Painter’s Palette meets Butterfly Basics

I had been wanting to a create a card using the new Painter’s Palette stamp set for a while, but my creative mojo had disappeared (temporarily of course ūüėČ). Then inspiration came to me from a retired SU background stamp I came across on my shelf called ‘Dictionary’. Though it has been retired from the catalogue for a few years, I am still totally in love with it and adore that ‘newspaper look’ style of background.

So I decided to take the  lovely word stamp from Butterfly Basics which actually reads ‘There is nothing in the Caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly’ and stamp it repeatedly over the background of my card front.  I inked up my stamp in memento black ink, and then stamped it down and stamped it ‘off’ again straight away.  I kept going until I filled the entire background.  Next I took the beautiful long fern image from the same stamp set and stamped it off in mint macaron, wisteria wonder and sweet surgarplum.  I love the way these pretty colours soften the  black and white background.

The easel image comes from Painter’s Palette of course, and I inked my stamp in versamark, and then immediately inked the same stamp in memento black ink before heat embossing my image with clear embossing powder to achieve an intense black colour.

I die cut my frame using the Layering Squares Framelits Dies and then used a craft knife to cut the centre of the frame away.  I then took a small piece of window sheet and fast fused this to the back of my easel to create a type of ‘window’ and the look of a framed picture.  I stamped my butterflies from Papillon Potpourri before punching them out with the Elegant Butterfly Punch & the Bitty Butterfly Punch, and sponged them in the same colours as the ferns.  I then adhered my largest butterfly to the inside of the easel with a glue dot before sticking a piece of backing cardstock to the back of the easel, making it completely 3D.

I attached the 3D easel to my card front with fast fuse and the remaining two butterflies with glue dots, and finished with my sentiment which I stamped from Endless Birthday Wishes before punching it out using the Triple Banner Punch.  I adhered my card front to a basic black mat to make it pop and finally to a whisper white card base.


Sprinkles of Life

I love the¬†Sprinkles of Life stamp set. Who doesn’t like a cupcake and every time someone purchases this stamp set, Stampin’ Up! donates a portion of the proceeds to Ronald McDonald House Charities which makes me love it even more!!

I decided to keep this card simple and pretty. I started by heat embossing my ‘happy birthday’ from Watercolor Words in silver on my shimmery¬†white card front. ¬†I then ran my card front through my Big Shot using the polka dot embossing folder to create my background polka dot pattern. ¬†I stamped my cupcakes in crumb cake ink on crumb cake cardstock and stamped my fluffy cupcake tops in crumb cake ink on whisper¬†white cardstock, and punched out my images using the matching tree builder punch. I stamped my butterflies using one of the smaller butterfly stamps from Papillon Potpourri and sponged them in perfect plum, pumpkin pie & bermuda bay ink before punching them out with the bitty butterfly punch.

Finally, I assembled my cupcakes and popped them up on dimensionals, attached the butterflies¬†& added¬†strips of rhinestones, and embellished my card with a silver basic metal button tied with basic¬†black¬†baker’s twine and clear wink of stella on the tops of my cupcakes and butterflies. I attached my card front to a basic black mat and adhered this to my crumb cake card base and voila! A delicious birthday card.

Coffee Cup Inspiration – Part 1

So anyone who knows me well, knows I cannot survive without my daily morning coffee fix. Ben and I are regular visitors of a certain well known coffee house, and in April they served their coffee in the most beautiful limited edition cups. I just knew these cups would serve as great crafting inspiration and indeed they did. So I thought I’d bring you a 3 part blog to show you my own artistic interpretation of each cup!!

For this card, I stamped two black flourishes from First Sight and stamped some Petite Petals in watermelon wonder. I punched the petite petals out, along with some itty bitty accent flowers in melon mambo and elegant eggplant cardstock and then assembled and adhered all the flower cut outs onto my flourishes. I then took my tiny leaf stamp from Endless Thanks and stamped these in cucumber crush over the leafy parts of the flourishes. I stamped my butterflies from the classic stamp set Papillon Potpourri in black and then sponged them in melon mambo and island indigo (these matched the butterflies on the other side of the coffee cup), and crushed curry to match the yellow butterfly shown in the pic of my cup above, before punching them out with the coordinating elegant butterfly punch and bitty butterfly punch.  I placed my butterflies as if flying between the flourishes and popped then up on dimensionals so that their wings were elevated. Finally I stamped my ‘friend to friend’ from Teeny Tiny Sentiments and finished with some basic rhinestones in the centres of the bitty flowers and on either side of the sentiment before mounting my whisper white top layer on two layers of basic black card stock. I absolutely love this card and it came out better than I imagined it would. Would love to hear what you think, so please leave a comment below! I’ll publish parts 2 & 3 of the rest of this blog this week xx