Saturday, May 9, 2020

Signs of Summer

I can’t wait until summer arrives this year. By then we will, hopefully, be out of quarantine… and bees and butterflies will be happy at work. This free image from scribbles is… well… SWEET! I make a ruffle with a strip of the plaid paper that I was using for my background and used a few scraps of vellum to make the butterfly wings translucent. The layout is complements of Bugaboo’s Stella,  and all other items used are detailed in my supplies list. Now... I need to Bzzzz on to the next post!
Am entering this card into several challenges including two at Outlawz: Sunday Songs and Rhymes (I think every Teddy Bear Picnic would include jars of honey) and Mondays Challenge- Use Plaids (background and ruffle.)
·    Honey Pot Digi- Scribbles Freebie (Honey Pot)
·    Front Sentiment- Computer Generated
·    Inside  sentiment- Imagine That digi set  (Ice Cream to My Cone)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Assorted background papers and vellum scraps from my stash
Entered into:  
Outlawz Sunday Challenge- Songs and Rhymes- Teddy Bears Picnic
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Use Plaids
The Paper Shelter- #426 Happy Birthday
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- May                                 

When doing some Spring cleaning I found several little packets of essential oils and knew just what I wanted to do with the lavender ones! I’ve loved the free digis that I’ve saved over the years from a website named Graphics Fairy. I’d also recently saved a tutorial for making Faux Vellum Scented labels… from digi images copied onto regular copy paper, cooking oil… and essential oils if desired. So I pulled out the instructions and got to work. The results are wonderful mainly because the images do have a lovely muted vellum look to them. (I did provide a closeup photo to show how the background plaid shows through, but doesn't overpower, the digi.) And they do also have a wonderful lavender fragrance (another sign of summer!) The scent is not overwhelming… but lovely. You can find links to the free lavender digi and the easy-to-follow instructions in the supplies list below. SO fun! Am entering this card into several challenges including the Di’s Digi Stamps-Load on the Flowers (my card features both images of lavender… and the scent of lavender. So I think it qualifies!)    
·    Lavender Digi- Graphics Fairy Freebie (Bunch of Lavender Label)
·    Instructions- Graphics Fairy (DIY Faux Vellum Scented Labels)
·    Front Sentiment- “You’re on my mind” Beccy’s Place Digi Set (Keeping It Simple)
·    Assorted background paper, sheer ribbon and photo corners  from my stash
Entered into:  
Double D’s Challenge- Lavander-Lilac-Purple  [photo]                
Jan’s Digi Stamps- Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #505
Di’s Digi Stamps- Load on the Flowers                                                  
Let’s Craft and Create- #159 Anything Goes (May option- Ribbons, Lace, Twine)
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #633 Anything Goes

When making my faux vellum, I used the lavender oil mix on other digi prints that I had on hand. This lovely freebie from Beccy’s Place worked great, especially when laid atop B&W patterns, which peak through the muted vellum. (I did provide a photo of two of the digis to show the difference that the faux vellum technique makes on the copy paper. Isn't it wonderful?) I didn’t want the patterns to overwhelm the butterflies and sentiment, so instead of using scraps of the full-sized sheets, I used the squares from the front of the paper pack, which most people probably toss in the trash! (But not the upcycle Queen!) After cutting them apart, I arranged them into a pattern that would best emphasize the “Butterflies and “For You” sentiments and taped them together.  I decided to add a bit of color and bling to the card with flower sequins (that look apricot or green, depending on the light) and colored the butterflies to match. Arranged and adhered everything down and added a touch of Buttercup Liquid Pearls to the center of the sequins to create an interesting card. Am leaving the inside blank so this card can be used for any reason. Am entering this card into several challenges including Bugaboo Stamps- Ladies Night (because…well… bling?!)
·    Digi- Beccy’s Place Freebie with butterflies (For You)
·    Instructions for making Faux Vellum- Graphics Fairy (DIY Faux Vellum Scented Labels)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Upcycled Scraps of patterned papers (from the front of a 12x12 Paper Stack)
·    Flower sequins from my stash
·    Liquid Pearls- Buttercup
Entered into:  
Beccy’s Place Challenge- May      
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #438-439 Anything Goes                   
Bugaboo Stamps- Ladies Night    
2craftycrittercrazies Challenge- May 2020 #38                                     
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Challenge #5-2020
Pixie's Snippets-Week #377                                                                              


  1. Your cards are beautiful Kathy, you've done a brilliant job as always. I love the way you've coloured the images and mixed and matched all the fabulous papers. Wonderful!

  2. Wonderful cards Kathy. Great printing on the vellum. Beautiful black and white papers with the gorgeous butterflies. Thanks for joining in the Catch the Bug Ladies Night Challenge, Lisa Lynn DT.

  3. Love your cards Kathy, always happy to see them at CraftyCatz, good luck in this weeks challenge.xx

  4. All your cards are fabulous, but of course I was drawn to the lavender one for our challenge! Thank you for joining us at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  5. Hi Kathy your cards are gorgeous. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  6. WOW! This post is filled with wonderful inspiration. I love your lavender card. Thanks for sharing with us at Double D Challenge Blog. We hope you will join us for future challenges.

    DD DT

  7. Just beautiful Kathy. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at The Paper Shelter. We would love to see you again ... Anet DT

  8. Your lavender card is just lovely (gorgeous ribbon) and what a cool technique! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Lavenders~Lilacs~Purples’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  9. Gorgeous cards! Thank you for joining our Ladies Night Out challenge. Please play along in our next one!
    Hugs, Joy
    Bugaboo DT

  10. Love all the cards, very nice! Thanks for joining Catch the Bug's Ladies Night challenge, good luck! Dawn Bugaboo DT

  11. Lovely work. Thank you for joining the challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps. Hope to see you again next time.

  12. All of your cards are wonderful. The bee card that you are entering in the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge is just as SWEET as can bee!! I love how you made the ruffle on the honey jar! Bees are great! Thanks for sharing with us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenges!

  13. Great card and colours. Thank you for joining in the The Paper Shelter Challenge this month. Hope to see you join in again!

    Crafty hugs, Vannessa
    (DT for The Paper Shelter Challenge)

    P.S. Sorry for the late comment - life has been manic with everything going on!

  14. Your bee card is wonderful Kathy. I love the ruffle you created around the jar. Gives it some great dimension.

    Thanks so much for entering another creation into our Customer Gallery over at the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. Good luck in the draw.

    ☺Lisa D.
    Strategic Content Developer and Blog Coordinator for The Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog!
    Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles--My Personal Blog!
    Owner & Co-coordinator for The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up!
    Path of Positivity – My other challenge blog!


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