Saturday, June 18, 2011

Go in the Direction of Your Dreams

The close of the school year is upon some of us (still... sigh).  Yes, in New Jersey, school is in progress.  Graduations are certainly in the air, though.  So in the way of my garden theme, here's a nod to all of those students who are ending their school career to embark on their life-long journey.  I thought this phrase, "Go in the Direction of Your Dreams" from SU's collection of Word Play is just the right amount of font whimsy and heart-felt sentiment under my flower-filled hills.

I know I was inspired by another stamper to use those amazing swirls (sorry, I cannot find the image anywhere, now) - that has got to be my all-time favorite SU stamp!  Baroque Motifs can do just about anything!

And, the beauty inside this card was CASED from a fellow SU demonstrator, Sharon White, who shared the idea of swirling butterflies on Stampin' Up's Stampin Connection.   So, here's a close-up of the inside with butterflies and flowers... and of course... those baroque swirls!

By using a window sheet or transparency, you achieve a glorious effect of butterflies flying on the (clear/transparent spiral) inside of your card.

Hope you found an idea or two.
Have a glorious day!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Elegant Purple Eggplant

Isn't this the season of eggplants and zucchini's?  Since I was making projects this month - with the theme,  "Out of the Garden" - Elegant Eggplant seemed like the best choice for this monochromatic card.  I suppose, it's one more excuse for me to bring my favorite color onto my craft table:  Elegant Eggplant!

What do I love about monochromatic cards?
1.  Easy color combo!
2.  Surely, I can find just 1 favorite color to use...
3.  Offers an elegant and/or serious nature to the card.

I was inspired by someone's website - (and now must hunt it down to show you - but I will) - to create a water-colored design on an embossed image.  I used the aqua painter to pull ink off of the coordinating Elegant Eggplant stamp pad and lightly dab into the petals of the Flower Garden embossing folder.  To finalize the edges, I sponged Elegant Eggplant ink around the sides of the card.

So glad you could stop by.
Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I Love a "Sale"

I am just enjoying the use of this single stamp, Sail Away, from SU's mini catalog.  I was inspired by Mary Brown's use of masking and sponging to create the sunset scene.  I used designer paper for the sails.  The waves have a touch of white gel pen, if you look closely:

And, I picked up the stitched grossgrain ribbon from SU's clearance rack.  I though it had just the right amount of white stitching to match the waves!  I love a sale... or is it... sail?!

Thanks for visiting.
Have a peaceful day!
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