Saturday, February 4, 2012

Coulda and Shoulda


A nod,
a bow,
and a tip of the lid
to the person
who coulda
and shoulda
and did.
~Robert Brault
"A Poem Missing the Word Woulda"

My husband asked me if I was going to make cards for the magazines today. He thought I should keep at it because I was bummed that I worked so hard last time and didn't get anything picked up. Then he took the boys and came back a couple hours later and asked how things went, with the whole card making business because obviously, I hadn't cleaned any of the house. I told him with a thankful note in my voice that yes indeed, I did make a few cards. He's a good one to keep around a few more years.


Towards the end there, my individual creativity was running out so I turned to a few challenges to help jump start it again. Young Crafters Unite has a great sketch, and Market Streets Stamps Paint the Town Color Challenge was too irresistible to pass up.

Supplies:
Cardstock: (So Saffron) SU, (Vintage Cream) PTI, (Gray) Bazzill
Patterned Paper: (Farmhouse Collection) October Afternoon
Stamps: (Cane, Vintage Notepad, Faith In You) Market Street Stamps
Ink: (Really Rust, So Saffron Pigment) SU, (Vintage Photo Distress) Ranger
Embellishments: (Sticker Bird from Farmhouse Collection) October Afternoon, (Natural Burlap String) May Arts

31 comments:

  1. Wow, your husband is the best - definitely keep him around for a while longer :) I love this card Karen, the colours are lovely and your colouring of the bird is gorgeous. Best of luck with the submissions.

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  2. HOw sweet is that husband of yours! If this beautiful one is any indication, wowser, beautiful stuff!

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  3. Karen, quite possibly my favorite designer, you are amazing at this card stuff. I so happy you submitted some cards. Since we last emailed I submitted another one, but I'm all tapped out. I find the process exhausting. So sweet of your hubby to be supportive of your passion (and to take the boys out to give you time to actually work on it). This card is gorgeous. The image, your coloring, the deep orange scroll banner...just beautiful. And your new blog header is too!!! It's so YOU :)

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  4. you've got a sweet hubby there! =) love the colors you used and such a pretty card. love it! hope you have a beautiful weekend! =)

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  5. Your hubby and my hubby are very similar....He wanted me to submit some cards too!!! Isn't it great when the hubby supports our hobbies.....lol?! Love this awesome card by the way and good luck on your cards....I know you will get cards in this Mag for sure....you rock sis!!!

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  6. Definitely a keeper! I hope this latest batch works out better for you- good luck!

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  7. What a wonderful husband. That has got to be the sweetest thing that he did! You are so lucky! This card is so pretty. You always do a fantastic job incorporating the bird images.

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  8. Love the new blog header, fabulous card and if the mags don't pick up your cards at least you know you are a winner in your fam.

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  9. absolutely beautiful card Karen. I can't believe they didn't pick you up as I love everything you create.

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  10. Awww! He's definitely a keeper! :) and your card is gorgeous. I recognized the MSS background stamps right away.

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  11. Wow, that quite possibly is one of the best supportive hubs out there...He needs to give out some lessons! ha!

    Your card is amazing and I am glad you submitted. I keep saying one of these days I will give it a shot, but working on commissioned stuff right now that is going to take up lots and lots of time. Big order which I am happy about, but need more hours in the day!

    Keep on inspiring and I love love your new blog header! It for sure fits you perfectly!

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  12. Great card, delicious new header & best of all- love & support of your family! Good for you for getting back on the horse! :D

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  13. so pretty...totally love that fun bird and sentiment..

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  14. Auuww...your husband is the best - definitely keep him a little longer... I Adore this card Karen.. the colours are lovely and your colouring of the bird is gorgeous...[always] Good luck with the submission...hugs...xoxo

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  15. aw, now that is love. he deserves a cookie {that is the reward in our house. ha}.

    just one sweet card. i love your design, your paper and that little birdie just finishes it perfectly.

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  16. gorgeous, karen! send in one of frameable your bird cards, if they don't pick it up--shame on them!

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  17. So sweet when they realize we need time to create. This card is gorgeous and I love how you changed your banner. Absolutely gorgeous.

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  18. OH MY GOODNESS! This card is PURE perfection! I absolutely LOVE it! Great card, Karen!

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  19. My husband is like that too. We are both very lucky :) Love your card!

    Cassandra
    www.Ctimz3.blogspot.com

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  20. Awww your husband sounds so understanding, he obviously realises your crafting time is a relaxation for you :0)
    Such a beautiful rustic card, love the little notch cut from the side :0)
    Thank you for reminding me about CASual Fridays, I totally didn't realise even though I had made the movie link in my post!!
    Jenny x

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  21. I love your poem, your card, and most importantly, the story about your husband. He's a keeper! (I'm lucky with the same kinda guy!!) Your card is indeed 'well done'. It is so sweet. Have a great rest of the day.

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  22. Your hubby is a keeper! I'm glad you are keeping at it with the magazine submissions; your cards are always an inspiration to me. And I love your new blog header!

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  23. Ohhhh, I loove this card Karen! The colors, patterns and that bird! Fantastic!

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  24. Your hubby rocks:) yahoo for some crafty time!

    FAB card...love that bird....great take on the challenges. Have a super week!

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  25. gorgeous card, Karen. love the color and combination of the patterned paper. Your hubby is a keeper.

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  26. There is a sweet man (a keeper!) behind a talented and successful card-making wife! LOVE your bird card! I think you make the best bird cards really!

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  27. So pretty! I love the bird image you used.

    Your DH sounds like a sweetie!

    I just saw some red winged black birds in my yard. They are usually one of the first signs of spring around here (even before the robins). I wonder if they are lost or if spring is on its way. We have been really lucky with such a mild winter this year.

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  28. Such a pretty card! Thank you so much for joining our Young Crafters Unite challenge =)

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