Hi everyone! It feels like it's been a while since I wrote a blog post and said hello and talked about things.... So, today that's what I'm doing! It's well into February now and I just have the feeling that this year is going to go fast! We'd better get busy! (That's what I keep telling myself!) I'm really trying to focus on de-cluttering and on being more organized around my studio and my home. Seems like all my friends and I are talking about this! I have to admit I'm slow at it, but every time I take a couple of bags to the Goodwill I feel lighter, and freer. Last year I made it a goal to take at least one giant bag a week. That seems manageable to me. Now my crafting stuff? That's a whole different story! I have such a hard time parting with my stamps! Are you that way? They seem like old friends and memories! The other thing I'm working on right now is relaxing and being in the moment with my life. I've made a conscious effort to hang out with my friends more and talk....like in person! It's so good for my soul! Every time I hang out with people I laugh, and smile and feel better! Working from home is hard for this old social butterfly! I went to a really fun craft retreat a couple weeks ago and I'll write a post about that - maybe later this week. What have you been up to?
A couple of weeks ago I made a difficult decision to resign from the Simon Says Stamp Creative Team. I worked for them for about a year and a half and it was wonderful! I am super grateful to Heidi and the rest of the talented people at Simon Says Stamp for giving me the opportunity to work with them. I have a lot of great memories and I learned a lot from the experience too. I fondly will remember the time I spent with that awesome crew. So, unfortunately, that means no more Weekender with Wanda. That part makes me sad because I really loved interacting with you each weekend on the Simon Says Stamp Blog. Many of you have emailed me about this, so I thought I would go ahead and say something here about it. Thank you all for your comments and for following along with me over there. I made new friends and crafting buddies through my work with Simon and I'm forever grateful for that too! Thank you all!
Today I'm sharing a final project I made for SSS because I just really love this card, and these products, and wanted to blog about it! I used stamps and dies from one of my favorite companies - Reverse Confetti. Jen is amazing, and her products are always on trend, on point, and super classy and fabulous. The background was made with one of my top picks in crafting lately - the Eyelet Cover Panel. LOVE. I'll write more about the card below.
I started with an A2 card base made from rich black cardstock. Then I die cut the Eyelet Plate in crisp white to layer on top. The contrast of this is so striking and pretty. I love eyelet in any form, even paper! It's timeless.... There is a lot of room for you to use your adhesive tape runner to attach the white part to the black - nothing special required here.
The Butterfly Dreams stamps have perfectly matching dies. I stamped the sentiment butterfly in two shades of blue ink, with the darker ink just around the edges. Then I die cut that butterfly out. I also die cut some butterflies out of vellum and gold cardstock.
I layered a pretty doily onto the bottom layer and they attached my butterflies in clear glue - just gluing them in the centers. I used vellum underneath for a soft effect. Once the glue was dry, I used my fingers to gently lift the wings up off the paper.
The final touch was to use some matching Doodlebug Glitter Sprinkles in the centers of some of the butterflies and also in the center of some of the patterns. That pop of blue matches the ink and really ties the card together. Plus, you know I have to use enamel dots!
I think this card would be pretty in a bright lime green, or yellow too! I might even turn this one card into a set?! Just that little bit of gold is so fabulous. I am loving using gold cardstock lately for accents.
Thank you for stopping by today! Your support and kindness mean the world to me! Thanks for allowing me into your craft room to share with you. I'm trying to be in touch on Pinterest more and would love to have you follow me there! CLICK HERE to see my Pinterest Boards. Also, I am a HUGE Instagram fan! CLICK HERE to follow me on Instagram! I share a lot there that doesn't make it to my blog....cat pictures! You know! LOL. I hope you have a wonderful day full of blessings. See you soon! XOXO
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