Create with Connie and Mary #247

Hello Everyone,

It's a sketch challenge at Create with Connie and Mary this week that I'm joining in with

And here is the sketch
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I've been asked to make a 21st Birthday card for a young lady who loves purple on commission.  Yes, apparently I'm not the only one (lover of purple).  I've also shown my daughter to seek approval, and she likes it too.  I've used Swallowtail stamp which I've recently discovered stamps brilliantly with Illuminate Ink on dark colours.  My Card is Elegant Eggplant and I've combined it with Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder and a little silver glimmer. 

I've embossed the White panel with Elegant Lines Embossing Folder and I've used stamps from the Memorable Moments and Four Frames sets for the greeting and age.

I've also adorned the card with additional butterflies from Beautiful Wings Embosslits die.

Here is another photo of the card, just trying to get that perfect shot.  It's difficult to show both the embossing and the Illuminate Ink in the photos and I apologise for my poor photography skills.

I first decided to use the Swallowtail stamp in this manner after viewing a card made by Mary Brown, so thanks for the inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I really appreciate your comments.


  1. The illuminate is just stunning! Shows the detail of the Swallowtail just beautifully! Thanks for joining us in the sketch challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

    1. Thank you Melissa. I first tried the Illuminate on Midnight Muse with the Swallowtail and it was beautiful.

  2. That card is amazing. So much detail. I can tell you put a lot of effort in. I am sure they customer will like it. Vx

  3. Wow! Stunning! Love the shimmer and sparkle of your card! So elegant and beautiful! Great details! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  4. I think the recipient will love your card! It is beautiful and so creative. I especially like how you stamped the 21 within the frame. Thanks for joining us this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

  5. I'm sure the recipient will love this card made personally for her! Cool use of the Illuminate ink with all the other elements of your card! Thanks for joining us for the Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge this week!

  6. Stunning card! I love all the details you added, the die cut butterflies on the side are a great little extra detail! Thanks so much for joining the sketch challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

  7. What a great use of the Swallowtail stamp and the luminate pad...I'll have to try that...I LOVE that stamp. And your purple card is just wonderful! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  8. I haven't really been able to figure out how to use this ink so it sits on my stamping room untouched. I like how you used it with the butterfly! Thanks for joining us at Create with Connie & Mary!

  9. Thanks for all your wonderful comments ladies :)

  10. Love the personal touch of the birthday. And an awesome idea to use that ink pad! I haven't used it much either! Thanks for playing along with the sketch challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!


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