Monday, June 28, 2010

Butterfly Blues

I just bought 2 new copics this weekend - Robin's Egg (B02) and Frost Blue (B00).  I'm taking baby steps with the copics - I now have 5 colors (3 pink and 2 blue).  Yipee!
Anyway, experimented with them yesterday and came up with this butterfly in blue.  I wanted to test how copics did with some of my SU! ink.  So I stamped the butterfly in Pacific Point (I LOVE this blue!!) and then shaded the wings inward.  I had a tough time finding a lighter color blue cardstock for the background, but this is what I came up with.  I cut out the butterfly and mounted it with a foam square inside a Vintage Label stamped and cut out window.  I resisted the glitter - this time...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

MM #144 Mermaid

I've had this mermaid a while, but couldn't come figure out how I wanted to use her.  Here's what I came up with.  I used Taken with Teal and the Bali Breeze Designer Series Paper from a while back.
I used large pearls in the center of her crown, then gradually went smaller.  I colored her hair with SU! Watercolor pencils, but the rest I used my blender pen and ink pads.  I coated her tail in some sparkly Dazzling Diamonds glitter. 
I love it, it all feels so tropical!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Color Q #37

I haven't played along with the color challenge in some time, so I thought I'd try my hand at it this morning. 
I love the look of Ruby Red and Cameo Coral.  I'm sad they are being retired at the end of this month. 
I used my Ruby Red to stamp the text background and the Damask Star. 
I wanted to stamp the sentiment in Very Vanilla by my pad doesn't seem to want to stamp with my clear stamps.  I used Always Artichoke instead.  The buttons are New Leaf by PTI.  I actually don't care for SU!'s Cameo Coral ink pad, so I went with a Colorbox Rose Coral instead, I think it matches the color of the paper much better.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Original By Nichole

I was so impressed by Nichole Heady's card (seen here) I wanted to try my own version.  I stamped the butterfly using Robin's Egg by Colorbox and then used a two way glue pen to add Forget Me Not super fine glitter over the butterfly.  This glitter I picked up at Paper Source and it has a beautiful blue hue to it.
I thought the Guide Lines 2 set would go nicely as a background so I stamped that in Versamark on Aqua Mist CS and inked around the edges with Very Vanilla ink.  I used Kraft for the base and the strip of paper behind the ribbon.  I stamped that strip with Text Style on Close to Cocoa ink.  The scalloped edge is from some scrap brown paper.  I finished it off with the ribbon loops (like Nichole showed in her video) in a brown satin ribbon.  I love it.  But I can't take any credit for the design idea - it's all Nichole.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Basic Grey Flowers

I can't help but love this Basic Grey paper!  It's called Lemonade, and doesn't it just make you think of summer?  First up is a 5x5 in square.  I cut the red square and added 1 1/2 squares of some of the paper from this collection.  Then I decided to add a small element to each square. 
The turquoise ribbon flower I found all made in the ribbon section of Joann's.  That center button I just loved so much I HAD to include it somewhere. 
After I had my red card front completed, I cut a 6x6 in sq and used my scalloped edge punch along all four sides.  I trimmed up the corners with my straight scissors and added my card front.  Finally I created my card base (5x5) and adhered it to the back of the scalloped layer.  This was the only way I could think to get the scalloped edge all the way around.
For this card I used Basic Grey Sultry collection.  I stamped my sentiment in Rose Romance before running it through my cuttlebug machine with the embossing folder. 
I added coordinating buttons to the center of each flower (don't you LOVE that green one?!).  These green buttons were from a 'Bag o Buttons' from Autumn Leaves. 
The ribbon was from an old Chatterbox ribbon collection (olive) and worked perfectly.  I might have to keep this card for myself, I love it so much! ;)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I came, I shopped

I saw this quote a couple years ago in one of my cards magazines.  I love it!!!  SOOO ME!  In case you can't see, it says: "Veni, Vidi, Visa.  I came, I saw, I shopped."  And don't you just love this shopping girl?!  She's from a retired CTMH set, Ms. On the Go.  These papers are KI Memories from my stash (I totally forgot I had them!), and I fell in love again with the color combo.  I used the Penshurst and Penshurst Shadow fonts downloaded from

This is another use of my KI Memories paper.  This time I cut some 1 1/4 inch squares.  The label is the Penshurst font I printed and punched out with my Modern Label punch.  The flower is felt, cut with the PTI die.  I love the pink and orange together!
Same design, this time I put it on it's side and used a flower stamp from the discontinued Sweet on You stamp set.  Again, I printed the sentiment and then punched it out.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

One Card, Many Ways

This card design I cased from a post by Maile Belles seen here (May 13 entry).  I used some paper by My Mind's Eye and the Butterfly Dreams stamp set.  I cut the butterfly from Cameo Coral and stamped over it in Ruby Red (what a great color combo!).
Here is the same card design with some of the same paper.  This time I punched the Apron border punch along the edge.  I stamped the vintage label in Ruby Red.  The butterfly is cream felt with a Melon Berry button center.
Yet again, same card design.  I liked the Apron border punch so much I used it here.  The vintage label is stamped in Elegant Eggplant.  This time, I decided to try something new and die cut the flower from purple craft foam.  This gives the project a different dimension and texture than simple cardstock.  I also discovered that the best way to adhere a button to craft foam is with hot glue.  I then used a tiny dab of hot glue to adhere the flower to the card.  The button is Ocean Tides and the ribbon Plum Pudding.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Teacher Appreciation

So I know this is a little late for the teacher appreciation week, but I hope you enjoy.  I used the Milk Made Timeless Template from PTI.  This time I added a scalloped circle punch to the top of the containers. 
I cut the flowers from felt and stitched the buttons on, then stitched the flowers to the top of the paper clip.  I also used some of the Designer paper to cover the black portion of the clip.
I love this thank you label so much!  I added some brads and the Kiwi Kiss ribbon to finish it off.