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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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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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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Lovely Lace ~ Embossing Technique

sponged dry embossingLooking for different ways to use your pretty patterned embossing folders? Well I have a quick and simple project idea to share with all of you today! There are so many fun patterned embossing folders that it just makes sense to highlight them, right? Right! This fun project idea was inspired by one of my team members, Julie Lulich! Thanks Julie! So let’s take a closer look at how to put together this project.

Start with a piece of blushing bride cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and emboss it with the Lovely Lace embossing folder. Grab some of your sponge daubers, a few different ink colors and start sponging color onto the raised images. Daubers work the best for this project because you can be a bit more precise with your sponging. The colors showcased on this card are wisteria wonder, pistachio pudding, blushing bride and so saffron. For the finishing touch, I added a little sentiment punched out with the 1 1/4 inch scalloped circle. Oh…and I did a little paper piercing around the scallops. Quick, simple and beautiful! Enjoy!

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For Peeps Sake it’s almost Easter

eggcellent easterYes, I have another Easter card for you today! Believe it or not, Easter is right around the corner! This project showcases the pretty pastel colors of the Best Year Ever Sale-a-bration designer series paper pack as well as the fun little Easter stamp “For Peep’s Sake!” Now you can change out the sentiment if you don’t need an Easter card as there are a lot of fun sentiments in the Stampin’ Up! catalog for you to choose from.

To make this card, start with a piece of soft sky cardstock for the base. Cut a piece of the Best Year Ever DSP to the following sizes: 1 1/2 x 4 inches (cut 2 of these) and 2 x 4 inches (cut one). The 2 x 4 inch piece is your middle piece of DSP on this card. The other two pieces (the pink pieces) are 1 1/2 x 4 inches. Secure these pieces to your soft sky card base as shown. Next, cut a 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Cut a 3 x4 inch piece of soft sky cardstock for a matte. Stamp the Egg-cellent easter sentiment on the white piece using smoky slate ink. Take the egg image and color each egg on the stamp with a different color marker….then stamp it on your project as shown. For the finishing touch, embellish it with a little flower and pearl. Enjoy! And have a Happy Easter!

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Down the Bunny Hole

down the bunny holeHippity Hoppity Easter’s on it’s way! And today I have a fun little punch art Easter project for you! This little bunny butt is created with a variety of different punches and is super fun to make! Let’s take a look at how to make this card.

Start with a piece of old olive cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of the flowerpot designer series paper (DSP). You can really choose any fun DSP that you have on hand. Punch out a black and a white 2 inch circles. The white 2 inch circle will be the bunny butt and the black circle represents the “hole” that the bunny is jumping into. For the feet, punch out 2 white extra large ovals and 2 blushing bride (pink) large ovals. For the tail, use the boho blossoms punch with white paper and layer all 3 of the pieces to form the bushy tail. I sponged a bit of blushing bride (pink) ink on all of the white pieces just to make them stand out a bit more. Take a black or gray marker and draw little lines on the feet to represent the bunny’s toes. For the finishing touches, I took a 1 1/4 x 4 inch piece of old olive cardstock and snipped the top edge with a fringe scissors so it resembled grass. You can also add a bit of ribbon and a little sentiment to the grassy area as shown. Enjoy!

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Project Life Card Creations

SAB project life all cardsHave you heard of Project Life? It is the latest craze in scrapbooking or what is now being called memory keeping. Project Life by Stampin’ Up! is such a quick and simple way to dress up your photo albums with the variety of card collections available.  There are so many fun little patterned papers available in the project life card collections! And, of course, there is this FREE pack of project life cards available during Sale-a-bration. 🙂  The papers were so adorable that I just had to put together some greeting cards with them. Yes, another use for the project life kits! This mini project life collection was perfect for regular greeting card as each pack contains 30 different papers…so the card making possibilities are endless.  Here are a few of the cards I created with these pretty papers and a few embellishments…

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Beautiful flowery project life paper cut to 5 1/4 x 4 inches and embellished with a little scalloped tag.
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This little sun was one of the fun images in the project life paper pack. I simply added a sentiment and a little butterfly.
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Pretty project life card cut to 5 1/4 x 4 inches and stamped with a fun little sentiment. Add a bit of ribbon to embellish.
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Another project life card cut to 5 1/4 x 4 inches and stamped with a little sentiment.
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Here I used 2 project life papers. The polka dot pattern was cut to 5 1/4 x 4 inches and the center card was left as is from the pack (I simply stamped a sentiment on it). Add a bit of ribbon to embellish
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For this project, I matted out a 3 x 4 inch piece of the project life paper with a bit of coastal cabana cardstock. Then I added a fun little tag with a sentiment found in the Project Life kit.

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