Neutral Butterfly Basics

Today I have another butterfly basics project to share with all of you!  A beautiful creation from a guest blogger and fellow team mate, Kimberly Buckingham! How gorgeous is this creation? Kim provides us with a fun and informative little write up she did on this project! Check it out!1-DSC03239Kim Buckingham, Guest blogger:  Well – here it is – my attempt at what I will call a “card-in-the-neutral”.  I don’t usually create things that are not filled with color so I thought it was high time I did!

I started with Very Vanilla card stock. Then using the same card stock, I embossed a piece of very vanilla cardstock with Fancy Fan Textured Embossing Folder. On this card I next ran Sahara Sand Lace Trim from the back of the card around to the inside. On the second one I made, I just ran the lace around the embossed section then attached (much cleaner and easier).

The background stamp set is called – Flowering Flourishes. I just love how it flows around the butterfly. Speaking of butterflies. I am having a love affair with Butterfly Thinlets Dies. Just give me a dryer sheet and some waxed paper, put me beside my BigShot and leave me alone! There is just something soothing and relaxing about rolling a piece of cardstock through one end and coming out the other with such a beautiful piece of art.

Why did I say a dryer sheet and waxed paper. If you layer the cardstock between them and put the thinlets die on top, the combination of the two makes the cardstock pieces release from the butterfly with near perfection. Next, adhere the large butterfly with some glue dots and stamp & punch out the smaller butterfly. It is from the Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set, punched with the Elegant Butterfly Punch.

Guess you really need to know what ink color I stamped everything in? Crumb Cake…there were no crumbs because I did not have cake, otherwise the card may not have stayed Very Vanilla, unless of course it was a very vanilla cake. One last thing – don’t forget to embellish with Basic Pearls. It’s the icing on the crumb cake!!!

Thank you Kim for sharing your project with us!  You can check out some of Kim’s other designs at

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Painted Petals ~ One Sheet Wonder

Today I have some simple and fun projects you can put together with one 12 x 12 sheet of designer series paper (DSP) and the Painted Petals stamp set. I am super excited about these projects because they showcase how to use just one stamp set…Painted Petals…and one piece of DSP to create 7 beautiful cards!  Yes, I will show you one simple way to cut and use an entire piece of designer series paper without any leftover scraps!one sheet wonder painted petals cards Aren’t these projects just beautiful?  I love the color combo and the Painted Petals stamp set. I loved it so much that I have put together a fun little video tutorial for you so you might want to stamp along with me and/or take notes. Although I will be showcasing projects which use colors such as pear pizazz and so saffron, please keep in mind that you can use the techniques and information I provide and re-create these projects using any designer paper and coordinating colors.  So let’s get started by watching this video tutorial….

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Monocromatic Butterfly Basics

Butterflies are my absolute favorite images and embellishments for cards. They are always at the top of my wish list! The butterfly basics bundle in Stampin’ Up!’s  Spring Occasions Catalog is absolutely GORGEOUS!  And this little bundle has been a hot commodity in the stampin’ world! In fact, it has been so popular that Stampin’ Up! ran out of sets so we couldn’t order them for weeks!  But the good news is that the butterfly basics bundle is coming back tomorrow!  Yes, you can order it again on April 15th! WAHOO!!  So now I can start sharing all of the beautiful project ideas you can create with this set!  Like this one…butterfly basics naturalTo make this card, start with a piece of very vanilla cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of crumb cake cardstock…this is the piece that you will do all of the stamping on. Grab those beautiful images from the butterfly basics stamp set and some crumb cake ink. I used the same color ink as the paper so that I could achieve a subtle background for this project. Once I stamped all of the background images, I did stamp the sentiment in early espresso ink as I wanted that to stand out a bit more from the background.  To embellish the card, simply cut a few strips of venetian crochet trim and the naturals chevron ribbon. Secure these pieces to the front of your card as shown and then wrap the ribbon around to the back of the crumb cake cardstock…then secure the entire crumb cake piece to your very vanilla card base.  For the finishing touch, use one of the thinlits and cut out a beautiful butterfly with early espresso cardstock, adhere it with a glue dots and embellish with a few pearls! Beautiful, hey? Enjoy!

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Kinda Eclectic Journal

kinda eclectic journalLooking for some quick and simple little gift ideas? Stampin’ Up! carries a variety of inexpensive little items that you can decorate… like these journals. These little kraft journals are adorable when decorated and, of course, you can decorate them any way you like! For this particular project, I decided to use the kinda eclectic stamp set and some scrap paper that I had lying around. I simply stamped a few images on the journal and then cut my papers to fit. Of course I had to add a few fun embellishments like the elegant butterfly, a button and some candy dots.

You can really use any type of crafting supplies that you have on hand! Get creative and have fun with it!

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Scrappy Fun

Today I have some quick and simple little card ideas to help you use up some of those scraps you might be saving. Or maybe you are looking for a simple way to use up some of your designer papers? Either way, these quick little card ideas will work perfect for you!more scrappy funFor this first project, start with a card base color that matches the designer paper that you plan to use.  In this case, I started with a piece of whisper white cardstock. Next, cut 3 pieces of some pretty patterned paper at 1 3/4 x 4 inches. Simply adhere them to your card base spacing them out so that your card base serves as a matte for these pieces. Cut a 3 x 2 inch piece of white cardstock, punch out the top with the scalloped tag topper and stamp a fun sentiment on it. Then embellish it to your liking!

scappy funFor this second project, cut more designer paper to the same size mentioned above and secure them to your card base. The great thing about Stampin’ Up! designer papers is that the are two-sided…so I used the yellow designer paper in the middle of the card (which is the pattern on the flip side of the purple flower paper). This time I cut a 3 x 2 inch piece of blackberry bliss cardstock and made my tag. I simply embellished it with a little bit of ribbon. I stamped my sentiment  on some white cardstock, punched it out with the scalloped oval punch, and did a bit of paper piercing in the scallops.  That’s it! Enjoy!


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Petal Potpourri

Here’s a simple little card I CASEDcatalog CASE from the spring Stampin’ Up! catalog.  CASE means copy and share everything!  I actually like the one in the catalog better…haha…mainly because of the pink and white color combo.  However, I wanted to use some the tangerine tango cardstock that I had on hand because I hadn’t used that color in a long time. I really like the design and layout of the card so you can choose any colors you like to re-create it! Let’s take a closer look at how to make it!

Start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/2  x 4 1/4 inch piece of crumb cake cardstock…then turn your cardstock so that you can cut it at an angle. Start about 1 1/2 inches from the top (on the 5 1/2 inch side) and cut across the cardstock to make the angle.  You can make the angle as wide as you like.  Stamp the little dot image, from the petal potpourri stamp set, on the lower half of the cardstock using the same color ink as your cardstock…crumb cake. Stamp 2-3 of your favorite flower images from the set onto tangerine tango cardstock using, yep you guessed it, tangerine tango ink! I recommend stamping 2 flowers as you are going to be cutting them in half but you can stamp 3 if you want more of the flower to stick out from under the crumb cake strip. Punch out the flowers, cut them in half and layer them across the angled part of your card. Cut a 1 x  5 1/2 inch strip of crumb cake cardstock and secure it across the flower layers as shown. The crumb cake strip will hang off your card so simply trim it up so it’s even with the card base. Stamp one of your favorite large sentiments on an angle at the top of the card.  That’s it! Enjoy!

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Mini Tote Bag Tutorial

014This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a fabulous stampin’ event hosted by my upline, Lyssa Zwolanek! It was a special event she threw to celebrate “us.”  I love those kind of celebrations! She had so many goodies for all of us and, of course, some awesome stampin’ projects like this one! This project I will call the Mini Tote Bag. And it made the cutest little Easter basket for yesterday’s festivities!

012To make this adorable project, cut a 6 x 6 inch piece of designer paper. Score it at 2 1/2, 3 and 3 1/2.


Grab your paper snips and cut, the length of your scissors, on the 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 inch score lines. Fold these pieces in towards the middle and secure as shown.

Now to actually secure the sides of the tote, I recommend you watch Lyssa’s tutorial. The tutorial shows you how to make this with a 12 x 12 inch piece of designer paper. The concept is the same whether you are using a 12 x 12 or 6 x 6 inch piece of designer paper.

Check it out! Enjoy!

Sheltering Tree ~ Masculine Style

sheltering treeIf you are a Pinterest fan then you have probably seen tons of card designs using the new sheltered tree stamp set. Well…here’s one more design to add to your collection!  This stamp set has such a beautiful and very versatile tree image. You might recall seeing a few of the “heart” tree projects I put together for Valentine’s day…if not, be sure to check them out on this site!

For this particular project, I decided to focus on a more masculine look. Start with a piece of old olive cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of early espresso cardstock and emboss it with the woodgrain embossing folder. Cut a 4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock…this is the piece you will do all of your stamping on. I recommend that you start by stamping your sentiment on the bottom using the early espresso ink. Next, stamp the trunk of the tree. I actually used 2 different color green inks to stamp the other images.  I recommend using the old olive to match your cardstock and then using pear pizazz which is a tad lighter to give your tree a bit of contrast. Once your stamping is complete, simply adhere the 4 x 4 piece to your cardstock with a few dimensionals. Enjoy!

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Perpetual Birthday Cards

perpetual birthday calendar card2Did you enjoy the perpetual birthday calendar post the other day? I hope so because today I want to share a few more fun little things you can do with the stamp set that coordinates with the kit. I actually held a little calendar class last month. Participants made the adorable little calendar as well as some fun birthday cards.

perpetual birthday calendar card1You need to have some birthday cards to send out to those people on your calendar, right? Right! Well we put together some very simple birthday cards using some of the fun images in the Perpetual Birthday Calendar photopolymer stamp set. Grab a few sheets of whisper white cardstock as we will be using this for the base of the cards. You will also need a few different colors of ink. For the butterfly card, I chose the following colors: Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, So Saffron, and Crisp Cantaloupe.For the flower card, I used: Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate and So Saffron. To make the cards, ink up the images and randomly stamp them on your white card base as shown. I added some punched out flowers or a butterfly (to coordinate with the stamped images) and then embellished with a few sequins from the kit.  That’s it!  These are quick and simple little cards you can put together in a snap! Be creative with it! Enjoy!

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Perpetual Birthday Calendar

perpetual birthday calendarThis has been a hot little commodity in the stampin’ world! And I can see why! It’s so much fun to put together and it’s a great way to keep track of all of those special birth dates you need to remember. Yes, this is a perpetual calendar that you can use year after year. Simply pencil in all of the birthdays you need to keep track of. There are 12 different calendar pages for each month of the year. All you need to do is decorate the pages and record those birthdays by month. And you can even decorate the box too! You will never again miss those important birthdays and you will have a beautiful monthly display!  The Perpetual Birthday Calendar kit comes with everything you need to put together the calendar! All you need to do is add your own stamps and ink…or you can purchase the one designed to go along with the kit. How cool is that? Check it out! Enjoy!

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