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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Another Inspired by Nature

WOW ~ this is my favorite, for today anyway.
I'm amazed as to how this came out. It is gorgeous!
I stamped the grass background using Mellow Moss then put vellum on top to soften the image. The flowers were colored using markers and the aqua painter. What a cool effect it made! I used dimensionals behind the flowers to give it even more pop.

I hope you love this card as much as I do.
Thanks for visiting,

Michelle Bowley

What is this called??

What a cool photo this turned out to be. It looks like the card is floating. I don't know what this type of card is called, so if you do, let me know so I can give it the correct title. It was very easy and I plan on sharing this with my card club this week. I used most of the new Stampin' Up! In colors, the stamp-a-ma-jig, markers and my new scor-pal. The stamp set is one of the sets I received at the convention, called Flight of the Butterfly. I also used the crimper on the cards belly band.

Score an 11 inch x 4 1/4 inch strip at 1 3/8 intervals (or 3 1/2 cm) down the length of the card stock. Fold strip into an accordion shape with the front fold facing up. The four diamond backgrounds are graduated by 1/4 the largest starting as a 3 inch square, 2 3/4, 2 1/2, then 2. The white card stock is cut into 2 inch, 2 1/4, 2 3/4 and 3 inch squares. Using the stamp-a-ma-jig, place the butterflies in the center of the white squares. Adhere the squares together then adhere to the front of the folds. I made a belly band but you could easily use a ribbon to keep the card closed.
Have fun!

Michelle Bowley

Aidan's birthday

I have a few cards to post so to start off, here is the birthday card I made my nephew, Aidan. The card is made using the criss cross template that you can find here. I used Brilliant Blue for the base and More Mustard for the contrast. I don't particularly like the More Mustard color (blech) but it does look very nice with the blue. I also use some of the retired More Mustard designer paper. The stamp set is from the Fun and Fast Notes set. This set is my most used of all the SU stamps I have. I also used the 1/4 inch Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon, a clip from Hodgepodge, Dazzling Diamonds (of course DD! even a boy's card needs some glitter), Crystal Effects and I used the blender pen with markers to color in the cake.

I made a money envelope for the inside. I'm sure he will love that even more than the card! But I'm betting his Mom will like the card as much as I do.
I hope you enjoy it as well,

Michelle Bowley

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Box in a Bag Band Wagon

Well, here is my box in a bag. Since everyone else is doing one, I needed to do one too. I am such a follower! And yes, they are very easy to make and come out so dang cute! On this one, I wanted to try out all the different flower punches. I added some white gel pen and gave them a bit of dimension. I think the whole thing came out wonderful and will be doing these with my gals at my next stamp camp.

Have a fabulous day!

Michelle Bowley

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Butterflies Are Free

Today's card was made with the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set. I've seen quite a few Monarch and Yellow Swallowtail butterflies in my yard this year. What beautiful 'bugs'
I really do like this stamp set because of the endless (well ok maybe not endless) ways you can make the butterflies using the stamp-a-ma-jig. I went to Staples today to get some acetate so I could make each stamp set their own little template. But wouldn't you know, I get there and I forget what I was there for. grrrr I did pick up some ink for my printer so it wasn't a completely wasted trip.
I hope you enjoy your day and thanks for checking in on me,

Michelle Bowley

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Inspired by Nature

My first creation using the Inspired by Nature stamp set. Of course not counting the gift bag we made at convention. This card is totally not my usual style, as my husband let me know. Well then I'll just have to add some glitter! And here you go. Much better.

This card uses textured Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze card stock as the matting. I then stamped the flower using Kiwi Kiss and the sentiment is of course Baja Breeze. I cut out the right side of the design and mounted the flowers with dimensionals. I also dyed some ribbon using the Baja Breeze. And must not forget the dazzling diamonds! I hope you like it.

Michelle Bowley

Thursday, August 14, 2008

New sets and a dentist

Here is a new set that I came home from convention with. Eastern Elegance. I combined it with the Bella Rose papers, ticket punch, scallop punch brads, white gel pen and ribbon. and voila...a lovely card. But of course it didn't just throw itself together. There was some cutting and adhering going on in the background.Well, not a new set, but a set that I am continully drawn to. I saw this card done somewhere and I thought I had kept the gals name. If it's you I cased, let me know so I can put a link to your site. This card got some faux stitching which I found very easy to do. I colored in the ribbon slide using a sharpie. I noticed it was the wrong color pink, but at that point it was too late. I hope you like it anyway.
This cutie pie card was cased from a card that was on display at the SU convention. I love this set and was lucky enough to win it at the Late Night Stampers pre-Convention party YAY!
The main design was embossed with white then pounced with lovely lilac, the same was done with the smaller medalion. The last flower was also white embossed but then colored in with LL and a half pearl in the center makes it very pretty. The purple background was created using the barouque motifs wheel.
On a personal note, I spent 2 hours with my mouth open at the dentist office, again. I have a temporty crown in just waiting for my permanent one. Then you know what goes and happens?
I break another tooth. This time on the top but on the same side. So I guess I'll be chewing on my right side for awhile. 2 hours...crazy! Another thing that was bothering me. Why doesn't anyone tell me what they are doing iin my mouth. All I get is, 'open and relax your tongue'. Have you ever been able to relax your tongue when someone has five unknown objects in your mouth and you know one of them is spinning and it's gonna take a huge gouge out of your tongue...there ain't gonna be no relaxing in my mouth! To celebrate living through the 2 hour toture, I ate two bowls of chocolate pudding with whipped cream..mmmmm gooood!

Michelle Bowley

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Fabulous Flowers

Dare to be Fabulous!
Here is the card from the pre-convention class that I taught. Everyone was wowed by the beautiful flowers that they learned how to do. I recieved an email from one of the ladies that she was very impressed that the flowers survived the air trip to Canada. They are very sturdy.

The flowers are made with all Stampin Up products, plus my secret ingrediant that you have right in your home! I am taking orders for the directions to make the 'fabulous flowers' Only $5 for the e-mail directions or I can mail you a personal card, as shown above, along with the directions for $10. Pop off an email and let me know which version you would like at PayPal accepted :-)
Be sure to click the pictures for a much closer look.

Here are pictures of my contest entry using the flower technique.

I hope you love the flowers!

Michelle Bowley

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


How's this for an in your face picture? This was during the closing ceremonies at the Stampin' Up! convention. I think there were about 5,000 of us enjoying the ceremony.

Of course before we got to the closing ceremonies we had the pre-convention events. Here's just one of the many zany times we had. This was taken at the Girls Just Want to Have Fun party. The 'models' in their jammies and other partay attire here are Vicki, Susan, Vivian, Me and Janice.
I was able to meet Shelli. Wow is she photogenic!

I brought the topiary I had made using my fabulous flowers technique. She loved it and wanted to know how I made it. Of course I told her it used my secret ingrediant.
My next post will contain information on how you can learn how to make the flowers.

Enjoy your day,