Dragonfly Dreams

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I have had a little crafting break over the Christmas – New Year period to spend time with the family, organising/cleaning the house and catching up on all those ‘MUST DO’ things left over from my 2016 list.  However, the new year is here and I am back into the craft room whenever I can and today I wanted to share with you a couple of cards I made using inspiration from a brand new challenge site called Colour INKspiration. It is a Facebook base challenge site and is proving to be a great source of inspiration for me so encourage you to check it out.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Dragonfly Dreams card

So when I first saw this challenge I wanted to make myself put down my Cool Treats Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! that have been playing with endless the last few day – obviously it was the first stamp set that popped into my mind.  So I turned to a new bundle from the Occasions Catalogue that I had yet to use – Dragonfly Dreams and the coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.  This first card was my original idea and to create it I cut out the group of dragonflies in the Thinlits Dies from a piece of Tip Top Taupe cardstock.  I then cut out lots of little section of the same die in five of the colours from the challenge.  Yes I hand cut each dragonfly out so that they all fitted neatly back together in the space created in the card front.  I also had to use some of the cut outs from the Tip Top Taupe to backfill the card front to separate all the dragonflies only leaving the space for their wings.  

It is hard to see in the photo but I have placed a piece of Glassine Sheet paper behind the dragonflies so their wings really pop!  I then stamped a greeting from the stamp set with Versamark ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  The front panel is attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I really wanted to keep this card simple and really did like how it turned out.

That was until I turned and looked at my pile of ‘off cuts’ from making this card and decided I simply could not through the scraps away, so….

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Dragonfly Dreams v2

I made this second card by adhering the first cut out set of dragonflies to a piece of Whisper White cardstock and the adding the wings from the colours left over from the many little dragonflies I cut for the first card.  I also added some strips (about 1/8″) of the same colours across the card to separate the image and the greeting, which is stamped in Tip Top Taupe ink.

In the end I actually liked the second card just as much, if not more, than my original idea.  Just goes to show you never know what your scraps and off cuts can turn into.

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