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Friday, December 5, 2014

In Full Bloom

Could not get a decent scan on this, to show how pretty it actually is. 
In Full Bloom was one of the first Stampin Up sets I bought.  I've had so much fun with it.  This was made using Wausau Ivory c/s for the base and SU Pretty Pink for the frame.  The soft, pretty stripes background was from my extensive computer DSP collection (Filed under Stripes, Flwr 2 - note to self).  The leaves were stamped onto a 2 3/4" square of ivory and colored using Copic G21 & YG61.  That was affixed to the pink piece.  The flower head was stamped onto white and colored using layers of Zig Baby PinkMarker (another first purchase - years ago and it still works).  The petals were touched lightly with  Stickles Stardust glitter and it has Gold Liquid Pearl centers.  It was fussy cut and then attached Flat to the stem, with a dimensional toward the top so part of it stands up off the page.  I like that type of effect. The adorable bee was colored with Daffodil Delight and Black, fussy cut and had his wings glitzed.  Attached a framed sentiment and you're done.

White Christmas

My Stampin Up Gal, Amy, came over today to deliver my newest toys and spent some time with me making this adorable card.
This was done using SU new White Christmas polymer set.  Trees were stamped on Craft color c/s using Chocolate Chip, and then filled in a little with the Choc. Chip marker.  (Most images on this set are outline type).  Merry Christmas was stamped using Black.  Cardinals were stamped with Cherry Cobbler and then filled in with the Cherry Cobbler Marker.  The 'snow' base was fun - we used Stazon Opaque White and a dauber to 'smudge' it around.  Snow was placed strategically on tree branches and at base using the SU white pen.  Snowflakes were put in using the same pen.  Affix brown brads, put on dimensionals and attach to Craft card base.  Fun, Cute card.  Thanks Amy.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Last Swallowtail - I think...

Have just finished a dozen of these.  Have 5 more of the Oval butterflies to complete and then expect to be finished.  This one is sort of different.  It is several layers, starting with Pistachio green, then alternating black and white frames.  It was stamped with black memento and then sponged with Barely Banana, Blush pink, and Pistachio.   I darkened the major lines and filled in solid portions with a regular Sharpie pen.  Added a few fun sequins and it was done.  Now to finish the oval cards and put verses in them all.  Then will have 'gift packets' for Christmas plus some extras to give to the Church women to send to their missionaries etc.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Swallowtail CASE

This card is Cased from one on Patty Bennetts Blog.  It was sent to her so she didn't have the info.  However, a keen eye and a good picture..... think I got it!
This is the SU Swallowtail stamp again, stamped in VersaMark and the embossed with Black EP.  The frame, ExLibris, was also done with versamark and then carefully cut out.  (It is a full, large background stamp and I only wanted to use the frame portion).  I colored the white areas of the frame with Barely Banana Marker.  I used French Script stamp and Memento London Fog ink on white c/s to create the background.  Splotches of Barely Banana were added using the splotch from the Happy Watercolor set.  The flower from Stipple Blossoms was double stamped using Bashful Blue (I didn't think the regular stamping was dark enough so loaded it up and hit it again)  The butterfly was colored using the Aqua Painter and Celery, Lavendar Lace, Daffodil and Guava ink pads.  I fussy cut the butterfly and attached the body to the c/s using Tombow Mono glue (green bottle) and raised the outer edges of the wings with dimensionals.  Am quite pleased with how this one turned out.

Monday, November 3, 2014

More Swallowtail Butterflies

I am having just too much fun with this stamp.  Have been creating them with different colors and layouts.  Not sure I could pick a favorite.  Most are glittered but as usual it doesn't show well in a scan.
These were all stamped on white c/s using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored with Copics and run through the Big Shot using the Oval Nesties.  A portion of the wings were fussy cut first so that it would appear to be outside of the oval.  The Left wind portion and body are glued down, with Dimensionals used under the outer edges of the right wing.  Makes for a pretty neat effect.  Complimentary colors were sponged onto the white around the butterfly, to better tie the colors together.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Violet Coneflowers

Am doing several variations of this image.  Here's the first one. 
The Coneflower is from an old Gina K set called Heartfelt.  It was stamped with Memento Black and colored with Copics (V09, V04, V01, Y17, E35, YG23, YG95).  The plain and scalloped circles and ovals were cut with Nestabilities and sponged lightly with inks.  A "Score Board" helped with the placement of the lines.  Flowers were affixed with Dimensionals and highlighted using Crystal Accents for Dew Drops.  I used Wausau c/s in lavender and a darker shade.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Swallowtail

Caroline, from our stamping group, taught some neat cards using this stamp at class last week.  Then she was kind enough to bring it over and allow me to stamp a bajillion more of them to play with.  While these are about a million miles from what we started with, these are the first two cards that I have finished. 

These were stamped onto ShimmerPaper and embossed with Black EP.  They were colored with Copics and/or SU ink pads and Aquapainter.  Then fussy cut with the second copy of the wing placed slightly offset from the first one and raised with dimensionals.  It barely shows in the scan, but the yellow background has subtle sunflowers in the right hand corner for the butterfly to land on.  I used Pumpkin, Regal Rose and Real Red to color the yellow one and used Brilliant Blue and Soft Blue on the second one.