Sunday, August 19, 2012

Ten-Minute Craft Dash!

A ten-minute craft dash? Are you nuts? It doesn't sound possible, does it...but you know what, it really is. Head over to Pretty Pink Posh to get the nitty-gritty details, and then play! I had quite a lot of fun with mine.

So, you're allowed to decide what you're doing first - which is good, because otherwise I'd never have made it. Jenny from Crafting in the Country sent me some die-cuts, and I was looking through them when I spotted this floral wreath. I always cut & score my card bases ahead of time - they are tucked into a drawer with the envelopes right in easy reach. So, I started with these items:

-wreath die-cut, already cut out
-sympathy sentiment
-blue pearls
-Spectrum Blue Frost ink be continued, there!

Here's my card:
Supplies: die cut from Jenny;
Martha Stewart butterfly punch, scrap vellum;
blue pearls from $store;
Blue Aegean chalk ink - Colorbox;
Martha Stewart butterfly stamp (envelope)
It took 9.5 minutes. I stamped the sentiment first on scrap paper, to check the colour match - nope. None of the three blues in the Spectrum pad were a good look, either full-strength or stamped off. Crud. Enter the Blue Aegean chalk ink - perfect. So, a couple minutes were sacrificed to the ink choice. The rest fell right together - stamp on card, adhere wreath, pop pearls on....5 minutes in. Needs something else. But what? Die? Too much time. Punch! OK, where's the vellum....I've used pearlescent vellum, because it was the best match in the bunch I pulled out. Punch two, fold them in half, stick them down, put some pearls on. Ta-da!

I did the butterfly differently this time - I folded them, and adhered half of each butterfly. The folds are in the centre & just barely touching. This gives more dimension (and more stability!) to the butterfly than stacking them directly on top & bending the wings upward. Why didn't I think of this before? Probably I thought I was saving time by not un-folding them after? Who knows, but I like it!

I'm terrible at trying to edit in HTML, so I'm going to tuck the graphic in at the end & hope it shows up properly! The inaugural 10-minute dash ends August 25, and give it a whirl - you might have a lot of fun :)



jimlynn said...

This is so pretty Jessi! Love that beautiful die cut but the vellum butterfly and pearls just make it pop!

Dawn said...

WOW! Stunning card and complete in under 10 minutes - Amazing! I'm gonna have to give this a try; it sounds like loads of fun.

Hugs, Dawn

fairyrocks said...

Beautiful card work. It does have a soothing thoughtful look.

Leslie Hanna said...

Brilliant idea with the folded butterflies!

Paulina said...

What an elegant card. Those light colors, the pearls and the butterfly accents are all so beautiful.

Thanks for joining us in the very first 10 Minute Craft Dash. I hope you'll play along with us again!

yyam said...

Soooooo pretty! You did great for 9.5 min!

JJ Bolton said...

So pretty Jessi! Lovely soft blue and white:)

I couldn't even get close to 20 minutes, lol!

Debbie said...

This is a beautiful card!! And less than 10 minutes??? Wow!!

walchowDesign said...

9.5 min!!!! This is fantastic, Jessi! Love the softness of the card and the butterfly is a perfect touch on the wreath!

Unknown said...

beautiful Jessi! what an awesome design!

lostinpaper said...

This is just so pretty Jessi! Love this colour combo!

Melissa Craig said...

Beautiful card! It's elegant and so fast to put together. WOW!

Dana said...

Gorgeous card!!! No way i could make a card in 10 minutes!!!

Darnell said...

Very nice, Jessi, and I love how perfect it is for a sympathy card. I just happen to have this die, so I'll print this and put it with it for FR - and a quick card, to boot! Thank you!

Wendy ten Hove said...

I love this! And in so little time!! Great!!! A fabulous card, Jessi, love the soft colors together, very subtle, very pretty!
Hugs, Wendy

Marie said...

OH dear me this card is stunning, Jessi! Beauty in simplicity is an understatement with this card. Love the butterfly on the wreath.

Jen W. said...

This is a stunner, Jessi! Love the monochromatic pearls and also the tip on the butterfly. Awesome! Not convinced I could pull off a 10 minute card but maybe I'll give it a go...

kingstonmama said...

This is gorgeous with a capital G. So subtle and soft and lovely. Ann

Ginny Larsen said...

i love that you decided to make a sympathy card... to me those are some of the hardest to make! i love your colors and hooray for you for getting it done still even with your ink choice dilemma!

such a lovely finished product, it's awesome!

we're so glad you joined us for the 10 Minute Craft Dash--we hope you'll play again! :D