Wednesday, November 11, 2009


It's a festival of color ~ THROWDOWN STYLE!

Brought to you by my dear and crafty friends at the Color Throwdown! This week, the lovely and talented, Broni is hostessing... Type and click fast, VERY FAST, to see the terrific samples on the Color Throwdown Site and if you have time, check out the DT's private blogs! They have some heavy hitting TALENT on team THROWNDOWN! Lot's of inspiring work! I hope you'll be as excited as I was to play with these fab colors! I'm delighted to start my second week as guest designer for November! Wahooo! Perhaps you'll find a bit of inspiration RIGHT HERE!

Say "Hello" to my litte friends:

So much potential for FABULOUS CRAFT contained in this gorgeous lil' swatch! Wouldn't you agree? Why, THIS card practically made itself.... ! Tee Hee.... Well, with a little help from some fabulous supplies! This week's sponsor is Simon Says Scrap ~ for more info about their awesome resources, check out the link at the GRAND old Throwdown! I have to boast that I won a gift card from them a month or so ago, compliments of a CTD random contest, and I had a DELIGHTFUL shopping spree just last week! Good, clean and inspirational fun, I'll tell you...!

Singing ~ "I went to the dessert on a card with no name, it felt good to get out of the rain!" {Wait, WHAAAAAT?} No, seriously, I can't remember the last time I made a card without a sentiment! This was a big step for me!!! I just had so much fun with these colors: when I finished, there just didn't seem to be a big need for a sentiment! { My M-I-D-D-L-E name is "DANGER!" ~ shhhhh!}

I'm still having an affair with this background stamp! I busted out a BRAYER and re-inkers with the colors of the THROWDOWN! Using some wax paper I loaded my brayer...

And then inked up the cloud stamp and made this:

And with some heavy transparency material, I stamped this beautiful butterfly with Staz-On and let it dry.... THEN, using my trusty CRAFT & RUBBER scissors, I was able to cut this baby out, quite detailed, mind you! Just because S/U! die cuts their stamps now, there are still many uses for the original craft scissors from S/U! LOOK at the antennae! I was shocked that they cut so easily and did NOT break! They look kind of real! WAhooo!

I treated the back side of the butterfly with Tim Holt'z alcohol ink - YIPEE SKIPEE! Pure transparent magic! Alcohol ink works soooooo beautifully with transparent material and dries relatively quickly! Also, after the butterfly was cut out, it was pliable and I was able to pose it in a flight position, bending the wings where they attach to the body. That way, I glued the body direct to to background paper, but the wings are freely floating just above the background, which gives a lovely source for light to shine through and illuminate the image even further. I also used alcohol ink to alter these pearls ~

I hope you can see them here. I'm fairly sure they are from Kaiser Craft.... Watch what happens with a few drops of espresso brown alcohol ink ~

I wound up using these for the butterfly's body! I can't wait to try this with OTHER colors! Yipee!

This truly was a ROMP through color! I had such fun! I can't wait to see how your wrangle the mighty colors of the THROWDOWN! I'm so delighted that you've dropped by! Now, run along to the fine, fun and fabulous Color Throwdown Challenge Site ~ you'll be glad you did! Yee Haw!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - Hero Arts
Ink - Stampin' Up!; Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink; Staz-On
Die cut shapes and texture folder - Sizzix/Stampin' Up!
Ribbon - Michael's
Half Pearls - Kaiser Craft
Heavy Transparency Material - Hambly


Dotty Jo said...

Oh Elise, you are soooo funny!
What a fabulous, fabulous throwdown this week - truly a 'festival' of colour and fun. Love your card, I gotta say that little Hero Arts clouds background is calling to me... I'm sure my life would be complete if we skipped hand in hand together to visit Mr Paypal!!!
Oh, how cute, Mr Custard has just turned up to chew my arm - must be time for his second breakfast of the day.
Take care you totally talented babe, Jo x

Vanessa said...

You are amazing!!! This card is stunning!!! WOWZER! Have you ever considered becoming a member of the HERO ARTS FLICKR group? It`s a loving group of girls, they would love your creations and the challenges are fun! You are so fun thanking me for my poor comments - you always make my day with yours!


Anonymous said...

OH MY GOSH! Okay Ms. Danger, this is the most awesome card I have ever seen! That butterfly is to die for (so now I must trot to the stamping room and make a butterfly like that with my alcohol inks and transparency sheets, what a fabulous idea!). The background is so stunning, and the whole card sings, just like you do! :) When I saw the color challenge, I had no ideas, but now I'm giving it a whirl, thanks to you and your beautiful creation! Keep singing!

Jane Wetzel said...

OMG GIRL...You are talented! Glad to find your little world here! You crack me up! LOVE LOVE LOVE this AWESOME card! tfs! :)

~amy~ said...

Hey there Ms. Danger! Sweet Mother of Pearl..I absolutely LOVE this card...the colors are absolutely delish!

Kristin Eberline said...

Elise, you are a HOOT! LOL You had me cracking up through your entire post! I LOVE your card! The way you created that background is genius as is the technique you used for the butterfly...that is PERFECTLY cut out I might add ;] Oh, and thanks for the tip on recoloring the pearls! FAB idea...I MUST try it. Beautiful card, my dear! So glad to see you on the CTD!!! You are doing a wonderful job :)

Rosemary said...

Good stinkin' grief!!! This card is absolutely FABULOUSLY GORGEOUS!!! Love how you worked those Hero Arts stamps, girl! Especially that Heart Winged Butterfly!! I really must try stamping on acetate!! And your commentary?? Again, a crack up!!

Barbara said...

FABULOUS card, Elise!!! You rocked these colors, girlie!

Kelley Eubanks said...

Elise.... this is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I love it!! Every detail is stunning!

LeAnne said...

Wowza.....I just use plain old stamps, ink & haul in the whole kitchen. And look at this beauty you have to show for it....just awesome!

Tammy Hershberger said...

You are amazing, girlfriend! LOVE seeing how you did that cloudy background, and that butterfly is drop-dead gorgeous! I just LOVE having you on our team this month!

Dana Gustafson said...

Ok, WHAT is the deal? We talked about allergy tips yesterday when we could have been talking about THIS gorgeous card!?? You crafty little minx! Just a beauty all the way around. You are so making me sorry I didn't grab this cloud stamp at SBT...I know, it's payback for the sushi. LOL! YOu are a WONDERFUL addition to the CTD team this month and so deserving my crafty friend!

Linda aka Oz said...

So Ms. EDD, I sing a song when I think of you also. I break out with a verse or two of "I AM WOMAN". I bring home the bacon and fry up in a pan...cause I am Woman... W O M A N...that's what I am... I can just see you tossing a clean shirt to a not so wee one, kicking the dog dish across the room to scout, brushing a horse, stiring the soup and talking on the phone all while brayering up that cloud stamp!
YEEEE HAWWWWWW! Now that's what I am talking about!
I love the card. So rich and deep in texture. That background embossing, the die cut leaves, the perfectly coiffed ribbon.... all the excellent elements bundled into one. breathless, just leaves me breathless.

I do have a little tip for you, although I like the distressed softened look of the butterfly, putting the alcohol ink on the back of the butterfly doesn't mess with the stazon ink.

Love ya oodles, Oz

Karen said...

Oh color SIGH. GORGEOUS Elise!!!!!! See?! You didn't need another cloud stamp! You are doing magnificently wonderous work with this lovely one!! The colors here just SING and your butterfly is just heavenly flitting through your sunset clouds. I am in heaven just looking at this! Way to go, Elise!!!! :>

Cathy Rulli said...

Wow - what a cool card!

SmilynStef said...

Wowza girlfriend ... those are some rockin' clouds ... reminds me of our sunrise this morning ... ♥ it.

Heather Rogers said...

Love the butterfly. I havent tried a brayer before. It looks like lots of fun. Beautiful card!

Sue Lelli said...

You have outdone yourself! I am so glad I looked at this site or else I would have missed the most beautiful card and stunning butterfly I have ever seen! Now I want to quit making cards forever because I could never in my wildest dreams make something this beautiful! I am now speechless!

Nancy said...

This is SO beautiful! I love butterflies! I love how you "colored" those pearls to suit. I'm sure it isn't a new technique but it is to me! Thanks for the inspiration!! :)

dpkennedy said...

Elise, this is gorgeous! I love the way you used the colors and your design is amazing! The dyed pearls for the butterflies body is so clever! Love this!!

diane said...

OMGOSH Becky!YYYOOOWZER! what a card...who needs a sentiment with all that beauty,absolutly STUNNING! i still need to place a s/u h1n1 turned into pnuemonia and i'm just now getting back to semi-normal(what's that?) great job Miss E as always xxxooodiane ooooo

Claire said...

Gorgeous, Elise!

Broni said...

A true feast of gorgeousness!!! I LOVE THIS CARD!!! Your cloud background is beautiful (I MUST HAVE THAT STAMP!), as is your drunk butterfly! You did use alcohol inks! As for the sentiment, or lack thereof, so what!? Be brave young cowgirl!! Thanks for adding your beautiful creation to our lineup!!

Davi said...

This card is beyond amazing!! All the techniques so creative. The butterfly is fantastic. I love this card!!!

Courtney Baker said...

OH MY WORD! That is BEAUTIFUL! I love it. Did I mention I love it. I need that stamp too. Dang you are not good for my wallet!

Lesley said...

Beautiful card and use of the colours!!! Thank you for your fun and uplifting comment on my blog! You made my day!!!

Yee-Haw back atcha!

Lesley ;)

Ann said...

Oh. My. Word. You just totally blew my mind!!!! Your card is stunning, gorgeous, and a total WOW!!!!

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Smokin' HOT!!!!!!! I love this card and your tutorials and that darn song that is now playing in my head (It feels good to be out in the rain!).....

And I just noticed those bat ears on your dog:) Hilarious!

OH! I gave you an award! It's on my blog!
Love ya!

Stephanie said...

Hi Elise! Sorryi am such a stranger, way crazy lately! Your card is beautiful!!! And now, Beth's Wordless Wednesday post makes sense! have a great day!

Dawn said...

Oh I can't believe I almost missed this Elise! It is STUNNING, and all of the detailed photos on the process...BONUS! Beautiful, just beautiful. Now if only we could bottle up your talent ( and energy) and sell it! Oh how rich we'd be. ;)

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

Wow, your technique looks awesome!! Just really gorgeous! Love the colors!
Also, thanks so much for commenting on my gave me a big smile!

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