Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Spread Your Wings and Fly!!!

Good morning:) Sure hope your week has been FABULOUS!!!! My card for today was inspired by this week's Creative Inspirations Paint's all about Butterflies!! AND, I love anything butterfly themed:) I don't know why, but they always make me daisies and sunflowers:) Don't you just love those wonderful gifts from God that touch your heart and bring joy into your day?

Recently, I received some beautiful Prima butterflies from the Farfalla Collection...which by the way are on SALE at SCACD (:currently 25% off the regular price:)...wish I would have picked up a few of the others cuz they are WONDERFUL!!! All I can say is... if you think they are something you might be interested in...I would get my order in soon because once they're gone...they're gone! I am SO hoping to get the ones that didn't make their way into my shopping cart...but I just placed an order and have to wait a bit...don't want DH snooping around the ol' craft room...KWIM?;) I painted the butterfly's body with Ivory CI Paint and its wings with Fairy Dust CI Paint...can you see all the lovely shimmer it added? It also made the original colors *pop* a bit more:) I also used the Ivory CI Paint on the white blossoms. Man, I love these paints!!!!

Did you notice the doily? Can you believe it was originally a plain, white doily? Don't get me wrong...I love my white doilies, but every now and then...I wish they were a different color to better match my card. So, I painted on a coat of Beige CI Paint to help it match the colors I selected...and I must say, I really like how it turned out:) I also used this paint to "ink" around the edges of my patterned paper and card stock. I tell ya...these paints are a paper crafter's dream!!!

I also busted out my new Sew Easy on this card...and I love it!!!! Inititally, I was a bit hesitant about purchasing it...because I have the Cutter Bee Bug. It is supposed to do the same thing (minus the interchanging tool heads), but it only works when used on lighter weight card stock/ papers. Since my sewing machine doesn't really like me...and I love all the sewing I see on projects...I decided to bite the bullet and give the Sew Easy a go...AND I am SO HAPPY I DID:) The piercers in the tool heads are longer and have a pointier point than the Cutter Bee Bug, which makes them go through your paper like a hot knife in butter. Now, I want to get my hands on the new attachment heads Susana has added to the store!!! Woo Hoo...I can start sewing on my projects much more often:)

Here is the card's interior. I opted to keep it VERY simple. Can you see the sparkle? It was created with Maya Mists and CI Paints:) I know you have already heard me say this, but I don't know what I did before Susana introduced me to Creative Inspiration Paints!

I am also playing along in the following inspirational challenges:
Okay...have you fallen asleep at the keyboard from this mega long post? Sorry for blabbing away! I hope your Wednesday is filled with blessings and all things beautiful:) And...don't forget to check out my SCACD sneak peek post for today! Today marks Day #4...only a couple days away from Friday's Carmen Medlin "Natural Beauty Collection" for SCACD Blog Hop:) I am SO excited!!! The chance to win the awesome blog candy that coincides with this release ends tomorrow...if you want to get the deets, check out my sneak peek post HERE. Thank you for stopping by!!!!


Card ingredients:
Stamps: Prima Clear Stamps "Recital" and Verve (sentiment); Card stock: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: Tim Holtz Idea-ology "Vintage Shabby; Miscellaneous: Creative Inspiration Paints (Ivory, Beige, Fairy Dust), Prima Butterflies "Farfalla" (currently 25% off at SCACD), Sew Easy (zig-zag), Maya Mist (iridescent pearl, latte metallic), Spellbinder's (Fleur De Lis Motifs, Flourish Accents), Tim Holtz Distress Inks (vintage photo), Prima E Line Flowers (#300388, #300159), Prima Innoscence Collection (#540333), EK Success corner punch, Paper Studio Pearls, DMC floss and paper doily from stash


Gina said...

What a Gooorgeous Butterfly card!! Absolutely beautiful Carolyn! Thank you for sharing it with us at Creative Cowgirls XXX

Happileigh Scrappin' said...

What a beautiful card. Lovely layout and all the embellishments are a wow. Thanks for joining us at Happileigh Scrappin' this week.

kadie said...

OOOOOO, Carolyn, this card is such a beautiful feast for the eyes! I love every last detail! Fantastic use of a doily too!! Hmmm, I bet this card weighs 5 lbs? I always love how you complete the insides of your cards. So much thought and love goes into each one!
Hugs to you, Sweetie!

Zoechaos said...

Could have sworn I had left a note of appreciation for this earlier. This is absolutely gorgeous. XOXO Zoe

Made by Mandy said...

Oh that is one gorgeous butterfly and the colours are lovely.

Many thanks for joining in with our Stitching challenge over at Happileigh Scrappin' Challenges

Mandy (DT member for Happileigh Scrappin')

Starla B. said...

Holy cow, this is gorgeous! I'm speechless! This is just fantastic...I especially love that butterfly. Just amazing.

Thanks for playing with us at Happileigh Scrappin'!

xx Star

Faye said...

This is a beautiful project, really pretty. I love your take on our In The Garden theme. Thanks for playing along at Cupcake this week. x

Carmen O. said...

Oh GIRL! This card is absolutely beautiful! I just love all the layers and distressing. That butterfly is GORGEOUS and I really must get me some Creative Inspirations paint. Amazing what a little glitz does to the embellishments.
Beautifully done!

Danni said...

LOVE this!! Just gorgeous!

Sue from Oregon said...

So pretty Carolyn...You have nailed this vintage look that is so hard to achieve!

Els G. said...

Hello Carolyn, so glad I found you back too! Thank you for the sweet comment you left me yesterday! And yes, I got my degree and was trying to get another one, but took a break. I'm trying to pick up crafting again. I can see you're still very busy and extremely good at it! I'll be spending some time on your blog, cause I clearly missed a lot of your beautiful creations. :-)
I hope you and your family are doing fine.
Big hugs from Belgium! xxx

Sara said...

Beautiful Creation! It is so elegant! You did a wonderful job! Thank You for joining us at Get Hippity With Ippity! Have a wonderful rest of the week! Happy Creating! Sara

bluucaca said...

gorgeous card love the colors you used

Shelly said...

Such a beautiful project, I love all the details! Perfect for our theme at Cupcake this week! Shelly x

Ronnie said...

Wow, so much beautiful detail! This is a wonderful card! Thank you for playing along with CIC this week!

Lisa said...

Beautiful work! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations this week!

Michelle said...

Hi Carolyn

Wow, fabulous card!! I love all the little details that give this card a fantastic finish.

Thank you for sharing with us this week at Make It Monday.

Michelle :-)

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Carolyn, what a beautiful card. I love the details and the colours are gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at cupcake craft challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x

Scrappin Chris said...

Such a lovely card. Thanks for taking part in HappiLeigh Scrappin Challenge


Lynne in NI said...

Ohhh what a pretty card - great idea to colour your doily and your butterfly is beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley!

Kendra said...

Love al the detail you have put into this card! The blues and browns really go well together! Thanks for playing at Dream Valley!