Monday, 22 April 2013

Muse 14 - Evolution of a Birthday Card


For this week's Muse challenge. This week we have a Guest Muse! Here's Virginia's inspiration card:



An explanation may be in order. I loved the graphic flowers and the idea of the black sentiment inside a circle surrounded by colour. So I took it a step further and put each letter (Kelly Purkey Plain Jane) in its own  lifesaver-circle.

This idea did not come to me all at once - it evolved over time. It is much easier to see how Virginia's card inspired my first attempt at this challenge (Hero Arts sentiment). I have not shown you the 27 (I didn't actually count, but that's probably not far off) in-between steps that now fill my recycling bin!



30 comments:

Kelly Griglione said...

Love how you see things, and that you share it with us! Well of course, there IS black text surrounded by color. And that's exactly what you've done. In a perfectly "Ardyth" way! Twice! It's also nice to hear of someone else's recycle bin overflowing : ) Love your stickles around the edges on your second one. How on earth do you keep them from warping?!? They look razor sharp. Amazing.

Lynn said...

Oh wow! Love them both...and I understand completely that it evolves! I shared two cards for the same challenge in my posts yesterday and today :)

Happy Dance said...

My overflowing recycle bin went out to the curb this morning! These are beautiful Ardyth. I love them both, but your birthday card is a real stunning beauty. Simple, colorful, happy and fun! Just the kind I love. Bev : )

Virginia L. said...

LOVE both of your cards, Ardyth! It makes totally sense that you stamped the letter within the circles (the Happy Birthday card)! I absolutely love the fresh and crisp look. And that Mother's Day card is just delightful! You should just say that you got it for the FIRST try (LOL)! But yes, I hear ya, my recycle bin was overflowing after stamping that MUSE card :)

Joyce said...

Both your cards are beautiful. And, it is helpful and interesting to see your process. You are such a prolific maker of beautiful projects--it seems like it must be effortless for you.

Bobby said...

The first card is so YOU. Thank you for saying that you try many times before you end up with a final project you post. I don't usually scrap (recycle) cards because I don't put them together unless I'm satisfied with all the pieces first (and it helps that I'm not a stamper.

Violets Corner said...

Gorgeous cards Ardyth, love the designs of them both.

Warm hugs
Maarit

Deepti said...

Love both the cards, the second one is my favorite, even though u have used flowers in this, it still displays the geometry of ur designs :)I am inspired :)

Julia Aston said...

Two pretty designs with the circles of colors Ardyth! Sometimes it does take a long time to get a card design out - other times it practically falls together!

mypapercraftworld said...

Love them both, Ardyth ... amazing evolution! I'd loved to have seen the 27 in between ... it'd be a bit like one of those changing-a-word-into-another-word-in-small-steps games! Anita :)

Susan (rainy) said...

They are both fabulous CAS designs. And thanks for sharing your story of how the final one came to be... very creative and fun.

cm said...

I'll echo the others: beautiful cards, both! And most definitely "in the style of Ardyth" - bright, eye-catching, creative, colourful and, above all, delightful! I'm still trying to convince myself that 'colour kissed' stamps are okay! Not getting very far, hence all the fussy-cutting (plus, doing so has 'therapy value'). I so appreciate your warm comments on my blog; your words just add to my motivation to carry on. Thank you ever so much!
c

shirley-bee said...

I love how you made the giant leap (or several tiny steps!) from flowers to lifesavers!

Gabby said...

Great sparkly lifesaver circles to put the letters in. Looks awesome! Like the MD card, too. :)

Linda said...

both are beautiful cards! Love how you kept it CAS!

Sian Ridley said...

Both of these cards are show stoppers - I bet there are loads more in the recycling that really ought to have been debuted! :)

I love the way your mind works and how you always think out-of-the-box - it makes for fabulous cards :)

Aileen said...

Both are great interpretations of the inspiration card. Love the bold colours on both. x

joy said...

Love your clever lifesavers!! And, love knowing that you actually throw away some of your attempts while crafting!!

Barb said...

I love the way your brain works, Ardyth! Such wonderful interpretations of Virginia's beautiful card! :)

Geri said...

Your lifesaver letters are definitely some mighty fine eye candy!!!

You have captured a heart warming feeling with your Mother's Day card. Although the colors are similar (if not the same) as the lifesaver card, the presentation changes everything! Beautiful stickled border!

Kim Heggins said...

both of your cards are just so fun and sweet! I am in love with your Mother's Day card, just perfect!

Darnell J Knauss said...

A fantastic CASE of Virginia's MUSE card, Ardy - actually both of them are! It was very interesting to read the evolution and how your creative mind works!!

Gillian R said...

These are lovely Ardyth, love the little flowers in the second one

Jenny said...

No surprise I love them both, the floral wreath is soooo pretty but then the bold, graphic version is just as eye-catching :0)
Jenny x

ThePurplePlace said...

Well even though it may have taken a bit for you to come up with your card idea...it's fabulous -- but then again I think ALL your cards are wonderful little pieces of Art!!

Thanks for sharing and thanks so much for the kind comments you leave on my blog!!

Happy Crafting!!

Greta said...

2 happy cards! You're use of the MUSE inspiration is always so fun to see--very creative!

Pauline said...

Both cards are lovely :)

Jen W. said...

Both of these Re awesome! I love to see two such different cards come from the same inspiration. And ditto to what Kelly G said - how do you get your Stickles lines so crisp?

Neets B said...

These are both gorgeous, Ardyth. My personal favourite is the ring of flowers, but they are both very you and both stunning :)

Bonnie said...

Both are perfect, Ardyth!