Butterfly Twila

Here’s another card using some of the newly released dies from Creative Basics by Rhea. This one features the Fancy Rectangles Build-A-Card and Double Stitched Circles Die Sets. You can use the Fancy Rectangles Build-A-Card dies to create a shaped card which you see here. I also used one of the dies to create a frame on the front of my card. These dies are also great for shaker cards. This card also features Roberto’s Rascals Butterfly Twila available from C. C. Designs.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# and 80#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics; Sweetie Two by Authentique
Stamp: Roberto’s Rascals Butterfly Twila (*) from C. C. Designs
DiesFancy Rectangles Build-A-Card Die Set (*) and Double Stitched Circles Die Set (*), both by Creative Basics by Rhea
Copics: E000, E00 E11, E21, RV10, V20 (skin); R81, R83, R85, B00, B01, B02 (wings and clothing); V20 (shading)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Creative Basics by Rhea Week!

This week the Passionate Paper Creations & Friends Design Team is celebrating the release of the new dies from Creative Basics by Rhea. I was inspired by this video from Jennifer McGuire Ink and the new Dotted Daisies Die Set were perfect for the project.

I cut out several daisies from white card stock using the smallest of the daisy dies. I colored each one with a Copic marker (in this case R29) and then glue three daisies together to create a layered die cut. I applied clear Wink of Stella to make them glittery and then a coat of clear Nuvo Drops to make them glossy. While the Nuvo Drops were still wet, I added gold Mini Prills to the center of each flower. I mounted the flower using a foam square. The end result was an embellishment that was almost like a button that I could use to add color and dimension to a simple card.

Rowhouse Greetings | Creative Basics Dotted Daisies Die Set

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# and 80#; Seaside from the Boardwalk Collection by Bo Bunny
Stamp: Delightful Greetings by Paper Smooches
DiesCreative Basics Dotted Daisies Die Set (*) by Creative Basics by Rhea
Copics: R29

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

It’s a Beautiful Life

At the beginning of the month, I retired from my job of 37 years. These past weeks have been full of transition, from being on a structured schedule day in and day out to one so unstructured that I have to really think to remember what day of the week it is.

The first week felt like I had just taken a few days off and would be returning shortly to work. The second week was full of emotion as my former job transitioned away from me as well. Last week, I felt like a kid on the first day of summer vacation looking forward to long, lazy months ahead.

This week – I’ve gotten used to not going to work. I’m finding a new rhythm to the days and a new structure to the week. I’m finding ways to keep busy and engaged in new and different things that I didn’t have time to do when I was working.

It’s a beautiful life. And I’m off on my next adventure.

Supplies

Stamp: Tree of Life by Power Poppy

Christmas Dreaming

I’m over on the Passionate Paper Creations blog today with a holiday image by Whimsy Stamps called Christmas Dreaming. I colored this stamp originally when I attended Advanced Copic Boot Camp last May and Whimsy Stamps graciously provided all the attendees with the stamp. I colored it again yesterday, trying to incorporate what I learned in Boot Camp. (Coloring hair still needs more practice!). I textured the background with colorless blender and a piece of terry cloth and added dots with a white gel pen and a Spica pen in silver.

Whimsy Stamps is the sponsor of the week over at Passionate Paper Creations and Friends. See the group banner for a discount code for 20% off your purchase August 21st-25th.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Treasure from the Miss Match Collection by Kaisercraft; Holly Jolly 12 x 12 paper pad by American Crafts
Stamps: Christmas Dreaming (*) by Whimsy Stamps
Dies: Double Stitched Circle Dies (*) by Creative Basics; Basic Stitched Flags (*) by Creative Basics
Copics: E000, E00, E21, V20 (skin); (hair); BG70, BG72, BG75 (shirt); B91, B93, B95 (pants); R35, R46, R59, C3, C1, C0 (candy cane); B000, B00, B01 (background)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

August Demo Day at Photo Scraps!

Come see me today at Photo Scraps where I’ll be offering two cards featuring stamps from Penny Black and My Favorite Things. In both cases, I took my inspiration from the Penny Black blog, more or less CASEing two cards by Vicky Papaioannou and Francine Vuillème. I loved the designs of both cards, reproducing them here with minor modifications.

Rowhouse Greetings |Awaken by Penny Black

Card 1
Inspiration Card: Awaken to Sunshine by Vicky Papaioannou.
Paper
: Boardwalk Seaside (reverse) (*) from the Boardwalk Collection by Bo Bunny; X-Press Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: Awaken by Penny Black; Deepest Sympathy by My Favorite Things
Copics: R30, R32, R35, R39, YG03, YG17, YG01, T6

Rowhouse Greetings | Awaken by Penny Black

Card 2
Inspiration Card: Simply Awaken by Francine Vuillème
Paper: Boardwalk Seaside (reverse) (*) from the Boardwalk Collection by Bo Bunny; X-Press Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: Awaken by Penny Black; Snippets by Penny Black; Heartfelt Thanks by Penny Black
Dies: Fancy Circles Die Set (*) by Creative Basics
Copics: Y32, Y35, Y38, E27, YG03, YG17, T6

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.