witticisms by Jess Witty

July 16, 2010

Paper Crafts Magazine Presents: A Card Style Mystery Blog Hop

I love style. Sometimes I like the one I have. Sometimes I wish I had someone else's. Isn't that the great thing about style, though? You can always try out a different one. I sort of revel in the fact that while some things are set in stone... style never is. You can choose one... than another. But sometimes it's a little hard to figure out what makes a style. I mean, you can only try out a new style if you know how, right? Enter, Card Style.

Paper Crafts has taken four of the most popular styles today and packed a whole special issue with them.

Sweet.

I have sort of a "home base" style. My old friend. {Like... from when I started with this whole card gig back in the 00's.} My first friend. (Back when I was first given a Stampin' Up catalog and read the darned thing cover to cover.) Always there for me... even when I stray. (To clean and graphic... it's like my style mistress*.) The one I always come back to. Hello, again, classy & elegant.

When I'm going for a classy and elegant feel, I tend to work with things like glitter (refined... not gaudy), luxe ribbons (silky, satiny... not cutesy), classic images (beautifully drawn and detailed... not whimsical), and timeless fonts and sentiments (not too trendy).

For this project, I challenged myself to make a quick classy & elegant card. Sometimes I find myself spending a bit longer on elegant cards... trying to add just the right touches... enough, but not too much. I do find that multiples can work really well to create an elegant feel. So I took a package of these glittery, double layered butterflies from Martha Stewart and did the unthinkable... I used almost all of it on one card. Nearly the entire package. On one card. Gasp, I know. But so worth it. I used one of my fave go-to papers for elegant pieces - vellum - stamped a vine image on it in versamark for an extra layer of depth without fussiness, and layered it beneath a transparency card base. Sort of a modern take on elegant. Hey, classy and elegant doesn't have to be boring, folks... just classy and elegant.

To celebrate Card Style, we're doing it up big.

BIG.

$350 worth in prizes kind of big.

You can see all the loot at Paper Crafts Connection and Moxie Fab World.

And between those two blogs and the 18 blogs involved in a special Mystery Blog Hop, you've got 20 chances to win.

Sweet.

Just leave a comment here letting me know about your go-to style then mosey on over to the next mystery blogger by clicking on the mystery link below...

You're gonna love her. Trust me. And, don't forget... if you still need a copy of Card Style, you can pick one up asap right here. Later, friends!

*mistress Yeah, so I just googled "other word for man mistress." Because I had no idea what word that would be, yet I needed it to finish that sentence.

And this is what google gave me: gigilo sugardaddy homewrecker and the one that made me laugh the most... fancy man

Ummmm... what?? Not that I actually need to know this information, and hopefully neither do you, but hilarious nonetheless. By the way... just in case you were wondering... not thinkin' any of these would fit into the category of classy & elegant... hahaha!

419 comments:

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Kate Anne said...

Simply gorgeous!! Love the use of acetate, and those butterflies are just beautiful.

Cammie said...

My dream go-to-style is shabby vintage; it is a style that I am trying to master.

Tejal said...

Gorgeous card..I love butterflies and this card just calls me towards it..how I wish it flies to me!!

Terri E. said...

Those glittery butterflies are fab!

It's a good life!
Terri E.

chene said...

Beautiful butterfly card! I am a clean and grahic girl myself.

Gayatri said...

Love the butterflies. Elegant card. love it

Isha said...

Gorgeous card. Love the glittery butterflies.TFS

Isha said...

forgot to write, I am also more towards classy and clean cards.

Lindsay said...

This is so fabulous! I just love the acetate along with those lovely butterflies. This is a style I find a little difficult to achieve!

Karen said...

gorgeous....

Marti said...

Gorgeous card! There's nothing wrong with using the whole pack of butterflies. I'd do it. My style, clean and graphic but I wish I could do shabby, just can't quite get there. LOL

Karen said...

As I wander through the blog hop I realize I'm somewhere between clean and graphic and classic and elegant. I've always described it as clean and simple (with some ribbons thrown in).

Julie Cameron said...

Really pretty card! I think I would have picked glean and graphic for you. I was surprised you did a classy & elegeant card....

Anabelle said...

Girl, you rock the classy and elegant! I LOVE the butterflies. ;)

theCook said...

Very nice card... Not sure that's really what I'm doing, but my favorite style also is classy & elegant!

Kimmie said...

stunning. I cant pull off clear cards like you did

Alyssa B said...

Classy and Elegant for sure! Do you think this sort of style flows over into our personalities too...? :)

mommyabbytommy said...

What a beautiful card!!

My style is simple!! However, your card makes me think I can go 'out of my box' a bit!!

Lynne in NI said...

Sooooo pretty, lovin your butterflies and the acetate base.
I'm fun and cute mostly, but I do love these elegant classy cards!

Natalie Elphinstone said...

I absolutely adore watching other people create clean & graphic and classy & elegant cards, because for the life of me I can't seem to get it right. I guess I'm more of a vintage/shabby chic kind of gal...... I keep wanting to add more layers. But certainly this card has the right amount of layers and embellishments and still fits perfectly into the 'elegant' category. Beautiful!

JOAN said...

I love it!! OMG!! Those butterflies, great job. Thanks for sharing. I have to try the acetate thing ;)

tape said...

My go-to style? I'd have to say clean & graphic.

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Wow! What a Gorgeous card!! LOVE butterflies!! And the use of acetate is awesome!

My favorite Go-To-Style is Shabby chic/vintage!

Julie at Perfect Paper Shop said...

My go to style usually ends up being clean and graphic.

Ramona said...

Beautiful. Worth every butterfly u put on one card. The clear card is new to me but I have been noticing it!

Angie said...

i love those butterflies. I tend to create a lot more than one style depending on my mood :-) but I probably go to clean and graphic more. Although I love shabby vintage but havent really mastered that yet lol

Alison said...

I am a cute and fun kinda girl! Your card is stunning:)

Kelly S. said...

Oh your blog is always such a breath of fresh air! That card is spectacular...glad Martha didn't mind you using all those butterflies on one card...I am sure there are more where that came from! Love it!

Erin K said...

This is just stunning. I'm hopping with my 5 year old son and he's LOVING this card!

ruth said...

I tend to lean toward cute & fun, but I adore your card! :)

craftymom205 said...

Lovely card. My style is also classy and elegant.

Kelly said...

WOW, oh WOW, what a beautiful card! I describe my style as "cheap". I use whatever I have leftover from scrapbooking projects for my cards. I laughed at you using the whole pack of MS butterflies on one card, b/c I am too cheap to do that, but the result is breathtaking! TFS!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Absolutely classy and elegant! I love the glittery butterflies! Gorgeous design!

lisa mosher said...

love your card, my style seems to be clean and simple with a touch of cuteness!

Lin said...

What a GREAT post! Loved your thoughts on style. I generally gravitate between classy and elegant and shabby and vintage. Don't think I have either of them refined yet, but that's the fun of it! Thanks always for your wonderful inspiration!

Lori B said...

Love those butterflies-love the card! Thanks for sharing!

Maureen L. said...

my go-to style is definitely Clean and Graphic ... I find the classy card much more difficult becasue they take so much longer for me. BUt I love the tips you had and I know it will help me do classy a little faster

corinna said...

I'm still chuckling at the definitions...oh yeah, this is a "style" hop. :-D I'm a classic kinda girl too. Just happens. And, I spend WAY too much time making my cards too.

Mary Dawn said...

i guess i'm a cross between fun & cute and clean & graphic....clean and cute? LOL wonderful card

Laura.K said...

Wow. Gorgeous card. I love it.

Jaclyn Miller said...

I love your spunk. Too funny that you googled mistress. Anyway, I love your card. So outside the box.

FLEUR de Lo said...

I'm happy to hear that your fancy man is clean & graphic---it's my personal go-to style. {Aside from fancy man they sure make the male side of it sound a lot more trashy than the female, don't they?}

Theresa said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love the glittery butterflies. TFS

Anika said...

Your card is gorgeous! My go-to style is Fun & Cute!

Erika M. said...

My go to style would be cute and fun but I'm aspiring to expand my style!

Ellie A. said...

Oh I love those butterflies So pretty and yumo. Ok I a question how do you work w/acetate and not get finger prints on it? I'm yet to not do it.. lol

BonnieRose said...

beautiful butterflies!

catdidit said...

LOVE the clear card! And those gold butterflies are perfect classy touches!

Lisa Westphal said...

Wow! Very pretty!!! I always end up going with a fun & cute style. . .but maybe I'll try something like yours for fun. :)

Tiff said...

Your card is so very elegant! I love that trail of butterfies on the acetate!

Christina said...

Absolutely beautiful! I try do combine elements of several styles, so I guess I'm still trying to figure it out! BTW, love your note about the "man mistress"! That gave me a good laugh!

Sue D said...

Very classy and elegant card! My go to style is fun and cute,

Jessi Fogan said...

a whole package? Sacrilege! lol (I'm such a hoarder, I felt the horror in that statement!) I love your card in all its glory. I think my card style actually varies with the kind of occasion I'm making it for - birthdays are often fun & cute, and baby cards & sympathy are usually shabby chic.
Thanks for the chance to win!
Jessi

scrappin' happy said...

Your card is the most elegant one I've seen. It's simply beautiful. I'm a simple shabby chic type gal so I kind of cross two things!

Alicia a.k.a. Crafty Al said...

Your card is beautiful.. I am drawn to clear cards and butterflies are some of my favorite. I would say my main style is Clean & Graphic. I am trying to branch out, though. :)

Thanks for the chance to win.
Alicia E

Trinh said...

My style is usually clean & simple. Your card is gorgeous!

Lillian Child said...

Love your style! And I have the same problem when it comes to adding "more or less" to a card and knowing when to stop. My style is simple elements with some vintage thrown in.

Janet L. said...

Great card! I love the colors and details.

see mary stamp said...

I aspire to classy and elegant, but I'm not quite there yet. Beautiful card!

Stephanie Smith said...

I love this card and all the shiny bitterflies

pattyo said...

I love soft, romantic and vintage style. Butterflies are a favorite of mine, so you know I love this card!

Rae C. said...

Love the card! You have captured elegant!

Diane Jaquay said...

I don't think I have a go to style, I love to dabble in them all, often combining elements of different styles on one card (simple vintage for example). I call my style "eclectic" ;)

Betty-Ann said...

...beautiful card! I tend to lean towards fun and cute...

Michellem said...

How decadant of you with all those butterflies on that beautiful card. I love clean and graphic most and that's what I aim for but seldome achieve!

Ayana Posadas said...

Oh wow, I just loveee your gold butterflies! So original and so pretty!

Michelle said...

Fabulous card. I haven't gotten the courage to try an acetate card, but you've given me a little push....

I wonder how it would work with shabby chic.

Sandra said...

very pretty - love it!
Sandra

Patti Gingrich said...

Fabulous card!!!

Laura Isham said...

I am such a hoarder! To use a whole package of my coveted supplies on one card would KILL me. But you are right, so worth it!

jan said...

Great card! Love the use of the clear cardstock as well! I am shabby so have trouble stopping at elegant or classy!

Lea L. said...

Those butterflies are beautiful!! I love how gold and glittery they are!!

♥Lea

Isabel Z said...

Wow, your card is stunning.

My go-to-style is fun and whimsical.

vegetablog said...

My go-to style is probably clean/graphic or classy/elegant. (your commentary on man mistress was hilarious!)

Cindy Otto said...

Love the gold embossed butterflies. My style is shabby vintage.

Linda said...

I would love to think I'm classy and elegant, but my style is definitely shabby/vintage.

Rachel Schumacher said...

You do that style beautifully! It's been a fun week learning about these styles and trying to pinpoint my own. (usually fun and cute).

kasia c. said...

gorgeous card! what a great way to use those butterflies!

Giovana said...

This is awesome! Love glitter and the butterflies are so pretty!!

Leigh Ann Baird said...

Very classy and elegant! I am a clean, graphic, fun and cute cardmaker--sometimes I don't know what the heck I am!

MrsETaylor said...

Oh EMMMM GEEEEEE. This is STUNNING. I love those butterflies so much

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

WOW, Jess! That card is tunning! Love all the glittery butterflies.

Sarah said...

So lovely! I almost brought home some of those butterflies to use on cards. You have me thinking I should've gotten at least two packs.

Melisa Hunter said...

Love your style and your "witty" comments on the blog. Always so fun to read!

AHadley said...

holy WOW!!! I love those butterflies, what a beautiful card!

scalder said...

Gorgeous butterflies, trust MS!! My style of choice is simple and soft. I much prefer muted colours to bold.

Donna Sue said...

Love the gold glittery butterflies! What a gorgeous card!

smahrty said...

Jess, you make me laugh! Thanks for the useless information at the end of your post. But thanks even more for the great info on what constitutes a classy/elegant card. My style is clean and graphic, your mistress!

Stephanie Fiereck said...

Gorgeous card with all the beautiful butterflies. Timeless.

FrancineB said...

That is a gorgeous card!!! The butterflies with the acetate is simply stunning.

My go-to style would be a cross between classic/elegant and clean/graphic with a little fun/cute thrown in when needed. :)

Barbara DeBose said...

what a stunning card! I had to ask a friend what my style is.... LOL! She said I'm clean & grpahic, with some fun & cute every now and then. :)

Lisa said...

I love the beautiful butterflies and the classy elegant style of this project.

Kelly Massman said...

Love the butterflies!

clnapier07 said...

I just love love love this card. I love this style as well, but find it challenging... being a fun and cute kind of girl, but with card-style week I have dabbled in each stle. Thanks for sharing this beautiful butterfly card. It truly is elegant.

Anna said...

Gorgeous! Great card!

Tracy J said...

For sure not a boring card. Very elegant and gorgeous.

Jenny Ward said...

Love your butterflies card! I'm in love with them right now! I agree my style generally has changed a bit over time. Thanks for sharing!

rudie2shoes said...

I like clean & simple!

Rachel said...

Lovely! Elegant & simple - just beautiful.

Jenn said...

beautiful card, I love your backdrop too

My style is fun and cute or clean and graphic but I think I lean more towards fun and cute.

catnap said...

lol. Anyway, I find classy and elegant intimidating, just not who I am. But you sure do make a convincing argument for loving it, between the gorgeous card and your description. Takes a lot of skill to find that perfect balance, as you say. You have it! I'm realizing as I go through this week that card making is a balance between expressing who you are, but also thinking about the style of the recipient and what they'd enjoy. Lucky person who receives your card.

Jessie said...

Love your work! I love doing many things to my cards and really have no one style! Thanks for sharing!

marianne-g said...

Loved the way you used the acetate so the butterflies fly off the card.

Amanda L. said...

my go-to style would have to be fun and graphic

Kerry said...

Those butterflies are gorgeous! I enjoy the classy/elegant style but I think my go-to style is fun and cute.

dazey said...

I love the idea of a quick, but elegant card. Beautiful!

Keva said...

Wow!! How beautiful! Love all of the glitter..

Tracy said...

very nice card, the butterflies are gorgeous

Rachel Hope said...

GASP!!!! Wow!!!Stunning!

Veronica said...

What a beautiful card. My go-to style would have to be clean and graphic.

Janelle said...

truer words were never spoken!

GinaE said...

My style is pretty classic with an unexpected element added in to each card. I try and taylor colors with who I am giving the card to, in mind. Lately, I've been doing more distressing with Tim Holtz products.

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

This is gorgeous! I love it! I wish I could do classy and elegant like you!

Noblekatt said...

great card! love the vellum under the clear card base! great idea!

Sylvia said...

Your card is definitely classy and so elegant. I am not real good with this style, but if I was it would be my favorite. I do cute and fun the best, or just artsy!

Bev J. said...

Very pretty=love the vellum and acetate-different. tfs

Tenia Nelson said...

So so pretty!!

JeanFB said...

Wow, this card is breath-taking! What fabulous style!

Lisa C. said...

Beautiful card!! Love those glittery butterflies:)

Tiffani said...

Very pretty! Clean and graphic are my fav.

jaydee said...

gorgeous card. my go to style... clean and simple/classy and elegant. i try the others.. but i keep coming back to this.
jaydee

cards by cara said...

FABulous!! I simply love this!! My style is clean and elegant ... well, trying to be elegant!

cardsbycara AT hotmail DOT com

Robyn W said...

I love the butterflies! Gorgeous!

Glenda said...

Great card. My style is clean and graphic (with hints of classy/elegant).

Robin Gibson said...

LOVE this post, how funny! That card is beautiful! Will definitely have to try the vellum with versamark...great idea, and never would have though it! It's a toss up which I gravitate more towards, shabby/vintage or classy/elegant. I think I have a combination style. Does that count? THANKS for the fabulous opportunities this week, and all the inspiration!

LaurieJ said...

Your card is simply beautiful! I realized this week that I haven't quite defined my go to style yet...will have to work on that.

Heather said...

Gorgeous! Love the gold butterflies! I love to try all styles.

paperpapier said...

stunning!

Vicki said...

Gorgeous card. My style is simple, but I want to learn more.

dropstitchknitter said...

I wouldn't say I have a style yet....but your card is just beautiful.

Jessica Canham said...

Your card is gorgeous! I love the acetate combined with the sheer butterflies. I guess my go-to style is classy and elegant. It's the easiest style for me to do!

Regina (TheStampin'Bean) said...

This is so elegant! I am so trying to get the nerve to do more shabby chic. I love it all!

Jeryl M said...

Someday I will use this style for my wedding announcement:)

Teresa Zuehls said...

Those butterflies took my breath away. They are simply stunning! Luv the card.

Melinda AKA medialady said...

Love your very gorgeous elegant card! I am a "simple" classy/elegant style person most of the time.

Shannon & Andrea said...

I'd be okay with a sugardaddy :P

Lovely card, gorgeous use of the butterflies. :) My go-to style is cute and fun, I think...

wilma B said...

absolutely love butterflies!!!..the card is fabulous....wilma

A Little Licht on the Subject... said...

Wow - beautiful card! Well worth the whole package of butterflies. I lean toward to cute and/or clean and simple - would love to develop your elegant style!

Stacy said...

Fantastic! I LOVE those butterflies!

Jessica Wekenman said...

Your 'home base' style really hit a 'home run'! Stunningly gorgeous!

Kirsten said...

That card is glorious! I go to clean&graphic for safe harbor, I guess...

Shelly Greybeck said...

The clear card is gorgeous but very simple.

Cathy said...

What a beautiful take on an elegant card - I love the transparency card base!! A whole package of butterflies on one card...whew...that would be a big step for me too :)

jknapp00 said...

I guess my go to style is clean and simple. Love your's, by the way.

hollie said...

Simply Beautiful card! I always really enjoy reading your blog, you are so funny!

carol h said...

Love your card. I think my style is fun and cute but I love the classy and elegant as well.

Nicole Maki said...

Your card is so pretty!

I don't have a go-to style, but I really wish I did :-)

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

Girl, your last name so fits your personality! I always laugh when I visit your blog. Thank you for that! Your sample is beautiful, as always. I think my style is a combo- fun & cute and clean & graphic. Thanks for sharing your talent and wit with us!

Dorothy C. said...

Isn't Martha's stuff the best? Your card definitely fits Classy and Elegant.

julie.schellin said...

I am Fun & Cute, no doubt. But I love all the other styles too.

Sara Mac said...

Stunning card! I love the classy and elegant style. My go to style is clean and simple (either elegant or graphic).

Brenda Weaver said...

Those butterflies are so gorgeous!!

Marge said...

GORGEOUS card; just my style!!!

Kristin said...

Well, just gorgeous! Fancy man...too funny!

Mini from Mini's Work (Etsy) said...

My go-to style is shabby chic/vintage.

Marla said...

What a showstopper! Though personally if I used a whole package of stickers on one card it would be more akin to a heartstopper. But it is a gorgeous card nonetheless. Gotta get those butterflies!

sheila said...

wow! this is amazing! can't wait to try this on my own!

Basement Stamper said...

Beautiful card, love the gold butterflies-very elegant! I love CAS cards!

Jamie said...

Your card is FABULOUS!! I love the color and I love a little sparkle in everythigng!

Sally Watkins said...

I'd say my got to is a mix of clean and graphic with Fun and Cute.

Judy said...

This is simply gorgeous? Exactly what I would like to accomplish in my own cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

My Angel said...

Gorgeous Butterflies!! Love the acetate card ~~

Yvonne said...

Love the glamorous gold butterflies. Very pretty card!

Anne said...

So unique and beautiful. I love your card!

Madie Ager-Warner said...

Oh those butterflies are yummy!

Lindy said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Lindy said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Craftylou said...

Beautiful card. My go to style is definitely fun and cute. I love anything with birds and trees and am totally in love with whimsical images.

Theresa said...

Your card is beautiful. My cards are usually last minute so it is clean and simple most of the time.

ArlaMo said...

Love those butterflies! I'd be scared to use a whole package - I'm a bit of a hoarder!

JustMargo said...

Love reading your "style" story. And, wonder what I would do if I had a fancy man! LOL Oh, the the card -- gorgeous!

Toni K said...

Gorgeous! My style is either fun and cute or shabby and vintage.

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love it, so great to see clear... works really well

kelly said...

so simple, and so beautiful... thanks for sharing.

mtscrapgal said...

The transparency added so much to your card. The butterflies were perfect for the elegant finish. I try my hand at classy & elegant once in a while but don't know if I pull it off.Thanks

Rona said...

So beautiful!!! You are so funny! I call my "go-to" style girly - sometimes fun and cute sometimes shabby chic but always girly!

charli said...

This is most definitely classy!

Anonymous said...

I love your card and your blog! You're writing style is so entertaining and I always love to see what you have created. It seems I always start a project in one style and finish with something completely opposite! Leslie

Dreama said...

Your butterfly card is absolutely beautiful. My style is pretty simple, and your card is elegant...yet simple at the same time.

tfiskers said...

I would love to know more about how you made that card!!! Its beyond my ability to figure it out....LOVE IT!

Ginger Claire said...

A totally gorgeous card. My go to style - is whatever I'm in the mood for :)

Mandee said...

I have such a hard time doing Classy & Elegant and I'd like to think it's no reflection on my personality! My go-to style is Shabby & Vintage (again, I hope it's no reflection on my personality). Thank you for the lovely card peek!

Erica D. said...

Love the butterflies!!

Sandi said...

Favorite card so far. Love it!

Janelle said...

Lovely, extravagant card. My go to style would be clean and graphic. But -- I admit to being a big flirt. I'll flirt with just about any other style. :)

Tanya said...

Beautiful card! I have not used acetate yet, I need to. I guess my go to style is classy, sometimes shabby chic.

Michele said...

This is gorgeous! Love the glitter and that clear card base - I never think to do that, but it's very pretty!

Cindy said...

Very nice! Definitely need to try an acetate card!

Rachel said...

I definitely lean towards the classy and elegant style myself. I am dying over that glitter butterfly on the acetate card!! ♥♥LOVE it! ♥♥
~Rachel in Sacramento

Jess said...

Beautiful card! My style is a mix of many things. Cute but clean msotly.

Melany said...

Love those butterflies!!!!

Liz said...

Just gorgeous

Jo said...

I love fun and cute because I try to make my cards whimsical and creative!

Jamie said...

My style is more fun and cute. But you do a great job with yours. The butterflies look amazing.

Jeni said...

Beautiful card! I love the shimmery butterflies on the clear acetate. JUST Gorgeous!

KellyG said...

Love your card! I usually have clean lines, maybe cute, sometimes elegant, all depends.

Noreen said...

Your sparkly butterflies are elegant. I don't think I have a style, but I am definitely a "less is more" when it comes to crafts.

kimosabescraps said...

My style falls evenly between fun and shabby... or maybe somewhere in between... I like more fun for kid and masculine cards but shabby it up when its for weddings and girls...

Wendy said...

Wonderful! The butterflies are wonderful.

Carol said...

My style is Clean and Graphic with a little Fun and Cute mixed in. I love your style too!

Carol B

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