Did you know that every month on the A Muse Lounge (you'll find a link on the A Muse website), Jennie hosts a challenge? I like that it is only once a month. This way I have loads of time to make a card (or two!). And, even with a whole month... sometimes I still miss the deadline. LOL! That's okay, right?
The challenge for April is Think simple, from our tag line "Think simple. Think A Muse." I must say that I admire the amazing and sometimes complex things that people do with our stamps. My reality, however, is that I usually have five minutes to get a card done from start to finish. And, I LOVE that it is possible to do so with A Muse stamps and papers and still have a fabulous looking card.
I exhibited at a craft and hobby tradeshow in the UK a few years ago and a local magazine editor told me that our card designs were "high street", meaning they could be sold in the trendiest stores in London (at least that was my interpretation! LOL!) It was a compliment, indeed. But also true. Simple can be fantastic! And, I have enjoyed seeing all of the challenge cards for April as they are truly fantastic!
Here are a few ultra simple cards that I whipped up a few weeks ago and finally got around to photographing!
I was not intending to have the umbrella upside down on this card. I just wasn't having any inspiration with it right side up. I love the tiny bird floating away on the umbrella. It reminds me of a Winnie-the-Pooh story.
I think this card is so pretty and soft. I used the Marvy Giga Scallop Rectangle punch. I *love* this punch and am so glad they decided to re-introduce it a while back in the lever style. This punch makes me *h*a*p*p*y*.
A few weeks ago, a gentleman in his early 50s popped into our shop to see if we had a thank you card that he could give to another man. Hmmmm. We didn't have a THING to show him. This has been on my mind ever since. The next three cards are my attempt to come up with a card that he would have liked. Sadly, I don't think that any of them would have done the trick.
Why are cards for men so hard? I think it's because with cards for our women friends, we can use flowers, animals, images of girls, birds, etc. And, when we do, it doesn't imply that the recipient necessarily likes flowers, etc. For example, if I was to make a card for my husband and use our golf stamps (with the assumption that most men like golf) it would be wrong unless the reason for the card had something specifically to do with golf. Would you make a card for a man with a lawnmower as a generic thank you card? Probably not.
Here's a card for a coffee lover or it could be good if you were saying thanks and including a gift card to your local coffee shop.
This next card could be good for someone that helped you fix your computer problems - not sure how often that happens. I'm the PC repair technician at our house.
OK, here's my last card. This one would be good for someone that likes sushi?
Do you SEE my dilemma? Maybe this should be an future challenge over in the Lounge.
Be sure to stop by the Lounge to see all of the fantastic Think Simple cards!
And, be sure to stop back again on Friday for our 8 year anniversary celebration kick-off! Woohoo!