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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Stampin' Up! Australia - Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics


Welcome to this week's Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.

I had this piece of bokeh scrap that was calling to be on a card. I had demonstrated the bokeh technique at a Stampin' Up! event for fellow demonstrators and this was one of the pieces where I showed that Naturals White isn't the best medium to watercolour onto and that I did some ink pad direct to paper to hide some of the pilling....so really the main panel is a watercolour + swiping ink pad direct to paper + bokeh piece. 

The base is Sahara Sand, then Mossy Meadow then Naturals White. My wood panels are from the Adventure Bound DSP stack. I stamped over the bokeh piece with Mossy Meadow using the fern stamp from Butterfly Basics and the netting stamp is stamped all over that piece using Crumb Cake ink. 

I have wanted to do Kraft butterflies ever since I got the Framelit set and here was my chance. I put a Mossy Meadow Butterfly underneath too for a bit of pop. 

The rolled chrysalis type thing at the top was a bit of an accident. I tried to staple a piece of Mossy Meadow DSP to the top of the main panel and it just didn't look right so I rolled it and distressed it instead for a earthy texture piece. 

No sentiment on this card....I couldn't make it work. 

Here is the sketch for this week's challenge:

Card recipe

Stamp - Butterfly Basics
Ink - Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Whisper White 
Cardstock - Sahara Sand, Mossy Meadow, Naturals White, Kraft, Adventure Bound DSP 
Tools - Stampin' Trimmer, Butterfly Framelits, Big Shot, Stapler, Staples, Stampin' Dimensionals
Accessories - Pearls, Neutrals Candy Dots
Bokeh tools - Window Sheet, Stampin Sponges, Circle Punches (various) 

I hope you will join in and create a card with us.....and please feel free to leave me and the other CCMC participants some comments! :)

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  1. Your card is gorgeous, Alison! My favorite part is the 'chrysalis' concept and how you were able to take a mistake and make it a part of your work of art!

  2. Bokeh is one of my favorite looks....it's just so cool! The texture you achieved with the pilling is really neat actually! I like the way you offset the wood background pieces and the addition of the brads. I don't mind a card without a sentiment, in fact many of mine don't have one. I like to leave my options open! LOL!

  3. Beautiful card! And interesting how it evolved - good thing you just kept rolling with it, because it turned out great! I just love how natural all of the elements look!

  4. I was intrigued as to how you created your background panel Alison and now I know! Thanks for the explanation as to how it evolved - the panel is so full of interest. I love the natural feel of your card, right down to the wood strips and kraft butterfly - gorgeous!

  5. Beautiful background! I have tried the Bokeh background several times and it just doesn't turn out well for me! I am jealous of people who achieve such great results! It's very earthy!

  6. I love how you "recycled" the scrap that you used for a demonstration and took advantage of the texture of that pilling! I love all things earthy and how you've pulled all these components together to create this wonderful collage!


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Alison xx