Monday, March 25, 2013

Early Spring

Everyone around me seems to think it is Spring all of a sudden. Three of the challenges that I follow, if not actually enter, are asking for Spring themed cards. The farmer's market was packed, and even the grocery store seemed busier than usual. I made this card for the  Justrite Stampers Friday Challenge, "Suddenly Spring." (Nice name.)
Early Spring
I used the retired Justrite Original Nature's Nested set for my sentiment, cropping to feature the words "early Spring." The frame is stamped with a stamp from the Kindness set.
Early Spring sentiment
I cut out the butterflies with Cheery Lynn's Exotic Butterflies medium and small from the middle of a sheet of paper. Then I inked gold onto the butterflies and stamped the background with Justrite's Elegant Fronds background stamp (my favorite background) several times to cover the full area of the card. I cut out the card using a Spellbinder's Grand Calibur die, and sponged the edges with gold and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. I added a backing card in the same shape. then glued the now gold-shaded butterflies back into their holes.
Early Spring Detail

 I wish you all an early Spring! Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Peace Cat

I made this card for the Justrite Stampers Friday Challenge 091, which is a color challenge.

Here is the challenge inspiration photo.
The zig-zag on the cat, the doily on the background and the peace sentiment were all made with Justrite stamps. I cut out the cat by hand (and without drawing it first; lucky it came out at all!) from white cardstock, stamped and otherwise inked it, stamped stitched the background and put it all together. It was fun to get back to my more usual non-frilly self.

Thanks for looking!