Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I'm Ba-a-ack!! Whooo!

Has it really been a week since I last posted??! Yep - one week ago today. Remember when I said housework could kill ya? Well, I can tell you it doesn't because I'm still here but I DID end up in the ER last Friday. Turns out the doctors "think" my symptoms pointed to a UTI and sent me home with an antibiotic prescription. Doing better. Working on my open house/workshop on the 16th of May.

Now, here's a card I did over the weekend from an envelope and a chipboard butterfly. (Tell me why IRL is always better??) The card really is a lot prettier than this scanned image - I just simply can't get the scanner to work - must be "user malfunction", right? LOL!
The card is made from a flimsy A2 envy. I rubbed a clear Versamark ink pad all over the envy and then dusted with White Perfect Pearls powder in the middle and gold Perfect Pearls powder along the edges. I just used my finger to do the gold. Then I stamped butterflies (from SU's God's Beauty stamp set - a level one hostess set) all over the front of the card in Apricot Appeal. For the large butterfly, I smeared glue all over the top and covered the butterfly in patterned paper (apricot and white dots and swirls) and used SU's sticky tape to make a striped pattern and layered large and small clear beads. I used foam pop dots to hold the butterfly away from the paper. Love the look IRL!! Once I had done all my decorating, I cut 1 and 1/4 inches off one of the short ends; the longer part of the envy was smooshed through a crimper, long ways first.

For the inside, I made a small insert for the envy. I stamped another butterfly, again in Apricot Appeal on Whisper White paper, and gold embossed "a Note for You" (from another SU set, can't remember which one) on top of the butterfly. I then layered the cardstock this way: Whisper White, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White and Gold Mirricard. I see that the Note part could have been a little lower over the butterfly, but I still LOVED it! IRL is soooo much better, believe me! I'm going to showcase this technique at my open house next Saturday, so maybe it IS better that the pic isn't really clear!

I'm looking forward to that day - there's gonna be a lot of activity both in scrapbooking and in card making. I love the way SU demos have banded together to help each other out. I could not do this if they had not already "been there-done that" and DOCUMENTED what works for them - forms, flyers, tips and tricks! Thanks guys! You rock!

That's it for today, Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate the well-wishes from folks while I was down for the count last week. I'm back and getting better and have gone back to Curves.

Tip of the Day:
I have lots of stamp sets, and it's hard, sometimes, to remember what I had wanted the set for. So, this is what I do. Once I've assembled the stamp set, I copy the picture that showcased the set from the catty and put the pic inside the stamp set holder. Now, when I pull the set out, I can at least see one suggested use for the set!


  1. I love the beaded butterfly!

  2. Welcome back!

    I agree with you regarding the pleasure of working with people who document and share their knowledge. . . as I look forward to your Open House and learning how to do your envelope card "in person."

  3. Love the card - and I'm glad you're feeling better!

  4. Beautiful card Melanie...Everyone at your open house is really going to love.

  5. Beautifully done! I am sure everyone will enjoy your open house.

  6. I'm so sorry to hear you had to make a trip to the ER but I'm SO happy to hear you are feeling better and on the mend. I think the card is very pretty so if what you said is true IRL it must be dazzling! :)

  7. Pretty cards - I've been meaning to try one of those envelope cards for a while now...maybe this will inspire me!

  8. Hope you're feeling better. Love the butterfly. I never would have thought of that!