Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Study in Blue

As summer is winding down it is good to be able to make a card with the great color combo at CR84FN. The sky has these colors today. So inspired by the beautiful sky this is the card I created. This week's colors are light blue, turquoise, and neutral. Check out the cards by the DT. Neutral doesn't always mean white or cream!

For some strange reason the light blue looks a little purple in the photo. Must be what they call a blue red. The Hero Arts floral image was stamped then embossed with white embossing powder on white glossy cardstock. Vivid Beach Glass and Bermuda Blue were used to lightly sponge the colors onto the background. The verbage stamp is from a Printworks set, dragonflies are Hero Arts. Gold pearls, ribbon and gold sticker are from Hobby Lobby.

The flower was made by placing a small cuts every 1/2" along the edge if the ribbon. I covered one side of a circle with double sided tape. The uncut edge of the ribbon was adhered to this circle in a spiral fashion from the outside to the inside. Holding the edge of the circle with tongs I used my heat gun to shrivel the ribbon. A gold brad was added to the center of the flower.

Here is the inspiration photo courtesy of Martha Stewart.

Be sure you read what Judy Garland said. Food for thought.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.


Time for another sketch at TMS. Please take some time and check out the creative DT. In addition to designing cards they also design the sketches for the cards. This week's sketch was designed by Melissa. Yeah Melissa...great sketch! :-)

The "thinking of you" stamp is from a Hero Arts set, all other stamps and dies are PTI. A Vivid Olive Green dye was use for all of the stamping. The little stick pin was made from beads that were purchased at Hobby Lobby. The top paper is from a K & Co. pad and the bottom paper from a Prima pad. Sometimes the simplest of cards take hours or days to complete. Even though I didn't use many products on this card for some reason it took forever to finish. :-(

Here is Melissa's lovely sketch.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Soft Curves

This weeks sketch at Card Patterns has lots of curve. Check out the great cards from the DT and also all the uploaded cards. WOW lots of inspiration. I chose to make a card with soft colors to go with the soft curvy lines of the sketch.

The embossing folder is Cuttlebug, edger from Martha Stewart, Nestability circles, PTI doily and text stamp, flower stamp is Magenta and the DP which was fancy cut is from a Prima pad. The flowers were colored with Copic markers. Ribbon and pearls are from Hobby Lobby. The "love" charm is from Fire Mountain Gems. The edges of the paper were antiqued with Vintage Photo on a piece of cut 'n dry.

This is this week's sketch from Card Patterns.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tuesday Morning

Well at least this week I completed the TMS challenge before Friday. The DT has done a marvelous job giving us inspiration for this sketch. So glad they did! Check out the great samples they have posted and get some great ideas.

I wanted this card to fit in an A2 envelope so I made the card about 1/4" narrower to accommodate the yellow ledger type paper that hangs over the edge. Believe me it is yellow but it doesn't show up that well in the photo. The ledger stamp is from Hero arts, Bee stamp is Stampendous, Happy Birthday is from an Inkadinkado set. Marvy punches were used for the flowers. I stamped the "bee" several times then fancy cut them and used white Prisma pencil on their wings then applied some glitter.The rhinestones and ribbon are from Hobby Lobby.

This is the sketch that was used to create this card.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


This week color combo at CR84FN is kraft, neutral and yellow. While "playing" in my Butterfly Garden I found a yellow flower and since it is a bright and sunny day, I used the flower as an embellishment on a card. Where ever you are I hope this CAS card brightens your day.

I used a Hero Arts stamp for the background. It was stamped with Versamark Dazzle, a white gel pen was used to add a few dots to the flower centers. Some yellow dye ink was applied to the edges of the yellow cardstock and white ink on a piece of cut 'n dry was applied around the kraft cardstock. Pearls and ribbon are from Michael's.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Lucky #3

Three is one of my favorite numbers. I don't know why, I just always pick that number when someone says "Pick a number from 1 to 10". This challenge from The Paper Players is to make a card with "three" images, shapes or embellishments using the inspirational sketch.

My grandson will be starting kindergarten in September so I made him a "first day of school" card. I always think of "A-B-C" and primary colors when I think of kindergarten. With ABC and primary colors in mind I made this card.

I used a TPC Studios clear stamp set to create the background. Some of the images were colored with Copic markers. The A-B-C buttons and ribbon are from JoAnns, the crayon button is from Michaels. I wanted a apple for the top right corner but after looking through drawers and plastic containers and boxes and stash etc....not a single apple in the collection. How is it possible to have the world's largest supply of embellishment, yet not a single APPLE? ;-( I decided to quill one from my stash of quilling papers. It seems as though I have lots quilling papers but no apples!

I applied some stickles on top of my apple to give it a little "bling".

This is the inspirational sketch.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.

Sew a Sketch

This week at Our Creative Corner the challenge is to make a card using a fabulous sketch for inspiration. So here is what I created.

The stamps and die cuts are from MFT. The background paper was made by laying different pattern pieces on my copier then copying them at 75%. All other embellishments are from my stash. The oval shapes are Nesties.

This is the sketch that was used to create this card.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Card Patterns #128

Time to get creative again with this weeks sketch from Card Patterns. You should check out all the versions of this sketch that were furnished by the DT. I am constantly amazed by the different interpretations of a sketch. Great for getting new ideas.

The DP is from a Prima Botanical pad, the foliage was made with a Sizzix die, pearls are from Want2 Scrap, the ric rac was made with a PTI die, silk flower from my stash and the lacy flowers are from a vintage store in the area. The flowers on the bottom didn't quite match my silk flower so I shaded them with a Prisma colored pencil. The pearls were lightly colored with a Copic marker.

This is the sketch that was used to create my card.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.

Fun with Fruit

The challenge at OCC this week is to make a card based on the inspirational photo taken at the Green Market in Copenhagen. Check out the web site for more info about the market.

The challenge was to make a card with "fruit". Summer is the perfect time to be making fruity cards.

I used the Nestability Fancy Tag behind the central image, the edger is from Martha Stewart and all other dies and stamps are PTI.

On this wonderful pictorial trip to Copenhagen, I wonder what other sites will be the inspiration for our card making? I can't wait till next week to find out.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.

Tea Time

This weeks color challenge at CR84FN is to use yellow, craft and neutral as the main colors. I usually spend too much time trying to figure out what image I'm going to use. After that is decided then I have to plan a layout and last but hardest (for me).....find the right papers! YUCK. This week when I saw that "yellow" was one of the colors, the first thing that came to mind was a "lemon". So I went with that thought and this is the card.

The tea cup, lemon and verse are from MTME, script is from PTI and lemon on background is a Stampendous stamp. The script and green stripes on the tea cup were stamped with Vivid Olive Green, the pearls are Recollections, ribbon from JoAnn's, and tiny tag is a Sizzix die.

This is the photo that was used to create my card. Please check out the inspirational quote, then add........

.........or get out some paper and ink and start stamping!

I'm posting 3 cards early this week since I was so late last week. Does that even things out?

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.

Friday, August 12, 2011


The Our Creative Corner challenge is to "use these photos of flowers I took as inspiration, create a projectWITHOUT using any flowers!"

Wow how's that for inspiration! I choose to use green with just a splash of color.

Sizzix, Nestability, PTI, Copic, Cuttlebug, Marvy and Recollections all provided supplies that were used on this card.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.

Lavender, Celery and Gray

Did ya miss me? The Lilac Inkers meeting was this week and since I had 3 tables in one room and 1 table in another room covered with card making supplies....I had to clean up for the meeting....we needed the tables! Go figure! After the clean-up I realized that I was missing a few card kits ;-(..... soooo I got some of the "stuff" out again to make the missing kits. The next day it was "clean-up" again after the meeting (kinda like a revolving door). Now for "fun time".

Oh my goodness. I love this color combo from CR84FN. This is my second post today (one more to go) and the third card that I made with these colors. I used the Card Patterns Weekly Sketch to make this card.

The stamp is a new Tina Wenke stamp, the image was colored with Copic markers, the Prima background paper was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, Nesties were used for the circle and scalloped circle, the flowers were made with a MFT Rose Die-namics die, ribbon from Hobby Lobby, pearls from Recollections and gold edging was made with my favorite Marvy Calligraphy pen.

I found some tiny little round pearls in my stash, so I put them in the center of the tiny flowers. Two of the flowers were edged with a Copic marker.

This is the sketch that was used to create this card.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.

Tuesday oops Friday Sketch

There is another fun sketch at TMS. Since most of my cards seem to be vertical...it was nice to do a horizontal card for a change. I'll have to keep this in mind and do more since I enjoyed making this card so much. So many great ideas from the DT, please stop in for a visit.

The tiny flowers were made with a "Punch Bunch" punch...Say that three times fast :-), tiny butterfly is a Marvy Uchida punch, the large butterfly is a die from C.C. Designs, blades of grass are from an Inky Antics stamp set, Heidi Grace supplied the patterned paper, vellum (behind butterfly) from my stash, gold wire for antennae is Darice, gold edging was made with a Marvy Calligraphy pen, pearls are from Recollections, all other stamps and dies are PTI. I consider this to be a CAS card, yet look how many products were used to make this card. Think "Partridge in a Pear Tree".....9 pearls a blinging, 7 stamps a stamping, 5 ink pads inking, 3 dies a cutting, 2 punches punching, golden wire and pen etc.....It's good to have LOTS of toys to play with!

Here is the inspirational sketch.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Tuesday Morning

Theresa invited me to try the Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge. I love the sweet little girl card that she created. :-) There definitely are some extremely talented card makers among us......check out the cards created by this DT. I wish that there was enough time to do all the challenges that I find!!

The stamps and die cuts are from PTI. The inspirational sketch is below.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly garden.

SEW much FUN

This card is for two challenges the Mojo Monday sketch and CR84FN color challenge.

Stamps and sewing die cuts are MFT and the doily's are PTI. I used directions from some Simplicity patterns to make the background paper. After placing different pieces from the patterns on the copier it was copied at 75%.

This is the sketch that I used to create this card.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Shaker Cards

August is "Shaker Card" month at Lilac Inkers. When I returned from Hawaii in February I brought 2 Tina Wenke stamps home with me. I made a card for Card Patterns last April using one of these stamps. I quickly found out that they were like "Lay's Potato Chips"...you can't (eat) make one! Our Lilac Inkers group meets the second Wednesday of every month, and we vote on which cards we want to make. In May we voted to do "Shaker Cards" in August. Here are samples of the cards we will be making.

I used clear stamps for the greetings because I could curve them to fit the oval shaped cut out. The images are versatile enough to fit almost any occasion.

The blue card will be used for my niece's baby shower....she's having a boy! These are 4 of the 12 different shaker cards that I made......told you they were like Lay's Potato Chips! :-)

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.


Yippee!! Another great color combo from the CR84FN color challenge. Thanks, Mona for the weekly inspiration, you always get the creative juices flowing. Lavender, celery and gray are the colors we're playing with for the next 2 weeks.

The stamp is from Cornish Heritage Farms , the gray paper is from a Cosmo Cricket pad, butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch (boy....she's into everything! Just saw a commercial for "pet stuff" on television!), pearls are from Want2Scrap, embossing is Cuttlebug, highlights were made with a Sakura Stardust pen, gold edging from Marvy Gold Calligraphy pen (I use these on almost every card I make...I should buy them by the case!) and seam binding was dyed with Vivid Lavender ink. Thhaattts all folks!

This is the photo that enticed us to play with these colors. When you check out the photo please take time to read the quote! Thanks, Sue for bringing it to my attention. Now I wonder how many other quotes I might have missed! I will have to re-read "older posts".

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.


I bought this hibiscus stamp while on vacation in Hawaii last February. It was screaming "ink me, ink me", so I decided I better make a card with this stamp so I could get some sleep tonight! I'm sure you have all purchased stamps then "the best laid plans of mice and men".....come on admit it...the stamps have "gone astray".

This card is for the Card Patterns challenge and the 'red & aqua' challenge at Our Creative Corner.

The stamp is from Island Paperie and it was made in HAWAII (not China). Coloring courtesy of Copic, embossing folder is Sizzix, die cuts are Nestabilities, floral paper DCWV, ribbon from JoAnn's and a supporting role from Stickles.

Here's the inspirational sketch for this card.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.