Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Just got my Mojo...

Today I finally got an opportunity to sit down and stamp. We have been doing some home improvement projects lately, so combine that with keeping an eye on our 1 year old and you can imagine how hard it has been to get away to my stamp room! Oh, I have missed it lately!

This card is my submission for Mojo Monday, week 83. I wanted a soft feminine look, so I turned to my Bella Birds Designer Series Paper for further inspiration.

The card base is a 5 1/2" square of Whisper White, with a layer of Bordering Blue and another layer of the stripes from Bella Birds. A 4" square of Close to Cocoa came next with slightly smaller square of Pink Pirouette Bella Birds next.

The focal point is the branch from Eastern Blooms. I have been dying to use this branch, and thought it would work perfectly for this project! I first inked the stamp with Close to Cocoa and Pretty in Pink Stampin' Write Markers. The branch was then stamped onto Whisper White. TIP: "Huff" on the stamp to moisten the ink before stamping. Close to Cocoa was rubbed around the edges of the Whisper White with a sponge to give it a distressed look. A little paper piercing on two of the corners was added using the Crafter's toolkit. My favorite part of this piece are the flowers added on top of the branch. They were created using the Trio Flower punch and Pink Pirouette. They were attached to the branch using Pretty in Pink eyelets (retired). TIP: A pretty alternative could be to use pink brads vs. eyelets. The piece was adhered to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The scallop border punch was used on a strip of Bordering Blue for the bottom of the card. The sentiment is from Oval All (Occasions Mini). It was stamped onto Whisper White (which was also inked up in Close to Cocoa). This was layered onto a Pink Pirouette scallop oval. TIP: The scallop oval was so easy to create using the new Scallop Oval Punch in the Occasions Mini! A Pink Pirouette flower button (Button Bouquet) was used to cover the butterfly portion of the stamp. A tiny sliver of Whisper White was looped through the button and adhered on the back using a glue dot.

The WOW factor for this card, in my opinion, would have to be the flower embellishments on the upper left. They were created using a new technique (for me anyway). I grabbed my Pretties Kit to start with. The two smaller flowers came with a wire stem, which I removed. Next, all the flowers took a dip in my Pink Pirouette Classic Ink. I needed to seal the ink, so I then dipped them in VersaMark. Irridescent Ice embossing powder was then applied and set using a heat tool. After a few seconds, I was able to attach them to the card using clear rhinestone brads- also from the Pretties Kit. I love the translucent look that embossing gives to the flowers! What do you think?

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Stamp Set: Eastern Blooms (111626), Oval All (113790)
Paper: Bella Birds Designer Series Paper (113981), Whisper White (100730), Close to Cocoa (101341), Pink Pirouette (111351), Bordering Blue (102630)
Ink: Close to Cocoa (103139), Basic Black (101179), Pretty in Pink (100045), Pink Pirouette (111838)
Accessories: Crop-a-dile (108362), Pretties Kit (109114), Scallop Oval Punch (114889), Button Bouquet (112092), Heat Tool (100005), Irridescent Ice (101930), Trio Flower punch (109183), Crafter's Tool kit (104310), Scallop Border Punch (112091), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Glue Dots (103683)


Mary Fish said...

I go into withdrawal when I'm away from stamping, too. This is a beautiful card. Highlights for me include the blossoms on top of the branch and the iridescent pretties . . . very cool and clever. Hugs, Mary

Patti said...

That pink flower button is so bloomin' cute! Love the card, Carrie.

Tiffany said...

Very pretty Carrie! Great job with the sketch. Love the pink flowers!!!

Have a good day!