Wednesday, March 27, 2013

French Country Birthday Butterfly

I just bought the new French Country 6x6 paper pad from Classy Cards 'n Such and I was itching to play with these beautiful new papers. I created this birthday card using those papers.

I started with a dark brown card base and adhered strips of papers from the French Country paper pad. I stamped the sentiment (Happy Birthday stamp set from Stampavie) with dark brown ink onto the lightest colored paper. Next, I die cut some of the rustic red paper from the French Country pad with the timeless Lady Kate Edger die (Cheery Lynn Designs) and adhered it across the middle of the card.

Using the same rustic red paper, I die cut a Labels 18 frame and adhered that on the left side over the Lady Kate edger piece. With the same Labels 18 die set, I selected a smaller size and die cut the red gingham paper (also from the French Country pad). I turned the red gingham piece over (it is solid rustic red on the back) and placed the Exotic Butterfly Small die (Cheery Lynn Designs) in the center and cut out the butterfly.

To give the butterfly wings some depth, I die cut another Labels 18 (same size as the gingham piece) from dark brown cardstock and adhered it behind the gingham piece. Then I affixed the butterfly to the center of the gingham piece, making sure that I turned it over so the red side would show. Some dark brown pearls were affixed to the body of the butterfly.

The top right corner seemed to be a little empty, so I pulled out my corner dies from Cheery Lynn Designs and I die cut some dark brown cardstock with one of the Lace Corner Deco F dies (Cheery Lynn Designs). I added some glue to the back of this corner piece and pressed it down into the corner.

I love these richly colored papers in the French Country pad. It's going to be fun to create some more cards using these papers along with stamps and dies from Classy Cards 'n Such. :-)  You can use my code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order when you go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such.  

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Creative Creations #6 - the letter B (my card has butterfly, birthday, brown)
Pause, Dream, Enjoy #6 - Anything Goes

Monday, March 18, 2013

Happy Spring Day

Hi friends! Are you enjoying this wonderful spring weather? Here in Texas it's been in the 80's for the past few days. It's going to cool off during the week, but it's been really nice to enjoy these pretty spring days (except for the crazy wind). I've created a cute one layer card for you. Yup, I made a clean and simple card with some pretty spring flowers on it.

I used the following products from Classy Cards 'n Such on this card:

Sweet Wishes stamp set (Stampavie)
White Pearls - these are on sale!!
White Baby Pearls - also on sale!!
Build a Flower Embellishment #2 die set (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Build a Flower Embellishment #3 die set (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Cherry Blossom dies (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Flourish Leaf Strip (Cheery Lynn Designs)

I started this by simply folding my white cardstock base and stamping the sentiment with black ink. Then I pulled out my dies and cut the flowers and leaves from yellow, pink. orange, turquoise, and olive cardstocks. I took my time arranging the leaves and flowers (I wanted them to be a little folksy and asymmetrical) and then I picked up each one and glued them down. The yellow flower has a larger pearl from the White Pearls assortment pack and the other flowers have tiny pearls from the Baby Bling package.

I love this fun sprig of flowers. This could be easily adapted to a summer card, a fall card, and even a winter card. For a summer card, some bright neon flowers would be perfect. Can't you just see some deeper, richer hues for an autumn card, maybe on a kraft card base instead of white? And maybe all white flowers and leaves on a pale blue card for winter? Oooohhhh the possibilities!!

You can use this code, Holly-10, to save some money when you go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such. There's some gorgeous new papers that were just added to the store this week. :-) I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #72 - Think Spring
Opus Gluei #152 - Spring has Sprung
2 Sisters #135 - Flowers for Spring
Forever Friends - Lots of Flowers

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Chirpy in the Grass

Hi stampy friends!  I hope you're having a great week so far.  It feels like spring today (70 degrees!), and I would like to share this cute Easter card with you. You still have plenty of time to put your order in at Classy Cards 'n Such to get this adorable stamp and the dies to make this card to send Easter greetings to your friends and family.

I started by stamping the adorable Chirpy (Stampavie) onto white cardstock with some black ink, and then I colored it with Copic markers. I used some fine detail scissors to cut it out.

My card base is a light blue cardstock, and I die cut some Puffy Clouds from white cardstock and adhered them toward the top of the card. I glued a small strip of light green cardstock to the bottom of the card and then I die cut the Victorian Picket Fence (Cheery Lynn Designs) from kraft cardstock and glued it near the bottom of my card. I die cut the Grass border (Cheery Lynn Designs) from light green cardstock several times, and I glued down several layers of the grass on the bottom of the card.

I stuck some Joy Foam Pads (small) to the back of my colored Chirpy image and nestled it down into the grass. I pulled some of the grass pieces out from the sides and arranged them to frame the egg. An Easter sentiment was stamped inside the card.

I love this adorable Chirpy stamp. It's just perfect for creating cards to send to young children as well as those who are young at heart. :-)  As always, you can use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order at Classy Cards 'n Such.
I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #71 - Easter
Crafty Bloggers Network #9 - Spring or Pastel
Lexi's Creations #85 - Easter
Stamp and Create - Fur or Feathers

Monday, March 4, 2013

Twinkling Hummingbird Thanks

I was checking out the latest challenge (#70) on the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge blog, and they are using doilies this week.  They are also doing a Guest DT call, so I thought I'd put my name in the hat.  Who knows?  Maybe they will pick me for a fun guest spot???   :-)

I started this card by die cutting the hummingbird from the Tiny Things with Wings die set (Cheery Lynn Designs) using white cardstock. When I thought about how to color it, I immediately knew I wanted to pull out my Twinkling H2O's. I colored the beak with an orange Copic marker first and added a tiny little black dot for the eye with a black Copic marker. Then I pulled out my Think Pink collection of Twinkling H2O's and decided on my colors. I used a touch of the Dreams Bloom color (pink) and applied it to the belly, and then I used the Lucky Apple color (green) on the rest of the hummingbird.  The Twinkling H2O's tutorial from the 8-03 issue of Technique Junkies is a great resource on how to use these shimmery pots of paint.

While that was drying, I set about creating the rest of my card. I die cut the Ankara Lace Doily with white cardstock and stamped the sentiment from Stampavie's Celebrate stamp set with some gray ink directly in the center of the doily. I thought black ink would be too harsh - I was going for a softer, spring-like feel for my card.

I stamped the pale pink background layer with the fabulous Gingham - Cover-a-Card stamp (Impression Obsession) and then adhered the white doily to this gingham layer. This was then layered with a white layer and then adhered to a darker pink card base.

I had the most fun cutting out all the flowers and then mixing and matching to get a combo that I liked. You should have seen my pile of daisies! So much fun!! I die cut a bunch of orange, pale pink, and darker pink daisies from two different daisy dies. The larger daisies are from the Daisy Strip die (Cheery Lynn Designs) and the smaller daisies from the Darling Daisies die (Cheery Lynn Designs). I layered the daisies together and then used some white brads to hold them in place.

The leaves are die cut from the Rose Leaf Strip (Cheery Lynn Designs) from white cardstock. I colored them with the same Lucky Apple Twinkling H2O paint (Think Pink collection) that I used on the hummingbird. I love this wonderful shimmery paint - it looks awesome on the hummingbird and the leaves! You can see the great shimmer in the close-up picture below.

I glued down the leaves and the flowers making sure I didn't cover up the sentiment, and then I glued the hummingbird above the flowers and sentiment. I love how these flowers look against the doily and the gingham background!

If you'd like to go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such, please feel free to use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your entire order.  There are a ton of Cheery Lynn Designs dies there as well as paper pads, stamps, and Twinkling H2O's.  :-)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #70 - Doilies (and GDT)
Artistic Inspirations #31 - Things with Wings
Craft your Passion #152 - That's Odd (3 brads, 3 flowers, 5 leaves, 1 hummingbird)
The Crazy Challenge #140 - Thank you card
Victorine Originals #54 - Anything Goes