Thank you so much for all the fabulous comments that you left over the weekend! I have been coaching a volleyball team this fall and our tournament was this past weekend so I didn't get a chance to see what you were posting. I'm humbled by your awesome comments! I had tons of fun creating these projects for the hop. Didn't everyone on the hop do an amazing job? I know that there are a few dies that will be on my wish list and several projects that I can't wait to find some time to try out!
I promised you the "How to's". Sorry I didn't make here yesterday to do this. Mondays tend to be incredibly busy in my house. So I'm here today! The card that I created, I made my own embossing plate. This is really easy and can be done with most of the dies for the Big Shot. Actually, it can be done with all of them but some of them you may not want to do this with them. I cut a piece of chipboard (I used the backing from the DSP) to the size of a card front. Then I cut 2 butterflies for each spot that I wanted to place them and glued them together. Then I placed them onto my chipboard card front and glued them down. Finally I ran it through my Big Shot using the same sandwich that I would for the embossing plates. You may need to add a shim to yours depending on your machine. Here's a picture of my card again.
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Whisper White
Cardstock: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Vellum
Accessories: Chipboard, White gel pen, Beautiful Butterflies die, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Square Lattice embossing folder, Pool Party ribbon, Rhinestones
Here's a picture of my new embossing plate!
My second project was this pretty bobby pin. I used a bobby pin that I purchased from a big box craft store in their jewelry making section. It has a flat spot on it so the butterfly has something to grasp onto. When my oldest daughter found this bobby pin, she claimed as her own! Boy am I glad that I got a picture of it! I am going to make a few more and experiment with the coloring of this. I feel it's a little dark but I think I'm in the minority!
I cut the butterfly from glossy card stock and then put a layer of Crystal Effects onto it. While it was still wet, I put a drop or two of reinker into the Crystal Effects. I used a pin and swirled the colors around the butterfly. I used Marina Mist and Certainly Celery on this on. I think I put too many drops of reinker into the Crystal Effects and that's why it's dark. I love the molten-ed look though! After it dried, I glued it to the bobby pin and added the rhinestones. You could make these into earring, bracelets, necklaces, drink markers, ornaments or anything else you can think of!
This box got the most comments of all my projects. It's really pretty in real life and I wasn't sure it would come out that way in a picture but it seems like you all saw it! I found the directions to this beauty on another blog and then changed the colors to what I wanted. You can find the directions HERE Amanda does such an amazing job with her directions, it would be foolish for me to try to copy them!
I did sponge my paper as it was too white and I wanted the vintage feel to this project. The butterfly has 3 layers to it, Early Espresso, Cardstock Vellum and Pear Pizzazz. The top layer has the flowers stamped and colored with markers. Then I stamped En Francais on top of that. I sponged White shimmer paint. When that as dry I sponged Crumb Cake on top of that and the edges were sponged in Early Espresso.
My last project was the scrapbook pages. I am posting some close ups of each page.
First is the double layout.
Then is the "Spooky" side. You can see here that the letters were spritz with Smooch Spritz and the background is sponged with Whisper White to create clouds.
And the "Night" side of the layout. The moon was punched and then crumbled up and Daffodil Delight ink run across it to give it the look that you see here.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me! I'm happy to answer anything that you may still be wondering. In the mean time...