Saturday, February 5, 2011

Colors of the Spirit

     When Tracy-Lynn of Fred, She Said Designs came out with these new digi files I couldn't wait to play with them.  You know me and my flowers.  LOL
     The card design is based on this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  I've used some more of the gorgeous Prima paper that my BBF Jan sent me.  SOOO pretty!  I loaded this card with pearls too as you can see.  I just couldn't help myself .
     So here's how the card was constructed.  The leaves, flowers, and butterflies are all digi files from FSS.  They are all actually cutting files that can be used in programs like SCAL.  Thankfully Tracey-Lynn also includes some digi versions too in the files.  They just have to be cut out by hand, something that I have no problem with.  Basically I printed out a whole sheet of the flowers and leaves and cut out what I needed to use.  I ran all the flowers through my paper crimper just to loosen up the fibers and make them more pliable.  Next I broke out the Glimmer Mist and sprayed away.
     While all that was drying I printed out the digital image of the butterfly at the size I needed for the card and cut it out.  And yes, I cut all those little details out by hand with an E-xacto knife.  The butterfly was then sprayed with Glimmer Mist also and left to dry.
     The leaves and flowers were ready so I scored the leaves, inked them with a little Tea Dye distress ink and they were ready to go.  The flowers were inked in the centers with the Wild Honey and on the petal edges with Tattered Rose and the tiniest hint of the Wild Honey.  They all got a yummy Jolee's pink pearl in the center except for the largest flower.  It needed a bigger center so I colored a large pearl with a Copic marker to match.
     I added white pearls to the butterflies body but thought he needed a little somethin' somthin' so I dug out some gold Perfect Pearls and gave his wings a dusting.  The pretty sentiment came from Raindrop Echo Designs.
     Hope you like the card.  It took me hours to make it, but I loved every minute.  This is my kind of crafting! :-)
     I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Mojo Monday--sketch
Mark's Finest Papers--selfmade flowers
Stamp Something--digi Friday
Papertake Weekly Challenge--anything goes + optional flowers
Top Tip Tuesday--girlie

Have a fantastic weekend!


Papers:  Prima, Bazzill Fairy Flora paper pad, Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Stamps:  Fred, She Said Designs "Ornate Cut Out Butterfly" and "Hearts and Rose Spray" Digital Image and Cutting Files, Raindrop Echo Designs "Color Sentiments"
Inks+:  Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Tattered Rose, and Wild Honey Distress inks; Olive Vine, Old Lace, and Candlelight Glimmer Mist; Ranger Perfect Pearls in Perfect Gold; Copic R21
Tools:  Nestabilities Labels One (S4-161), Sizzix Sizzlets Architectural Corners die
Miscellaneous:  Jolee's Bling pearls, Recollections pearl, Kaisercraft pearls


  1. Wow what a beautiful card and your flowers are stunning! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous!! I love everything about this.
    Thanks for joining Speedy's Friends this week!

  3. BEAUTIFUL!!! Killer cutting too~ more power to you - I so dislike cutting lol -- Just a stunning card! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

  4. Wow, this is stunning. Love the flowers, papers and layout of the card. You are a master with that knife. I love making flowers too.
    Carol Southern

  5. Such a gorgeous card. Thanks for playing along with our challenge at Top Tip Tuesday. Good Luck.
    xx Vee

  6. WOW!! This is sooo beautiful. I love all those flowers. Every item you added to this card just works so well together.. It truly is so Beautiful..

    Hope you are having a Happy Weekend!!

    Hugs, Linda

  7. Such a beautiful card! It really is wonderful!

  8. OH how beautifully balanced this card is! Love how you used the pearls, too!

  9. A gorgeous card - all that cutting...but the details make it the fab card it is. Know it took lots of time but it sure was worth the finished product.

  10. Totally sweet card, the colours are true nature and your flowers are very pretty, I'm very fond of flowers, too, as you know ;-) Have a great weekend, Ira

  11. Oh this card is wonderful! I love the butterflie and these flowers! ^^

  12. Stunning card, and nice job cutting out that intricate butterfly!
    Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

  13. GORGEOUS, beautiful, fantastic....just like you!!

  14. Beautiful card! Love the 3D effect of the butterfly and flowers :)

  15. This is beautifu. Tracy. I love the flowers and pretty paper. :)

  16. Wow, Tracy, first I thought what a gorgeous card and that flower line just beautiful, then I read your post and can't believe you cut out all by hand! Stunning work!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog today!
    hugs Nana :)

  17. Gorgeous card- the scale of all the elements work beautifully. Glad you had so much fun making it- that's what it's all about! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

  18. Oh wow! This card is gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for joining us at Papertake Weekly and hope you join us again!
    hugs, Sharon

  19. This is a beauty, Tracy...All those different sizes of delicate flowers are lovely!! What a masterpiece!!

  20. Tracy this card is extremely beautiful!! With all the details you've incorporated and all the cutting of the leaves by hand, this card is priceless and if I were you, I don't think I would be able to let go of it!

  21. How very very clever of you to put those through the crimper !!! Ah yes, I just used that paper myself yesterday, that very same brown flowered piece. I am going to say it, GREAT MINDS !! I am busy making a mini for a friend who is retiring, and I gotta say I am sweating over each and every little teeny addition. I will send a pic when I am done... Beautiful work here, as always !!

  22. This is gorgeous! I love the flower border and the papers you chose are perfect!

  23. Gorgeous earthy colors and beautiful flowers!

  24. this is absolutely stunning...I just love what you did with the FSS flowers and butterfly! GORGEOUS!!!!! :)

  25. WOW! You are patient to hand cut that butterfly! Gorgeous, Tracy :)


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