Friday, 11 January 2013

Fast and Fabulous Friday - Swallowtail

Wow - How long has it been since I posted a Fast & Fabulous Friday?!  Way, way way too long.  So now is as good a time as any to get back in the saddle (so to speak).

Any of you who 'hang around here' might remember that back in November, myself and 8 other lucky gals were at the Rising Star Retreat in Utah and were privileged to see the Spring Catalogue before pretty much anyone else had.  And one of the new stamps, a large a la carte butterfly called Swallowtail, caught my eye immediately.  But I will admit that I was more than just a little dismayed at the size and I wondered if I would ever find a way to use an image so large.  I do believe I actually pouted!

Boy was I ever a short-sighted dolt!

The very next day the Home Office treated us to an afternoon of stamping fun, and we got to get that big Swallowtail stamp inky.  And I was forced to take back every misgiving and ill-word about it that I had managed to either think or say.

Quite simply, Swallowtail is breathtaking!  Majestic.  Elegant.  And Breathtaking.

Here are 2 Fast & Fabulous Swallowtail cards to show you what I mean:

Supply List (Spring catalogue)
Stamps - Swallowtail (w129213, c129216), Sweet Essentials (w126455, 126457))
Paper - Whisper White (100730), Island Indigo (122923), Rich Razzleberry (115316)
Ink - Island Indigo (126986), Rich Razzleberry (126950)
Big Shot - Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder (127819)
Tools and Accessories - Large Oval Punch (119855), Modern Label Punch (119849), 2-way Glue pen (100425), Dazzling Diamonds (102023), dimensionals (104430)

It really doesn't get much easier (or quicker) to make a truly stunning card.  In fact, this is one of the cards that my friends will be making tomorrow at my Butterfly Bonanza Class.  This is the 'simplest' of the assortment in terms of techniques.  Wait till you see what you can do with this stamp image when you get just a bit fussier!    :)    I'll post the other projects over the next few days for you to see.  Because I tell you -- you cannot go wrong with a stamp set this beautiful.

Until next time, have a wonderful day and a terrific weekend,      God Bless,      ~Cynthia      <><


  1. I loooooooooooove this stamp. Cant believe I am going to miss the class tomorrow, but sometimes sacrifices have to be made. I will be dropping by on Tuesday some time after 3pm, so please make sure my stuff is hanging on the door if you will all be out.
    Thanks C
    Luv ya

    1. We are going to MISS YOU Sonya. But I see that you led your own little craft therapy session down there in Florida. Good job - the cards are lovely!!

      See you soon, God Bless ~Cynthia :":