This is a four part post!
PART #1: The Etsy Challenge
The object of this challenge is to go to Etsy, get inspiration, and make something. So, I did. I watched the slide show of the latest listings until this caught my eye. Here was my inspiration. It's called Butterfly Bliss, by babycakesanddecor. Not knowing if I can post the picture, I just put the link to it.
I loved the colors, and the simplicity of it. Here is my "something." I made a card. I chose to use a little less color choices, but I think it turned out really pretty, nonetheless. The yellow and black make me want to yell "GO HAWKS!" (My husband is an Iowa Hawkeye football fan!! That's for you, DJ!)
I added the black cardstock card and the yellow background. The crossword paper was in my kit, and it was double sided, so that is where the butterflies came from. The leaves are from the leftovers of my "4U" card. I think they added just that little extra pop of color. The flower is made with Valita's owl punch rose tutorial here, but I used a scalloped shell punch and some old book pages to make it. I thought that the words of the book matched the "theme" of the crossword puzzle. I stamped "HELLO" in the spaces. The bling is from my birthday buddy Vickie from Splitcoaststampers...Thanks again, Vickie! I inked all of the edges.
I added a piece of creme cardstock for the message inside, I thought the yellow was a little too much by itself, and it tied into the front of the card. I also used the crossword side of the paper to make a butterfly for the inside for some variety. I punched the corners with a Martha Stewart butterfly corner punch and added bling for the bodies. Taa Daa. I hope you like it!
PART #2: Doilies!
So I was thinking to myself, "Self, you could make doilies!" Soooooo, first I gathered up numerous coaster patterns, used crochet cotton and a steel hook, and came up with these doilies. I put a quarter on one of them so you can see the size of them.
That lead to making a couple of flowers and butterflies...
Then I got out some paper and punched some doilies. I figure I can ink them and spray them and have a great tine with them. They are MS punches, and some of them I experimented a little with. She had some that you can buy, but I have never seen them here where I live. I found a tutorial here on
Ink in the name of love.
PART #3: Pop Can flowers
Following the punch tutorials on Counterfeit Kit Challenge, I whipped up these little beauties.
PART #4: A Mini Album!
Using my kit (except for the letters) I whipped up this little mini album. The letters are easy. Just type each letter a bunch of times on your computer, print them out on paper (several colors so that you have choices, and cut them out when you need them. Instant mini letters.
It is called a Meander Album with a Twist, and you can find the tutorial here! I folds to make these cute little inside pockets! I am going to decorate the tags, but I haven't decided on how to do it yet.
Stay Crafty, My Friends!