Sunday, May 17, 2009

Thankful For Sweet Violets!

I guess I should be thankful my computer is still alive and breathing. I can't tell you how many times I have loaded and unloaded certain programs. I honestly think stamping and painting helped me maintain my sanity. Enough already~!

The stamp for this card is Sweet Violets from Flourishes. In case you haven't seen this set I am going to post it here because I think it was designed to cover the desires of any stamper.

I couldn't believe it when I received it. I was in love with the largest stamp, but take a look at what else is there. A lot of smaller images that can be used for inside, the envelope, or even a background. Also, I really like the brackets to use around the words, if you choose to use them.......and the words are all so perfect to cover just about any occasion. I think they may be out of the set just now, but I know they will be getting more. So on to my card:


The image was stamped with Brilliance Galaxy Gold and then painted with Twinkling H2O's. I cut it out using an X-Acto knife. Stickles Yellow glitter glue was also used for the center of the flowers. I wasn't really happy with the way this turned out and will do this again soon I hope with better results. I'm going to blame it on my computer problems. Ha!

The die cut background is a piece of Neenah Classic Laid (It has a rough finish to it) Solar White cardstock put through the Cuttlebug using the largest Spellbinders Labels Four die. I embossed it and then used the die and an X-Acto knife to quickly cut around the outer edges. It made it a little bigger and if you look close you can see the double ridge from the embossing and not cutting it like a normal die.

The background is another Flourish stamp called Vintage Wallpaper. I stamped it with Clearsnap Mica Magic Purple (*Don't get rid of your Mica Magic refills. See below) on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Super Smooth cardstock. The corners were done with the SU Ticket Corner Punch. That was mounted on Neenah Classic Laid Super White cardstock.

The ribbon is from Michaels and I wanted to give it a Vintage look, so after tying the bow I heated it with my heat gun. I did the same to the ribbon I mounted beneath the die cut.

Supplies:
Stamps: Flourishes Sweet Violets and Vintage Wallpaper
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest and Classic Laid Solar White
Inks: Brilliance Galaxy Gold and Twinkling H2O's (Still 40% off all of their products)
Accessories: Spellbinders, Ribbon from Michaels, Rangers Stickles Yellow, Mark Richards 3 and 5mm Pearls

*A word about Mica Magic pads and reinkers. The pads dried out really fast and I think that is why ClearSnap quit selling them. The colors are fantastic though and I think there are two new products now using the reinker under different names and maybe a little different. ClearSnap is now selling, what looks like the refill ink, but in a nail polish looking bottle and called Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink. I have the Moonlight and the Gold Lame, but haven't had the chance to use them yet. Check them out. Also Judikins is now selling a product named Mica Gloss, which also look a lot like the Micas, and look at the video below to see what they are doing with them:




So that's all for now! Tomorrow I will be calling my computer buffs at HP to ask them to put my computer back the way it was when they fixed it last week. LOLOL and me too! If anyone with Windows XP had problems with the most recent update of Flash Player, tell me how you fixed it if you can. :-O Yikes! They still don't have the wrinkles out of the newest Internet Explorer and I went back to the other. Thanks for stopping by 'the blog' to look and share.

 

 Shirley

 

20 comments:

Jackie said...

That is a beautiful card and stamp set! The Mica Gloss resembles Lumiere paint but stays wet longer. Probably just the Mica Magic reinkers repackaged. I haven't had any trouble with the Flash player but I use Firefox instead of IE anyway and like it much better!

Cindy Haffner said...

Wow outstanding!!!!!!!!

Jackie G said...

GORGEOUS gorgeous card!!!!

Orion Designs said...

Your cards are always so beautifully composed and this one is no exception.

As far as your computer problems -- I had a serious problem with flash updates earlier this year. After several visits from my local 'puter guru, he uninstalled and reinstalled firefox and it now it's all better. That was after he had done the same with the flash player -- to no avail! Computer problems are evil!!! We've become so dependent upon them, that to be without it for even 1 day is a major disaster.

Beth said...

Oh Shirley not sure how I missed this yesterday but what a real beauty love the violets and your background is gorgeous as is the layout and coloring of your card, sorry GF no help with the computer problem but I hope you get it fixed.

Summerthyme Studio said...

Oh my gosh Shirley, that is beautiful!!! WOW!!!! Nice to visit your blog after taking a little blog hopping Hiatus

Have a wonderful day!

Vicki

Elena said...

This card is stunning! The flowers look like real!
Sorry to hear about the computer problems...

the whimsical butterfly said...

Awww, well glad you could blog this GORGEOUS card today! Don't you love it (NOT!) how we rely on these machines and they just let us down LOL! Hope you get it fixed soon. What a GORGEOUS card, Shirley! I love thatviolet set!

LadyDoc said...

GORGEOUS card!!

HOW did you go back to the previous IE? I have had to rely solely on Firefox because of how my computer acts when I try to use that ^&*% new update!

Theresa said...

Gorgeous, Shirley! I love that set.

Suzanne C said...

Wowzers! I love your card and totally want that set. Violets! I don't have a single violet stamp and so need one. :O okay maybe need is the wrong word.. The card is gorgeous!

Stamp and Smile said...

Fantastic card!!! I LOVE violets and such rich color details going on... it pops so well off the white!! TFS... :)

Sharon said...

This card is absolutely beautiful, Shirley!!

Hope said...

Shirley, This card is absolutely Beautiful I love the violets sooo pretty!

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

WOWZER!!! Shirley, I just LOVE these violets!! Adorable creation and lovely stamps!! :) TFS!

Stamping Cafe said...

Wow Wow Wow, this is just gorgeous!! Love it!

Julie Koerber said...

This is just beautiful Shirley!!! So classic and vibrant!!!

Christina said...

Beautiful Shirley.... I love the stamp set..
Hugs, Christina

Etha said...

love those violets! mine haven't seen ink yet :( but I cherish them!! love how you stamped the background, such a pretty "wallpaper" behind your image.

Cheryl said...

Love those Violets Shirley! What a beautiful job.

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