Monday, July 27, 2015

I can't follow directions!


I feel like my standard disclaimer for crafts needs to be that I can't follow directions.  I know I'm a teacher.  I emphasize (to the kids) how important it is to follow directions.   The truth is. . . it's a real struggle for me!


I saw this card on Pinterest. 
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 I thought,  
"That's cute and simple."
"I can do that." 
"I even have that embossing folder".  


"I don't know know that I have those same colors."  
"I think I will just stick with yellows and oranges."
"Hmmm. . . maybe a pink background?"
 "Or this brown kraft paper?  It looks good with everything!"


"Now, how can I make this look less feminine?  How about striped ribbon?"


"Or how about this cute little chick?  He looks so sweet with the yellow!"  


"Should I add some flowers?"


I ended up with five birthday cards.  They all look quite different than the "inspiration" card and from each other.

 Friday night I went with 9 co-workers to a painting party.  Have you heard of these?  You basically get step-by-step directions to a painting and paint along while listening to music and drinking.  Here was the assigned painting for the night.  It's called Chevron Chic.


You know I REALLY can't follow directions when my painting turns out like this.



It's a bit more Seussical than whimsical. . . A bit more Nightmare before Christmas than Chic.  Oh well, I like it.



You know I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolics.  I like seeing how projects come out when you do follow directions.  #mondaymadeit


I am starting a series tomorrow about the International Literacy Association Conference I went to last week.  Come back tomorrow to check it out!  #ILA15
Update:  Find posts here and here.  

16 comments:

  1. I love the way your cards came out!!! So cute... I love all of the variations :)

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    1. Yes, I love the variations. I think different styles fit different people too so these will be great to have on hand!

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  2. Your cards are gorgeous! I love making my own greeting cards, too. You did a great job! And, your painting is lovely, as well. :)

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. What are your favorite tips/ tricks/ tools for greeting cards?

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  3. I love your cards and the fact that you ended up with 5 completely different ones. So great! I got a giggle at your description of the painting and following directions. I'm looking forward to your ILA posts!
    Janie
    Are We There Yet?

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    1. Yay! I'm excited about the ILA posts. I'm glad you are going to read them!

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  4. Those cards are adorable, and your painting made me laugh! I loved my painting class, though I certainly didn't follow directions either! :)

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    1. What painting did you make? I liked the class but found it much more stressful than I thought (not the instructor's fault-- stress I put on myself).

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  5. I don't follow directions EVER. I always have to tell my kids that I am the WORST about this....worst. I am glad to hear that I am not the only one that suffers from this. The cards are adorable and the paining is definitely whimsical!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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    1. Aren't teachers the worst? We talk during "class" and ignore the directions! The instructor had to remind us several times to put our name on our painting.

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  6. I love your cards! I think you did a great job and orange and yellow are two of my favorite colors! When I made the card, I found an idea on line and "didn't follow directions" and made this card! Masterpieces can be made that way! Thank you for finding inspiration through my work!

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  7. I love those cards! You are so crafty!!
    Teach Glitter Grow

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  8. More like I want to be crafty! I am glad you like the cards.

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  9. Even though your projects don't look quite like the originals, they still look great! I love the cards you designed and I actually have the same embossing folder, too! Anyway, great job.

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