Friday, February 5, 2010

Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge #137

Hey, before I get to the sketch challenge, I have a question for you - are you snowed in yet? HA!
Since I am posting this on Friday night, we are not snowed in yet, but with the way it's coming down and has been all day, I'd say we are well on our way! That's ok, I have all I need, family, stamps and chocolate! Oh yes, and warm fuzzy slippers! :)

Last week I didn't get my card done for the Stamping 411 design team before we left for Lowell, Mass. for Emma's skating competition, and I'm sorry for that! I hate to miss a week because the sketches are so fun and really get me thinking outside the box sometimes. So hopefully, I've redeemed myself this week with my card. Here is the sketch from our Queen of sketches, Selene:

And here is my card!
Nope, no snow on it - not a bit! I am thinking Summer! :)

I have been dying to use my new Shades of Spring DSP from the Occasions Mini catalog - the colors are just gorgeous and I love the retro floral patterns so much. But there's just not much for Winter or Valentines in those papers, no matter how beautiful they are.... So, I decided that I'd had enough Winter and was going to use them anyway!
Here are the basic measurements for my layers:
So Saffron card base: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" folded in half to make an A2 card (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")
Certainly Celery layer: 4" x 5 1/4"
Very Vanilla layer: 3 3/4" x 5" (dry embossed with the Big Shot and the Perfect Details Texturz Plate, then sponged with So Saffron ink)
Certainly Celery layer: 2 1/4" x 4 1/2"
DSP layer: 2 1/8" x 4 3/8" (sponged with So Saffron ink)

After adhering the Very Vanilla embossed layer to the Celery layer, I wrapped a piece of the Elementary Ribbon Originals around them and adhered the ends to the back with SNAIL.
I then adhered the DSP to the small Celery layer and adhered those layers to the Very Vanilla piece.

The greeting from the Sale-A-Bration stamp set Whimsical Words, was stamped with Old Olive ink onto Very Vanilla and punched out with my Designer Label Punch. I sponged it a bit with So Saffron ink and adhered it to the ribbon with some SNAIL. To add my Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, I used my Paper Piercer and Mat Pack, marking the holes by using the hodgepodge piece as my guide. I then added the brads and adhered all the top layers to the card base.

Now, for the butterflies!

I cut two small whole butterflies with my Beautiful Butterflies die and the Big Shot, using Very Vanilla cardstock. Then I dry embossed them with the other side of the Perfect Details Texturz plate. They were sponged with So Saffron ink, pretty heavily so they would contrast with the saffron already on the card. I then cut a piece of ribbon 6 1/2" long and knotted it around the center of the butterfly, creating the head and antennae. The ribbon is also from the Elementary Ribbon Originals pack.
The wings were curled slightly with my Bone Folder and I double stacked Stampin' Dimensionals under both wings and mounted them to the card front.

When I was all done, this card just made me smile and I think it was actually 10 degrees warmer in my studio! Ok, not really, but Summer is coming, just hold on a little bit longer! :)

I'm so glad you stopped by to see my card project - be sure to check out the other Operators at Stamping 411 and see what they did with the sketch - I know they will inspire you! And if you want to play along with us, we'd love that! Just design your card, post it to your favorite online host or your blog and use the Mr. Linky widget provided at Stamping 411 to upload your entry. You never know, you might be picked for the showcase on Friday! We operators vote on our top 5 favorite cards each week and the majority rules, sometimes we even pick more than 5 because you are just too good!

Have a wonderful weekend wherever you are - even if it is snowing! It's perfect stamping weather anytime!


  1. I love the way you used the ribbon on the butterflies...adorable and a great idea!

  2. This is simply stunning and making me hope for spring to come early (darn groundhog saw his shadow). You are such a talented stamper. Beautiful work!

  3. WOW!!! This is beautiful Robin!!!! I am totally ready for summer and leaving this yucky weather behind!! Have I ever told you that I HATE to be cold?? Hate it!! Anyway great card and I hope you survice all the tons of snow you are getting!!!

  4. Robin, this is a great reminder that the beautiful weather is just a few months away. I love how you used the ribbon on the butterflies for their bodies and antennae.

    Here's hoping the weather forecasters are REALLY wrong with your forecast!! You guys have been seriously whalloped this year with snow!!!!

    Stay warm and safe!!!

  5. Hey Robin -- I've been thinking of you with all the snow the DC area is getting. I'm with you -- so ready to think spring! Your card is stunning. Love all the detail on the butterflies! Fabulous job, as usual! Blessings, Gretchen

  6. WOW, WOW, WOW!!! With all the snow falling here (8" so far!), I'm loving this bright summery card! Beautiful, Robin!

  7. This is so beautiful! I love all the layers and the colors are just wonderful.

  8. ohhh, your card is absolutely appealing!!! so spring!!! TFS R ;)

  9. Hi Robin,
    You got some attitude going on there....spring time attitude that is. this card knocked my socks off. It's gorgeous. I love the butterfly's with the ribbon accent and the papers are to die for. Fabulous, just fabulous!!
    Stay warm!!!

  10. This is gorgeous Robin! I'm totally feeling the summer in your card! For once you're getting more snow down South than we're getting in the Boston area!!! Enjoy your snow day :)

  11. That is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! What a great way to use the DSP with the butterflies.

  12. Nice bright card! We are in Philly and got over 2 feet too, so I hear ya! A spring-y card was just what the doctor ordered.

  13. Ahhhhhhh! This card just screams warmer weather (as I sit looking out my window with 8" of snow on the ground). How clever of you to use ribbon for the butterflies bodies. I may have to try that! Very lovely card!

  14. I love the colors you chose for the card - definite spring feel there! And the butterflies with the ribbon accents are just the perfect touch!

  15. These colors are soft and wonderful together - I like this thinking spring thing! Love how you used the ribbon on your butterflies!

  16. Gorgeous butterflies--thanks for the instructions!

  17. Love the color combination. I haven't ordered this paper or embosslit yet - that may be this week. Thanks for sharing and congrats on making the IPicks list.
    Gayla -

  18. what a breath of fresh air. You card is absolutely gorgeous. And the way you added the ribbon to the butterflies is brilliant. Love that.the hardware is a great addition too. simply beautiful!!

  19. Love these butterflies! What a great idea. TFS!

  20. Very clever how you used the ribbon for their little anntenae. Very springy!

  21. That card is beautiful!!!! I'm a new demo and can't quit checking out all these fabulous sites. I'm so glad I found yours.
    Love the detail on the butterfly and especially love that there is NO snow!

  22. Love the butterfly "bodies"!


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