Happy Mother's Day to all of you.
I hope you had a fabulous day and got to spend some quality time with those that matter the most to you.
Tonight's projects feature a card using the Elements of Style set and a 3D project using Decor Elements vinyl, Butterflies Bigz Die and Beautiful Wings embosslit die.
Tonight's post is dedicated to all of you, as well as to my dearly departed Mother and Mother-in-Law.
The fabulous SueB asked me to make a project as the guest stamper on her blog. As the posting was right before Mother's Day, Susie asked me to make a Mother's Day project. So, I decided to make a card and a 3D project. Susie's style tends to the clean and simple, so I decided that was definitely the direction I would go in. (You have to check out her blog and her fabulous projects. The link takes you directly to a great posting of her chance encounter with someone famous - I won't tell you who... so you will have to go and find out!)
This was perfect timing, because the team across at stampinroyalty are having a challenge - anything but a card and the 3D project certainly fits into that category! You really should go check out the amazing 3D projects! I know many of you are into crafting in general and there are so many great projects for you to see.
Here was the card I made. I wanted to use Crushed Curry and Vellum. You will see why I went for the butterflies when you see the 3D project.
Here's a closeup of the Vellum butterflies. You can see that I used Gold Glow Smooch Spritz on them. This helps tie the Vellum butterflies back to the Crushed Curry and the almost golden look of the Versmark print of the Elements of Style set. (BTW.. My Smooch Spritz tips and techniques is just about complete and it will be appearing on Tuesday night on my blog!)
So... now that you have seen the closeup, I guess you would like to see the full pic.
I was really happy with the finished product. I also LOVE the Elements of Style in Versmark. Sometimes, we just don't have the right color ink for that new paper and using Versamark is a great way to get around that. I like the fact that you get a watermark image, so can still use the set - and the card stock, without needing the ink. I know it doesn't work for all applications, but it works for a lot for me!
I used Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry and Whisper White card stock. The vellum was run through the Beautiful Wings embosslit and they were applied using mini glue dots. The gold half pearls hides the mini glue dot underneath. They also look beautifully decorative!
So, then I did the 3D project. I decided to etch a single vase (that I bought at Target for $1.00 and 3 votive glasses, that I also bought at Target for $1.00 - yes, for all 3! I love the $1 section - thanks, Brenda! The only other thing I needed was a round glass candle plate. That I bought at my local hobby store for 40% off. I got my etching mixture, a sponge applicator, paper towels and set to work.
I ran my Decorative Elements vinyl through my Big Shot with the Butterflies Bigz Die. I love the fact that you can create your own decorative elements and they are just fabulous for this sort of project, too.
I threw away the little vinyl butterflies. What I wanted was the stencil image they had left behind. I cut two for each of the votive holders and 3 for the vase. So five in total.
I then applied them and etched them 1 by 1. I waited until I had finished one of the etched butterflies, cleaned my vase/votive holder, before moving on to the next one.
Last thing I needed to do..... get my little Vellum butterflies that I had cut with my Beautiful Wings embosslit. (Yes, I had some left over from my card!) I then set the glass candle plate down, arranged the 3 votive holders, the single vase and decorated the whole thing with little vellum butterflies.
Here's a close up for you
You can see the etching on the votive holder and the vellum butterflies that seem to have just landed on the candle plate, votive holders and vase. Here's a look at the whole thing.
On the vase you can see the etched butterflies, as well as the 3D vellum butterflies. The Tulips are from our garden.
So, why Tulips and Butterflies.... well, my Mother loved tulips and she loved butterflies. So, I decided this was my homage to her.
I hope you enjoyed tonight's projects and that you all had a very beautiful day.
Beth - happy 31st anniversary to you and your hubby. That is an amazing milestone. My love and hugs to both of you.
Trish, I hope that you are feeling better and that you have worked through the infection.
Oh... one more sneak peek for you tonight ... storage! Here's my Stampin' Around Wheels storage. All I have to do is slide out the storage box from my new cupboard and there they are. Mind you, I'm going to have a couple more to add to them tomorrow! I ordered some of the Builder Wheels from the new mini!
As always, thank you for spending a little time in my area of the stamping blogosphere. Your visits, your support and your comments, are what keep me doing this everyday!
Hugs to everyone.