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Quietfire Cards


These cards are also going into the 120 card order, but since they are made almost exclusively with Quietfire and SU, I decided to give them their own post. The blue marble paper is from WalMart (as is the yellow marble paper). This flower paper was from Michaels in a big paper pack… I loved the color scheme (as it’s close to Affectionately Yours from SU),ย  but I got more paper for a bit less money :). The butterflies are die cut from Recollections Shimmer White cardstock/paper, and are from SU.ย  The Celebrate and Thinking of You are from Quietfire Designs.. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Suzanne’s calligraphy… always have since I discovered her for myself ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I did One Sheet Wonders again, and I got 14 cards from each sheet of paper. I did use a HA flourish stamp on some of the blue marble paper cards, just to add a bit of interest.

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The Use Your Paper Challenge

OK, so I’ve been doing some wedding invitations (I won’t post those til after the ceremony, in case someone decides to crash the party), and then, on Pintrest one day, I found a blog. This lady, Kristie, has a unique way of using up paper. She buys 6×6 inch pads, and uses the entire pad on as many cards as she can make, then will buy another one when she needs more cards.ย  Her blog is here: Using up 6×6 Paper Pads

I took this challenge… and LOVE the results. I have always been a bit afraid to use a lot of patterned paper on a card, mostly because as a stamper, to NOT do a lot of stamping on a card seems wrong.. but I worked around my notions, and ended up with some really lovely cards that I am happy with.ย  I have enough paper left from the two packs I used (They were big paper packs, so I did 1/2 a pack at a time). The pictures below show a sample of what I made.


I used a Pennyย  Black paper pad, and a Recollections paper pad for the cards. I threw in a bit of SU paper for accents, when I couldn’t find the perfect paper to match.ย  My biggest problem with this challenge, is to find a variety of card sketches that use up different sizes of paper.. I struggled with this.

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Some Copic Colouring

I know most of you are getting up off the floor, since this is my second blog post within a week! Wow, how does that happen??? ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I got blessed big time and got another 6 Copics, bringing my total to 34, including a colorless blender and black.ย  I also recently had the chance to pick up the NEW Memory Box Fairyland Butterflies die.ย  The pictures above are the result of the combination of the Copics and die.ย  I simply die cut the butterflies out of black cardstock, and glued them to some shimmer paper that I got at Michaels (I used a lot of white with gold shimmer, but also used a sheet of champagne and a sheet of the silvery grey).ย  I cut the shimmer paper to 5.25 x 4 inches, so the butterflies just fit on the paper. Once the glue was dry, I coloured with Copics. Now, I am not anywhere near a good colourer or anything, so what I did is put a layer of the lightest colour down on the butterflies. Then I added the darker colour where I wanted it, pushing the colour out a bit beyond where I actually wanted it to end.ย  I went over the EDGE of the darker colour with the lighter colour to blend the colours together.ย  I am quite happy with my results ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I did find that the white with gold shimmer paper held up better than the champagne or the grey, so I won’t use those colours again. 2015.04.19 LILAC BUTTERFLY CARD FRONTS2015.04.19 AQUA BUTTERFLY CARD FRONTS 2015.04.19 ORANGE AND YELLOW BUTTERFLY CARD FRONTS 2015.04.19 PINK BUTTERFLY CARD FRONTS2015.04.19 LAVENDER#MAUVE BUTTERFLY CARD FRONTS Copic colours:ย  B00, BG45 (for the Aqua butterflies), R83. R85, and RV69 (Pink butterflies.. I started with the R85 as my darker colour, but I prefer the contrast with the RV69. R83 was my lighter colour). Y18, YR09 and YR18 for the orange and yellow butterflies (I didn’t love how the Sanguine and yellow blended, it looked too brown to me, so I went with Chinese Orange). The mauve/lavender butterflies were V01 and V06, and the Lilac (blue violet) butterflies were BV11 and BV08. Thanks so much for looking, and enjoy your week!

ATC Twin Swap – August ATCs

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I am in an ATC Twin swap. I have a partner and we exchange 3 ATCs each month, for a 3 month term. These are the ATCs that I made for this month’s swap.

The horizontal butterfly ATC is just stamping. I used the new Neat and Tangled Ink Splash stamp to make the background of ink splats, and added some flowers from a Prima mini set to change up the shapes a bit. I then stamped the butterflies (Tim Holtz) in Ripe Persimmons Distress Ink.

The vertical butterfly ATC was weathered wood Distress ink on a craft sheet, spritzed with water, then the cardstock run through it. I used Hero Arts Poppy Chalk ink to stamp the Antique background stamp. I finished the ATC by stamping the butterflies in Archival Jet Black Ink.

The blue ATCs are a technique ATC that I learned in Claudine Hellmuth’s Technique Toolbox class from Big Picture Classes. (The course just ended, but you can take it as an independent class, as far as I know). The technique used was Gesso etching. I used a Quietfire Design flourish and a Hero Arts Stripe background stamp for the images, and used navy acrylic paint, along with Gesso, of course ๐Ÿ™‚

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A Card For a Little Girl


This was a card order for a 3 year old girl. I used Coastal Cabana cardstock from SU. I stamped the Hero Arts stamp “Everything Flower” in Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. Because I hadn’t cleaned the stamp properly before inking and stamping, I got a really cool effect with the stamped image. A happy accident!

With some coral American Crafts cardstock, I die cut a flower from Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, the alphabet die from Hero Arts (alphabet uppercase), and punched out a big classic butterfly from Martha Stewart (using the all over the page classic butterfly punch). Using some white shimmer cardstock, I punch out 3 Martha Stewart classic butterflies, as well as the one punch out of the smaller classic butterflies. Then it was time for assembly.

I started with adhering the flower to the bottom right corner of the card base. I adhered the coral butterfly to the upper left hand corner. From the coral butterfly, I added the child’s name vertically, as if the name was a part of the butterfly trail (I used Elmer’s glue for that). I also inserted the two smallest butterflies in the name. I also added some dashes with a gel pen. I foam mounted the rest of the shimmery butterflies, one on the flower, one on the bigger butterfly, and one butterfly off near the upper right hand region. I finished the card with more dash lines to make the butterfly trails.

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