Monday, January 28, 2008

"Butterflies are Free to Fly..."

That was a line in an Elton John song from way back when...and now it's stuck in my head (you'll soon see why) -- aack!

Happy Monday! Is that an oxymoron or what?! Well, I do have a daughter who absolutely loves Mondays...but only because her two days off each week are Tuesday and Wednesday; so for her, Mondays have become everyone else's Fridays. For most of us, though, Monday typically signifies the start of another five-day stretch filled with work and/or school. But it also means that most of us just had two days off to (hopefully) relax and unwind. Well, it was good weekend for me -- I got to play (read stamp) a little bit and so I now have another card to share with you. ;)

This one I made using Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. I'm really enjoying using sketches lately. They seem to jump-start my creative juices and help me get moving, which is a very good thing for me when I'm short on time (which I always seem to be). I knew I wanted to make a sympathy card (I have a sweet friend whose father passed away recently and I've been putting this off because I've just had it in my head that I can't create something appropriate for such an emotional and deeply personal occasion -- do you know what I mean?). Anyway, she means a great deal to me and she's also a stamper, so I was determined to give it a try. First I chose a couple pieces of DP from BasicGrey's Perhaps line and thought they'd be perfect. After that, it came together fairly quickly-- nothing fancy or difficult about it -- but, much to my surprise, I was really happy with the way it turned out and I think (I hope) it conveys the essence of the spirit behind it.

I realize my picture-taking skills don't do justice to the color and shimmer here, but IRL it's so soft and pretty. However, thanks to a recent post on Amy's blog (see it here), I'm hoping to improve...well, more to the point, I'm hoping the lighting will make a big difference in the detail of my posted pics anyway. lol We'll find out before too long, and I'm excited! (Thanks, Amy!...if you're reading this.)

So back to the card...I used a White Daisy card base (standard size), layered with Cocoa CS and then with Bamboo CS, and then again with one of the more subtle-patterned (but very luscious!) Perhaps DPs (Note to self: Must. Get. More. Of. That. Paper!!). The butterfly image is from Close To My Heart's Butterflies set and I stamped it in White Daisy pigment ink on the gold-ish distressed DP and then dusted it with Prisma Glitter. I inked the edges in Cocoa and then matted this piece on White Daisy CS. Then I stamped another butterfly onto another piece of the same DP (which was inked and glittered just like the others); but this one I cut out, folded the wings upward, and adhered it (body only) exactly over the top of one of the butterflies on the focal image piece to give it some much-needed dimension and a more ethereal feel. I love how it looks like the butterfly is, well, um, 'free to fly' (there goes that song again...can you hear it? lol) right off the card. The White Daisy organdy ribbon was wrapped around the card and tied off to the right with the focal image adhered over it on the left side of the card.

I stamped the sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Paper Tray set in Cocoa onto the same gold-ish DP that I used for the focal image. I also stamped one more of those beautiful butterflies in the lower right corner using the same White Daisy ink and Primsa Glitter. I matted this onto Cocoa CS and placed it in the lower right-hand corner of the card, using pop dots, overlapping the focal piece just a bit. Again, this was quick and simple, but so soft and beautiful (well, in my opinion anyway -lol).

If you feel like trying out Beate's fun sketch, I'd love to see what you come up with. Here it is:

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope to see you again soon! Until then, many blessings!

Supplies: Stamps: Butterflies (Close To My Heart), Paper Tray (Papertrey Ink); Cardstock: White Daisy, Cocoa, Bamboo (Close To My Heart); DP: Perhaps (BasicGrey); Ink: White Daisy pigment, Cocoa (Close To My Heart); Other: organdy ribbon, Liquid Glass, Prisma Glitter (Close To My Heart), pop dots

1 comment:

Jacqueline's Craft Nest said...

Oh you make such beautiful cards - gorgeous with the butterfly!