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Stamp Review Crew -- Butterfly Gala

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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? 

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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.

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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.

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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


Inky Friends All Occasions Blog Hop -- Butterfly Gala

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Hello!  And welcome to the Inky Friends Time All Occasions Blog Hop.  I'm so glad you stopped by.  To see the lineup of talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrators participating in this hop, click here.  If you are traveling forward through the hop, you've arrived from Kris' blog where she featured the Meant To Be stamp set.  If you are traveling backwards through the hop, then you've arrived from Yapha's blog where she featured the Happy Tails stamp set.  All the blog posts in this hop are linked so that whether you move forward or backwards through the hop, you'll be able to visit all the stops to see some of the great items available in the 2019 Occasions Catalog. 

When you receive a new Stampin' Up! Catalog and you find a whole lot of great stuff you just HAVE to have, it's hard to pick one thing when you want to make something with all your new stuff.  Right?  Well that's what happened when I made this card.  And I included some Sale-A-Bration stuff, too!

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This card begins with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The Stitched Rectangle Framelit with the inner 2-1/4" x 3-9/16" rectangular cut was placed on the cardstock so that the top of the framelit is 5/8" from the top edge of the cardstock and the framelit is centered between the right and left sides of the cardstock.  Then the cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot.  (Be sure to save the piece removed from the center for stamping later.)  The cardstock was then placed in the Dot-To-Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and rolled through the Big Shot.

A piece of Highland Heather cardstock was die cut using two Stitched Rectangle Framelits placed together (one inside the other).  The outer framelit has a 2-5/8" x 3-15/16" inner cut and the inner framelit has the 2-1/4" x 3-9/16" inner cut (used for the Whisper White cardstock).  The resulting narrow frame was adhered to the opening in the embossed Whisper White cardstock using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  The piece removed from the center was then die cut with the 7/8" x 2-7/8" rectangular framelit.

A piece of Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (Sale-A-Bration) was adhered behind the framed opening of the Whisper White cardstock using Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive.  The 7/8" x 2-7/8" Highland Heather stitched rectangle was placed across the framed opening with the bottom edge of the die cut 1/2" above the inner edge of the frame.  A piece of Grapefruit Grove ribbon from the Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (Sale-A-Bration) was placed across the center of the rectangular die cut with the ends folded and adhered to the back of the Whisper White embossed cardstock.  The Whisper White cardstock was then adhered at the center of the Lemon Lime Twist card front.

The "a little note" greeting was stamped on the stitched rectangle removed from the Whisper White cardstock using Highland Heather ink and die cut with the 1/2" x 2-1/2" stitched rectangle framelit so that the "a" in the greeting is near the left edge of the die cut.  The die cut was adhered at the center of the Highland Heather die cut (over the ribbon) using Mini Glue Dots.

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One of the great things about the Butterfly Gala stamp set is the coordinating Butterfly Duet punch.  Another great thing is that the butterfly outline images in the stamp set are designed to line up--large and small versions--so that they align with the punch.  Woohoo!  The "realistic" butterflies image and large and small butterfly bodies were stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  In addition, the same large butterfly image was rough cut from the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper.  All three butterflies were "colored" using Highland Heather, Grapefruit Grove, and Lemon Lime Twist inks using Sponge Daubers.  You can see those butterflies in the image above.  The pair of stamped butterflies were punched out with the Butterfly Duet punch.  The butterfly rough cut from the Designer Series Paper was also punched with the Butterfly Duet punch.  However, since the rough cut was too small to hold while being punched, I put a piece of Post-It Note behind the rough cut butterfly to be able to hold it while being punched.  

The large stamped butterfly was finger folded at the body to pull the wings up and adhered to the card front on top of the Designer Series Paper in the framed opening above the greeting using rolled up Mini Glue Dots.  The butterfly antenna was stamped above the butterfly body using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The small stamped butterfly was finger folded at the center and adhered to the right of the greeting using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  A thin strip of Highland Heather cardstock was adhered behind the top edge of a strip of Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper and then adhered along the bottom edge of the liner.  The butterfly from the Designer Series Paper was finger folded at the center and adhered near the lower right corner of the liner above the paper strips.  The butterfly antenna was stamped above the butterfly using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

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A piece of Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper was adhered to the flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  Paper Snips were used to trim the paper to match the envelope flap.

As you can see, I packed quite a few items into this card.  And while you may think that this card is pretty complicated, it's really not.  I made this card with my stamp clubs in January and the consensus was that the design was pretty simple--it just had a lot of pieces.  Once they got a handle on where all the pieces fit, they enjoyed the fun colors and happy butterflies.  There are 3 more butterfly designs in this stamp set which means that you can have a great time creating fun color combinations for your butterflies.

Now it's time to see some more of the great items available in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  To move forward, click on the NEXT button to visit Yapha's creations featuring the Happy Tails stamp set.  To move backwards, click on the PREVIOUS button to visit Kris' projects featuring the Meant To Be stamp set.

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Card Measurements -- 

Highland Heather:  3-1/4" x 4-1/4", 3/8" x 4"; Lemon Lime Twist:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Whisper White:  2 @ 4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/8" x 3-1/4"; Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper:  3" x 4", 3/4" x 4", 1-1/2" x 2", 2-1/4" x 6"; Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack:  5-1/2"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Butterfly Gala; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Grapefruite Grove, Highland Heather, Lemon Lime Twist; Cardstock:  Highland Heather, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Botanical Butterfly (Sale-A-Bration); Embellishments:  Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (Sale-A-Bration); Adhesives:  SNAIL, Multipurpose Liquid, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge Daubers, Butterfly Duet punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform and Multipurpose Platform, Dot-to-Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangles Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelopes; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Post-It Note

 


Wonderful Romance -- Together Is A Wonderful Place To Be

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One of the best things about Winter is Valentine's Day.  It's a bright spot of warmth and happiness in a season that can be a bit overwhelming with weather challenges.  While the consensus seems to be that this holiday is a commercial bonanza, I like to think it's a chance to take the time to put a spotlight on the relationships that matter most.  And letting those we care about know how much they mean to us.

The last year or so has been a time of significant transition for my husband and me.  In all the turmoil and upheaval, it's sometimes easy to forget that we couldn't do what we need to do unless we have each other.  So this is my Valentine's Day card for my husband. 

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This card begins with a card base of Petal Pink cardstock.  A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was swiped with the Embossing Buddy and then stamped with the floral bouquet from the Wonderful Romance stamp set using Versamark ink.  (Note that the image was stamped near the upper center of the Very Vanilla cardstock.)  The stamped image was covered with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, the excess tapped back into the container, and the powder melted with the Heat Tool.  The Very Vanilla cardstock was matted with a slightly larger piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock and then adhered at the center of the card front.

A strip of floral vellum from the Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper pack was adhered across the Very Vanilla cardstock below the embossed image with the bottom edge of the vellum 1/4" above the bottom edge of the Very Vanilla cardstock.  To keep the adhesive from showing through the vellum, place the adhesive at the center back of the vellum.  A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was stamped with the "Together is a wonderful place to be" sentiment at the center of the cardstock using Pear Pizzazz ink.  The tiny flower image was stamped around the edge of the cardstock using Petal Pink ink.  The strip was adhered at the center of the vellum strip (which hides the adhesive adhering the vellum to the embossed Very Vanilla cardstock).

A piece of Old Olive Linen Thread was tied into a bow and adhered to the grouped stems of the embossed image using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The "You are the best thing I never knew I needed" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Pear Pizzazz ink.

A strip of the floral vellum was adhered across the bottom edge of the liner placing the adhesive behind the top edge of the vellum.  A strip of Gold Foil Sheets was adhered across the top edge of the floral vellum (which hides the adhesive adhering the vellum to the liner).

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The envelope flap of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope was randomly stamped with the leaf image using Pear Pizzazz ink.  [Tip:  Place a piece of scrap paper between the envelope flap and body of the envelope to keep the stamping confined to the envelope flap.]  The tiny flower image was stamped among the leaves using Petal Pink ink.

I was speaking with one of my children this morning about married relationships.  I reminded him that no matter where a marriage is in its rollercoaster of ups and downs, one thing remains constant:  every day you make a decision to love.  Whether it's easy or hard to make the decision, it still has to be made.  Every. Single. Day.  I think about the road my husband and I have traveled through our marriage and I know that if we had not continually made that decision we never would have made it.  There are so many challenges and distractions in our every day world we can sometimes become so overwhelmed with the immediate concerns that we forget to remember that our anchor in all the chaos is our committed relationship.  For me, it's the absolute calm in the storm.  I am so very blessed!

Card Measurements -- 

Pear Pizzazz:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Petal Pink:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Very Vanilla:  3/4" x 3", 3-3/4" x 5", 4" x 5-1/4"; Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper:  1" x 3-3/4", 1-1/4" x 4"; Gold Foil Sheets:  3/8" x 4";  Old Olive Linen Thread:  8"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Wonderful Romance; Inks:  Pear Pizzazz, Petal Pink, Versamark; Cardstock:  Pear Pizzazz, Petal Pink, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper; Embellishments:  Old Olive Linen Thread; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Stamp Review Crew -- Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (Sale-A-Bration)

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring items from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  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 Debra'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 Betty's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

My favorite part of the Stampin' Up! year is Sale-A-Bration.  That's because you can earn great stuff for FREE!  My post will feature two projects using the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper.  This truly lovely Designer Series Paper Pack features colored images on one side of the paper and black and white designs on the opposite side.  Some of the papers feature black and white and colored images that can be punched out with the Butterfly Duet punch available in the 2019 Occasions Catalog (but as of the publication date of this post is, unfortunately, on back order).

My first project features a covered mini composition book.  I love these little notebooks for quick gifts for any occasion.  You can see the back and front design of one of the pieces of the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper on this project.  I love the colors used for this paper:  Balmy Blue, Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove, Highland Heather, and Lemon Lime Twist.  

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Mini composition books have a black paper over the spine of the notebook.  The black and white pattern was adhered to the spine of the mini composition book with Multi-Purpose Liquid adhesive first applied to the front, then the paper finger folded over the two edges of the spine, and then adhered to the back of the spine.  It's important to keep smoothing the paper over the spine until the adhesive takes hold.  Multi-Purpose Liquid adhesive was placed on the back of the colored side of the paper and then placed over the front cover of the mini composition book with the right edge of the paper flush with the right edge of the notebook and centered between the top and bottom edges of the notebook.  The same process was used to adhere the paper to the back cover of the notebook.  Paper Snips were used to trim the edges of the paper to the edges of the notebook.  

Old Olive Linen Thread and Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine were wrapped around the front cover of the notebook and tied in a knot on the upper front cover over the seam between the two pieces of paper.

The "You Are Amazing!" sentiment, from the Amazing Life stamp set, was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The Classic Label punch was used to punch out the sentiment.  The sentiment was adhered to two pieces of Grapefruit Grove cardstock punched with the Classic Label punch.  One of the colored labels were adhered slightly above the Whisper White and the other slightly below the Whisper White.  The sentiment was adhered to the upper center of the notebook cover using Multi-Purpose Liquid adhesive.

Project Measurements -- 

Grapefruit Grove:  2" x 3"; Whisper White:  1" x 3"; Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper:  1-5/8" x 4-5/8", 2 @ 2-7/8" x 4-5/8"; Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine:  12"; Old Olive Linen Thread:  12"

Supplies I used to make this project -- 

Stamps:  Amazing Life; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Cardstock:  Grapefruit Grove, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Botanical Butterfly (Sale-A-Bration); Embellishments:  Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine, Old Olive Linen Thread; Adhesives:  Liquid Multi-purpose; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Classic Label punch; Other:  Mini Composition Book

My second project is a Get Well card that uses both sides of another piece of the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper.  The black and white side features pencil sketched butterflies and flowers and the colored side features multi-colored small butterflies on a Daffodil Delight background.

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This card begins with the black and white side as the focal point by coloring in one of the pencil sketched butterflies using Watercolor Pencils (Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay).  The paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock and adhered to the Basic Black card front.  

The "I'm here for you" sentiment, from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set, was stamped on a strip of Whisper White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink with a banner tail cut into the left end of the cardstock.  The banner was adhered to a slightly larger banner of Basic Black cardstock with the right edges flush.  A piece of Daffodil Delight Double-Stitched ribbon was folded over and adhered near the right edge of the banner.  Then the banner was adhered to the card front with the bottom edge of the banner 1-3/8" above the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper.  

Three of the small butterflies were cut out from the colored side of the Designer Series Paper using Paper Snips (two Daffodil Delight and one Grapefruit Grove).  The Grapefruit Grove butterfly was adhered to the left of the sentiment using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot placed on the center back of the butterfly.  One of the Daffodil Delight butterflies was adhered (rolled up Mini Glue Dot) at the center of a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock punched with the 3/4" circle punch and adhered slightly above the right end of the sentiment banner.  The remaining Daffodil Delight butterfly was adhered (rolled up Mini Glue Dot) at the center of a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock punched with the 3/4" circle punch and adhered slightly below the left end of the sentiment banner.

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The inside sentiment area was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock matted with a slightly larger piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock.  The "hope you're feeling better" sentiment, from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set, was stamped at the upper center of the Whisper White liner using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. 

Three more butterflies were cut out from the colored side of the paper using Paper Snips (2 Daffodil Delight and 1 Grapefruit Grove).  The first Daffodil Delight butterfly was adhered near the upper left corner of the Whisper White liner using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot behind the center back of the butterfly.  The second Daffodil Delight butterfly was adhered near the lower left corner of the liner using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot behind the center back of the butterfly.  The Grapefruit Grove butterfly was adhered near the right side of the sentiment using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot behind the center back of the butterfly.

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The black and white side of the paper was adhered to the flap of a Medium Whisper White Envelope with the paper trimmed to match the flap of the envelope using Paper Snips.  The sketched butterfly was colored with Watercolor Pencils (Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie).

Card Measurements -- 

Basic Black:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 5/8" x 3-1/8"; Bermuda Bay:  1" x 3"; Calypso Coral:  1" x 3"; Daffodil Delight:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 4" x 5-1/4"; Whisper White:  1/2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (Sale-A-Bration):  3-3/4" x 5", 2" x 5", 2-1/4" x 6; Daffodil Delight Double-Stitched Ribbon:  4"

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Itty Bitty Greetings; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Botanical Butterfly (Sale-A-Bration); Embellishments:  Daffodil Delight Double-Stitched Ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, 3/4" circle punch, Watercolor Pencils; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

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Inky Friends Blog Hop -- Thankful For ... Designer Series Paper

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Hello!  Welcome to the Inky Friends Blog Hop where each of the hop participants has identified a Stampin' Up! item that they are "Thankful For...".  I'm sharing my thankfulness for Stampin' Up!'s wonderful Designer Series Paper.  To see the lineup of awesome Stampin' Up! Demonstrators participating in the hop, click here.  All of the stops on the hop are linked in a circle.  If you are traveling forward through the hop, you've arrived from Cindy's blog where she is sharing her thankfulness for AquaPainters.  If you are traveling backwards through the hop, then you're arriving from Sharleen's blog where she's sharing her thankfulness for the Making Everyday Bright stamp set.  

One of the best features of Stampin' Up!'s line of products is the color coordination.  This means that for a specific Stampin' Up! color, that color is the same whether you are looking at ink (Classic Stampin' Pads, Stampin' Blends, watercolor pencils, Stampin' Write Markers, etc.), cardstock, embellishments (ribbons, Stampin' Emboss powder, button, brads, etc.), or Designer Series Paper.  For Stampin' Up's Designer Series Paper, they take this color coordination a step further by ensuring that the designs and prints used in a specific package of Designer Series Paper coordinate for the group of colors used together in the paper pack.  For me, this is an awesome thing.  I just let the colors in the paper determine the colors I want to feature when I use that piece of paper to make a card, gift bag, tag, or scrapbook page.  I call this "letting the paper do the work".  To illustrate, let's look at the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper.  The colors used for the prints in this amazing package of paper are:  Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide, and Whisper White.  Recently, I wanted to feature this paper and the coordinating stamp set, Rooted In Nature, for a stamp club project to demonstrate a technique using Stampin' Write Markers.  Here's the card I designed.

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However, I quickly realized that I with only two sheets of each print in the package of Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper, I had to come up with a couple of alternate versions of the card.  So I created a second card using the same color grouping of Garden Green, Old Olive, and Soft Suede.

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Since the first card featured a leaf print on the Designer Series Paper, I mimicked that by adding a randomly stamped leaf (using Soft Suede ink) on the wood grain paper used for this card.  But I still didn't have enough for all the folks in my Stamp Clubs.  So I created a third version of the card; but this time I had to adjust the colors.

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The colors for this card are Tranquil Tide, Shaded Spruce, and Soft Suede.  But it's still a leaf print and it's still the same tree image used and it's still the same markering technique.  The paper is "doing the work". 

So, here's how these cards were made:

  • The card front of the card base (Garden Green for the first two cards or Tranquil Tide for the third card) was embossed with the Big Shot using the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • The Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Soft Suede cardstock
  • Two pieces of Crumb Cake Classic Weave ribbon were folded in half with the loops extending beyond the top left edge of the Designer Series Paper/Soft Suede panel.  The ribbon ends were adhered behind the panel using Scotch tape.  The panel was then adhered to the card front with the top, right, and bottom edges of the panel 1/4" from the top, right, and bottom edges of the card front
  • For the first two cards, the leafy area of the tall tree image (Rooted In Nature stamp set) was covered with Old Olive ink using the side of the brush tip of the Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker.  For the third card, Tranquil Tide ink was used
  • For the first two cards, Garden Green ink using the side of the brush tip of the Garden Green Stampin' Write Marker was applied to random areas of the leafy area and along the straight line at the bottom of the tree trunk.  For the third card, Shaded Spruce ink was used
  • Soft Suede ink using the side of the brush tip of the Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker was applied to the trunk areas running through the center of the leafy areas and to the tree trunk.  Note that the brush tip of the Soft Suede marker will pick up the green inks already on the stamp surface and carry them along the tree trunk.  This is OK.  In fact, it's great because tree trunks are generally a mixture of browns and greens.  To remove any remaining green ink on the brush tip, just squiggle the brush tip on a scrap piece of paper until it shows only Soft Suede
  • Huff on the stamp image to remoisten the ink and stamp on Very Vanilla.  Mat the Very Vanilla with a slightly larger piece of Garden Green (for the first two cards) or Tranquil Tide (for the third card) to create the focal point.  Adhere the focal point to the Designer Series Paper with the left edge of the focal point 3/8" from the left edge of the Designer Series Paper and 5/8" from the top and bottom edges of the Designer Series Paper
  • For the first two cards, use the side of the brush tip to ink the Be Strong (Soft Suede) Be Happy (Old Olive) Be You (Garden Green) image.  Huff on the stamp to remoisten the ink and stamp on Very Vanilla.  Using Paper Snips, cut each rectangle and adhere near the bottom right of the focal point using Foam Adhesive Strips.  For the third card, use  Soft Suede (Be Strong), Tranquil Tide (Be Happy), and Shaded Spruce (Be You) 

RootedInNature_BeStrong_SoftSuede1_Liner

The inside sentiment area of the first two cards was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The "You Are Wonderful" image was stamped at the upper center using Soft Suede ink.  The tree image, colored with Old Olive, Garden Green, and Soft Suede Stampin' Write Markers (using the same process used for the focal point) was stamped at the lower left corner of the liner (with part of the left side of the tree stamped off the side of the liner to leave more room to write).  

RootedInNature_BeStrong_SoftSuede1_Envelope

For the first two cards, the tree image was colored with the Old Olive, Garden Green, and Soft Suede Stampin' Write markers (using the same process used for the focal point) and stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope.

The inside sentiment area and envelope of the third card is the same as the first two cards except that the tree is colored with Tranquil Tide, Shaded Spruce, and Soft Suede markers.

RootedInNature_BeStrong_TranquilTide_Liner

RootedInNature_BeStrong_TranquilTide_Envelope

Card Measurements --

Garden Green/Tranquil Tide:  4-1/4" x 11"; Soft Suede:  3-1/8" x 5-1/8"; Very Vanilla:  2-1/4" x 3-3/4", 1-5/8" x 2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper:  3-1/2" x 5", Crumb Cake Classic Weave ribbon:  2 @ 2-1/2"

Another example of the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper in action are these cards designed for a blog hop in August.  The papers used feature the colors of:  Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, and Petal Pink.

RootedInNature_YouAreWonderful_Duo

You can see that just like in the cards above, the Designer Series Paper is "doing the work".  This time the colors in the paper determined the colors I used for the accents around the greeting:  Cajun Craze, Mint Macaron, and Petal Pink for the card on the left, and Blackberry Bliss, Grapefruit Grove, and Petal Pink for the card on the right.  I have to say that I would never have come up with these color combinations on my own, but they are just yummy!  For more information about how these cards were made, click here.

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Supplies I used to make these cards -- 

Stamps:  Rooted In Nature; Inks:  Soft Suede; Stampin' Write Markers:  Regals (Garden Green, Old Olive), Neutrals (Soft Suede), 2017-2019 In Color (Tranquil Tide); Cardstock:  Garden Green, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Nature's Poem; Embellishments:  Crumb Cake Classic Weave ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Foam Adhesive Strips; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform, Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope