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August 2015

Just For You

Hi there!

I'd like to begin my journey back to blogging with a simple, but elegant card featuring the Floral Wings stamp set.  This stamp set is only available to Hosts with qualifying workshops, so if you find you just have to have this beautiful stamp set, gather some friends and contact me to schedule your workshop!


This card begins with a card base of Sahara Sand cardstock.  The long stem was stamped multiple times (using Sahara Sand ink) from the bottom right corner to create a fan of stems.  The small rosette flower was stamped (also using Sahara Sand ink) along the length of each stem to correspond with the openings created for the flower or shorter stems.  A piece of Pink Pirouette Seam Binding ribbon was wrapped around the card front and tied in a knot to the lower left side of the card front.  A piece of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the sentiment (using Sahara Sand ink) and punched out using the Washi Tape punch.  The sentiment was adhered near the lower right corner.

The butterfly consists of two pieces.  The first piece is a piece of cardstock vellum die cut with the Big Shot using the medium butterfly from the Butterfly Thinlits.  The second piece is a three-step stamping process made easy by using the alignment tabs on each of the three stamps used to stamp the butterfly.  (Because this stamp is only available in Photopolymer and mounted on clear acrylic blocks, you can see through the inked stamps to the cardstock.)  The first stamp uses Wisteria Wonder ink to stamp the background, the second stamp uses Pink Pirouette ink to stamp the roses, and the third stamp uses Pear Pizzazz ink to stamp the leaves.  The key is to place a small pencil dot near the upper center of the Whisper White cardstock and make sure the tip of each alignment tab is placed right on the dot every time you stamp.  The butterfly was die cut with the Big Shot using the large butterfly from the Bold Butterfly Framelits.  Note that the pictures in the catalog don't really make it clear that the two butterfly shapes were designed to complement each other.  In fact, the smaller butterfly in the Bold Butterfly Framelits complements the smallest butterfly in the Butterfly Framelits.

Use a bone folder to gently roll the wings of both die cut butterflies under and use your fingers to bend the wings up at the center of each butterfly.  Use a Mini Glue Dot to adhere the vellum butterfly to the stamped butterfly at the center of the bodies and place a Stampin' Dimensional at the back of the stamped butterfly at the center of the body.

Before placing the butterflies on the card front, wrap about 24 inches of Gold Thread around the four fingers of one hand.  Gently remove the wrapped thread and pinch the center of the loops and twist to make a figure 8.  Place a Mini Glue Dot on the card front where you think the center of the butterfly will be adhered and then press the center of the gold thread 8 on the Mini Glue Dot.  Finally, adhere the butterfly.


The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The long stem was stamped along the left side (using Sahara Sand ink) and the small rosette flower was stamped along the length of the stem to correspond with the openings created for the flower or shorter stems (using Sahara Sand ink).

The long stem and small rosette flower were stamped along the left front of the Medium Whisper White envelope in the same manner used for the inside sentiment area of the card.


I designed this card for the first meetings of my stamp clubs this month.  I have three clubs this year and I'm really looking forward to working with a great group of creative paper crafters.  

I still have a few spots open in my Friday night and Sunday afternoon clubs, so if you live on Florida's Space Coast, please consider joining!  We make three projects each month and the months up to Christmas feature at least one Christmas card or 3-D project.  Click on the E-Mail Mickey button at the upper right side and we'll get you signed up!  

Have a great day!


Supplies I used for this card--

Stamps:  Floral Wings; Inks:  Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, Sahara Sand, Wisteria Wonder; Cardstock:  Sahara Sand, Vellum, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Gold Thread, Pink Pirouette Seam Binding ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Acrylic Blocks (A, D, E, G, and I), Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Butterflies Thinlits, Bold Butterfly Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

I'm baaaaaaaack!

Hi Everyone!

After a ridiculous absence, I wanted to say that I'm very glad to be back to blogging!  I haven't stopped papercrafting, I just had to deal with some significant life "issues" and put those away.  Now that I'm emerging from the morass, I can't wait to show you the stuff I've done and the stuff I will be doing!

I'm still a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator and still reside on the Space Coast in East Central Florida.  I'm still conducting workshops and clubs and am so very, very thankful for the loyal customers who have hung in there with me during these ups and downs and for the new customers that I've met.  I love working with all of you and hope to continue to work with you for a long time.

I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE papercrafting!!!  I have to admit it's been my salvation during this challenging time and don't think I would have survived without it!  Such a great way to take your mind off the difficult, focus on the creativity, and most especially on the person for whom you are creating something very special.  

I look forward to visiting with you in the next couple of days with some great ideas for items from the 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog.  Soon after that you'll be seeing ideas from the Holiday Catalog,  I just finished unpacking my pre-order box this afternoon.  So many yummy things!  I can't wait!