Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Flutters & Flowers & Tips Galore

Hi again!! How is your Wednesday going? After I "wrote" my earlier post and scheduled it last night, my little man woke up and wanted to "rock the baby". He had a fever and a slight cough. We have been very lucky this winter that this is the first time he's been sick. I hope it doesn't last long!

The drawer where I've been throwing scraps has gotten out of control. While I waited for the sketch challenge for this week to be posted on SCS, I decided to clean it out and toss it all. Okay, breathe. It's all right. Really. You'll be happy to know that I only tossed the ittiest of pieces. I don't know how long it will last but this card is made entirely from my stash. I did have to cut into the Close to Cocoa as the scraps I had weren't quite big enough for the base mat. TIP: When I have to cut into a full sheet, I make sure to cut it first for a card base if I'm able. I put all those in a letter holder on my desk.

I found this beauty in my scrap drawer. Many months ago I was in charge of teaching the program at my local stamping club. I demoed the faux silk technique and then we spent about an hour working on samples. One of the gals brought this set and so I used it to create a sheet to use later. I think the circles were originally Encore Gold but they didn't look gold today - more Kiwi Kiss.
Since the whole point of Flutter By Wednesday is to use butterflies, I really wanted to make sure to have them show on the base layer. So I strategically cut it down. Didn't really matter though in the end. You can barely see them!

TIP: I also knew that I wanted to cut out 2 of the butterflies and use them on the card. But only one whole one was left. So I cut one from the base in a spot that I knew wouldn't show. I know some cardmakers cut out the entire centers to use as mats and such later. But I'm not normally one to take the time to measure that all out perfectly.

TIP: It might be hard to see in these photos (did I mention that my OTT-light broke Monday night) but I totally goofed on cutting and one of my swirly strips ended up too short - can you see it on the left one?? I really needed them to be that length too. And was too lazy to cut another strip. So I creatively cut again, knowing that some of it would be hidden.
Now you know my little secrets with this card! I hope it made you smile though! I will have my PPS card posted later today. I love the ease of digi images but my inkjet printer sometimes smears the inks so I'm going to go print some on the laser printer. As always, thanks so much for stopping by!


Cathy said...

This is really cute, Cassie!! I love this color combo and what you did with it! Great job!!

Hugs, Cathy

Meli Mitchell said...

Your card is just gorgeous! And I too love the color combo.

Christi said...

This is gorgeous! I love that color combo!

Michelle said...

your are a butterfly goddess, lol! This card is beautiful! I so love the colors, the background paper is ummmalicious and that flower is perfect!! This card is so cheery just want I need to get me out of the winter funk!

Danni said...

Love this too! Wow, just gorgeous!

Ashley said...

This is awesome! Thanks for sharing with us!

Anonymous said...

This is so beautiful!! I really love the colors on this!! Fantastic tutorial as well!! Thanks so much for sharing this!! :)

Heather said...

Ooooo Cassie this card is so so so so so sos so lovely!!! I love all the orange and the images are wonderful!!!!

You are going to send it to me right???

You totally rocked this card did I say I love it???


Janna said...

Cassie you are a genius! I love all your little tips and tricks and this card is awesome! I am not a huge fan of orange but I am now! I just adore these butterflies and the way you used your papers! Incredilbe. I need to work more on using up all my scraps. I have ton but just keep collecting more and more! Too hard to part with! LOL!

Hope D. is feeling better! Poor baby!


Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Love this card. And girl, those tips and tricks are coming in handy.
TFS this beauty!!!
Hugs and smiles,

Kristie said...

This is so cute!! I think I have this set somewhere, I'll have to dig it out. Great job.

jami {sgtStamper} said...

Gorgeous!!! Love that bg paper you made - and this post is just full of useful tips!! I really am lovin' that layered flower - so cute!!!