Thursday, May 27, 2010

More Butterflies

So it seems the butterfly has caught my eye. Actually I've been sitting out a tool or stamp set that hasn't seen much use lately and leaving it out until I use it for 3 projects. This card is project #3 for the Martha Stewart butterfly punch. Project #1 was the card candy I made for a swap at Inspire Swap Chat, project #2 was the thank you card and here is #3.

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My original thought was to have all cream butterflies on the cream card but I still had a few scraps of the gold paper sitting out and I thought the two together looked very elegant. I added some gold glimmer mist to the cream butter flies after I embossed them in the cuttlebug folder.

Paper: Papertrey Ink (cream) Unknown (gold)
Stamps: Stampin Up (silhouette stems)
Other: Versa Color (gold ink) Martha Stewart (butterfly punch) Tattered Angels (gold glimmer mist)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Butterfly Thank you

Papercrafts Magazine is having the Gallery Idol contest again. I have entered almost every year but have never been chosen. This year the first round is to create a thank you card. I made two for the first round. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed. Otherwise, these will go to my stash. I find, other than birthday cards, I use thank you cards the most so these will not go to waste!

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Butterfly card
Paper: Papertrey Ink (ripe avocado, cream) Unknown (gold paper)
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (through the trees--thank you)
Other: Martha Stewart (butterfly punch) Tattered Angels (gold glimmer mist)

Black and Green Thank you
Paper: Papertrey Ink (ripe avocado, kraft, black)
Stamps: Stampin' Up (Stem Silhouettes)
Other: Creative Impressions (ribbon) Tim Holtz (leaves)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Christmas in June

I joined another swap (the postage is killing me for all these swaps!) at Inspire Swap Chat for Christmas cards in June. I use a lot of Christmas cards so this swap will probably actually get used by me. Of course when I receive those over the top awesome cards I can't bare to part with them.

For those of you out there in blog land who are not familiar with how a swap works, here is a run down of the basics.
1. You go to a site that has swapping boards (I use Inspire Swap Chat, which is a group of ladies who swapped on the old Papercrafts Mag site before it was revamped) and sign up.
2. Hostesses post swaps with a theme, size, quantity requirement and due date. Find one you like and sign up.
3. Send your cards, enough postage to get them back, and an envelope to return them in to the hostess by the due date.
4. The hostess will swap out all the cards. You get back however many cards you sent in with in a couple of weeks.
5. Enjoy the creations you received back. I often get new ideas or color combos from swap cards.

Now on to my cards. This past holiday season I made the decision to work through the Halloween and Christmas papers in my stash before I bought any new stuff. However I ended up winning some blog candy that was the SEI Alpine Frost collection. I made a few cards with it last year. I pulled it out to use for these cards because I didn't get to use as much as I wanted last Christmas.

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Stamps: Hobby Lobby (cardinal) Inkadinkado (Cool Christmas) Papertrey Ink (limb)
Paper: Bazzil (various colors) SEI (alpine frost)
Tools: Nestabilities (ovals, scalloped ovals)
Other: Colored pencils, ink, ribbon

Friday, May 21, 2010

Oh What a Lovely Tree Swap

I joined yet another swap at Inspire Swap Chat. This time to use your favorite tree stamp. Of course I went back to my Through the Trees set by Papertrey Ink.

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The trees are stamped in black on the green cardstock. To give the illusion of shadowy grass, I sponged on some more black ink at the base. I finished with the peace sentiment from Through the Trees and a prima flower.

Card stock: Bazzil (raven black) Archivers (2 shades of green that I'm not sure what they were called)
Stamps: Paper Trey Ink (Through the Trees)
Tools: Nestabilitites (labels ?)
Other: Black Ink, Gem, Prima flower

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mark the Page...Butterfly Style

I am an avid reader. In a perfect world I would own a scrapbook store where I could divide my time between crafting, chatting with other crafters, baking something delicious in the back to share and reading. Since this is not a perfect world crafting and baking often take a back seat to a really good book.

I joined a swap at Inspire Swap Chat to make these neat corner bookmarks. These bookmarks are larger than others I've seen but that is just fine with me, less chance it will fall out! There are several tutorials out there to make these so I won't bore you with another one. I googled large corner bookmark tutorial to find one I liked.

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Patterned paper: Basic Grey (Wisteria--Violet, Porcelain--Chintz)
Stamps: Michaels ($1 clear stamp )
Ink: Versa Color (grape)
Tools: Martha Stewart (butterfly punch)
Misc.: Ribbon (died and crinkled by me) Stickles (ice) Gems (no idea just in my stash)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Sandy Beaches

I've been giving my brayer a work out the last few days. I wanted to try my hand at a beach scene. Michelle Zindorf has wonderful tutorials that make it seem effortless. However my experience has been that they are a lot of work but very rewarding!

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This card is already on it's way to my friend Deb from Inspire Swap Chat. She loves the beach and has sent me so many beautiful beach cards she made. My card is not as great as hers but I think she'll like it.

Paper: Papertrey Ink (white) Unknown (brown)
Ink: Stampin' Up! (Cool Caribbean, Cameo Coral, Creamy Caramel) Close to my Heart (Robin's egg blue, Walnut) Memento (Cottage Ivy)
Stamps: Imaginese (Flip Flops) Inkadinkado (leaves)
Other: White gel pen, brayer, paper pierce and template