Thursday, April 30, 2009

If I only knew then what I know now....

You know I love a good challenge!! The other day I was reading Lisa's blog and she happened to show her very first card she ever made and the first card she ever posted on-line (she was participating in another challenge).

Well, it cracked me up to think of the first card I ever posted so I went to check it out... then I got to thinking it would be fun to try and redo that card knowing what I know now! So that's what I did, and that's our (mine & Lisa's) challenge to you!
  1. Go find the first card you ever made, first card you ever posted in an on-line gallery or at least the oldest thing you can find.
  2. Remake it- do something to bring it up to your current standards... but we want to know what you decided to change. You may change the stamps, colors, layout... whatever you want, but we want to see the resemblance to that orignal.
  3. Tell us how you've updated your look!
  4. Adding: please put keyword REDO101 so we can find it, and be sure to link your original for us to see too!
You will thoroughly enjoy seeing how far you've come in your stampin' endeavors- I promise!

So, here is my sample to get you inspired! Don't be afraid- share that first card no matter how hideous (I AM!).

I first posted this card in February 2005- I actually did this at one of my very first workshops!
Here is how I've redone it.

In a nutshell here's what I changed:

  • Sentiment and background stamps (sentiment is embossed on the new version)

  • Moved the brads

  • Changed from tearing to distressing for the focal image (straight not tilted too)

  • Added the black scalloped edge

Here's the longer version: I actually used nearly the same colors: Creamy Caramel, Basic Black and well... I used Ruby Red in the first one and Riding Hood Red in the redo, and some Very Vanilla. For the main image I used the same stamp from All I Have Seen- a 2005 Sell-a-Bration stamp set. To update my look I changed the horizontal strip of paper from Vanilla to Riding Hood Red- I like the contrast better.

The sentiment I changed from Wonderful Words (which I still have and love) to the Thank you from Fresh Cuts, which is embossed in black. The background is one of the biggest changes I think since that is the part I dislike the most on my original card (and the part I think I was most proud of back in the day!). For my older version I stamped Canvas background in Chocolate Chip I think, then stamped that leaf image randomly over that in Creamy Caramel- UGH! For my new look I simply stamped the grass from Inspired by Nature with Versamark for a very subtle toned-down look.

The brads were changed in location and to black from metallic.

So, wasn't that fun? A blast from the past. Now I want YOU to PLAY along with us! Be sure to check out Lisa's blog soon too, because she'll be posting her redo!

Thanks for visiting!


SUO Supplies (card 2)

Stamps: All I Have Seen (circa 2005), Fresh Cuts (sentiment), Inspired by Nature (background)

Cardstock: creamy caramel, riding hood red, basic black, very vanilla

Ink: riding hood red, versamark, black craft

Accessories: Black brads, clear EP, distressing tool, scallop edge punch


  1. Well, Kristin I'd say you have come a long way! I'm not sure I really want to delve in to this challenge but think I will have to give it a go, it's a good idea!
    I love the new crisp look - the clean colors and embossing - of the new card. Great idea with the grass too!
    Thanks for the Smile award, you sure gave me smiles. :D Made my day!

  2. wow! your first card wasn't so bad, BUT I LOVE how you re-did it. I'm still trying to get mine done. Like I said, I know what I'm doing I just need to get down stairs to pull it together. great work and thanks for posting the challenge.

  3. LOVE your re-do! :) gorgeous, classic card!


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