Butterfly Gala

As the weather has been superb this week, Mr L and I have been spending quite a lot of time out in the garden and in greenhouse, sowing vegetable and flower seeds.  I love the potential of this time of year; the bright green buds of new leaf growth, tiny new shoots emerging through the soil together with the amazing colour variety of spring flowers.  The insects are also emerging.  It’s lovely to see lots of bees and butterflies flying around, although our pussy cats’ favourite game at the moment is catching (and eating – gross!) butterflies, much to my chargrin.  To compensate for our cats’ antisocial behaviour, I have sown a multitude of flowers that are attractive to butterflies and bees, providing lots nectar and pollen for them.  It’s the least I can do!

Butterflies are the subject of my cards this week, using the Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Gala stamp and accompanying punch and the Crackle Paint background stamp.

I began by stamping and punching out the butterflies.  I like to add odd numbered accents to my card so I used 2 large and 1 small butterfly for each card.  My colour themes were to be monochrome and pink/white/black so I used Lovely Lipstick ink and a Wink of Stella brush to colour one set of butterflies and the Wink of Stella by itself for the other set.

Once coloured in, I mounted each butterfly onto a Basic Black or Lovely Lipstick foil background, adhering only the body section so that the wings could be gently folded up to provide some 3D interest.

The background pieces were stamped using the Crackle Paint stamp using black ink.  The sentiments are from Butterfly Gala and Forever Lovely and cut out using the stitched rectangle framelits and the Pretty Label punch.  To complete the butterflies, I added some gemstones for the heads.

Here’s the Lovely Lipstick version….

….and the monochrome version.

 

 

 

Images © 2019 Stampin’ up!

Forever Lovely Florals

This week, I’ve been playing with the Forever Lovely stamp set and the coordinating dies, Lovely Flowers. Whilst at first glance, this seems like a Valentine’s set with the hearts and sentiments, it’s actually quite a versatile set and is ideal for birthday, Mother’s Day, sympathy, get well, anniversary, wedding cards or even wedding invitations.

To begin with, I just used two of the dies, the fancy floral one and the floral edge one, to create simple two coloured cards bases.  The die produces a small amount of embossing on one side of the image but then cuts the other side to give a really interesting edge to the card.

The next one I tried out was to cut the floral die, then cut it again in two different colours and inlay the tiny pieces to create a coloured floral panel.  I really like the way this turned out.

The different colour combinations really change the feel of the card despite them being exactly the same design.  The inlaid card could have had the fancy edge too.

I deliberately left them all blank so I can use them for any occasion that may crop up…..just simply stamp and go!

Lastly, I used the stamp set which has 2 stamps, one floral and the other foliage, which will sit under the floral die cut.  I used these stamps and the various dies to create this card for my parents who were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary, adding in numbers cut out of gold glimmer paper.

The die cut frames the flowers when the card is closed….

…but then provides a fancy edge when it is opened exposing the nicely decorated inside.

 

 

 

 

Images © 2019 Stampin’ Up!