Thursday, September 30, 2010

Second-Hand Rose

Today I've been looking at other artists' blogs and admiring their creations. I realize that my "art" all too often imitates life, and I wonder if that's something unique to me, or if everyone feels that way, at least some of the time. I so admire those little masterpieces with the perfect colors and the just-right embellishments. I'm sure their creators are the same people whose outfits and accessories always inspire second looks and sounds of appreciation. I so want my cards, like I want myself, to be an "Uptown Girl," but we both just sort of end up being a "Second-Hand Rose." Is there hope? Can it be learned through repetition and attempted duplication? It's what I'm working toward.

How I wish I knew how to add more embellishments to this card; I envisioned something "luscious", like a wedding cake. The card is lighter lavender than it appears: the front was cut horizontally, the sentiment stamped on the inside, and the top and bottom of the front are held together by a strip of acetate, creating a "window" to view the sentiment. Most of my papers and embellishments have been in my craft room, just waiting to be of service, so I rarely know the company they came from. As simple as this card is, though, it still fits a few challenges.

Oh Alice                            window or hole
Challenge Up Your Life      lace and pearls
The Shabby Tea Room       pearls and pastels
City Crafter                       flowers and frills
Easy Craft Projects            purple


Debbie said...

What a pretty card ... I especially love the lace & pearls! Thanks for sharing with us in the Tea Room :)

Cheryl Nelson said...

so lovely! love, love, love the pearls! Thank you for joining us at CCCB!

Manuela said...

I LOVE this card, it's sooo adorable! I like the pearls you've used and the lace is wonderful!

Thanks so much for playing with us at Challenge up your Life!


Lynne said...

I love this card. So soft and pretty.
And, yes I sure we all take inspiration from other blogs. I know I do.Lol.
Lynne xxx

cbuswell said...

very pretty, Thanks for joining us at The Shabby Tea Room this week! : )

Ros said...

Such a beautiful card for this weeks challenge ... Thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB hope to see you again

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

So soft and pretty, love the lace on the pink gingham, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

stempelhexe said...

Eine schlichte, aber dadurch sehr edle Karte.


Nicole said...

Pretty card - love the soft colors! Thanks for playing along with us at TSTR! :)

Linda Robinson said...

What a pretty card.. I just love that lace... Thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

Sandy Ang said...

Your card is just perfect as-is !