Good Wishes Your Way

Happy Wednesday!  I have a question for you… is this year going by as fast for you as it is for me????  I can’t believe it’s almost mid-May.  I probably should start thinking about Christmas cards already, but I’m just having too much fun playing with spring/summer colors and designs.

Another question:  Are you ready to play along with a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches? I think you will be when you see Jennifer Brum’s sketch this week! Jen’s sketches are always creative and fun to work with, and her talent in both designing sketches and creating cards is amazing.  Be sure to stop over at Freshly Made Sketches to see what Jen and the ‘Clean Team’ have designed to inspire you this week!

Here’s what Jen’s sketch inspired me to create:

Butterfly-BasicsI am still crazy in love with the Butterfly Basics stamp set and the coordinating Butterflies Thinlits.  In looking a Jen’s sketch, I first saw a diagonal line, suggesting maybe a piece of ribbon or card stock applied on top of the background piece, but then I decided to make the top and bottom pieces split with a peek-a-boo of Washi Tape showing through.  The two diagonal panels were attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the Washi Tape is recessed on the card base.  The Color Me Autumn Washi Tape (currently on the Clearance Rack, so get it quickly if you want it!) was applied to a strip of Whisper White to keep it bright.  The pretty DSP prints are from the Flower Pot DSP Collection.


I have to tell you about the super-technical method that I used to make the butterfly sparkly-glittery:  I put a dab of Dazzling Details Glitter Glue on my finger tip and dabbed it on.  Super-technical, like playing with Elmer’s Glue in Kindergarten.  Just thought you might want to know.



The sentiment was super-technical. too.  Use your regular Classic Stampin’ Pad, apply ink, and quickly add clear embossing powder (this ink dries faster than VersaMark, but it you have your embossing powder ready to apply, it stays wet just long enough) and heat emboss as usual.  A splash of Rhinestones and Viola!  You’re done.  Quick and easy card – my favorite.

Here’s Jen’s sketch, and I hope to see you in the FMS gallery this week!

FMS186 Jen BrumI hope you’ve been inspired by today’s card and are on the way to your crafting space!  Thanks for stopping by!

P.S.  I seriously considered taking a picture of my glittery finger for the supply list, since it was an official tool in the making of this card, but it’s priceless and not for sale.  🙂



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  1. Vivian

    No, not ready for Christmas. Love your cards.

  2. Tonya Denton

    Oh Wow! This card is so beautiful!! 🙂

  3. Narelle Farrugia

    Absolutely stunning Cindy! I love these colours you’ve used and the gorgeous sparkle you’ve added your butterfly!

  4. Jill Norwood

    I agree that this year is flying by! I am not doing very well at making Christmas tags and cards throughout the year either….need to start! Love your card and especially the glittery butterfly!

  5. Clara Jaramillo

    I daw a beautiful birthday card on Pinterest that impressed me. that why I came to website to see if I can find a birthaday card for my best friend who will turn 63 on saturday.

  6. Rita

    lol Love the super technical tip! 🙂 This is such a great card. I haven’t used this set enough; it’s so pretty!

  7. Jen Brum

    Gorgeous card Cindy! I love the sparkle and that butterfly! Such great summery colours! I totally think you should have taken a picture of your finger and included it! I usually end up with glitter everywhere when I do that and then go out in public…

  8. Cindy Lovell

    This card is SO pretty,Cindy!!! I love the green and yellow and the butterfly is SO beautiful…love all the glitter!!!

  9. LeAnne

    Woohoo, I love this, especially in these pretty colors! Thanks for the sparkly tip you used on the butterfly too! I did not get this stamp when it was in the mini, but now that I know it’s coming over, I might just have to get it….so many pretty elements!

  10. KarrenJ

    Wow that butterfly is just stunning, Cindy! Fabulous card and a great use of the sketch!

  11. Amy O'Neill

    Oh, wow! I love your fingerpainted butterfly. And of course, you would use sparkly paint. A beautiful card, Cindy!

  12. Lesley Croghan

    Shiny and fabulous! xo

  13. Jen Mitchell

    To answer your first question, yes this year is just flying by! I can’t believe that we’re practically halfway through May! And as for your interpretation of the sketch – it’s fabulous! I love the leafy design and pretty butterfly. So summery!

  14. Linda Callahan

    Oh that glitter finger is magical! This is beautiful!

  15. Karen Ashbrook

    Such a pretty card. I think I’ll be using your finger tip technique! Karen x

  16. JoAnn B.

    Beautiful card. Love your take on the sketch and the pretty colors.

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