Friday, July 22, 2011

Botanical Part Three, a Lily Tea Cup!

Ok, I keep saying the last one was my LAST one...but I have really, truly enjoyed working with these botanical stamps so much that I can't STOP! Each card has been so different, and the message so varied, that I feel like each one has a personality of it's own!  These are the ones I have a hard time parting with...LOL. But when I started making cards, I told myself that they are not for me to look at for years to come, but to bring joy and happiness to someone, even if only for a day. 

Between the sparkle green background paper and the heat embossed tea cup, this card really looks terrific IRL!  I am getting my use out of my Copics these days, and really think I am ready to take some serious classes.  It's hard to see in the photo, but even the wires are shaded slightly to appear more 3D.  This cup stamp is one of my favorite purchases this summer, so far....  Of course, the Stampin' Up botanical stamps that I picked up at a yard sale for almost nothing is WAAAY up there, too!

Paper:  DCWV, "Songbird" and "All About Girls"
Stamps:  Stampin' Up, "Lilies"; October Afternoon, "Vintage Labels"; and Verve, "Kindred Spirits"; Layers of Color, "Chicken Wire Tea Cup"
Copics Markers
Zva pearls

So, once again, this card is for the Moxie Fab World "Fanatical about Botanicals" challenge.

Also entered at : Crafty Catz (No Pink or Blue)
Paper Cutz (Anything Goes)

More at Four, Botanicals, that is.....

I simply keep thinking of just "one more idea" for these fantastic floral stamps!  I think Stampin 'Up only made a dozen or so. If that's the case, I'm almost halfway there! LOL!

Hard to see in the photo, but the stamens have just a touch of gold stickles to make them stand out and match the gold rhinestones.  All I know is that I have quite a collection of cards for any occasion all made up and ready to go!

Cardstock; Core'dinations
Embossing Folder; Cuttlebug "Textile"
Die cut; Spellbinders Nestie, Lg Deckled Rectangle
Stickles; Copics markers; Studio 18 rhinestones

You know the drill...
Entered into challenges at:
 Moxie Fab World, Fanatical about Botanical
 Simon Says Stamps (Newspaper)
Kaboodle Doodle (Embossing)
Paper Cutz (Anything Goes)

Botanical Part Two, A Rose!

I absolutely love these vintage botanical stamps!  They are so much like the old etchings that were used in the original botanical books.

Thanks, Cath, at Moxie Fab World for bringing the July/August issue of Paper Crafts to my attention!  I am loving coloring these stamp images with my Copics!
A little modern paper from 7Gypsies, a simple paper doily, and a Die-namics cut doily from My Favorite Things, a bow here, a vintage button there...and you have a fairly pretty card for someone who really loves flowers.  I think I know just who will love this....

This card was made for the 

Birthday Wishes!

My DIL loves dogs (they have three) and she likes nothing more than birthday cards with any kind of animal on them.  This card is cute, but what makes it better is the sentiment inside.

She works long, hard hours and I think a reminder to "slow down" is a very reasonable and helpful birthday tip!

And it seems that "Animals" are very popular this week with some of the challenges, which works wonderfully well for me! Also, this week's Verve Stamp challenge is to use a paper you have been "hoarding" saving for a while. The background paper is Cosmo Cricket paper that already has these wonderful inked and stamped images on it. For the flower shape behind the colored image, I simply ran the die cut flower shape through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots, and it added some needed texture.  I used Verve's "Elegant Leaves" die cut along with one of the the "Bloom and Grow" stamps!  I love this set. It makes lining up the die with the stamped image SO easy!  And the leaves look so nice heat embossed!  POP!

Entered in:
Verve Stamps July Dive Dare (Sentimental about Paper)
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge (Animal Antics)
Creative Card Crew (Animal Antics again)
Fab n Funky Challeges (Animal Magic)
Crafting for all Seasons (Furry Friends)

I haven't been chosen for a challenge win is some time, so perhaps the little dog will bring me luck!  Unfortunately, I can't even give the digital artist credit. This image has been on my computer for a long time with no label...Sorry!  But I do take credit for coloring him!