Feathers and Butterflies

Well, Spring Break just flew by.  Too bad we didn’t have Spring weather to go with it, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.  I did make a Spring-like card last week, so I’ll share that.

Butterfly and FeathersI die cut this beautiful butterfly out of vellum card stock with one of the Butterflies Thinlits dies.  I just love the detail on this die.  I use a layer of wax paper and a dryer sheet when cutting it out, and it come out cleanly and easily.

The layer behind the butterfly is a piece of the Irresistibly Yours dsp, which I sponged with a little bit of Pink Pirouette ink behind the butterfly.  I also sprayed some Crisp Cantaloupe ink with my retired spritzer tool.

Butterfly and Feathers Close UpI added a couple of feathers from the Four Feathers stamp set and cut them out with the Feathers Framelits dies.  They are stamped with Crisp Cantaloupe and Soft Sky ink.

This was definitely an “add a little bit of this and a little bit of that” kind of card.  Sometimes it’s fun to just mix and match away to one’s heart’s content.

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thank You Darling — FMS145

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for a new challenge over at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  And our fabulously talented Aussie friend, Narelle Farrugia, has a great sketch for us.

I have been loving the Hello Darling stamp set lately.  I was on the fence about this set, as I was not sure about how versatile it would be.  But I’m so glad I got it!  I keep coming up with more ways to use it.  And when I saw Narelle’s sketch, I knew I wanted to use this stamp set.

Thank You Darling FMSI used a color combo of So Saffron, Coastal Cabana, Tangerine Tango, and Old Olive.  I embossed the floral image with clear embossing powder on the So Saffron card stock, which gave it almost the appearance of Crushed Curry — love it!

Thank You Darling

The sentiment comes from the set Four You.

I hope you’ll join us and play along with this challenge.  You can see what the other designers made with the sketch at the Freshly Made Sketches site.

Hello Layered Flower

Hello Layered Flower

Here’s a quick and easy card for you today.  I took a sheet from the Neutrals DSP Stack and embossed the sentiment from Four You (a go-to set for me) with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I then stamped flowers from Flower Shop and Petite Petals on Strawberry Slush card stock, and punched them out with their coordinating punches.

Hello Layered Flower Close Up

I added a button and white baker’s twine, and called it a day.  Sometimes when you only have fifteen minutes to stamp, you’ve got to make it quick and easy.  That’s one of the things I love about punches.

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Farewell Fancy Flower

Epic Day Fancy FlowerOf all of the dsp packs that are retiring at the end of this month, I think I will miss the Epic Day This and That package the most.  I think I have loved every single sheet in this set.

Epic Day Fancy Flower Close UpTo make the flower, I used three different flower punches — the bottom layer is the Blossom punch, the two middle layers are made with the Fancy Flower punch (retiring), and the top layer uses the Pansy punch.  I crumpled up all of the layers and then smoothed them back out.  I added a 3/4″ circle of Daffodil Delight card stock and one of the In Color Dahlias (retiring) on top.

Do you have big plans for Mother’s Day weekend?  We don’t, and that’s just the way I like it.  It should be a nice relaxing weekend at our house.  Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Flower Shop Flower

Thinking of You Flower

Sorry for the terrible picture!  Not sure what I did wrong, but I really should check my pictures before I mail the cards and it’s too late to get a better picture.  Oh, well!

The card base on this one is Pool Party.  I added some of the Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, and then some ribbon and trim.  The flower is stamped with the Flower Shop set and punched with the Pansy punch.  The smaller flower is punched with the Petite Petals punch.

Thinking of You Flower Close UpEnjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Simple Striped Stems

Striped Blossoms

I had these Calypso Coral flowers cut out and sitting on my desk.  I had planned to use them on another project a couple of weeks ago, but changed direction with it and I thought I’d save them for later.  They finally found a home on this card yesterday.

I had a nice Easter weekend with family.  My parents came in town and stayed with us, so that was a nice treat for me and the kids.  I hope you had a wonderful Easter too.

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Simple Stems, Four You
Ink:  Calypso Coral, So Saffron
Paper:  Whisper White, Gumball Green, Kaleidoscope dsp
Embellishments:  Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Little Leaves Sizzlit

Mosaics Everywhere — FMS131

Happy Wednesday!  And Wednesdays mean it’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is the fabulous Cindy Hall, who always adds amazing details on her beautiful cards.  She is one gifted card maker, I tell you.

I struggled for a little bit in figuring out what to put in that long focal panel.  But as I was looking through my stamp sets, the Mosaic Madness set jumped out at me.  I haven’t used it in a while and it is such a fun set.  So I went all out with the mosaics — stamps, punch, dsp, embossing folder…

A Mosaic HelloI even used some of the cool mosaic window sheet paper.  I love how the Modern Mosaic embossing folder coordinates so well with the Mosaic punch and the stamp set.

The two little white flowers with the black candy dots centers were made using a punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, which is one of the weekly deals this week.  I also used the sentiment from the Four You set.  It is embossed with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

We hope you’ll make your own card using the sketch above and then share it in the gallery. You can hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site and view the other designers creations for some inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Summer Silhouettes Collage

I pulled out my Summer Silhouettes stamp set and decided to just make something for fun.

Summer Silhouettes Collage

I started by spritzing a white card base with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and Strawberry Slush re-inker.  Then I stamped the mosaic strip with Basic Gray ink and added some Delicate Details Lace Tape (it’s kinda hard to see in the pictures).  I then added some In Color dsp and Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum strips.

I stamped the floral images with Summer Starfruit, Strawberry Slush, and Coastal Cabana ink and then cut them out with my trusty paper snips.  I embossed the sentiment from Four You with Gold Stampin’ Emboss powder.

Summer Silhouettes Collage Close Up

I added some sequin trim and pearls and then forced myself to stop.  That’s the hardest part!

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Stenciled, Textured Dots

Don’t ask how long this card took me to make.  I’d be too embarrassed to tell you.  Let’s just say there is more than one version in the trash can right now.  It’s not that I was doing anything hard, it’s just that I kept changing my mind about what I wanted to do.  But I finally finished, and I hope tomorrow is a better stamping day.

Stenciled Dots

I hadn’t played with my jar of fiber paste in a while, so I thought it was time to pull it out.  I scooped some out and dropped a couple of drops of Smoky Slate re-inker in and mixed it up.  I then laid my polka-dot stencil down (from the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit which was in the Holiday catalog last Fall) and spread some of the colored fiber paste over the stencil.

After that dried, I took an aquapainter and dipped it in a couple of drops of Pool Party re-inker.   I then tapped my aquapainter over the card and let some drops splatter on the card base.

Here’s a closer view of the cool texture that the fiber paste adds.

Stenciled Dots  Close Up

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Four You
Ink:  Versamark, Smoky Slate
Paper:  Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, I Am Me dsp
Embellishments:  Bitty Butterfly punch, Elegant Butterfly punch, Brights Designer Buttons, White Baker’s Twine, Pearl Basic Jewels, Build a Banner Simply Created Kit (retired)

Playing with Petite Petals — Monday Montage #15

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We’re back with another Monday Montage Blog Hop for you this evening.  There are ten of us participating, so just click on the buttons at the bottom of each post to follow along and work your way through each post.

I recently got the Petite Petals stamp set.  Unfortunately, the coordinating punch is on back order, so I’m still waiting to receive it.  I just did things the old fashioned way — cut out the flowers by hand.  I don’t mind that though.  Cutting is a little therapeutic for me.  I think just about all things paper-crafting related are therapeutic for me!

I kept both of my cards for today super simple.  My kids have been on Spring Break this week, so my stamping time has been very limited.  I love cards with lots of layers and embellishments, but sometimes I love simple cards too.

Thinking of Petite Petals

I found that Little Leaves Sizzlits die in my supplies a couple of weeks ago, and now I can’t seem to stop using it.  I’ve used it on both cards today.  I LOVE this sheet of Watercolor Wonder dsp.  It adds a little bit of interest to an otherwise neutral background.

Thanks for Petite Petals


On this card, I wanted the chevron background but I wanted to mute it a little bit, so I brushed on some Gesso with a paintbrush to tone it down just a little.  If you could reach through your computer and touch it, you’d find that this adds a nice texture as well.

You’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog by clicking the “Next” button below.  She always inspires me, and I love looking at her blog.  If you’d rather work your way backwards, you can go visit Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Her creativity is always impressive and I always say, “Wow!” when I look at her blog.

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used on Card 1:
Stamps:  Petite Petals, Four You
Ink:  So Saffron, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Basic Black
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Watercolor Wonder dsp
Embellishments:  Little Leaves Sizzlits Die, Sewing Machine

Supplies Used on Card 2:
Stamps:  Petite Petals, Perfect Pennants, Lots of Thanks
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Basic Black
Paper:  So Saffron, Coastal Cabana, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Subtles DSP stack
Embellishments:  Little Leaves Sizzlits Die, Gold Sequin Trim, Gesso