March 5, 2010

March Viva La Verve #1

Good afternoon friends!  Happy Friday!!  Are you enjoying the festivities and challenges for Verves release party?  I know I will be.  I always inspiring to see something new (even if I can't buy it all).  Last night I managed to come up with this card.  I was very surprised because I've been struggling all week to make something I really liked.  This week I learned two very important lessons when it comes to this craft.  Firstly, I should always start with a challenge that inspires me the most regardless of the "due date".  Secondly, too many ideas can be just as bad if not worse than having none.  Having too many makes it hard for me to commit to anything!  My six year old daughter was the one who ended up encouraging me to stick with one of my ideas when I became discouraged.  The end results were better than I was expecting and you'll see that card tomorrow for the Cinema Saturday Challenge. What do you do when you're stuck in a creative rut?  I'd love to hear your helpful hints :)

Anyhow, on with the card. I chose to use the shabby cottage kitchen picture. I liked the creams and neutrals with a very small hint of mellow colour (I chose Blush Blossom).  For the distressed country feeling I sanded the swiss dot panel and the two panels I made using the Hundred Hearts stamp set. (Those hearts are the main reason I bought that set).  The edges were distressed using my scissors (no fancy tools) and I lightly sponged over the swiss dot and panel edges.  I couldn't decide on what coloured ribbon I wanted to use so I used both :) Now my favourite part of this card is the butterfly made out of the same fabric I used for my first Mojo Card this week. I like how the beading turned out for the body and antennae. This is just one of those projects where everything fell nicely into place and it was relaxing to create.  I'm also happy to have something pretty to enter the EBTKS fabric challenge.

Thanks so much for popping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Blush Blossom,
Ink:  Soft Suede
Accessories:  Beautiful Butterflies die, fabric, glass beads, very vanilla ribbon, Chatterbox kit ribbon, wire, Perfect Polkadot ef
Stamps: Hundred Hearts (Verve)


  1. This is gorgeous!! The DP for the butterfly is wonderful and I just love how you have used the beads to make the butterfly body and antenae (never remember how to spell that word LOL!). Love the touch of distressing too :D

  2. So soft and pretty! Loves the gray/green with pink. And oh, the half of the scallop border on around your circle for the card below-absolutely amazing! I find it hard to work with that punch and you've provided some EXCELLENT inspiration!

  3. A beautiful card! Love the soft, pretty colours and all of you details. Gorgeous ribbon!

  4. Beautiful! I love it! Thanks for playing with us in the EBTKS challenge! :)

  5. Absolutely gorgeous card! Beautiful design and colours! Your butterfly is fab - love the wonderful beading and pretty fabric.