Second Time is the Charm

Hi friends! Hope you enjoyed the cards I shared on Monday for the Hero Arts August My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. If you haven't hopped yet, click that link and hop away - there's a super giveaway for a lucky commenter along the hop. I sure am honored to have been able to play along with this release. Since I had been on vacation, I only had a few days to create prior to the hop and since it had been a while since I stamped, I was a little rusty.  Here is one of the cards that didn't make the cut for my post. I loved all the pieces and parts individually, but together something felt a little off. Kellan told me "all those weird edges and too much stuff make it look silly"! So there you have it, if you want an honest, unfiltered opinion, ask a 6 year old! Haha!


I thought it was an okay card, but the different colors of gold and brown competing bothered me and there wasn't a defined focus to the card, so the eye didn't know where to land. Whatever the "something off" was, yesterday I decided to take it apart and try to fix things. Here are the two cards I made from salvaging parts of this card.


For this card, I took off the cup and spoon image from the Spill the Tea stamp set. They had been stamped with Intense Black and colored with Arteza brush pens, before cutting with the coordinating Spill the Tea Frame Cuts. To help the colors blend, I added a hint of the vintage gold wax I used on the spoon to the tea in the cup and arranged the spoon so it was farther away.  The spoon and the roses on the cup are coated with that Crystal Clear Laquer Pen that I love.


I stamped the tea-rific sentiment from the Kit-Tea Stamp & Cut onto a doily die cut from a Havana collection notecard.  I added the pink shading with a soft pastel from a box I got for my birthday, then sponged with antique linen, tea dye and vintage pohoto distress oxide inks.  The background is pieced together entirely from scraps from the Havana collection, which I shaded with the soft pastels and sponged with antique linen distress oxide to give a cohesive look.  I finished with a wrinkled seam binding bow, some linen thread and a metal button accented with vintage gold wax.


The card I was left with once I removed the parts for this card had really good bones. I loved the Havana collection papers, the newsprint tag and the placement of the buttons. So I decided to just rework it as it was by changing out the sentiment and image with these from the Kit-Tea Stamp & Cut set. I paper pieced the cup the kitty is in with some Havana papers, then colored her with Copic markers, adding a little Crystal Clear Laquer Pen to her nose and eyes and cut with the coordinating die.  I added a little paper bow made with the small Pink & Main stitched bow die as accent and I was finished.


Thanks so much for stopping by today! And I hope if you find yourself not loving a piece you've created, you'll think about taking the time to rework it. It's definitely a great exercise in creativity and worth the effort.

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7 comments

  1. Very nice, I have done that taking it apart and changing it up but you did a better job than I would. thanks for sharing.

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  2. Love your beautiful cards, even the one you took apart, but you made two very nice cards with the parts. The kitten in the teacup is adorable. My friend would love that as she has two cats. TFS

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  3. Awesome do-overs! I am so thankful for do-overs of all kinds and also for the direct honesty of small children. :)

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  4. Your original card was great. It seemed inspired by something Tim Holtz would have made. Your do overs turned out nice too.

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  5. Love your son's comment! And the two from the original one are brilliant Julee
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  6. Love this - always glad to hear I'm not the only one who struggles LOL. Love the two you made from the one, they are fabulous!

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