Hello and welcome! It's time for my weekly Allsorts card share and as menioned last week I am sharing more photos from my recent vacation in the second part of the post. Simply scroll down if you're not interest in the papercraft but would like to see my hiking photos.
I am finally seeing more butterflies around my garden as my seed Zinnias are finally in bloom and Butterflies do love those!
Here is my card:
Hard to believe I used more dies than stamping today, but I was inspired by my newer Penny Black die set Soaring as I totally love these butterflies.
I started out by creating an inky background with my new Brusho Powders. It's just my second card using them but so far I really like them. It appears that I used more than one color but I only used orange. Each powder includes different colored pigments so you can see some yellows and even pinks mixed in here. This time I sprinked them on dry card stock then spritzed with water. On my last card I first spritzed with water and then sprinkled the powder.
The butterflies were inked with Peacock Feathers ink and I used my Whimsy Stamps script background stamp (retired) to add the words. I wanted to add some of the smaller butterflies too (the die set includes 4 different sized butterflies) but the card started to look too "busy" so I left those off.
The die cut on the bottom portion is part of Penny Black's Diamond Borders die set. I added some tiny rhinestones between each diamond.
The sentiment is part of Penny Black's set Snippet stamped using Versafine Onyx ink.
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Hiking to Black Elk Peak Trail
As mentioned last week, here are more photos from our trip to the Black Hills. If you missed my photos from last week and would like to see them, simply visit this post.
My blogging friend Amy inspired me to hike up to Black Elk Peak which is the highest peak east of the Rocky Mountains and west of the Pyrenees. It definitely was the longest and most exhausting hike I have ever done and it took us around 6 hours to complete this loop trail.
The trail was pretty wide and well marked, and not too close to any drop offs (as long as you stayed on the trail) so the hardest part was the steep inclines at times and much of the trail was exposed to the sun on the way up, and some times it did seem like the trail went on forever. So we did frequently run out of breath a bit and somewhere about a mile or so still to the peak I was questioning my decision to do this hike LOL. That last mile up to the peak was also the hardest. But we all managed with plenty of breaks, plenty of water and snacks.
By the way, this trail is located in Custer State Park and there is a small entry fee to the park per car. It is not a National Park so you cannot use the "America the Beautiful" park pass here. The park entry fee is good for one week so you will have plenty of time to enjoy all the beauty of this park.