Friday, July 17, 2015

Butterflies & Watercolor

This is the second project inspired by my friends.  This time it was Judy who helped me along!  She showed me a watercolor butterfly card that she'd made and I just loved it, especially the butterfly!  She used the new butterfly dies from MFT...Flutter of Butterflies.  There are two different sets that go together, one is solid and the other is lace.  What she'd done is cut a solid one in white and then a lace one in black...glued them together and used Copic Markers to color in the spots on the butterfly in different colors!  A simple idea with a big impact...and what's even can make the butterflies match ANYTHING!!  I loved it and was really happy that I already had those dies!  Judy also covered the entire butterfly with Crystal Lacquer.  I loved that too, but had to get these card in the mail so I didn't have time to do that.  I had some watercolor backgrounds left over from the day I played so I cut those up to use with the butterflies.  It was fun to play with the colors and make them match!  Here is how they came out...

Here are close-ups!  When I was making the watercolor backgrounds, I wasn't sure if I liked the graininess of the paint but I really like the effect it gives on these cards

Thanks so much for visiting. hope you are having a good week!


Supplies Used:
Card stock:  Strathmore Watercolor paper, Cougar Opaque 80 lb, assorted colored card stock for matting and die cut words
Dies:  MFT Flutter of Butterflies - Solid & Lace, Lawn Fawn Hugs die, Lawn Fawn Thanks die, MFT Blueprints 13 and Blueprints 20, Stampin' Up small circle punch to cut corners of watercolor paper & mat
Paints:  Koi Watercolors set of 24
Miscellaneous: Assorted Twine

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Lovin' the Penguins in Paradise Palm Tree!

I don't know if you are like me, but I am very influenced by my friends.  They buy something, I need it...they make something, I want to make it...they try a new technique, I want to try it!  Well that's been happening to me a lot lately and I ended up making cards because of them!!  First my friend, Tina, has been making and posting some REALLY cute dog cards.  Of course, this made me think of making a dog card.  I had a cute little dog stamp from a discontinued MFT set called Cupcake Cutie and I decided to use that stamp with the MFT Penguins in Paradise palm tree stamp that I LOVE!!  Here is how it came out...

Don't you love that palm tree???  It's so much fun to color and it isn't bad to cut out either.  There are dies to match the set if you don't like cutting, but I didn't want the white border so I cut it by hand. To frame out my scene I used MFT's Stitched Rectangles Frames.  I didn't add a sentiment yet because I'm not sure what I'm using this card for.  I'll add a Happy Birthday or Thinking of You later.  Here's an angled picture so you can see what's popped up.

The right side of the card looked bare so I added the little sand pail.  It's a die from Impression Obsession.  It comes in a set with sand castles, an ice cream cone and the pail & shovel.  Oh...almost forgot the sun, that's a Lawn Fawn die called Spring Showers.  I colored the sky with blue and purple Pan Pastel tints.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Supplies Used:
Card stock: Papertrey Ink white, Stampin' Up Confetti Kraft, Summer Sun and 
Bermuda Bay
Stamps: My Favorite Things - Penguins in Paradise and Cupcake Cutie (retired)
Copics:  Sand - E42, Water - BG13, Palm Tree Leaves - YG01, YG03, YG 17 & YG67, 
Palm Trunk - E59 & E87, Dog - W0, W03, W05, E42, E43, E44, B23 & E21,
Balloon - RV00, RV02, RV04 & RV06
Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle Frames, Lawn Fawn Spring Showers, IO Mini Beach Fun Set
Miscellaneous:  Silver metallic Pilot marker, Pan Pastels - Pthalo Blue and Purple tints