witticisms by Jess Witty

April 05, 2011

350 Cards & Gifts

I love a good mail day, don't you?

Walking out to my mailbox... escaping the cacophony of sound that is my home... bare feet on hot concrete... and opening a brown paper package to find this...
With one of my favorite projects *ever* on the cover.
{That would be the little button shadowbox.}

And getting to share the cover with two of my favorite people, Kim K {super cute cupcake topper} and Maren {cutie pie lemonade card}, no less.

That's a good mail day.

You might find it funny how my little shadowbox came about. Because the first time I submitted it, it wasn't a shadowbox at all. See?

I believe I made it for a call to make projects featuring your favorite embellishments.

Guess what mine was?
{Buttons, anyone?}

I made it and even though it's a little bit out of my normal style... something about it just made me happy. I thought the buttons all together, without a true outlined form, just seemed so carefree and fun.

Apparently, our faithful editors did not agree and my favorite card became my favorite reject :)
{That's the way it goes sometimes, right?}

I held back on ever blogging about my little favorite because I wanted to give it another shot.
I mean, come on.
Gluing all those buttons down took time, people :)

Enter the call to submit projects to 350 Cards & Gifts.
And my super sneaky plan to get that card published.

I simply trimmed it down, repositioned a few buttons, glued it inside the shadowbox, and renamed my "Color My World Card" to "Color My World Shadowbox."

I know.
Sly must be my middle name since my super sneaky plan worked.

Apparently, I snuck my way right on to the cover. I really have no idea how that happened, because I can assure you, this issue is filled with pretty darned sweet projects. You're gonna love it.

Later, friends!

{Color My World} card
* all supplies by Papertrey Ink
Stamps - Tiny Treats: Valentine
CS - Smokey Shadow, White
Ink - True Black, Raspberry Fizz
Other - Vintage Buttons


Wendy ten Hove said...

Oh, so much fun! Love both versions!!! So pretty buttons!!!
Hugs, Wendy

JanR said...

It's awesome! Congrats!

Andrea said...

I love hearing stories like this! I think I actually love it more as a shadow box than a card as well. Beautiful job!!

Anonymous said...

Love how your happy buttony card turned into a fun gift! And the perfect project for a mag cover ;)
Hugs, Ruth S

Kristin said...

I do love that shadowbox of buttons. Gives me hopes now that I have entered the world of submitting (and being rejected, lol)... That was my *goal* for this year :)... hmmm, I do not think I planned on the rejection part (ha!)

Kathleen said...

LOVE it, Jessica----and about your post a few days ago---you will NEVER regret spending these years with your babies---mine are much older now and I am SOOOOO grateful I made this choice!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Super cute card (and shadowbox)! Your story is hilarious! :)

Shobana said...

Super button card/box....whatever! :) And I just LOVE your sense of humour! Good luck with your babies and wishing you fun times ahead! :)

Indy's Designs said...

Fun, fun!

Auntie Em said...

Congratulations on being published AND making the front cover...you can now definitely brag you are a 'Cover Girl'!:D
Love your little shadow box and the buttons under cover. A sweet little treasure.
Thank you for sharing! :)

btsoi. said...

Love the button shadowbox! I could stare at it all day. And way to believe in your little card and give it another chance :) Thanks for sharing your story!

Kelly S. said...

Oh how I love this super sneaky sly post, you are too cool, Jess! Your words made my smile, and that shadowbox makes me so HAPPY!

Steph said...

Such a cool story, love the shadowbox! All those buttons are just so cute together!

Rae said...

I absolutely loved it as a card, but I guess the editors were right- it rocks even more as a shadowbox! Thanks for sharing a great and inexpensive idea! I see "gift" in my families (siblings) future, maybe I can make them in their home decor colors to be sure they are hung (you thought you were sly...) lol

Rae said...

PS. I forgot to add...and that shadowbox totally "ROCKS" the cover of the Papercrafts special issue! Congratulations!