Monday, July 9, 2007

{Caardvarks} 5 star challenge & Let's Do Math

5 different embellishments? It never really occurred to me how many I use normally. I guess my answer is 1-3; I tend to use brads/eyelets, ribbon, primas, an occasional staple, and rub-ons (do they count?) But 5 different embellishments all at once? How to create a card without overloading it...less is more, right? Hmmmm....

This card has MM brads (2 sizes), ribbon, primas (2 sizes), MM buttons, and a MM page pebble. That's 5, right? The cs is DCWV and the dp is BoBunny.

These challenges have been very good for me. I've been in a rut, using my same favorite sketches over & over. Even though I have been trying to do something different, there have been only subtle differences. In other words, I'm still in my box. The past few days my brain has been saying, "Think outside the box." This is reminiscent of my favorite math teacher from high school. Math was always my favorite subject, but Mrs. Trabbic was largely responsible for challenging me to be even better. Even when I became a secondary math teacher myself, I would recall how Mrs. Trabbic would explain how to solve certain problems so that we all understood. Yes, she made even those pesky word problems seem easy, "A train leaves going north...a second train..." You get the idea. But algebra is cookbook to me. You always follow the same recipe to yield the result. See, I love order. I have learned that my cards do not always have to be perfectly symmetrical, nor mounted with perfect right angles everywhere. It is art. (This was really hard for me when I was a beginner. Go ahead, you can laugh at me!) But Mrs. Trabbic often provided brain teasers, like the 9 dots problem. It goes like this: "Without lifting your pencil or retracing over any line segments, connect all nine dots in just 4 line segments. Hint: think outside the 9 dots."
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Once we found that solution, she would say, "Now do it with just 3 segments. Hint: think outside the box." I hope I accomplished thinking outside the box, or outside the 9 dots today. I certainly was challenged. I did use a variation of a sketch I saw at http://gotsketch.blogspot.com/. So my question for you, my blog reader is this, "Do right brain people go through this?"

6 comments:

Jean said...

I was drastically bad at math. I don't know if I am right or left brained, or both, however. I am left handed but use my right hand to make jewelry and to play sports. I write left handed. I am an English major. I liked your card!!! I was trying really hard to understand what you were saying, math wise, but suddenly I was 15 again and lost MY trains back at the last stop, where they go stuck under a bridge!!! You are smart!

Tracy said...

cute card miss but i think i'm with you - i wouldnt normally use so many embellishments - maybe its my cheap side? or maybe my inability to juggle too many elements that are not repeating kwim? anyway its cute
i'm laughing at how you love math. i hated math with a passion as a kid in school. and those word problems -oh my head hurts just thinking about those!

Ila said...

This is a great card! and I really believe that great things are made thinking outside of the box.
I agree it is very hard to ignore order though to do it...and sometimes less is really more.
Very often when I make a card I end up with something altogether different than I had planned...and always I make a big mess.(my craft room looks like a cyclone hit it)..sometimes I wonder if it is worth it.
I think challenges are great because they encourage a person to do things diffently...sometimes it just adds to our style. I haven't done any challenges yet...but hope to in the near future.

mum on the run said...

Totally agree, I don't normally use many embellishments either!

Great card, and great use of the challenge

Ingrid said...

Another great card. I didn't like math at all. Simply because I wasn't good at it. I like the Caardvarks challenges too. I am now encouraged to make something different. Card making wasn't really my cup of tea, but now I like it a lot.

danni said...

Love your pp and embellies, FUN card/LUCKY recipient!!! Good for ALL to get outside the PERSONAL box and we ALL have them don't we...big smiles! Embellies sure are a tricky curve, know what you mean :)