Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hello, Doily! Thank You Card

Before showing you today's card, just a quick reminder that this is the last day to order from the Summer Mini!  This card is the last of the cards we made at my CASE the Catalog Card Class this weekend.  For this one, I adapted the "Season's Greeting" card from page 43 of the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog The version in the Idea Book, uses the Bells & Boughs stamp set, and I love that, but wanted to use the Hello, Doily! stamp for a somewhat less "Christmas-y" looking card.  Here's how mine turned out:




I also substituted the Perfectly Penned stamp set (can you tell this is one of my current favorites?) for the Curly Cute stamp set (which I also think is wonderful, but don't have yet!) Finally, I added a couple of rhinestones to my version.

Just a quick post today -- now I have to head off to help my new third grader with his spelling words! 

Thank you for stopping by! 

- Michelle

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Case of the Beautiful Butterfly Card

Thanks to the wonderful ladies who came to my CASE the Catalog classes this weekend!  It was great fun to stamp with you!!! 

Today's card was by far and away the most complicated and time consuming of the cards we made.  It took just over an hour to get all the pieces prepared and put together!  However, I think the end result is worth it!

This card is adapted from the card on the bottom of page 197 of the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog:



I kept the same basic color scheme from the catalog, just used a different stamp set and changed the embellishments a little. 

The catalog card uses the Creative Elements stamp set.   For my card, I decided against fussy-cutting butterflies, and thought it would be a great opportunity to use the Beautiful Wings Embosslit instead!  So, I first stamped pieces of Very Vanilla, using an image from the Delicate Doilies stamp set, then ran them through the Big Shot in the Beautiful Wings Embosslit.  The greeting on mine is from the Tiny Tags set, and was punched out with the Jewelry Tag Punch.

The catalog card also uses Vintage Trinkets, but I opted for Clear Rhinestone Jewels in the butterfly centers instead. 

One of my favorite parts of the card is all the Bitty Buttons -- they just add such a neat touch!

Hope you like this card.  Thanks for stopping by!

- Michelle

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Celebrate Today with Build a Blossoms!

Another of the cards that caught my eye in the current Idea Book was one on page 112.  So, of course, I had to create my own version of it (or CASE it).  Here's my version of the card: 



I kept the Not Quite Navy base and More Mustard piece the same as in the Idea Book.  And the flower is the same.  The petals are stamped in Rich Razzleberry.  For the larger petals, I off-stamped once before stamping on the Very Vanilla and punching the petals out with the Blossom Builder Punch.  The smaller petals were stamped full-strength, then fussy-cut.  The flower center was stamped in Old Olive and punched out with the 1/2" Circle Punch. 

The designer paper in the background is from the Well Worn Designer Series Paper pack -- one of my new favorites.  I love how versatile it is -- you can make masculine or feminine cards so easily with it!

For the greeting banner, I substituted a stamp from the Perfectly Penned set, stamped in Old Olive.  The sample in the Idea Book uses Curly Cute instead.

Thanks for stopping by!

- Michelle


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Polka Dots, Banners, and Flowers, Oh My!

Just a quick share today -- this is another card from my CASE the Catalog Class coming up this Friday:


The card this is based on a card on page 12 in the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog.  I simply changed the color of the card from Calypso Coral to Pool Party.  I love the simple elegance of this design. 

Can you believe I actually stitched this card with my sewing machine?!  I've been working on cleaning my crafting space, and one of the big changes I made was cleaning everything out of the way of my sewing machine so I can use it!  I'm so happy about that!

While we're on the topic of page 12 of the Idea Book -- did you notice the beautiful flowers there?  That was one of the first things that caught my eye when I first saw the Idea Book.  And, those flowers are definitely on my list of things to CASE (i.e., Copy & Share Everything)!!!  The flowers are made with different pieces punched from the Blossom Petals Builder Punch -- I love how versatile that punch is -- a definite must-have for anyone who loves punch art!

Thanks for stopping by!

- Michelle

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wish Big Card

When my boys saw the Need for Speed stamp set in the new Idea Book, they were so excited.   My eight- year-old is really, really interested in airplanes and particularly jets, so he especially thinks the jet in the set is cool!  He's already used it quite a bit, including to help me make this card for a friend's birthday:


The card base is Crumb Cake, and the panel with the jets is Whisper White.  We stamped the jets with Night of Navy ink, then sponged around them with Pool Party Classic Ink.  We sponged the edges of the Whisper White with Night of Navy.  We put a strip of Night of Navy underneath that, along the bottom of the card.  It is hard to see in the photo, but that strip is embossed with the Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. 

For the greeting, we stamped images from the Pennant Parade set in Night of Navy on a piece of Pool Party, and punched it out with the Petite Pennants Builder Punch. 

Here's the inside of the card:



We lightly rolled the So Many Stars and the Striped Builder Wheels, then stamped the jet from Need for Speed, and "Celebrate Today" from Perfectly Penned.

Super simple, but a fun card for an eight-year old boy!

Thanks for stopping by!

- Michelle

Monday, August 22, 2011

Variations on a Happy Theme

It seems like I've been "CASE"-ing a lot lately -- especially the new 2011-12 Idea Book & Catalog -- lots of beautiful samples in there!  Well, today's cards are no different.  These are all inspired by the square card on page 85, with minor tweaks.  

The first in this series of cards is perhaps the most direct copy.   And, by the way, is one of the five cards we will be making in my "CASE the Catalog" class this Friday -- if you're in my area (San Jose, CA), and would like to come, please leave a comment or send me an email to let me know -- I still have a couple spaces!

Anyway, for this one, I used the same layout and colors as in the Idea Book, I just changed the stamp set from Nursery Times to Easy Events.  For the ruffled paper, I used Paisley Prints.  I switched to a flower button instead of the heart from Itty Bitty Buttons, and left off the So Saffron banner, since it was easier to just stamp the greeting below the image.  For this card, I also did "faux stitching" with a White Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen. 



This card is pretty much the same -- I just substituted Marina Mist for the Baja Breeze card base, used only one button, and actually stitched with the sewing machine:


I was having so much fun with this layout, though, and needed a bunch of birthday cards, so I kept going -- plus Isabella decided to "help" me and pose while I was photographing some more of this set of cards:



A little closer view of my favorites from these:



The embellishment above is a piece of Peach Parfait punched out using the new Triple Layer Blossom Bouquet punch, with a red button in the center.



For this one, I managed to fit a Pool Party card stock flower, punched with the four-petal Itty Bitty Shapes Punch flower, in the center of the Old Olive button.  In the center of the flower, I put a drop of Dazzling Details (if you haven't heard of that yet, that's because it is a sneak peek of a brand new product from the Holiday Mini, available September 1st!)


For this card's button, I used Dazzling Details to help hold a Pearl Jewel in the center.

 Just wanted to give you a close up of the Dazzling Details on the cupcake!


And, these are Calypso Coral punched flowers with Dazzling Details in the center.

Whew!  Thanks for staying with me through all that!

- Michelle

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ribbon Share

Happy Friday!  Recently, I put together a ribbon share with some of the brand new ribbons from the new 2011-12 Idea Book & Catalog, and my first group now (almost) all have their beautiful new ribbons!  Here's how each person's share turned out:


Pretty, huh?!  Well, I have a couple more interested in doing another share, but it takes 5 people to make it work, so I thought I would see if you would be interested in joining in the share. 

This share is a great way for you to try out nine of the beautiful new ribbons without buying full spools (which would cost more than $90!).  The total cost for each participant will be $18 (which comes out to only $1 per yard, including tax and shipping!), and for that, you will receive:


2 yards of Lucky Limeade 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon
2 yards of Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon
2 yards of Island Indigo 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon
2 yards of Blue 3/8" Denim Jean Ribbon
2 yards of Basic Black 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon
2 yards of Old Olive 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon
2 yards of Pretty in Pink 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon
2 yards of Tangerine Tango 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon
2 yards of Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon

This is available to U.S. addresses only.  If you would like to join or have any questions, please email me at michellevanw-stamps@yahoo.com  Once I have 5 who are interested, I will send everyone an email to confirm, as well as to collect the information needed to place the order (paypal email address to send the invoice and mailing address to send your beautiful new ribbons after the order arrives).  

Thanks,

Michelle

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hello, Doily Projects!

Here's the other set of projects we made during Sunday's hostess club (if you didn't see the card we made yet, you can see that here): 


The little box is "CASED" from Stampin' Up!'s 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog -- there's an almost identical box on page 150, with some really cute flowers in it.  (If you are viewing the Idea Book online, it will actually be page 152 in your viewer.)   Here's a close up of my box:


The box is created using the Big Shot and the Fancy Favor Bigz XL Die.  We cut the box out of Textured Not Quite Navy Card Stock.  We inked up the Hello Doily stamp with Versamark, and heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss® Powder. 

For the greeting, we used the Fabulous Phrases set, and stamped using Cajun Craze and Old Olive on a Whisper White piece punched out using the Extra-Large Oval Punch.  Behind that piece, we layered pieces cut from Cajun Craze Card Stock using the Lace Ribbon Border Punch.  And, that is all on top of a piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock punched out using the Decorative Label Punch.

The little flowers are an image from the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set, stamped in More Mustard and Cajun Craze Classic Ink, and then punched out with the coordinating Itty Bitty Shapes Punch.  We added a Pearl Jewel in the center, and a piece of Old Olive punched out with the branch from the Bird Builder Punch.  The ribbon on the side is 1/4" Bashful Blue Grosgrain. 

I designed a coordinating 3 x 3" notecard to go with this sweet little box -- here's a close up of that:
                                                                                                                                                               



For the notecard, we again used a Not Quite Navy Card Stock base, with the Hello Doily stamp embossed in White.  The greeting is again from Fabulous Phrases, stamped in Old Olive ink, and punched out with the Word Window Punch.  We layered two small flowers, left after we'd punched the Lace Ribbon Border Punch, behind the greeting.  Then, behind that is a piece of Crumb Cake punched out with the Modern Label Punch.  The flowers, branch, and ribbon are the same as on the Fancy Favor box above.

Hope you enjoyed these -- I think the Hello, Doily stamp set is so much fun!  And, if you haven't tried this color combo before, I'd recommend it!

Thanks for stopping by!

- Michelle

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Showing Kindness Matters with Vintage Roses

You might remember that last week, I showed you this serendipitous card that came about as I was working on the card I am about to show you.   I created the card I am showing you today as one of the projects for my hostess club this month, and it is a "CASE" ("Copy & Share Everything") or recreation of the beautiful "You're Fantastic" card on page 12 of the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog (if you are viewing the Idea Book online, it will actually be page 14 in your viewer), just with a different color scheme and stamp set. 

For this card, we used the Kindness Matters set for the background stamping and the greeting:



We started with a Crumb Cake base, stamped the butterflies and swirls on in Crumb Cake Classic Ink, then sponged around the edges of the card with Soft Suede.  We also stamped the greeting with Soft Suede.

The flag or banner piece behind the focal point is a piece of Certainly Celery, which we embossed using the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Embossing Folder and Big Shot.  We attached a piece of Natural Ivory card stock, punched with the Scallop Edge Border Punch, to either side of the Certainly Celery piece. 

We used another piece of Natural Ivory to create the dotted oval frame piece -- it is embossed with one of the new Designer Frames Textured Embossing Folders and the Big Shot.  We tore carefully around the edges -- and actually, I learned from my friend Jana that you could take a wet q-tip around the area you wanted to tear, and that made it way easier!  It also made the edges a bit softer where the paper fibers had been broken down by the water.  Thanks, Jana, for that tip!!!

In the center of the frame, we added a piece punched from Paisley Prints Designer Series Paper, using the Wide Oval Punch. 

We created the flowers using two pieces punched from the Five Petal Flower Punch for the smaller flower and the Fancy Flower Punch for the larger flower. We used the Faux Suede technique to create the soft fuzzy look to some of the petals and create more petals for the flowers.  I'm going to have to add these flowers to the list of things I should make a video to show how to do because it is way harder to explain in words than to demonstrate!  The kids are back to school in basically a day, so I should be able to do that for you very soon!  In the meantime, here's a close up:



We created the leaves by punching blossoms out of Always Artichoke using the Blossom Builder Punch.  Then, we scored them (using Stampin' Up!'s new scoring tool!  Available to customers starting Sept. 1st!!!) and ran them through the crimper. 

The ribbon is Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, which we tied in a bow, spritzed with water, then scrunched and let dry.  We attached it using several drops of Tombo Multi -- one in the center, and then one on either side.

Hope you like it!  Please stop by tomorrow to see the other projects we created at Sunday's hostess club!

- Michelle 

Monday, August 15, 2011

More Amazing Cards by Marlene!

Happy Monday!  Today I have a couple more cards to show you created by my amazing and talented friend Marlene Caravello.  Here's the first one: 


Marlene used the coordinating Pennant Parade stamp set and Petite Penant Builder Punch to create the tree on this one.  I love the background for the tree, too -- I hope Marlene will comment and correct me if I'm wong, but I think this is done using the Faux Fossil technique (you drop two colors of reinkers in between two window sheets, with space in between the colors so they do not become muddy, and then open and close the sheets, pouncing them together.  You then transfer the ink from a window sheet onto glossy card stock).  I think Marlene used Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke on this card.

Here's a beautiful ATC that Marlene created using the same technique:



It looks like Marlene used Pretty in Pink and Wisteria Wonder on this one.  I love the little bit of Wisteria Wonder ruffled ribbon on the corner -- it's attached with one of the great new mini silver brads.  The stamp on the left side is from the My Friend set. 

It's a little hard to see in the photo above, but there is also a butterfly die cut from a Window Sheet using the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die.  Marlene also embossed the butterfly with the Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder, and stamped "hello" from the Pennant Parade stamp set on one wing.   Here's a photo from a different angle so you can see the butterfly better:





Very beautiful!  Thanks, Marlene, for letting me show off your work!

Thank you for stopping by!

- Michelle

Friday, August 12, 2011

SUper Friends SUper Swap!!!

Boy, do I have a treat for you today!!!  At our meeting last month, my SUper Friends team each created cards to swap, and they were so wonderful, I just had to share!  Here they are:


By Agnes:

And, a bonus card from Agnes:




By Sparrow:


By Charlene:


And, a bonus card from Charlene:


By Christina:


By me:



It was great fun to see what everyone made -- we're swapping again later this month, and I'm excited to see what the gals come up with this time, too!

Didn't want to overwhelm you by posting details about the ingredients for each of these cards, but please feel free to email or comment if you have questions about what we used to make these.

Thanks for stopping by!

- Michelle

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Little Serendipity

This morning, as I was finishing up the last sample for my upcoming hostess club's projects (I know, I know, relatively last minute!  But, I've already got the plan for next month, so hopefully that won't be so last minute!), I realized that one of the pieces I had been struggling to make work on the card I was creating would be perfect for something just a little different.  That's where the serendipity came in!!!

The piece I had was a Marina Mist "flag" that I'd embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder -- I was using it to try to "CASE" or recreate the beautiful "You're Fantastic" card on page 12 of the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog (if you are viewing the Idea Book online, it will actually be page 14 in your viewer), just with a different color scheme and stamp set.  The Marina Mist turned out to be too powerful in the background for the look I wanted.  I ended up changing the color of that piece of the card again, and came up with something that I really like for hostess club -- I'll post that here sometime next week (don't want to completely spoil the surprise for my hostess club friends)! 

Anyway, I was looking at the Marina Mist piece, thinking it was too nice to go too waste, and it looked great with some Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper that also happened to be out on my desk, and then I thought about two challenges that I wanted to try -- this month's So Shelli.com Creative Challenge, which is to create a "thinking of you" type card, and this week's Late Night Stampers challenge #133, which is to create a thinking of you card with some blue in it -- and realized I could use it to make something that would work nicely for both.  Since I had the "You're Fantastic" card layout on my mind, I stuck with that, tweaked it a bit more and came up with this card:



Each side of the Marina Mist embossed piece is lined with a piece of Early Espresso, punched using the Scallop Trim Border Punch.

The medallion with flowers on it is created with a piece of Early Espresso Card Stock, which I embossed using one of the new Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (love these!!!)  Seems strange to say because it doesn't look like it was done carefully, but I carefully tore around the oval frame after it was embossed.  I wanted to make sure I didn't lose any of the beautiful dotted frame!  I also love the lighter color that shows where the Early Espresso is torn.  Here's a close up so you can see that better -- and the detail of the flowers:




The flowers were all created from Very Vanilla card stock.  The largest flower was created using several pieces punched from the Five Petal Punch.  The medium flower is two pieces from the Boho Blossoms Punch, and the smallest flowers are punched using the four petal flower from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  I inserted new Silver Mini Brads in the centers of the flowers.  I love being able to add just a little bit of silvery bling -- so pretty! 

The ribbon is Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon, which I tied in a bow, then spritzed with Stampin' Mist, scrunched up to the shape I wanted, and let dry. 

The greeting flag is a hand cut piece of Very Vanilla, on which I stamped the greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes in Early Espresso Classic Ink. 

After everything was assembled, I spritzed the flowers and greeting just a little bit with my Marina Mist Stampin' Write® Marker and Spritzer Tool. 

This card just makes me happy to look at -- hope you feel the same!

Thanks for stopping by!

- Michelle

Michelle VanWiggeren

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Well Worn Blossom Jewelry Box and Note Card

For my hostess club last month, I wanted to show off some great new products from the new Idea Book, and thought the new Blossom Box Die would be a fun project to try because last month's hostess also had a jewelry party at her house on the same day.  So, we'd have a fun gift box to use with the new jewelry.  Here's what we ended up making:

 Here's a close up of the note card:


The note card base is Naturals Ivory Card Stock.  We simply added a strip of Well Worn Designer Series Paper (part of this August's awesome designer series paper special!) to coordinate with the Blossom Box.  We stamped a sentiment from the Perfectly Penned stamp set in Soft Suede Classic Ink, and finished the notecard with a bit of the new 3/8" Blue Denim Jean Ribbon.  Don't you love how well the denim ribbon coordinates with the Well Worn paper?

Here are some close ups of my sample Blossom Box:




The Blossom Box was a bit tricky to assemble, but I love the end product.  I'm thinking about creating a video tutorial for it, but will probably have to wait on that until next week when the kiddos are back to school! 

Anyway, once we managed to assemble our boxes, we used more of the denim ribbon around the box, and attached a flower to that.  We created the flower using two River Rock die cut flowers from the Fun Flowers Bigz L die.  We sponged those flowers with Cajun Craze Classic Ink.  We layered a smaller Cajun Craze flower, also cut with the Fun Flowers Bigz L die cut, on top of the River Rock flowers.  Then, the flowers are held together and to the ribbon using a 5/8" Jumbo Brad.  For mine, I used a Very Vanilla brad, and sponged on just a bit of Cajun Craze Classic Ink.  I was happily surprised that it actually stayed on the brad, and didn't wipe off!

We created one other bonus card, and for that, I copied the layout of a card I saw by Amy O'Neill on Stampin' Connection (a wonderful site that Stampin' Up! provides for demonstrators to share with one another).  Wish I could show you her original, as I love the color combination she used on it (Pool Party base with Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Whisper White)!  I haven't been able to find if she has a blog or figure out another way for you to see her card, but if I can, I will try to link it up here so you can see for yourself.  Anyway, here is the card I made: 



My card has a Whisper White Card Stock base.  On the bottom I added a strip of Pool Party, which I had embossed with the new Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Under that is a layer of Wisteria Wonder, which had been punched out with the Lace Ribbon Border Punch.  On top of that I layered a strip and a knot of Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon. 

The pennants were stamped with the Pennant Parade stamp set, in Versamark for the patterns, and in Wisteria Wonder for the greeting.  We punched out the pennants using the Petite Pennants Builder Punch.

Last but not least, we added some Rhinestone Jewels for some bling!

Thanks for stopping by!

- Michelle

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Blog Candy Winner

Hi again!  Just wanted to update you on the kusudama blog candy.  I had random.org choose a random number for me, and it picked 10!

Looks like that is Donna!  Congratulations!  Please contact me so we can make arrangements for me to send the kusudama ball to you.

Thanks to everyone who left comments -- they are very appreciated!!! 

-- Michelle

Happy Anniversary Card

A couple weeks back, my parents celebrated their anniversary, and I wanted to create a special card for them.  I used some of my favorite new supplies, and here's what I made:


The card is made using Shimmery White Card Stock -- I love the subtle sparkle of this paper!  I layered some Pool Party Card Stock on top of the base, then used another sheet of Shimmery White on top of that.  I embossed the top part of the top Shimmery White layer using the oval frame from the new Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Set, and the bottom part using the new Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I added a Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon across the top of the embossed stripes, and punched some flowers to attach on top of that.  "Happy Anniversary" from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set is stamped in Pool Party in the center of the embossed frame.

Here are some close ups so you can see the shimmer and the details better:




Thanks for stopping by! 

- Michelle



Monday, August 8, 2011

Flirtatious Happy Birthday by Marlene

Happy Monday!  Here's another beautiful card I received in my last swap with my sweet and talented friend Marlene Caravello:

Marlene's card has a white card stock base, with layers of Melon Mambo and the Flirtatious Designer Series Paper.  The beautiful Melon Mambo medallion is from a special die cut sheet that comes as part of that designer series paper.  Marlene added a whisper white scallop behind the medallion so it would stand out more, and there are jewels on the medallion and greeting.

Love it -- hope you do, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

-- Michelle

Friday, August 5, 2011

Quick and Easy Delicate Doilies

Here's a quick and easy card using the Delicate Doilies stamp set:


I randomly stamped images from the set in Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, and Pink Pirouette Ink on a Whisper White card base.  I added a Pink Pirouette flag, and stamped "heartfelt thanks" from Fabulous Phrases in Island Indigo on that.

Thanks for stopping by!

- Michelle

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Gettin' Punchy with Late Night Stampers!

This week on Late Night Stampers, the challenge is to punch a bunch -- create a project using punches and dies.  So, here's what I created:



I had my Delicate Doilies stamp set on my desk when I was thinking about what to make and decided I wanted to play around and try to make some funky flowers with the images.  This card didn't come out exactly the way I had envisioned, but I still think it is funky and fun. 

To create the largest flower, I started by embossing the largest image from the stamp set, using Versamark and Melon Mambo Embossing Powder on Pretty in Pink card stock.  I punched that out using the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch. 

For the inside of the largest flower and the other two flowers, I started by embossing the smallest image from Delicate Doilies.  I again used Versamark, but this time with Tangerine Tango Embossing Powder on So Saffron Card stock.  I punched that out using the 1-1/4" Circle Punch.  I surrounded that with eight Tangerine Tango pieces cut with the scallop circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  Then, I put a 1-3/8" Circle of Tangerine Tango behind that.

There's a Rhinestone Jewel in the center of each flower.

The leaves and stems were created using the Bird Builder Punch.  I punched them from Wild Wasabi card stock.

I also used Wild Wasabi card stock to punch out the side pieces with the Decorative Label Punch.  I traced around the edges of those pieces with my Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write Marker to add some extra interest.

The flags on either side of the card were cut from Whisper White card stock, and sponged with Pretty in Pink.  I stamped the sentiment on the top flag using Melon Mambo ink.

The butterflies were created using the Beautiful Wings Embosslit and the Big Shot.  They were cut from Pretty in Pink and Melon Mambo card stock.  I embellished each with a Rhinestone Jewel.

I adhered all my pieces to a Certainly Celery card base, which I had embossed using the Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Big Shot.

Thanks for stopping by!

- Michelle

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sweet Pea Kusudama Wreath

Hi, again!  Second post for today . . . and another quick one!  Just wanted to share another kusudama project I'd created, actually a couple months ago now, but finally getting around to posting!  Here it is:


And, a closer view of some of the flowers I created for this wreath:



Probably the most colorful of these wreaths that I have created yet, and perhaps my favorite!  These flowers were created using various patterns from the My Sweet Pea Designer Paper (one of my favorites of all time, which is unfortunately retired -- although the images from it are still available as a digital download in My Digital Studio). 

To see how I created these flowers, you can check out my video tutorial in this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

- Michelle