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Thursday, 2 October 2014

I tried, I failed

Morning all.  I am feeling ridiculously low and fragile today.  My already appalling confidence levels have been severely hammered and even the offer of a pint of shandy from Jayne or a pink cocktail (with cherry and paper umbrella) with Annette isn't going to get me out of this one in a hurry.

You might remember that I told you my boss at work had bullied me into entering the Card Maker of The Year Competition that was in Quick Cards magazine.  Yeah, and against my better judgement I did it and really wished I hadn't.  Sigh.

The three obviously dire cards that I sent in I suspect haven't even made it to being donated to charity but are now languishing in the bottom of a very deep shredder bin somewhere (told you I was feeling fragile, and I'm not kidding!).

Here is one of them:
 

(see, I even tried a bl***y bow with ribbon!)

So there you go, the one of the three reasons for failure.

But you see, I'm a silly bugger and even in this darkness there is still a gleam of stupidity because I shall enter this card into the current Tiddly Inks Challenge (Make It Sparkle).- her dress is trimmed with Glamour Dust.

There is always hope, even it is a forlorn one.

Hugs
Squirrel xx


28 comments:

Marianne's Craftroom said...

If I could reach you I would give you a hug or a smack, not sure which. Don't be so very silly, your cards are lovely and we all love you. Look at how many of us entered the penguin challenge, not because of the prize, we didn't know what it was, but because it was your challenge and I loved the build up with the number of penguins multiplying. This is such a sweet card, lovely colours, I am sure somebody will be buying this and loving it. Brush up that bushy tail and stand tall, you are a talented lady x

CRAZYCRAFTSHED said...

Yes i agree with Marianne you are so talented Squirrel love your work and this one is no exception gorgeous and beautiful
Big Hugs
Dianne xx :)

Granmargaret said...

Don't feel fragile. Your cards are lovely. Better to try and fail than never try at all. We can't all win. I join challenges, not to win a prize but for ideas to make my cards which I send out to people to try and brighten up their days.
Hope you feel better soon. Keep trying.

Faye Wynn-Jones said...

I mirror Marianne's sentiment... I'm on my way down to the sed to smack you!! This is such a pretty card, I love the colouring, the skirt specifically xx

Whisper said...

Oooo Marianne is so right, we enter these challenges, because we want to and enjoy cardmaking, definitely for the prizes and at least you are braver than me - you entered !!, Luv Sam x

Sue said...

Oh Squirrel. You are being far too hard on yourself. Your cards are always beautiful and this is no exception. I love the cute image and your colouring is wonderful.
I agree with everything that Marianne said, you are a talented and special friend.
hugs Sue xx

Sarah said...

What are you on about Missus!! It's another fandabbydozy card, a beautiful stamp, fab painting as usual, gorgeous papers, a worthy winner in my humble opinion!! xx

Tanya said...

Oh Squirrel, I know dem feels! You are SO talented, really now...if you weren't, would you have any orders at all? No, you wouldn't. Your cards are so beautiful, and this one is really no exception! It's stunning! Also your bow is lovely, do you not like tying bows?

Chin up lady, everyone loves you and your cards!

T xx

Mickymunchkin's little space said...

well, the people at the quick cards magazine just don't have any taste! ;) I love this card. And not only this one. I love all of your cards! So, there you have it! Time to crawl out of that hole again! It's about having fun making cards. It's about winding down on your crafting desk. It's about bringing a smile on peoples' faces when they hold one of your cards in their hands. It's about being creative. It's about letting the colours and papers take you into a different world. It's NOT about some people judging your card.... Hugs to you!!!
Mickymunchkin

KraftyKoolKat said...

I echo all that has been said sweetie. If I had created this gorgeous creation I would be doing somersaults. IT IS FANTASTIC sweetie.
Hugs
Cathy
xxxx

thecraftycavalier said...

This is absolutely stunning and the colourwork is fabulous. Do you know what love? It's Quick Cards loss. Your work is always beautiful and your blog is source of joy and inspiration to a good many of us crafters. You are an exceptional person and an amazing friend. I have no idea who judged the competition and don't know their criteria for the winners all I know is that your cards are fabulous and I would be lost without you. Now go and get another round and I'll fetch the crisps. Sending hugs, Jayne xxxx

Annette said...

I've read all the comments above honey, and I hope that you are taking note. I'm going to give you a good slapping myself too if I ever get close enough. Wryn looks adorable, I love her skirt and yes, it's their loss. You are a fabulous crafter and a valued friend. Like Jayne, I'd be lost without you, esp the last few months. Snap out of it, have a Gu pud (or two) and get back on the horse again.
Huge huge hugs (and a small smack!)
Annette
xx

Chrissy said...

Awww..dont feel down about it Squirrel..your work is always beautiful and this sweet fairy is gorgeous..I love the border too.

Luv CHRISSYxx

Kim x said...

Chin up Hun, your work is always lovely. Sending a big hug xx

Kat W said...

And just what is wrong with this card please?!
That's a rhetorical question... there's nothing wrong with it!
As if anyone would dare put it in a shredder, it's far too cute for that. Your 3 cards will brighten someone's day for sure and that is a worthwhile thing to have done :-)
Your shading here is fab - gorgeous texture on the hair and love those pleats and the sparkly trim.
Keep 'em coming just like this please!

Big hugs, Kat xx

Donna Mosley said...

Ditto what Marianne said Squirrel. Your work especially your colouring is amazing. I love all your gorgeous cards and this one is sooooo cute. Big hugs.

Donna x

Dot said...

I love your cute card, you are clever, Squirrel....and a bit crazy, love to visit your blog
hugs Dorte

Lorraine said...

I'm with Marianne on this one....slap, slap..hug!!
Love your card it's gorgeous. Good luck with cardmaker of the year.
Lorraine x

Debs said...

Oh Squirrel you are way too hard on yourself - you are super talented and a wonderful blogger - don't put yourself down - Quick Cards just must have been looking for something else at this time.
This is a fabulous card - as always so beautifully coloured.
Take care
Debs xx

Ella's Design said...

Oh my Squirrel, you really are beating yourself up for no reason! I know we are our own worst critics, but your cards are an inspiration to so many people who visit your blog that you really shouldn't stress over the opinions of a mere few!
Your colouring of that sweet little Wryn is wonderful and I love the simplicity of the design...sometimes less is definitely more! Hugs, Lisa x

~@ngie~ said...

(((((((Squirrel))))))) behave yaself... why the low confidence chick??? I LOVE your creations :).... this one included & I LOVE the dp's you've used :)

love n hugz Angie xXx

Jackie said...

Don't be so sad Squirrel, we all love your cards and this one is just so cute. If I had been a judge you would have won :o)
Jackie xx

Alison59 said...

Aw squirrel have a hug.I'd be ecstatic if I could make a card half as good as this one! Don't beat yourself up. All my cards are rubbish but I plod on lol ;-)
I think it's brilliant xx

Dawn said...

I'm delighted that you've joined us for the Sparkle challenge at Tiddly Inks. It is a lovely card ... the shimmer on the dress is divine, and the way you have coloured her hair is just beautiful. Please start to tell yourself that you are good at what you do ... because that's the honest truth.

Elaine Hughes said...

Oh you! Your card is beautiful. I always love your work. :)

Jen Hay said...

Thanks for playing along in our Make It Sparkle challenge. Cheer up!! You did a great job! I love the sparkle on her dress, your coloring, the white icicle border and the stitched tag. Your card makes my day merry & bright! xx Tiddly Inker Jen

Cheryl said...

Well, I, for one, really like your card! And, you should, too! You did a wonderful job with the coloring and the papers are nice and festive. Love the icicle border, too! Thanks so much for joining us the the Make It Sparkle challenge at Tiddly Inks! :D

Lucianna Dilsaver said...

Such a lovely Christmas card with just the right amount of sparkle, so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Tiddly Inks, best of luck to you :)

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