Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Blossom Spread!

Before I begin, just a reminder that today is the last day to order out of the current SU! Idea Book & Catalogue!  Check my website for the retiring list, and you can order right from there if you'd like - just click "Shop Now" at the top right of the page (or contact me to order).

Now, onto the card!  This card uses the re-inker spread technique that I've seen on a few blogs.  My Stamp Club used this technique this month to create pansies using the butterfly punch (I'll post that soon!).
This card uses one of my favourite retiring colour - Pixie Pink!   I also mixed in some Certainly Celery and Perfect Plum. 

For the re-inker spread technique, here are the steps:
1. Punch your shape (large flower blossom here) out of Shimmery White cardstock.
2. Spritz the shape with LOTS of water (for this technique, the more water the better!).
3.  Place a few drops of re-inker on a plate (or I used an empty SU! button container).  Use your aqua-painter to pick up some re-inker.
4.  Touch the inked aqua-painter to the wet flower while squeezing it at the same time so the ink "flows" onto the flower.  Allow it to dry (you can use your heat tool to speed up the process) and finish your card.

To finish the card, I added some 1/2" circles and little flowers from the Itty Bitty punches, along with some Itty Bitty buttons to the flower centers.  I embossed the Certainly Celery piece with the Square Lattice embossing folder and wrapped some twill ribbon around it.  I stamped the ribbon in Pixie Pink and Perfect Plum with the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set.

The cool thing is that the flowers are shimmery after the ink dries because of the Shimmery White cardstock - very pretty in real life! 

My goal this summer, since my husband is home (he's a teacher, so it works very nicely for holidays!), is to post to my blog at least once a week!  I know I've been a bad blogger, so I'm hoping to get back into it now that I'll have a bit more free time!  Now if I can just stay off Facebook, I'll be fine! :)

Thanks for stopping by! 

Blessings to you,

Thursday, June 24, 2010

June Scrapbook Club Layout

My Scrapbook Club ladies wanted to play with the Smooch Spritz and Presto Patterns designer series paper this month, so we thought a wedding layout would be perfect!  I wanted to keep the page pretty neutral since everyone's wedding colours are different, so I decided to use Whisper White and Very Vanilla as the base colours, with a splash of gold (or silver if they choose). 
I apologize for the photo quality - the lighting in our apartment isn't that great!  It looks a lot better in real life - very shimmery and elegant!  (I can't wait to move into our new house!)

Anyway, I started with Whisper White as the base, and I cut some strips of Presto Patterns and sponged them with Blush Blossom ink (I thought the ladies could sponge their wedding colour ink instead if they wanted to tie it in with their photos).  Then there is a strip of Vanilla with a Brushed Gold border (punched with the eyelet border punch).  I used the Beautiful Butterflies die with my Big Shot to cut the butterfly out of Whisper White, then embossed the flourish stamp from Elements of Style in gold embossing powder on it. Then I sprayed it with Vanilla Smooch Spritz.  A creamy half-pearl from the Pretties kit finished the butterfly.

The title is from the "Peace, Love, Joy" decorative strip die with the Big Shot - I just cut the word "Love" out of it (in Brushed Gold cardstock).  I hung a Vintage Tag on it with the date of my wedding on it.  The tag is cut from Whisper White with the scallop border corner punch for the corners.  I sprayed it with the gold Smooch Spritz and added a knot of Organdy ribbon at the top.

Should be a fun evening with the ladies!  I'm really enjoying my Scrapbook Club this year!  Such a fun group of ladies! 

Blessings to you,