I'm sure nobody was entirely surprised by the first part of my post title (and I hope no eye-ball rolling happened either *grin*), but the second part? Did that catch your attention as a bit of a different direction? Hope so!
Today, I am 120% honoured and thrilled to be the
for Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog #55~Use A Die Cut
What a wonderful opportunity to showcase some of the absolutely wonderful products over at Serendipity and support Mary and her amazing team in this challenge. Of course, I went just a wee bit overboard but...when marvelous things come my way, I want to be sure my appreciation comes through loud and clear. The quartet today feature Floral Butterfly Die and Celebrate Die paired with Make A Wish and Hot Air Balloons stamps.
First up, a rainbow-inked card providing the background for the negatives of the butterfly (oh, so intricate, delicate and beautiful!) and celebrate dies.
Second, how could I 'not' do a little stenciling? Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber and Seedless Preserves in the background, with the butterfly (see...told you it's gorgeous!) inked with a heavy helping of Seedless Preserves.
Third: a sunset/sunrise palette..on the butterfly and...
in the aperture background. A sentiment from the Hot Air Balloons stamps and some splatters finish it off.
Last, the butterfly simply as is, in all its floral-splendid glory...
(I wish I could take credit for that water-colour background, but you know how well
water-colour and I do NOT get along! This is a "professional" card base from my stash.)
Swooning...simply swooning over this incredible die...
I'd love to see you join in the challenge and the talented Serendipity DT has oodles of inspiration to spark your mojo. Be sure to hop along; there's a prize to be had!
As well, here's the 50% off stamp of the month: Lemonade Pitcher. Wouldn't you love to colour that in shades of lemon...or grapefruit...or strawberry...
Thank you to Jeanne and Mary for inviting me to be this month's Guest Designer! Looking forward to seeing everyone's *Use A Die Cut* creations...
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Thank you for spending time with me today; your visit brings me immense joy!
OMG!!!!!! These are absolutely FABULOUS...that butterfly is to die for!!!!!!! and you have showcased it so well and in so many different ways...........totally scrumptious, fab colours, oh i am in raptures..... have a good weekend xx
Did you hear that loud thud, Ms. C? That was my jaw dropping! Oh my goodness gracious, these cards are absolutely, gloriously, gorgeous! I'm in awe of the beauty. Look at those colors!! You've showcased that fantabulous die to its fullest advantage. Magnificent work. Congratulations on the guest designer spot! Guess you can tell that I think it was a brilliant call! Man oh man, these have blown me away, my friend! Big hugs to you!
Carol we are so thrilled to have you join us this month! I'm telling you these cards are 200% amazing! I absolutely love how you used this butterfly!The blending on your first card is gorgeous! You wowed us for sure dear girl! Congratulations and we are so lucky to have you join us at Serendipity Stamps !
Carol ... now you know I'm seriously wanting your attention when I call you by your first name, right? - AMAZEBALLS!!! NOw. I don't think I have EVER used that term ... but now know why it was created! I must say I love the negative even more than the positive die cut! wait ... no, yes... maybe? Stunning, my friend... AB SO LUTELY stunning!
Carol - I don't even know where to begin! Your cards are just absolutely stunning! Your use of color is just amazing! I'm so thrilled that you agreed to be our guest this month and I can't wait to see what else you do!
I am in awe and I am having a hard time popping my eyeballs back into their sockets!! They are just so overwhelmed with the AMAZING amount of beauty I see here!! WOWZERS - and AMAZEBALLS - and STUNNING to use a few words!! So happy to see these beautiful creations of yours!!
That quartet of your is singing pure harmony, Carol. The die is gorgeous to start with but your colorful inking, layering and stenciling makes those butterflies amazing.
Stunning creations!!! You definitely were a butterfly in a previous life because you bring these winged beauties to life on your cards! Love them all...but the last one made my heart beat speed up a tad!
Congrats on you GD gig! You rocked it!
Amazing cards Carol....just love your use of that butterfly!
Yay for guesting!!
ALL your cards are BEAUTIFUL!! Love that big butterfly!
Oh my word I just LOVE your array of butterfly delights here Carol!! So many different version of how stunning your work is!! Congrats on your spot, you deserve it dear! HUGS
You know... I STILL haven't purchased Seedless Preserves... GASP! But it really is a lovely shade so silly, silly me! That card was my fave - love the little stenciled corner. But believe me, it wasn't a favorite by a lot because all your butterfly designs are so puuuuurty in their own unique ways!
Carol! You blew me away! Drop dead gorgeous beautiful projects! Dont dare ask me to pick a favorite! LOL! Total gorgeousness!
Look at you whipin out all these fabulous cards -- that die is quite gorgeous. CONGRATS on your gig!
These are all beautiful, Carol! I love them all! So happy to have you w/ us this month!
Big congrats on the GD spot, Carol!!!! You really made amazing cards with that fabulous butterfly die!!!!! In white it is just as stunning as with the beautiful colours you played with on the first three cards!!!! These are all beautiful!!!!
Have a great day!!!
Carol, they are all breath taking! The first one with a heavy helping of seedless preserves is just yummy! So glad to have you joining us this month
YAY,YAY,YAY!!! So happy for you my friend! I'm back from vacation and couldn't wait to come visit :-) All these cards are awesome!!!!
Oh my goodness--I do love that butterfly die! Wonderful cards, Carol--the one with splatters is my favorite--so, so gorgeous!
and forgot to say congrats on being the GDT!
These are all just stunning Carol! Love that butterfly and the soft treatment to the backgrounds you have given them! Beautiful! Have a lovely day! Hazel xx
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Congratulations on your GD spot, Carol! You've out-Carol-ed yourself here with these stunning butterfly cards ... they're truly spectacular ... impossible to choose a fave! Hugs, Anita :)
Gorgeous set of butterfly cards!! Love butterflies as well so big happy sigh from this side of cyber world :) Congrats on the GDT spot!
Such an amazing array of cards you made with that gorgeous die! You were really o a roll here! The stenciling is a great addition, but he also looks good in color or just simply white! And here is my revision : Happy aunties Day and Happy be a mom to your hubby Day! ;)
Ohh my goodness what a stunning array of butterfly cards. Stunning layout, colours, die cuts, watercolouring just amazing. I never knew I needed that die till now, thanks for enabling me. Wonderful
Wowsers. The goodness and beauty never ends. Love them all--I have that butterfly die, and you have inspired me with some different ways to use it.
Clunk! Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the desk! Firstly, CONGRATS on your well deserved Guest Designer spot, Carol! You have really showcased this butterfly die in the most beautiful way...I love your 'Quartet' of cards so much, and can't even pick a fave!
I'm a little behind... All of the cards I scrolled through are just too sweet!! Love all the variations on that butterfly!!
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