April 27, 2010

Off-Kilter Life

I have a confession - I love my Stamp-a-ma-jig. I use it on almost every card. Some stamp sets however, while they look good having used a stamp positioner, look great without it! I just have to force myself to leave it in the drawer!

This is one of those two-step sets that I think looks great when it's not lined up perfectly...and I carried that through by being perfectly imperfect with the stitching on the card!

I used two challenges with this one - Jen's SFYTT and the Curtain Call Colour challenge to use Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery and White. I used wide ribbon as one of the panels from the sketch - it's a nice way to use those oversized rolls.

I stamped the flower panel first, then overstamped the outline images freehand (one of them is MUCH more freehand than the others!) The pleated ribbon was stitched down and I very roughly stitched around a couple of the panels.

Remember, handmade cards (and life!) shouldn't always be perfect! If something is a little off-kilter just run with it, embellish over it, make it part of your design (or invest in a stamp-ma-jig and become completely addicted like I am!)

I'll be back tonight with this week's Project Tuesday offering :-)

Live Like You Mean It
Paper & Card:
Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery & White card
Certainly Celery & Candy Lane DP
Ink: Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette& Certainly Celery
Punches: Wide Oval Punch
Big Shot:
Lots of Tags Die
Melon Mambo & Pink Pirouette Ribbon, Soft Subtles Brads, Dimensionals
E-mail me to purchase.

Punches: Apron Lace


  1. Fantastic card! Love the clean design and the flowers! :)

  2. Super fantastic job on this challenge! You rocked the colors this week. Thanks for playing along with the Curtain Call Crew!

  3. I just can't figure out my positioner. Your cards are just so pretty :)

  4. Gorgeous card!!! The two step stampin' looks perfect!!! I agree it doesn't have to be perfect..and guess what I never use my stamp-a-majigger...LOL...love the natural look :)!!! Hugs ~S~

  5. LOL! That stitching doesn't look too imperfect to me!!! (wink) But ... I agree that this stamp set is one that NEEDS to be a little "off" when it comes to lining up. I love this set ... and just don't use it enough! Gorgeous colour combo! I was looking for a melon mambo combo the other day ... and even did a search on your blog ... so will have to tuck this one away for future use! TFS Hugs, Andrea xxx

  6. Great use of this week's Curtain call colours :D Love the flower syou used, along with the layered brads. Great card :D Thanks for playing the Curtain Call :D

  7. I love my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, too! This set looks so pretty in these colors. I always seem to use the darker colors with this one. Great layout, too. I'm glad you joined us at the Curtain Call!

  8. wonderful card Sarah! I just love your ribbon treatment! thanks for playing along with us this week! :)


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