Hello again and Happy Wednesday!
I actually got a good night's sleep last night and my, what a difference it makes in my productivity! I couldn't wait to sit down and get started this morning on Julee's Mojo Monday sketch from this week (number 52).
I decided to use the new Baja Breeze CS by Stampin Up! since it goes so well with the Afternoon Tea DP. I think Afternoon Tea is by far one of my favorite papers to work with. It's JUST so pretty. Layering the two sides of the paper and distressing it with Versamagic Tea Leaves ink made it an easy "palette" to work with.
This particular sketch was also an extraordinary excuse to work with my years-old Hodgepodge Hardware kit from SU! I purchased the new, pretty silver kit last year and made myself a promise that I wouldn't be tempted to open it until this version was all used up and gone...what a challenge it has been LOL! Thanks Julee, for the inspiration and for making me use my older supplies first ;) I attached the hardware with Wild Wasabi Ribbon and used the brads from the kit as well.
To finish up the card, I stamped one of my favorite verses from the Beautiful You set by Verve as the focal point. I decided it needed a little "somethin somethin" so I again turned to the absolutely amazing flower from the Beautiful You set to add to the focal point. I used the same chalk ink (Tea Leaves) with a dauber to color it in and then added a bit of Stardust Stickles in the middle for a bit of bling :)
I decided to make another card that definitely derives from the sketch although I did vary a bit from it. I really love the quotes from the Beautiful You set, and anything to do with butterflies is just SURE to make my little heart flutter!
Following the same pattern, I made another card. Oh, by the way, the butterflies in the oval are from a Hero Arts clear set and I'm sorry I don't remember the name! I added pearls this time instead of brads to the center quote.
My favorite part about this card was using the Butterfly punch from Martha Stewart crafts to add to the center and give it a dimensional effect. I used another paper from the Afternoon Tea set and distressed the edges of the b-flies with the same Tea Leaves ink. I then added a few more pearls, popped them up on a dimensional and gave them life by gently bending/curling the wings up...you only want to do this a tiny bit but it really adds something to the effect, I think.
Well, as always, thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week! I'll be back later in the week, I'm sure but for now, I leave you with much mojo :) Hugs everyone!!!