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Summer Card

This is a card I submitted for publication but sadly was not accepted. I have only submitted a few cards, so I have just barely gotten my feet wet. I struggle with the idea of submitting a bit, because sometimes with challenges or submissions, I feel like I am creating for what other people want and not so much for myself. My style seems so much more understated than a lot of others. But I've realized I really like my style, and I am committed to being a non-foofy stamper and card maker. If I never get published, I'm okay. My friends like what I make for them, and you are all so kind...So there. But it doesn't mean I won't keep trying :).

Nevertheless, I branched out a bit with this card, as I used some 3-D charms/beads that Jenn gave me. I LOVE the beach, and I miss it terribly. When I saw the call for summer cards, my brain said "beach", but I had a difficult time translating that into a meaningful card. I do like how this turned out, though. I roughed the edges with my fingernail a bit, then ran the edge of my white inkpad over them a la Pine. I love this color scheme, too--so soft and cool.

Paper: PTI White, Ocean Tides, Dark Chocolate, SU Kraft
Ink: PTI Fresh Snow, SU Chocolate Chip
Stamps: PTI Out On a Limb Sentiments, Polka Dot Basics
Other: SU silver cord, "summer" charms, dimensional tape
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  1. I think I probably inherited the 'foof' you left behind. :) Everyone eventually finds their own unique style and when you stop stamping to please yourself and stamp to please others you've lost the pleasure of it. I like this card, those beads are too cute, they remind me of summers we've spent at the beach and I can smell the salt air. I like the hint of white you gave the CS edges, its very nice.

  2. Cheryl - I love your cards! And like you, I'm committed to being 'non foofy' (or at least LESS foofy!) so I doubt I'll ever see my cards on the pages of a magazine. But thats OK, as long as the creative process still makes you happy, and you enjoy giving your creations to friends & family, isn't that really what is so rewarding?

  3. I think your card is really pretty but not my style preference either. Remember, if you can't stand back and say, "I like this card" then the satisfaction and fun is gone. You have to let the real you shine in your work. We all really like YOUR style!!!

  4. Awww, love the fun shells you have across the top! Yeah, I submitted a few tims for submission but I'm really trying to focus on why I started card making in the first place... And sometimes its not you... sometimes they just need cards of a different sentiment, color, etc. But yeah, trying is good. :-)

  5. Your card is really pretty. We all have our own unique style and the joy that the creative process brings is, for me, what is most important.

  6. I love these colors together. The seashells are a really neat addition to your card. And I just have to say, that I hope you always have fun making your cards even if you never get published. You've made some great cards and I love to see what you've done!

  7. Cheryl, I really like your style! Those shells are great on your card! It does look out of the box for you, but what's really neat is that you used them and still maintained your style. Also really love that sentiment! :>

  8. Cheryl~ I LOVE the card it is sooo pretty and beachy!! I feel the same way about submitting!! hee hee! I figure if the people I give them to enjoy them.. that is what counts..
    Have a GREAT day!!

  9. Cheryl, I feel your pain. I think I've submitted maybe 20 cards so far- no luck. Seems like there are few fresh faces getting published these days. Keep at it- this card is gorgeous!

  10. Beautiful card, love the shells. The beach is one of my favorite places and you captured the colors beautifully!!

    My advice is keep on submitting. You never know when your card is going to catch somebody's eye!!

  11. I really like your card, love the colors and the beach reminder makes me smile...I miss the beach so much too! I completely understand where you are coming from with the whole publishing thing too. I think for me I just have keep the goal of this hobby being for my enjoyment and to bless others with. Keep up the great work, and if you keep submitting you just never know!

  12. Well I think your card is stunning Cheryl.

  13. Love this card. The colors and layout are great! I love the shells too.

  14. Such a pretty card. Keep trying to submit. You do great work.


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