Well, I am back!! After a personal hiatus of sorts, I am back at stamping and sharing what I LOVE! And I am thrilled to start with this Blog Hop.
We were asked this month to feature Sale-a-Bration items, but we were also given a sketch design to use. When I am stuck and need inspiration, I look for a sketch to get me started. This was the perfect month for that. Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE butterflies!!!! So, I was thrilled when the SAB brochure came out and had them featured along with the two gorgeous sets in the Occasions mini catalog. Purple is my favorite color, so away I went. Here is my first card:
Gorgeous Grape is just that….gorgeous! I used a base of this color and layered a piece of the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series paper (p 9). I then chose Highland Heather as my lighter purple for the banner piece- which I punched with the Banner Triple punch. Notice that I turned the sketch on it’s side….or you could say I rotated the card layout 90 degrees. I chose this beautiful purple and Grapefruit Grove butterfly from a different piece of DSP and cut it out. That is where I got the other four butterflies as well. To incorporate another SAB product, I cut a piece of the Grapefruit Grove Foil Sheets (p 12) with the Stitched Circle framelit for my focal point. I hope you can see the shine and iridescence of this paper….it too is GORGEOUS! The third SAB product used is the Part of My Story stamp set (p 14) for the sentiment which is stamped in Memento ink. I LOVE how this card turned out and this DSP makes beautiful cards with little time.
And since I cannot make just one….here is my second! I just couldn’t stop with all the butterfly beauty on my desk!
Again, I went with a monochromatic start and Lemon Lime Twist was the main color. This piece of Botanical Butterfly DSP was my starting point, and I wanted to use the Part of My Story stamp set again. The words in this set were inspired by Demonstrators all over the world. I have used them on so many cards, including the Valentine’s Day card for my oldest son. The sentiment on this card brings to mind all of those stampers who share their work so freely and give me inspiration each day. I am so very grateful to them all.
But I digress…. back to the card! The Butterfly Elements (p 8) and the Organdy Ribbon (p 7, but currently backordered) were the perfect pieces to put it all together. I needed an accent color and noticed the dark shading from the laser cutting process on the wood elements, so I chose Early Espresso for my banner strip. Again, I punched it with the Banner Triple punch and embossed it with the Subtle Embossing Folder. This is layered over a scalloped oval of Lemon Lime Twist with the sentiment in a Stitched oval on the top. Adding the wooden butterflies and bow with some glue dots added just the right touches of elegance, without getting too complicated. Another fast card to make with a beautiful impact.
I hope you enjoyed my cards and I didn’t “over-butterfly” you! Personally, I believe there is no such thing. And I need the reminder that things are made new all around us and await Spring with my butterfly bush being covered by these beautiful creatures. So, hop along and enjoy these other artists’ works. They inspire me and know they will do the same for you!