Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches: Happy Fall

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Cindy Hall.


I had these fall trees on my desk that were calling my name so I changed the sketch a little bit by changing the larger rectangle to a vertical panel.  Of course, I'm realizing as I am typing this that I could have left the panel horizontal and stamped an entire forest of fall trees! Everything is so clear in hindsight!

Happy Fall

This card actually gave me more trouble than I care to admit. I'll never understand it - sometimes I sit down and everything works. I'm not necessarily talking about quick and easy - just that the stamps are exactly what I want, the paper fits, the dies are the right size, the colors come together easily. For this card, I knew what stamps that I wanted (although I am feeling like the sentiment is a little small). I love the small stitched panels. But I can hardly tell you how long it took to get the backgrounds. I started with white - I tried three different stencils with embossing paste - nope. I tried multiple embossing folders - nope. Then I thought the white might be wrong - so I pulled out Crumb Cake and Tangelo Twist and Crushed Curry and Early Espresso and tried every possible arrangement of them. There is no doubt in my mind that there is some better arrangement that what you see above - but at some point, I MUST learn to LET GO!!  Sadly, the more I struggle, the more that I tend not to love the end result.  Am I the only one that agonizes over what should be a fun and relaxing hobby?!  

I hope to see you playing along - and I wish for you a fun and relaxing time!

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19 comments:

Linda Callahan said...

Yep I feel your pain......trying one thing after another and nothing seems to work! But your final result is beautiful! I love all the stitched panels too! Perfect fall card!

Stampingcountry said...

Gorgeous fall card! Such happy colors and fun patterns!

cm said...

I suspect I'm the queen of agonizing over this hobby, Kim...especially when it comes to taking photos! We have zero natural light and I just don't have the *desire* to buy/set up a light box, given how small our space is. So...my sometimes pretty cards wind up looking 'meh' - which is frustrating, especially when I think I've done something to be proud of. Oh well...buying lottery tickets! Maybe we'll win and we can buy a house! Fingers crossed! Anyway...I think your card is charming! Love the tree, love that it's slightly off the panel, love the background, stitching and sentiment. I think the math is clear: love it!
~c

snappy scrappy said...

I think this is beautiful-you rock!

Shannon McComb said...

This is beautiful! I love your fall colors!:)

Jen Mitchell said...

No, you are not the only one who agonizes over this fun and relaxing hobby! Sometimes ideas and execution come together effortlessly and sometimes they do not. I don't know why but I just know that I have to accept it! But you can rest easy knowing that this card is perfect. The background looks great and the sentiment is not too small! It's a great card!

HJ said...

Awesome card. Sorry it caused you so much trouble. But sometimes that is how it works out. The result is beautiful. Perhaps it is not as you had planned but no one knows but you. Thanks for telling us about all the effort that went into it. I'm sure we've all been there, done that.

Lisa said...

Pretty clean design Kim!!

Flo said...

Most of us, I think, agonize over the results, esp. if the inspiration or mood doesn't exist at the time you're making a card. But suffice it to say, although we belabor it, the results are the best we can do at the time, and just need to accept it.
I love the card, except maybe the tree that appears cut off...
Your color coordination is beautiful, and the overall effect, elegant. :-)

Mary Walker said...

I haven't been making cards for very long, but I think it's lovely--everything about it!

Deepti said...

Beautiful! Love the dotty tree :)

Karren said...

Beautiful card with so much interest and texture! I'm loving that quilted die. And I'll also put my hand up and admit to agonising over this hobby more than I should.

Amy O said...

Beautiful card, Kim! I love the textured background and that fabulous tree. And there are some days where I can't decide how to arrange a card before I sit down to make it and I just can't even face the creative struggle that I know will come, so I end up doing nothing. It's hard to just let go sometimes.

Celeste Goff said...

Wow, what gorgeous cards!!!

Jen Brum said...

This is so gorgeous Kim! I absolutely love it! I love that tree and the fun sequins and that background! Amazing!

Narelle Farrugia said...

This is just wonderful! All that white space with those fall colours are a wonderful combination!

Amie Kiger (Kigz) said...

Oh my goodness, those dies are fantastic! I love how you made use of the quilted background! Beautiful! :)

Cindy Lovell said...

I think this card is perfect,Kim!!! Even though it wasn't easy putting it together it truly doesn't look like it!! I love the background,the beautiful tree and the stitched panels!!!

Jen Timko said...

So hard to believe that there was a second of doubt in your mind over this. Just goes to show that we are our own worst critics. I love the textures, your panel arrangement and that lovely white space!