Saturday, November 12, 2011

Honesty is the best policy

Do you know what it is like when you just want to step out of your comfort zone .. do something a little bit different ... take a chance .... try something new?
Well that is exactly what this card is all about.
I chose a paper that I wouldn't normally work with.
I wet (under the tap - wet!) paper flowers.
I crumbled and I scrunched.
I distressed edges with my new 'Gathered Twigs' ink pad.
I added bits that I wouldn't normally add and
I chose 'rarely used' Copic markers. (Yes I do have some of those).
I did however, grant myself one luxury and that was using this adorable image from CC designs and ..... this is what I came up with.
Finished and sitting on my desk (the card - not me) I pondered whether or not my 'taking a chance' also included posting the card on my blog.
I knew that I could rely on an honest and constructive opinion from my daughter (since I asked her not to use the phrase 'euk' when critiquing).
"Oh no. I don't think so!" she said
She would really like me to take her practice driving on Saturday but,
"Oh no. I don't think so!" I said
Amazingly, since she has taken a second look at my card - all of a sudden it has some good elements to it. The bow looks good - the image is cute - that little fence is adorable.
So, we are off driving tomorrow and I cant wait to show her my next card because I really value her honest opinion. :-)

I will enter this card in the following challenges:
Cupcake Craft #167 Textalicious
Make my Monday #23 Christmas
Top Tip Tuesday #59 Anything Christmas goes
Deep Ocean #12 Vintage
Crafting for all Seasons #13 Texture


  1. I think the chance you took really paid off cause this is lovely. Not so grungy it looks dirty but definitely has a little edge to it. I think it is fabulous!

  2. I think this is awesome Jenny! I love the monochromatic look and those flowers turned out awesome...I'm going to have to try that trick of getting them wet. Using a sweet image like that keeps it balanced too. It's always interesting to take a chance at doing something different and I love how you really did that with every element. I think your trying something different had great results! Thanks for sharing :) Hugs, Katie

  3. I think it gorgeous Jenny!!! it has just the right balance between vintage/grungy and pretty!! Lovely!! not that I expect anything else from you!!!
    Jacqui x

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous Jenny, fab details and great use of the text paper, can't believe it was out of your comfort zone as the result is stunning! Many thanks for sharing with us at Cupcake Craft Challenges.

    Warm hugs

  5. At first I thought you were stepping out of your comfort zone by posting on a Saturday. ;-)

    Here's my honest opinion ('cause you asked for it)....I love it. I love the non-traditional monochromatic Christmas colours and the those flowers are absolutely fabby. The dp is wonderful too.

    I say make your daughter practice her driving in a residential area that's a 30 km/h zone filled with 4 way stops. ;-)

  6. Hi Jenny,

    I think your card looks great and I don't need a driving lesson! (or at least I hope I don't)

    I love the monochromatic look and your flowers look wonderful - I've only ever tried to make them once and it was a soggy mess!

    A beautiful image, beautifully coloured :)

    Sharon x

  7. What a darling card! I am loving your brown color scheme!!! :) Thanks for joining us this week at MMM! :)

  8. Absolutely gorgeous,Jenny! I love everything about your card! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake and good luck! Delphine xx

  9. Congratulations on such a great job of stepping out of your comfort zone. It is not something I do well, so I admire people who are able to do it! Fantastic colouring and I love the wood grain background. Thanks for sharing with us and the driving lessons go well.

  10. A cute card with some fabulous vintage ephemera, I especially love the flowers,
    thank you for joining MMM
    Suzi B :D

  11. A beautiful vintage creation Jenny. Love the sepia tones.
    Thanks for joining in at Make My Monday and hope to see you again.
    Fliss x

  12. A gorgeous card, I love your papers and your floral embellishments. Thanks for joining us this week at CCC.

    Liza x

  13. Well I like it. The flower is stunning.
    I love the under the tap technique as I call it. Try spritzing with cosmic shimmer and then scrunching . Its give some really interesting effects


  14. If this is stepping out of your comfort zone you should do it more often! Brillaint! Thanks for coming to play with us at Top Tip Tuesday for our Christmas challenge I hope you can come play again soon you can enter up to 3 times per challenge, hugs Samantha :0)

    Ps I have candy on my blog too!

  15. What a lovely card! Everything is perfect on it! Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons! xx Bianca

  16. So cute Jenny, wonderful flowers and so lovely image!

    Thank you for playing with us at Deep Ocean, i hope to see you again!

    Hugs, Franz.

  17. Whatever style you are working with, you make it look awesome Jenny! and this one is no exception, the image is gorgeous in the mono chromatic colous and the flowers are amazing, it looks like your comfort zone has got that little bit bigger!! :)


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