Friday, June 1, 2012


I can't believe June is here! Where the heck did May go? Since we've closed on our house - we've spent the whole month in the yard trying to add gardens to our vast open landscape. Thanks to a friend from Michigan, we have about 10 new hostas, Johnny Jump Ups and a Red Hydrangea. Planting them was a bit of an undertaking but we're getting there. I wanted to send her a thank you card for the freebie plants she split from her garden and I had an aha moment...Stamping Bella has a wonderful Butterfly stamp called Flutterby that seemed perfect for a thank you especially for plants! I also wanted to incorporate my new Tim Holtz Distress Markers with my ink pads and dreamed about cutting the image out and placing it on a colored center panel.

So for this week's sketch challenge I started by cutting a small 2 1/2 inch square of Bella's Bestest paper. Then I applied Tim Holtz Distress Inks using a sponge applicator from the following colors: Barn Door, Broken China, and Rusty Hinge. Then I stamped Isabelle Norris' Eclectic Mini Mesh stamp with Vintage Photo distress ink and stamped it in the center of the square. Next, I stamped the Butterfly onto Bella's Bestest paper using Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored with my new Tim Holtz Distress Markers: Tumbled Glass, Barn Door, Stormy Sky, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade. I then cut the image out and attached it to the square panel. And, I paired all of these wonderful colors to use with the Simple Stories Summer Fresh 6x6 design paper. I simply adore this paper! I even found a small snipet with a sentiment and wagon full of flowers that I thought would match perfectly for this card.

Of course I couldn't pass up the chance to add some machine stitching and glitter as well as grossgrain ribbon across the center. Nice and easy and yet totally new techniques for me. I was pleased with the result and can see me making a few more of these clean and simple cards for Notes and Thank Yous.

Next week our challenge is to create a Masculine card. With Father's Day right around the corner and Graduations, this might be the perfect opportunity to get them done. Hope you can play along.

Thanks for stopping by!



Mary J said...

That is pretty, Cath! The colours are so rich and love the stitching!

Pauline said...

Cath, this is a beautiful thankyou card. Your friend will love this. Anything with butterfies is tops in my books. Love how you used the bit of DP to fit with your image. Great colour scheme as well! Enjoy your weekend

Dana White said...

Cath this is stunning - I don't have this image I must add it to my cart! Have a great weekend