Swallowtail Gone Wrong…

Another confession time…. I've had Mr. Swallowtail for quite awhile and I guess I've been waiting for it to move  on it's own since it's so big.  ??? With all the ideas I've seen I'm still challenged with this big guy.  Hence the "Swallowtail Gone Wrong" title. 


I pulled it out and started playing.  My trash can is now filled with crooked Mr. Swallowtails in a rainbow of colors. I finally stamped this in Pool Party and thought I would soften it up a bit with Vellum over the image.  This part I liked.  Because I used Vellum I didn't want any adhesive to be shown so I decided to pull out my Victoria Lace which is one of my favorite products.

To keep the lace in place I pulled out my little sewing machine.  This is when the card goes DOWNHILL…. 

Maybe I'm having an early senior moment but when I pulled the sewing machine out I never noticed the BRIGHT yellow thread.  I started sewing and wanted to cry.  When I say bright… it was OH MY- BRIGHT.  I was already invested so I had to continue sewing across the card.  At this point I almost threw the entire thing in the garbage but I wanted to try and save Mr. Swallowtail. 

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I wanted to hide the yellow thread because it stuck out like a sore thumb. If it was Summer Starfruit it would have been perfect.

I decided I would add a little Island Indigo Bakers Twine around the lace to hide it and it really didn't do the job.  Now the Vanilla lace on White was bothering me…   This is when I really should have walked away but NO… I like to try to save the world, Mr. Swallowtail included. 

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Next I added the BOLD sentiment from the Amazing Family stamp set and this would have looked a little better if I had stamped it in a lighter color.  The good news is your eyes hopefully went straight to the "friend" and not the bright yellow thread that you can still see. 

My point in this debacle… sometimes we have a bad stamping day. Today was mine.

Mr. Swallowtail is beautiful. He just needs a do over. While the card is not an epic fail I think it could use a little touch up.  I've challenged myself to a do-over. 

Here is my question… What do you do in this type of situation? Do you walk away? Keep adding products (like I did)? OR Throw it in the trash? I'd love to hear. 


Stamps: Swallowtail (129216), Amazing Family (#129192) Ink: Pool Party, Basic Gray Cardstock: Whisper White, Vellum, 

Accessories: Victoria Lace, Elegant Butterfly punch (#127526), Bitty Butterfly Punch (#129406), Bakers Twine Island Indigo, Pearls



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20 thoughts on “Swallowtail Gone Wrong…”

  1. Wouldn't have noticed the yellow thread if you hadn't mentiioned it!  ๐Ÿ™‚  It isn't as bad as you think. 

  2. AW Kimberly, Mr. Swallowtail is so pretty, like Josie said, it's not as bad as you think. I know it's hard for us Type A personalities, everything has to be perfect in our eyes. To be honest, that happens to me quite a bit and unfortunately, I am so picky that ๐Ÿ™ I just throw it out and start over "YIKES" don't you dare do that though, just make another one to your liking. LOL 

  3. Replace the sentiment panel in a lighter color, or just add one more right on top since this has turned into a layering adventure! I keep adding just like you did. Love the vellum effect, it's lovely!

  4. I didn't even see the yellow until you said something. I think it's beautiful and I am going to copy it (just so you know).
    Your stalker and stampin' soul sista,

  5. As much as it pains me that it doesn't look right to me, I go ahead and send it to someone and they are amazed at the card and don't even notice any imperfections.  Sometimes the ones that I think aren't the best are the ones that everyone likes the most!

  6. Kimberly like all talented artists you are too hard on yourself. The card is beautiful and until I read about the yellow thread I didn't even realize you hadn't meant to use it. I would be honored to find this beautiful card in my mail box as would many others. Don't toss Mr. Swallowtail let him fly. Have a blessed day. Susan

  7. hehehe, yes, I'm laughing at you and myself. I'm so stubborn, I'd keep adding and subtracting stuff to the card, then I would throw it away and only then would I walk away! Maybe the next day if it was on the top of the heap in the trash, I might rescue it and give it to my mom, 'cause like most mom's she thinks everything I make is beautiful! I'd only let her have it if she agreed not to tell anyone I made it though.
    To hide the yellow thread, I'd have put some of that 1/8" ribbon over it. That's my fix all, a ribbon & bow!

  8. Carol Carriveau

    This has really NOT gone wrong….just pretend that you wanted that tiny pop of color…it is still a beautiful card and love all of the vellum!!!

  9. LOL I had to smile when I read your posting about what to do with a card you didn't care for!   If you want to get rid of it really quick, stick it in the mail to someone with a note that you were just thinking about them and whipped up this card…The vellum looks great!
    Mary  ๐Ÿ™‚

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