Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Two Mother's Day Cards and Two Challenges

A few days ago I entered a card recipe swap on Stampin' Connection, an online community for Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  My task was to use a product from the upcoming Summer Mini catalog. I chose the category "Mother's Day."  It wasn't until after I commited to the swap that I realized that I didn't purchase many preorder items from that catalog,  (Trying to use some self-control here!)  The only item I had to work with was the Strength & Hope stamp set.  I have two versions:

Oops! I forgot to trim my ribbon on this one.


The second card is actually the first one that I made.  Although I do like the Paisley Petals designer series paper, something about it bothered me.  That's why I created another card.  Here's some neat things I did on this project:

1.  I  colored the taffeta ribbon by rubbing it over my baja Breeze ink pad.  
2. To get that cool border around the Word Window punch, I cut one piece of card stock using the Decorative Label punch, then re-fed it the opposite way back into the punch.  (Can't remember where I saw that idea to give credit.)
3. Immediately after stamping my butterflies, I poured clear embossing powder over them and heat set it. A second butterfly is on top of the first one. I simply followed the pattern on the butterfly to cut a smaller image.  The antennae are "attached" to the bottom butterfly.

I'm entering this card in two challenges this week, Stamping 411 and SUO Challenges.

Stamps: Strength & Hope, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Always Artichoke, Night of Navy 
Ink: Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Night of Navy, Always Artichoke 
Accessories: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper textured impressions embossing folder, Petals-a-Plenty textured impressions embossing folder, Word Window punch, Decorative Label punch, Scallop Trim Border punch, heat tool, clear embossing powder, Whisper White taffeta ribbon, pearls, sponges, dimensionals
Happy Stamping!

Susan

17 comments:

bensarmom said...

Susan, these are beautiful. I just might have to get this set. I love the neat things you shared about the butterfly and punches.

Connie Babbert said...

Both your cards are very pretty using that beautiful set and DSPs! Thanks for playing along with Stamping 411.

Hi, I'm Lee Conrey! said...

Just lovely Susan. So glad you shared this gorgeous card with all of us.

Shannon said...

Gorgeous card! You should enter it into the Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge for this week. They're doing a Mother's Day theme too.

Kerin said...

They're both so pretty! Love the dsp you used on each. Thanks for playing along this week :)

paperpotter said...

I thought the cool label thingy was your idea. If not yours, then perhaps Mary Fish of Stampin' Pretty? Either way, you have a just beautiful card as I said on FaceBook and I'm making several of these using different DSPs for my DVD decorating class. They'll love knowing the many ways they an use up scraps of the product. TFS, Celia

Tiffany Bauer said...

Both are so pretty!!!

Pamela said...

I love both cards! Like how you colored your ribbon.

Patti Chesky said...

Both cards are lovely!!! Thanks for playing along with the Stamping 411.

inkedx2 said...

Love both your cards! Thanks for playing with us this week. We hope you will play with us again.

Robbie

Joe E. said...

I saw this card in the making, haha! Nice job sis!!!

gbarron56 said...

Susan -- both cards are beautiful! Great job with the card and sketch. Thanks so much for playing along this week at Stamping 411! Blessings, Gretchen

Deb Hoekstra said...

Beautiful cards. Your butterfly image is wonderful! I love what you did with it. Thanks for joining us at SUO Challenges!

Selene Kempton said...

I think it's awesome.. it's so hard to have control over ordering. I think we all can relate to that! Stunning card Susan!

Jen Timko said...

They both really are pretty! I love your cut work on the butterfly. So glad you joined us at SUO Challenges this week!

Heidi Baks said...

Beautiful! I like the Paisley. Thanks for playing SUO Challenges.

Anne Marie said...

Susan, both cards are beautiful. it's so funny how such a few subtle diffeerences can make the cards looks so different. I just love the layered butterfly, too. Thanks for playing along at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week! :)