Sunday, May 28, 2017

DUH NUH.

Hello, friends! I couldn't wait to get my hands on the new "Duh-nuh" set from Lawn Fawn! Ocean critters are some of my favorites and this little guy does not disappoint! My husband loved him, too, so I made him a cute little anniversary card. Here we go!






I started by stamping out images from Duh-nuh, Fintastic Friends, and Mermaid for You. I colored them all with Copic markers and die cut them with matching dies.

To make the background I die cut a wave from the Ocean Wave Accents Dies from some typing paper and used an ombre of Distress Inks to create a background. Then I flicked on some water to make it look more like an ocean.

I stuck down the fish with glue dots and popped up the shark with two layers of foam squares to really make him stand out. I stamped the sentiment and also popped that up with foam squares. The whole time I was arranging my little sea creatures I was thinking " fish are friends...not food " Haha!






I carried over the ocean shark theme to the inside of the card. I did another Distress inked background with water flicks. I used a Pretty Pink Posh Peekaboo Window die to cut a little window on the panel. I had to do a little bit of creative die cutting to make the window bigger than the actual die. I added the duh-nuh sentiment and a little shark fin - one of my favorite stamps from the release! 






I built a sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Happy Everything stamp set and that's my card! 
I hope you've enjoyed! See you soon! 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Mandala Flat Shaker Card

Hello, all! Shaker cards are one of my favorite kinds of cards to make! But I mail so many of my cards and shaker cards are so bulky and often require extra postage...so I love to make flat shakers! That's what I've done today! And I've used a bunch of new Concord & 9th products!






Here's my shaker! I just love it! I started by using the new Concord & 9th Floral Fill-In stencils and papers to make a background. I used Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks. I really hated it. I mean....HATED! But once I covered it with the vellum I fell in love! I love the way the colors kind of faded back and became softer. I stamped one mandala layer from the Many Mandalas stamp set and added a scripty and a print sentiment from the same stamp set and embossed them with WOW black embossing powder.






I made sure that I cut my vellum large enough to wrap around my inked background. I added a bunch of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and Neat & Tangled and folded the vellum around the cardstock and taped down the edges. I used my Spectrum Noir clear glitter sparkle pen to add some shimmer to the mandala and that was it! This card is super cute and was quick and easy to make! My favorite! Catch you next time!



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Many Mandalas!

Hello! I'm thrilled to be back on the Butterfly Reflections, Ink blog today with a card using the Many Mandalas stamp set from Concord & 9th. I'm in love with this set! I love mandalas and there's so much you can do with this set! Big mandalas! Little mandalas! And so many gorgeous sentiments! Here's a peek at the project I made! Head over to the Butterfly Reflections, Ink blog to get the details!






Sunday, April 9, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Rainbow Challenge

Hello, everyone! I'm sneaking in to show you some cards I made for the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - make a rainbow! The challenge ends tonight, so there's not much more time to play, but I love to craft under pressure! If you want to join the challenge, click on the image below!

The challenge is to make a rainbow. I decided to use my favorite watercolors (Gansai Tambi) to add some background color. I used the whole rainbow...just not on one card! I wanted to have bright colors in the background, but I thought a whole rainbow would be overwhelming, so I decided to use just a few colors on each card! 







I started by heat embossing the Emma Background stamp from Simon Says Stamp onto some watercolor cardstock. I mixed up some watercolors and painted my background. I used a pretty blue color towards the center and a minty pool color - my absolute favorite! - on the outside. Since the background is so pretty, I wanted a sentiment to be simple. I used the Prayers set from Hero Arts and die cut the sentiment many times from different colors of cardstock. I used some white and some pink and layered them together. I die cut one more from gold foiled cardstock and put that one on top. I love how the pink pops out from the side! Another little peek of a rainbow! I white embossed a coordinating sentiment onto some gray cardstock, trimmed it out, and popped it up with foam squares. 







I made this card in almost the same way! I mixed up the sentiment a little by die cutting four layers of black cardstock and glueing them together. I covered the die cut with Wink of Stella and then a thick layer of Glossy Accents. I also added some sparkle to the coordinating sentiment strip. 






I thought it might be fun to only emboss part of the stamp on the top part of my card...so I did! I watercolored the background the same way, a dark color in the center and a lighter color around the outside. I die cut a peachy color cardstock and covered it with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents. 






Last one! This one is a bit different! I started by stamping the background stamp with Squeezed Lemonade and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks. Then I used a Distress Ink bleed technique from Jennifer McGuire! I just sprayed the cardstock with a bit of water and let the color move around. Once the ink was dry I used my MISTI to stamp right on top of where I originally stamped with Versafine Onyx black ink and embossed it with clear powder. I wanted to keep this a one layer card, so I used the same black ink and clear powder to add a sentiment to the bottom of my card. 


That's all of them! I hope you take some inspiration from my rainbow backgrounds! 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

No Dies Allowed!

Hello, everyone! I recently stumbled across the CAS-ual Fridays challenge blog and I thought I would challenge myself with this week's theme - no dies allowed! I don't know about you, but I frequently seem to be using my dies. I've only owned dies for about a year and a half...but I honestly can't remember not having them! I always seem to be reaching for sentiment dies, stitched rectangles...or something! So this was a real challenge for me! Click the link below to go to the CAS-ual Fridays challenge blog to get involved!



Here are my cards!




I used the gorgeous Butterfly Beauty stamp set from Concord & 9th. I'm in love with this set! There are so many pieces to the stamp set and I've played with it often...but these are 2 of my favorite cards!




I started by stamping my image onto watercolor paper and embossing it with white powder. I did this twice so that I could make 2 cards. Then I pulled out my Gansai Tambi watercolors...one of the best finds I've found in a long time! I find myself watercoloring a lot lately! I kept darker colors to the middle and lighter colors to the outside, but I used plenty of water so that the colors would mix to make a middle color.

I painted about 3 or 4 layers of watercolor, using a paper towel to dab off excess color here and there and a heat gun to speed up the drying. I took a couple of sentiments from the set and heat embossed them on black cardstock. I trimmed them down and popped them up with foam.




I used some liquid glue and sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh in various sizes to add a bit of glitz! Clean and simple has been my style lately...and I love how these turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fancy Octopus Cards

Hello, all! I'm so excited with my recent purchases! I've been eyeing the Hero Arts Octopus layering stamp set for some time...and all the hype is real! This set is so realistic and amazing! I made a set of 6 cards featuring different colors of octopi!






Here's all of the cards! Keep scrolling for more photos!

I started by using stencils from the Hero Arts Fillgree Stencil set with some Versamark ink and then embossed the designs with white embossing powder. I used different Distress Inks (Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean, and Wilted Violet) to give some color to the backgrounds. Then I used various ink colors from Simon Says Stamp, Hero Arts, and Studio Calico to stamp the octopi and fussy cut them. I embossed the sentiment six times on black cardstock and trimmed them into banners. I popped them up with foam tape and boom! A little gift set of cards! These came together so quickly and I love how they turned out!












That's it! Ever since our son came home with us my style has become more clean and simple. It's so much easier to craft while he's sleeping! These sure fit the bill!


Monday, January 30, 2017

Muse Card Club Polka Dots Cards

Hey everyone! I'm super excited to be entering my first cards into the Muse Card Club challenge blog. It's their 200th challenge...but a first for me!

Here's the card I've made:





Our inspiration image had polka dots and flowers. I loved the floral idea, but I wanted my black polka dots to be more subtle. I'm not one for big bold patterns lately, so I made this beauty using an Altenew stamp set, some dye inks, and a Hero Arts die!

Remember to head over to the Muse Card Club to check out their challenges!

I'm excited to try some more challenges! It's something I've always wanted to do...but I never had time! Now that the baby is napping on a regular basis I'm hoping to try my hand at more! Do you have any good suggestions?