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Birds, Bees, & Butterflies in Pastels

Hello!  Has Spring sprung in your part of the world yet?  Here in Central Florida, the temperatures are cool in the mornings (low 60s) and moderately warm in the afternoons (mid 80s).  The skies are bright blue, the azaleas are rioting in color, the oak trees are shedding their pollen pods, and the crepe myrtles are beginning to send out their leafy shoots.  Folks are beginning to clean up their yards from the effects of the Winter freezes and you can hear the mowers humming for the first time in a couple of months.  We treasure these few weeks of Spring--all too soon Summer weather will arrive and we won't see these mild temperatures again until November.

Here's a project I designed for the March meeting of the SASS Stamp Club.  As with the previous post, this project features soft Spring colors and the Sweet Summer Sale-A-Bration stamp set.

(click on each page to see larger image)

The base pages are Marina Mist Textured cardstock.  A strip of Rose Red cardstock was punched along one long edge with the Pinking Hearts Border punch.  These strips were adhered to the left and right edges, respectively, of the left and right base pages leaving approximately 1/8" of Marina Mist showing along the edge.  [Note that the punched borders point toward the center of each base page.]  A strip of Perfect Plum cardstock was then adhered to the center of the Rose Red cardstock.

Two strips of Whisper White cardstock were stamped with the three flower images from the Sweet Summer stamp set:  one flower using Rose Red ink, another with Perfect Plum ink, and the third with Marina Mist ink.  These flowers were covered with a mask created by stamping each flower on a Post-It Note, cutting out the image, and covering the associated image stamped on the Whisper White cardstock.  Once the masks were in place, the vine image was stamped randomly over the two pieces of Whisper White cardstock using Pear Pizzazz ink.  Then the masks were removed.

The flowers and dots on the vines were colored with Stampin' Pastels using a Blender Pen to transfer the color to the stamped images.  For these pages, the following Stampin' Pastel colors were used:  Rose Red, More Mustard, Marina Mist, and Perfect Plum.  Once the flowers were colored, the Whisper White cardstock was adhered to the Perfect Plum cardstock, aligning the top and bottom edges and centering between the left and right edges of the Perfect Plum cardstock.

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To carry the color scheme and whimsical design across the pages once the photos were added, small medallions were created to embellish the pages.  To begin, a piece of Whisper White cardstock was randomly stamped with the vine image using Pear Pizzazz ink.  In one area, the butterfly image was stamped using Rose Red ink.  The area of the Whisper White cardstock with the butterfly was inserted into the paper slot of a 1" circle punch, the butterfly and vine centered in the punch window, and punched out.  This punched circle was adhered to the center of a piece of Rose Red cardstock punched with the 1 1/4" circle punch.  The butterfly was colored with Rose Red Stampin' Pastels using the Blender Pen and then covered with Crystal Effects to give the butterfly some dimension and shine.  Once the Crystal Effects was dry, two Stampin' Dimensionals were placed on the back of the Rose Red cardstock.

The process for creating the remaining two embellishments is the same as for the butterfly:  the bird was stamped with Marina Mist ink and colored with Marina Mist Stampin' Pastels and the bee was stamped with Basic Gray ink and colored with Basic Black and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Pastels.

For the non-scrapbookers in the group, here are 3" x 6" cards made using the same process used for the scrapbook pages.

(click on cards to see larger images)

Note that the border strips are centered in the middle of the card fronts with the punched border pointing toward the card opening.  The embellishments were scattered between the two cards:  the butterfly and bird on one card and the bee on the other.

The inside sentiment area of the cards were lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  These pieces were stamped with the vine image (using Pear Pizzazz ink) three times across the bottom of the liner.  The bird image was stamped to perch on one of the vines and colored with Marina Mist Stampin' Pastels and the Blender Pen.  The envelope flaps of the Small Open End Envelopes were randomly stamped with the vine image, again using Pear Pizzazz ink.

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Thanks for stopping by to visit!  Take some time to enjoy Spring and all the wonderful sights, sounds, and smells of this season of new birth.  If Spring hasn't arrived in your area yet, maybe these images and colors will help to soften your wait after a long Winter.


Stamps:  Sweet Summer; Inks:  Basic Gray, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Perfect Plum, Rose Red; Cardstock:  Marina Mist Textured, Perfect Plum, Rose Red, Whisper White; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Stampin' Pastels, Blender Pens, Crystal Effects, 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Pinking Hearts Border punch; Other:  Page Protectors, Small Open End Envelopes


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Sara Mattson-Blume

Beautiful--very springy. However in WI, spring still includes snow at this point--got 10 inches last night--freezing rain right now--yep, it's spring!


These are such gorgeous pages! I love how you have a card option, too.

Tanya Boser

OMGosh, so pretty! Love the colors and the little circle embellies.

Jen Timko

Fabulous!! I love the options, too. What wonderful designs and colors!

Adriana Benitez

Oh, how cool! So neat to see the page option and the card option. TFS!

Heidi Baks

Love how those little circles add interest! Snow here, again! :(

Diane Simpers

So pretty with the textured card stock. Love your color choices, too!

Karen Gilbert

Your cards do say Spring and what a great idea to provide both a page option and a card option.

Allison Ohran

Pretty! I love the colors. Great card option too! Our weather here in Houston sounds a lot like yours--we're also trying to enjoy the nice days before it gets hot and humid. :-)


The calendar says spring but the weather, not so much! We had freezing rain, sleet, snow and rain in the last day or so! Yuck! Your cards and pages are really pretty. Love the colors and the embellishment are a great idea!

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