It's Not All Black and White

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Spring has Sprung!

It actually felt like spring yesterday! I even worked in my gardens (and I use that term loosely). Not long though, since it was so windy that everything I tried to clean up just blew around my yard.

I REALLY liked this sketch Jen posted way back on March 22, and it's been on my mind ever since. Well, I finally used it. I think it's really crisp and clean, allowing for a lot of open background, which I like. Perfect for SPRING! And that paired up so well with these Lizzie Anne stamps, called Jolies Fleurs. And since I was kicking the spring theme, this color combo came pretty naturally...one of my faves: pretty in pink, certainly celery and so saffron, with touches of old olive and cameo coral.

Cut and embossed three one inch squares with Nestabilities dies, stamp the little flower and color with Stampin' Up markers, then layer on So Saffron. The "butterfly" was stamped and colored first, then cut and embossed with a circle die. So really, do whatever works for you. You can cut/emboss first or stamp first when using the dies. I added a bit of glow around the butterfly with So Saffron ink and an aquapainter. Layer the three tiles on a pretty in pink strip, and add a row of piercing. You have to add the ribbon BEFORE the butterfly circle. Punch a hole and thread the ribbon up through. THEN, you can adhere the butterfly circle to the strip. THEN pull the ribbon tight and tie your bow. The tiny butterflies are an old punch I had sitting around. It looks like it might have been a Michael's dollar punch. After punching, I covered each butterfly with Crystal Effects. Let it dry, and adhere to card.

Thanks Jen, for another great sketch! It was really fun and easy.

Ingredients:
Stamps: Jolies Fleurs (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Paper: cameo coral, so saffron, pretty in pink, certainly celery (SU); white (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: noir (Palette); so saffron, cameo coral, pretty in pink, certainly celery, old olive (SU)
Dies: Nestabilities square, circle and scalloped circle
Ribbon: American Crafts
Tools: Cuttlebug, paper piercer and template, aquapainter, 1/8 inch circle and butterfly punches
Other: Crystal Effects, dimensional adhesive

27 comments:

Flossie's Follies said...

what a beautiful card, it is so pretty.

Tami said...

Great sketch, I love your card and the colors are so springy! I wish I could work in my garden, except it's covered with the 6 inches of snow we got on Monday! It's melting quickly though so it won't be long!

Keri said...

Oh that is soooo pretty! I love the colors and design, GREAT job!

RaeAnne said...

that is amazing. i love paisley!
and thanks for the awesome advice on my chalks...

awesome
=D

Julie Masse said...

Beautiful card Bethany! The colors are springy and fresh! Lovely! :)

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

This is gorgeous, Bethany! I LOVE these colors together. . .you use them so well!

Melissa said...

So lovely!

Many Blessings,
M.

jen del muro said...

this card ROCKS!!!!!

Julee T. (Shadowcatcher) said...

So lovely! The colors and details are all beautiful.

Alexandra said...

this is really beautiful Bethany - I totally love Cemeo Coral and it looks wonderful here with the other colors!! Totally looks like spring!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

KimberlyG said...

Wow Bethany! This is so pretty! I just love how you used this set! Beautifully done! :D

Shannan Teubner said...

Bethany this is drop-dead gorgeous!!!

silke said...

Gorgeous card - love th colors and the image is so pretty!!!

Janine said...

I like what you have done here. Colors are well thought out and the layout is lovely!

sophia landry said...

This is beautiful! Love these colors and the layout is awsome!

Carolyn King said...

LOVE this---the colors are fantastic and i love the flower stamps you chose.

Glad you got a breath of spring....maybe you should just move to TX...it has been spring here since november! lol!

Lauren (mytime) said...

When I saw this I said OH!!! out loud! LOL! Love the colors you used for it-gorgeous.

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my Bethany, this is STUNNING!

Joan and Amy said...

Oh my word....this is gorgeous...I love it. Joan

veronica said...

love your colors. it really looks like spring.

Jackie G said...

Very beautiful card!!! I love the colors you used! Fabulous! :)

Rose Ann said...

This is so gorgeous, Bethany!! I love the colors and your layout!! So fresh and beautiful!!

Paula said...

Your cards are amazing!

Christi said...

Gorgeous!!! I love those colors! :)

beate said...

Fantastic card! I love everything about it: The colors, the layouts, the embellishments. Gorgeous!

My lifes inky escape and more said...

Beautiful, perfect, outstanding!

Patti said...

Beautiful card! The color combo is absolutely gorgeous, great layout, pretty embellishments, just an all around awesome card. You are quite talented!! (MommaPatti on SCS)