Sunday, June 11, 2017

Floral Bliss

Hello! I have 2 super quick cards to share with you! I've been loving watercolor lately...well...I suppose for the past year! It's so easy and really helps me to relax!






For this first one I did a gradient of color with my Gansai Tambi watercolors, and then crinkled up some plastic wrap that I stole from my kitchen cupboard. I've had the same role since my freshman year of college! I'm glad it's finally getting used! I only let the background sit for about 30 minutes and it was dry! It was 94 degrees here today...so it didn't take much time at all! And this was the result! I stamped the floral image from the Simon Says Stamp Floral Bliss stamp set and added a sentiment. I used a marker to draw a fake banner to keep it a one layer card. I added some white Nuvo drops and some clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh. The background does all the work!






I did this card almost exactly the same, just a different color scheme! I did just a regular watercolor background...no plastic wrap this time!


That's all for today. These are super quick and easy to recreate! They would be perfect to make a set of identical cards and give them as a gift!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

On the line.

Hi, again! I have another clean and simple, easy peasy card for you today! I'm using just a few stamp sets and some gorgeous paper and embossing powder!






I picked up some gorgeous metallic paper from Neenah at my local craft store the other day and I just couldn't wait to use it! It has such a beautiful metallic sheen that I love! I thought it would look pretty with some Liquid Platinum embossing powder from Hero Arts. I stamped and embossed the large floral border from the Honeybee Stamps Zen Floral stamp set. I used my Versamarker to add a defined edge to the bottom of the flowers. I added a sentiment from the Right at Home Script Greetings set and added some sequins!






I tried to capture the sheen of the paper, but it was so difficult! You'll just have to take my word for it that it's gorgeous in real life!

See you soon!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Floral Border Cards

Hey, there! Today I have 5 cards to share with you! Four are super simple...even the fifth is simple...but a little more involved than the others! I used some older products...but who says that's a bad thing!






Here's the first card...the more involved one! I started by stamping the floral border image from an old Studio Calico card kit - Lisse Street from April 2015. I love love love this image! I stamped it with Versafine black ink and used clear embossing powder. It was super easy to line up and stamp because I used my MISTI! Where would I be without it! The sentiment is from the My Favorite Things Geometric Greenery stamp set. I used my Gansai Tambi watercolor set to add some quick and easy messy coloring to the image. Can you believe that was the hard one?! I popped on some sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and decorated an envelope. Easy peasy!






While I had the image mounted on my MISTI I went ahead and stamped a bunch more cards! For these two I added a strip of washi tape and a die cut sentiment from the card kit. I have a bad habit of hoarding pretty things...and my goal for this year is to use more of what I have!






And now for the simplest design! I stamped and embossed like the others and then just added a sentiment die cut! And just like that I have five cards done and ready to send out!

Thanks for joining me!

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!