Crafty Creations

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Did you have a good weekend?  AI sure did! This weekend I was blessed to have the opportunity to spend some time with my mom. We crafted on Saturday and Sunday! I love spending quality time with her! And we had a blast!  Look at all of the beautiful cards we made! 🙂

How cool is that?  We created with a little bit of “old” (retired) products and a little bit of the new (current) catalog products!  Now many of these cards I have shared with you in other posts on this website. However, there was one particular project that was brand new…and that’s the card right in the front of the pic created with the Wetlands stamp ste! Let’s take a look at how to create it!

To make this card, start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 3 x 3 inch piece of the Serene Scenery Designer Paper that looks like a beach or water. Place a dab of adhesive on the back of this 3 x 3 piece and stick it to the middle of the white card front (just use a little bit of tape so that you can easily remove it).  Stamp the sandpiper image across the card and the serene scenery paper using black ink. Once you have stamped the image all the way across the card, carefully peel it off the card front. Cut a 3-1/4 x 3-1/4 inch piece of pool party cardstock; adhere the serene scenery piece (with the stamped images) onto the pool party cardstock. Then adhere to the card; be sure to line up the images.  For the finishing touch, stamp a little sentiment on the bottom! Enjoy!




Butterfly Squash Technique

work of art butterfly cardGood Morning!  Today I have a fun little technique to share with all of you!  I happened to run across this on Pinterest and was so inspired by it that I just had to create something with it! Thank you to Mary for the inspiration! I shared this little project with my demonstrator team at our meeting this month; everyone loved it! It has now been termed the butterfly swash technique by our team leader…because of the swash image you use to stamp the butterfly. I thought “butterfly squash” was a great name for this technique since we are squashing color onto the butterfly and the background! Haha! Well, whatever we call it, it’s a fun and simple way to create a beautiful card.  Simply cut out a butterfly, adhere it to a piece of card stock (with a few glue dots) and then “squash” the “swash” image onto the butterfly with your inked up stamp! The color goes onto the butterfly and the space around it!

Super simple, yet stunning result. To recreate this card, you can really use any color inks that you have on hand. I decided to go with the pastel colors such as blushing bride, so saffron and soft sky. I used the large “swoosh” image from the work of art stamp set to stamp the 3 different colors over the top of the butterfly.  For the finishing touch, I used the curvy corner trio punch to round the edges of the card and white card stock. Embellish the butterfly with a few pearls.

Thanks so much for visiting me today! Grab your stamps and get creative!  Enjoy!

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So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad*

So Saffron Classic Stampin’ Pad*

CS Butterfly Basics

clean and simple butterfly basicsClean and simple (CS) card designs are so much fun to create! Just pure stampin’ and a little bit of embellishing! I really enjoy cards that are quick, simple and pretty! Don’t you? Well today’s card is just that!  It showcases the beautiful images in the butterfly basics stamp set. This has been a hugely popular stamp set in the Spring Catalog so I was super excited to see it carried over into the Annual catalog.

To make this card, start with a piece of blushing bride cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 x 3 3/4 inch piece of very vanilla cardstock…this is the piece you will do all of your stamping on.  Stamp the fun images from the Butterfly Basics stamp set onto the vanilla cardstock using a variety of different inks such as blushing bride, pear pizazz, and sahara sand. Use the sahara sand ink to stamp the bitty butterfly image, which comes in the set, onto a scrap piece of the blushing bride cardstock. Punch out the butterflies with the coordinating bitty butterfly punch. Secure the butterflies to the card with dimensionals. For the finishing touch, add a few pearls. Enjoy!

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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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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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