Friday, August 5, 2011

It's been a long July . . .

but I'm finally back :) I missed you guys!!

Between two girls being off at work and my Husband's 30th birthday July was a rough month. I have had almost no time to craft let alone blog :(
Plus my mojo was feeling a little "blah" as of late, hopefully my time away will help out with that.

At the beginning of the year Kathy had posted a gorgeous Distress Color Chart. I am always so in awe of her! I really wanted to create one for myself and since my mojo was taking a vacation I figured this required almost no creativity from me. Here is the link to Kathy's fantastic chart.

and here's mine: (You'll notice a few missing spaces, I still need Old Paper, Frayed Burlap, and Pine Needles)

I stamped the Butterfly (Hero Arts, Butterflies) with jet black archival ink then fussy cut them all out. I colored in the lines of the bodies and polka dots on the wings with a white gel pen. Each butterfly was colored with a different color distress ink.

Front shot
Side view

For the labels the used my Storybook Cricut Cartridge (God Bless Kathy for cutting out all those spellbinders labels:) I wrote each name with a black sharpie. I stamped each color using the smaller version of the magical background. It's from the Archiver's exclusive Hero Arts Mixed Design set. To finish I distressed the edges.

Top Right Close up
Top Left Close Up
Bottom Left Close up
Bottom Right Close up

The only addition I made from Kathy's is adding Stardust stickles on parts of the wings. I use stardust all the time (if you follow me you know I'm an addict hehe) so it was something I definitely needed on my chart.

I adhered just the butterfly body to the label and folded the wings up for some added texture. I also made one other change. I adhered my labels with repositionable adhesive. This way If I want to compare colors when I'm trying to come up with a color combo I like I can just pluck them off the board and stick them back up when I'm done.

I still have my Color Chart from the Ranger website It's a simple 8.5 x 11 that is easy for me to take on the go.

Thanks for stopping by and sorry for my extended absence. I'll be back tomorrow with a sketch sample (I promise :)


  1. Love this, Kelly! Maybe this is what I need to do too. Have had no mojo at all lately. Your butterflies are all so pretty! Great job on the chart!

  2. This is beautiful!! Love the idea and how you have done it!

  3. Wow Kelly this is just stunning!!! You took what I made and turned into something even better. What a great idea to be able to pluck off the chart. Love the idea of adding stardust on them too. Love this work of art and so happy I didn't miss this post. :)