I am having lots of fun this week whilst the temperatures soared to 44’C I retreated into a crafty coma in the air-conditioning and have been playing with the new stamps from the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues. One of the new co-ordinating stamp sets and dies is Butterfly Basics (which if you buy as a bundle you save 15%) you can see them in action here:
I use the following “sandwich” for cutting out the intricate butterfly dies: magnetic platform – clear plate – dryer sheet – card stock – waxed paper – thinlit – clear plate. If you can get the unscented dryer sheets then I strongly recommend that as the scented ones which were the only ones I was able to attain absolutely stink – no idea why anyone would want their laundry smelling like that, but I guess some people do – fortunately we’re all different!
This collage was CASEd from Linda H. she did it as a single layer card and added a gold foil butterfly, but in layering this card I changed the colour scheme and I liked the look of the matching Blackberry Bliss card stock butterfly better.
The next card I took the centre piece from a card I saw recently by Lynn P. I created a mask for the flower after I stamped it with a torn sticky note sheet and then stamped over it in the honeycomb stamp with Crumb Cake and sponges the edges to soften it as well. I coloured the flower with the Blender Pen and Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz and Elegant Eggplant inks. The background was done using the new Sale-a-bration specialty paper Irresistibly Yours and then sponging it with Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant and Blackberry Bliss – love this paper!
You can see a short video on how to use the specialty paper here:
I then used the elements of the previous two cards and made this one:
If you would like to see and play with some of the new products why not get some friends together and host a party or come along to the Catalogue Launch Party on Saturday 17th and join us for some inky fun then!