Orchid Butterflies

I’m so excited about the return of Beate’s weekend sketch. They are just so wonderufl!! I also love that sometimes I get a picture in my mind, and my card turns out exactly like that original idea. I don’t mind when it doesn’t  – the organic stamper in me is willing to let the card tell me where I should go. But when the whole thing goes according to my original plan, it is a beautiful thing. This picture seems to be working as well, so click on it for a larger view.

The butterfly is stamped using Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid ink on vellum, heat set, and then cut out. I adhered it using mini glue dots, and then put two small celery colored pieces of bling from MME on top of it, to make sure you couldn’t see the glue dots. I also used the bone folder to curl his wings a little bit.

I used classic inks to do the background flower on the Whisper White panel. The dp is Basic Grey. And my color combo came from the SU color wheel – I just added the Basic Gray cardstock for contrast and then subbed Bordering Blue for the Brocade Blue, because it tied in better with the Gray. I’m pleased with the way the colors work together!

Stamps: SU – Spring Song; Inkadinkado – Garden Delight
Paper: Bordering Blue, Basic Gray, Certainly Celery, Orchid Opulence, Whisper White, Basic Grey dp, vellum
Ink: Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid, SU Classic Certainly Celery, Basic Gray
Accessories: gg ribbon – celery and gray; 7 sided distresser tool; bling; bone folder; DD’s little fingers to help me tie the knots
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Be patient with me…

I’ve gotten a new iMac. And it is the deal. But I have to learn how to use a new photo program, and load stuff on here from my camera, and a zillion other things. So I might not have a new post this weekend – I’m hoping to, but you know how fancy schmancy technology goes, lol. Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend!

Lovely Pine

Whew! Thank goodness this week is almost over – I’ve been so crazy busy! I did have a chance to make this card on Tuesday, and it combines Monday’s Technique Challenge and Tuesday’s Color Combo challenge from Splitcoast. So that made me happy.

I handstitched around the edges of the Rose Red panel and sponged it. I could not for the life of me decide on a dp, so I ended up not adding one. I think the white on black script panel is lovely on its own.

This picture seems to be working – when you click on it it shows you a larger version. So maybe I’ve fixed it. Hmmmm….

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, French Script, LAD Just Words
Paper: Kraft, Basic Black, Rose Red
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Rose Red
Accessories: circle punches, thread, paper piercer, loopy brad, ribbon, samj

Cute Little Dragon

I made this last night for this week’s Lizzie Anne Designs sketch. It’s a simple sketch, with tons of possibilities. The twist was to make it a birthday card, so I decided to use the Once Upon a Time set. Is this not the cutest little dragon ever???

I’m not sure if you can see it well in this picture or not (forgive me, it is a dreary day here – which is fine by me, lol) but on the right side of the Pink Pirouette piece a portion of the castle is stamped, in the Pink Piroutte ink. Also, WordPress seems to not be making my pictures larger when you click on them, and I’m not sure how to fix that. I’m working on it, though!

If you haven’t had a chance, stop by the Lizzie Anne Designs site – they are doing some tweaking, and it looks fabulous!!!

Supplies: Stamps – Once Upon a Time (LAD); Paper – Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Basic Grey Infuse, watercolor paper; Ink – Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette; Accessories – corner rounder, liquid pearls, aquapainter

Black and White Christmas

It started like this: I knew that the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder would remind me of snow if I used Whisper White and a holiday set. I had a plan. But then my husband sat himself down at my stamp table to read Tuesday Morning Quaterback and various other ESPN related things he needed to catch up on (I had stolen the laptop, and wouldn’t give it up).

So I parked myself on the floor, and knew I wasn’t going to be coloring anything down there. Out came the Brilliance Black ink and Cutter Bee scissors, and this card is the end result! It could not be any simpler (well, I did do another super simple one that I will show you tomorrow, lol) and I absolutely could not love it any more!

Stamps: LAD Holiday Lane
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Brilliance Black
Accessories: SU Oval punches, Cuttelbug (swiss dots), Basic Black marker, snowflake, brad

Little Hippos

I’ve never made a 3×3 notecard box before, so I was completely shocked at how easy it was. Of course, the super simple, clear directions shared on the tutorial at Splitcoast helped tremendously! I used my Lizzie Anne Designs Born to be Wild set – they are the cutest little animals!

On the box top, I cut out the hippo heads and popped them up on dimensionals. On the cards (well, the ones that have hippos on them), I popped up the whole hippo. I used a scallop circle on all of the cards, and most of them have either the polka dot or the striped Cosmo Cricket dp that I used on the box itself.

These are the only two that don’t have the dp on them. I stamped the leaf image on the background, and colored it with a Certainly Celery marker.  I had a great time with my Soft Subtles paper the day I made this!

The rest of the cards look pretty similar to these two, but they vary in scallop circle color, base color, and cardstock design. The hippos are all either Pink Pirouette or Soft Sky, and all of the Giraffes are Certainly Celery. The outline color for all of the is perfect Plum. I do love that shade of purple.

Stamps: LAD Born to be Wild
Paper: Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery Naturals White, Soft Sky, Cosmo Cricket dp
Ink: Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery, Brown Stazon, Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky
Accessories: Cosmo Cricket chipboard piece, Martha Stewart edge punch, gg ribbon, scallop circle punch

Real Summer BBQ

I’m hosting the Limited Supplies Challenge on Splitcoast this week – what fun! Please play along if you have time (feel free to link your card here, in the comments section, so I can be sure to check it out!!!!)! This is my sample for my challenge. If you have a chance,  take a quick look at Victoria’s sample too – I love it! Her blog is darling – Eat Stamp Sleep Repeat. You should check that out too!

I checked my gallery, and haven’t used this set in over a year. I NEVER use Real Read, or leave my images uncolored. The eyelets and dp I’ve had longer than I can remember (at least 3 years, because I bought them before DD was born), and I didn’t even know I had either one of the ribbons. So I definitely used some old stuff!

As a funny side story: We are vegetarians. So when I was coloring the burger, DD walked over to me and looked at it and said, “Hey Mommy! That’s a veggie burger!” Which completely cracked me up!

Stamps: Backyard BBQ
Paper: Basic Black, Summer Sun, Real Red, GP White, random dp
Ink: Versafine Black, Real Red
Accessories: samj, old eyelets, neglected ribbon, SU Markers, circle punches, Cuttlebug (swiss dots)