Monday, March 16, 2015

A Fairy Tale Come True

I'm back today with another project for my Guest Design Team spot at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.  You can see my first project for them this month using a Lunagirl image here.  As a reminder: The theme word for this month is Serendipity.  Serendipity means "fortunate happenstance" or a "pleasant surprise" (source: or luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for. (source: As I thought about what to do for my second project, I realized what could be a better example of "serendipity" than a fairy tale?  Fairy Tales are full of fortunate happenstance and pleasant surprises.  When I showed the colored image on today's card to our daughter-in-law, Amy, she said, "that looks like Cinderella!"  So, a Cinderella theme emerged.  Amy gave me some ideas for ways to incorporate the theme and even sent me a sketch to use.  I love having a crafty artistic daughter-in-law.  Since we live 8 hours apart, our crafting now takes place via texts and phone.  I'm thankful for technology.

The image of the couple is the "star of the show" on this card.  It's a beautiful digi generously provided to me by one of our fantastic sponsors, Sami Stamps.  I had to cut off part of the princess' dress when I die cut her but in the original image her dress flows so nicely.  After coloring the couple and background with Copics, the image panel was die cut and then triple matted.  Some rhinestones were added to the largest die cut.  I added dots of Stickles to the princess' dress and earring and added Wink of Stella to her hair. The printed vellum adds to the romantic theme.  Some iridescent sequins topped with more Stickles add more sparkle.  The flourishes on the corners of the background panel were heat embossed with sparkling embossing powder.  This provides a little more subtle shimmer.

I tried a "new to me" technique for the butterflies.  They are a free digi from  I printed them on acetate.  I didn't want the edges of the wings to be quite as dark as they were so I laid them on a piece of scrap paper ink side down (carefully so I didn't smear them) and blotted the ink a bit.  Then I left them to dry overnight.  I colored the backs of them with two colors of Copic markers and then fussy cut them.  When fussy cutting acetate, I discovered it's much easier to put a piece of white paper behind the acetate and cut it out at the same time.  It's much easier on the eyes that way.  I slightly bent the butterflies in half, then rolled up glue dots into a tube and used them to attach the butterflies to the card.  This lets their wings  be raised up off the card.  Some pearls for their bodies adds the final touch.

I used one of my favorite romantic quotes for wedding and anniversary cards on the bottom panel of this 5.5" square easel card.  It was stamped with black ink and then clear heat embossed on the printed vellum.  More glitter paper and pearl strips anchor the vellum piece and more sequins topped with Stickles adds sparkle.

For the rest of the interior, I punched some small butterflies from a scrap of glitter paper and let them fly up the side of the card next to the heat embossed sentiment. They are only attached in the middle so that they also have dimensional wings.

Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Recollections (teal and silver glitter), Making Memories (scrap of teal glitter paper for interior butterflies), Acetate
Patterned Paper:  The Paper Studio (Printed Vellum)
Stamps:  Sami Stamps (On Your Arm digi), (Butterfly digi), Stampabilities (Once in Awhile wood mounted), Mark's Finest Papers (Celebrate clear stamp set), Autumn Leaves (Swirls clear stamp set)
Ink: Versamark, VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Copic Markers: Butterflies (BG05, 15); Skin (E00, E02, 11, R20); Dress (BG000, 01, 05); Suit (N3, 5, 7, 9); Her hair (Y32, YR21, E31); His hair (E25, 31, 35); Background BG000, B000, Colorless Blender)
Tools/Embellishments: Stickles (Star Dust), Wink of Stella brush glitter marker (clear), Want 2 Scrap (Baby Bling - silver rhinestones, pearls for butterflies), The Paper Studio (pearl rope, larger rhinestones), Fiskars Butterfly punch, Stampin' Up embossing powder (Crystal Clear), A la Mode embossing powder (Sparkle), Spellbinders dies (Classic Oval Large and Small, Petite Oval Large, Floral Oval), My Favorite Things Die-namics (Mini Scallop Edge), Darice sequins

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #364 - Celebrate (any celebration occasion)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Things that Fly
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #250 - Fairies (Fairy Tales)
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #100 - Celebration
Pile it On Challenge #60 - Use 3 of something (3 acetate butterflies)
ABC Challenge - F is for Festive
Party Time Tuesday Challenge #196 - Anything Goes
Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge - Anything Goes with a Twist to use 3 of something

Thanks for visiting today.  I hope you'll have time to play along in this month's Serendipity challenge at the Path of Positivity.  Also be sure to visit both of our fantastic sponsors Sami Stamps and Lunagirl.  They have some fantastic images; you're sure to find something you'll enjoy. I have really enjoyed my time as a Guest Designer for the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.  Thanks so much to Lisa and the rest of the Design Team for allowing me to work with you!!


Lisa Lara said...

This is just the sweetest Stephanie.

Pia S said...

This is beautiful, Stephanie! A fantastic layout, with glitter and sparkle and a lovely and decorative sentiment! I think you did a great job with this one!

debby4000 said...

Gorgeous, beautiful card, love all the bling.
Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Nazeema Calypso Thompson said...

Gorgeous card and beautiful sentiment. Thank you for joining us at Sentimental Sundays.

Nannieflash said...

Really lovely image and a fabulous card design. Thanks for joining us at ABC, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxxxxx

MA-MI said...

Thanks for sharing your card at Sentimental Sundays. Hugs, Maja DT

Unknown said...

Such a beautiful card! I love all the bling and the shape. Thanks for sharing with us at Party Time Tuesdays!

Marlies said...

A beautiful card with a lovely design. A cute couple and I like the pearls and bling. Thanks for joining us at ATSC. Marlies

Erum Tasneem said...

WOW! This is beautiful!!
~ Erum
Sentimental Sundays DT


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