Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easter Butterflight

I bought the Tim Holtz die Butterflight – and decided that I wanted to recreate the look on the package – individual painted butterflies in a row.  I picked the paper pack I wanted to use, then the paints to coordinate, and then stashed it away in the craft closet for over a year.  Flash to a year later, and I am trying to decide what to use for Easter cards (since I completely missed Valentine’s Day – and took flak from my loved ones – I was not missing Easter).  I found the Butterflight die (with paint and paper), and thought what the heck, that looks like spring.  I also made some unsavory comments directed at the mound of stuff still piled in my crafts’ closet of shame.

The flowers are made with lace and Glubers (giant round glue dots) and were not as easy as I remember from class, I ended up constantly pulling the thin lace up and trying again.  I think the satin ruffle trim is much easier to do.  However, it is done, complete, and now I can wish my family a very springy Easter! 

Cardstock: (Basic Gray) Stampin Up!
Patterned Paper: (Miss Caroline Fiddlesticks) My Mind’s Eye
Stamp:  (Celebrate Everyday) Hero Arts
Ink:    (Rich Cocoa) Memento, (Tea Dye) Distress Ink Ranger
Other:  Embossing Powder (Silver) Ranger, Paint Dabbers (Sandal, Cool Peri, Salmon, Cloudy Blue, Brown Sugar) Ranger, Die (Butterflight) Tim Holtz for Sizzix, grungepaper, misc. bling

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Birthday Cat

Hello!  With all the stress of implementing a new automated system at work, I was surprised to find myself feeling a bit creative suddenly.  The project at work has gone on for several years – and it has been a drain on everyone involved.  However, the first phase has gone live, and apparently, my mind has gone to the artistic.  I grabbed the Dill Blossom paper stack as a starting point (it helps when everything coordinates), and a few older stamps that had never been inked up.  I even managed to use 3 dies that have been sitting around my craft room waiting for a little love. 

I found the little cat buttons at Stampers Corner, my favorite craft place – all you have to do is snip the shank off of the back of each button before you glue them down.  I enjoyed building the little chair tableau – starting with the “rug”, made with an old Stampin Up! background stamp, and drawing the fringe and stitching with a coordinating marker.    

I used the leftover paper scraps to decorate the inside of the card – no waste!  I know a few cat lovers, and this is just the perfect card for one of their birthdays!

Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper:  (Dill Blossom 4X6 Paper Stack) SEI
Stamp:  (Wish You Were Here, Find Joy) Hero Arts, (Letter Patterns) Stampin Up!
Ink:    (Desert Sand pen and ink pad) CTMH, Versamark
Dies: (Apothecary Accents Framelits) Stampin Up!, (Classic Scalloped Circles Large, Standard Circles Large) Spellbinders, (Mini Tattered Floral Set) Tim Holtz for Sizzix
Other:  Embossing Powder (White) Ranger, (Coral Sparklets) Kaisercraft, (Burlap Ribbon) CTMH, cat buttons