Friday, March 2, 2012

Butterfly Love

Hi there! Today's question is:  "Why do we buy crafty things, then somehow tuck them away never to use them?"  What? You've never done that?  Hummmph!

Okay, all kidding aside, here's an example of having something that I'd never used, in fact, until I was cleaning up a bit, I didn't even remember I had it! Course it could be because of my age (did I hear a giggle?) or maybe because I've been under the weather--whatever the reason, I'd never used this particular embossing folder. In fact, I'm not even sure what it's called--I believe it's by Cuttlebug, but the packaging is long since gone. And because I didn't have a record of it in my inventory, which I've tried to keep up with for some time now, I'm guessing this was a purchase before I decided having an inventory might be a good idea.  But that's a story for another day, so let's move on.

Anyway, when I discovered this little beauty, I decided it needed some lovin'. So, here's what I did.

I started by embossing the white card stock with my little unloved folder, then used a die to cut out the window. I stamped a scrap piece of light blue card stock with leaves and a butterfly using VersaMark, then adhered it behind the white stock using dimensionals. 

Next I die cutmore leaves from green card stock,  and stamped them with VersaMark using the coordinating stamp (Turn a New Leaf by PTI).  The butterfly is an older die from Spellbinders and was cut from scrap card stock, too. After cutting and embossing it, I left it in the die and used more VersaMark to highlight the embossed areas.  For a little extra something, I to added silver wire antenna to it.

Then it was on to the sentiment. I cut a flag shape from white stock and stamped the sentiment in gray(sentiment from Sending You, Smokey Shadow ink both from PTI).  A couple of blue rhinestones finished it off.  When I started to attach everything to the window, the cutout felt a little unfinished, so I added dots with an ultra fine BIC marker in a matching blue.

Once everything was attached, I popped the whole thing onto a slightly darker blue card base, lined the inside with white, and packed it up for shipping out to Operation Write Home! Yeah! Felt good to get another card made for the troops.

By the way, don't think cards aren't still needed by OWH. Even with the current draw down, there are still LOTS of troops deployed all over the world and they could really use all the handmade cards we can deliver. So, if you want to support a good cause, consider making cards for OWH. You might be surprised the impact such a small gesture can make.

1 comment:

  1. What a HOOT Kathy! Of course I have lots of needed-at-the-time-but-then-promptly-stored-and-forgotten craft items in my stash. I love your windowed butterfly, that arch looks great cut-out like that with the smaller leaves and butterfly in the window and the larger on the main piece. Fabulous card for OWH!