Thursday, April 20, 2017

Flowers & Butterflies

For some reason I've had a hard time figuring out what to do for PTI MIM: Patterns Behind Die Cut Windows.  Haven't used my felt in a long time, so picked out 2 shades of purple & a green for Friendly Flowers.
It was so fun to repeatedly stamp an image from Autumn Adornments for my CAWU entry, that I used another one for this card.  I used my Mini MISTI to stamp twice each time with Soft Stone ink on white cardstock.  I die cut on oval from a Soft Stone panel & stamped the sentiment from Take Three: Summer.  
The flowers are embellished with white sparkly dots. Couldn't decide on what else to do, so it went into the mail like this.  The family gave me a surprise retirement party on Easter with cake, balloons, banner--the whole bit!  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday & SSS Work it Wednesday.
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PTI Butterfly Hope cover plate has been sitting on my table unused, so I went looking for color ideas & came upon The Color Throwdown.  Think I've only entered there once before, but the combo of red, orange, purple & yellow inspired me. The wedding bouquet in the picture is stunning!  
I used Distress Inks festive berries, spiced marmalade & seedless preserves for a smooshed background on watercolor paper--drying between each color with my heat gun.  Then I splashed on plain water & blotted with a paper towel.  Next I sprayed heavily with Tsukineko Goose Bumps--maybe went a little overboard--haha! Certainly did add texture & shine to the background!  
I used textured yellow cardstock for the cover plate & backed it with another white layer for just a bit of dimension.  Clear Spectrum Noir was brushed on heavily & I colored the bodies with a dark yellow Zig, shading out a little. Needed something more, so I used yellow Stickles on the butterflies & added a few dots to the background. Decided against a sentiment on the front--may use this just for a note card.  I'm also entering Crop Stop, HLS Anything Goes with DiesSSS Monday (although my splashes are hard to see) & Stamplorations Things with Wings Blog Hop.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

32 comments:

Wanda Cullen said...

Your background is such a gorgeous mix of the throwdown colors! Thanks so much for joining us in the challenge this week!

Mrs A. said...

I like both of these cards. Not tried die cutting with felt on a card but love this effect. Gorgeous butterfly card too. Hugs Mrs A.

Lisa Elton said...

I was stumped with the PTI challenge this week too! Have one made, not photographed yet. You know I enjoy your felt blooms, so this one makes me happy!! And my goodness is your butterfly card ever gor...ge...ous. The background and the sparkle is fabulous!!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Two beauties, Greta - just love the felt flowers on card one and all the shimmery goodness on card two!!

Rosemary said...

you always use felt so beautifully, greta!! love the sweet little blooms on the first card! and your smooshed background is just amazing!!

alexandra s.m. said...

Both are so beautiful my dear Friend but the first one touches me with it's soft texture and serene color palette.
Big Hugs and thank you for your kind words.

Marina said...

The felt flowers are fabulous! And I do like your wondeeful background with the bold butterflies.

Ros Crawford said...

Hello Greta... Yes I'm back home after a fun few days... Lovely to see your creations! No one does felt flowers like you... so pretty and your butterfly card Wow! I want to get my paint out NOW!! Lol! It's spectacular!

Dawn Turley said...

Two beautiful card Greta. Love that sparkly background

Marcia Hill said...

Two GORGEOUS cards Greta! Your butterfly card especially has my jaw dropping...LOVE that background!!

Aileen Ryan said...

Two beautiful cards Greta, absolutely love the background on your second card. That is stunning.

Esther Asbury said...

Both cards are beautiful! I need to remember to use felt more often on my cards - your purple flowers are so sweet! Love the added glitter on the butterfly card - so very pretty! Thanks so much for linking up to the Cropstop blog - I love seeing your beautiful cards!

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

Beautiful cards! I love how your style shows so much variety and exploring different techniques!

Darnell said...

These are both fantastic cards, Greta! I love the sweet felt flowers on your pretty circle background and the Color Throwdown card blew me away! It is so rich and vibrant!! Hugs, Darnell

Kim Heggins said...

Two simply wonderful and beautiful cards Miss Greta...love your felt flowers!

Vickie Z said...

Fun cards! Love the gorgeous background and shine and butterflies in your CTD card! So happy you joined us!

Helen Wallace said...

Two beautiful cards Greta. The felt flowers look lovely on the muted background and the vibrance of the butterfly card is glorious. Love the happy, sunny mood it evokes. TFS

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous cards Greta! Love the beautiful felt flowers and fancy butterflies on the second! A real work of art! Hope you have a great weekend!

Tracy Freeman said...

Oh my they are gorgeous, the felt flowers are so sweet and I LOVE the texture on your second card.
Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge x

Susanne Vargas said...

I like the subtle background you created for those sweet felt flowers! The background on the second card is not so subtle but artsy and fantastic! Perfect for the shimmery butterflies! I had totally forgotten about my Goose Bumps spray that I have never used. Wonder if it still works...?

Anna-Karin said...

Such pretty cards! Love the felt flowers on that background and the butterflies are amazing. Thank you so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

Betty Wright said...

Beautiful felt flowers and the shimmery butterflies are dreamy! Lovely cards!

Helen F. said...

Both cards are just lovely, Greta! The felt flowers look beautiful on your patterned window card and the glittery butterflies are are awesome.

Mac Mable said...

That was kind of the family to give you a surprise party x The felt is a great contrast against the pretty background. Loving the bling on the second card and the amazing colours. Fabulous background and must go on the hunt for my goose bumps x

Nat said...

very beautiful, that background rocks!! Sending hugs and smiles!! :)

Kathy Mc said...

Fun to see you using felt...I tend to forget about it. Love the colors you chose and great window design, Greta! Your second card definitely sparkles and shines - great job. Congrats on your retirement!

Cat Craig said...

Greta, both cards are so pretty. Your butterfly card really captures the bold hues of CTD's challenge graphic...looks like a top pick to me. Your felt flowers are muted and looks lovely on that stone card base. I love the contrast your softly stamped image in your oval's center provides.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Two fabulous cards Greta!

Gayatri said...

Both your cards are gorgeous. The flower card is pretty. Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp Showers/Flowers challenge. Gayatri xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

There you go with the felt flowers. You're right it has been a while since you used them. It is gorgeous card and the purple makes me happy. Those big bold butterflies are quite cool too.

laurie said...

Love those butterflies Greta!That background is awesome. Thanks for sharing at Happy Little Stampers...so glad you joined us!

Julie B said...

Who doesn't like a bit of sparkle! Those butterflies look fab against the background.
So pleased you joined us at HLS anything goes with dies. :)