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.

31 comments:

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

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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!!

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

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

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  6. 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.

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

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  8. 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!

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  9. Two beautiful card Greta. Love that sparkly background

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

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

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  12. 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!

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

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  14. 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

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

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

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  17. 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

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  18. 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!

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  19. 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

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  20. 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...?

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  21. 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!!

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

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

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  24. 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

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

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  26. 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!

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  27. 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.

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

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  29. 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.

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

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