Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hello, lovely and WONDERFUL friend{s}...


Happy Wednesday, to you sweet friends! I am coming to you live from Rancho Durenberger , in Northern California and I need to share something with y'all... and it goes like this, here: Yee Haw! I finished my card for Dawn's Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #15! I just can't explain how good it feels to "put this one to bed!" She's been settin' on my desk top, in pieces, for too many days now. Finally, she's been gussied up and photographed and I'm sending her out to you! Not only that, but note those scallops on the bottom portion of the panel, well: THOSE were inspired by the "Finally Friday Challenge" from SPCC and their guest designer, challenge host, Mara, who is a card making, scrappy Rock Star in her own right! I know it's not Friday anymore {or YET!!!} but that's what's nice about WEDNESDAY, the middle of the week... So this is a two-fer: I sure hope you enjoy!


Out for Publication!



Dawn and her pinky palette have done it again! It took me a while to harvest the colors from my Stampin' Up! "garden-o-color" but I'm thinking we're matched up p r e t t y well! {Sometimes the fun is in the "hunting and gathering," if ya know what I mean!}


Out for publication!



Let me just share with you, a tiny tale about this here sweet lil' butterfly! One of the very first Sizzix "Bigs" dies I HAD to have from Stampin' Up! was this sweet thang RIGHT here! Those butterfly shapes are heavenly and sooooooo full o possibility! So full, indeed... that this is her maiden race from my Sizzix machine! I have a habit of letting the BEST supplies "ferment" for a while, and that's just how I roll.... for whatEVER reason. Regardless, I'm ALWAYS delighted to have the right tool for the right job: KWIM!?!?!


Out for Publication!


So, it wasn't just enough for me that I could place a folded piece of Regal Rose C/S AND a piece of C/S vellum through my machine (AT THE SAME TIME!) and get my ingredients to make this lovely butterfly... But then I had to whip out the ol' x-acto knife {now THAT'S a knife!}, and make a window in the top layer of my card stock, butterfly sandwich! I love the light and shadow effects created by this step, of course, then the butterfly body had to go up a notch to match... So that's when I decided to wrap two Making Memories "Love Notes" shaped pins with a good old fashioned pipe cleaner! Leaving the sharp ends of the pins EXPOSED made me nervous, so I glued and pierced some itty, bitty (please don't ask me the brand! Doh!) pom-poms to the end of my now FLUFFY butterfly and let it fly!



Out for Publication!



I used more of my fun discovery {if you want to learn more, see directions in this post} with water coloring on Very Vanilla card stock and then stamping in the same color onto of the dried paper to create the scallop border... I liked that I was keeping in the colors of the challenge but giving me design versatility that I craved to make this card work. The butterfly "trail" was created with self adhesive half pearls from Kaisercraft... WHAT FUN!

So, my WONDERFUL friends, thanks for fluttering by! Have a BEAUTIFUL day!

Supplies:

Card Stock - Stampin' Up!
Scallop, Oval and Scallop Oval Punches - Stampin' Up!
Die Cut Butterfly - Sizzix/Stampin' Up!
Stamps - Stampin' Up!
Ink- Stampin' Up!
Dimensional Dots - Stampin' Up!
Pipe Cleaner and Pom Poms - My stash!
Half Pearls - Kaiser Craft
Shaped Pins - Making Memories

25 comments:

Rosemary said...

OMG!!! This is a glorious, gorgeous piece o' work from scrapland. I love the pearls, the butterfly, everything!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!

Ann said...

OMG!!!!! Love, love, LOVE this fabulous creation!!!! You totally ROCKED this challenge, my friend! Wow oh wow!!!!!!

resmith said...

Beautiful! Love that butterfly

Tracey said...

BEAUTIFUL!! great job

Shelly Koskinen said...

This card is awesome!

Rose said...

awesome!! love all about it :)

Maureen said...

Oh, wow! This is stunning! I love the pearl swirls and butterfly...such beautiful details :)

Mara... said...

What a stunning card!!!!!!!!! I love the colors and the details, so so pretty. And thanks for doing the Friday challenge and for the kind words on my blog!!! You are a sweetie!! xoxo-

Laura said...

I really love the rows of little scallops and will read the directions on how to do it. Really lovely card. Thanks so much for your very kind words about my card!

Karen said...

J'adore!!! Tres jolie!! (sorry....don't know why I am channeling my comment en francais....quite possibly because I have spent the last couple of days wishing I spoke Spanish, as I do every school year!) But, nonetheless, I do LOVE it and it IS very pretty!! Actually, quite frankly, it took my breathe away as I opened your blog up. So, thank you, Now, because I visited here, I have indeed had a more beautiful day! :>

DottyJo said...

Hey sweet girl, what an amazing card! That butterfly is just wonderful and must have taken forever to make. Love the pom poms, love those heart antenae and love the scallops - just gorgeous. Thanks for dropping by on my blog - Custard is looking a little trimmer these days (he's been working out don't you know!). Big hugs to you, DottyJo x

Jane said...

This card ROCKS!!! Love love it! I love the fuzzy part of that gorgeous butterfly!!

Dawn said...

Love, love, LOVE this card! Great job and that butterfly is gorgeous!!

Emily said...

This is so beautiful! Wow!

Emily-SP Diva

BethieJ said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! and I LOVE you used Dawns color combo.. so PRETTY!

Sue Lelli said...

OMG! Your butterfly is the most amazing butterfly I've ever seen! I love the vellum windows and the pins and the pipecleaner and the pom poms and the pearl trail. AMAZING card!

Carrie B. said...

Stunning! Not to mention creative and inventive!

Kelley Eubanks said...

Elise... this is Gorgeous! I love your awesome butterfly! Everything about it is wonderful! Thank you so so much for visiting me and leaving me such a sweet comment! Bloggin buds ARE awesome and so much fun! I very much appreciate your kind words and well wishes! :)

Karen said...

Hello again, Miss Elise! Just wanted to pop by again to let you know I've left an award on my blog for you! :>

Courtney Baker said...

Oh girl I love it! That butterfly is amazing!

Edna said...

Fab Fab Fabulous job with the challenge and the card, this is a stunner, love how you have built the butterfly and paired it with your elements, a fine contribution for the challenge!

Linda aka Oz said...

I wet my pants just a little that you not only had a pipe cleaner in your stash but you had a PINK pipe cleaner!!! I bow to you my forever Queen of Craft.
You loyal servant, Oz

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

Love this! That butterfly is super cute and love the trail of pearls -PERFECTION! Hugs,

Dana Gustafson said...

I can't say anymore than everyone else has already said...this card is FAB U LOUS! So so pretty and I love those celery green pearls!

Alison said...

Elise... This card is STUNNING... WOW!!! this is amazing.. So beautiful.. You are the sweetest, most kind person.. not only does your kindness, and pure beauty show in your cards, but also in your sweet comments to make someones day.. I truly appreciate your words.. thanks so much :) HUGS