Monday, November 8, 2010

The Curse of the Persian Pickle

This will be a quick post. Cards only no yada-yada-yada. WARNING - the "no yada yada" usually ends up being a big fat lie - cuz' I can't seem to NOT blather on about some inane subject - give me a key board and the prattling begins....

A Quilter's Nine-Patch
~Base card - PaperTrey Ink
~Layer of Autumn Leaves Adhesive Mats Carefree Autumn
~Deckle squared punches used for the nine-patch. layered on dark brown cardstock on layer of green cardstock
~Strip of tri-color ribbon from Hobby Lobby
~Button - tied with olive green raffia (which was a transfer of crap item from Sister Gail)
Scrapbook Sisters - autumn colors
Gingerloft  - include buttons
Digi Doodles - autumn theme
C4C - create a square card (not one to frequently follow rules - I created squares to create a square - (would that be like square to the second power?)
Stamp Insanity - use your punches

And now a confession about a design that kicks my creative 'be-hind' every chance it gets: PAISLEY!

I love paisley designs (AKA Persian Pickles or Welsh Pears). You might know I would like them - the name originates from a town in center Scotland. I love Scotland too! Paisleys, however, don't love me. And I'm pretty sure Scots don't like me either - or at least I was told my accent was too strange to understand my simplest of requests.

I love curvilinear designs so why not embrace paisley designs - should be right up my art major background...then just when I think I can work with these swirly single cell organisms...I give it a try...They fight me and I lose every time. I'm never happy with the results. What is it with these amoebic shaped flourish-y doodles? I can find a paisley paper that I just love - try to create a card with it and all I see are giant commas on steroids or a mitochondrial experiment gone awry. I just don't have what it takes to wrestle a paisley to the craft table and create it into a crafty submission. I have paisley design papers, stamps, and embellishments. Perhaps these protozoan squiggles are just better suited under a microscope. Or on a castle tapestry...or best just left in my craft drawer...

I used the sketch over at Just Us Girls Saturday Challenge. I thought "I had it all together"! I had the sketch...I had the color theme (from Play Date Cafe) I had the paper...I had a punch that mirrors the flowers in the paper paisley...I had TRANSFER of CRAP (which RARELY if EVER lets me down...a single earring from my sister-in-law Jayne). I blame THIS failure on my paisley curse - not on Jayne's tub-o-crap. I just realized the list of people I accept ToC from is getting lengthier...hmmmmm....may have to reassess that situation. I did, however, before accepting the GIANT Rubbermaid TUB of 'crap' from 'Jayner' tell her the rules and conditions of ToC.... Yes - there are Rules and Conditions of Passing on and Accepting of Other People's Crap (aka treasures). Indeed - there should be a legal document regarding same...maybe I'll draft it later this week....

Paisleys: Not for the Weak of Heart
~Base card - PaperTrey Ink - White
~Layer of solid color My Minds Eye - layer of paisley print from My Minds Eye
~Layer of striped ribbon
~Celery green Stampin' Up word window celery green cardstock with three metal stucco orange colored brads
~Curve of tiny daisy stamps in various shades of stucco orange and green - centers of the punched flowers are dotted with Sharpie Pen Poster Paints White 
~Embellishment is paisley earring a transfer of crap from sister in law Jayne -  I sanded the single black earring, painted it green, dotted it with white Sharpie poster paint. Makes me wonder what people think of me - that I would actually accept a single giant black plastic earring shaped like an apostrophe....
~Sentiment - Hero Arts Thank you
Play Date Cafe - Color Inspiration: Stucco Orange, Celery, White
Let's Ink it Up - no digital image and recycle (the earring)
Our Creative Challenge - Attitude with Gratitude
Shirley's Two Girls - Thank You
Stamp Insanity - use your punches
JUGS - sketch

It's All About the Shoes
~Base Card - PaperTrey Ink black
~Layer of the Paper Studio Vintage Black Checkerboard
~Three large black metal brads
~Corner  - a wedge of paper doily topped with back partial circle
~Image is a digital freebie from Yours Truly, colored with Copics and highlighted with Stickles Diamonds
Little Red Wagon - use color Red
Cinema Saturday Pride and Prejudice Theme - use a bit of lace (paper doily)
City Crafter - get your digi on

I warned you about the no yada yada yada. I do get carried away sometimes....
Thanks for clicking by.


  1. These are AWESOME! Wow!! I'll try to be quick myself... :) 1) the paisley looks great!! and 2) I have never seen such a RAD project with the avocado shades of green! It's awesome! All of these are awesome!! :) Thank you so much for sharing your Punchy Love with us at StampInsanity!

  2. Love all your projects! The paisley is great and I love the wild colors. Thanks for joining us at StampInsanity!

  3. Lovely cards! Thanks for playing at the PDCC.

  4. Love your projects, but think your Paisley card is great (isn't it odd how we all have our own crafty nemesis?!? - my friends is hexagons... now that is strange!!) love the colours, perfect for this time of year.
    Thanks for joining us for this weeks Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge Sue xx

  5. Fabulous work. Thank you for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best.


  6. Wonderful cards! Thanks for playing along with DDSB!

  7. Beautiful. Thanks for joining us this week at Digi Doodle Shop's Best : )

  8. They're ALL just wonderful - however, I'm in total love with the first card! Lovely.

  9. Ohhh Nancy,you know how much I love your "Yada yada" you brighten my day with your great cards and fun musings! I must ask by the way,how's your mum and those hanging tomato plants lol? haven't heard about her lately. Fab cards as always,Glad you joined us for this week's challenge at Scrapbook Sisters. Have a great week,Julie.x

  10. gorgeous papers, they make a great quilt - thanks for playing in the play date cafe with us :)

  11. Fabulous cards.Just adore the one for our challenge.The LO is so effective and beautiful papers.Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best :D
    Lisa x

  12. Great cards...a wonderful mix of styles and designs. Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe!

  13. Lovely cards. Yada, yada, yada! Sorry couldn't resist... Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best

  14. Wow, beautiful cards.
    Thanks for joining us at Let's Ink It Up this month. Good Luck!

  15. Great card, thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shops Best.

  16. Wonderful! I love the quilted pattern. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Digi Doodle Shop's Best!

  17. Lovely cards love the colors on the first one !

    Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shops Best, hop to see you again :D

    I don't remember if I have post this at your blog before, if so I'll just do it again :D
    I am one of the DT members and I want to tell you about group I have opened at PCP "Fan's of Digi Doodle Shop" and you are so very welcome to join us there :D

    All the best to you, Jóna

  18. Love your shoe card! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon:)
    Joanne xo

  19. Love your cards! Thanks so much for playing at S2G!

  20. Great cards, I love your recycling! Thanks for joining us at LIIU and good luck
    Claire xx

  21. Oh! Love your cards! Nice designe paper you have used!
    Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodles Shop`s Best.

  22. What a great way to recycle other people's crap; oh sorry I mean earring! lol Love the tone you put in your blogging! Very funny! Thanks for playing at Let's Ink It Up!

  23. Does Jayne know you called her earring crap, my lips are sealed. I agree with Kendra love your tone and by the way card is brill. Thanks for sharing with us at Let's Ink It Up.
    Hugs Shirley x x

  24. Great cards! You've been busy! Love your sassy paislee and color pallette. Thanks so much for playing with Just Us Girls this week!

  25. What lovely cards! Really love the whimsical paisley card! Such a fun, cheery card! Great take on the sketch :) Thanks for playing along with Just Us Girls!

  26. I like the little hint of doily behind the shoe. :)


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