July 5, 2008

Monarch Butterflies

This little beauty just hatched this morning at my mom's house. She and her neighbor have been hatching them for a couple of years, and this is a GOOD year. They have had chrysalis' all over, about 25 of them. They are beautiful!
Marlin moves them all to the board so he can keep track of them. All those others hatched this week.

I have this retired stamp set from Stampin' Up!, Nature's Sketchbook, and remembered it the other day. It is one of my favorite stamp sets and was perfect just to send a note. I used a white card base and the Certainly Celery DSP. I also used the All in a Row set that is retiring next month to put the gold strips on the cards. I embossed them with Halo EP from Sparkle n Sprinkle. Butterfly Wishes is also from SnS, and I punched it out with the Designer Label punch and layered it with a black 1 3/8" circle. The butterflies are embossed with Midnight Madness and cut out with the Nestibilities.
This is a close up of the chrysallis. If you've never seen one, they are the most beautiful ones out there. They are dotted with gold on the top and has a few spots along the bottom edge. They are a beautiful green (kinda like Certainly Celery)! go figure why I like them?? lol
This card is actually stamped in the fun foam. It looks very much like Only Orange cardstock. I punched the foam with the Nestibilities. If you use brown it looks just like tooled leather. The orange doesn't have the same effect. After you cut it out heat it on the front side with the heat gun for about 30 seconds until it starts to curl, flip it over and heat the back side for about 30 seconds, then back to the front again. Have your stamp ready with Black Stazon and stamp in heated foam and hold it until if cools. If you do this you just need to make sure that you make the shape too large because they do shrink when you heat it.

Have a great weekend.
Jill
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