Saturday, March 24, 2012

Refurbished Reject Squared ~

Hi there!  Long time, no post…I know.  I’ll just quit apologizing at this point!  Things have been busy-ish in these parts.  Hubby and I decided that taxes this year would be well spent on getting some long overdue new flooring for our home.  Seriously, our bedroom carpet and padding was original to the house, circa 1984!  Yuck!  So this past Wednesday, our entire top floor and stairwell was newly, freshly carpeted.  Do you know what kind of work that involves???  How about you imagine moving out of your home!  Yes, we’ve lived here for nearly 10 years and the bedrooms have become quite the catch all, especially the craft/tattoo room.  Hee, hee!  The installer even called on Monday to make sure that I was able to get things out of that room, he was that scared!  LOL  Add to the move out, I also needed to paint my son’s room – it was two shades of lime green, so I wanted to take the opportunity while we were on the subfloor to paint.  Ran into a few snags there, but it all turned out so very lovely!  I feel like I have a new house!  Smile  This upcoming Wednesday, we will be moving out of the downstairs portion of the house to get new laminate flooring.  I really like the look of wood, but 1. it’s too expensive and 2. requires too much up keep.  I’ll probably share pics here after it’s all said and done.  IDK, we’ve raised 5 puppies and 1 toddler on the carpet, so I don’t know if I want to show off that before nastiness!  lol  I’m taking this opportunity to complete a much needed deep cleaning at the same time and get rid of things that have been stashed away for entirely too much time.  It feels so good!
Ok, so onto my card.  When the quatrefoil coverplate die came out from PTI, I just had to make a card with it and submit it for publication…reject #1.
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I’m really gravitating towards the CAS style of card making…or trying to at least.  Winking smile  Kraft on kraft, simple score lines above and below the sentiment and a pretty Autumn Rose flower with felt leaves.  I loved it at the time, now I look at it and laugh.  CAS but way too simple.  After it was rejected, I got an email from an old coworker asking for a few birthday cards.  Bingo!  Now I get to re-do this!
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I decided the flower didn’t have enough dimension, so off it came.  I used a small stamp from the Mendhi Medallion set to add a little interest to the background.  More black was necessary, so I added a mat and embossed the sentiment.  The flowers and leaves are die cut, stamped and colored with coordinating Copics.  Lastly, I added a little Stickles (fruit punch).  I figured I could recreate this fairly easily if necessary, so I submitted this to the next call.  Rejected again!  Oh well!  My friend didn’t reject it!  She loved it and hopefully her MIL will love it too! Here are the challenges I’m entering this in:
iCopic #74: Flowers
ABC DT Challenges: Spring
Cute Card Thursday #209: Anything Goes
Let’s Ink It Up #21: Flowers
Papertake Weekly: tic tac toe  Die cuts, free, glitter
The Pink Elephant #140: Get Krafty!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a fantabulous weekend! ~lyss
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Oh yeah!  One more thing...I'm trying to sell the new/never been used Klik N Kut Zing machine with brand new Make the Cut software.  Click on my For Sale tab for more info and please direct anyone you know that may be interested here.  Thanks!!


SuzanneK said...
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SuzanneK said...

Both cards are gorgeous and the flowers equally beautiful. Thanks for taking part in our flowers challenge at LIIU, good luck. Hugz Suzanne

Maria said...

These are beautiful, I do love the top one as well as the bottom, and both very lovely flowers. Thanks for joining in with our challenge at LIIU, and good luck.

Maria x

Jill said...

wow they are both absolutely gorgeous love the die cut lattice thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

Susan Hogan said...

Rejects they are not - love the before an after story! Great use of black and the little touch inside the embossed shapes, and your copic flower is marvellous! Thanks for joining in the fun at LIIU this month.

Leigh Ann Baird said...

I bet you are worn out! When we were putting our first house up for sale, we got new carpet, painted, put wood flooring down in the dining room, etc. and the house looked so good I didn't want to sell it. It's amazing what a few touch ups/changes will do to a house and also to a card. Your cards make me want that quatrafoil die. I like your card both ways.

Tammy (LaDiva) said...

Beautiful cards!!! Thanks for sharing in Let’s Ink It Up’s *Show us your flowers* challenge and good luck !


Tammy, LIIU DT at Créations LaDiva :) xx

SnowflakeDreams1 said...

I love both cards. They are beautiful. I'm guessing you like it better after the changes. Thank you for sharing and joining in at LIIU. Hugs, Velma

Terri said...

I like them both but you are right the first one is to simple. Love the little images on the background of the second one. Really makes it pop. Sorry to hear it was rejected but it is their loss.

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Beautiful card!! Love the flower and textured background!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at ABC DT Challenge.

Barb said...

both cards are stunning. the flowers are perfect, but the kraft on kraft is my fave part. beautiful!

Sarah Bennett said...

Awesome cards! I love the great colors and texture. Thanks so much for joining us for the ABC DT Spring challenge!

Julie E said...

Your card is beautiful. The first one just looks flat because it does not have your amazing coloring on it ;>)