|Aliyah draped over Janis: One reason I don't get more crafting done!!|
Happy New Year, Friends!!!
I am here to share a New Year's card with you to get the year started off right. I actually was able to get it made without Aliyah needing to be held, unlike in the above photo! If it's not a cat, it's my granddaughter keeping me from crafting! :)
A while back I won a $50 gift card to Dollar Tree and I was able to go craft shopping there recently. (Fun, Fun, Fun!! Do you have any idea how much crafty stuff you can buy there for $50???? I only spent $20 this time and came home with a haul!!) One of the things I bought was a set of these lovely metallic silver butterfly stickers. LOVE!!!! I like the butterfly symbol for new life and thought it would work well for the New Year, too.
I am editing this post to add in Darnell's NBUS #3 (Never Before Used Schtuff) challenge. She is encouraging us to use our schtuff, brand-new or old, that we haven't ever used before. My butterfly from "Santa Dollar Tree" is my NBUS item. THANKS, Darnell, for another super-fun challenge and opportunity to meet other bloggers!!!
I didn't think I had any Happy New Year stamps at all to use. But I had my Mark's Finest Papers Oriental stamps out yesterday and noticed my Year of the Horse set had two Happy New Year sentiments. The one I wanted was attached to some Chinese characters, so I did stamp surgery to separate them and ended up with exactly what I needed.
The swirly pattern is my own, but inspired by the awesome crystal swirls made by Zva. LOVE!! I drew it on the cardstock with a light pencil after applying the sticker. Then I curved the Happy New Year stamp on the acrylic block to fit the contours and stamped over my pencil lines with Memento London Fog ink. I filled in the gaps and finished off the flourishes with dots from a Sakura silver glitter gel pen. After everything was thoroughly dry, I erased the faint pencil marks. (Don't even ask why I emphasized the word "thoroughly"...Ha!)
You can see the delicious gleam in the photo below.
I hope you have a great beginning of the New Year!! January is a good month to catch up on things. I like to call it my "quiet" month.....although around here, it won't be quiet!! Ha. Thanks, everyone, for all your support and lovely comments. You encourage me more than I can say!
Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFP Friends of Speedy TV Challenge #147 - Blue and Silver
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #11 - Anything Goes
3. Darnell's NBUS #3 Challenge - Never Before Used Schtuff!!
4. Double-Click Connections - "New" challenge
5. Monday Morning Challenge #2 - New Somethings