Wednesday, April 22, 2015

PTI Make it Monday Challenge #209

Hi there friends. Yes, a second post this week - wow! Right?
More on what I'm up to later in this post but you're here for the challenge card, right?
Okay so this week's Make it Monday challenge on the Papertrey Ink blog was to use white on white die cuts with a pop of color. I haven't been participating of late and this looked like a fun one to jump back in so here's what I came up with.
I loved all the beautiful samples that were in the video. I gave it a little thought a rifled through my Papertrey stamps and dies and decided on using the Button Stacks and Wet Paint dies. I tried out the Bitty Button Stacks too but finally opted to leave those out. I had all my diecuts and decided my splash of color would be in the sentiment and then realized I wanted to use a little embroidery thread to tie up those buttons. I did try white but it wasn't workin for me so I went with a blushy pink thread. I spent a lot of time trying various ways of lining up those buttons. I liked this version the best - it reminds me of a quilt or maybe lace?  I should confess I really wanted something that said Baby for the sentiment - doesn't it kinda look like a baby blanket? :-) I might make it again if I can come up with a good alternative to make a baby card.
I don't know about you - if you participated - but this was a tough card to photograph!
So now onto the why I'm not blogging so much of late.
I'm a purging stuff. Great amounts of stuff. And while it's taking me away from things like blogging, it sure feels good. I'm making great progress so I don't wanna stop. Well I do have to stop occasionally. The house needs tending and the family needs feeding and we need clean laundry blah blah blah.  I even got together with some dear friends and we had a little sale of our stuff a couple of weekends ago. While I didn't sell a ton, I did sell some and then the rest I donated to a local shop and that was really great. (It didn't come back in my house and went to a most worthy cause - win/win).

All this purging - and I should be specific - it's craft room purging I'm talking about - is very freeing. I have been bogged down way too long with a lot of stuff I'm never going to use. Lots of guilt there. Guilt that I shouldn't get rid of stuff I spent good money on, guilt that I am getting rid of something someone gave me. Oh the guilt. I could write a book. And I finally said to myself - it's wearing you down. The room is a mess. I spend too much time organizing it and reorganizing it - time I could better spend drawing and making cards and scrapbooking. And I am almost done. And it feels wonderful. And it's clean... well almost. But heck the floor is clear! And that my friends is kinda amazing. So thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your visits and your comments. And if you're not commenting - please do - I love hearing what you have to say - what you're making etc. Okay?

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love your card - I wouldn't have thought of the button dies, although they're one of my faves. Excellent work on the purging - Im in the same boat except my trip down that river hasn't gotten started yet! Good inspiration though.

artful-notions said...

Definitely a quilty, lacy feel, and I LOVE your layout! Used the buttons too, and did a different route, but loving your inspiration! Enjoy the cleaning, always nice to 'lighten up'!

Tara said...

Beautiful card! Love that you used a lot do die cuts! Enjoy your purging- it's good for the soul. Maybe you can ease your guilt by donating those supplies to a hospital or a shelter.

Bonnie Turpin said...

Wow! This is spectacular! The ties on you button die cuts remind me of a cozy quilt.

lainey said...

Oh, I like this!! What a great way to use Button Stacks! I'll have to remember this idea.

carol (krillsister) said...

Awesome card. Love the die you chose. Perfect.

Maxine D said...

What a wonderful card Tracy - love the subtle pop of colour!
I gave away a 'gunna' pile earlier in the week and gave myself some more desk space. (I was always gunna use it, now my neighbour will!)
Blessings
Maxine

lexi said...

very cool and pretty card - i love all those buttons, and the blushy pink thread - fabulous white on white! thanks for playing!! sorry for the additional photography challenge, though, haha!

Marcia HIll said...

Ohhhhhhh...I love this! Soft, simple and oh so sweet! Perfect take on this challenge!! :0)

June Houck said...

This card is STUNNING! All those little knots on the flowers; what a lot of work, but the result is incredible.
Yay for clean floors and an *almost* finished craft room purge.

Maria said...

Very pretty card!!!

Sandy S. said...

I love, love, love everything about this card, and your photo came out great!

I echo everything you said about purging. I'm doing it on a small scale, now, myself.

Kathy Mc said...

Tracy, your card is very pretty and does portray that lacy look. I, too, am busy purging because we're having new flooring installed throughout our house. Even though it's lots of work, it's definitely a great feeling.

Keri said...

Such a pretty card! Great attention to detail...tying all of those little knots must have taken some time. :)

Linda said...

Stunning card. Beautiful

Joyously Noelle said...

What a lovely card! I thought it was very hard to photograph this type of card too. Especially on a rainy day =)