I hope you all had a great weekend. As for me, I got to spend a little time with my crafting supplies this weekend and made cards just for the fun of it. I went looking for a couple of challenges and this one popped up at Time Out. Colorful. Mmmmm... I immediately thought of the butterfly dies that had somehow dropped into my online basket from Alexandra Renke.
Here's a sneak peek:
For those of you who are SU lovers and have eagle eyes, you will notice that I used the spots and stripes (my name for it!) die from the Irresistible Blooms set! I am a little obsessed with this die and thought it was a great way to anchor the butterflies.
Here's the challenge from Time Out
Ok, so full confession. I'm just a little obsessed about things in rainbow order. My inks are sorted in rainbow order. All my cardstock is stored in rainbow order. My cardstock scraps are stored in rainbow order. My Copic markers are stored in rainbow order. Oh and yes, my wardrobe is also in rainbow order. So, no surprises that when I saw the word colorful from the Time Out Challenge I decided to do a rainbow card.
When I saw the butterflies sitting in my "new still to be used" container, I decided they would be perfect to make rainbow butterflies!
I die-cut the butterflies twice using different color cardstocks from the rainbow. I then mounted matching colors together i.e. red/orange, etc. I added some ink to the outer edges of the butterflies to give a little shadow and then splattered them with corresponding metallic watercolors. I love the way they turned out.
I finished off the card with one of my favorite sentiment fonts from the Charming Sentiments set from SU. Here's my card:
Aren't they fabulous? I just love them - and the spots/stripes die in the background :-)
On a personal note:
We've been relatively lucky the last couple of weeks with the weather. However, summer is due to arrive with avengence in the next couple of days. We are under extreme heat warnings for temps around 110. What a lot of people know about Minnesota is how cold it gets in winter. However, few of them realize that it can get really hot in summer and really humid. Those are the days that I hate the most - extreme heat and high humidity is just something I find it difficult to cope with. It was tough living in Singapore where the humidity was a constant - the difference was the average temp stays around the high 80s. I spent a lot of time in Singapore going in and out of shopping malls to stay cool, so you can imagine how I feel when it's another 30 degrees higher! :-)
Lou and I have really settled into the new apartment and it is definitely beginning to feel like home. I still haven't baked anything and that counter is really screaming to be covered in freshly baked goods. Consequently, I think I might just have to do something about that! My crafting space is organized and I am enjoying the bright light that comes in from the windows. I've managed to organize everything and I promise I will share some photos soon.
I'll be back with another card tomorrow. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
- Butterfly dies: Alexandra Renke
- Background die: Irresistible Blooms die set - SU