Dazzling Butterflies Are Beautiful in the Sunlight

Dazzling Butterflies

In the summer, you can see dazzling butterflies fluttering by.  They are so incredibly graceful in all their beautiful colors.

I always have this question, why don’t they call them flutterbys?  Would make more sense as they are not made of butter and I have never seen butter flying.  Ok, maybe when someone gets carried away with a food fight.  That’s a mess for sure.

Because I am curious and the internet is always right, right, I decided to do some research.

Apparently at one time Butterflies were called Flutterbys and as in any language, words morph (no pun intended).  It is also believed in the colonies that witches would turn into winged creatures and steal butter.

However we got to the word butterfly is not really important.  I like to think of them as dazzling butterflies.

Dazzling ButterfliesRecipe

Stamps: Butterfly Basics, I Love Lace.

Ink/Markers: Blackberry Bliss, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Blackberry Bliss, Painted Blooms DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Butterflies Thinlits Dies, Artisan Embellishment Kit, Tea Lace Doily, Heat and Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Clear Embossing Powder.

A few items about this card:

  • the card base was stamped using the I Love Lace Stamp and VersaMark and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.
  • after the butterfly was die cut, it was dabbed with the VersaMark pad and sprinkled with Heat and Stick powder and heated.
  • the butterfly was then sprinkled with the Dazzling Diamond and heat set.
  • the pink flower from the Artisan Embellishment Kit was attached to gold button and attached to the “Happy” banner.

What type of dazzling butterflies you do like?  Leave me a comment.

 

Balloons Celebrate Many Events – Blow One Up Today

Balloons Celebrate Today and Everyday

Do you agree that balloons celebrate many different types of events?  What do you think when you see balloons floating in the sky?  What do you feel when you see brightly colored balloons?  Do they fill you with anticipation that something exciting is happening?

This birthday card was created using the Irresistibly Yours DSP from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue.  I used the stripped pattern and colored it using the Real Red, Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write markers.  This paper is very easy to use as the glossy pattern will resist the color and if you do go over the lines, then you can just wipe it off.  There is so much you can do with this paper.

Here is a link to a video which will show you 3 different ways to use the Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper.

Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper Tips Video.

 Balloons CelebrateRecipe

Stamps: Celebrate Today.

Ink/Markers: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point.

Paper: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Irresistibly You DSP (2015 Sale-a-Bration).

Accessories: Big Shot, Balloon Framelits Dies, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine.

A few things about this card:

  • It’s a quick and easy card that can be completed in a short period of time.
  • The red balloon was stamped using Real Red ink that was stamped off once before stamping the image on the Whisper White.  Full strength ink was used to stamp the circles.
  • The strings on the balloons are done in Whisper White Baker’s Twine that was curled using scissors. – just like you would do for a ribbon on a gift.  The string just adds the theme that Balloons Celebrate.

So the next time you see balloons, there is some festive event happening – it’s true Balloons Celebrate.

 

You Made My Day Card – Stamped and Embossed

You Made My Day

What does “You Made My Day” mean? When someone responds to you with that phrase, it usually means you have done something to make them happy or brightened their day.  It could be a compliment you received if you were having a bad day, it could be something funny said.  It’s like a verbal hug or fuzzy.

 

You Made My DayRecipe

Stamps: Big Day, I Love Lace, Petite Petals.

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black, Island Indigo, Crisp Cantaloupe, Chocolate Chip, Strawberry Slush.

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Island Indigo, Wisher White, Pear Pizzazz, Gold Foil, Irresistibly You DSP (2015 Sale-a-Bration).

Accessories: Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, Brayer, Bird Builder Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Subtle Candy Dots (Blushing Bride), Island Indigo 3/4” Chevron Ribbon.

This card uses the Irresistbly Yours DSP from the 2015 Sale-a-Bration collection.  This is such a neat paper as it is already embossed for you and you can use a variety of techniques to bring out the embossing.

The attached video will show you 3 ways to create a colored background on your paper using 3 different methods.  However, you are not limited to 3 methods.  It’s only your imagination that limited you.

Not only that, but the paper is FREE with a minimum $60.00 order (excludes shipping and taxes).

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So give someone a reason to feel awesome or happy by creating and giving them a “You Made My Day” card.

Fancy Birthday Card for a Special Person

Fancy Birthday Card

Here’s a Fancy Birthday card to say Happy Birthday to a special person. For the amount of time and math I had to do for this card, there is likely going to be only 1 card made by me so it will have to go to a special person.

My first thought was that I could do this for a class but then I had a better thought – NOT! Not only was there a certain amount of math involved in lining up the square cuts, the card took some time to complete.

That’s why this card is for a special birthday, because a special person will receive it.

Fancy Birthday CardRecipe

Stamps: Big Day.

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, Calypso Coral Blendabilities, Coastal Cabana Blendabilities, Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.

Paper: Whisper White Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry, Best Day Ever DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Squares Collection Framelits, Crushed Curry Emboss Powder, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon, Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine.

Fancy Birthday Card

Fancy Birthday Card

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Instructions:

  1. Cut 4 pieces of 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ Sahara card stock
  2. Cut 4 pieces of 4″ x 5-1/4″ Best Ever Day DSP – use a different pattern for each piece
  3. Attach the DSP to the card stock.
  4. Using the Big Shot and the 3rd largest Squares Collection framelit, cut a square in the center of each panel.  Make sure you do the math so that they holes line up.  The Square Framelit was lined up at each side – 3/4″ from inside edge of square For top and bottom alignment – 1-1/4″ from the inside edge of Square Framelit to top edge.  Do the same measurement for the bottom edge.
  5. With the short edge against the score board, score each panel at the 2-1/8″ mark.  Fold and burnish with Bone Folder.
  6. Attach each panel together with adhesive. Line up edges and score lines. Before attaching the last panel, cut a 2″piece of Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine and fold in half.  Lie the Baker’s Twine on the score line and attach.  Leave about 1/2″ hanging below for the sentiment panel.
  7. Cut 2 pieces of Crushed Curry card stock – 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″
  8. Cut 2 pieces of Whisper White Card stock – 2″ x 2″
  9. Stamp the sentiment from the Big Day stamp on to the Whisper White card stock with Tuxedo Black ink.
  10. Color the big letters using Blendabilities.
  11. Stamp the word “Celebrate” on Whisper White using VersaMark.  Heat emboss with Crushed Curry embossing powder and cut out.  Attach to the sentiment using dimensionals.
  12. Attach the Whisper White sentiment to the Crushed Curry card stock.  Remember to attach the Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine in the top center between the 2 layers.
  13. Finally, tie a 5″ piece of Daffodil Delight Seam Binding ribbon around each outside panel..
  14. Stamp the remaining sentiment on one of the panels.

This is a fun card to create and will definitely wow that special birthday person.

This stamp set and paper are from the 2015 Sale-a-Bration catalogue and can be earned with a $60.00 (does not include shipping and taxes) product purchase from any of the current catalogues. Once Sale-a-Bration is over, these free products will be gone.

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Bright Birthday Wishes – Memories of Summer

Bright Birthday Wishes

Do bright birthday wishes cards remind you of summer with it’s blue skies and brilliant sunshine? Yes, I am dreaming of summer and we still have a while to go.  Although today, there is brilliant sunshine in a cloudless sky, so I am grateful.

This is a Birthday Card for my DIL as she enjoys summer and all that it brings…ok, maybe not the bugs.

To make this card bright, I chose turquoise blue, sunshine yellow and used black as an accent color.

Bright Birthday WishesRecipe

Stamps: Balloon Bash.

Ink/Markers: VersaMark.

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Moonlight DSP.

Accessories: Crushed Curry Emboss Powder, Tempting Turquoise Emboss Powder, Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine, Cute Clip.

This is a quick card to put together.  Just one thing to remember though, use your Embossing Buddy to remove the static from you card stock before you start embossing.

Bright Birthday Wishes

The Embossing Buddy will prevent glitter and extra embossing powder from sticking to your project.  A little must have if you like to emboss your projects.

 

Bundled Baby – Congratulations and Best Wishes

Bundled Baby

There is nothing the brings more joy than a bundled baby that is sleeping in your arms. They look so cozy and warm and very contented.

This bundled baby card uses the Baby Bumblebee stamp from the 2015 Occasions catalogue.  This is a cute little stamp that you can tuck away to be used again and again.

Bundled Baby

Recipe

Stamps: Baby Bumble Bee, Celebrate today, Remember Rotary Stamp.

Ink/Markers: Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar.

Paper: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Baked Brown Sugar, Gold Glimmer Paper, Lullaby DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Chevron Emboss Folder, Little Letters Thinlits, Hello Honey 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon, Gold Baker’s Twine, Adhesive Sheets.

This is a keepsake card as I personalized it using the Little Letters Thinlits dies.  To help with adhering the individual letters to the card, I used a piece of adhesive sheet applied to the Coastal Cabana card stock before running die cutting with the letters.  Of course, it’s a good idea to also use wax paper between the dies and the card stock.  This really helps to remove the letters from the dies.

The blanket was made using a matching piece of the Lullaby DSP.  It measures 3″ x 3″ and is scored on the diagonal using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool and the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate.

3 corners are scored at 1-1/2″ and then folded to form the blanket.  The wings are trimmed off the stamped baby bumblebee and then inserted into the folded DSP blanket.

The date of Liam’s birth was stamped using the Remember This Rotary stamp.  This is a great stamp to have as it has dates all the way to 2023 with 12 different phrases. This stamp is just not for cards, it’s great to have for your Memory Keeping.

 

Inspired Birthday Wishes Sent By Butterfly

Inspired Birthday Wishes

Inspired Birthday Wishes come from surfing, I mean, researching the internet.  Who am I kidding?

I was inspired by Dianne Sisneros to create this card.  The images from the Butterfly Basics stamp set were stamped on the Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper.  Both of this products are from the 2015 Occasions Catalogue.

Stamping on Designer Series paper is not something I have done in the past but I sure will try it again.  I really liked the effect.  Of course, how can you go wrong when butterflies are involved.

Inspired Birthday Wishes

 Recipe

 Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Four You.

Ink/Markers: Elegant Eggplant, VersaMark.

Paper: Sahara Sand, Elegant Eggplant, Vellum, Something Borrowed DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Butterfly Thinlit Dies, White Embossing Powder, White Jute Ribbon, Pearl Jewels.

To make the butterfly and give it dimension:

  • Stamp the butterfly image with Elegant Eggplant ink onto the Something Borrowed DSP.
  • Stamp the butterfly image again with Elegant Eggplant onto Vellum.
  • Cut it out with the smallest butterfly from the Butterflies Thinlits dies.
  • Stamp another butterfly image with VersaMark on Vellum and heat emboss with White Emboss Powder.
  • Layer the 2 Vellum butterflies on the Elegant Eggplant butterfly.

Last but not least, the White Jute Ribbon and the Pearl Jewels were added.

Do you use inspiration from others to create your birthday wishes. Leave a comment and let me know where your inspired Birthday Wishes come from.

 

Best Stamping Invention – Well, In My Opinion

Best Stamping Invention

What is your best stamping invention?  We all have a tool, stamp, paper, etc. that we just can’t live without.

For me, the best stamping invention was the “Big Shot” or as one customer likes to call it “Big Boy”.

I used the Big Shot in one way or another in almost everything I create.

Best Stamping InventionThe Big Shot isn’t one of those fancy electronic cutters and you have to do a bit of manual labour to operate it.  It’s not hard, all you have to do is crank the handle.

The Big Shot can cut and emboss a variety of mediums, for example:

  • Thick cardboard
  • Metal
  • Paper
  • Fabric
  • Vinyl
  • Thin paper wood
  • Balsa wood
  • Tin, etc.

For a complete list, click on the link below to view PDF.

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The Big Shot uses steel rule dies and chemical etched dies.

The steel rule dies are similar to a cookie cutter with razor-like blades inserted in the foam.  This razor-like blades rise to the top and cuts the medium.  Depending upon the intricacy of the die and the thickness of the material, you can cut up to 8 layers. Of course, you need to experiment as you don’t want to break your machine.

Example of the Steel Rule Die:

Best Stamping Invention

Flower Frenzy Bigz Die

And you are in luck as this week, this die and the die below are part of the “Weekly Deals”.

Weekly Deals

Chemically etched dies

Chemically etched dies can cut intricate designs. These dies are metals with elaborate designs which are etched into the metal.  Chemicals are used to burn away the unwanted metal. While these dies can create more intricate designs, they cannot cut as many types of materials nor can they cut multiple layers of material. Chemically-etched dies should only be used to cut one sheet of card stock or paper at a time.

Example of Chemically Etched Die:

Best Stamping Invention

Darling Doily

The Big Shot comes with the standard plates and for these metal dies, you can also purchase the Magnetic Board so that the dies do not move off the paper.  So much better than holding them on the plate with tape.

The ability to emboss paper with the embossing folders also adds dimension and interest to your paper creations.  This is an easy way to get started with the Big Shot.  Create a sandwich of the platform, bottom plate, embossing folder with paper lined up inside, top plate and run through the BIg Shot…DONE!

For me, the Big Shot is capable of adding interest to your paper crafting, whether it’s scrapbooking, card making, quilting,  etc.  You can even use it with the sugar sheets for cake decorating.

So, these are some of the reasons why I think that the Big Shot is the best stamping invention.

Valentine’s Day Gift Pack and Treats – Get Them Ready

Valentine’s Day Gift

Do you give a Valentine’s Day Gift to that special someone?  Or maybe you have more than one special someone.

What types of gifts to you give? Are they chocolates, those cinnamon hearts that leave your mouth tingly, or flowers?  Whatever your Valentine’s Day gift, I am sure that they are appreciated.

I view a Valentine’s Day gift as a “thank you” for being in my life.  A few of my special someones to receive a gift include my grandchildren.

The January Paper Pumpkin made it so easy to do up Valentine gifts.  And, the best part? I only had to fill the bags, stamp the sentiment and put them together.  I didn’t have to supply anything except for my Paper Snips and what I was going to put in the bags.  And, there were 24 packaged gifts when I finished. And, no, I don’t have 24 grandchildren.

Valentine's Day Gift

During Sale-a-Bration, Stampin’ Up! is offering a 3 month’s subscription for $68.85.  That’s a savings of $6.00 over the 3 months.  Plus, you have spent enough to earn yourself a free Sale-a-Bration item.  That’s a 2 savings deal!

Once you have purchased your subscription, have don’t have to do anything else.  Just wait for that little red box to show up on your doorstep every month.

And the best part of Paper Pumpkin is that the kit gets better and cuter every month.

Sign up for Paper Pumpkin now.  Please remember to choose me as your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

You can also give a Paper Pumpkin subscription as a gift – hmmmm, that would make a great Valentine’s Day gift.

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Got questions? Email me and I will provide an answer.

Creative Blog Hop – Something Borrowed Wedding Ensemble

Creative Blog Hop

I am honoured to have been nominated by Penny Hanuszak to take part in the Creative Blog Hop.  Penny resides over at Penny Tokens Stampin Spot.

The one thing that I liked about the Creative Blog Hop is that it is a one-time shot…in and out – sounds like I am afraid of commitment but really I’m not.

Penny is an online friend who creates amazing and beautiful cards.  So thank you Penny for the nomination.

Let’s take a look at the project I am sharing for the Creative Blog Hop.  The materials used in this card are from the “Going to The Chapel” products in the 2015 Occasions Catalogue.  I fell in love with the papers, stamps, ribbon, lace trim and the embellishments that are part of this collection.

Creative BlogHere are additional pictures of the wedding cards:

CreatuveBlogsCreative BlogRecipe

Mr & Mrs Card

Stamps: For The New Two, Something Lacy.

Ink/Markers: Pink Pirouette Blendabilities, Wild Wasabi Blendabilities, Soft Sky Blendabilities, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, Vellum, Something Borrowed DSP.

Accessories: Tea Lace Doily, White Embossing Powder, Corner Punch, White Jute Ribbon, Sahara Sand Lace Trim, Silver Baker’s Twine.

Mr & Mrs Treat Bag

 Stamps: For The New Two.

Ink/Markers: Pink Pirouette.

Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Something Borrowed DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper.

Accessories: Big Shot, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, White Jute Ribbon, Sahara Sand Lace Trim, Silver Baker’s Twine.

The Something Lacy stamp was stamped on the Saraha Sand base and also stamped on Vellum using VersaMark.

The Vellum was embossed with White Embossing powder, turned off and the flowers and leaves colored with the Blendabilities.

As part of the Creative Bog Hop I was asked to answer 4 questions about myself.

What are you working on right now?  My craft area looks like a bomb went off.  I am currently creating cards to fill my Etsy Store – Simply With Heart.  I am getting there but I do think I need to stop and clean up before I loose my little stamps.

How does your work differ from others in your genre?   I don’t know that my work differs a great deal from others.  I love to stamp and take my inspiration from various sources.  I am rather eclectic in my card making and don’t really have one type of design. I love lots of layers and embellishments so having to create a one layer card sends me into a tail spin. Clean and Simple cards are not really in my vocabulary.

Why do you create like you do? I never considered myself to be an artist and still can’t draw to save my life.  Ok, maybe stick man.  However, over the years I have created with various mediums.  I have tried ceramics, crewel work, painting on felt, sewing, mixed media on canvas, knitting, crocheting, and my favorite and still is cross stitching.

How does your creativity work? My creativity starts in various places.  Sometimes it’s a stamp set that I really want to create with.  When that happens, I generally go looking to see what others have created and sometimes I will CASE their work, and other times I will use their work as a jumping off place.  The other place I start is with a sketch.  I use the sketches as a general guide, and often my card will be no where near what the sketch looked like.

My inspiration comes from the Stampin’ Up catalogues, Pinterest, or Goggling a particular stamp set.  I also love creating using various techniques and challenge myself to give them a try.  Sometimes they turn out and other times it ends up on the floor.

Now it’s my turn to nominate two other talented stampers for the Creative Blog Hop.  Diane Evans from Stampin with Diane and Ginny Duncan from Stamping with Ginny.   I personally know each of them and they create beautiful cards and other type of projects.

I hope that you will visit them to see their beautiful work and while you are there leave them a comment.

Thanks again Penny for the opportunity to participate in the Creative Blog Hop.