Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Skipping Stones BLOG HOP & Sketch SSD06

Welcome to the first blog hop of 2010 from Skipping Stones Design!! I am so glad you’ve made it to my blog! If you've just happened upon my blog, you can CLICK HERE to start from the beginning at Skipping Stones Design.


You should have arrived here from KIM TEASDALE’S blog.


Along the way, the Skipping Stones Design Team (aka the Stamp Tramps) will have blog candy for you to enter.


As an added bonus, there will also be at several new & unreleased stamp sets hidden along the hop, but we’re not telling you where so be sure to leave some love as you hop!!!


Make sure you leave comments on every post so you have a greater chance to win!! The winners will be announced on Friday January 8th at Skipping Stones Design.


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And because Heather from Skipping Stones Design is SO DANG AWESOME you can save 25% off your ENTIRE purchase Jan 5 & 6th at Skipping Stones Design.
Use code 25off at checkout.


So if (yah right if, you KNOW you will) fall in LUUUUUUUURVE with one of Heather’s SUPER COOL STAMP sets, scurry on back to Skipping Stones Design {at the end of your hopping, of course} and satisfy your inner stamp tramp who’s aching for some new stamps!


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And now back to our regularly scheduled HOP…..


We have a fabulous sketch artist for January, Amy Scheffer, of Picked Paper Designs and today we will be using her sketch SSD06.


Here’s the sketch:

I had two little devils (or angels) sitting on my shoulders arguing with me over the merits of starting the new year fresh and actually obeying some rules.


This time I pretty much followed the rules. However, after several moments of debate, an “a-ha” moment, and manipulation of my card pieces I decided to do this:


SSD06


And then my sentiment didn’t fit so I made a minor adjustment…. you’ll see in a moment… keep on reading.


I used the stamp set, Healing Wings, from Skipping Stones Design.


SSD Healing-Wings
Have I mentioned how much I {HEART} this set? It is fabulous and fantastic and I just LURVE it. LURVE, LURVE, LURVE…. and LURVE some more. {I did something with the side view butterfly on another project I will post later this month, too!}



It’s an amazing set.


Ok, Ok… here’s the card. I’m giddy about it… It was such a FUN, FUN card to make and totally out of my usual box.


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There’s a little bit o’ everything on this card. (Except rhinestones or other bling… How did I let that happen??) Distressing, stitching, crocheting, ink, luuuuurve. Other than rotate the sketch, the only little thing I did differently was to also rotate the front image/sentiment so that it would fit better with the rest of the design. The little angels on my shoulders came to an agreement and the naughty one wasn’t so naughty this time. hehe!


I even pulled out Bernie (my fabulous Bernina Activa 240) and did some good old fashioned stitching on it. Note to self: when stitching on a card, don’t use quilting thread, though it be pretty it doesn’t work so well in the machine. It’s meant for hand stitching. Poor Bernie.


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The butterfly is made with a transparency and Bic Sharpie markers. I love how the sun shines through the wings and glows on the card. (See first picture.) The adorable little crocheted flowers were a gift from the fabulous and lovely Jeanne Tomshack. I seriously need to commission and beg her to make some more for me. I’m running out!


The border was cut with a Martha Stewart border punch and the circle was cut with a scalloped circle Nestabilities die.




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There is some serious layering going on with this card. I had to use (had to.. hahaha… LOVED to do it) some American Crafts foam tabs to pop out the horizontal strip of paper because there was so much underneath it and with the added bulk of stitching, nothing was laying quite flat. Darn. I {heart} AC foam tabs. :) The butterfly is popped out on a piece of “accordian’d” transparency sheet so it appears to be floating over the flowers.


The card is pretty heavy. It’s a good thing that I had some Gina K base weight cardstock on hand. Love the stuff! It’s good and heavy cardstock. :)


{For another card using this set click HERE.}


THANK YOU for hopping by. I hope you enjoyed your stop here at my little ol’ blog. Be sure to stop by again this FRIDAY (January 8th) to find out if I have some candy to award to someone. *grin*


Your next hop is the lovely Bev Rousch’s blog - http://bevithia.blogspot.com


~Inky Smiles!



The Good Schtuff:
Stamps -
Skipping Stones Design’s Healing Wings
Papers – Basic Grey Lemonade
Inks – CTMH Chocolate, StazOn Jet Black
Miscellaneous – Fabulous flowers by Jeanne Tomshack, transparency paper, Nestabilities dies, Martha Stewart border punch, quilting thread, Bernie the Bernina, AC Foam squares.

101 comments:

Amanda D. said...

Erin - that card is absolutely stunning! Fabulous job! I love it!

Stampin n da Hood said...

wowZAH!

corinna said...

Oh Erin, that is soooo beautiful!!!! Love it!

Holly aka Toy said...

Stunning card! I used this set, too. It is fabo!

62 Cards - Sammye Jo said...

AMAZING color on the butterfly!!! You know I am digging your blog by now!
Thanks again!

Sammye Jo
www.62cards.blogspot.com

Deb said...

Oh, this is soooo gorgeous! LOVE butterflies, and this one is stunning! Love all the details of crocheting and stitching!

Cindy O'Donnell said...

Love the crochet flowers - will have to try some of those as it's a little outside my usual style!

NG said...

Erin, An incredible card. Good Job!

Angela (jellybean74) said...

How great is your card! Love it!

Stacey said...

OH. My. GAWWRSH!!!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.............did I say LOVE?!?! That BUTTERFLY!!!
I was SO thinking of using vellum the other day, with this stamp....so delicate....but NOW I'm thinking I should give transparency 'paper' a try too!!
BEAUTIMOUS as always Erin!!

Huzzah616 said...

Beautiful card. Great job!! I love the idea of the transparancies and the sharpies!

Brandi said...

Pure gorgeousness! :)

Heather said...

Wow!That butterfly took my breath away! Very inventive/fabulous technuique!

A-M said...

Breathtaking!!! I cannot seem to think of anything else!!

Karen B said...

Wow, this is such a beautiful card. Thanks

StampinCathy said...

Your card is beautiful and love all the layouts and details. Thanks for this inspiring eye candy along this hop.

Jeri said...

Wow,wow and more wow!!! This card is fantabulous! I'm seeing so much talent on this hop that I just happened upon.

Lea L. said...

This is such a pretty little card! The butterfly is fabulous, and I love the crocheted flower!! Wonderful job!

♥Lea

PamS said...

The card is amazing for you going outside your comfort zone. That stamp set is a must have.

Mama mia said...

WOW!!! That card is so awesome. Can I have one? :) How did you do it? It has left me speechless. Keep up the good work.

Jo said...

my oh my oh my... what a breathtaking card & so glad I was invited on this blog hop.

Kandi Phillips said...

Beautiful card Erin you wow me every week, I'm officially in awe! So excited to be on the team with you! :)

Vijaya Siddharth said...

Erin!! Fello Fiskateer here! Lovely blog and lovely card! thanks for guiding us to this hop!

Alina said...

the butterfly is awsome

Shannon Marie said...

everyone is doing such an amazing job on the cards! fabulous job!!! i'm getting so many awesome ideas!

flowergirl said...

Erin..Ur card is beautiful..love any card or stamp with butterflies!!

Rosalee said...

Beautiful Card and those butterflies look beautiful. I can see why you "lurve" them. Thanks for the great hop.
Hugs, Rosalee

Terra said...

It's gorgeous! I love butterflies, it's why I had them at my wedding. The colors are just stunning on this card Erin! And I loved all of you "minor adjustments". Hehe.

Julia said...

Beautiful card Erin! I love it! I especially love the butterfly! I think with it on transparency it looks more like a real butterfly! Absolutely scrumdidillyumptuous!

Sally said...

Really love that Martha border punch. Thanks for sharing!

maiahs_momma said...

Gorgeous butterfly stamp set, and a gorgeous card to go with it :)!

Inky Hugs,
Catherine
www.mystampinggrounds.blogspot.com
catlevy@eastlink.ca

T said...

Beautiful!!! I have to say I love it too!

Lisa Petrella said...

Wow! Super job with all of those special touches---the butterfly, the stitching, the punches, the layering, etc.!!! Beautiful card!!

lauracox said...

Ok, wow! That is one amazing card! What a beautiful butterfly! This blog hop is fun, thank you!

Ola said...

The butterfly on your card is gorgeous!!! You're very talented!!!

**hopping along**

okj83@live.com

Peggy said...

Wow! What an amazing job you did on your card.

Cassie said...

WOW, that is amazing! I love that set and your card is stunning ;D

Amber said...

Stunning card, love how you colored the butterfly~

Pat said...

A beautiful card to go along with a beautiful sentiment.

The Stamper's Touch said...

Oh my goodness, what a totally fabulous card this is!!!! Your butterfly is out of this world stunning!!!!! A real beauty!!

Linda

connie said...

Thanks for posting on the fiskateer MB about the blog hop! I can not believe all of the beautiful work I have seen and I am only on #4! Beautiful card, love the layering and the butterfly.

beadz said...

How lovely!
hugs,
Gini

Joyce said...

I love your blog, I've never been here before. I'll have to be sure to stop back.

Belinda said...

Heehee, I'm definitely not one to follow rules when it comes to sketches. Haha, but I love the changes you made to make it awesome for your card! So pretty!

Yvonne said...

Wow! The detail in this card is exquisite.

Michelle Giraud said...

what an absolutely gorgeous card!! Love the patterns, textures and the super pretty butterfly. Amazing!

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

SOOO beautiful love all the details!!!

Beautiful Greetings said...

Erin your card is so beautiful! I am very proud to be on the same team :)

Candy M said...

Beautiful card!! :)

Candy
papercandy@gmail.com

foxyenglishcrafter said...

Love this card. Awesome. Love butterflies. Thanks for sharing. Very inspirational

x Julie

Cher said...

Erin..it is such a beautiful piece of art! how can you give it away! luvvvvv the set...and the other cards u make...really really nice! ty for sharing...adding u to my favs too!

kc_froglady said...

Fabulous card! I love all the little details they blend so well together!

Big Mamma~ a.k.a. Mary S said...

WOW I really think you out did yourself. It's beautiful.

Big Mamma loves ya all.

Camishel said...

That butterfuly is absolutley amazing! Love the colors..beautiful!

paulatracy said...

very bright and pretty indeed!

lavendarrose29 said...

Erin that card is stunning and the saying is perfect.

Emma's Mom said...

beautiful!!! the details were amazing, and the butterfly...gorgeous!

stampkjs said...

Erin your transparency butterfly is amazing! Thanks for sharing how you made it. LOVE your card.

Kim Teasdale said...

What a beautiful card! I love how the butterfly is resting on those gorgeous crochet flowers and all of your wonderful stitching too!

nkm said...

Beautiful card, love the butterfly

Anonymous said...

I love your butterfly. The first thing I noticed was it being on transparent material. I was immediately hooked. It is just gorgeous.
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Laurie Marmon said...

very pretty butterfly....looks great!

Rufus said...

Love that butterfly!
R/

Regina said...

what a great card!

Latisha said...

The way you colored that butterfly is just gorgeous!!

JulyeB said...

Fab card and love the butterfly so colourful and pretty too. Lovin the hop and added chance of candy thanks Julye

kathy s said...

luuuuuuv butterflies and can never have enough all shapes and sizes- they always look so delicate- love this on the transperancy(and the way you lifted the wings of the same butterfly on the other card)they both look fantastic- that saying is precious too and could be so useful.

Cindy said...

I love the butterfly. I am going to try this. Thanks for the blog hop. I got the information from CU - I won't be there in person, but will be following in spirit. Can't wait to meet you in person someday!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

WOWZERS! This is gorgeous and should be framed!

Teela said...

Incredible card! Beautiful!

naturecoastcrafter said...

With every stop on this hop, I become more enamored with these stamps. Your butterfly card is SUPER!

Shaz said...

Absolutely beautiful.
I love all the demention...

Shannon Roberts said...

Your butterfly is AMAZING!! TFS!

Vicki Wizniuk said...

Beautiful! Love the added touch of the crochet flower, too.

JOAN said...

Great card! Love the coloring and all the dimension. Thanks for sharing.

Hollyk said...

WOW!!! love the butterfly. That is so beautiful

Krissy said...

what a gorgeous card! wow!

Kay said...

This is just beautiful- I love how your butterfly looks like stained glass!

Amanda Sewell said...

I too just LOVE this set. When I first saw it I told Heather she needed to send it to me right away! It is so PRETTY!!! *hint hint to Heather* You did a great job with it. Awesome card!

Debbie C said...

what an amazing card...the butterfly, the flower, the saying...love it all

jengd said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Arianne said...

Great stamp! Great card!

Maxine Hodges said...

What an absolutely beautiful butterfly! My first trip here, certainly not my last!

Gloria Westerman said...

Wow this is awesome..... Love the butterfly great color with the bic..thanks for sharing it with us...
and I use quilting thread too,,,

Stephanie Gruss said...

Wow! You cannot imagine how giddy I am that there is yet another person having a crafty love-affair with crocheted flowers! ;) Great card!

Lee - grandmalee said...

Who'd have thunk that those markers could make something as gorgeous as the butterfly??? I guess it's an operator thing again! What an awesome card! I just adore it!

Creative Mish said...

What a great card Erin! I love the butterfly on the transparency! I must say its beautiful! and that little crocheted flower! OH! my beating heart! I have a pattern for these but just haven't got a round tuit! Awesome stamp set!

Jocelyn said...

Wow! Love all the color and textures!

Dawn Mercedes said...

Wow...such lovely texures on this card! So much to look at!

sweetpz said...

Hi Erin!
I love butterflies and i'm very impressed with yours!
I'm gonna try making too.. hehe

Barb - Fiskateer #2975 said...

Thanks Erin for sending us this way! The Butterfly is gorgeous! (so is the rest of the card - but the butterfly - wow!)

The Stone Family said...

beautiful! TIA
shannon

Julie Marshall said...

Wow...beautiful butterfly! Love this set. TFS.

Kathy H said...

Oh how fun!

Formerly known as: Queen of Bling said...

Wow, that butterfly is amazing! Thanks for sharing! Onward to the next blog...

Holly said...

Beautiful card! Love the butterfly! Fun blog hop!

Ramona said...

Dear Erin,

I have been a fan of your work 4-ever so I am thrilled to see that you are a part of this blog hop - I just added myself as a follower, now that I am blogging - please visit me at Create With Joy when you can!

Ramona :-)
http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

weze said...

Love the crochet flower on your card!

gocanucksgo said...

Gorgeous card! That butterfly is wonderful =)

Brent Grotegut said...

Babsie -

Pick a winner already and come to bed. I'm tired.

Love,
Brent

Amy Sheffer said...

Oh my! What a beauty! Love, love love the look of your butterfly. I saw the tutorial you posted, too - thanks so much for sharing!!