ETA: thank you all for the wonderful comments and well wishes. Unfortunately, I was not chosen this month for the GSS. I have to admit that I am kinda bummed about it too. I certainly don't expect to be chosen every month but I thought that my cards this month were pretty good and creative using the flower as a butterfly and as a dragonfly. I was hoping that Nichole would think so too- you never know maybe I will be chosen for honorable mention which I would be thrilled about.
Well since the submission period for projects is now over I think it would be ok for me to post them here on my blog. Boy that sounds strange for me to type- my blog LOL!
When I received my garden of life set from papertrey which I was blessed to win last month for my April GSS submission I immediately saw butterflies and dragonflies. Now I realize that this may sound strange to some of you as there are only flowers in this set and no butterflies but let me explain. I took the one flower image and masked off 2 of the sides with clear tape inked my stamp then removed the tape and stamped my image/s. To make the body of the butterflies I used one of the stem images from the garden of life set and inked only part of it up. For the butterfly/dragonfly head I used the smallest circle image from the set. This is the technique that I used on 3 of the cards which I shall now post and then include some additional comments along with a recipe for each.
For this first card I followed an old mojo Monday sketch from Julee Tilman. I love her sketches. I used sweet blush and berry sorbet from Papertrey as my color pallette. The 2 smaller ovals on the main image are Marvy punches and the larger oval was made using my CM cutting system. The half ovals are using the marvy punches also. I highlighted the ovals with my paper piercing tool and the dragonflies are outlined with a clear spica glitter pen which is hard to see in the photo.
stamps- Garden of Life from papertrey
paper and CS- papertrey sweet blush and berry sorbet
ink- PTI blush and sorbet
ribbon- PTI sorbet satin ribbon
accessories- clear adhesive rhinestones from Walmart
tools- CM cutting system, paper piercing tool, Marvy giga scalloped oval, Marvy mega oval punch, cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder, SU! ticket corner punch, perfect layers tool for matting.
This second card is my husband's favorite- maybe because sunflowers are his favorite flower. I did the 2-step stamping technique for the main sunflower image and paper pierced the center of the flower for added texture and interest. The butterfly image in the corner was done using the technique described above but by stamping the image twice and cutting out the one butterfly and adhering it on top of the first image and curling the wings up to give it some dimension as shown in the photo below.
stamps- Papertrey Garden of Life
Designer paper- Father knows best collection from Papertrey
CS- PTI white, lemon tart, summer sunrise, and SU! close to cocoa
ink- lemon tart, summer sunrise, and close to cocoa
ribbon- summer sunrise satin from PTI
tools/accessories- SU scallop punch, CM corner rounder, perfect layers tool, paper piercer, brads from JoAnns?
This 3rd card I think might be my personal favorite. I pierced the bodies of the butterflies and used rhinestones for the heads. The scalloped rectangle was cut using my nestabilities- love them! There is a lot of paper piercing on this one as you can see in the picture below.
stamps- PT Garden of Life
dp- Father knows best collection from PTI
CS- PTI lemon tart, summer sunrise and white
ribbon- PT satin summer sunrise
tools/accessories- paper piercer, nestabilities, adhesive rhinestones
This last card I did not use the same masking technique as used on the other 3 cards. In order to make the butterflies on this card I used the direct marker to stamp technique just omitting the parts of the flower I did not want. I created the scalloped border using my SU! slit? punch. I always mix up the slit and slot punches LOL. I pierced the top border of the middle section. The butterflies were outlined/highlighted with polka dots using my regal rose marker. I actually drew in the bodies and heads of the butterflies with the fine tip of my markers.
stamps- PTI Garden of Life
CS- SU! Pretty in Pink and regal rose, bazzil bling rose, PTI white
ink- SU rose red (for sentiment)
markers- SU! pretty in pink and regal rose
ribbon- SU taffeta in white
tools- paper piercer, SU scallop punch, SU slit or slot punch, half back adhesive pearls
Well, I am looking forward to seeing all the other entries today. I know I will have some stiff competition some of which I think will be from my amazingly talent friend Denise (SCS peanutbee). Good luck to everyone who entered. I will hopefully have a baby card to share tomorrow with you all. Have a wonderful rest of your day and thanks for looking.