Monday, 3 March 2008

Flutterbyes and other stamping projects

I recently participated in a mingle with some online rubber stamping friends.

What is a mingle? It is a swap with your friends of creative rubber stamping projects, such as cards, altered art, Artist Trading Cards, or any other kinds of handmade items.

Mingles enable you to set a creative goal, try new techniques and ideas, and share your artwork with others.

The recent mingle featured Butterflies, and I had purchased the perfect stamp set for this project from Close to My Heart. The copyrighted set is called, "Fluttering Love." In addition, I used paper from BoBunny and a Live, Love, Laugh stamp (copyright Inkadinkado). All the butterflies were trimmed out, and the larger butterflies were cut apart so that I could use different colors on their wings. Butterflies were also adorned with wire antennae, glitter and beads.

Well, I couldn't stop there! I also made an Artist Trading Card for a monthly ATC lottery with one of my rubber stamping groups. What is a lottery? The members of the group are invited each month to contribute a piece of artwork for a themed challenge. Our group hosts monthly card and ATC challenges. After you create your card or ATC, you scan it and drop it into the online group's folders. One of the lucky participants' name is drawn, and she is mailed ALL of the projects in the folder. How special is that? Below is my Flutterbye Flourish ATC (2.5 x 3.5 inches). It also features the Close to My Heart Fluttering Love stamp set, BoBunny papers, QuicKutz Flourish die, and a Creative Imaginations jeweled brad (which I really love!).

And finally, I made another ATC for the challenge, which was any thing with a flourish! This is the truly lovely A Quiet Life stamp set (copyright Stampin' Up!). The image is colored with Tim Holtz distressed inks and then embossed with thick UTEE embossing crystals to create a cracked glass effect. Prima flowers and QuicKutz Flourishes adorn the card.