Friday, March 23, 2018

Sweet Spring Wishes

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a fabulous day!  This card has been in design for almost a full year - I received the STAMPlorations goodies in April of 2017!  I've used all of the products individually, but this is the first time I've used both dies together.  There is a story behind why it took me a year but, thankfully, the story isn't as long as it took me to make the card.  I'll even condense it for you!

What I Used to Make my Card:
Lilac Card Base
Watercolor Paper
Oxide Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet {set 1}
Distress Markers in Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves and Blueprint Sketch
Ken Oliver's Liquid Metal in Yellow Gold 
Distress Sprayer
STAMPlorations CUTplorations Sweet Spring Wishes Phrase Die
STAMPlorations CUTplorations Flutter Zen 2 Layering Dies
Pink Cardstock
Light Blue Glitter Cardstock

On with the story - Oxide Inks came out and I was as obsessed with everyone
Paper I Cut the Butterflies From
else who was pretty much not doing much of anything else but playing with these amazing new inks.  I had gotten the first set and was making background after background, positive I could never make a color combination with these inks that I wasn't going to like.  Until I did.  I don't recall what Oxide colors I used, but I remember strongly disliking it.  I had seen some crafters using Liquid Metals along with the Oxides, so I thought

I'd give it a try.  I ended up covering the entire thing with the Liquid Metal and I liked the color MUCH better! That's when it hit me - I had a butterfly die that was beautifully intricate and wouldn't this look nice cut from the "ruined" background? So, I proceeded to dig out the CUTplorations die and cut the "fixed" background paper.  It did look pretty!  I used a pink card to cut the underside of the butterfly and attached the top to it.  Then I set the butterflies aside and continued to play with the Oxide inks.

I played and played {remember, the Oxides were BRAND NEW!} and finally
settled on the card background.  Once the background was dry, I glued it to a matching card base which, in this case, was a lilac color.  Then I couldn't find the butterflies!  That pushed the card production back further; but I kept that background because I knew it fit the butterflies perfectly.  Eventually, I cleaned my desk off {and it stayed clean for about 15 minutes!} and found the 
wandering butterflies.  Happily, I glued them to the card and then decided to cut the sentiment out of Light Blue Glitter card.  I set the saying onto the card and the year long saga was finished!
Another Look

I hope my story didn't bore you too badly.  I recently got some more goodies from STAMPlorations; they are having a great sale and I just couldn't resist, so you will be seeing more of their stamps and dies shortly.  The card came out much prettier than I expected and I hope you like it as much as I do!  Thanks for sticking with me and, since you have made it this far, I'll let you in on a secret.  I'm getting ready for another giveaway and you'll need to be a follower to win, so you might as well follow me now and get ahead of the rush.  Thanks so much! Christi 

I'm entering my Sweet Spring Wishes Card in the following challenges:
STAMPlorations - M, Spring & Faith
Butterfly Challenges - #97, Spin the Wheel with the Letter L - I used Letters, Lavender & Layers :) 
Cuttlebug Mania - Spring
That's Crafty! - M, Spring into Action
Papercraft Business Challenges - M, Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes w/ Dies
STAMPlorations Ever Ending Anything Goes Challenge


  1. I found my self nodding a lot as I read your card's year-long saga, Christi! And chuckling too -- because I definitely know the feeling all too well. Love the background you created -- the liquid metal gave it a completely spring-y, pastel-y feel! (I have held off on getting myself the Distress Oxides because I knew I wouldn't have time to play with them with 2 little ones - and I'm afraid of what my 2-year-old will do if she gets her hands on them. I'm still recovering from the time she found my Distress crayons!) Anyway, thank you so much for sharing your card and linking it up in the STAMPlorations March challenge! (And since you used all STAMP products, don't forget to link it up to our Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge as well! Have a great weekend! Hugs!

  2. This is lovely - I saw it at Stamplorations - I have not purchased Distress Oxides but I have been using the Distress Crayons - Inks, and Stains that have been needing to be used!! So much I want to do and so little time -- TFS

  3. Oh gosh this is really lovely. I love the colours you have used. I bought oxides over a yr ago and still haven't taken the cellophane wrap off them yet. I'm a slow starter!! lol. Glad you kept going with your backgrounds and finished the card. Thankyou for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel with me this week. Hugs Mrs A.

  4. Beautiful card, love the background
    Thank you so much for joining us at the That’s Crafty challenge blog
    Donna xx

  5. I can totally relate to the background creating frenzy - good for you using one on a card! Those butterflies (I love their intricacy) are gorgeous cut from that shimmery goodness. Thanks so much for linking up at STAMPlorations this month!

  6. Beautiful! I'm glad you got it done in time for our challenge! Thank you for joining us! Jeanie -Scrapbookingmamaw @ Proud PB DT Member
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  7. the oxides are fun to play with, you did a great job with your butterflies and the background - wonderful card
    thanks for joining us at HLS
    Barb Housner (DT)

  8. I have the same sentiments about the wonderful oxides... so much versatility!
    Thanks for joining us this month and hope to see you for upcoming challenges!
    Ashley Wells @ Proud PB DT Member
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  9. Those oxide's ARE addictive for sure. Beautiful background and I do LOVE that butterfly set. I use mine often. Lovely blingy sentiment to go with them. Thanks for sharing your story and card with us at HLS for our AG with Dies and our STAMPlorations March Challenge Christi.

  10. I haven't personally used Oxides yet but you've inspired me to get some now :) Great technique & an awesome job with the butterflies. Thank you for participating in our papercraft challenge & we hope you will join us again in the next one :)
    XO Lisa @ Papercraft Business

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  11. Great background!
    Thank you for sharing with Happy Little Stampers!
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