Fab 'n' Funky ~ No Designer Papers

Hey there my lovely blog pals. It's time for a new challenge over on the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge blog and this week our wonderful hostess is Julieanne. Our theme this week chosen by the lovely Jools is 'No Patterned Paper'. Oooh, you know how I love my papers, so this IS a challenge! Head on over to the challenge blog to see how my awesomely talented teamies got on with that.

Here she is sweet Mermaid Rory from our lovely sponsor Lacy Sunshine, all sparkled up with Wink of Stella. It's such a lovely image, and I was excited about this creation, right up until I decided to add some 'seaweed' stamping up the sides. Oh dear, quelle tristesse! She did look so sweet right up until that point! Ever have one of those days where you just wish you could have a 'do over'? My daughter Georgie came out with a fun phrase the other day and today I could really have done with this! She made a mistake on her school work and said, "Oh no! Why doesn't life have a backspace button Mama?!" Beautifully put baby, today, I felt the same!

So it seems Mr Mojo is still on holiday. I had thought I had a pretty good idea for this challenge, but the reality did not match my imagination at all. Such a shame as it could have been fabulous! But I think my seaweed ink was too dark and spoiled the whole look. Still, these are my inky adventures and I learn from each one. I was so pleased with her hair and her tail, that I was bitterly disappointed when the 'seaweed' went so wrong. At this point, I've no idea how to 'save' this creation. So I'm just posting it here in the hopes that one of you has some super clever, 'never would have thought of that' solution. So feel free to share if you do!

I've coloured the image with Distress Ink and Distress Markers. Which came up so nicely and I had a lovely faint blue wash around her that looked so dreamy and lovely. If only I'd left it there and settled on the plain blue strip down the side. Oh well, we live and learn. (Sorry if I'm sounding really moany, I've just had a horrid day and this was the 'straw that broke the camel's back' as they say!)

The pic above is not in great lighting, I put the image right under the spots so that the Wink of Stella would show, but it messes with the light balance, so just focus on the pretty sparkles and ignore the rest. LOL.

Right I think that's more than enough from old moany pants tonight. Go check out what my fabulous (far less moany) teamies have been up to and come and join us for some 'No Patterned Paper' fun. I'd love to see what you'd do. It'll cheer me right up! Happy hugs to you all, Wends x

Update: So yesterday was a disaster, but today is another day and I've had a good laugh at myself and a second look at my wee mermaid. I can't get the lighting right to capture this card properly, so what follows is a little photo montage of 'the fixes'. Better I think. :)

Best pic of the true colours in the make, But this angle doesn't show the sparkles. 

Under the spots, so hair not quite right, but look, sparkles!

Still under the spots, so the colour is a bit bleached, but here's a close up of the pretty sparkles.

Thanks for putting up with my strop yesterday, hope you like the changes and fixes I chose. I think it's infinitely better. A plain strip of paper down the side, a new 'straight' sentiment, and some glittery enamel dot bubbles. Much better me thinks!

Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
613 Avenue Create: #176 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: May ~ Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends: #20 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #112 ~ Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #34 ~ Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenge: #32 ~ May Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments: #155 ~ Anything Goes + A Sentiment
Creatalicious Challenge: Anything Goes + Optional 'No Designer Paper'


Beautiful colours, lovely card
Chris said…
You're being far too hard on yourself Wends, there's nothing wrong with the card, the image is gorgeous and beautifully coloured. The seaweed stamping looks great too, but if it's not what you had in mind you're never going to be happy with it! Sometimes when I've done something I'm not too happy with (and it happens a lot!!!) on a card, but like the image and colouring I salvage what I can by fussy cutting the image and redesigning around it. BUT always remember you're your own harshest critic!!!
Hope you have a happier day tomorrow my lovely!
Wendy said…
Oh Wends, can't see what's not to like about your card hun, she looks gorgeous! fabulous colouring and your seaweed really adds dept to your design....love it!
Wendy xx
Ginny said…
w-o-w, your colouring is fantastic. Dont be so hard on yourself. I think it looks fab xx
Wonderful colouring of the image Wends, and yes, the WoS does show beautifully. I use Photoscape, a free program and can correct the colour changes when I use electric light.
The only save I can suggest is to trim out the image and mount her on a plain blue background like the one you first created.
I have a card up on my blog using paint chips :-) - it is a sympathy one, second post on the home page
Wonderful fix Wends - the sentiment on the banner and the plain stripe really settle the whole card.
Thanks for your visit
Jackie C said…
Love this entry, thank you for sharing with Creatalicious, Jackie CT member.
Karen said…
Sweet Wends, you are far too hard on yourself!!! Please, please see the beauty in your creations. When things don't go as planned, beauty is still there. Crafting is a journey and we must embrace our attempts, whatever the result. I know how frustrating it is when what we envision doesn't even come close to happening, but I promise you are your harshest critic. We see beauty, love, and inspiration. :o) I know hard days only enhance negative feelings, but it breaks my heart to read that you were so unhappy... **hugs hugs**

Now, both versions of your card are lovely! I am delighted that you're happier with the final result. The image is adorable and you've colored her so wonderfully. I love your seaweed idea and the sweet pops of bubbles. This challenge theme is HARD but you've shown us that we don't need pretty papers to create a gorgeous card. :o) Thank you for the inspiration, my dear friend. Smile at everything you create and enjoy every blessed moment of crafting. (And Georgie is amazing! I love that she said that.) :o) I will be back as soon as possible to leave you more bloggie love. Have a sparkly day, my sparkly friend!

Hugs and blessings,
Alison said…
I love your card, Wends - it's absolutely fantastic. I had a moment like that today too when I knew I had to redo my pic of my card - so know how you feel.
Alison x
Billie A said…
Great scene and image. Colors are perfect. Thanks for sharing over at Aud Sentiments. Billie A (DT)
brenda said…
Lovely design and colours and a great creation for our challenge, many thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

I have some Tattered Lace goodies to be won here

Have a good Sunday.

B x
Blue Daisy said…
Gorgeous card! Thank you for joining challenge 34 at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!

Love your card...don't be so hard on yourself. Thanks for joining our ATG challenge at Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends. Good Luck. Hope to see you again soon.
Lynn, LPoCF DT
MIE(Mieko) said…
Gorgeous card! Thanks for joining us at Creatalicious Challenges.
Mieko xx
Tracy said…
Fab creation, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

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