Beauty Abounds – Butterfly Hello Card

Welcome to Spring!!!  Let’s celebrate with bright colors, whimsical images, and (of course!) butterflies.  Below is a picture of the third card that we made at our recent Stamp Club.

Butterflies just make me smile!  The Beauty Abounds bundle has very bold images and versatile sentiments.  It really is a great addition to anyone’s stamping stash.  Remember – Sale-A-Bration is ending on March 31.  When you purchase the Beauty Abounds bundle, you will qualify for one FREE Level 1 Sale-A-Bration item!!  Don’t wait to order your bundle and take advantage of Sale-A-Bration before it’s over!

Here are the steps that I used to create this card:

  • The card base is a piece of Grapefruit Grove (gorgeous In-Color!) card stock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side.
  • The main focal point starts with a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 4″ x 5 1/2″.
  • You’ll notice that there is a piece of Basic Black card stock behind the Whisper White piece.  This was taken from a scrap strip that I had.  You can adjust the Basic Black piece to the width that you would like.  Tuck the piece behind the Whisper White piece, adhere the Basic Black piece, and cut it to the same length as the Whisper White piece.
  • Essentially, create your own background on the Whisper White piece by using three stamps from the Beauty Abounds stamp set.  They are the two bubble stamps and the grunge spec stamp.
  • Grab your Grapefruit Grove and Call Me Clover ink pads and three clear blocks.
  • I used Grapefruit Grove ink to stamp the bubbles onto my background.  Also, I used various strengths of the ink to give variety.  You can get various strengths of your ink by stamping multiple times without reinking.
  • For the grunge spec stamp, I used the really pretty Call Me Clover ink.  Again, I used various strengths of the ink for variety.
  • Tip:  When you stamp one of your images on the side of the Whisper White card stock, be sure to reink your stamp before stamping a second time.  If you don’t, your second stamped image will have a line where you stamped on the edge of the card stock.
  • Next, I cut out two die cut butterfly images from the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits dies.  One was cut from Daffodil Delight card stock, and the other was cut from Basic Black card stock.
  • You will be able to tell the difference between the two large butterfly dies in the set by looking at the thickness of the butterfly bodies.  The die that has the thicker bodies is meant to be on the bottom, and the die that has the thinner, more detailed images is meant to be on the top.
  • Tip:  I cut off the antennae from all the butterflies on the bottom die (the one cut from Daffodil Delight) to make sure only the Basic Black antennae showed on my card.
  • To assemble your card – Adhere the Whisper White/Basic Black card stock piece to the front of your Grapefruit Grove card base.
  • Next, adhere the Daffodil Delight butterfly die cut to the Whisper White piece.  Then, adhere the Basic Black butterfly die cut onto the Daffodil Delight butterfly die.  Tip:  For the Basic Black butterfly die cut, I put adhesive only on the bodies of the butterflies and some of the thicker outline pieces of the wings.  First, I adhered the body of the middle butterfly and then adhered the additional pieces.  I purposely left some of the parts of the wings without adhesive to give more of a fluttering effect.

  • The last piece for the card is the sentiment.  The new, must have, likely to be used on almost every card you make (no kidding!) Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies are the key for the sentiment!
  • Use the smallest die in the set to cut a Basic Black rectangle.  Stamp “hello” from the Beauty Abounds stamp set onto a piece of Grapefruit Grove card stock with your favorite black ink.  Die cut that piece using the same die you used to cut the Basic Black rectangle.  I purposely die cut the sentiment to the right of the rectangle to allow enough room for my die cut butterfly.
  • Stamp the small butterfly from the Beauty Abounds stamp set onto a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock with your favorite black ink.  Die cut the butterfly image using the corresponding die from the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies.
  • Assemble the sentiment by first adhering the Basic Black piece behind the Grapefruit Grove piece.  Notice that I adhere the pieces together allowing the Basic Black piece to show just a bit on the right side of the Grapefruit Grove piece.  Adhere the die cut small butterfly as shown.

  • Finally, attached your sentiment piece to the card with dimensionals, as pictured.

I hope you enjoy making this card and sharing the joy and beauty of spring!  Below are pictures of the main products that I used to make this card.  Click on any picture and you’ll go directly to my on-line store!

And, remember Sale-A-Bration will end on March 31!

Happy stamping!

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Meant to Be – Valentine Note Card

This past Sunday was the day for our January Stamp Club.  As usual, we had an absolutely great afternoon stamping, catching-up, and enjoying some delicious snacks.  This month, our stamping focus was the amazing, NEW Meant to Be Bundle from the Occasions catalog.  We made three cards from this bundle!!  Below is a picture of the first card that I’ll share.

Don’t you love the non-traditional colors for a Valentine’s Day card!?!?  The colors are so bold and bright.  They really capture your attention.

Here are the directions for making this card:

  • The base is a Whisper White Note CardThe Note Cards are available in Whisper White and Very Vanilla.  They are great to have on hand.  A package of 20 cards and envelopes is only $6.50!!
  • The base layer on the card is a piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock cut to 3 3/8″ x 5 1/8″.  The “Happy Valentine’s Day” sentiment is from the new Meant to Be stamp set.  The sentiment is stamped with Blueberry Bushel ink.
  • After the sentiment is stamped, the Flirty Flamingo piece is embossed using the Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder Actually, the piece is embossed twice.  Once to have horizontal lines from the embossing folder.  Then, the piece is turned 90 degrees and embossed again to give vertical lines.  The result is a striking linen effect!

  • You can round the corners of the Flirty Flamingo piece, as pictured, if you like.
  • The frame for the floral focal point is a 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ piece of Blueberry Bushel card stock.  Again, you can round the corners of this piece if you would like.
  • The beautiful floral piece is from the gorgeous set of Garden Impressions 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I absolutely LOVE this collection of DSP.  It is beyond beautiful.  The floral piece is cut to 3″ x 3″.
  • Use the filigree heart die from the new Be Mine Stitched Framelits dies to cut a heart outline in the middle of the Garden Impressions piece.
  • Use the same filigree hear die and a piece of Whisper White card stock to die cut a filigree heart.
  • Don’t adhere the DSP piece to the Blueberry Bushel piece just yet.  But, use a piece of washi tape to gently hold the DSP in the center of the Blueberry Bushel piece.  This will give you perfect placement to adhere the Whisper White filigree heart die cut onto the Blueberry Bushel piece.  Use your favorite liquid adhesive to adhere the filigree heart.
  • Adhere the Flirty Flamingo piece to the card base.
  • Adhere the Blueberry Bushel piece to the Flirty Flamingo piece, as pictured.
  • Use Mini Dimensionals to add the die cut DSP onto the Blueberry Bushel piece and perfectly centered around the die cut filigree heart.

You’ll be proud to give this beautiful Valentine card to someone special!!

Pictured below are the products that I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

My next post will be the second card that we made using the amazing, new Meant to Be bundle!

Happy stamping!


Welcome to Sale-A-Bration 2019!!

Today marks the beginning of Sale-A-Bration 2019!!  It also marks the start of the Occasions Catalog!!  You’re going to need your favorite beverage and a comfortable chair to look through the new products. 

Click on the cover picture of the Occasions Catalog below to see the entire catalog.  Then, come back to this post to learn more about the amazing Sale-A-Bration gifts!!

If you’re not familiar with Sale-A-Bration (SAB), please allow me to give you the highlights:

  • For every $50 in product purchase that you have (before shipping and tax), you can choose a FREE Level 1 SAB gift.
  • For every $100 in product purchase that you have (before shipping and tax), you can choose a FREE Level 2 SAB gift.
  • The offer is valid for any products in the current Annual Catalog, Clearance Rack, and NEW Occasions Catalog that went “live” today!  Essentially, the offer is valid for all available products.
  • Sale-A-Bration for 2019 ends on March 31st.

Take a look at the complete SAB brochure by clicking on the photo below.

You can also see the Level 1 SAB gifts below.

And, here are the Level 2 SAB gifts.

Check back to see some samples of projects that I’ve made with NEW products!!

Happy stamping!


Love You Still – Wedding Card

My apologies for being sparse in postings over the last few days…but, I have a good excuse!  Well, I think it’s a good excuse 🙂  I have been accepted as a member of a local co-op and will be selling my cards at the shop!  If you live near the Carrboro, North Carolina area, please stop into WomanCraft Gifts.  There are so many talented artists in the area who sell the handmade crafts at the store.  You will find the items very inspiring.  I hope to see you there!

The card that I am sharing today is the first that I have made with my new Stamparatus, which is absolutely marvelous!!!  In my next post, I’ll share a few tips and tricks that I have already learned about the tool.

First, allow me to share some of the stamps from the Love You Still stamp set.  The card featured in this post is very appropriate for a wedding or an anniversary.  The design is fresh, clean, and very versatile since you can literally add any colors that you want.

The Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder as a background adds a really fun 3D effect.  From the picture below, you can see that I added more definition to specific leaves.  This was done using the Whisper White and Old Olive watercolor pencils.

Lately, I have enjoyed adding faux stitching to card fronts.  The Crumb Cake faux stitches and twine really add a nice final touch.

Below are the main products that I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Waterfront Stamp Set – Mountains at Dusk

There are so many sources for inspiration for stamping!  Recently, we received the current copy of “Our State“, a magazine that celebrates the beautiful state of North Carolina.  A specific mountain scene photograph caught my eye.  I decided to try to replicate the picture with the fabulous Waterfront stamp set.  Below is the card and the photograph from the magazine.

If you don’t have the Waterfront stamp set in your collection, you really need it!  There are infinite ways to use this set.  And, the process of creating with this stamp set is just a lot of fun.

Here are the steps that I used to create this card:

  • Use painter’s tape to adhere a piece of Watercolor Paper (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) to a piece of chip board.  Be sure to get some of the tackiness off the tape before you tack down the watercolor paper.  You don’t want to tear your work when you remove the tape.
  • Stamp the first stage of the mountains with Soft Suede and the two stamps pictured below.  The stamps are from the Waterfront stamp set.  It is the only set used to create this card.

  • With your Aqua Painter and just a little bit of water in your brush, “paint” the first layer mountain scene.  Don’t overthink the “painting”!

  • Add a few more mountains with Soft Suede, and “paint” them with your Aqua Painter.
  • As you get to the foreground of the mountains, stamp with two colors of ink.  The mountain on the left is inked in Soft Suede.  The mountain on the right is inked with Early Espresso.  The two colors will start to give more dimension and depth to your piece.

  • After you have “painted” the two mountains that you just added, put a few more mountains in the foreground with Early Espresso ink.

  • The next section to tackle is the sunset behind the mountains.  Figure out where you want your sun to be, and be sure to leave that area blank.  You only want the Watercolor Paper to show as the sun.  Pumpkin Pie ink is added as the orange color of the sunset and then “painted”.  You can see that the sun is defined more as layers of Peekaboo Peach ink are added.
  • Crushed Curry ink is added with the Aqua Painter.  A clear block is a great palette for the ink.  Just stamp directly onto your clear block.  Pickup some of the ink with your Aqua Painter and add the color directly to your work.  To add interest, vary the intensity of the Crushed Curry by brushing off some color before you go to the Watercolor Paper.

  • The sky is added from the top of the picture first.  The ink color is the beautiful Tranquil Tide.  Stamp off before you add the Tranquil Tide.  This will put less ink on the Watercolor Paper and allow you to create a cloudy feel when you “paint”.  Again, don’t overthink the sky portion.  Less “painting” will serve you well.

  • As you work down the upper part of the sky to the yellows and oranges that are just over the mountains, start to blend some of the blues with the oranges and yellows.  And, blend in some oranges and yellows with the blue.  Again, this is done by creating a palette with your clear blocks and adding colors with your Aqua Painter.  Go light with the colors.

  • You may also want to add some wispy colors over your sun.  Do this sparingly.  There is just a little yellow added over the sun on the card.
  • The last piece to work on is the area for the trees.  Ink only the upper portion of the tree stamp.  Don’t ink the trunks.  The trees are stamped with three colors – Soft Suede, Early Espresso, and Basic Black (in that order).  Some of the tree images are slightly “painted” to give a blurred effect.
  • The final card panel is cut to 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″.  “Love never gives up”, from the Waterfront stamp set, is stamped in the upper right section using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • The card base is a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side to form a top-folding card.  The frame piece is Crumb Cake cardstock cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.  The frame piece is adhered directly to the card base.  The watercolor piece is adhered using dimensionals.

I encourage you to find inspiration for a scene to recreate with the Waterfront stamp set.  Just allow yourself to experiment with these stamps, inks, and your aqua painter.  You will have a great time “painting”!

Below are the main products that I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!