Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sweet Summer here we come!

Oh, I love the smell of fresh air!  It's so great to be able to finally be outside again without the hassle of bundling up with heavy coats, boots, etc.  Actually, today was a brisk day.  I still wear my gloves when the temperature is below 50 degrees. Still it feels good.  I also have to admit that it feels good to be able to say to the kids, "Go outside and play!"

The card I'm sharing today uses the Sale-a-Bration set called Sweet Summer.  Here's a look:

Stamps: Sweet Summer, Fabulous Phrases
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Pretty in Pink; markers: Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Subtle Glimmer brad, Crop-o-dile, Signo white gel pen

I stamped the card base with a branch stamp using Pear Pizzazz ink.  Next, I stamped the stem with Pear Pizzazz ink onto Whisper White, then colored the leaves with the Pear Pizzazz marker.  I added a flower using Pretty in Pink ink that was them colored in with a Pretty in Pink marker. I stamped the butterflies by coloring the stamp with Marina Mist ink then coloring them in with the marker.  The two lighter butterflies were "stamped off" with the Marina Mist marker then colored in with Bashful Blue.  All of the bodies of the butterflies were colored with a Soft Suede marker.  The Signo white gel pen provided the final touches to the pink flower.

I demonstrated a similar card at my friend Marcey's house last Thursday night.  I placed three flowers onto the front of the card and stamped a bee using Soft Suede and Daffodil Delight markers instead of butterflies.  Actually, this card isn't the same one that I demonstrated, but very close. 
For this sentiment, I used the Curly Label punch and the Decorative Label punch, the first time I've layered those two punches like that. For Marcey's card, I used the same flower stamp like I did for the first card and only used the Curly Label punch.  Marcey loved it!

Here's a close-up of the flowers:

As I was putting away my supplies the day after the workshop, I noticed that the little bee stamp was missing.  To save time at the workshop, I had placed the materials for each project back into their separate bins. I didn't "dismount" the stamps from their acrylic blocks.  Bad choice on my part!  So, I was panicked for a few moments.  I knew it had to be with all of my stuff.  Turns out that it got stuck onto a punch.  I'll know next time to put all of my clear mount stamps back into their rightful cases ; )

Happy stamping!



Yolanda said...

That is a very pretty card. I hadn't thought much of that "free" stamp set, but I've seen some really cute cards using it. I really like your's. I think I'd better put in another order to get it. Just the excuse the needed. TFS.

bensarmom said...

Susan, these are just gorgeous cards! Glad you found your bee.