meetings, meals, cleaning, crafting....

In my humble opinion, this card is perfect! The sentiment was made for these flowers. Love the popped up panel, which is beautifully highlighted by a great photo!

Which program? Lightroom (Adobe Photoshop)?

Jacquie Southas said...

Love this card, Ardyth! The staight lines on the floral image balance beautifully with the scripty sentiment and I love that the panel is offset to one side :)

Monika Reeck said...

YOURS also adorable like Kimberly card woooowww I love that tall flower Ardyth and the sentiment perfect cas card Love this

icardeveryone01 said...

I adore this die... why haven't I played with it in so long? Gorgeous card...
=] Michele

Jen W. said...

I think it's gorgeous but I know what you mean about that feeling of thinking that a card is just not quite there yet. So annoying! Must remember this raised panel - I like the look.

laurie said...

I love it as is! I'm not sure it could get any better!

Sandi said...

Love the colors! I think you did a FAB job!!!

Jenni's Jems said...

Love the simplicity of your card the stamping looks more like you have handpainted it Ardyth !x

Neets B said...

You know I love your work and this is no exception. Sometimes a card you're not sure is 'quite there' is often adored by others...this quite clearly is :) x

Joyce said...

I think that you are being too hard on yourself. This card is perfect in every way, and I can't think of how you could have added or changed anything about it. Love the idea of the inlaid die with a die cut over it.

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

I think the simplicity of your cards speaks for itself.
It's just beautiful.
Caroline xxx

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

It's a stunning card Ardyth, and a super photo!

Warm hugs
Maarit