Monday, 16 May 2016

Baby Card (Keepsake), Clothes Line, Female

I haven't made a card like this in a long time...
and to be honest I am in no hurry to do it again.
No hurry whatsoever...

It started off simply enough...  A request for a baby card that would be kept for a very long time.  And... well...  

You see baby cards aren't really something I have ever made before so I had to do a spot of online shopping.
See my washing line?
Beautiful stamp.  I love it.
And those super cute tiny buttons that I glued on?  They were bought especially for this project too, you know!

What can you do with a clothes line/washing line to stop it from simply floating in mid air that doesn't look plain ugly AND doesn't detract from the focal image of the tiny baby clothes on the line?
(I thought about that one for quite a while...)  
I did have to wait for the stamp to arrive, you know!

 FINALLY, I made a decision I thought I was happy with.
My 'Never Before Used Schtuff' Poppystamps frame paired with my much loved birch tree stencil.

It went downhill from there...

I could continue to elaborate in excruciating detail...  (maybe then you would feel my pain?)...  but suffice it to say that EVERY SINGLE TIME I thought I was finished and finally happy with this card I would look at it the following day and realise that there was something still not quite right with it.

This was a soul destroying card to make if ever there was one...

So I've added bits and I've taken bits away... and I've stamped bits and I've taken them away...  and I've given up all pretence of this being CAS in any form whatsoever...  
And I've painstakingly cut out and glued on each individual peg for added dimension as it didn't look right without me doing that...   and I've smooshed on Gesso and lifted up edges to distress them as it looked too neat...

Are you getting my point yet?
Please tell me you understand my pain.  Seriously please.
I can't be the only one who lacks enough common sense to simply call it a day and start over, can I?

I really hated this card at one point...
Now it's been salvaged from 'I'm seriously contemplating throwing you straight in the bin' to 'I like parts of it but I'm still not sure'.

Maybe one day I'll revisit it with a CAS makeover!

This is my second baby card out of three that I will be posting online.
I made it for mum rather than baby.  Kind of obvious, hey?

Supplies Used:

Lili Of The Valley 'Babies Companion'

Poppystamps 'Leafy Frame'
Memory Box 'Fancy Blossoms'
Memory Box 'Tall Birch'
Impression Obsession 'Bird House' Set
Spellbinders/Nestabilities A2 Card Creator 'Distressed Edges'
Papertrey Ink 'Wet Paint Alphabet' (Upper)
Tim Holtz/Sizzix (Thinlits) 'Tiny Tattered Florals'

Martha Stewart 'Branch'

Stazon 'Timber Brown'
Memento 'Expresso Truffle'
Tim Holtz Distress Marker 'Pumice Stone'
Tim Holtz Distress Marker 'Old Paper'
Ranger 'Perfect Medium' Embossing Ink

Creative Expressions 'Birch Tree'

Embossing Powder:
Stampendous 'Detail Silver'

Gesso (White)
Silver Thread
Baby Charm
Micro Buttons

Challenges I'm Entering...

(Snippets of Watercolour card...  plus white/green card and vellum) 

  'Anything Goes' 

'No Design Paper'

Week #363  'Vintage'

Country View Challenges
'Use a Stencil'

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit...

Donna. x


  1. Oh yeah, sure Donna . . . we've all been there, and we feel your pain. I was there with you I think . . . and I managed to salvage the card . . . but not before I had seriously considered lobbing it out of the window, never mind the bin!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

    1. 'Salvage the card'... Now that's spot on for me!!!
      Have a good week. X

  2. Yes, I understand, been there done that! Donna you ended up with a beautifully layered baby card , love the edges!

    1. I have to agree with you, Marybeth... The edges are one of the best bits!!!
      Take care :)

  3. What a shame you didn't enjoy making this card I think it's fantastic. I would never have thought of making a baby card in this style it's so different and really I think it looks amazing. Love love love it!

    And to answer your question it's a big "yes" from me. I've been there many times.... Barbxx

    1. Thank you, Barb.
      I may have mentioned this to you before, but I always try and console myself with a 'at least if I make this again it will be quicker next time'. This one just took a lot of effort to come together... But at least it's not just me!
      Have a lovely week. X

  4. Well, it might have been a soul destroying card for you to make Donna my sweet friend, But, seriously, WOW! All those fabulous little details look fiddly, but beautiful. You have created a miniature work of art that I am sure that whoever requested it will be over the moon, not to mention the recipient! Have a wonderful week! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

    1. Thank you, my very kind friend :)
      Have you started packing prep yet?
      Donna. X

  5. Well after all that it sure is a beautiful creation! Well done! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘NO DESIGNER PAPER’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

    1. Thank you, Darlene.
      It's very kind of you to stop by again :)

  6. Hooo Donna, I feel for you!!! been there twice this month lol.. so not happy with the makes..but no time to make another...
    Well I think your card is lovely, so stop beating yourself up.. my dear friend..
    Hugs Pam x

    1. Hugs appreciated, my lovely friend :)
      Thank you...

  7. I can see all the hard work you put into this Donna. Lots of wonderful elements that I imagine were so picky to work with. Too bad you are not over-the-top excited after all your hard work. Have been there many times myself. I'm stubborn, so sometimes I just can't let a project go. Once it gets to the point of no fun, I have to let it go ... for my own sanity.

    No matter how you feel about your card, the recipient is going to love it. That clothesline and tiny baby clothes are so adorable. xx

    1. Thank you, Loll.
      I think that if I hadn't been on a strict time frame I might well have abandoned this into my 'half done, need some time before I come back to it to see what I can do' pile. I have several such projects like that, all waiting patiently for me.
      I guess we probably all do...
      It's rare for me to be really please with how a card turns out... but it happens sometimes!
      Thanks for your kind words...

  8. Gosh Donna, what a stunning end result! I feel your pain in the journey but it's absolutely beautiful with so much perfect detail! My Ellie the elephant was much easier :)

    Quick stop by from me as am catching up on the Playground.


    Di xx

    1. Thank you, Di.
      Your Ellie sure is cute :)

  9. I;ve been there too. There is so much that I made and ended up in the bin. BUt I guess we are all too hard on ourselves. I think your card is a gem. You sure have a unique style and a great eye for details. Do what you like and what suits you best. There is never a MUST; creating must be fun and a chance to relax. You have enough on your plate so please remember that it's about having fun...X

    1. Thank you, Stella.
      I try to salvage what I can! From the comments I've read it seems we are all similarly made in some ways. Maybe it's part of the creative process!!!

  10. Ohhhhh, I have been in the same place. I think I have actually threatened a card or two that if they don't start to cooperate they were being tossed into the fireplace!! Lol. It did come out fabulous though! Great job!

    Thanks for playing along with our "no designer paper" challenge.

    Have a great day,

    1. Threatened with fire??? I like the sound of that!
      Thanks for stopping by...
      Donna :)

  11. I feel your pain, Donna! Sometimes I have to just make myself STOP! It's not easy, but needs to be done. Sometimes anyway! This turned out fantastic though! It is a treasure! And I think it will be one of a kind!

  12. oh no, don't toss it! It's wonderful Donna! I've had this happen too. Walk away and come back so many times I lose track. hehe I love how you used the poppy die with the clothesline...both a whimsical style... sweet as can be! love it!

    1. i had a feeling you would understand!
      Thank you, Pam... X

  13. Great design and card. Thank you for sharing with us at The Sisterhood of Crafters.

  14. It's a really great creation Donna and such patience to cut out those tiny images, many thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    I have some Tattered Lace candy here

    B x

    1. Hello Brenda.
      Thanks for stopping by :)
      I appreciate your kind words...

  15. I do so feel your pain, have been there so many times, but I have to say, I admire how you have come up with a beautiful card with such unusual elements for a baby card, it's utterly awesome! xxx

    1. Thank you, Lesley.
      I'm a nature inspired girl at heart, so I guess my inspiration came from that :)

  16. Glad you persevered with your lovely card

    Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month


  17. great make - wonderful - love it -thanks for joining us at Country view challenges this month and good luck! Hugs rachel x

  18. By looking at this card, I can't tell that you strugeled with it. It's beautiful and totally different from all others baby cards I have seen. Thank you for sharing your wonderful card with us at Stamping Sensation.
    Eret x

    1. Thank you for your very kind words, Eret :)