Aug 26 2015

Watercolor Wings

I really have been working hard in my studio using lots of the new products in the Holiday Catalog…unfortunately they are for swaps and future classes so I can’t show them off yet!  Soon, I hope!  So…I finally sat down and played with the colors to make a Monarch looking butterfly with Watercolor Wings for my Stamp Club last month.  Here’s a card I made with a leftover butterfly!


Watercolor Wings

Here are the details on how to recreate this card:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Thick Whisper White, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Pool Party was embossed across the top 2/3s with the Elegant Dots Embossing folder.  A strip of Cherry on Top Washi Tape is placed under the embossed area.
  • The 2 x 4-3/4 Whisper White was punched with the Ornate Tag Topper Punch, then Calypso Coral Seam Binding was placed thru the hole with Daffodil Delight Baker’s Twine tied in a bow.
  • You are so kind from Watercolor Wings was stamped with Hello Honey Ink at the bottom of the tag.  A 1/8 x 2-1/2 strip of Calypso Coral cardstock was added to the tag, and then a Perfect White Accent added on it.  The tag is popped up on the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Watercolor Wings butterfly was stamped with Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Watercolor Wonder Inks and cut with the new Bold Butterfly Thinlets.  A Basic Black outline butterfly from Butterfly Thinlets was cut and adhered over top.  I love how both sets of butterfly framelits work with each other!  I added the butterfly to the tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

OK…love it!  Hope you are inspired, too!  Those butterflies are so much fun to make!


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Jun 18 2014

Kinda Eclectic

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I really like Kinda Eclectic…more for a base or background set than a feature one…but it is good for BOTH!  This one I featured Kinda Eclectic exclusively!

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Lost Lagoon, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5 1/4 Whisper White, I stamped the dotted image twice…once full strength and once stamped off towards the left side.
  • Then I added the sun image in Hello Honey Ink above it and the greeting below it.
  • The butterflies were stamped with Twisted Tangelo on scrap Whisper White, and punched with the Bitty & Elegant Butterfly Punches.  I added rhinestones for the bodies.

So…I ended up using 3 of the new In Colors on this one card!  I love how it turned out!


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May 07 2013

SUOC70 Aviary Butterflies

It's time for another SUO Challenge…this time with a theme of butterflies!  Pretty easy theme with all the butterfly images and punches and dies that Stampin' Up! has out in the catalogs right now! 


I hope my card comes across as I intended.  I was going for a butterfly house look using Aviary stamp set!  You remember when I mentioned we were at the Niagara Falls Conservatory and saw all the butterflies?  Well, they had these "cages" hanging around in the butterfly habitat and I thought to looked so neat!  I also was able to use up some of the "starts" on my desk.  I had most of the butterflies cut and the Aviary stamped Oval already done, and also the Window Framelit cut from Basic Black done!  I was happy to get them off my desk and put into use.  All the clutter starts to get to me after a while and I have to CLEAN them away!  lol!



Here are the details:

  1. The base card is 4 1/4 x 11 Daffodil Delight, folded in half to make the base card.
  2. I added a 4 x 4 1/4 piece of Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Paper to the bottom.  Then cut a 1/2 x 4 1/4 piece of the green polka dot on the reverse side to hide the seam.
  3. I used the Basic Black Window Frame Framelit and added a Whisper White Oval Framelit piece, stamped with the Aviary cage in Black Stazon on front.  That was adhered to the front with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  4. The butterflies from Papillon Potpourri were stamped in Melon Mambo, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette and Daffodil Delight, punched with the Bitty Butterfly punch and added to the front.
  5. I also punched butterfies from Daffodil Delight and the striped pattern in Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP.
  6. Each of the butterflies has a rhinestone jewel for the body, and were placed diagonally across the cage.
  7. I stamped Get Well Wishes from Teeny Tiny Wishes in Black Stazon on Daffodil Delight and punched with the Modern Label Punch, added to the bottom of the oval with more Stampin' Dimensionals.


Definitely a bright card to cheer someone up if they have been sick!


Make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team over on SUO Challenges to see what they did with the Butterfly theme!  And grab your stamps and play along!  We love to see your creativity!

Jul 11 2008

Blogger’s Challenge 55 – Bugs and Insects

When I first thought about this challenge, I really didn’t think I had any current Stampin’ Up! Bugs or Insects stamps.  I started looking and discovered I did have several sets with butterflies, snails, dragonflies.  I didn’t want a cartoon type bug…I wanted something a little more sophisticated.  So…I excitedly used my new Dreams du Jour stamp set!  I’m giving you a sneak peak at a set that will be in the NEW catalog next month!  I love the verse in this set and the butterfly was perfect.

Another personal challenge for me is to use up my "starts" basket.  What are starts?  You know…those backgrounds you "start" to do, the stamped images you "start" to make…those things that are only partially finished.  A have a whole tub of them.  This designer paper was from the Holiday Harmony pack last Christmas.  I had already stamped the Baroque Motifs swirl in Purely Pomegranate on the background…then set it aside.  So, today I stamped the verse in Purely Pomegranate on River Rock, and layered it on Purely Pomegranate cardstock.  I left some room on the left side and added three small crystal Rhinestone brads.  I stamped two butterflies on Naturals cardstock using Basic Brown and colored them with Summer Sun, cut them out and mounted them with dimensionals under their body only…I also stamped the butterfies directly on the designer paper.  Then I was able to fold their wings so they look 3D on the card.  Really such a simple card, but I think it looks elegant with the colors and papers.  So, even a BUG card can be elegant!  lol!

I’m anxious to see what the other Blogger’s have done with this challenge!  Enjoy your day!