Sunday, April 17, 2016

Clean and Simple Swallowtail PP291

Hi friends, I hope you are having a fantastic weekend.  We're in Jacksonville, Florida this weekend for another volleyball tournament.  My in-laws are visiting from Wisconsin and this is the first time they get to see our daughter play in a tournament.  She's come a long way from the local Girls' Place volleyball and I am so excited for them to see her play and compete at the next level!  Anyway, this week our super talented friend, Sandy has an awesome Clean-and-Simple challenge for us at The Paper Players...Butterflies!
I had so many ideas swirling in my brain but not a lot of time to put them down on paper.  In the end, I went with the one that kept floating to the top and here's what came to light:
I've always loved the Swallowtail butterfly stamp from SU.  It's big and bold but oh, so pretty!  I wanted to play with some of the outgoing In Colors and used Lost Lagoon/Mossy Meadow on the front card and Hello Honey/Blackberry Bliss on the back card.  
This card isn't complicated at all but it did take a little bit of figuring to get the background butterfly lined up with the one in the foreground.  First,I stamped the butterfly on the card base.  I then stamped it on the window sheet of my Stamp-a-ma-Jig and lined it up over the stamped image on the card base.  I slipped the center panel (3.5" x 4.75") in between the window sheet and the card base where I wanted it to be.  Holding the window sheet and the center panel, I slipped out the card base and then stamped my butterfly on the center panel.  I popped it up on dimensionals, pierced the corners and lined it up.  I think I did pretty good for just winging it!
I refrained from adding some glitz and glam with sequins but couldn't resist the call of some Wink of Stella painted onto the butterfly.  Can't go wrong with Stella!

You also can't go wrong by checking out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of our Paper Players design team.  These gals knock it out of the park every week and I just love working with them!  If you're inspired to join in the fun...and why wouldn't you be?--just be sure to do so before our challenge closes on Friday, April 22nd at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!
The Paper Players Design Team


Linda Callahan said...

These are striking and oh so gorgeous! Love the added sparkle! And you can't go wrong with a MISTI for lining things up. 😉

newbie85 said...

You did a beautiful job lining things up!!! And I also love the sparkle!!!!

Colleen Begley said...

Stunning is my word for today and these cards certainly are! Amazing details in a CAS format. Love the color combos as well.

Nancy said...

Even prettier in real life! See, Linda said what I said break out that new MISTI for jobs like the lining up, which you did perfectly free-hand. Love the color combinations.

Darnell said...

Stunning, Nance! I did one of these "line up" cards recently and had a devil of a time with it. You make it look so easy and that stamp was a simply perfect choice! Enjoy the tournament and congratulations to your daughter!! Hugs, Darnell

Joanne James - The Crafty Owl said...

I love these Nance - two great cards showcasing the Swallowtail and colours and I love the stitched layer. Great job of lining up and as I am still (currently) without a MISTI I appreciate the tips on lining up freehand! Hope the volleyball was successful!

laurie said...

Awesome set of cards,Nance! I love that technique too, I will have to try that.

Hope you had a great time at VB...sounds like a fun weekend!

stampwithsandy said...

Nance, this is gorgeous! I especially love the honey/ blackberry combo, and the white sentiment really pops. I am also super impressed how you were able to use that big stamp with the stamp-a-ma-jig. Those are skills!

LeAnne said...

I love how just a simple additional layer adds such dimension to your cards! And of course, Stella makes everything better!!! Beautiful!

Hannelie said...

Love the bold design with subtle shimmer. Perfectly balanced!
Have a great week Nance !

Diane - said...

Nance what a cool card. I love how you stacked the butterfly to give dimension... and the piercing and sparkle are the finishing touches! Loves it! Hugs.

Claire Broadwater said...

Nance, this is FABULOUS!!!!!!! I love the way you used this stamp set! The piercing and the Stella are such an amazing addition to your beautiful cards!
SO happy the grands got to visit and attend the volleyball games! I know they were so proud! Special memories for all! XXX

Jaydee said...

Nance, these are wonderful. The monochromatic tones and the way they butterflies are stamped on both the top layer and card base is perfect. CAS perfection