Monday, February 25, 2019

Things With Wings

Hello there!  Sure do love to use butterflies on my cards, but in today's post you'll also see dragonflies and a cute tiny bumblebee. 😄

With the first card, believe it or not, I began with a messy square of 'trial and error' kraft cardstock that I could not bear to throw away.  (I had used white spray ink through a sieve; not really loving it)  The black butterflies pick up the black text from the Stampin' Up! encyclopedia page patterned paper, and of course the sentiment.  Supply lists are in each caption.

Papertrey Ink 'Birthday Basics' sentiment - Martha Stewart 'Monarch Butterfly' punch

Ages ago, when I was on the Play Date Cafe challenge design team, we featured a rubber stamp company one week called Stampotique.  The design team members of PDC got to choose products from Stampotique's website to work with, and I chose one called 'Hutching's'.  I presume that the stamp's wording was originally an advertisement in a newspaper.  I love it.  However, it's a little bit of a challenge to fit it into my cards, so I decided to pair it with bits of nature:  two dragonflies, and some baby's breath flowers stamped subtly in the background (in green).  There's also a tiny sliver of silver glittered cardstock under the advertisement.  Just because.

Stampotique 'Hutching's' advertisement stamp - Stampin' Up! 'Organic Grace' dragonfly stamp & baby's breath flower stamp (subtle in green on background)

Long before I began to use an app called Evernote to organize all of my stamping supplies (with pictures and titles, tags and more), I used to photograph each stamp set and put it in a binder with clear plastic sleeves.  Once I abandoned that way of organizing, I had all these papers with photos of stamp sets printed on them.  Didn't want to throw them away if they were salvageable, and saved what I could.  The one below is an example.  The center panel is a miniature version of Hero Arts 'Antique Background' (with script and butterflies), which I cut from the photo page.  I mounted it onto a gray card base that was stamped with Stampin' Up!'s 'Print Pattern'.  The sentiment was lying as-is in a scrap box on my desk, and then I just grabbed a butterfly sticker to tie it all together.

K & Co. large green butterfly sticker - Stampin' Up! 'Print Pattern' background harlequin stamp - Flourishes 'Strawberries' sentiment -  Hero Arts 'Antique Background' script/butterfly stamp

The last card was super easy, because it used digital print-outs that were a gift from my aunt (thank you, Aunt Leanna!).  I just added some white rick-rack trim, yellow rhinestones, and a little bee that I stamped and trimmed.

Patterned paper, sentiment panel - digital printouts received as a gift - Simon Says Stamp 'Circle Friends' bee stamp

Thanks so much for reading my crafty ramblings!  God bless you! 😀


Lisa Elton said...

More prettiness Colleen! I like the movement the little bugs add. a butterfly a bug, or is it too pretty to be a bug? LOL!!

Leslie Miller said...

Another fun visit today, Colleen! I do love things with wings as much as I love any critters. Your last card with the bumblebee is especially cute and cheery, and all are fabulous. I can't believe how many cards you've been sharing!

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