Friday, March 6, 2015

Heliconia Flower punch art Easter Card

I've been wanting to making one of these Heliconia flowers since I saw in on Ann Fitzgerald's blog.  It is made using the Bird Builder punch, and if you look closer you can see the body of the bird.  Since I couldn't find Ann's blog, I only guessed at how to put it together, only using a picture as a guide.  I think I did pretty good.

To make the Heliconia flower, punch 8 birds in whisper White, using the Bird Builder punch.  Snip off the beat, and the extra tail on the underside of each bird.
Sponge the top of the bird with Melon Mambo, followed by a layer of Daffodil Delight, and then Wild Wasabi on the lower body of the bird (including the tail. Some birds need to be sponged with the body facing in one direction, and some facing the other direction (4 of each I believe)
I first cut a small piece of Always Artichoke to build the flower on.
Then starting at the top, add the birds upside down, overlapping the bodies as indicated.

The Leaf was hand cut by folding a piece of Always Artichoke in half and cutting out the leaf shape on the fold. It was lightly sponged with Always Artichoke ink. Then with a stylus, I marked in the center of the leaf and the leaf veins.  Tombo glue was used to attach the leaf behind the flower.

Here are the supplies I used:

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Tray with Swallowtail Inserts

I finally finished the tray I have been working on for a while.

Actually it was sitting collecting dust for about 2 years.  When I bought it the class covering was cracked, and I never bothered getting a new piece.  If only I had known how inexpensive that was I would not have waited as long!! About 3 weeks ago, I had the local glass store cut a new piece of glass for the tray and it cost less than $5.00.  Can you believe it?

I decided to use the Swallowtail stamp set, stamping the butterfly at different angles, and colouring them with different colours of blendabilities.  Actually, each butterfly is one colour.  When it was done and the tray put back together, I wasn't sure if I liked the result.  The background seemed wrong.  I felt the white was too stark!  So, I've been sitting with it for a while, and I'm still not sure.  I would appreciate feedback from you as to your thoughts.  By the way, the tray is black in colour.


This is the completed tray, with the four butterfly inserts.

Daffodil Delight Swallowtail


Coastal Cabana Swallowtail


Pumpkin Pie Swallowtail

Rich Razzelberry Swallowtail

Butterfly Easter Create with Connie & Mary #345

Although the elements in the sketch challenge with Create with Connie & Mary could be any shape but a circle, I decided to stay with the circles.   I also decided to use the Irrestibly Yours DSP sponged in 3 different colours as the background.
CCMC345 
The Irresistably Yours DSP was sponged with Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo and Marina Mist inks in a diagonal manner.  It was matted with Whisper White cardstock and both were adhered to a Melon Mambo card base.

A 1/4" Melon Mambo cotton ribbon was adhered at an angle in the lower part of this DSP.

To make the focal image, I first started by stamping the image from Indescribably Gifts  with Stazon onto Whisper White cardstock, and punched with the 2" circle punch.  It was then  coloured with markers and an Aquapainter and the background sponged a Marina Mist.  Dazzling Details outlined the flowers and stamens.

The second circle, a piece of Daffodil Delight, was punched with a 1 3/4" circle and embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder.

The third circle, a piece of  Wild Wasabi was punchd  with a 1 3/8" circle and embossed with the Fancy Fan embossing folder.

They were arranged on the card as indicated by the sketch.

Rather than made a 4th smaller circle, I elected to die cut a small butterfly in Daffodil Delight, place a 7/8" scallop circle of Melon Mambo in the center of the butterfly.  In the middle of that I placed a 1/2" circle in Daffodil Delight, and finished it with a large rhinestone.



The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny wishes.

Here are the supplies I used:

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I also used Melon Mambo 1/4" cotton ribbon.
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