Friday, January 7, 2011

Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch - Granny's Butterflies

Howdy stamping friends!
You'll never guess where I am! Ok, yes, I did tell you yesterday that I'm in Lowell, MA for Emma's skating competition this weekend. That's true, but you'll never guess where I am tonight as I'm posting this!
I'm at my buddy Selene Kempton's house! You know, THE Selene Kempton that founded the Stamping 411 Blog?! Yep, that's the one! She lives within 20 minutes of where the skating team is staying - and since I had a few hours of down time tonight, she brought me over to her house so we could stamp! How fun, right?! I'm so lucky because Emma's team skates up here every January so we always get to meet Selene and her family at The Owl Diner for breakfast. Usually that's all the time we have, but this year we had to come a day early so we get play time!

So, now that you know all that stuff, would you like to see my card?
Ok, here you go!

I have to tell you that when I first saw this sketch, I was less than enthused. But when I started to get the vision for my card and began to build it, I just loved the result!

That's the beauty of making the sketch your own - it's all in how you interpret it, just like the inspiration challenge I do each week. I've found that some of my best work comes as a result of one of these sketch challenges - they are a great jumping off point to let your creativity run free.

For this week's card, I started with a base of Pear Pizazz and built up from there.
The Designer Paper is the new Springtime Vintage from the Occasions Mini. Let me tell you - that paper is drop-dead gorgeous! You HAVE to own it or you will regret it.
Anyway, both the lower portion of the main panel and the butterflies are made with it. I love how all the patterns work so beautifully together.

I used Very Vanilla for the panel base and ran it through my Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder. Then I rubbed Crumb Cake ink all over it - actually, it's rubbed all over everything to give it an aged look. The greeting is from the amazing Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and I used the Modern Label punch to punch it out.
The bow is some of that yummy new Pear Pizazz Seam Binding and I added a Rose Red Vintage Flower Adornment to the center. Just beautiful! You are going to LOVE those too!

Now check out the other side of the card:

That oval is cut with my Big Shot and the Scalloped Oval Frame Die. I simply cut it to make my layer and then added the little Pearl Jewels. The butterflies were curled with my Bone Folder - kind of like how you curl that thin ribbon for a package. I mounted them with Mini Glue Dots and baby, this card was done! :)

So, another Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge - too fun! Be sure to check out the other operators creations by visiting Stamping 411 - and while you are there, play along with us this week! We love to see your creations!

In the meantime, I'm going to go enjoy my stamping time and skating time this weekend! Have a great one and come back on Monday - I'll have a new post for you!

Stamped blessings,


  1. WOW!!!! I LOVE it!!!! I love the colors and how the butterflies just go perfectly with everything. I can't wait to order that vintage paper!!! Have fun stamping with your buddy!!

  2. This is beautiful - love the ribbon! Have fun in the northeast - it is snowing here tonight!

  3. Robin,
    Lucky girl!! Hi to Selene from a little 'ol VT demonstrator! LOL
    Love your card. Is there a special technique for the ribbon?

  4. Such a fun card Robin. It's so retro chic' the look and feel of it. See you soon!!!

  5. Beautiful card, Robin -- very "shabby chic" -- Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Gretchen

  6. Robin I can't get over every beautiful detail you put into this card!! I am so thrilled that I got to see you last night! Hopefully next time it can be a longer visit :)

  7. OMG!!! YOU are TOO funny!!! "THE Selene Kempton" I almost fell off the couch I was laughing so hard.. I'm still laughing and my family is looking at me like I'm crazy... ~ something YOU already know! What a wonderful time. I hope you know the sense of redirection and renewal that you brought to the studio last night. It's the same thing I was hoping to get out of leadership next week. Thanks for being an inspiration and such a wonderful example for all who know you. :D See you in a few minutes at the owl.. :D

  8. The details in this card are just amazing! You have a great talent with this style and I cant wait to see what is coming next!

  9. so sweet! Love the butterflies down the side! See you soon!

  10. What a beautiful card! I love the "Shabby Chic" look of it. Hope you are not caught up in all the snow!

  11. Robin, your card is just beautiful!!! And I am soooooo jealous that you got to spend some awesome time with Selene and Kerin!!!! You lucky duck!! Wish I was there too!! BUT I get you all to myself tomorrow and I can't wait for my Robin Time!!!!

  12. WOW! This card is so beautiful! I've got to CASE it! I feel like i'm loosing my mojo, so this might be just the thing to get me in gear! Absolutely beautiful!

    Thank you!

  13. Beautiful card Robin!

    And now I'm curious about how that beer sign ended up against your head. :)

  14. Great card! I love the Butterflies in these prints from the DSP. So pretty!


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