You Can’t Expect Perfection 10 Minutes Before the Party!

Howdy crafters! First off let me apologize for email bombing you yesterday. I had taken some posts down a couple of years ago because the artwork was being published in magazines and I forgot to republish the posts after the magazines came out. So yesterday I figured I’d put the posts live again and they would be filed in on the dates that I created them, which they did, but also they were sent out as new posts to all of my subscribers…sorry about that. But at least you can see how far my photography has come over the years and hopefully my crafting ability too….well, maybe not in the case in this project:

DCF 1.0

I love making last-minute cards, especially for kids. My husband asked me yesterday “Why do you rush around to make a card last-minute for a kid [Disclaimer-referring to kids in general, not the kid this card was given too, he is a sweetie!] who won’t appreciate it?”  “There’s no point stressing out when you can just buy a card at the store.” OK, two things here, I am not stressed out by making a last-minute card, it is freeing, I use my latest stamps, I will try a new technique and play with color, I don’t worry about perfection because a child does not judge a card and I am getting something done, it’s a card, it is made, it will never have to be made again unlike the floors that need to be re-swept  dished that need to be rewashed and all of the other daily drudgery that does stress me out. Making cards is fun and the bit about kids not appreciating it, I think they do like the handmade card especially if it reflects their personality.

DCF 1.0

I had some matching paper scraps on my table left over from craft fair packaging so I layered them on the envelope, did some stamping and slapped on a couple of pieces of washi tape, done! I love to be able to spend an hour on a card but I probably love slap-dash crafting even more! There is no time to worry when you only have 10 minutes, if you make a mistake work it into the design. And most importantly happy crafting!

DCF 1.0

 

Stamp credits: Look & 10: Crafty Secrets, Others: Stampin’ Up!

11 Responses

  1. So first… I was SO happy to see all those posts from you in my email. Your updates are part of my happy mail!

    Second, I get the same reaction from my hubby when I do last minute cards and one I did got left on the table on the way out the door (go figure) so I asked him to stop so I could buy a card… He was annoyed as we were already running late saying a 4 year old does not care if they get a card just write the name on the wrapping paper.
    Sheesh!!! Seriously??? Our son is 4 and he likes getting cards so much so that I’m not allowed to put them up on the shelf in the living room. He wants them in his room for him to enjoy! He still plays with one that had a dump truck with wheels that turned from 2 years ago and was super upset when his little sister got ahold of one done entirely in green (his fave colour).
    My point… Yes… Kids DO appreciate a handmade card or even a cool store bought one if like you say it reflects their personality. Ok.. This was supposed to be a comment not a novel.. LOL

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  2. I love all your posts – email anytime and also I am sort of in the middle of constructing your fantastic lightbox thingie right now. So keep them tips coming. I may have to take a photography course though…..

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  3. Well that explains that. Thanks. I didn’t look at them all I just filed in my mind: go to Lindsay’s blog you can find out how to do anything there. I even came across you in Oz…

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  4. Really cute. I hate the drudgery also and must sweep up paper scraps about 3 times a day

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  5. Love your card..and your attitude!

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  6. I love crafty secrets! Cute card and yes, having to do a card at the last minute just gets our creative juices flowing. I finished my box of children’s cards for hospitalized children. I send it to an outfit that distributes them throughout the country.

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  7. I love your explanation and I totally agree, it is an accomplishment to craft (and fun to create)…. unlike my carpet that needs to be vacuumed again, the towels that need to be folded again, etc…. Thank you for sharing! 🙂
    Melissa T.

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  8. Good advice Lindsay…I’m too much a perfectionist, but will try to remember your advice and let loose a little!!!! LOL!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  9. Charming, Lindsay. Annette “:O)

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  10. Sweet card, I could not have made it in a jiffy that’s for sure! ~Diane

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  11. Too funny on the posts, for a few minutes I kept looking at my inbox going mmmmmmmm did I send these to myself??? Hey they were (and still are) great posts – loved reading them. So anytime you need to resend please feel free to do so!!!!!

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