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BEST of Butterflies

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Welcome BACK!!  For the next installment of the Best-OF tour.

Best of Butterflies.  And, I gotta say, it’s the BEST OF.  There are so many nice butterflies in this set it’s unbelievable…  And, I am now kicking myself now cause I had lots of things I wanted to show you with that I’ve made previously…  but, due to my compulsiveness to not keep things after they retire, I no longer have the samples.  But, the take away from this is that you need the stamps.  Cause they are great.

When I first saw these butterflies, I was instantly drawn to the Monarch one…  And, thinking it needed to be bold.  And stand out.  So, this is what I came up with:

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I love square cards.  Now, I now they cost more to mail… yada yada….  BUT… WOULDN’T YOU LOVE GETTING THIS IN THE MAIL??  WITH THE ORANGE (correction, tangerine tango) POLKADOT ENVELOPE???  It would make my WEEK.

Since we are nearing the end of this current catalog, I figured it should be a tribute to more things retiring…  like the Scallop Square die (Can you see it, behind the basic gray square panel, layered on a solid black… it’s the whole tone-on-tone thing…)  The Designer Series Paper Stacks (used for the tangerine envelope AND for the basic gray background on the card).  AND, I used the retiring square punches, the 1 1/4″ and the 1 3/8″ punches.  Now, I know you are thinking that squares are easy to CUT.  but, they are even easier to PUNCH.  And, you need them to make an envelope (well, it makes making an envelope easier).   SEE:

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Okay… so… back up a couple of steps.  The card is 4 1/2″ square.  So, I made the envelope 4 3/4″ square.  In order to do this, you cut a paper that is 8×8 and use the diagonal plate on your stampin’ score to score lines at every 3 3/8″  (do it on all sides).  This will leave you with a little place where your score lines intersect.  You are gonna wanna remove the paper from the area where they intersect.  The square punch works swimmingly.  Now I know you could use scissors and cut it.  But WHY??

 

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And, you need the punches to punch out the pieces for the front of the card.  Well, I suppose you can cut it, but punching is faster.   And, for the butterfly, I decided to use the aqua painter.  Cause I wanted to be able to layer the color.  Okay.  JUST had a brainstorm…  I need to research this, but perhaps some of you know…  now, copic markers are alcohol based.  I wonder what would happen if you used alcohol in the aqua painter??  I’ve never tried.  Always done water…  HUM…  Anyway, that is beside the point.  I know lots of people prefer the blender pen to the aqua painter, but… gotta say… I love the aqua painter.  Admittedly, there is a learning curve with using it, but once you figure it out, it is EXCELLENT for adding color to specific places.  Perfect for shading, adding depth…etc…

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And of course, I had to add some rhinestones cause, well DIAMONDS should be on everything.    See in the butterfly that it looks like a few colors?  It’s not.  Just tangerine tango… layered on with the aqua painter…

 

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Just another perspective…  My favorite is the butterfly busting out of the box.  Cause why be conformed to a box??  Why be limited by a white envelope??  To a NORMAL sized card???  There is NO NEED TO LIMIT.  🙂

 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the rest of the tour… You are now headed over to Deb Leigh.  You can click on the button below.  Or use the list of links if you need….

 

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Another Smooch

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You may get sick of all the smooching around here… or maybe not.  This new Bright Blossoms set is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.  In order to figure out what I was going to do for the class Anne and I are offering (see yesterday’s post) I made several samples…  And, I really enjoy the bright colors and cute, simple stamps.  They are perfectly cheerful…will make ANYONE’S day.  Wouldn’t  you love getting this card?

This card also features the Summer Smooches DSP.  I used the Tasteful Trim die to cut the ric-rac out…  And, that is Daffodil Delight Seam Binding (I think Seam Binding is my favorite all the ribbons).  We needing a good yellow ribbon…  Anyway, these products are sneak peeks into the new catalog coming out June 1…  This is your chance to get your hands on a few things early (only during April)…and there are a couple of items (the brads and stencil) that WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE during April…meaning they are NOT in the new catalog…  I will have upcoming samples with them…

 

And, for you clubbers… This is one of the cards we will make for the APRIL clubs…. exciting isn’t it…

 

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, but no blue…

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So, a co-worker asked me if I had any baby cards to welcome a baby girl…for another co-worker who just welcomed her new daughter…  I didn’t have anything on hand, so this is what I came up with…

You might be wondering what the title of this post has to do with this card.  Glad you asked:

Something Old:  The stamp set.  Sorry.  It’s called A Slice of Life.  Was  a hostess set last year.  we have tons of current baby stuff  (of which I do not own, yet..) that could easily be substituted.  Or any image for that matter.  Doesn’t have to be baby.

Something New:    I used the new diagonal plate on the Simply Scored to make the AWESOME envelope….

Something Borrowed:  The DSP.  The Blushing Bride color (and in this case it is the dsp the envelope and the strip on the card).  It is LIVING ON BORROWED TIME.  This color will be retired at the end of May.  So, if you want it you better get your hands on it!!

Something Blue:  It’s a baby GIRL card… sorry no blue…

Anyway, speaking of retiring…  My friend, Bronwyn, keeps wanting me to do BLOG candy.  Well, not sure exactly how to do that, but this is my idea:  The retiring list will be posted on SU on April 15.  So, I propose a little contest….  Submit to me (by posting a comment to this post) 3 names of stamp sets you think will be retiring.  For every correct guess you have, your name will go into a drawing.  I will pull a name from all the ‘correctly identified’ entries and the winner will get a special prize.  Make sure you have have posted your comments by 5pm (HST) and I will choose and notify a winner by SUNDAY…

Good Luck…

Peep peep

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So, here is another Happy Easter Wish!!  This cute little chicks are made using the bird builder punch (you have to cut some off of the bird’s behind in order to make him fit in the egg… The eggs are simple…just the XL oval punch and the grass is that tasteful trim die.  SUPER SIMPLE.  And the ribbon, I just love the skinny taffeta.  Makes it a slim card that is easy to mail.  Enjoy!