Thursday, February 13, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches #123 Killing me softly...with circles

The business:
McGill Flower Punches-Large Daisy
Impression Obsession-Hydrangea Stem Die
Flower Soft
1 inch EK Success Circle Punch
Sentiment-Cut one word from 3 different stamp sets. The things you do for love, huh?
Dots EF SU!
SU! Pear Pizazz, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Whisper White
Crappy iPhone picture.

After days of struggling with artist block, I managed to break through it today!

PAM (Pre-adderall moment) I began to use "artist constipation' and struggled with myself...almost knock-down drag-out, force myself to use 'block' instead. Not only does it sound better, I convinced myself, but it allows me to use the words and phrases like "break through" and "had the urge" without ruining breakfast. You have no idea what it's like to wrestle with a brain that has yet to be harnessed by amphetamines. You're welcome.

Freshly Made Sketches challenged us with a sketch that has to be one of the most intimidating I've seen...yet, I knocked it out (another phrase I can use with the aforementioned phrase "artist block". Again, you're welcome.) without a problem.

Last week, the sketch was very workable...few elements. Yet, I spent days-uploading my card only 15 min. before the deadline-trying to figure out how to work it. This week, I almost heard the whimpers from my card-making allies, myself included, when we saw the challenge: it was a sketch that would've repelled Mr. Mephistopheles himself. 


I figure the more basic a sketch is, the harder it becomes to work. But as I worked on this one, it became apparent that even though it offered more elements, it wasn't much easier because creating a CAS card that offers a whole BUNCH of options is just as hard.

Or, it could just be that last week I was blocked and this week I had the juices flowing again. 

Crap. I wish I hadn't used that phrase...or word...or...sigh. How about I stay off the Internet until I can wipe my mind clean of...I mean...I...ahhhh...bye. 

Friends-Pretty much everyone who reads this blog knows I'm a humor writer. not a good one, mind you, but the intent and purpose are consistent. This post is not reflective of anyone or anything...just a brain that is running amok and waiting for the sweet focus that comes with Adderall to channel my energies. FMS is an awesome site and one of the best I've found for sketches and I LOVE the fact that 'winners' are chosen based on merit instead of a drawing. Their design team rocks and I've learned more from this site when it comes to CAS since I began this hobby (obsession) 13 months ago. SO-if there is anyone who doubts my intent or is determined to believe I am slandering the sketch or the artist or this site, then I would appreciate you kissing my a** as you leave the building. HEY! I mean that with love...really! (not)  :)

Sorry for the helluva disclaimer! I've managed to get rid of most troublemakers but you never know when a new one will pop up!!! LOL


  1. Such a cute and clever design with the daisies and dropped petals, Carmen! Artist block is such a PITA, but you've worked through it and that will help. There are some days the mind just draws a complete blank. I walk away for a while but always end up back trying to create...eventually everything falls into place. Just forge ahead can do it!!!

    You really know how to make a person feel good...thanks for your beautiful comment on my blog.

  2. Your card is awesome. love the "love me" sentiments falling from the petals. such a cute card.

  3. Oh my gosh! This is both adorable and clever! Great card. Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  4. Oh, and my doctor won't give me Adderall, but it sounds exactly like what I need. Love your humor and your honesty with your thoughts!

  5. FABULOUS !! Super creative card!! Those daisies are amazing.

  6. This card is so stinkin' cute! I love it! Gonna Pin it.