Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A sweet birthday card




I like to hoard designer paper card stock, and then when it retires i panic and try to use as much as I can before the new catalog is released and new paper is available.  Sound familiar?  i love the Fruit Stand DSP, and I thought this was perfect for a spring birthday card. With so many things retiring, I have to keep checking my list to see if what I am using is current or still available.  This one is a real mix.  




I had a couple challenges I wanted to play along with this week, and butterflies seemed to be the theme with a couple.  Fusion had a wonderful butterfly image over a colorful background, but I didn't have the time to play around with watercolors, so I chose a paper that reminded me of water-colored images.  I decided that I would pull the water-colored look into my butterfly with a bit of sponging, and then I added a little Wink of Stella for some sparkle. It never quite shows up in my photograph.  Curtain Call Challenge was calling for Flutter.  No problem, I've got my butterfly.  The layout at Match this Sketch was perfect using a doily to complete the layers.  A birthday greeting from Birthday Banners was perfect for this card, but I wish I'd had a mother's day greeting that fit it two.  I always make 2 cards when I am creating.  Why not?  I might make the second one for a mom.  Inside a used a greeting from Suite Sentiments, that played along with my peach paper.  You know that I send a lot of birthday cards, so I love to play along with Seize the Birthday, and this week Anything Goes!   

I hope you enjoyed today's card, and come back to see what I was working on this weekend.  I had a very creative weekend.  

Mary Alice 
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Berry Tickled with Oh So Eclectic





I had received the Oh So Eclectic stamp set from the Prize Patrol at OnStage, and I was a little intimidated to use it.  They had demonstrated using watercolor paper and spritzing, and I was just not into doing that, so I put it aside to experiment with later.  I think a lot of other people did the same, because I have not seen anyone creating anything with this stamp set and posting it with all the sneak peeks we are seeing.  So, when I got time to play in my little craft palace this weekend, I was determined to create something with my Oh So Eclectic stamps.  I looked for a layout that would inspire, and found one at Freshly Made Sketches 285.  Then I came across the Paper Player's Tic Tac Toe Challenge, and I chose the circle, die cut, and flower for my challenge.  SU Only Challenge is for Oh So Feminine, and what could be more feminine than flowers and lace?  So, I was set to create. 
In looking for ideas, I did come across a blog that discussed the idea of 3 generation stamping with this kind of stamps, and so I experimented a little with this, and I love the results.  I first stamped my flower outline in Memento black, then I stamped the flower background with Berry Burst once, twice and a third time.  Love the results, so I did the same with the leaves in Lemon Lime Twist.  The flower kind of reminded me of the flower from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlets so I used that for my die cut cut from Powder Pink.  Don't you love these new In Colors?  I painted over the flower with Wink of Stella, although it would not show it in my photos.  So, for a little more bling I added a new embellishment, Clear Faceted Gems.  I decided the card needed just a little something more, so I stamped the background with Berry Burst tone on tone.  Love It!! 
I hope you love it, too.  I think I will make this card for a swap that I am in.  Sorry girls for posting it before I mail them to you, which I never do.  Come back and see what else I created this weekend. 

Mary Alice

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