Butterflies Are Free

I know it’s not proper etiquette to rave about your own work, BUT…I LOVE this card. It started out as something entirely different and morphed into what you see below. It features a new Stampin’ Up! exclusive Sizzix Embosslits die that was just introduced in the new 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog.

The die is called ‘Beautiful Wings’ (#118138, $ 11.95) and it cuts and embosses four different delicate butterfly diecuts. Measuring a scant 2 1/4″ x 2 1/2″, this must have die will fit into anyone’s collection (lol). The A2 sized card below was made from a sheet of DCWV ‘Latte’ cardstock. The mat is from the gorgeous SEI collection entitled ‘Jolie Chocolate’. Throw in a little tea staining, glitter, a corner rounder and you have a card with implied motion, dimension and joyful charm.

Now, pardon my overindulgence in the photography department. (Oh, and just a friendly reminder: If you are ever looking for any Stampin’ Up! products, feel free to check out my on-line boutique.

Wherever the day takes you, flutter your wings…and create! Keep crafting!


Fabulous Friend

Hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend with family and friends. Mine was quiet, but I did have dinner with my Mom, my sister and her family on Sunday evening.

I worked on several card projects this weekend as well. I also started a new list of items I want to order on my next Stampin’ Up! order. Apparently, the madness never ends.

Today’s card project uses the following materials list:

–Stampin’ Up! Oval All Stamp Set (#113790)
–Stampin’ Up! Large Oval Punch (#107305)
–Stampin’ Up! Scallop Oval Punch (#114889)
–Stampin’ Up! Classic Stampin’ Pad in Garden Green (#102272
–Stampin’ Up! 8 1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock in Kiwi Kiss (#111353)
–Stampin’ Up! 8 1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock in Whisper White (#100730)
–7 Gypsies Decorative Paper; Nottinghill Collection
–Stampin’ Up! Simple Flower Embosslit Die (#114514)
–Stampin’ Dimensionals (2)
–Stardream Mica Fuse Cardstock in Serpentine
–Prima Center Kiss Jewel in Deep Emerald
–Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen in Clear
–Scotch ATG714 Gold adhesive

For this card project, I tried out some new toys from the new Occasions mini-catalog from Stampin’ Up! Specifically I used the stamp set called “Oval All” which was designed to work with the large oval punch and the new scallop oval punch. For the card base I chose a piece of Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Kiwi Kiss and cut it down to a standard A2 size, 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. I chose the stamp that said “Fabulous Friend” on it and stamped it on Whisper White cardstock with Garden Green Ink. I then used the large oval punch to punch out the sentiment. For the backing scalloped oval, I used a small piece of mica cardstock in a light green color with an exquisite shimmer to it called Serpentine. As I have lamented in the past, this beautiful cardstock from Italy does NOT photograph well, but it is a must-see in person. I purchase my mica cardstock from California Paper Goods.

As a Cuttlebug fan, I’ve never really played with any Sizzix products. However, there is a set of exclusive to Stampin’ Up! embosslits dies that are made for use in the Big Shot in the current catalog. I ordered a couple of them in hopes that they would work with my trusty Cuttlebug–and they do work beautifully. These dies are small hinged rounded squares that cut and emboss the design at the same time. I simply put the paper (in this case more Stardream mica cardstock in several colors) and placed the die between the two B plates and ran it through the Cuttlebug. I used both dies I have currently and numerous color shades and played way too much as evidenced by my virtual flower garden.

Needless to say, I’ll save all my flowers for various projects. I chose to use one cut from the Simple Flower die in the Serpentine mica cardstock for this project. I also chose a piece of decorative paper from the 7 Gypsies Nottinghill Collection cut to 3″ x 5 1/2″. I adhered to decorative paper off center to my base cardstock with my ATG714 adhesive gun. I also adhered the oval sentiment to the scallop base. I adhered the scalloped sentiment to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals to give it lift away from the cardbase and create more visual interest. For my flower embellishment, I adhered a small Prima Center Kiss blossom to the flower’s center for just a pop of darker color. I then adhered the flower to the card. For a final touch, I used a clear Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen to outline the flower and the edges of the decorative paper (which again does not photograph well).

Well, I hope you get a bit of inspiration to surprise one of your fabulous friends with a card when they least expect it. Every now and again, we can all use a bit of pick-me-up when it’s least expected.

Have a great Monday–and Keep Crafting!