Search This Blog


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


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.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


I am so thrilled with this years card.  I fear the detailing won't show well in a picture, but here goes....
I guess maybe that's not too bad.  Special thanks go to Nancy Tellerico of our monthly stamp club.  She taught this card at the September meeting and I fell in love with it.  We used SU Hardwood stamp to get the woodgrain effect, using chocolate chip ink on brown.  That was dimensionaled onto another piece of plain brown card stock.  I 'smooshed' (technical term) fall colors across white cardstock, using pearlized watercolor paints and my Aqua Painter and then punched out the leaves.  I used splotches of Copic colors to add just a hint more color here and there.  The leaves were glued to a ring base.  The ring of leaces was affixed with dimensionals and a jute bow was added.  Various brads were used to adhere the 'planks' and for the 'doorknob'.  "Give Thanks" was typed in brown and printed onto Pumice color cardstock and then punched out using SU Word Punch.  Lots of piddly detailing but I think the end result was worth it.  Thanks Nancy!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

In Full Bloom again

Found another unfinished project.  Love, love, love this retired set.  This is done with Barely Banana, Pixie Pink and some old designer paper.  Colored with Copics, glittered generously on the flower and on the bees wings.  Flower head and bee are fussy cut and attached, no dimensionals this time.  This is the only one with a sentiment.  For the other ones I have simply stamped an assortment of sentiments and have them ready to put in place once I decide how the card will be used.