Saturday 4 May 2013

Muse #15

Happy Saturday! I'm settling in with a coffee to spend some time looking at some eye candy on Muse and narrowing down my 3 faves.

Here is this weeks Muse, created by Jen Mitchell.

As you can see, I basically followed the layout, as well as the color scheme, and certain elements such as a butterfly, embossing and and button.

I stamped my butterfly on vellum, and colored it with Copics, then cut it out the hard way. I made a blue and yellow plaid panel for a bit of pizzazz with some sponging, stamping, and a dash of black Sharpie, then die cut the word "you" out of the center to reveal the black mat underneath. I think you'll be seeing some more vellum butterflies and more plaid from me in a variety of colors in the near future! It's so much fun watching them come to life.

Making plaid is right up my alley. I even have a plaid dining room wall.

This room is on the east side of the house, and in the morning light, this green seemed a little loud when I first painted it, though it doesn't look as green in this picture as in real life. I was concerned that my husband would hate it because it was too bright, so I decided to tone it down by throwing in the rest of our colors to break it up a bit. It really did make a huge difference, and I was surprised at how 3 dimensional it looks because the colors don't blend like a true plaid. People are always surprised to find out it's painted on. I'm happy to say, after 7 years, I'm not the least bit tired of it and am not planning to change it anytime soon. It still makes me happy every time I walk in the door.

Thanks for stopping by,

PTI: stampers select white and true black cardstock, background basics: super stripes, diamond impression plate, wonderful words die, white button
SU: basic black, pool party and daffodil delight inks, just believe
Martha Stewart: butterfly
other: black Sharpie, white embroidery floss, yellow Copics, corner rounder, painter's tape

Wall: 5 shades of paint, 3 rolls of painter's tape, laser level, 3 evenings, and some patience!


  1. Love the vellum butterfly, Tanis, and the plaid with the die cut is a real work of art! What a cool wall in your dining room (another work or art) ... gorgeous clock! Anita :)

  2. Wow, I thought your paper was store bought. Beautiful job on it. Lovely card, Tanis

  3. I LOVE the plaid on your card, the colours are gorgeous! This is a really happy card :)

    How brave are you with your interior design?! I want some of your courage! That wall looks so cool and how many people can say that after the same decor for 7 years that they're not tired of it-I think that's only you! :)

    1. Thanks Sian. Yes, it requires a bit of moxie, but paint is fairly inexpensive, so it can always be fixed if it goes horribly wrong! The best approach is to just dive in.

  4. Gorgeous card Tanis - LOVE your plaid & vellum butterfly.
    With that embossing it would fit right in with this fortnights Catered Crop too

  5. Love that plaid and I'm so impressed that you stamped it! Love the butterfly too! Great card, Tanis!

  6. YAY! You showed your wall! I love it! And I love your plaid on your fresh take on this week's Muse - thanks for playing along!

  7. I'm crazy for plaid, too, and LOVE making my own plaid with stamps and markers. Your plaid layer is so pretty .... love those colors and the design you created!

  8. Congratulations, Tanis, on the well-deserved voter's choice over at MUSE for your stunning card!! Speaking of stunning, holly cow, I LOVE your wall!!