Monday, July 25, 2011

Bees and Butterflies

Both of my cards that I want to share today have to do with nature, one, a cute bee and the other one a wonderful butterfly.  Both are acutally based on sketches too.
 This first card uses the Card Positioning Systems sketch for this week.  I also created it to go along with Moxie Fab's Botanical challenge. 
 The bee is actually part of this label stamp by Layers of Color but I stamped it twice and cut out one of the bees so I could add it over the original one with foam tape.  The stamped image is colored with Copic markers and I also sprayed it with Chalkboard Glimmer Mist.

Next, I wanted to play along with the color challenge at Clearsnap, it is a color challenge.  Since I LOVE Clearsnap products, this was easy.
 I used the Card Patterns sketch for the layout of my card.  I used one of my Martha Stewart border punches to make my little border. It punches a half design so I just punched it twice.
 The woodgrain stamp is by Hero Arts. All I did was stamp that with the black Mix'd Media Inx by Clearsnap and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. I loved the black and white of this.  I lightly rubbed the edges of this with the gray ColorBox stamp pad. The Butterfly by Layers of Color was stamped the same way and after I cut it out, I "colored the image with the green, ColorBox ink.  This is called "direct to paper" since you just rub the stamp pad directly on the paper, the black embossed image acts as a resist so the black lines stay shiny.
And some photos!
 We are having a birthday bonanza around here this week with another party tonight.  Aren't these candles the best!
 Here is the birthday boy. Not only is he trying to blow out the candles, but both of his parents are trying to get them lit! The breeze was not cooperating at all!
 This is his typical reaction to every gift, most of them Lego related!!!
And, here is the birthday boy and his younger cousin having way too much fun in the pool!
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

SKETCH 228 – SWEET BLESSINGS card

Materials:
Cardstock – Core’dinations
X-Press Blending Card – Copic Markers
Stamp set – Honeysweet/Layers of Color
Patterned paper and sticker – BoBunny and Graphic 45
Black Versafine stamp pad
Clear embossing powder – Stampendous
Copic Markers
Fluid chalk stamp pads – Clearsnap
Chalk Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels
Glossy Accents – Ranger
Corner rounder punch – Fiskars
Self adhesive pearls – Queen & Co.
Ribbon and small flower


SWEET BLESSINGS card

Materials list:
Cardstock – Core’dinations
Stamps – Woodgrain/Hero Arts and Butterfly, Sentiment/Layers of Color
Black stamp pad – Mix’d Media Inx/Clearsnap
Green and light gray stamp pads – ColorBox/Clearsnap
Clear embossing powder – Stampendous
Border punch – Martha Stewart
Seam Binding
Foam tape – 3M
Self adhesive pearls – Queen & Co.

15 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Loveeeeeeee that card! That wood grain is AWESOME!! And loveeeeeeeeeeeee the birthday photos! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Heidi Van Laar said...

Both absolutely gorgeous!! I ADORE that fabulous bee!

(-: Heidi

Cheryl Nelson said...

Absolutely STUNNING cards! LOVE those fun pics!!

Sylvia said...

Fantastic cards and thanks for sharing these fun pictures! To view them just made me smile :) :) :)
Sylvia

Pamela said...

Your cards are fantastic! :)

Jen Martakis said...

Both cards are beautiful Linda. I especially love the butterfly one. Enjoy your birthday festivities! :)

Kristin said...

That bee card is fabulous! I love that you fussy cut the bee and added it over the original stamped image, genius! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog this week~!

Lisa Dorsey said...

Oh Linda, such great cards! I especially love the colors on that second one. Your pictures make me smile too! :)

Mistylynn said...

Thanks for stopping by. I'm so glad you enjoyed my lo! Your cards are fabulous. and I want that cake :)

Basement Stamper said...

I love the lime, black, white color combination, very striking with that border punch. Hope the birthday boy had a great day!

Laura - Layers of Color said...

Ooo, gorgeous cards, Linda!!

Jen Martakis said...

You won my Simple Starts Kit 1! Email me with your addy and I will send you the download link. Thank you for participating! :)

jmartakis@hotmail.com

Kristii said...

I love your work!! Your card with the butterfly is absolutely perfect!! the cake looks delicious too!! Thanks for joining in the fun at Card Patterns!!!

Cath said...

Hey Linda! Thanks for linking these up to the Fanatical About Botanical challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

Jennie said...

Beautiful cards Linda! Love your Honeysweet design with the rounded corners and the woodgrain on the second is amazing!! Congrats on your win over on the Clearsnap blog :)