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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Butterfly Gala stamp set.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first, third, and (sometimes the fifth) Mondays of the month to review a single stamp set.  The number of participants varies from hop to hop, but the ideas are plentiful as we take a stamp set through its paces.  By the time you've traveled through the hop, you are sure to find a number of innovative ways to use the featured stamp set.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to start pinning ideas to your Pinterest board!

To see the line up of artists for this week's hop, click here.  If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Sue's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've seen Jenny's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

For one reason or another, I've been making a few cards with the Butterfly Gala stamp set.  I'm not usually that wound up about butterflies; however, with a really versatile stamp set, coordinating punch, and fun coordination with Sale-A-Bration items, it's hard NOT to make butterfly cards.  I was sitting at my desk trying to cudgel my brain for an idea for another butterfly card for this blog hop when my husband came into my workroom to see what I was working on.  We talked about the project I needed to create for this blog hop and he wanted to know why my butterfly cards always look so "girly."  So I thought about it and decided I'd make a butterfly card that has a more masculine feel to it.  What do you think? 


This card begins with a bunch of "leaf" butterfly images (large and small) stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Mossy Meadow ink.  The butterfly bodies (large and small) were stamped over the Mossy Meadow butterflies using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The butterflies were punched from the cardstock using the Butterfly Duet punch.  The large butterflies were arranged on and adhered to a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, wingtip to wingtip, to cover the entire piece of cardstock [note that some parts of the butterflies may hang over the right and left edges of the cardstock].  The large butterfly antenna were stamped at the head of each butterfly using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Then the butterflies that are overhanging the right and left edges of the cardstock were trimmed off using Paper Snips using the edge of the cardstock as a guide.  A strip of Vellum cardstock was adhered across the butterfly panel with the bottom edge of the Vellum 1" above the bottom edge of the panel and the right and left edges of the Vellum flush with the right and left edges of the panel [note that the adhesive was placed along the center width of the vellum.  A piece of Burlap ribbon was adhered over the center width of the Vellum using Mini Glue Dots with the right and left edges of the ribbon flush with the right and left edges of the Vellum/butterfly panel.

The Vellum/butterfly panel was matted with a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock.  A piece of Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine was wrapped around the panels and Burlap ribbon, knotted on the left and then tied into a bow.  A rolled up Mini Glue Dot was placed under the knot of the bow to hold it in place on the Burlap ribbon.  The panel was then adhered at the center of the Mossy Meadow card front.

The "The good things in life are better with you" sentiment was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Mossy Meadow ink.  The sentiment was die cut with the Big Shot using the 1-3/16" x 1-11/16" rectangle from the Rectangle Stitched Framelits.  The die cut sentiment was matted with a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock and then adhered over the Burlap ribbon with the right edge of the matted sentiment 1/4" from the right edge of the butterfly panel using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.


Now I get to use up all the little butterflies that were stamped and punched out with the large butterflies used for the card front.

The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The "So glad we are friends" sentiment, from the Incredible Like You stamp set, was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Mossy Meadow ink.  One of the littel butterflies was folded at the body to pull up the wings and adhered near the upper right of the sentiment using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.  The small butterfly antenna was stamped at the head of the butterfly body using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

A piece of Burlap ribbon was adhered along the bottom edge of the liner using Mini Glue Dots.  Six small butterfly antenna were stamped on scraps of Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out with Paper Snips leaving a tag below the bottom of the "v".  The butterfly antenna were adhered behind the small butterflies using Mini Glue Dots.  Then the butterflies were adhered along the Burlap ribbon using Mini Glue Dots [note that there will be overhang on the left and right ends of the ribbon--use Paper Snips to trim the overhang flush with the right and left edges of the liner.  The liner then adhered to the card base.


And there were still some of the little butterflies left.  So they were adhered vertically along the left front edge of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope.  The small butterfly antenna was stamped at the head of each butterfly using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Of course, this envelope would NOT be a candidate for the postal service as the butterflies could come detached from the envelope front and jam up the sorter which would pretty much shred up the envelope and the card inside.  

It's been a while since I made a monochromatic card and I think this one has a bit of a tropical feel.  And my husband says it's definitely not "girly."

Card Measurements -- 

Basic Black:  4-1/8" x 5-3/8", 1-5/16" x 1-13/16"; Mossy Meadow:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Very Vanilla:  2 @ 4" x 5-1/4", 1-1/2" x 2", 4-1/4" x 11"; Vellum:  1-3/4" x 4"; Burlap ribbon:  2 @ 4"; Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine:  16"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Butterfly Gala, Incredible Like You; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Mossy Meadow; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla, Vellum; Embellishments:  Burlap ribbon, Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Rectangle Stitched Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


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Dawn Tidd

This is a striking card! Love the Mossy Meadow and all those butterflies stamped across the front and that vellum panel is perfect with them. The inside is so pretty too!

Linda Callahan

Total wow card! Love the rich green - beautifully done and very classy!

Brenda B

Great card. Love the colors. Your husband nudged you in the right direction!


WOWsers! Super pretty total package. I am in love with the envelope.

Jenny Hall

You captured the elegance of the stamp set just right, Mickey! Beautiful!


So dramatic! Super layout and colors.

Mary Bellis

What a wonderful, different twist on this stamp set. It's so different to see it used in this way. Lovely.

Ann Schach

That's a bunch of leafy butterflies, Mickey...and what a "WOW" they pack! The card front is amazing...and so is the inside. The matching envelope is the icing on the cake. You are such an inspiration!

Lou Kitelman

I love the idea of using this stamp set to make a more masculine card. This is superb Mickey. x

Cindy Elam

I think you nailed a masculine feeling card with the butterflies, Mickey!

Kris Kilkenny

I love this card! I think that's what so striking about it is that it's not girly. The little band of vellum looks really cool and adds just enough to mute the elements. I looked at your color combo and I was like, Wow! Cool! Pinned!!

Jay Soriano

Great masculine card Mickey

Holly/Rubber Redneck

Love this idea with the butterflies stamped across over and over. Love them done in Mossy Meadow too it would work great for a guy card too. Beautiful card Mickey!

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