Sunday, 7 April 2013

Over Challenged


What a day! I did all my commenting for 'my' challenges (CASology, Muse, OLW, CAS(E) This Sketch) in the early afternoon, leaving lots of time to make a card for MASKerade today. When I got up to my craft room, I had "challenge paralysis"! There were so many of my favourites floating around in my brain - Fusion, Festive Friday, CASual Friday, Less Is More. And I couldn't move. 

I  know that for many of you that would all come together nicely (maybe not the two colour challenges) and you would come up with a super all-in-one challenge card. Sometimes it even works for me! But not this time.

My husband and kids made dinner (home made calzones - YUMMY!) and got everything ready while I filled up my recycling bin. I finally came down for dinner, resigned that I didn't have anything.

Then I looked at my fridge (specifically, the Lego magnets, all in almost-rainbow order - who me, OCD? lol!):


All thoughts of challenges flew away and I settled into the familiar Ardyth terrain of a rainbow. A Lego rainbow.

So Michael and the kids ended up cleaning up after dinner, so I could dash upstairs and get my idea down on paper (aren't they great?!). But I still had to drag out some lamps to take the photo since the natural light was pretty much gone for the day.

I used a Papertrey dot stamp (Polka Dot Basics?) and a Just Rite sentiment. Glossy accents for shine and texture (still wet in the photo!).

25 comments:

Barb Ghig said...

I'm still picking my jaw up off the desk...Lego's? You are AMAZING, Ardyth...Honestly! Your card is so fun and bright, and just plain FABULOUS!!!

Michelle Lupton said...

That is just SO COOL!! I wish I could translate ideas into fabulous cards the way you do!!

Michelle said...

Love it! Great use of the inspiration. ;-)

Cathy said...

Fantastic card, great inspiration! :) Cathy

Lynn said...

Oh goodness...the end result is fabulous!

Dotty Jo said...

Amazing, and doesn't inspiration pop up where you least expect it! Jo x

Kim M said...

That's a great card and story behind it, Ardyth! You know I was sure I was a follower of your blog already but when I went to look for you on my blog list you weren't there! Well, now I'm a follower. :-). Love your work by the way!

Happy Dance said...

Wicked cool. Bright, happy and fun. You should go to your refrigerator more often for inspiration...not that you really need it! Love that stamp set and the way you use it. Brilliant! Bev

Jessi Fogan said...

*LOVE* this! The shine is awesome, and I seriously love me some rainbow. I'm nearly as much in love with the LEGO magnets - I have GOT to make some! (Except how I'll manage to steal the LEGO away from the kids, I'm not sure...lol!)

shirley-bee said...

Lego was never so tidy in our house! I can still hear the noise as the kids scrambled and scraped their way through the box looking for that a single hiding at the bottom!

Love the added Glossy Accents on that OCD rainbow! And big thumbs up to your very well-trained family for stepping in.

Karen M said...

Love it, Ardath. The colours are fab, so simply done & yet so effective. Imagine, Lego for inspiration!. Kx

Tracey McNeely said...

Really fabulous Ardyth, and I think I need to CASE it. Isn't it funny how something hits you once your brain relaxes and off to the races again! Happy Sunday!

mypapercraftworld said...

I'm going to look at the fridge later and see if it talks to me like yours does! I love rainbow colours and love lego (oops, really meant to put loved lego) so I LOVE this! Can I borrow your family for a short while?? Anita :)

Geri said...

The shine makes this design rock! Obviously your nojo turned into a mojo the second the ping hit! Fabulous idea!

joy said...

Fab-u-lous!!

Bobby said...

Come together nicely? That rarely happens for me. So glad you found your inspiration but it must have take you as long to do as it did to think of it. A lot of work went into it and it shows. :)

Brandi said...

Oh my this is so cute! It looks like little pieces of candy!

Aileen said...

Your rainbow circles are a lot of fun. Love your inspiration. x

fun stamping said...

Brilliant - so imaginative, what a fun inspiration those Legos gave you!

Jenny said...

Those shiny dots just make me smile and want to reach out and touch them!! Awesome card as usual :0)
Jenny x

cm said...

Lego fridge magnets as inspiration for what becomes a fantabulous card? LOVE the 'plot' and especially the result! The parts where your husband and kids make dinner and clean up - awesome! My fridge has Hoops and Yoyo magnets (the silly little critters) so perhaps the 'message' is for pink and green...thinking, thinking!
Thank you SO MUCH for commenting on my posts as well as all the others (that must be nearly a full time job in and of itself!). Your comments are valued, as is your creative genius!
c

Kim Heggins said...

ok, I want your frig now! This is just an amazing card, so clever and extremely creative!

Jen W. said...

What awesome magnets and brilliant inspiration!

Gabby said...

GREAT card! Reminds me of rows of gumballs. :D And ... proving once again, sometimes when you are least inspired, just open your eyes to what's around you, huh? I tend to get inspired by tissue boxes. Hee!

Kelly Griglione said...

So much about this I love ... your story behind it, the fact that your family made and cleaned dinner so you could craft, that you have Legos on your fridge, and well, of course, your card! Again, I feel the need to run my fingers across your card!