Beautiful Butterflies Abound

Butterflies are a beautiful reminder of the possibilities we have for transformation. I am always enthralled when I see them playing in my garden. One of my best memories of California was driving through the Tracy pass during an explosion of butterflies. I channeled that memory as inspiration for this card using the Beauty Abounds suite from the Occasions catalog.

Layering Die Cuts

The die set in the suite, Butterfly Beauty Thinlits has two large dies that work together perfectly. I cut the base layer from Mango Melody and the top, more delicate. layer from Basic Black. I used Tombow liquid glue to adhere to the two together. The liquid glue give a little bit of time to fuss with the alignment of the two layers.

The card base is Pear Pizzaz. It reminded me of the green hills and the color contrasts nicely with the orange tones of the Mango Melody. The DSP layer is from the Sale-a-Bration. I am enjoying this paper immensely. I busyness of the butterflies and flowers give a sense of just how overwhelming all of those butterflies in one place was.

Next, I stamped the sentiment on a leftover pre-punched element from the Soft Sayings kit I posted about yesterday. It was a little big for the sentiment stamp, so I used the Bokay dots and more Mango Melody ink along with the butterfly image to fill in the white space and make the sentiment stand out.

For a final touch, I added a small strip of Whisper White Flax ribbon and a few gems from my stash. ( I think they were from the Christmas catalog.) It was fun recreating a memory in the form of a card. Hope you’re doing something creative this weekend.

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Soft Sayings Card Kit Alternates

The Soft Sayings Card kit in the Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog comes with everything you need to make twenty gorgeous notecards. The cards have a watercolor look that is very sophisticated when paired with the Basic Gray ink they included. The stamp set has fourteen unique stamps with both images and useful sentiments. Initially, I made each card as specified in the instructions. Okay, I added some pearls and enamels here and there, but they’re almost identical. Then I got creative, but tried to stay within the limits of the materials in the kit. The photos below have the kit design on the left and my design on the right.

Three by Three Cards

The kit has two designs of 3″x3″ cards. This size card is perfect for tucking in with a gift.

I used the image stamps to create a quick background over the printed Lemon Lime Twist wash. The bright green and classic gray work surprisingly well together.

The second set of 3×3 cards has a Powder Pink wash. My design was inspired by Brian King’s alternate. I liked the big gold rose, but I wanted more color, so I used the Tranquil Tide elements.

Note Cards

Note cards are great because not only can you add a short note, the 3.5″x5″ size is mailable. The kit came with four notecard designs.

The graphic pattern on this card is fun and dynamic. I intended to make my card as a note card, but I glued the flower on while my card base was upside down. Oops! Instead of tossing it, I cut off the back and saved it for laying inside my kraft paper base. I like how the brown base makes the gold glitter flower stand out. A happy accident.

The Powder Pink and Berry Burst wash on this next notecard is so pretty and feminine. Now that spring is here, I was compelled to pair it with the Lemon Lime Twist accents for even more brightness. I stamped the flower and the sentiment in Berry Burst. A Stampin’ Write marker in Powder Pink was perfect to color in the petals. I did add accents of Lemon Lime Twist in the center of the image and a splash of Wink of Stella, because it sparkles!

I adore the stripe background. I’m going to dig through my stash and make more cards with stripes. The fact that they look hand drawn, more casual only adds to the appeal. Again, I fussy cut more flower images for my version. I think I stamped these flowers using Blackberry Bliss.

How feminine is this background? All the pretty kit colors, the 2017-2019 In Colors with a watercolor image effect. My card was cut in two, removing the back so I could layer it on a standard size card base in Thick Whisper White. All those flowers I stamped and fussy cut earlier were made using that discarded base. I stamped the flower and leaves over the existing printed images in the corresponding ink color. The glitter leaves, I punched those out from the scraps of the sheet of gold glitter die cuts.

Full Sized Cards

More of the gorgeous Lemon Lime Twist and Basic Gray combo for this first card. I stamped the large flower on the sentiment layer before I stamped right over it with Thanks. I didn’t stamp the additional leaves on the background, but I think the punched Tranquil Tide pieces were enough for added interest.

For this card, I flipped the laser-cut paper and put it on the Berry Burst base instead of the Tranquil Tide base. Then, I started adding a bit of everything, because more is more. The little flowers are punched from the scraps of the gold glitter sheet. I added some retired enamels to the centers. (Lots of liquid glue to make that happen.) I made sure to wrap the flowers around the sentiment so that both sides of the card were equally interesting visually.

Honest moment here, this card was my least favorite of the as-designed cards. So, when it came to making my own design, I moved from having everything layered at the top to putting things right in the center. I layered two of the sentiment pre-punched pieces. To add contrast, I sponged the bottom one with Lemon Lime Twist ink. I think if I made this card again, I would add some vellum as a second layer.

Last but not least, the laser-cut flowers. They are so pretty on the Berry Burst background, but I used that up on Happy Birthday card. I only had a Tranquil Tide base left. The white was pretty on it, but I didn’t think it had enough impact. So, I got out the Stampin’ Write markers again and colored that laser paper. Then I added Wink of Stella, because it sparkles!

That’s it. All twenty cards. You can see that if you like to make a kit exactly as designed, this one will deliver gorgeous results. And if you like to play and get creative, the possibilities are unlimited. The great materials in this kit practically guarantee beautiful results.

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First Frost for First Post of 2019

The New Year brings new opportunities, but we have to say goodbye to the old. I’ll miss the fantastic products in the Holiday catalog, but I’m looking forward to getting creative with the new products in the Occasions catalog. This is also Sale-a-bration time which means free products with qualifying purchases. I love free – really, who doesn’t? But with all this helloing and goodbyeing – you might have missed the fact that some of the holiday products are carrying over. Meaning, even though the Holiday catalog is gone you can still order some of the amazing stamps and dies. The First Frost and matching Frosted Bouquet dies are two of those products. I have three cards for you using them. One for my Zen crafters, one for Paper Princesses and one that my Stash Queens will love to fuss with.

The first card combines Gray Granite, Merry Merlot and Whisper White for an elegant color palette. I used a Whisper White base. I combined a layer of Merry Merlot with a 4″x5-1/4″ piece of the Frosted Floral Specialty DSP that was part of the suite. If you didn’t get that paper – no problem. Stamp a piece of Gray Granite with Gray Granite ink using one of the leafy sprays from the set. I used a straight length of Silver Metallic Edge ribbon about 2/3 of the way down the card and adhered that to the Merry Merlot layer before I put that layer on the card base. Super easy -no bows.

The center panel is a 2″x5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White stamped in Gray Granite and Merry Merlot. I stamped the leaf stamp coming off the edges of the panel. This is a great technique to add interest and the sense of movement to your design. The sentiment from the set is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Lastly, I added some Pearls. I used one of them to cover over a tiny smudge so I wouldn’t have to restamp the entire panel. No big deal, just cover it and keep going.

The next card uses a fancy fold that I found online. The measurements were from a card done by Sharon Armstrong. You can see her card here. I used a base of Soft Sea Foam that was 5-1/2″ x6-7/8″ scored at 2-3/4″. On the 2-3/4″ flap I added a 2-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ piece of DSP from the same pack of paper as the first card. Again, if you don’t have this paper, you could use Whisper White and the stamps in the set with a variety of ink colors. In fact that’s what I did for the flap. The base of the flap is 3-1/4″ x 3-1/2″, scored at 2-3/4″ on 3-1/4″ side. This gives you a narrow flap, the perfect width for adhesive so you can tuck it between the big base and the Whisper White inner layer (standard 4″x5-1/4″). On top of the flap, instead of DSP I stamped a 2-1/2″x 3-1/4″ piece of Whisper White with Powder Pink, Soft Sea Foam and Berry Burst inks using stamps from the set.

The sentiment is stamped in Berry Burst. I punched it out using the Pretty Label punch. I stamped the edges in Powder Pink and Soft Sea Foam with a leaf and a flower stamp. The Tranquil Tide edge is done by punching a second label and cutting it in half then adhering it to the stamped label. I added a length of the Silver Metallic Edge ribbon and then put the sentiment on with Dimensionals. The gems are from a past Paper Pumpkin kit. For a final touch, I stamped the inside Whisper White layer in Tranquil Tide so there wouldn’t be blank areas around the flap.

For the last card, I got out the Big Shot and the Frosted Bouquet dies. The card base is Tranquil Tide. If you don’t have the specialty DSP, it would be easy to recreate with the long leaf stamp and Whisper White paper. I used Vellum, Champagne Foil, Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam and Gorgeous Grape for the foliage around the sentiment. The sentiment is stamped in Tranquil Tide on Whisper White. I added a Champagne Foil edge to the label by combining the dies in the set. It’s a delicate detail to add more interest.

The flowers were created with three layers. The two flower images each die cut and then the larger outline cut from the coordinating paper. I used Berry Burst, Blackberry Bliss and Rich Razzleberry. I sponged the edges of the stamped and cut flowers so there was less of a white edge. Too finish off the card, I used two small pearls and the new organza ribbon from the Sale-a-bration pack. The ribbon is super easy to tie into a bow.

It’s easy to make gorgeous cards with this stamp set no matter what your preferred style of crafting is. If I can help you with your projects, don’t hesitate to contact me with questions. Happy Crafting!

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