I received a little sad news at work today. One of the people that I work with on regular basis and really like is leaving her company. So I knew immediately I needed to make a little card to thank you her for all the good times working together these last few years.
I'm also trying to break out of my usual style and do something a little different too. That's hard for me because I'm pretty set in my plain style and stepping out of my comfort zone is really hard. But when I saw this card made by Kelly Marie Alvarez on Studio Calico's blog today, I knew it was just the card for me to make tonight.
I picked about three different papers but finally settled with the chevron print (so hot right now) from the Vanity Fair 6x6 pad from My Mind's Eye. That's it. One sheet of double-sided paper. Everything else is plain old white cardstock, which is where I really pushed myself. The tag, butterflies and bird are all cut on the Cameo, with the butterfly and bird from a lovely Echo Park design. Rather than all the layers on the butterfly, I just used the base layer. Then I started playing with my distress inks. Once I had color the way I liked it, I ran the butterflies through my Big Kick with the Cuttlebug Script Texture embossing folder and the background using the Sizzix Dots and Flowers set. I didn't emboss the bird, but I did add some Glossy Accents to give it some shine.
The sentiment is stamped from the Inkadinkado set "All Occasions" and I finished it all with some grosgrain ribbon and some Recollections adhesive faux pearls. So there's still bits of my usual style, but I pushed it a little more and it was kind of fun.