For this week's Four Ways Friday I decided to play with the Butterfly Extra Large Punch. I may have to keep playing with this punch...I have a feeling there is a lot more you can do!
I hope you've enjoyed this week's Four Ways Friday! I hope it inspires you to take another look at your butterfly punch and have some fun with it! I hope you have a wonderful, and creative, weekend!!!
Friday, April 08, 2011
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: You Can Start Today!I ran a marathon at the end of November 2010 and after that experience...and with winter as an excuse...I stopped running in any consistent way....okay...maybe I stopped running period! I just couldn't seem to get motivated to go out in the cold and snow and get my body moving. It led to a bit of a funk. Well, Spring is definitely in the air and I got motivated to start again! That's the wonderful thing about starting something - you can choose any day, any time, to just start!!!!! So now I've begun to get the legs moving again - 3 times and counting!!! Yeah!!!!! I may not be running as fast or as far as I was in November, but at least I have begun and once you start something, you never know where it might take you!!!!!
I wanted to share with you the Save The Date and the Thank You card that Elizabeth and I created to match the wedding invitation. The Save The Date was so simple. We printed the info on the Very Vanilla card stock using the computer and then heat embossed the small paisley heart from Paisley Prints (retired) on the card stock. We then adhered it to a piece of Brushed Silver card stock. We made a faux bow with Very Vanilla satin ribbon and attached that to the card using snail. Finally, we stamped the large heart with VersaMark onto a piece of Very Vanilla card stock, heat embossed with silver embossing powder and punched it out with the heart punch. It was adhered to the card with dimensionals. The last touch was to put a magnet strip on the back of the card so that it can be stuck on the fridge as a reminder :)
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Collaborate!!!!I really enjoy getting together with other people to stamp!!!! The other day my friend Elizabeth came over and we got to work on trying to create a wedding ensemble. We knew we had to incorporate the paisley shape for the bride (that's what the bride requested) and we also knew silver needed to play a role, but beyond that we were on our own! So, we put our heads together and created something that would never have been made if we had been alone! We were really happy with what we came up with...hopefully the bride-to-be will like it too!
The card is a simple standard-sized card. We ran the front of the card through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. We stamped the paisley heart from the Paisley Prints (retired) stamp set onto Very Vanilla card stock with VersaMark, heat embossed with silver embossing powder, and punched it out with the heart punch. We wrapped a piece of Very Vanilla satin ribbon around the front of the card and adhered the heart with dimensionals. Here is a look at the inside of the card...
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Have Some Pun! :)As a kid I used to collect stickers and I still remember the fun puns that Sandra Boynton created in her sticker and stationery artwork. She drew a lot of animals and I particularly remember her birthday stickers that said "Hippo birdie two ewes!" And yes, there, on the sticker, were a hippo, a bird and two ewes :) It's fun to try out being punny with your stamps! Here I used the Walk This Way (retired) stamp set. I stamped the ewe in basic black and then used the faux frosting technique to create his fur. The "thank" is from one of the Thank You Kindly stamps and I stamped out the "ewe" with the Calendar Alphabet & Numbers set. Of course, I couldn't stop at just one pun...so here's another...
Monday, April 04, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Experiment!I think back to those days in science class where we did experiments. Sometimes we got the anticipated result. Other times things didn't quite go as we hoped...and sometimes that was even more interesting! :) I have to continually remind myself to experiment when it comes to making art. To allow myself to not worry about the finished product and instead allow whatever process is happening to unfold. This card was like that. I started with the thought of doing some poppin' pastels. So, somewhere underneath what you are seeing is a floral image that was stamped in Versamark and then pounced with Rose Red pastel. The hummingbird also started as a poppin' pastel technique. And then I went into experimentation mode! I sprayed with ink and shimmer spray and crumpled and distressed and inked and sewed and sewed some more...I just kept going. Is the final product what I expected? No. But allowing the process to unfold was a lot more interesting!!! :)