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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Silhouette Butterflies

Hi guys. It's been quite the busy time around here the last two weeks....and my crafting table has had to take a backseat. On January 11th, we were blessed with a beautiful and healthy baby boy. :) It's been two weeks of all things baby -- but we're having so much fun! :) He's such a good baby...doesn't take a whole lot of work, but he does have priority...and he's showing us who's the new boss around here! LOL but that's okay -- we'll let him rule the roost for awhile. :) Those adorable smiles we get in return make it all worthwhile! :)

So anyways, I've been getting a little bit of card making in the last few days. After all, babies do spend most of their life sleeping...so there's a bit of time to do other stuff now and then. :) I've always loved cards that had Silhouette stamping on them. For some reason, I always had floral images in my mind when I thought of this type of card, and because I didn't have any silhouette floral stamps I never could try it. Then I saw a card on Pinterest (love love love that website!) that used butterfly stamps for the silhouette images. Of course, if it has a butterfly, I'm gonna love it! So I decided to try a similar card using my "Fanciful Butterflies" stamps from Sweet Stamps.


I absolutely LOVE the way this card turned out!!!! It's not too complicated to reproduce (I mass produced using different colors and sentiments) and yet it's striking. There's just something about the Black, White & one-other-color combination. :) Always a classic! :)


 The squares are popped a bit with dimensional foam. (not sure if you can see it from this angle)...


I decided to also decorate the envelope that goes with the card. Nothing too fancy...just a bit of stamping with the "Fanciful Butterflies" stamp...to bring it together with the card. 



That's for dropping by my blog today. Leave me a comment and I'll come visit your blog as well...
And now I'm off for some more baby time... ta ta! :)


supplies used:
"Fanciful Butterflies" by Sweet Stamps
"Effervescence" border punch by Fiskars
Black ribbon from my stash
White Bling



Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tea Light Candle Card

Hi guys. Today didn't go quite like I had originally planned (and it's not even half over yet!), but it left me with some time at my crafting table. I've wanted to try my hand at making a "Tea Light Candle Holder card". These cards are super cute -- and they're a card and gift all-in-one! How cool is that!??

I found a tutorial on Split Coast Stampers...and set out to try it. There's really not a whole lot to these cards -- just some cutting and scoring. Pretty basic...and very fast to make, despite how complicated they look!!! :)

I started out with some glossy gold cardstock. I scored and cut as the directions indicated in the tutorial. Then I folded it up and stuck it together using some adhesive (added my 3 scented tea light candles first of course).

Using the Fiskars spring Limited Edition Butterfly border punch, I punched a black border and then attached it to the side of my card flap. Then, I inked up a Sweet Stamps "Fanciful Butterflies" punch and stamped two butterflies onto some white cardstock, which I then layered onto some black cardstock. Finally, I also inked up a Fiskars clear stamp sentiment, which I also layered onto some black cardstock.



Using some stamp dimensional foam, I attached the images to my card base.


As you might have noticed, I stamped the 2 butterfly images slightly off the white cardstock. I thought it might be interesting to add more dimension to the card by adding some cut out butterflies on top of the images.



Stamping the same butterfly image onto some white cardstock, I cut out two butterflies and blinged them up a bit.


Finally I attached these butterflies onto my stamped cardstock...lifting the wings off a bit, so they have some dimension.



And my card was complete! It turned out super cute -- and I know I will be making more of these types of cards in the future! They're fun...and just a little something extra. :)


Well, give it a try yourself. You don't have to make a tea light candle holder if you're not into candles. You can fill the little tube with whatever you want -- whether it be candy or some other treats! The possibilities are endless!!! Have fun! :)

products used:
Fiskars Trimmer
Fiskars Spring Limited Edition Butterfly Border Punch
Sweet Stamps "Fanciful Butterflies" stamp
Fiskars clear stamp (not sure of the name)
Bling from stash


Challenges for my card:


Also, I want to share with you a GREAT giveaway! Trudy, over at "True Gifts from the Heart" is celebrating her 4th blogaversary on February 4th. To celebrate, she is sharing with one of her followers (old or new). Check out the prize package! Wouldn't this be fun to win??? :)


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!


Just wanted to wish all of you a very blessed 
and happy new year!!!
 I can't wait to see what fun and surprises
2013 has to offer us....



....and it looks like the year is off to a fun start...

I was the lucky blog candy winner over at The Crafty Corgi!!! :) Yeah!!! :)