Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Couple of Cards

Thank You_3_April 2010

I’ve been seeing these little spiral roses everywhere and decided to try them one more time. When I tried them the first time – quite some time ago – I must have been in a “mood” or something. Whatever my issue was at that time, however, they are very easy. If you haven’t try them yet, here is an instructional video I found on the Simply Rae blog.

For my flowers I used 1-3/4 and 1-inch circle punches. To add some color variation, I gently tapped Hollyhock ink on my Blush cardstock. I love the idea of being able to make my own flowers. Dying or painting white ones is a bit of a pain, and regardless of how many colored ones I have on hand, it seems like I never have the right color and/or size.

Materials and Tools: White Daisy, Blush (flowers),Blush Textured (card base), and Garden Green cardstock; Blush and Hollyhock ink pads; Hero Arts Friend Definition stamp; Close To My Heart Thank You stamp set; May Arts ribbon; Martha Stewart Five-Leaf Branch punch; Cuttlebug w/Nestabilities Labels Eight set; Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive; Glue Dots; Sponge dauber.


Butterflies_Hero Arts_April 2010

The epitome of relatively quick and easy, this card features all of the elements I love – texture, color, and most of all, simplicity.

Before cutting it out, I colored the butterfly using a round sponge and ink from my Heavenly Blue, Crystal Blue, and Moonstruck ink pads; I colored the dots on the wings and outlined them using a rather dried out Moonstruck marker. Had the marker not been dry, I probably would have used a blending pen and ink for the outlines. I will probably add a couple of Pop Dots under the wings to support them. A few drops of Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive on the butterfly’s body is all that currently holds it to the card.

Materials & Tools: White Daisy and Moonstruck cardstock; Heavenly Blue, Crystal Blue, and Moonstruck ink pads; Hero Arts Butterflies Cling set; Close To My Heart Say it in Style stamp set; Cuttlebug w/Leafy Branch embossing folder; Round sponge; Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive.

Two Peas in a Bucket had 25 percent off on its Hero Arts stamps last week. The discount combined with a free shipping code put me in retail heaven, even though I didn’t get as carried away as I would have liked. When it comes to Hero Arts stamps, I be pretty safe in saying, I want ‘em all. LOL.

Today could best be described as slow, although I’m certain the evening will not be that way. I had about a half hour to play with the little boys between the time I got home from work and their dad and Sarah came to pick them up. They were outside with Grandpa, playing with their ESPN Better Batter Baseball contraption that Uncle Dusty gave them. What a difference a year has made with regard to ability and enthusiasm. What a blessing it is to watch them grow. Life is so good.

Tonight will be a repeat of last night. A few chores and then some fun in my corner – but not before I put a few things away. My usual 6 square inches of workspace have been reduced to less than two. Such a sloppy stamper am I.

Enjoy your evening, and as always, thanks for stopping by!


Sparkle said...

Very pretty! I love the flowers!

Laurel said...

Gorgeous love your roses!

Sylvia said...

Just absolutely lovely.

Sharli said...

Very pretty cards - the flowers are great! I made a couple but they weren't as nice as yours are! I also love the butterfly -

I have to agree, I just got my Hero Arts stamps (the one you used the other day!) and can't wait to get ink on them!!!

Deborah Young said...

Awesome, Kathi! I forgot about those little roses....I believe I will try some this weekend!
So glad your pause was a quick one, friend!

Lori said...

Your flowers are gorgeous. Love the variation in color on the roses and on the butterfly.

Jeanne said...

Your post title doesn't come close to describing what's to follow! These cards are beautiful! Love your paper roses. I've not attempted those. One of these days I just might! And that butterfly! Simply stunning! Wow!

I'm glad you got a chance to enjoy your boys a bit before they had to go home. I hope you were able to uncover a little more space in which to work on your next creation!

scrappin' happy said...

Love the roses and the butterfly. I am really loving the white embossed background.

Alanna said...

Fabulous cards. I LOVE the flowers you made for the 1st one. I've definitely got to try that.