I knew I wanted to incorporate my blue shimmery paper into the design, so that meant finding it. I was pretty sure it was on the closet floor in a container of paper, and it was. Doesn't everyone keep paper on the closet floor? I keep a lot of stuff on the floor there.
Then it was time to cut up the papers. I've learned over the years not to cut up all 15 at once. It is better to make one complete one first because you just never know what twists and turns you will encounter along the way (this is called 'foreshadowing').
Then I had to go find some markers, with the help of my lovely assistant, Poppy. However, the only Tombow maker I could find was a light blue one and I was terribly unhappy with the resulting image. I wasn't sure if I should cut it following the waves or try to square it off. I did the wave and didn't like it. Worse though, was the color. Light blue isn't our flag's color, nevermind that our flag doesn't have a heart on it. I just did not like it.
I then thought that maybe I should use my new A Muse stamp set. I mean, after all I sell the stuff and I should make more samples with it for the world to see in hopes that they will want to buy it. People always want stamps they see samples made with, right? Right!
However, the fun and funky grundge flag was too big for an ATC.
Then, Poppy reminded me that I had some older markers in the rolly cart. We both hoped that there was a darker blue in there and that it would work. We were in luck.
I decided to square off (rectangle off, really, but that sounds dumb) the image this time since I didn't like it cut with the wave. I also decided that it would need a red mat to mimic the red, white and blue in the flag and in my ribbon. I perused the red paper stash and found there wasn't enough red scraps in the right color for 15 mats so it was off to one of the many paper storage units for the nice dark red paper.
Once I got that matted, I started thinking about my ribbon. I knew I wanted to use that cool Americana ribbon, but how. I thought of wrapping it around but then I thought that attaching it with a Fastenator staple would be awesome. It would give my ATC another dimension and if I used the staples with the star cutouts in them, that would ever cooler.
I thought about using regular staples and started actually playing around with the ribbon and ATC. That's when I realized that the ribbon wasn't going to work no matter what I did. It made me sad, but sometimes that is how it goes.
I knew I had some red and white baker's twine that I could wrap instead of ribbon. I wondered if I might also has some blue and white baker's twine so I could put them together. I opened the twine drawer and what did I find?
I also had to ponder if I wanted to knot the twine or put it in a bow. I knew a bow would look better but I also knew that I can't keep my own shoes tied, so how was I going to get a bow to stay put? Why, with nail polish, of course. Everyone knows that. I mean, even my own husband knows that.*
I don't actually own nail polish though. I have this bottle of crap for soft nails that stinks a thousand times worse than regular nail polish, but I had to work with what I had. I put that on the bow and spent the rest of the evening wondering just what on earth was that horrible smell? Oh yeah! That damn nail crap! I got the ATC finished by then there was the whole business of what to put on the back of the ATC. I had two ATC-specific designs to chose from.
Which one did I pick? Neither.
I put some random stuff on there instead. The slash is so I can number them. I need to make 15 but sometimes I end up making more, so no numbering until I'm completely done. See how ardourous this whole process is? See how it can take the whole day to complete one project? See how come I can't create anything at get-togethers away from home? I think as I go. I pull out a ton of stuff. I make a huge mess. It is all part of the process.
Thanks for reading all this. How do you create?
The Fine Print: I'm too exhausted for this, really. God Bless America flag stamp by Stampin' Up, Americana stamp set by The Angel Company, Let Freedom Ring set by A Muse Studio, Americana ribbon by Michael's, RWB twine by The Twine Bitch (okay, not really, I can't remember who makes it but wouldn't that be a fun company name?). *Okay, true confession time. I had no clue that to keep a bow shut tight you put clear nail polish on it. My husband told me. He learned it from his crafty mother. My mother somehow missed teaching me this important life lesson. Maybe that's why my shoes won't stay tied.