Friday, July 24, 2015

July Blog Hop

First, let me acknowledge my regret that I've not posted since July 14... I will be back with Christmas cards on Monday. I ran into issues getting the next batch of cards photographed. 

Now...

It's time for the July 2015 VC Rocks Blog Hop!

This summer VC Rocks is celebrating its 15th Anniversary as a summertime online gathering place for those who love Stampin' Up! products.  So all of our blog hops will be a Celebration.  For June 2015, the theme of the Hop is:  CELEBRATE BIRTHDAYS!

I have two cards for you today. Both were originally designed by my friend Angela. I made my own versions at her house Tuesday evening & last night (Thursday). 

This first one is our attempt at the Bokeh technique. The one on the left is the one I made on Tuesday. As you can see, the butterflies aren't as intense. At first, I didn't like this one at all,l and now I think I like it better. I photography, with Bokeh, your images are supposed to blur together. I do love the butterflies in the card on the right; it's just not, in my mind, a great example of the technique. The basic difference between the two cards is that with the lighter one, I sponged white all over before I got out the stencil.

I'm entering this card in the following challenge:

Just Add Ink: Just Add Butterflies


The next card is just an attempt at Two Step Stamping. In Angela's original attempt, she wanted to do the body in Lost Lagoon and the bones in a gray, but it just didn't work. So she suggested we reverse it, which we did. The one on the left, which I made last night (Thursday) I used a Basic Grey (I think? Maybe Smoky Slate) marker, and it was just too dark. The problem was for some reason we were having trouble getting a clear, dark image with the ink pad last night. That's when I decided to try the marker. In retrospect, when I decided to do that, I should have reversed the colours & done the body in Lost Lagoon and the bones in the grey.

I'm entering this card in the following challenge:
Stamp Ink Paper - Tic Tac Toe



Please hop on over to VC Rocks to see what everyone else has created! 

Card Details:

Butterfly card:
Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz
Stamps: Butterfly Basics
DSP: Moonlight

Dinosaur card
Cardstock: Whisper White, Lost Lagoon
Ink: Smoky Slate, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey
Stamps: No Bones About It
DSP Moonlight

20 comments:

Robin Messenheimer / Robin's Craft Room said...

Oh I so like showing the different ways the techniques worked out. Thanks for joining in the VC Rocks Blog Hop!

Christine Blain said...

Tania, your butterfly cards are lovely. I like the rich, jewel, colours you used, and the fact that you added white butterflies rather than the typical circles, to create your bokeh effect. Thanks for joining in the fun at Just Add Ink this week!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Your Bokeh cards are both so pretty- I love the butterflies you added instead of circles. Your colors are so pretty together. Also love your two step stamping, and love that you mentioned the colors and process so others can learn. That card is so darling- love the dino's!

Terri T. said...

I so need to try the Bokeh technique, I haven't seen anything but dots used for it, so the butterflies make it even more interesting. Both sets of cards are great. Thanks for joining our hop!

Cynthia Ferenz said...

Love the idea of the butterflies for the bokeh technique. I love the dinosaur set. Recently made a card for my grandson with it and sent him it and a bunch of dinosaurs toys for his birthday.

Krafting Karen said...

beautiful butterfly card! I even like the dino!

Margaret said...

Fabulous cards! I do love the butterflies and purple. They are both near and dear to me. I love the color purple and I'm trying to raise Monarch butterflies. They are endangered and so beautiful.

Carol Read Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator said...

I love the Butterflies, I have yet to try the Bokah technique. I want to though! Great Job

Loni said...

I love these color combos! Thanks for sharing!!

Jodene said...

I love your butterfly cards, simply beautiful! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Just Add Ink :)

Lynn McAuley said...

Such fabulous cards, Tania! I love the gorgeous butterflies and your delightful dinosaurs have me kicking myself for not ordering this set last month. It is moving to the top of my wish list now! For sure!

KimB said...

It was interesting to see the difference between your two bokeh cards Tania, the colours are more muted in the first - but that effect means it's more dreamy - it's probably my fav too. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

inkeverywhere said...

Wow - all of these are great cards. Love the colours you have used on the Butterfly ones. Looks like a great technique. Chantell JAI

Jane Starr said...

Love it!

stampwithsandy said...

What a great collection of cards, Tania! Love your bokeh technique and those dinosaurs are just too cute! Thanks for playing along with my Tic Tac Toe challenge at SIP!

Jan Clothier said...

Love the vibrant colours in the background of the butterfly cards and adding in the butterflies to the bokeh is a fantastic touch - love it!

Di Barnes said...

it's amazing how different they look with the sponging, bt both look very effective. Thanks for playing at Just Add Ink this week.
Di

Stace said...

I love the idea of the butterflies for the bokeh technique. I love the fact you showed several attempts on doing your cards

Angela said...

Both of your butterfly cards are so pretty! I love the dinosaur cards, too. That set is so fun! It's on my wish list!

chingaling ling said...

I'm loving that you only used SU in both of these cards, and I loved that you gave us two beautiful versions.