Thursday, 16 April 2015

Stampin' Up Best Blossoms, Aperture, Female

A lot of stamps in my craft cupboard are completely untouched...  (Hangs head in shame)!!!  It's not that I dislike them, it's just that I like my craft dies a little too much :)

To make a start on remedying this situation I dug out my Stampin' Up Best Blossoms set.

It took me a while to come up with a design I was happy with as using stamps like this takes me out of my comfort zone!




Believe it or not, the background's actually been stamped using Impression Obsession's / Cover a Card, Distressed Brick stamp.   The stamp wasn't big enough for this card so I stamped off and kept over stamping / re-inking until I was happy with the overall look.

I wanted to do something a little different, so once the ink was dry (Versa Magic, Niagara Mist) I added the aperture window and some texture with a Tim Holtz, Bricked stencil and embossing paste.

Fussy cutting the flowers took a while!  I've used a combination of Rosebud and Elderberry Memento ink, stamping and then stamping off for the lighter shade.

The leaves are from my Lifestyle Crafts, Treat Box die set.  If this set is was available anywhere in the UK I couldn't find it, so I had to go hunting online to an American craft store.  I don't do this kind of thing very often, but sometimes it's nice to at least have the option.

The blue butterfly is from Marianne Creatables (Butterfly 3) and the tiny brown one's are from my Martha Stewart, Pop Up Butterfly punch.

As for the cute Forest Snail...  That's from Memory Box  :)

My original inspiration for the colour scheme came from the latest Fusion Challenge...

As there are several challenges with a Spring theme I"m also linking this card to Sunday StampsThe Pink ElephantCurtain Call...



...  and House Of Cards...


Hope you are having a good day...


24 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous card and butterfly Donna! Thank you for sharing at the Curtain Call!

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  2. Thanks, Tracey. Glad you like it :) I agree that the butterfly die is gorgeous, but my Cuttlebug hates it! Always tales several passes and quarter turns to cut cleanly - even with a metal shim!

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  3. Lovely card, you were very brave coming out of your comfort zone! It was a good move as the card is great I love the textured brickwork. :)

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    1. Thank you :)
      I had quite a few 'false starts' with this design!

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  4. SO pretty! I LOVE the gorgeous flowers, butterflies, and amazing texture! Thanks for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. So glad you like it :)

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  5. Well, all your efforts in creating this have paid off! Love the background you have created with the Brick stamp followed by the paste! So pretty (especially the placement of it). A beautiful card, Donna. Thanks for joining us at Sunday Stamps! this week!

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    1. Thank you, Annette. Your comments are treasured as well as appreciated. I love the distraction that cardmaking brings... so thank you for loving my efforts :)

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  6. Lovely card, great job on all the details.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Sunday Stamps.

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  7. Beautiful card, gorgeous background and like how you created a scene! Glad you joined us at House of Cards. Donna HOC DT

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    1. Thank you so much, Donna. I really appreciate your kind words :)

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  8. Super pretty! Thanks for joining us at Fusion!

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  9. Oh, I think we as crafters all have stuff that has been touched, I know I do too! I love your pretty card! So many lovely details! Thanks for playing with us at Fusion!

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  10. Thanks, Amy. I'm still experimenting with new ideas, but I love texture/ embossing paste.

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  11. Gorgeous card! I love that opening at the top and the textured background. Thanks so much for joining us at House of Cards.

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    1. Thank you, Donna. Appreciate you taking the time to comment. Nice to know someone else likes my aperture style

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  12. Beautiful design and that blue butterfly die cut is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing with us at the Curtain Call!

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  13. so many things I love about this Donna - the embossing, the open die cut, the pretty butterfly... amazing!

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  14. Thank you, Jeanne. The butterfly die is gorgeous, but an absolute pain to cut!
    Appreciate you taking the time for feedback. Still lots to learn!

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  15. This is so amazing. seriously. Those butterflies shine on your neutral background and the addition of the embossing paste bricks is absolutely perfect!

    Toni
    HOC DT

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    1. Thank you. The embossing paste was a late addition. Glad you like it :)

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