Wednesday, June 9, 2010

OLW8: Masked Butterflies

I've been feeling completely drained for the past two weeks. I never have any energy and my brain is so tired that I can't think. It's literally a struggle to stay awake. I don't even think it has anything to do with the fact that my son hasn't slept well in six nights. The sucky thing about living in a condo is that they only have either the heat or air conditioning on, not both. So when the weather turns cold after they've switched on the a/c, we freeze our butts off at night. My son doesn't know how to use a blanket (not only that, he moves around way too much) and hates the sleep sack. Sigh. I so want a house. We've been hunting for 16 months now and there's no end in sight. There's very little inventory and too much competition. Boohoo.

Anyway, I had a lot of trouble getting creative with the three customer orders I have lined up. I completely botched the wedding card I was making and don't like the way it turned out so I decided to put that aside and make something simple. It's raining and dreary today so that combined with my exhaustion doesn't really help. Susan Raihala's One-Layer Wednesday Challenge is the perfect pick-me-up. This week's OLW8 Challenge is to create a mask and use it as a background. I pulled out Butterfly Dreams which I can never go wrong with! I used the Butterfly Die to create a mask and masked the background colours before stamping the details for the butterflies against the masked colours. Ignore the smudging. What can I say? I'm not feeling perfect today. ;Þ I hope your day is way better than mine!

Sources: The Paper Company weave white cardstock; PTI Butterfly Dreams; SU Kiwi Kiss & Summer Sun inks; Vivid ButterScotch ink; Memento Rich Cocoa ink; PTI Butterfly die; QuicKutz Epic Six

11 comments:

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Gorgeous!

Tiya-B said...

beautiful card, for a mask I thought of a nestie but not a butterfly die, love it!

Lindsey said...

What a brilliant idea! This is a beautiful card. (What smudges, I say...) I hope you feel more rested soon! This grey day isn't helping much... (We've got our gas fireplace on, it's that cool!)

Harriet Skelly said...

Oh I love your idea - I never would have thought to do that!! I have to try this. Beautifully done!!

shannon said...

if we waited to stamp unti we felt perfect...we'd never get anything done! good luck with sleep tonight! :)

Jennifer said...

Love the butterflies! Very pretty!!

Susan Raihala said...

Despite your sleep deprivation, you are SO CREATIVE! This is a fabulous card and such a clever use of the coordinating dies for a mask!

Hugs on all the rest! Hope you get some sleep in comfort soon!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love them, so pretty- definitely pick me up!

Susan said...

Very creative! Love the softness of the butterflies...and if I'd been stamping them, they would be a LOT more out of the lines!! Yours look awesome!

Angela said...

Emily, I wish you a good night's rest and/or good caffeine in the morning! And if you'd like to leave the country, we've got plenty of houses here in the Detroit area - we could be stamping neighbors :)

The card, by the way, is very, very cheery and cute!

Donelda said...

You are so right, you can't go wrong with these butterlies. I hope your world is looking up!! Wonderful job onthe challenge