The Blues

It’s been a pretty traumatic and full on few days for my little family.
On the Thursday before Easter, my son injured his finger quite badly, while using a bench grinder in his workshop.
Needless to say, most of our Easter has been spent either in one hospital or another or travelling interstate so that he could have surgery on it.
But we are home and he is doing really well.
And I really needed some time to wind down, so……
I did some stamping, of course!
Monochromatic Butteflies

I made my card using a monochromatic colour scheme for the current Global Design Project challenge.
The photo isn’t great because it is a very cloudy day here, but the base card is Night of Navy and I have used the gorgeous Balmy Blue for everything else.  The white layer also features the Subtle Embossing Folder, although it’s a little hard to see it in the photo.
And of course those gorgeous butterflies from Butterfly Gala, along with the coordinating punch, which I am very happy to say, is carrying over to the next Annual Catalogue.
The butterflies have been coloured using Balmy Blue ink and Blender Pens.

Hope you are having a crafty Easter.
Happy Stamping!
Chris

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Butterflies and Gingham

My box of new Stampin Up! goodies arrived yesterday so I have had a heap of fun playing with some of them today.
Being a butterfly lover,  I absolutely loved the Butterfly Gala stamp set from the Occasions catalogue as soon as I saw it.  And it’s fantastic that it has a matching punch, although mine is on back order (guess it has been pretty popular!) so I had to cut the butterflies out by hand today.

Butterfly Gala Set 1

I have used the gorgeous Gingham Gala Designer Series Papers, and some retired doilies that I still have from a few years ago.  The butterflies have been coloured using a Blender Pen and some gorgeous new ink colours, Balmy Blue, Highland Heather and Flirty Flamingo (they are new to me).

Butterflies Blue

Butterflies Green

Butterflies Purple

I think my favourite is Highland Heather, how about you?

It’s been so good to get back into some stamping and creating, and the ideas are starting to flow too quickly to keep up with.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

The Male Room Paper Piecing Challenge

This fortnight at The Male Room we have a paper piecing challenge.

I have come across a few different ways of doing paper piecing over the last few years and thought I would do something a little different with my card this week.

I have used this gorgeous Butterfly Die, and cut four different butterflies in four colours, firstly with the black as my outline, and then one in each of the different shades of green and blue.  Instead of using the shape of the butterfly, I have used the small pieces that have been cut from inside the die shape and stuck them into the spaces of my black butterfly, creating the colourful butterfly.
It was a little time consuming, but worth it in the end.
I hope you will share your projects with us at The Male Room.
Happy stamping!
Chris

CAS Challenge

Clean and Simple (CAS) is a style of card that heaps of people find challenging, I think it’s those blank, open, white spaces. We feel as though we need to fill the spaces with something. Well, I do. I think I’m getting better at them though.  I’m starting to enjoy the simplicity of a CAS design.  

This card is a colour challenge for CAS Colours and Sketches. 

I’ve used Distress Oxides to make a very quick and easy background with two of the colours, and the gorgeous Sizzix butterfly die. Too easy! And gorgeous colours!!

Happy Stamping!

Chris

Crafty Boots Butterfly Challenge

The current challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is to use a Butterfly on your project.
Anyone else love Butterflies?

I do.  And I certainly love using them on my cards and papercraft projects.
This card was fairly quick and easy to make up, and again, uses some of the gorgeous new Stampin’ Up! products about to be released.
The lovely embossing folder which is framing the sentiment is called Floral Affection, and comes as a set of two folders.  I just happen to love my embossing folders, so they are always top of my wish list!
This card also uses my favourite of the new In Colours, called Sweet Sugarplum, and the butterfly is die cut from the new Playful Palette paper stack.
Happy Stamping!
Chris

In the Pink!

This fortnight at Crafty Boots Challenges, we are going Pink!  So think girly, although of course we would love to see something masculine in pink if you want 🙂
My card for this challenge is definitely girly though….

I had some new goodies arrive today, and I had to have a play.  I have used some of the gorgeous Timeless Elegance Designer Series Papers.  The papers are black and cream, but I have coloured over it with a pink marker so that it looks like black on pink.  I have combined with the Butterfly Basics stamp set and matching butterfly dies, and the sentiment comes from the retired Blooming With Kindness stamp set.
It’s not a great photo as we had a very dull and overcast day today – lots of rain and thunderstorms though, which is always good for the garden.  However, despite the shadowy image, I hope you can see all the different pinks.
Come and join in with us at Crafty Boots, and show us your pink projects!
Happy stamping!
Chris

Dragonfly Dreams August Challenge

Our sponsor for the month of August at Dragonfly Dreams is All Dressed Up.

All dressed up Stamps

Since the theme this month is Must Have Wings, I have chosen to use the gorgeous free image, Butterflies.

I have printed the image on to some retired Stampin’ Up! patterned papers and then coloured the image with Copic Markers.  Such pretty butterflies!
I hope you will join us at Dragonfly Dreams Challenges, and share your winged projects 🙂
Happy stamping!
Chris