Butterfly fun

I don’t think it’s a secret that I love butterflies. In my garden, in my craft room, anywhere I can find them. It’s been like this my entire life. I remember a shirt my dad bought me for my birthday when I was six or seven. the butterfly on the front was filled with an iridescent liquid that would change color from purple to blue to green. If I hadn’t outgrown it, I’d still be wearing it.

I sort of fell in love with the Butterfly Gala stamp set and matching Butterfly Duet punch. The first thing is that there are four butterfly patterns from natural to stained glass. Second, the stamps for the little butterfly and the big butterfly are one stamp and line up perfectly with the punch. Zero waste. And there are extra stamps for shading the wings and adding details. And then Stampin’ Up! added some great bold sentiments. Love. Completely in love with this set. Because of that, I have three cards for you this Thursday. The stamp set and punch are current. Many of the products I used, in addition, are throwbacks.

Garden Butterfly

The first card used the butterflies that look like leaves. Perfect for a flowery card in Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green. After I stamped and punched the butterflies, I frosted them with a touch of Frost White shimmer paint.

The card base is retired, but Balmy Blue would be a good choice, perhaps with some monochromatic stamping for visual interest. The next layer is Daffodil Delight with some of my DIY DSP that I colored in with Stampin’ Blends.

I used Balmy Blue for the sentiment and the Tailored Tag punch. Pearls and a bit of retired Daffodil Delight ribbon finished up this card.

Stained Glass Butterflies

The next two cards are notecard sized. Starting with a base of Whisper White, I used retired vellum DSP to compliment the patters on the stamped butterflies. For the first card, I sponged the base with a variety of pink shades including the retired Powder Pink and Berry Burst. Then I layered on the vellum. Coloring in the butterflies is a breeze using the stamps. I didn’t get out my Stamparatus, and they still came out pretty good. The embellishments are a combination of Artisan pearls and enamel dots.

Lastly, I used the Painted Glass stamp set (current in the annual catalog). The Thank You sentiment and medallion are both included in this set. I heat embossed the medallion stamp on a scrap of pink paper (most likely Powder Pink or Pink Pirouette. It’s easily punched out with the 2″ Circle punch. I added some Rose Metallic Thread behind the sentiment and circle. My advice on this thin wire is to use a lot and don’t fuss with it too much. It adds a nice touch of texture and bling.

I colored the vellum and the butterfly using the retired Stampin Blends in Pink Pirouette. A few silver pearls finished this boldly feminine card.

Precious Parcel Throwback

The Precious Parcel card kit was one of the products you could receive in the past Sale-a-bration. I have to admit, I wasn’t in love with the card structure. The colors and images and vintage feel was adorable, but the slider/card construction wasn’t as appealing to me. In my attempts to use what I have in my craft stash, I decided to see if I could come up with a couple of ideas for using the beautiful materials to make alternate cards.

Full-sized card

For this card, I started with a Calypso Coral base that I had in my stash (two Sale-a-brations ago and I’m running out of them). I deconstructed one of the cards and used a panel as my second layer. Then I fussy cut out the flower image from one of the slider inserts. I added a paperclip and punched stamp piece from the kit. The sentiment is stamped in Calypso Coral too. A twine bow and some sparkly enamels finished it off.

One of the keys to creating alternates is to work with the color palette in the kit or preprinted piece you want to repurpose. Then you can scour your stash and pull out items that coordinate and start mixing and matching. Even though most of these pieces came out at different times, they work together because of color compatibility.

Notecard Alternate

The second card I created also used a preprinted base. Starting with a preprinted base speeds up card making. There are two sets in the current catalog, foil-edged cards in silver and gold and also scalloped edged notecards in four colors. I’ll be stocking up on these for future projects.

Again, I fussy cut the image from the slider piece in the card and layered it on with snail adhesive. Then I added to crystal gems. For the sentiment, I used a sticker from one of the old Memories and More kits. These are another accelerator for card making. They include a variety of preprinted layers and stickers or punch pieces that make card making too easy. In fact, this card is done.

I hope this post inspired you to use some things in your craft stash. If the stash is getting thin, check out the new catalog for preprinted stationary to use as card bases and Memories and More packs for a speedy card making.

Retro Beauty

I found a new challenge site that matches my Throwback Thursday theme. Retro Rubber Challenge Blog encourages crafters to pull out that seasoned stamp set and remember why you fell in love in the first place. Their current challenge is a Tic-Tac-Toe board. I found lots of inspiration on the board. Let me show you.

For my card, I used the diagonal row: Neutrals, Flowers, and Birds. It just so happens the Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin incorporated these nature-inspired elements, so I used the kit as my jumping off point along with one of the first stamp sets I purchased from Stampin’ Up back in 2005, Beautiful Beach. The Van Gogh quote that came in the set spoke to me then and, fourteen years later, still does.

My nature/beach themed card uses a base of Pretty Peacock which coordinates with the Paper Pumpkin kit. Over that I used a layer of a long retired DSP, Going Global in Lost Lagoon. This is also a retired color, but wow does it work with Pretty Peacock. Over that, I layered a card front from the kit stamped with one of the bird images in Gray Granite. I added a piece of retiring Wood Texture DSP to represent driftwood.

Next, I worked on the sentiment. Because this stamp is so old, at the time, it had to be trimmed by hand and mounted to the wood block. Well, I was a new stamper and I mounted the sentiment one way and the image sticker upside down. It’s always a challenge to get it right. But I managed to get it stamped correctly in Early Espresso. I added some “watery” texture with the Paper Pumpkin stamp using the second generation stamping technique and Pretty Peacock ink.

My embellishments are the die cuts from the kit, two feathers, and a flower as well as some twine. Then I added the seashell from another seasoned stamp set, By the Tide. I used Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla for the image and fussy cut it. For a final touch, I added some hard to see in a photograph raindrop shaped crystal drops.

One card, lots of nature and I had a ton of fun digging through my stash for inspiration. Thanks the Retro Rubber Challenge team for a wonderful board.

Update: I was a top pick for this challenge!