Wednesday, March 28, 2012

You are special

Has the weather been a yo yo in your corner of the world like it has mine?  It's cold, it's hot, it's cold, it's warm. We didn't get snow this year, and I think we truly escaped winter, but my poor little one who was born in Hawaii was a bit bummed to not see a real winter or play in the snow. To him, the "cold" we have had which was mild was cold because he's only ever worn shorts everyday of his life till now, but I think we did truly escape it where I lived. We did wake up to quite a chill considering it had been in the upper 80's a few days ago.

Well, I know you didn't come here to read about the weather in Northern Virginia!
I started by stamping a beautiful butterfly image on yellow gingham, check patterned paper and attaching a solid baby blue strip of cardstock trimmed with pinking shears to the right edge of the patterned paper then adhering it to my Kraft card base. I then added a doily to the center stamping the butterfly image one more time directly onto the doily. A length of lavender crochet trim was added vertically to the ride side of my card face. A fussy seam binding bow was added to the upper right corner embellished with a lavender button, twine and memory pin.

A blue packaging tag was added with a heartwarming vintage sentiment from Crafty Secrets. A butterfly was punched from Kraft cardstock and applied to the upper potion of the tag as well as a mini clothespin.

Next was the fun part of embellishing! A little side note: I am a recycling nut: I won't go into details, but I make sure anything that can be recycled is and if I can re-purpuse it first I do. From time to time I make my own embellishments, so I save those cereal boxes and fruit snack boxes. My friend, Laurel, taught me that cereal boxes are great for chipboard needs so she gets the credit and my praise!

Ok, back to the embellishment.  I took my cuttlebug postage die and cut it using a medium weight recycled cereal box, and ran it through my Big Shot. I painted it with some white craft paint set to dry then I distressed it using my handy dandy paper sander.  I punched a Martha Stewart butterfly from Kraft card stock and painted it using some lavender craft paint and touched it a bit with some white to give it a shabby feel.  I finished it off with some micro flakes glitter and applied the butterfly to the postage die and adhered to my card front for a finishing touch!
I was inspired to create this card by The Shabby Tea Room: Spring Has Sprung
The Pink Elephant: Butterflies
Pixie's Crafty Snippet Challenge: A little of this and that!
Moxie Fab: Don't Throw It Away
I am also super excited to share that this card made Top 3 at The Kraft Journal
The details of this card can be found here.

Thanks so much for coming by and visiting for a bit!

Stamps: Skipping Stones: Always Here
Paper: CS: Stampin' UP!, PP: scraps: 
Ink: Momento
Other: Dies:Cuttlebug, Pinking Shears, Tag: Etsy, seam binding: Etsy, Memory Pin: Tim Holtz, Button: PTI, Twine: Joanne's, mini clothes pin: Hobby Lobby, doily: Michael's, Lace trim: Hobby Lobby, Punch: Martha Stewart, craft paint, glitter: Martha Steart


Annette said... the added gold and silver...such a lovely design.

Emily Keaton said...

This is so beautiful, Tammy! I love your blues and purples, and of course your awesome shabby design. Thanks for the lovely eye candy! And congrats on your win!!!

Julie E said...

What beautiful colors - love all the little bits and pieces that you added to this card!

Mary Pat Siehl said...

oh my -- sooo pretty. love the blue

Doreen said...

Such a pretty card love the ribbon bow,and well done on the top three for the other one

Elaine said...

What a super card Tammy,I love all the details and that bow is gorgeous, and congrats on making top three with your other card. Well done hugs elaine

Sherrie K. said...

Another absolutely stunning card! The doily, beautiful butterfly and tag are gorgeous!! I love how you added lace and crinkle ribbon-beautiful touch!
Sherrie K

Colleen Dietrich said...

Tammy, it's gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! You know, I just saved a cereal box from certain death, just to use for making my own chipboard embellies too!

You may be able to link this up at Moxie Fab World...I think there's a challenge on the sidebar about using things from around the house.

Laurie said...

Very pretty card!!! Love all the elements to it!

Laurie said...

Forgot to mention that I'm your newest follower and to thank you for visiting my little blog. :)

Tenia Nelson said...

What a gorgeous card Tammy and congrats on your Top Three honors!!! Yay!!

Rebekah said...

This is beautiful! Love that yummy bow. Thanks for sharing your talents with us at The Tea Room this week:) Glad to have you here!

Pauline said...

Wow, this is stunning, love the lace, ric rac and twine, the sweet label and doily! Gorgeous colours too!

Lisa S. said...

What a pretty card Tammy! Congrats on making Top 3 over at The Kraft Journal.

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

Gorgeous card Tammy! Love the recycling tip!
Congrats on being chosen for the top 3 for that beautiful card! ;o)

Missy said...

Your cards are just so, so pretty---the ribbons, they way you did your bows are just terrific!!

alexandra s.m. said...

I love your cards Tammy!
You have such great sense for details and texture!

Thank You for visiting my blog <3

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is GORGEOUS!! I loveeeeeee the colors, the ribbons and LOVING the doily!!! And I won't lie... AZ is HOT... it was like 85 today and supposed to be 91 Saturday!! UGH!!

Karen B. said...

Hot/cold here in Wisconsin too! What a beautiful card, the strong blue is perfect.

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Brilliant Tammy. I love this card using recycled items. Fab xxx

Di said...

Absolutely beautiful Tammy - lots of work with such a terrific result too. And well done on the win, I loved that card so the win was really well deserved :) Di xx

DottyA Cards & Things said...

I would not have though to put that blue with purple... but it looks great together on your creation... Love all the layers and detail work... Very Pretty!
And Congrats on the top 3 pick on The Kraft Journal!! Well Done!!!
Also Thanks for stopping by my place and leaving encouragement!

Charlene said...

Great card Tammy!!!!

onecraftymama said...

Love this! And right on for recycling :) I guess I get your son's disappointment over missing the "real" winter, but if I could I would SO totally send him the snow we got a couple of days ago! lol

Starr said...

So very pretty, I love your colors and ribbon...yummy! Thanks for sharing at TSTR!!!


Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

What a beautiful card Tammy!! Incredible colors and what talent. I am impressed. Thanks for sharing. Gloria

Bernie said...

This is so beautiful, Tammy! I love your blues and purples, Never would have thought those colors would got together so stunningly! Congrats on your well deserved win!!!

~*Joni said...

Well Tammy, we have tons in common already! I am in No. VA as well (Dumfries) and am originally from Hawaii {although I didn't mind the mild winter having been through some of their past ones in the area}. ;) I love your card and embellishments, your layers are just perfect! Thank you so much for joining in on our butterflies challenge at The Pink Elephant this week!
~*Joni TPE DT

Cath said...

Hey Tammy! Thanks for linking this up to the Don't Throw It Away Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)