Butterfly Bouquet Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Butterfly Bouquet Blog Hop! I’m participating with a group of fabulous Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from around the world that are showcasing projects made with products from the Butterfly Brilliance Collection. Please be sure to click on the names in the list at the end of this post to hop around and view the beautiful projects posted by these talented stampers.

Here is how I made this fun Z-fold card.

  • Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and fold in half, creasing sharply with a bone folder. For the Z-fold base, cut a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock at 4″ x 10 1/4″. Score at 2 1/2″ and 5″ and fold, creasing sharply. Adhere piece to the Bermuda Bay card base.
  • Cut piece of DSP from the Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper at 3 3/4″ x 5″ and adhere to larger section of the Mint Macaron base. Cut another piece of the paper at 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ for the front fold, but do not adhere this piece yet.
  • To stamp the butterfly images, it is easiest to use the Stamparatus because this is a very large stamp. Cut piece of Basic White cardstock at 5 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ and place on the base of the Stamparatus. Position the butterfly stamp and once it is adhered to the acrylic plate, ink up the entire image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and stamp onto the cardstock. Cut out images with the coordinating Brilliant Wings die.
  • Color the butterflies with Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Mint Macaron and Just Jade Stampin’ Blends. I used the three smaller butterflies and colored the larger of the three with the darker Blends. Don’t be afraid to mix all of these colors together. For some extra sparkle, brush with Wink of Stella.
  • Stamp the thank you greeting from the Very Versailles stamp set with the Memento ink and cut out with the small circle from the Tasteful Labels dies.
  • For the blades of grass, cut four large and four small grass pieces from Mint Macaron cardstock with the Dandy Wishes dies.
  • To put the card together, first adhere the largest butterfly to the larger front piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Next, arrange the grass along the top edge of the smaller front fold, alternating the heights of each piece. Adhere with multipurpose liquid glue for more flexible positioning. Adhere the smaller piece of DSP. When adhering the rest of the pieces, use Stampin’ Dimensionals on all of them. Adhere one of the butterflies at an angle, partially on the card front and partially on the grass, just using Stampin’ Dimensionals on the side of the wings that are on the flap. Adhere the last butterfly towards the bottom of the smaller card front. Adhere stamped greeting.
  • To embellish the card, add a few Elegant Faceted Gems. I also cut out two small vellum butterflies from the Brilliant Wing dies, curled the wings and adhered them to the grass with Mini Glue Dots. Add an Elegant Faceted Gem to each.

This special collection is only available until May 3rd, and I’m sad to say that the Designer Series Paper has proven to be so popular that is has sold out and is no longer available. The Natural Touch Specialty Paper is still available and the stamp set and dies will carry over to the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.

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Hydrangea Hill-Kylie’s International Blog Highlights

Today I’m participating in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights. Readers get to vote on their top five favorites in the gallery and the top 10 winners will get to participate in an International Blog Hop later this month. The theme is “thank you” and is a way for us to show our appreciation to someone that has inspired, helped or supported us in some way. Today’s card is a fun fold that features the beautiful Hydrangea Hill Suite.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut a piece of Purple Posy cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.
  • Cut piece of Highland Heather Mercury Glass Designer Acetate at 4″x 5 1/4″ and adhere with Stampin’ Seal+ to card base.
  • Cut piece of Basic White cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 1 1/2″, 3″, 5 1/2″, 8″, fold and crease sharply with a bone folder.
  • Cut three coordinating pieces of Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper at 1 1/4″ x 4″, 2 1/4″ x 4″, 2 3/4″ x 4″and adhere to folds.
  • Stamp two of the flower tops of the hydrangea. Stamp one with Gorgeous Grape ink on a piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock and the other with Seaside Spray ink on a piece of Purple Posy cardstock. Stamp the leaf part of the flower with Old Olive ink on piece of Old Olive cardstock. Die cut with the coordinating Hydrangea dies. Trim away the stems. Die cut one set of flower petals with Purple Posy cardstock and two sets with Gorgeous Grape cardstock.
  • Adhere the flower petals on the two flowers. Arrange them around the flowers before adhering and then do one at a time with a tiny dot of liquid glue in the center of each petal so that you have some wiggle room to move them around to adjust how they fit. I found it very helpful to use a tweezer to hold the petals while applying the glue and then flipping to the other side to adhere.
  • Adhere the two flowers together and then adhere the leaves.
  • Stamp “For You” greeting for front of card with Gorgeous Grape ink on scrap piece of Purple Posy cardstock and cut with the tag die.
  • Cut two lengths of white bakers twine and tie in a bow.
  • Adhere the flower to the card front, making sure to only glue the left half of the piece onto the front flap so that the card can open. Adhere the tag under the bottom of the Gorgeous Grape flower. Adhere the bow with a mini glue dot.
  • For the inside of the fun folds, on the first panel, stamp the small open petal randomly with Misty Moonlight ink.
  • Stamp greeting for inside of card with Gorgeous Grape ink on scrap piece of Purple Posy cardstock. Cut with the label die from the Hydrangea Dies set. Adhere to top of the larger panel.
  • Fussy cut one of the floral clusters from the DSP and adhere under the greeting.
  • To finish off the card, add one of the Gorgeous Grape Pastel Pearls to the tag and two more around the card front.

I’d be so appreciative if you would vote for my card! Click on the vote image below. Once you are in the gallery, click on the heart at the top right hand side of the picture as the hearts appear.

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Hydrangea Haven-Kylie’s Training Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s Demonstrator Training Blog Hop for January. I’m part of a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world that participate in Kylie’s program for building our businesses. The theme for this year is thank you, to show appreciation to our customers and team. Please be sure to click on the names in the list at the end of this post to hop around and view the beautiful projects posted by so many talented stampers.

Today’s card features the Hydrangea Hill Suite in the new mini catalog. Purple is one of my favorite colors and it isn’t very often that Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Papers showcase the great purples available in the different color families. I also love flowers so this suite was a winning combination for me and was the first one I purchased as soon as the catalog went live!

I thought that the Double Z Fold would be a nice way to show off the 3D flower. Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – Cut a piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″. Score at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″, fold and sharply crease with a bone folder.
  • Designer Series Paper for card base – cut one piece at 4″ x 5 1/4″ and one piece at 2 1/2″ x 4″ and adhere. I used the paper with the smaller all-over hydrangea design.
  • Smaller card base – cut a piece of Seaside Spray cardstock at 3″ x 9″ and score at 3″ and 6″. Fold and crease sharply with a bone folder.
  • Cut piece of the Seaside Spray DSP at 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ . Stamp “thank you” from the Hydrangea Haven stamp set with Gorgeous Grape in the bottom left corner.
  • Die cut the leaf and stem piece with Old Olive cardstock using the die from the Hydrangea die set. Cut a piece of an adhesive sheet and adhere to the Old Olive cardstock before running through the die cutting machine. Adhere to Seaside Spray DSP.
  • To make the 3D flower cut a 2 1/2″ square piece of Basic White cardstock. I used three colors of ink: Highland Heather, Misty Moonlight and Seaside Spray and applied them with a blending brush. I started with the Highland Heather, randomly dabbing the color on, making small circles, working from the center and going out to make a large circle. I repeated this step with the Seaside Spray and then filled in with accents of Highland Heather. I did first and second generation inking to produce the shading. I have a set of blender brushes in different sizes that I purchased at a scrapbooking show several years ago and I used one of the smaller brushes since I was working with a small piece. I don’t have our new brushes yet so I’m not sure how well this technique will work with the size of the SU brush. You can also use sponge daubers, which would work nicely for this technique.
  • Once the inking is done run it through your die cutting machine using the solid flower die. To get the raised effect turn the piece to the back and use either the paper piercer end of the Take Your Pick tool or the point of the paper snips to poke the flowers out to the front. To fill the flower out more, cut a strip of Vellum Paper and use the long die with the blossoms to cut them out. Curl them with your fingertip, place a small drop of liquid glue in the center and randomly adhere to the flower. I used five of the blossoms.
  • Adhere piece to the Seaside Spray DSP piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add three of the Highland Heather Pastel Pearls. Adhere the DSP piece to the front of the smaller card base.
  • For the inside of the smaller card base cut two pieces of Basic White cardstock at 2 3/4″ square. Stamp a greeting with Gorgeous Grape ink on one piece and adhere to inside of the card base. Stamp the smaller petal image with Seaside Spray ink in each of the four corners of the other piece and adhere to the middle section of the card base. Adhere smaller card base to the larger card base. When adhering the front make sure to only apply the adhesive to the left half of the piece in order for the card to open.

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Dandy Garden Suite-Kylie’s Training Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s Demonstrator Training Blog Hop for December. I’m part of a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world that participate in Kylie’s program for building our businesses. Please be sure to click on the names in the list at the end of this post to hop around and view the beautiful projects posted by so many talented stampers.

Today’s card is a fun fold and is a sneak peek of the Dandy Garden Mega-Suite from the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog that will be available beginning on January 5th . One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is that we have been able to pre-order these products since December 1st. I fell in love with this suite because the beautiful images in the stamp sets and Designer Series Papers remind me of the Arts and Crafts decorative and fine arts movement that began in the United Kingdom in the 1860’s, spread across Europe and the United States and lasted until the 1920’s. I’ve always been drawn to the beauty of this movement.

I had this idea in my head for the last two months and had hoped to contribute this project to Kylie and Bruno’s Dragonfly Wishes Mega Bundle Tutorial, however, time got away from me and I couldn’t meet the deadline. I run a consulting business and received project work in November from two different clients, so whenever that happens, Stampin’ Up! has to take a back seat – when it rains it pours!

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut a piece of Bumblebee cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″, fold and crease with a bone folder.
  • For the fun fold, cut a piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock at 4″ x 10 1/4″. Score at 5 1/4″ and 7 3/4″, fold and crease sharply with a bone folder.
  • Cut piece of the Bumblebee floral design paper from Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper at 3 3/4″ x 5″ and adhere to the front of the Mossy Meadow piece. Cut two pieces of a contrasting DSP at 2 1/4″ x 3 3’4″. Adhere one to the front of the folded flap and the other on the inside of the flap.
  • Stamp the dandelion image from the Garden Wishes stamp set in Memento Black Ink. Color the leaves and stem with dark and light Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blends. Color the flower with the dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ blends. Cut out with the coordinating die from the Dandy Wishes dies.
  • Die cut the white stem piece from a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Die cut five each of the large and small thin leaf blades from Mossy Meadow and Old Olive cardstock. Adhere several large Mossy Meadow blades to the smaller Old Olive blades and several large Old Olive blades to the smaller Mossy Meadow blades for contrast.
  • Die cut one bee from the sheet of DSP with bee images using the coordinating bee die from the set.
  • Stamp the thank you greeting from the Dragonfly Garden stamp set. Cut with the second smallest oval die from the Stitched Shapes dies.
  • Adhere the die cut flower to the front folded flap so that the top of the flower is above the fold. Adhere the greeting to the front flap with Stampin’ Dimensionals, partially overlapping the leaves of the flower.
  • Adhere the white flower stem to the Bumblebee DSP with liquid glue, only applying it to the stem and base of the flower, leaving the floral part free for added dimension. Adhere the bee with two Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Adhere the five sets of leaf blades to the back of the folded flap with liquid glue. Let them overlap and staggering the height.
  • For the inside of the card cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp greeting from the Dragonfly Garden stamp set with Mossy Meadow ink. Stamp two sets of the small scattered dragonflies with Bumblebee ink.

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Stampin’ Up!’s Year-End Closeout Sale continues through January 4, 2021. You’ll get deep discounts, some as much as 50% off, on your favorite products from the August–December 2020 Mini Catalog, also known as the Holiday Catalog.  If you’ve been waiting to make last-minute purchases from this catalog, now is the time, as availability is only while supplies last.  Please note that all of the bundles in the Holiday Catalog will be retired, however some stamp sets with coordinating dies or punches that are currently sold as bundles at 10% off will be carrying over and will be sold as individual items. 

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Arrange a Wreath Christmas Card

Hello! Today I’m sharing a fun fold Christmas card that features the Arrange a Wreath bundle. This is one of my favorite bundles in the annual catalog. It is so versatile because there are endless possibilities for you to make seasonal as well as all-occasion cards. This is one of the projects we made in my August class to go.

Here is how I made the card:

  • Card base – cut piece of Shaded Spruce cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 2 ¾” and 8 ¼”, fold and crease sharply with bone folder.  This is a fun fold so the sharper the crease the better the folds will lay flat.
  • Cut four pieces of one of the lighter wood image papers from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper at 2 1/2″ x 4″. Run all four pieces of the DSP through the Tasteful Textile embossing folder.  Adhere to front and inside card flaps.
  • Stamp leaf wreath from the Arrange a Wreath stamp set with Shaded Spruce ink on 3 5/8” x 3 7/8” piece of Very Vanilla. 
  • Cut piece of gold metallic brushed foil at 3 3/4″ square and die cut with the leaf wreath from the Wreath Builder dies.  Adhere over the stamped wreath image.
  • Cut piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock at 3 3/4″ x 4″. Adhere the wreath image to this piece.
  • Stamp pheasant with Soft Suede ink and three pears with Crushed Curry ink on scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  You will notice that there are two pear images on both the one stamp and coordinating die.  It makes stamping and cutting the same pieces multiple times faster. Die cut images, arrange around wreath and adhere to card.  For added dimension you can use Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Die cut the full bow and bow loops from a scrap piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  Adhere the centers together with small dot of liquid glue and adhere to top of wreath.
  • Stamp greeting with Cherry Cobbler ink on scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Die cut with smallest oval in the Stitched Shapes dies set.  Adhere to wreath with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Adhere the wreath piece to the left front flap.  Be sure to only apply adhesive to the left side of the piece, leaving the right side unattached so that the can card open.
  • Stamp pheasant with Soft Suede ink in bottom left corner of the 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Stamp a greeting if you choose.  I used a greeting from the Toile Christmas stamp set and stamped it with Cherry Cobbler ink.

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Hallows Night Magic

Today’s card features products from the Magic in this Night suite. When I saw this suite in the August-December 2020 mini catalog I knew right away that I would purchase some of the products because as much as I enjoy the more traditional Halloween stamps and papers, the ones this year are more sophisticated or elegant and it is a nice change of pace! I decided to showcase the die cut labels by making a gatefold card. It is one of the cards we made in my stamping club this month.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut piece of Basic Black cardstock at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. Score at 2 1/8″ on both ends, fold and crease sharply with a bone folder.
  • Cut four strips of Magic in the Night Designer Series Paper at 1 7/8″ x 5 1/4″. Adhere two of the strips to the front flaps and the remaining two strips to the inside flaps.
  • Stamp “Happy Halloween” greeting from the Hallows Night Magic stamp set with Cajun Craze ink on scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock. Run through die cutting machine with the smaller label die from the Halloween Magic dies.
  • Cut piece of Black Glitter paper with the larger die from the Halloween Magic dies. Adhere the stamped greeting to this piece with either Tear and Tape or Stampin’ Seal+. Adhere entire label piece to the left flap on the card front. Make sure that you only apply glue to the left part of the label so that the card can be opened!
  • From the sheet of Magic in the Night DSP with the bats, cut out both the large and small bats with the coordinating die from the Halloween Magic dies. Both shapes are included on the one die. Adhere bats to label.
  • Cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp another greeting from the Hallows Night Magic stamp set with Cajun Craze ink. Stamp small bat images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink in opposite corners. Adhere to inside of card.
  • Cut length of Metallic Mesh ribbon, tie into a bow and adhere to corner of label with a glue dot.

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Fancy Phrases Birthday Cards

Hello! I made a few birthday cards to send out this month and thought it was the perfect time to break out Fancy Phrases, a new set in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. The floral images are lovely and if you like to color, you will enjoy using your Stampin’ Blends or watercoloring. I also like the variety of greetings and type fonts included in this set. I used an easy fun fold that I think shows off the colored image beautifully.

One of my favorite color combinations is gray and yellow and I haven’t used it in awhile so I decided to make two cards, each with different shades from the two color families.

The first card uses Basic Gray and Bumble Bee.

The second card uses Gray Granite and So Saffron for a softer look.

Here is how I made the cards.

  • First card base: Cut piece of Basic Gray or Gray Granite cardstock at 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. Score at 2 1/4″, fold and crease sharply with a bone folder. Second card base: Cut piece of Bumblebee or So Saffron cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 6 1/2″, score at 3 1/4″, fold and crease sharply with a bone folder.
  • Cut two pieces of the large Bumblebee floral paper from the Flowers from Every Season Designer Series Paper or two pieces of a Gray Granite paper from the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper at 2″ x 5 1/4″. Adhere to front and inside flap of the larger card base.
  • Cut two pieces of Whisper White cardstock at 3″ x 4″. Stamp the large floral image with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and stamp the birthday greeting Basic Gray ink. For the inside of the card stamp another greeting with Basic Gray ink and stamp the smaller flower with the Memento ink in the bottom left corner of the card. I used the Stamparatus for the large image and greeting in order to position it perfectly.
  • Color the images. I used the light and dark So Saffron and Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends for the flowers and light and dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends for the leaves.
  • Adhere the colored in images to the smaller yellow card bases. Make sure that the opening is to the left side before adhering to the larger gray card bases in order to have them overlap the front of the card when folded. The front flap of the larger card bases will be tucked into the opening of the smaller card bases.
  • Embellish the card front with a few pearlescent white Elegant Faceted Gems. On the inside of the smaller yellow card bases I adhered square vellum doilies for an extra-added touch.

To my readers, I will be taking a week-10-day hiatus from blogging. In addition to my Stampin’ Up! business I have an information consulting business and was recently asked to give a presentation to a local women’s business group I belong to on September 8. I’ve done many presentations over the years but this is on a new topic so I have to start from scratch. All of my energies need to be focused there. I will still be making new cards during this time and look forward to sharing them with you when I return. I will also be re-organizing my craft room-it’s time to pack away retired products to make room for all of my new goodies!

If you received bonus coupons this past July, don’t forget to redeem them by August 31st! When shopping online, once you are on the check-out page, enter the coupon codes you should have received in an email from Stampin’ Up!

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