BUT more importantly~I had a guest designer help with today's project!! My youngest kiddo came into my office to complain that his older brother wouldn't play with him (the cross a 9 y/o must bear when your older brother is 13!). The Kiddo is creative, but has to be in the "mood". He has definite ideas for his handmade projects and I try to only make suggestions instead of telling him how to do something (not that he won't say, "Nah....I was thinking of something like this") I decided to throw caution to the wind (as I'm down to the last hours in being able to make something for today's challenge) and I asked him if he wanted to play around with my stuff and help me with today's project. So we got out some "fun" stuff and this is what we came up with:
I had Tim Holtz's Fanciful Flight die on the desk and the kiddo decided he wanted to use that. We got out the alcohol inks and I actually demonstrated the colors that I had planned on using, but the kiddo decided that Rust, Pool and Butterscotch looked better than my blues! He applied the inks on glossy cardstock and then went over the inks again with the blending solution to mute them a bit more. We die cut the butterfly using Tim Holtz's Fanciful Flight and the kiddo sponged the chocolate chip layer randomly with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Believe it or not, the Kiddo is the one who came up with the idea to make a flower for the butterfly to "land on". I told him I was thinking of using this sentiment from Just for Fun and after I explained the meaning to him, he agreed. After some debate on how we were going to use the sentiment and the flower idea, we pulled out the Peony Spellbinder die and die cut the bottom layers from K&Company's Ancestry line and the "center" from a piece of very vanilla using the kiddos favorite machine, the Big Shot.
The Kiddo then sponged all the edges of the flowers with Vintage Photo while I sponged the "center" of the flower with some Antique Linen and Tea Dye.
I then did some selective masking to get the image to fit properly onto the center of the card with the help of my every trusty stampamajig. The sentiment was stamped using Broken China Ink.
We then decided that our focal points were getting a tad large for a card. I pulled out a small canvas that I had and the kiddo did the wrinkle free distress technique using Distress Inks in Broken China and Tumbled glass. Instead of spritzing with water, he spritzed it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Frost. Now, when using a canvas, the pores of the canvas do not absorb the ink like paper does. I have found that taking a stencil brush or paint brush and pouncing the ink into the pores of the canvas works well to spread the ink.
We then played around with a some different flourishes and papers before deciding we liked the Flourish #2 from Sizzix the best. It too, was cut out of K&Companies Ancestry line.
Ok...to be honest ~~this is where the Kiddo lost interest (and the time where his brother said he would play with him!). So, deserted, I layered the flower using dimensionals and added the 1/2 backed pearls. The butterfly was attached in the corner, with it's body also on dimensionals.
One last photo of the guest designer:
This was a special creative time with my Kiddo that I will put into my heart's treasure chest!!
Now, just as a reminder~~playing along with us on the JFF blog gives you the opportunity to win a $50 gift certificate for a fun shopping spree at Just For Fun® Stamps! You don't have to use Just for Fun stamps, so there is no excuse not to play!! For more inspiration, make sure you check out the other designer's projects to get your creative juices flowing!
Thanks for dropping by again today!! I hope that maybe you can find some creative time with a loved one this weekend!! (hmmmm.....take that anyway you want! LOL!! I can't come up with another way to say it now!!)