Finding the Sweet Spot

By | September 28, 2016

Art is subjective and there’s also something to be said for developing a personal style; when my sister-in-law Sherry and I submit cards for consideration to the magazines, even if I haven’t seen her cards ahead of time I can usually pick them out by sight when they are published because I know her signature work pretty well by now.

So here’s a card that I got in a swap a few months ago, and there is definitely an element of personal style going on here that’s different than mine!


I don’t know who designed this card; it’s nicely constructed and the bright colors are pretty together, especially with the flamingo motif – kind of Florida or Las Vegas in style.

I believe that there is a sweet spot when it comes to embellishments and their placement, and it’s rather intuitive for each of us – you’ve just got to develop an ability to know when to stop. If this had been my card, I might have stopped a little sooner. But who am I to say? Imagine the excitement of a city that never sleeps, plus a cozy little wedding chapel on the Las Vegas Strip, and maybe the level of color, texture and embellishments on this card is entirely appropriate!

Here are the colors used on the Flamingo Love card:

At the time this card was made, Stampin’ Up! demonstrators were only able to pre-order a very few new products from the annual catalog that was coming out, and this demonstrator actually used eight of those new items on her card, including two new cardstocks, two new inks, two new stamp sets, a ribbon and a punch! That in itself is pretty amazing.

Here are the products used to make the Flamingo Love card (note: the card artist also colored some of her rhinestones with a permanent green Sharpie marker – not in this list of supplies!)

Price: $110.00

Supply List

  What is your personal style? Are you a minimalist? Or are more ruffles and bling the way to go?


2 thoughts on “Finding the Sweet Spot

  1. PaperPuff

    This is a cool card. I do love a flamingo! I am definitely minimal. I don’t want to be – I want to be Anna Griffin! But sadly, I am not…

    1. ValoryDegree Post author

      Flamingos are so exotic! I read somewhere that they are pink like that because they eat shrimp – but who knows, that might be an urban legend!


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