Friday, April 18, 2008

Spring has Sprung and a Mistake was Made!

Thought I'd share with you some of the lovely plants that are finally blossoming in my gardens. These are several hyacinths that I planted a couple of years ago after receiving them as gifts at Easter time. Don't you just love their wonderful fragrance?

And here is a cluster of Daffodils that are just starting to open. Daffodils really are the harbinger of spring for me - when I see them being sold at the fruit stands on the streets of Boston on my way into work - I know spring isn't far away!
So onto my card for today - the Limited Supplies Challenge at Splitcoast today was to make a long or tall card - at least 4" x 8" which will still fit in a business size envelope for mailing so it's the standard postage rate (a big consideration these days when thinking about the size of your card!)
Butterflies are another sign of warm weather so I put them on my Mother's Day Card today. I just got a wonderful mini origami book at Borders Books and one of the patterns is this gorgeous butterfly! You can make any size - it's just determined by the size paper you start with.

The book is called Minigami, and it's by Gay Merrill Gross - published by Firefly Books 2005. You can see it here at but I'm sure you can find it lots of other places.

The instructions for the challenge today were to limit layers and embellishments and so - since these Butterflies are pretty dramatic (I think!) - I didn't add anything else accept the origami paper panels and the sentiment. The sentiment is from the Women of Life set by PapertreyInk.

Here is a close up of one of the butterflies.

I'll have some cards with a beautiful origami dress on it sometime this weekend so be sure to drop by and check it out! Happy Friday everyone!

Stamps: Women of Life: Papertrey Ink
Paper: Papertrey White, Pumpkin Pie: SU, DP: Origami Papers
Ink: Pitch Black Adirondack
Accessories: dimensionals, MiniGami by Gay Merrill Gross 2005 a Firefly Book
Techniques: origami

So now for the Mistake was Made part - I completely ignored (forgot) one of the rules of today's challenge and that was not to use DP (designer paper) and my origami paper is certainly DP!!! so I rushed back to my stamping room and made this card:

So - this time I stamped the butterflies - actually I colored the stamp with Stampin Up markers - Perfect Plum and Almost Amethyst - spritzed the stamp with water and then stamped them on white card stock. It's called misting with markers and you can see a tutorial on SCS here. I used my sponge dauber with Groovy Guava on the wings.

I cut wire antanae, attached them to the back, scored down the middle of each butterfly and curved the wings around my finger. I attached them to the purple bazzill card stock with zots to hold them on well. This card also qualifies for Sharon's (NoTimeToStamp) Friday challenge to use Black as an accent on a card. You can see her challenge here. Sharon's trademark is to keep it simple and her cards are wonderful - so check them out when you go there!

So - I feel better after confessing my mistake and submitting a new 'following the rules' card LOL - now I can sleep tonight!!

Stamps: Butterfly: Oxford Impressions - Field Notes, Sentiment: All Year Cheer: SU
Paper: PTI White, Bazzill Purple, basic Black
Ink: Pitch Black Adirondack , Groovy Guava: SU
Accessories: wire, zots, nestability square
Techniques: misting with markers, dry embossing


Neva said...

Very nice job Julia. Love the paper butterflies

Gwen said...

Awesome card!!! so glad you left a comment on my blogg so I could find yours! Big, Big congrats on honerable mention!! don't you just love that papertrey paper pack??? actually all her stuff! :)

Deb said...

True confessions of a stamper!! LOL!

They are both great, I love the origami butterflies, very cool!

Hope you slept well, after confessing!

~amy~ said...

Thanks for sharing your spring photos...yesterday it was snowing here!

Love your cards...the butterflies are wonderful, especially the origami ones :)

Anonymous said...

Your first card is no "mistake" in my books! lol It's wonderful! The butterflies are so unique! The second card, following the rules is certainly lovely too! The accent of black really makes the sentiment pop.

Bunny B said...

Both cards are awesome! Such pretty flowers in your garden!! My fave colors :)

Beverly said...

julia this card is fantastic.. I think you need to post a tutorial on how to make those origami butterflies... I would love to try my hand at one...

dpkennedy said...

Both cards are great..but I love the origami! So talented you are!

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