Challenge #3

beautifulbirthdayOk.  I have to pat myself on the back for this one.  Ever make a card and think, “Oh my word! That’s stunning??”  I have times where that happens.  Other times I think, “Eh, not bad.  It needs something.”  And still, other times I think, “yikes!”  Others might like it but there is something really missing!

This card, though.  Perfect!  Yeah, I said it, “perfect!”  Could I have added more embellishments?  Of course, but… I wanted this card to be simple and stunning.  Yes, this hits the mark! *pat, pat, pat on the back*  So, if you haven’t guessed, this challenge was about watercoloring.  I knew what I was going to do before I did.  I was thinking about the new Lift Me Up stamp set with the hot air balloon….. but….. I am a butterfly girl!  I wasn’t always but thanks to a trip that I took, thanks to Stampin’ Up!, I became one.  I haven’t stopped since.  I may still do a hot air balloon….

I started with the watercolor pencils and the aqua painters.  It just wasn’t bold enough for me.  So, I moved to ink.  I did it right on top of the watercolor pencils. WOW’ser!

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Clean&Simple 257

My name is Christy Schroeger and I am a cleanandsimplestamping.blogspot.com junkie.    I admit it!  Every time I see a layout, I have to do it.  It’s a compulsion!  When I saw layout 257, I knew EXACTLY what I was going to do.  My love of butterflies only made this card EASY for me.  With the stamp set and punch bundled until the end of the month, it was just a no-brainer! *grins*  I saw this layout a week ago.  I have been itching to make this card because I had it all worked out in my head!  But with the other responsibilities of life, I had to put this on hold.

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Stunning CASE’d Card

I CASE’d (Copy And Share Everything) a card from Shelli Gardner (she’s the CEO of Stampin’ Up!) today.  This card was a lot of work.  I am pretty sure I did things that they didn’t (I know I colored the whole butterfly) but since I didn’t hold the card, to see exactly what they did, I used my instincts.  I have to say, I LOVE this card; hard work and all! Yes, it has EVERYTHING to do with the butterflies!!

What you may not be able to tell is that this card is a “pop up” card.  Meaning, every time you open the card, the butterfly wing opens!  The middle picture shows it best.  This card uses a lot of stamp sets and supplies.  It’s definitely a “special occasion” type card!  I watercolored with Blender Pens and Ink Pads to color the butterflies.  I also “spritzed” with an aqua painter and ink refills.

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