Cards that Move – Swallowtail

Another card from my Cards that Move class was a simpler version of a beautiful card Shelli shared with us at the Stampin’ Up! Convention.

shelli-swallowtailThe card is closed up with the Very Vanilla Seam Binding.  I decorated the front with the Papillion Potpourri stamp set and the Flowering Flourishes stamp set.  There is also some splatter with an Aquapainter filled with rubbing alcohol and Soft Suede ink.  And also some Vanilla Smooch Spray.

When you open the card you get a big surprise –

swallowtail-insideThe huge Swallowtail butterfly pops right out at you – likes it is flying off the card.  I stamped it on a separate piece of card stock – I used the Natural White card stock and stamped with Black StazOn ink.  Then used the Aquapainter to watercolor with the ink pads.  Then cut the butterfly out – fold one wing in and attach to the inside of the card just on the left side.

I’ve been busy busy getting ready for my Stamp, Scrap & Create retreat that starts tomorrow!  I can’t wait.  I’ll probably be posting pictures on my Facebook page – so be sure to check in over there during the weekend.  If you haven’t already LIKE my page so you don’t miss anything I post over there.


Let’s Sale-A-Brate – Feeling Sentimental

One more Sale-A-Bration project using the vintage style set called Feeling Sentimental.  These images are really nice when they are embossed.


This is a quick easy card and this is how I created it –

  • Card base is Crumb Cake and the front flap is embossed with Delicate Designs Embossing Folder.  Sponge over the edge with Early Espresso ink.
  • Tie some Linen Thread around the card front – tie  in a bow.
  • stamp Celebrate in Versamark ink on the bottom of the card front and cover with Early Espresso Embossing Powder and heat set with the Heat Tool
  • stamp the Ferris wheel image on the First Edition Designer Paper with Versamark ink, cover with Early Espresso Embossing Powder and heat set with the Heat Tool
  • Sponge around the image with Crumb Cake ink
  • Distress the edges of the Early Espresso card stock with the Distresser tool.
  • layer together and add to the front of the card

You could use any of the images in the set and switch out the word with something else from another set.  Clean and simple.  I hope you like it.


Flower Trim in Summer Starfruit

The new Stampin’ Up! Flower Trim is beautiful!  If you haven’t seen it in real life you are missing out.  And while the trim itself comes in Very Vanilla – you can change the color! On this card I changed my to Summer Starfruit – and I’ll share with you how I did that.  Here are the two versions of this card –

flower-trim-cardsThese cards are very pretty in real life and I just love the little flowers.  I cut off a couple of flowers for each card.  Do you want to know how I changed the color from Very Vanilla to Summer Starfruit?  It’s easy – here is what I did –

  • I cut off the number of flowers that I wanted from the trim and placed them on a paper towel
  • I used one of the new Stampin’ Spritzer bottles – fill it with some rubbing alcohol about 1/2 full or a bit more.
  • Use the Summer Starfruit ink refill and add to the Spritzer bottles – the more drops the darker it will be – so you’ll have to decided what is right for you.  I probably added 10 drops.  Then shake it up.
  • Spritz the flowers with the mixture in your spritzer bottle and let the flower dry – it shouldn’t take very long.


Here are the tips on making this card –

  • The card base is Summer starfruit.
  • The layer of Whisper White card stock is embossed on the bottom edge with the Needlepoint Border Embossing Folder (Spring catalog).
  • Add a 1/2 piece of one of the Tea Lace Paper Doilies (Spring catalog) to the white card stock.
  • Stamp sentiment on the white card stock.
  • Add the leaves/stems to the doily layer.  Use the piercing tool and pierce a hole on either sides of the stems to pull the Linen Thread through and tie in a bow.
  • Attach the Whisper White panel to the card base.
  • Add the flowers to the stems – I used glue dots.

Here is another version of the card –


If you look at the two version of the cards there are just a couple of minor differences –

  1. The stamp set that I used – So Sorry on one and Vintage Versus from the Sale-A-Bration brochure on the other
  2. The stems/leaves that I used – the Bird Builder punch on one and the Little Leaves Sizzlits die on the other.

I hope you like this card.  I do and will probably make a few more as I need some more sympathy cards and I think this one turned out very peaceful looking.  Thanks for stopping by today.  All the products that I used are available in my online store on my website – just click the SHOP NOW button –



Create with Hearts a Flutter

Today’s the day!

The first day of the NEW Spring Stampin’ Up! Catalog!  And the beginning of Stampin’ Up!s 25 year silver anniversary!

Now it makes me think I should have made an anniversary card using silver – but we used silver last week – and I did not make an anniversary card.  I did however use some brand new products from the Spring Catalog for my card this week.  It is a sketch challenge week – I keep trying to decide if I like the sketches better or the colors – I think I prefer sketch challenges. In any case I do like that the  Create with Connie & Mary challenges alternate.    Here is this weeks sketch –

2012 Create Thursday-013

And I really do like to turn the sketches so I can be different – while it doesn’t always happen – it did this week – and this is the creation that I came up with –


In addition to turning it I decided to switch and have the three panels be the banner flags and the other piece be a rectangle.  Which meant I was able to use the new stamp set Hearts a Flutter for my flag along with the matching framelit.  Plus I wanted to give a more masculine feel to the Hearts A Flutter stamp set – so I thought this could pass as a masculine Valentine card – what do you think?

Here is a quick look at how I made this.

  • card base is Basic Gray
  • card layer of Crumb Cake embossed with the Chevron Embossing Folder
  • add the strip of First Edition Designer Series Paper
  • Stamp three of the banner flags on Crumb Cake card stock using Basic Gray ink and cut them out with the framelit attach with dimensionals to the strip
  • Wrap a piece of the Natural 7/16″ Trim Ribbon (I’m going to love this!) around the card layer overlapping the ends.  Tie with a piece of Linen Thread.
  • Stamp the outline heart and chevron heart on Crumb Cake card stock using Basic Gray ink and cut out with the matching framelit. Also cut a heart from Basic Gray card stock.
  • Stamp “4 You” from Tiny Tags set on the outline heart.
  • Punch holes with the 1/16″ punch in the three hearts, thread on a Vintage Trinket safety pin and pin to the Linen Thread.
  • punch a heart from the Owl punch from Basic Gray card stock and glue on the heart
  • Write a sweet note on the inside and give to your sweetheart!


I like how it turned out and I hope you do to.  Visit the Create with Connie & Mary site to see the creations from the rest of the design team and to submit your own creation for this new challenge.  Have a great week!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Stamps:  Hearts a Flutter, Tiny Tags
  • Ink: Basic Gray
  • Card Stock: Basic Gray, Crumb Cake
  • Accessories: Big Shot die-cut machine, Chevron Embossing Folder, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, 1/16″ handheld punch, Owl Punch, Linen Thread, Natural 7/16″ Trim Ribbon, Vintage Trinkets, First Edition Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Almost Artisan – Double Embossed Dare to Dream

This is my 4th card entry for the the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design team contest.

I really love how this one turned out.  For the Crumb Cake layer I did double embossing – first I embossed with the Stripes Embossing Folder and the Big Shot and then I embossed it a second time using the Tulip Frame Embossing Folder.  The stripes are still there but they are more subtle.  I sponges over the embossing for a vintage look.

I stamped “Dare to Dream” on a piece of the twill tape and attached it to the card with some of the little brads in the Vintage Trinkets.  My favorite part is the butterfly – I cut the butterfly with my Big Shot – stamped and sponged it.  Then added the body – which is the little safety pin from the Vintage Trinkets and it is wrapped with Linen Thread and then attached around the butterfly.

Really pretty results – I thought.  But not a finalist selection.  I’ll look for it on display at convention though.  Let me know if you see it there.

I’ll be on my way to Salt Lake City shortly – I am going early to spend some time with my upline, Wendy and other friends that are on her team.  I can’t wait!

Everything Eleanor in Blues

Hi everyone!

Here is a new stamp set and a fun technique for you today.  This idea came from my friend Michele from Iowa – she was my very first convention roommate – and we have been friends and roommates ever since.  This year at Leadership we were roommates and everyone that attended Leadership received this sneak peek stamp set from the new catalog – it is called Everything Eleanor.  Michele was also the lucky winner of one of the Simply Scored Diagonal plates during Leadership – the rest of us were so jealous!  Since we didn’t get to play with the Diagonal plate back in January I asked Michele to play for us and send us an idea.  Well this was the idea she came up with – a faux tile technique.  I have been saving it because the stamp set was coming in the new catalog and now I can share it.  We actually made this card at my stamp club last Friday night and it is slightly different from the one the Michele sent me.


I decided to use the new Midnight Muse ink pad (Michele had used black which was really nice on this card) so I could show case not only a new color but the new Firm Foam ink pad.  They stamp so nicely – I find that I don’t want to use any of my old colors, because I’d have to use my old ink pads.  It looks like there will be an order for the new pads in my future…..

Anyhow for the faux tile technique – first take the card stock and put it on the Diagonal Plate on the Simply Scored board and score diagonally in both directions every 1/2″.  After the piece has been scored then stamp the image – the ink won’t go into the scored indentations so it ends up looking like tile.

The colors are Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, and Midnight Muse.  I stamped and cut out both the large and medium sized flowers and layered them on top of each other.  Also the Baja Breeze piece is embossed with the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder.  And to finish there is a piece of the Baja Breeze Seam Binding and an Antique Brad.

I hope you like it and thanks so much to Michele for the idea!