Saturday, January 29, 2011

February 2011 Release Day 2: More Flora & Fauna I

Welcome back to day 2 of the Wplus9 February Release. We are back for another sneak peek at Flora & Fauna I. If you are just joining us, be sure to check out the details here. I am overwhelmed with the response to this series! Thank you all so much, and keep 'em coming!

Today I want to give you a closer look at the large Dogwood stem and the Swallowtail Butterflies included in the set. For my fist card, it's all about the butterflies, in a trendy color combo of yellow, gray, and white.

I honestly don't know what I was going for here when I started, but I like the way it ended. For the base, I stamped the smaller open butterfly image in Versamark onto a gray card base. I started in the lower right corner and progressed up to the top left.

For the focal image, I stamped the same image but in a larger scale using So Saffron ink (Stampin' Up!). I added my sentiment (you'll see more of that tomorrow) beneath the image. I then matted it with some matching cardstock, allowing it to peek out from beneath at the top and bottom.

For some added interest I trimmed out a strip of patterned paper from The Thrift Shop collection (October Afternoon) and a scalloped strip of gray. I stitched these together with two sloppy rows of straight stitches. After adhering them to the card base, I wrapped it with twine and adhered the focal panel.

The two little buttons were the finishing touch. I love the sophistication of the gray scallop punched strip over the matching gray cardstock.

Next up, I wanted a super easy, bold, clean design. I decided to use all neutrals - tan, black, and a touch of silver. I paired these colors with the large Dogwood stem...and it was a match made in design heaven!

I seriously had a hard time deciding whether to post this or submit it. But I just had to share it! I stamped the large stems once from the bottom up on the left side. I then turned the stamp about 45 degrees and stamped just the top blooms in the corner. I cut the top panel about an inch or so narrower than the card base and distressed the right edge before adhering it to the card base.

I finished it off by adding the small side view image of the Swallowtail butterfly and some Perfect Pearls (Ranger) to the edges of the flowers.

Left wanting to see more? The ladies have outdone themselves this month, click on over to see what this talented group has been up to with this set:


Elise Durenberger
Hannah Craner
Jinny Newlin
Kerrianne Gwin
Maile Belles
Savitri Wilder
And our special Guest Designer this month: Sarah Martina Parker

Don't forget, leave me a comment by 11:59 pm Saturday, January 29th letting me know which birds/flowers/butterflies you'd like to see grouped together. Or anything you'd like, you can leave a comment each day. I'll pick one random winner all comments to receive Flora & Fauna I. Winners will be posted here, be sure to check to see if you've won. Thanks for joining us and be sure to stop by tomorrow to see two new sets also being released on February 1st!

43 comments:

  1. Wow, Dawn! Another great showcase! This set is so painfully pretty... Thank you for allowing me to play with it! :)

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  2. Stunning cards... still no closer to coming up with an answer to your question...

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  3. I so love the dogwood stem and your sample is awesome!! It does look heavenly!

    And you are so right when you say that the Design team has outdone themselves, their samples are all truly beautiful!!

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  4. I'm a huge sucker for any birds, flowers and butterflies. No matter how they are grouped I love 'em!

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  5. I'm simply speechless.

    GIRRRRL! You've got it GOIN'on, sista friend. These card ARE beautiful! I do, so, love that you, too, sometimes don't know where you are going, but you get somewhere THIS amazing, as if you'd planned every step! LOVE YOUR SHOW!!! Seriously.

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  6. Oh that large butterfly image is gorgeous. It has a real elegant look with all its delicate lines! I love the color combo on these cards also. Keep 'em coming!

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  7. Dogwoods and Butterflies - what a beautiful combination! Love the neutrals you chose for both of your cards in this post!

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  8. what an awesome giveaway!! totaly love the cards! ty for sharing!! have a wonderful day!
    Diana

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  9. Both are beautiful, love the gray and yellow color combo on the first card!

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  10. Delicious! I hope you were able to save some samples to submit with this luscious set.

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  11. Oh so pretty! I love what you did with the black cardstock. I do want this stamp set, I do, I do, I do!!!

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  12. Oh my. You are truly amazing. I am just LOVING the nature vibe these stamps send out. They just make me happy. I can't get over how simple but elegant that b/w card is. Amazing! Can't wait to see what else you are releasing.

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  13. Once again, your illustrations are just gorgeous, Dawn. The first card is stunning with the splash of yellow, and those dogwood blossoms don't need much embellishment, they are so beautiful. Can't wait to see the rest of this month's release!

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  14. These cards are so, so beautiful. I'm loving the detail on these stamps - the veins in the flower, the delicacy of the butterflies. And those sentiments! I'm so glad you included Easter! Good Easter stamps are hard to find. Can't wait to see what you have for us next!

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  15. Another day of great cards on the sneak peek! I've really enjoyed Sarah as your guest this month! She has really wowed me with this reveal!

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  16. I have to say I love the intricacy of the butterflies!! Both of your cards are breathtaking. I would love to see the state flower for Alaska. And when I lived there I saw all sorts of post cards and such of the state "bird"--the mosquito. {it isn't really there are just so many of them} :)

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  17. I love the look of both cards- just gorgeous!

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  18. I would love to see more of the Dogwood stamp with anything! Love it! Thanks for the chance to win! cjdempsey9 at msn dot com

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  19. These samples Dawn are amazing! I'm glad you shared each of them with us! I LOVE the grey and yellow card...but it was hard to choose a favorite! I am liking the dogwood stamp a lot and especially paired with the butterflies!

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  20. that butterfly is truly amazing!!
    love the first card!!

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  21. I like the idea that the same image comes in two sizes, that being my big excuse for occasionally buying digital images! No more! And your black and white card is so elegant! Thanks!

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  22. These are so elegant, Dawn! I would love to see all the butterflies together in one of your fantastic colour combinations!

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  23. Love the combo of the butterfly and dogwood! These look like great stamps to colour.

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  24. gorgeous stamps and your cards colors are wonderful, dawn:) the teams did a wonderful job with the stamps, too!

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  25. Stunning cards, both of them.

    I would love to see your take on magnolias and lilacs.

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  26. Another WOW!! Absolutely, stunningly beautiful, Dawn!!

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  27. Wow! I found your stamps through SMP's blog and I cannot wait for the release date! All of these images are beautiful!

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  28. I am a sucker for all things butterflies. J

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  29. These cards are so beautiful!!! LOVE this set - how versatile!!

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  30. I am LOVING that big butterfly.

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  31. These cards are just beautiful - that grey and yellow is fabulous!

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  32. Beautiful set...who doesn'nt love butterflies...this is my first visit...I subscribe to Sarah Martina's blog, so I came form there...don't you just "love her"!!

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  33. Oooo! That butterfly, stamped in yellow, is stunning! And the two-tone design of your second card is genius! I cannot put these sets away, girl! I'm in love!

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  34. Love today's samples! I'm so glad you chose dogwoods for the first release--so perfect for spring. And the swallowtails are stunning!

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  35. What an amazing set, and the ladies made beautiful creations with it! The butterflies are stunning and the cardinal is so charming. I'll have to add this to my stamping budget this month!

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  36. Beautiful set - I am a MO girl so I LOVE the Dogwood!

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  37. Love these colors and butterflies!

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  38. Uh-Oh - Methinks this set's got my name written ALL over it! Just lovely.

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  39. I love your 2nd card - it's gorgeous!

    Thans for the giveaway!
    Josiane

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  40. I love the simplicity of these adorable stamps. Would love to win them.

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