May 14, 2008

TOUCH OF NATURE AND AN AWARD

Happy Hump Day! I swear time is just flying by, wasn't it just Sunday??? Anyway, today I am sharing another swap card made with the butterfly from Touch of Nature. The base of this card is Close to Cocoa card stock, then layered with Afternoon Tea Designer Series paper. I will be so sad to see this paper go at the end of June, I just love it! I used my Ticket Corner Punch and then double faux stitched around it. I used my Slit Punch on a piece of Cameo Coral card stock and made a scalloped edge to attach to the side of the card. I paper pierced the scallops, then added three silver brads. The image is stamped on Whisper White card stock in brown stazon ink, then stamped again on another piece of the Afternoon Tea Designer Series paper, which really gives this butterfly some nice color and texture. I adhered just the center of the butterfly to give it a 3-d effect - here is a closeup. I love this effect and don't think I will ever get tired of it! I layered the Whisper White card stock on a piece of Cameo Coral card stock and then a piece of Close to Cocoa card stock. I used my Ticket Corner Punch on all three pieces and added more faux stitching around the two colored layers. I sponged the Whisper White card stock with Cameo Coral Classic Stampin' Ink to soften it. The sentiment is actually from the Garden Whimsy stamp set (love it!) and is stamped in Brown Stazon on to Cameo Coral card stock, then punched out using my Large Oval Punch. I then added a piece of Chocolate Chip narrow grosgrain ribbon, popped it up on dimensionals and was done! For a finishing touch I added some dazzling diamonds with my two-way glue to both the butterfly and the bottom of the sentiment piece. Overall, I am pretty happy with how this came out! So, now I am thrilled to tell you that my good bloggin' friend Kathleen from My Happy Place nominated me for the Blogging with a Purpose Award - how sweet is she!!! I love her blog, she is mad talented, and I am so excited to get to meet her in person this year at Convention! Thanks Kathleen, this means a lot coming from you! I am supposed to nominate three people I feel deserve this, which is tough to do since there are so many of you out there who deserve this. So, I am going to pick these three:
(1) Corinne from Stampin with Roxy who has become a very special friend to me and is uber talented! Her blog is a must-stop for me everyday because not only does she blow me away with her creativity, but her posts are always interesting and heartfelt - love ya girl!
(2) Joan from AJCreations which is actually a blog she shares with her good friend and fellow demo Amy. I stop by and see them every day -they are very talented gals and I never fail to be amazed at their latest creations!
(3) Denise from Stampin with Denise who is awesomely talented and is someone I always stop by and visit with every day! She too has become a wonderful friend, and always has something totally great to share!
I also picked these three because they always stop by my blog to leave me words of encouragement or just to say hello and it means a lot to me! I could list about 50 more of you - LOL! but then I would breaking the rules *wink* So, I will leave it at this!

38 comments:

Courtney Fowler said...

Congratulations on your award!

Wow! That butterfly looks REAL!

TFS!

Manna said...

What beautiful card, Alex! Everything goes so well together! Congrats on your award!

Michelle said...

What a beautiful card Alex, I just love when the butterfly looks like it's in flight.

Congrats on your award!

corinnesomerville said...

Okay...thanks for making me cry...like I haven't been doing that enough lately !! Thanks for nominating me...I know we've both said this before but I can hardly wait to squeeze the stuffing out of you at convention !!! How awesome that God brought us together through stamping and we became just good friends so fast !!! Truly wonderful !!!

Love ya lots !

Dawn Easton said...

Oh goodness Alex...that butterfly is beautiful girl!

kathleenh said...

Gorgeous card Alex! I LOVE the butterfly effect too. You deserve this award! I can't wait to meet you in person at convention too!

Chris said...

Just got caught up on reading your blog. I have been so busy lately. Love all of your creations. That cute little roly poly chef is adorable!!
Hope you had a wonderful Mothers Day.
I hope to do some creating today.

Lauren said...

Great card. The way the butterfly pops off the card is so unique!

Lesli said...

Congratulations on the award Alex! Your card is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

Chris said...

love it..so freakin' cute!!! congrats on your award!!! always nice to be appreciated...>"<

Denise... said...

Oh my...beautiful!!! Congrats on your award, you're very deserving.

Tabitha said...

beautiful card Alex, thanks so much for the thoughts and prayers

Flossie's Follies said...

this card is so pretty, love that butterfly. congratulations on your Award, that is fantastic.

Erin... said...

Beautiful card!! love the faux stitching and that butterfly! Congrats on your award!!

ScrapMomOf2 said...

This is fantastic! I love it! Congratulations on your award! Kathleen nominated me too, and I'm so honored! I'm so jealous that you two are going to meet! Can I stow away in one of your suitcases??

Dottie K. said...

Congratulations! Wow that card is amazing - love the butterfly. :)

scrapnnMO said...

OMG what a lovely card! Love your butterfly combined with those scallops! Beautiful! :)

specialcraftmom4 said...

I love the butterfly in flight! Congrats on receiving your award, you have a great Blog (:
Julie

My Paper World said...

You deserve your award Alex!
and I LOVE your beautiful butterfly card with your fabby stitching! xx

Melissa said...

Stunning Alex! And congrats on the award - you deserve it!

Many Blessings,
M.

NattyK said...

Great card, the butterfly looks real! Congratulations on your award too. x

malieta said...

Your card is very pretty Alex, I love the butterfly! Congratulations on your award!
malieta:)

Carolyn King said...

congrats on your award!

Love your card--that butterfly looks amazing!!! AWESOME!

Marlou said...

another stunning creation Alex!!! and congratulations on your award, you deserve it :) hugzz xx

Jessie/knightrone said...

This is stunning!! Love it!!

Denise~ said...

Alex, you are the SWEETEST! Thanks so much for the award! I will post it on my blog with honor! :)

Love your card! That butterfly is gorgeous, I love how you did the 3D effect. Awesome layout and colors too, that paper is so pretty. I'm going to miss it too. :)

Joan said...

This card is beautiful and the butterfly is gorgeous.....Thanks also for the award!!!! Joan

Tracy.H said...

This is sooooo beautiful, Alex!! Congrats on the award...well deserved! :0)

Christie said...

Congrats on your award sweet thang!
I still can't believe you paper pierced all those holes...you're amazing...

Beth Norman said...

What a neat card. I love how the butterfly pops.

Deborah said...

I swear that butterfly looks real! Great card! COngrats on your Blogging with a purpose award! Be well and super hugs, Deb

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Alex, this is GORGEOUS! Oh my goodness! LOVE that butterfly!

Andrea, said...

Thank you for the lovely comments you have left on my blog. Your card is gorgeous, the colours are fab and the butterfly is so pretty

Ila said...

This card is Amazing..I love the Butterfly!! Congrats on the award!!

beate said...

Alex, congrats on your award!
Your card looks fantastic! I love your butterfly.
Hugs and smiles

Christina Fischer said...

Beautiful card -- that butterfly is gorgous!!

Congrats on your award! :)

dasimonds said...

Congrats on your Award!
Beautiful Card!!
I love all the elements...
Gorgeous Butterfly!

Rose Ann said...

Congratulations on your award, Alex!! :D

Your card is soooo beautiful, and I love the dimension of your butterfly!! Wow!!