Monday, 11 July 2011

OLW61 - Butterfly clouds ....

....my card has been made for this week's One Layer Wednesday challenge - OLW61.  It's being hosted by Jennifer at Styles Ink - Jennifer's been away on holiday recently - so I'd like to say Hi and welcome back.  I always find I like being back in my own home after a break - sleeping in my bed, having my things about me - it's nice!  Now the theme for this week's challenge has been decided by Jennifer's little lad - he likes to draw pictures and suggested, flowers, trees and clouds.  And settled on clouds!!!  Oh dear!  This is hard - I've been thinking about my card for a while.  First off, I wasn't at all sure I could rustle up any clouds.  I've seen what some of the other ladies have done - talented bunch that they are - but then going through my Stamp Album I came across a sweet cloud stamp - problem solved. 

However, that left me with what to do to have clouds as the feature - planes, birds, hot air balloons.  I took some stash with me to craft class this morning and played around.  I made a lovely card - really pleased with the layout and design - and then I got ink on it!!!  Darn.  So, this afternoon, I had another go - and it's better.  Here's my card:



I stamped the butterfly off the edge of the card and then put my largest oval nestie over the top.  I actually embossed this by hand - with a light box!!!  I stamped several clouds and the butterfly onto some post-it notes and cut them out.  I masked the butterfly, and positioned the clouds inside the frame.  Next I added a sky using stencil brushes.  This gives a lovely soft subtle effect.   I moved the cloud masks a bit and added a bit of ink over the clouds to give dimension.  Next I added some grass inside the frame.  I coloured the butterfly with promarkers and then added a sentiment.  The word "create" was in the same set as the cloud - and seems totally appropriate for a challenge card!  I'm really pleased how this turned out.

Stamps:  Hero Arts - "C"; Stampendous - Flowerfly
Inks:  Memento - Tuxedo Black; Distress - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters
Promarkers:  Purple, Orchid, Lavender
Spellbinders:  Petit Ovals Lg (S4-138) die # 6
Accessories:  Card from stash

I was at Kathryn's school this afternoon, watching a special presentation of the show the children did for the Pensioner's Tea last week.  It was brilliant - all the children sang their hearts out - and I have to admit to a tear in my eye!! 

Now, it's time for tea.  And I plan to catch up on some reading this evening.  I'll be back tomorrow.  Bye for now.

17 comments:

Craftilicious said...

I REALLY love this one Deborah - it has a wonderful summery feel and is very creative :-D
Tara x

joanne wardle said...

wonderful, and great to see so much depth on a one layer card

Paula said...

Superb with that hand embossing - thanks for that idea, That Flowerfly is one of my favourite stamps & I have to say I do love your background.
Enjoy the read - I'm trying to have a colouring tutorial evening!
Paula (PEP)

cbuswell said...

great job on this one, very effective! love the summery feel!

Jenny said...

Just love that sky Deborah and the oval frames it perfectly :)
Jenny x

Jennifer said...

I love your window to the sky - great colors!

Donna Mosley said...

WoW! Deborah, this is amazing. I love the depth you have achieved and the fab frame. Gorgeous.

Doonna x

Jackie said...

A beautiful card, so classy. The embossed oval looks great :o)
Jackie xx

Lynne said...

A really beautiful card Deborah. Love this, it looks so serene and peaceful. I`m giving this week a miss, can`t do clouds...
Lynne xxx

Pauline said...

This card is awesome. I love butterflies and they go great with the clouds. You did a great job.
Hugs

Sasha said...

Fabulous stamping and colouring, Deborah. I love the effect of looking through a window on a sunny summers day!

Wish it was like that here - LOL! xx

Buffy said...

Oh Debs this is gorgeous

Vicky Hayes said...

Stunning Deborah - I love the gorgeous summery feel of this! I must confess, school shows always bring a tear to my eyes too!

Pauline said...

This is beautiful Deborah, the clouds look fab, and your embossed frame is so crisp.

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi Deborah, That's gorgeous, love the bright sky and the beautiful butterfly, great job, Gay xxx

Jeanne J said...

Deb, I'm going to sound like my son on the 4th of July Ooooh Aahhhh Prrrreeettty!! Love the lavender butterfly!!

Wishcraft said...

Wow this is so clever! Love the scene you've created, it's lovely :o) Lisa x

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