Stubborn Stamper Syndrome

May 21st, 2007

A girl in my office is getting married this week and I offered to make the wedding card from everyone at work.  I have to take it with me tomorrow, so as the day slipped away into evening and I hadn’t started the card I began to feel pressured.  For some reason all I could think of was Roses in Winter, but her wedding color is lavendar and I just hate those roses in purples.  Hmmm.  I wanted to make a big card so I started with a full sheet of shimmery white folded in half for my base.  I decided to go ahead and try the roses in Amethyst with a touch of Eggplant.  I cut a panel out of shimmery and stamped.  Blech…it was awful…the leaves overlapped weird because I didn’t mask..the purple was ugly…I stamped the sentiment in Artichoke and it was lost in the flowers…blech!

I was just about to throw the panel in the trash when my Stubborn Stamper Syndrome kicked in.  I have this weird sense that almost anything can be salvaged and I have amazed friends more than once by saving projects they had given up on.  Unlike my friend JulieHRR who will sometimes throw away 4 or 5 or 6 versions of something before she is happy, if I have to throw away a project I am probably NOT going to try it again.  I will just move on.  And at that point I’m usually done for the night.

Well this card had to be finished tonight and I really didn’t feel any other inspiration, so….I decided to attempt a salvage.  And here it is.


The first step was to cut a piece of vellum the same size as the stamped panel.  Vellum can really soften and change the look of a project.  It is even softer looking IRL than in this photo.  Once I did this I knew I could make it work.  I added the K & Co. Wedding Collection pearl brads, stamped the sentiment (again) this time on the vellum in black using a stamp a majig, layered the panel on Amethyst and Black cardstock and tied a bow with some amethyst organdy ribbon from my stash.  As a final touch I added Dazzling Diamonds Glitter by outlining over the roses and the sentiment on the vellum with a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen.  Ha!  I did it!  I saved it from the trash!  Purple roses are still NOT my fave, but at least I didn’t waste a half sheet of shimmery cardstock!  LOL!!!

The best part was that I finished in time to watch the season finale of Heroes.  I don’t want to give it away for anyone who might have it on tape or DVR, but I do have opinions!  Now I’m off to watch Dancing With the Stars on DVR.  Soon that will be over too, along with Idol and LOST.  Then begins the long summer with no good TV shows.  Hmmmm…maybe I’ll stamp more then?

24 Responses to “Stubborn Stamper Syndrome”

  1. Sue - stampinsusie on SCS Says:

    Beautiful save job.

  2. Debbie Olson Says:

    Whoa! That was an amazing “save”–I certainly can’t tell that it was one! Beautiful card, Jami, and those little pearls are perfect!

  3. beate Says:

    Jami, all your details like the vellum, glitter, ribbon and pearl brads turned your stamped piece of cardstock into a gorgeous card!
    I can’t believe we will have to wait until September for more Heroes. I love that show.

  4. Sharlene Wale Says:

    Oh Jami! That is gorgeous!!

  5. Michelle R Says:

    Who would have ever known that was originally a *throw away*! It’s simply gorgeous!

  6. brenda trent Says:

    WOW! Good save. I forget that vellum can fix almost anything! This is BEAUTIFUL.

  7. joyofstamping Says:

    Jami, this turned out VERY VERY pretty! Who would have known that purple roses would be so beautiful! I love what you did to soften it up.

    I will miss Heroes too!

  8. waterpixie Says:

    I would have cried if you threw away that much Shimmery White! Hahahahaha!!

    It turned out beautiful! I love the vellum layer! So classy!

  9. loricraig Says:

    Breath taking, Jami ~ sooo pretty, girl!

  10. StamperSharon Says:

    What a fabulous save, Jami — it turned out gorgeous! Love the vellum layer, glitter and ribbon — just perfect!

  11. andeecate Says:

    WOW James… I think this is fabulous! I am proud of you for not giving up- I think I would have *rolleyes*

  12. TexasGrammy Says:

    No matter what you endured for this, it was ‘worth it’, baby! Worth it indeed!

  13. diane mcvey Says:

    What a beautiful card…the vellum was a GREAT idea! The whole thing is just lovely…I’m sure the lucky lady will LOVE it! Thanks for sharing your story too…it’s good to know that we all go through the “ugly card throw-away” thing!!!

  14. Melissa Kaufman Says:

    Fabulous! Makes me want to do another wedding card myself!!

  15. Taylor Says:

    Hey… those are purple roses! 😉 Love the card you created!

  16. Jayne Says:

    Wow! What a great idea. It looks wonderful, too, like any card for a wedding should. You watch the same shows that I do. I love Heroes and I watched the results for Dancing with the Stars last night and tonight I’ll see the results for Idol and tape Lost. Then what will we do? Thank goodness that stamping doesn’t take the summer off.

  17. lacyquilter Says:

    Beautiful! I’m with you on not throwing it away – I may set it aside and find it months later… and then I have new ideas on what to do with it.

  18. Karen (Karen Stamps! on scs) Says:

    This is beautiful! What an inspiring save. This is lovely and I’m sure the recipient will love it, and how personalized it is to match her colours. Thanks for posting!

  19. kathy Says:

    Its beautiful. I never thought of this when I stamped them in the purple family. I still have it though so I might try the vellum.

  20. Donna Says:

    gorgeous card! I can’t wait for you to talk about Heroes! We watched the last 2 episodes back to back on Monday night!!!

  21. trudee Says:

    Jami this is totally gorgeous!!! LOVE the vellum!!

  22. Linda Bullard Says:

    You definitely made a winner out of this! So gorgeous, and what a great example of what vellum can do. Bit pat on the back for you, girlie! Linda

  23. leslierich Says:

    Great save, Jami! I love these roses in any color, but this is especially lovely. The vellum and glitter worked wonders for you! I always think of Amethyst as more blue than purple, anyway. This is a totally gorgeous card!

  24. Christina (thecardpixie on SCS) Says:

    Beautiful card!! Glad you stuck to it!!
    You can share your Heroes opinions with me!! I loooove that show (except for the looong breaks it takes between episodes, even during fall!) Idol and Lost were my “last two shows” for the season too. Hopefully I can get some more stamping done!

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