Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Butterflies Galore! Two Bundles to Consider Here!

If you LOVE Butterflies then you'll want to check out both these Bundles.

Floating and Fluttering Bundle is currently available in the January-June Mini Catalog until June 30th. 

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Here's are some sample ideas from Stampin' Up! on ways to use this set.

Butterfly Brilliance Bundle

This bundle is an early release bundle and will continue to be available in the 2021-22 Annual Catalog that officially begins on May 4th.

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Here's some more card design ideas using this bundle from Stampin' Up!

Now if you purchased both these bundles you would be set with butterflies for life!  

Here's what some of the  other demonstrators have started to do with the Butterfly Brilliance stamp set. They are purchasing TWO sets. One to keep as a whole large stamp of 6 butterflies to do backgrounds with, and then a second set to cut apart for individual butterflies that are easier to handle and just stamp the one you want. Guess what, I bought two!   The large connected die will cut out 1 or 6 butterflies, so you'll just use it for whatever number you need.

Butterflies are such a wonderful symbol of rebirth and renewal. I hope these sets will inspire you to make some butterfly cards to fly to your friends and family!

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Pretty Perennials Card #2

Here's another card layout idea to share using the Pretty Perennials stamp set that is available until June 30th. I was inspired by the Creativity Cave and also Tristan Dawes layouts.

I had forgotten how easy it is to heat emboss on the vellum cardstock with the white embossing powder after you stamp the vellum with Versamark ink. It is easy-peasy! What I love about this card layout is the fact that you can wrap the vellum around the top paper layer, so you don't have to worry about any glue dots or other adhesive showing. I love the transparent look of vellum over those flowers. There's something just so cool about it!

 I made my card brighter using Mango Melody and Basic White cardstocks. I used the new Blending Brushes to create the "cloudy" background in Balmy Blue ink. Those Blending Brushes work so well. HOT TIP:  just go in a circular motion on the ink pad, but don't press too hard, and then go in the reverse circular direction on the cardstock. (Think Wax On! Wax Off! from the Karate Kid movies of long ago!) Go easy on the ink at first until you get the hang of how the brush feels in your hand. It's going to feel pretty good to you I think. It feels very solid in my hands. I love them! HINT: When you are all done, just rinse your blending brush under the faucet (no soap) and let it dry thoroughly before using it again.

 The flowers and leaves were done in Mango Melody, Flirty Flamingo and Granny Apple Green inks. I love how easy it is to just let the stamps run off the edge of your cardstock. By doing this you can combine more images on the front of your card. The final touch was the Tuxedo Black Memento ink flower centers.

Then stamp your "happy" on Vellum cardstock with Versamark ink. Carefully sprinkle white embossing powder on and tap off the excess. Use your heat tool to make the embossing magic happen. Then assemble your layers as shown in the photo below.

Paper Dimensions:
Mango Melody card base - 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"
Inner Card Basic White Layer - 4" x 5-1/4"
Basic White layer - 3-3/4" x 5"
Stamped on Basic White layer - 3-1/2" x 4-3/4"
Vellum Cardstock - 1-1/2" x 5-3/4"

Don't forget to add a little flower to the card interior. It's a little surprise when you open it!

It would be really cute to stamp a few flowers on the lower left corner of your envelope too!

Pretty Perennials Bundle is available in my online store.
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I hope you love this card as much as I loved making it to share with you. 
I'd love to read your comments and thoughts.

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Monday, March 29, 2021

Pretty Perennials Card #1

Do you like Perennial flowering plants? I sure do, I have a special flower bed with just perennials in there. Peony, hollyhock, hellebore, lavender, columbine, Black-eyed Susan and more. I love watching the different plants bloom between spring, summer, and fall. They bring me such joy!

The Pretty Perennials Bundle brings me joy too and is only around until the end of June, so you still have time to get this bundle, save 10% and enjoy creating cards with this gorgeous set. I absolutely love the "happy" word and how large it is.

I cased this card layout from Cindee Wilkinson. It has a simple fun fold by scoring and turning back a 1-1/4" strip on the card front. I have used retired Sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper called Flower and Field, but if you can get you hands on some, it is beautiful paper. 

The Casual Stamper could make multiples of this card easily to have on hand for upcoming birthday's of their friends and family.

The card base is Bumblebee cardstock cut at 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" and scored at 4-1/4" and the 1-1/4" from the front card edge, with Basic White inside cut at 2-3/4" x 5-1/4". The greeting is stamped with the Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad. The Designer Series Paper strips are 1" x 5-1/4" and you need two coordinating pieces (use some you have, your card will look great!)  For stamping the flowers I used Cherry Cobbler ink, Pumpkin Pie ink and cardstock and Bumblebee ink and cardstock. Finishing the card are a few Matte Black Dots.

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A sneak peek inside this fun, cheery card.

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I'll have another Pretty Perennials card to show you tomorrow, so stop back by.

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

This or That Cardmaking Using Hydrangea Hill Suite

Wanna play a game? That is what I asked some of my stamping customers who joined me on Zoom not too long ago. I told them I had prepared card pieces and I needed their help to make four cards. My purpose was to show my customers that sometimes you have to play with your pieces until one of the color combinations speaks to you.

 So we got started with the game "This or That".  It was a fun time, getting their input and sharing these finished cards with them.

Here's what I got ready ahead of time:

Four card bases in Mossy Meadow, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Balmy Blue cut at 4-1/4"" x 11," scored at 5-1/2".

Four layer pieces of matching cardstock pieces cut at 4" x 5-1/4".

Four pieces of Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper layer cut at 3-3/4" x 5".

I had the hydrangea flowers and stems all stamped and die cut in the matching ink choices. The leaves were all done in Mossy Meadow.

The tags and greetings were prepared using the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch, Basic White Cardstock stamped with the two chosen greetings, and matching ink colors.

The embellishments were the Pastel Pearls.

The Ladies had so much fun coming to consensus on which pieces should go together and which direction the card should go (vertical or horizontal). They really discussed which options looked best together and where the embellishments should go as I finished assembling the cards under their watchful eyes.

Their decision making and team work resulted in four beautiful cards. Afterwards, I reminded them that I would finish up the envelope flaps with some coordinating paper, because we didn't want any "naked" envelopes!

I recommend to you that you give this method a try. It's just as quick to prep pieces for 4 cards as one card, really! Then you can play around with which color combinations look best together, saying to yourself, "Should I do this or that?" When you are done, you have four finished cards to share or mail. Sweet!

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