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I can’t believe it’s almost Thursday! I’ve been having a tough time creating a card since I won the challenge at the CAS-ual Fridays last week. I felt a little pressure to meet your expectations about my next card. Here is my little confession, usually I’m not a creative person at all in my life. That’s why I like to get inspiration from others’ blogs and follow their layouts/designs on card making for my practice. That was who I was. But from now on, to be a more creative May, I’ll try to make my own cards often and then submit them to the challenge regularly. It’ll be one of my assignments every week.

 

So this week I was working on the CR84FN56 Color Challenge for days, and thankfully it turned out well with yummy pasta. You know what? Last night I even had a vivid dream about a perfect card design that really worked for this challenge. Of course I tried to make the card I dreamed about, and it didn’t look like my dream. Haha! That was just one night’s dream. 😉

So back to the challenge, we are supposed to play with the specific colors : yellow, gray, and neutral. Then I added one more color, brown, since I saw the cupcakes topped with dark chocolate in the photo above. Cupcakes? Suddenly that made me think of different types of food, when I was struggling with ideas for the color challenge. That’s the way I ended up with pasta in my card.

By the way, who doesn’t love spaghetti? Maybe my grandmother in Korea? But I’m sure it’s the all-time favorite of many of you girls including me. To satisfy my stomach, I often cook pasta for lunch. Usually my dish doesn’t look fancy, but this time I set the table beautifully in my card to give me a little treat. Just imagine! You are sitting by the table which is covered with a yellow-checkered tablecloth and about to eat delicious spaghetti on a white plate. I’m sure your mouth is already watering! Oh, I placed one herb leaf on top of the spaghetti at the last minute to make it more interesting.

Do you like how I decorate my lunch table? I had a hard time cutting the shape of a fork with scissors. So please don’t claim it doesn’t look like a dining fork. My favorite part of this card is how spaghetti pasta is served in a pattern on a white plate on a gray placemat. Thanks to baker’s twine from The Twinery, I got the result that I wanted. Doesn’t look like ready-to-eat pasta in front of you? Yum!

Finally I adhered the letters, Bon Appetit, cut with my Silhouette SD machine. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I did hand-stitching along the edges of the yellow-patterned paper to give my card a fabric look. It’s definitely time-consuming but worthwhile.

That’s all for today. Thanks for visiting my blog and hope to see you again. Have a good night!

May Park

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just-saying-hello-polka-dots-card

*Yay! This card was chosen as the Winner of the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #56. So my card was featured in the winner post found here. Thank You Ladies!*

Good evening, all y’all. It’s been a super busy week so far. Whew… Now I finally got back to my work table with CAS-ual Fridays challenge. Literally it would be my first challenge ever in my entire craft life. Can you hear my heart beating? I’m so thrilled and anxious at the same time to participate in this challenge for the first time.

This is the card that I made for the challenge and it took me two days. Yes, I said two days! CAS-ual Fridays challenge has a few rules to follow, and this week we are supposed to create a Clean and Simple project using polka dots. While I was working on this card, I realized how difficult a clean and simple card is to make. I thought a NOT Clean&Simple card would be much easier for me. Usually I’d love to put every stamping and embellishment all together onto the card, believing in more is better. But in this case, I should take off any embellishments which are not necessary. Less is more as long as it has polka dots in it. It’s still so difficult for me, though. That’s why we call it a CHALLENGE, right?

To make the card front, I used the Silhouette SD cutting machine for creating the polka-dotted background. Seriously, it was a time-consuming job to create the design that I wanted and cut neatly without messy parts. I wasted about 10 papers for just one sheet of polka dots circles. I have no idea why my Silhouette machine doesn’t work well at cutting papers cleanly even though it’s a still new one. Probably I’m not using it properly or following the manual. Maybe…

Back to the card: for sentiment, I did heat embossing with white powder and doodle-stitching with a white gel pen along the banner. Before I attached the banner with dimensional adhesive, I bent it smoothly with my fingertips to give it kind of a fun look, since this card seemed too simple at that time. After that, I made a fake stitching line with a tracing wheel which is my brand new tool.

That’s all I’d like to share with you today. Hope you like my polka dot card as much as I do. 😉 One more thing to say, wish me good luck to win this challenge. Good night!

May Park

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