Friday, May 14, 2010

Right Through My Heart

I realized tonight that I never posted my card for the Magnolia-licious Right Through My Heart contest. Here is my submission...

I made a stair step card (one of my first). I completely based my card on the story that was written for the contest. I am a very literal thinker. The story mentioned hay bails, so I decided to add a hay bail. I thought about adding a crowd, but there really was not room. I water colored my images with distress inks.

The paper is from DCWV. I liked how the flowers on the second step gave the feel of motion, like an arrow had been traveling. I also liked how the paper on the back step gave the feeling of sky, a breeze and sunshine. Maybe I was seeing too much into it, but I liked the result.

I noticed that the tree had a natural heart, so I water colored it with red and white to represent the bull's eye.

My Tilda was colored with distress inks. I did a lot of blending in her skirt with greens and blues and love the result.

Okay, so I will admit, I was sad I did not win one of the prizes, but still have a card that I really like. It was a tough contest. All the entries were very different and all just fabulous! Diana was more that generous with all of the participants. She gave us all a free stamp for joining in. She is the BEST!

On another note, today I am sad. I was so hopeful that I would be able to participate as a designer for Belles 'n Whistles, but alas, I was not chosen. It is a hard thing to try for design teams. It is like auditioning for a play or applying for a job. The rejection is tough. You are never really sure what they are looking for, and not being good enough is a harsh feeling.

I will say that as I strive to improve my work, learning to translate 3 dimensional light to a 2 dimensional object, and adding to my never-ending stash of elements, I realize I still have a long way to go. When I look at some of my work from a year ago, I see now that it was okay, but not outstanding. I want to learn to create outstanding work.

If you are reading this post, I am being more transparent than usual. I am just wondering, have you tried for design teams, and what has been your experience? Are you like me? Does it make you sad when you are not chosen or are you able to let is roll off your back? If you would, leave me a comment and share your experience, perhaps it will help me take it all with a grain of salt.

Thanks and have a great weekend!


Christine Riley said...

So cute and so beautifully colored!
Hugs, Christine

Christina C. said...

So cute, Julie! The tree is perfect with that image....very clever!
You colored that adorable Tilda perfectly. Wonderful card!

Barb Hardeman said...

Julie, this is just so cleverly done! You beautifully achieved everything you intended for this card! Your distress coloring is wonderful.

When I look back to where I was a year ago I cringe!!! Look how much we both have grown! You just hang in there and keep trying. I remember reading a post by Kerry Donovan-Casey that she had applied to about 15 different stamp companies to be selected for their DT and they all turned her down. Then one day Magnolia picked her up and a couple of other's whose names I no longer remember. She just kept trying, and her dream came true! You can do it, I just know you can, and I can't wait until you post your success!

coldwaters2 said...

Oh wow Julie this is one fabulously designed card I love the images they work so perfectly together your colouring is a delight to see as always and of course Tilda looks gorgeous.
Lorraine x

Suzanne J Dean said...

Beautifully & elegantly done--love all the elements and accents you've added. Just fabulous!


Diane Whitehouse said...

I love the design of your card, Julie and the colouring is wonderful!
I have made one try for a Guest Designer spot without any success but there are so many amazingly talented people out there that I wasn't actually surprised by the result. Maybe my turn, and yours, will come.
Thank you for visiting my blog.
Diane x

cabio's craft corner said...

Love the distressing and the pretty pictures scene on this card. Very cute and pretty coloring. That flower added a touch of cheery, very bright and yet elegant :o)

Chris said...

Hi Julie, I love your step card and all the work and creativity that went into it. I also love your colouring, your shading with the blues and greens is so pretty and how you made the heart into a bulls eye is very imaginative, your card makes me smile.

I've emailed you re your thoughts on DT's, I hope that's OK and that it doesn't end up in your spam :). Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Hugs, Chris

Hugs, Chris

Cheryl said...

Great card, Julie! Love how you've colored Tilda and the collage style of your card! I love that oak tree!

Shelley said...

Lovely card! You have done the colouring beautifully. Never noticed the heart on the tree before. hugs Shelley

Peggie said...

It is a very pretty card and colored beautifully. It is hard not being picked when you put your heart into a project.