Ugly Cards

First off - have you SEEN The Cat's Pajamas website redesign????? Oh by gosh by golly it is SOOOOO cool - and the new stamps are fabulous - you've got to go check them out. There are even 3 clear sets so you can get more of the stamps you love without hurting your pocketbook! Hurry up, go check it out now - I'm just posting ugly cards today so you won't miss anything if you get sucked in and forget to come back!

Okay, since you asked for it here are the two ugly cards I mentioned yesterday. The first card was for this week's CPS sketch and I was in one of those stamping outside my normal comfort zone moods. Usually I should just steer clear when I'm in those moods, because things end up a little wonky.

So the photo above is what the card looked like after I finished it the first time. Kind of bizarre, right? I had this grand vision in my head, but then it just didn't come together like I thought it would. I'm pretty sure this card is currently setting off metal detectors within a 100 mile radius of my house, there are so many brads on it! After I finished it, I set it aside to see if I'd like it any better the next day. No luck, it still looked ugly in the morning so I got out my bottle of Undu, ripped off the entire panel and reglued the other direction and changed the direction of the sentiment piece. So here's what it looks like now. Still not fabulous - in my opinon, the two cards are equal parts ugly.

The next "ugly" card has been sitting on my desk for 2 weeks. I started out trying to make a "quick" card, and then I just kept messing with it and nothing ever worked out right. I don't remember now, but I think this was a sketch from somewhere. I really like the layout, but the card just isn't speaking to me. It just feels like it's missing something. Okey dokey peeps. That's all for today. If you're still reading and you haven't checked out The Cat's Pajamas yet, what are you waiting for????

Remember, today's the last day to get your entries in for my 75K Card Sketch Contest. Time is ticking... you've got until 10PM Mountain time tonight!

CPS Sketch Supplies:
Stamps: Fancy Florals
Paper: Real Red, Soft Sky Prints
Ink: Real Red, Soft Sky
Accessories, Giga Scallop Circle Punch, Creative Memories Circle Cutter, silver brads, pop dots, Stardust Stickles

Hero Arts Bird Supplies:
Stamps: Hero Arts Bird, Papertrey Ink Faux Ribbons
Paper: Memory Box Echo Collection, Night of Navy
Accessories: Hodgepodge Hardware, White Glaze Pen, ribbon

28 comments

  1. What are you doing posting at 2 AM...you trying to take over for me? Ha ha! I love your cards esp. the birdie one. Now I am off to TCP (even though I have been there several times this week!)...

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  2. You silly, silly girl, whatever are you talking about? Those cards are CUTE! Have a happy Peep! :)

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  3. You need glasses! These are adorable! ugly cards... peeesha!

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  4. These cards are great - you are crazy! Some of my best cards don't look as good as your "ugly" cards... *sigh*

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  5. Hmmmmm. . . I can't, for the life of me, figure out what's WRONG with any of those cards! Yes, I can see they are "different" for YOU, but I think they're all great cards! Isn't it funny how when you make something "out of your comfort zone" you never like it? But just think about all of the people whose style it IS and they LOVE it! :)

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  6. Okay, the first one isn't really my thing...(but I don't necessarily think it is ugly...) The second card is just adorable! I love the colors and the little birdie is soooo cute!

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  7. OK, the cards aren't THAT bad, so don't beat yourself up! I actually like the bird one, but would remove the ribbon, bring the bird & hardware panel down, and maybe retie a bit of ribbon on the edge of the hardware. Just a thought. But thanks for showing us cards that you're not happy with!

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  8. Funny, because I saw your cards first and thought they were adorable, especially the CPS one. Then I read your post. You know that people love the cards that we don't.

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  9. There you go again.....there is nothing wrong with your cards. I love the bird. I also did go visit The Cats Pajamas new site and it is awesome..thank you for the reminder:)

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  10. I don't think you are capable of making ugly cards! These are perfectly adorable! I think I can fit both being sucked in by your cards, and by the new CP stamps into my long weekend Friday!

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  11. These are sooo not ugly, you dork!

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  12. HEY! I *LIKE* the bird card!!!!!!

    The other card would be better with like half the brads, but the design and the colors ROCK!

    And I had already been to Cat's PJ's and placed my order for all 3 sets of clear stamps..... THOSE PENGUINS ARE SOOOOOO adorable!!!!!!!

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  13. Lots of BRADS...but NO..these are not UGLY cards either..you are being hard on yourself.
    Cute cards.

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  14. I do love your cards! I think we are all hard on ourself sometime. Our ugly are rarely that ugly for someone else! You do great!

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  15. You are so funny! I think we're all our own worst critic. They are not bad at all. Happy Friday.

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  16. Huh! I wish my good cards turned out this *bad*!! :D

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  17. No way!! None are ugly!! But if you want to get rid of them...I'll send you my address.

    Fran made a gorgeous card with your new stamp set here:
    http://stampersblog.franticstampers.com/

    Have a wonderful day!

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  18. Oh you couldn't make an ugly card with your eyes closed woman!! Don't try to fool us!! We know better!! *wink*

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  19. There are no ugly cards! I think that way about some of mine too, and then someone buys it. ha ha! I like the recreation on the cps card, but you are more daring than I. I like to hoard my brads! ;) The birdie is too cute!

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  20. Hi Julee!
    I had so much fun with the first card I decided to make another. You can check it out on my blog;

    http://malieta-lifessimplepleasures.blogspot.com/

    Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day Weekend!
    Malieta:)

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  21. Well this is just darling!! I wish the Hero Arts stamps were easier to find locally. Although thank goodness for the internet!

    ~Tex

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  22. I really like the tall skinny one-it reminded me of a funky purse I had back in the late 60's. Crocheted and really cute.

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  23. Silly girl. Those cards are NOT ugly.

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  24. You call these ugly? Puh-lease... :)

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  25. UGLY card??? OMG, I love this card. It is one of the favorites I have seen in a long time doing the little birdie thing. I ADORE that card. If you don't want it send it to me and I will frame it LOL!

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  26. What are you talking about girl,you could never make an ugly card!! They're beautiful!!

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  27. Ugly card? Now way! They look fabulous. I wish I could make "ugly" card like you do. . .:)

    I really love all the brads on the first card and both orientations are great. The card must be heavy! It looks fabulous nonetheless.

    I love the paper and Hodge Podge hardware on your second card. Very pretty card.

    Please share more "ugly" cards with us!

    Maria

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