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Monday, March 23, 2015

Creative Blog Hop!

Happy Monday and welcome to my post for the Creative Blog Hop!

I was nominated by the talented and lovely Cathy Miller. Thanks Cathy! :D
Make sure you click on the link and see the stunning creations Cathy made with the beautiful 'Moon Lake' stamp set. They really are quite beautiful :)

For my blog hop submissions I decided to use 'Butterfly Basics'. I have had so much fun creating with this darling set and coordinating framelits!

It is now officially Spring so that's what inspired my card.
Here's a close up of the butterflies so you can see the different layers ...

I took my cue from the pretty 'All Abloom' paper stack and used Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon and vellum to complement it. Fresh colours for a fresh season!

For my second submission I continued with Lost Lagoon and Island Indigo but teamed it with the yummy Raspberry Ripple. Even though it is retired, I couldn't help using it. I love these colours together!


I stamped the 'Postcard' image on Lost Lagoon cardstock followed by some 'Gorgeous Grunge'.
Using the largest butterfly framelit I cut out the butterfly shape to create a negative space. I placed a piece of DSP behind  the Lost Lagoon cardstock so the patterned paper could show through.
I cut another butterfly in Raspberry Ripple, this time keeping the actual butterfly. I heat embossed a netting pattern on it with clear embossing powder. I carefully glued the butterfly into the negative space.
With a piece of natural cotton ribbon, I stamped a sentiment and flagged the ends to create a banner. I stapled it to my card front and added a wee bit of bakers twine to finish it off. I love love love the finished product. It reminds me of a stained glass effect :)

As part of the blog hop we have to answer a few questions and nominate someone who inspires us.
So here goes!

            ·What are you working on now?

             Currently I am working on projects for the East Coast Stampin' June Event. Lots of creating!

· How does your work differ from others in your genre?
Hmmmm, I like vintage and shabby chic looks. I often can't bring myself to go completely "shabby" though! I suppose my work differs from others because I'm a tidy shabby chic creator!
· Why do your create what you do?
I create because it is part of who I am. Like many others stampers, I have always created in one form or another. It's an opportunity to create something unique and to brighten someone's day.
The sense of satisfaction that comes from making something with ones own hands is fantastic. I never cease to amaze myself when I look at one of my creations and say to myself "wow, I made that!". Hearing those words from attendees during a class however is the best of all.
· How does your creative process work?
I find inspiration in all kinds of places ...
I find fabrics hugely inspiring.
Mother Nature of course is full of inspiration too.
If I'm ever "stuck" for ideas I will often take an idea I like (whether it be a layout or colour combination) and create something of my own with it.
Now for the fun part. I am nominating a fellow Kiwi and Wellingtonian - Keryn Campbell. You can check out Keryn's creations here!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek :D


Cathy Miller said...

I love your cards. The colours are so beautiful together. I just might have to case Both of them.
Thank you again for coming on the Creative Blog Hop with me. :) xoxo

Peggy Sobey said...

I really really like that "stained class" effect on the butterfly too. So nice. Thanks for sharing.

Ann said...

Love these.

Peggy L said...

I have never seen a thinlet for the swallow tail butterfly. Is it retired? Beautiful cards!

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