Saturday, March 28, 2015

Butterfly Mobile & tutorial

Good morning everyone!  I'm sure that everyone is about ready for Spring so I'm here with a butterfly mobile because nothing says Spring more than seeing butterflies fluttering everywhere.

First I cut out a bunch of butterflies.  I cut at least 3 of each butterfly of the same pattern and color.   I cut 4 of some but I ended up only using 3 of each.  Pretty, aren't they?

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I first scored each butterfly down the center and folded them in half.  I then glued 3 of each of the same butterflies together  putting them back halves together leaving one side open.  Here's 2 of them below so you can see how they look.  You could put 4 of them together but I felt that 3 were plenty.

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The reason I left one side open was so that I could put the fishing line into the center of the butterfly before gluing it closed.  I beaded some large beads at the bottom of each fishing line strand to weigh the butterflies down and put some decorative beads in between the butterflies.   I ended up with 6 strands but you can do as many as you like.  I added glitter glue to some of the butterflies just for some sparkle.   I also felt like the basis paper that I had was beautiful but not quite as thick as the metallic/mica paper and the glitter glue made it more sturdy.  I am sending this mobile cross-country so I want it to hold up well during shipment.  Don't worry, I am going to wrap these butterflies very carefully and box them up so they don't get squashed.... at least I sure hope they don't get squashed!

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I wrapped a large metal ring with ribbon (lots of glue on the back of it) and hung it with 3 strands of ribbon tied to a center small key ring.  I tied each strand of the mobile to the ring and viola', a butterfly mobile!

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Here's a close up of the top half of the mobile.  It looks much better in person!  I didn't really have any rhyme nor reason to what order I put the butterflies or beads, I just had fun making it at random.

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If I make another one (and my husband says I need to make one for him!) I may choose to have more of a design to it.  The little girl I'm sending it to won't even care if there are two yellow butterflies together (like in the back shown below)... she will be thrilled to receive it and so will her mom!

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I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!  If you have any questions feel free to contact me.  I hope this project will inspire you to enjoy the little things in life just as my daughter and I have always enjoyed looking for butterflies.  Enjoy your weekend!

Paper Temptress Paper:
Mica/Metallic: AzaleaAmethystLagoon
Glimmer: Autumn Hay
Astrobright: Plasma PinkLunar BlueGamma Green

Dies by: Spellbinders, Memory Box, Poppy Stamps

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Easter Tilda

Easter is right around the corner so I decided to make an Easter card to show you today.
The image I used is from Magnolias and her name is Tilda.  Isn't she cute?  I stamped her onto Heavenly White and colored her with copics.  I enjoyed coloring all her little Easter eggs in different colors.

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The background of the Easter egg is Lagoon.  The top and bottom decorative strip of paper is made out of Amethyst and the center strip is Pink from the Basis Pack.  

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As you can see in the photo below, the card is in the shape of the egg and opens up.  Tilda is popped up on pop dots and positioned in a way that her feet keep the card from rolling or falling over.

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Thank you for joining us today!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Dies are by Spellbinders:  "Nested Eggs" and "A2 Bracket Borders One"

Saturday, February 21, 2015

I Give You My Heart

February is heart month and Congenital Heart Defects Awareness month so I am posting a card full of hearts!  



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I used Incandescent Rosso for the background and small red heart and I used Opal for the  frame, heart and "love" die cut.  I stamped Tilda onto Heavenly White cardstock and colored her with copics.  I stamped the dress onto a designer cardstock, fussy-cut it out and shaded it with copics.  

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I popped Tilda and the red heart up with pop dots to give the card some dimension.  

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Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Heart dies and oval frame by Spellbinders, "Love" by Stampin' Up!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hearts & Banner

Good morning everyone!  It's time to start getting ready for Valentine's day!  I had a lot of fun making this card with so many of the beautiful papers from the Paper Temptress store.

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 For the top portion of the background I used a small portion of "Pink Vintage Patchwork" which is a 6x6 overlay from the package Hambly Overlays #3.   The white background and heart are made from Laser Silver Luster which is one of my favorites!  I used several of the Mica/Metallic paper.  The pink heart is Azalea, the blue heart is Vista.  I used Alpine Aster  and Spring Larch from the Glimmer Cardstock Package 1.  The two parts of the banner that I stamped was stamped onto Heavenly White cardstock.   I don't know if you can tell that the pink heart is popped up a bit from the background and the white heart is popped up on top of the other hearts.

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend whether you are dealing with snow, sleet, rain or maybe even sunshine!  Take the time to tell someone that you love them today!  Thank you for stopping by! 

Dies and stamps are from Stampin Up and Lifestyle Crafts - QuicKuts.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year!  We got a huge surprise!  It snowed at my house New Year's Eve and it only snows here in Southern Arizona once every few years so it was a real treat!  My project today was inspired that that snowstorm which dropped quite a bit of snow throughout the SouthWest and freshened up my little corner of it.

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I used Vista cardstock for the card base.  I love the beautiful blue and the smooth texture of the mica/metallic paper.

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I used Mirrored Reflective Cardstock for the snowflake and the word "snow".

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I used Stampin' Up's Snowflake Card Thinlits Die and the coordinating Letterpress Winter.  I really like how the card folds and unfolds to reveal the front and back of the snowflake.

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Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you are enjoying 2015 so far!

I'm entering this card in the JUGS #274 winter challenge: winter

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Looking through a Christmas Window

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  *singing*  At least it does in every store in town!  Many of us like to get our Christmas cards done early so we here on the blog are giving you ideas on what you can make using paper from Paper Temptress's  Christmas Paper Pack.

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I used Red Ruche from the Christmas Paper Pack  for the outside of the house and  I made the window out of the Autumn Hay.  The greenery is the gorgeous Emerald Metallic cardstock.

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As you open the card you will see that the window was cut open so that you can see the main image on the inside of the card.

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Here’s the image on the inside of the card.  I sponged some yellow around the image to make it more warm and welcoming.

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Thank you for stopping by!  I will be taking some time off from the blog for the month of December while my husband has surgery but I'll be back after the first of the year!  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Blast from the Past - Snowflakes Tutorial

Since I'm living in a construction zone right now due to an unfortunate plumbing issue which led to the dishwasher flooding our kitchen and hallway, getting underneath our wood laminate flooring and into our walls... I decided it would be a good idea to post a Blast from the Past post using one of my favorite cards from last year.  What's great is that the Paper Temptress's Christmas paper package is on sale again right now!!!  I love this paper so much that I've ordered more of it throughout the year.  It's gorgeous!  Now onto the post:

I have a special treat for you today!  This is one of the cards I made using the Paper Temptress's Christmas paper package which is on SALE!!  You can really get a lot of cards out of the package!   I tried a new technique for this card which is called Die Cut Inlay.  The paper I used are: Black Onyz Mica/MetallicRusso Incandescent and Candido Incandescent for the snowflakes.

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 I found a video by Jennifer McGuire here: Die Inlay It's a fun technique and I think I did pretty well considering this was my first try at it.  I had to work with a LOT of small pieces because I chose snowflakes... which have a lot of small pieces.  hehe!

First, you need to choose your background paper and the inlay paper.  You need to decide where you want the inlay pieces (snowflakes) to be on the background paper.   I placed the snowflake dies on top of the black Onyz background, taped them into place and ran it through my die cutting machine. (pictured below - you can see the black snowflakes top left of the image and the black background cut out just below.)  You then need to cut the same pieces (in my case - the snowflakes) out of the contrasting (inlay) paper also shown below:

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Be sure to save all the little pieces - you'll need them!  Next you will adhere your background paper to the card and then start filling in the white spaces.  It's just like a puzzle.  You need to be sure to fit the snowflakes and the tiny pieces in where they fit.  You'll need to dot liquid glue to the backs of the pieces.  My favorite glue is Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue found in most craft stores.  The smaller bottle has a fine tip so you can easily manage how much glue comes out.  Try not to get glue on the background paper or on the top of the snowflakes.  I use tweezers to pick up the pieces and place them onto the card.

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You can see that parts of a couple of snowflakes hang over the edge.  Carefully cut off the excess for a professional look.  You can see in the photo below how the card is one layer.  I added 1/2 pearls to the snowflakes to give them an elegant look.

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I added a sentiment for the finishing touch.  I just LOVE how the Black Onyz shines in the light.

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Thank you for stopping by!  This was a fun card to make even if it was kind of time-consuming.  But once I started putting the "puzzle" together, it was fun and went quickly!  If you try this technique of Die Cut Inlay, please let me know!  I'd love to see it!  

The Good Stuff:
Snowflake dies: Lifestyle Crafts - Snowflakes / Spellbinders - Create A Flake One / Sentiment stamp - Stampin Up - Angelic Joy (no longer available) / Spellbinders dies: Fancy Framed Tags Two & Labels Twenty

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Blended Bloom

Good morning!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  Today I have a card that could be used as a friendship card for someone who is going through a rough time, or is ill or having surgery or even a sympathy card.  


I stamped the flower onto Cryogen White cardstock and colored it with Stampin' Up's new Blendability markers in Calypso Coral.  The leaves were also stamped onto Cryogen White cardstock  and the background was stamped onto Kraft cardstock.

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Thank you for stopping by!

Other supplies used: Stampin' Up stamps: Blended Bloom, Wonderfall, Hardwood and Gifts of Kindness

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Happy Labor day weekend!  To get the weekend started off right I thought I would make a USA flag card for you.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and just had to give it a try!

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Here's a different angle.  I popped the stars up so they stand out more and *pop*!

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Thank you for stopping by!  We hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!

Paper used on this card:  Jupiter RedCitrine and Deep Blue Crepe (Ruche).
Punches from Stampin' Up!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fabulous Florets

Good morning!  I hope you are having a wonderful week!  Today I am filling in for Holley on the Paper Temptress Blog who was gracious enough to post for me last week.  

My card today features a wonderful stamp set from Stampin Up called Fabulous Florets.  I first stamped the flower images with Versamark onto Heavenly White cardstock.  After heat-setting and letting it cool, I water colored the flower petals  with dark pink ink which ended up looking quite red in the darker areas.  I made sure that I water colored around the outside of those images so that the white outline would show up.  I colored the centers of the flowers with copics #YR20 and added a little YR02 to add a little depth to the center. 

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I stamped the mason jar with memento ink onto Cryogen White and then stamped the stems and leaves in green.  In retrospect I should have stamped the foliage first and then masked it for the mason jar.   I colored the water with copics: BG0000 & BG000.  I wanted more leaves anyway so I stamped more onto some scrap Cryogen White and then cut them out and glued them onto the sides of the mason jar.    The flowers are popped up with pop dots and I left the tips of the leaves loose and folded them upward to add movement to the card.

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The red paper is Jupiter Red from the Mica/Metallic line.  I hope you can see the shininess of it. 

Thank you for stopping by and I'll see you back here in a couple of days when it's my turn to post a new card for you!  Have a great day!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Banner and Flowers

Happy Saturday!!!  I hope you are having a great weekend!  I'm so happy that I found the time to do some crafting and made this card for my Design Team post over at the Paper Temptress Blog.

My card today uses quite a few fun papers from the Paper Temptress Store.    My card base is Desert Storm Kraft which I stamped with the wood grain stamp by Stampin' Up.  

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The banner was stamped in Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder onto the following paper: Sapphire (text weight)Spring Larch (text weight) and Azalea (text weight).  The heart is also out of Azalea and the butterfly is punched from Rose Petal Vellum.  


 I stamped the large flowers onto Heavenly White and colored them with copics.   One of the small flowers I stamped onto Amethyst (text weight) and the other one is on Sapphire (text weight).   The leaves are punched out of Spring Larch (text weight) .  I really like the text weight Glimmer paper because you can easily use punches on them and they are easy to shape.

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After I shaped the flowers I glued them onto the background and put 1/2 pearl stickers in the centers.

Thank you for coming by!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Don't forget to check out all the sales at the Paper Temptress store! 

Stampin' Up Stamps used:  Banner Blast, Beautiful Bunch, Hardwood, Flower Shop
Pearls from Want 2 Scrap

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happy 4th of July Weekend!

I made this card awhile back but I  thought it would be a great one to post this weekend.  I hope that all my American friends have a great 4th of July weekend!

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I first stamped the flag image onto Heavenly White cardstock . I then water-colored the flag.   After it dried I masked it and then sponged the background.  I stamped the children's parade with Versamark and then embossed with detail black embossing powder.  For the flag decorations below that I also stamped and water-colored them, cut them out and adhered them to the card.  The red and blue background cardstock are from the Patriotic Variety Package.

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend no matter where in the world you live.   Thank you for stopping by! 

Don't forget to shop the AMAZING SALE going on in the store right now!  30% off of EVERYTHING and some paper lines are 60% off!!  The sale ends when the weekend is over so shop now!  Paper Temptress

Stamps: from Flourishe's

Thursday, July 3, 2014

FABULOUS SALE at Paper Temptress! 30% - 60% off!


WOW! WOW! WOW! Now that's what I'm talking about! This is such an amazing sale by Patricia Dunbar who is the Paper Temptress! I absolutely love all of the specialty cardstock she carries in her store. Now is the perfect time to try some of the best cardstock around with everything, and I mean EVERYTHING on sale 30% - 60% off!  I'm going to stock up on some of my favorites now too!  Happy crafting!  


Here's the link to the store: Paper Temptress
And here's the link to the blog: Paper Temptress's Community


Here's some of the gorgeous paper that I LOVE:
  









These are just some of the amazing specialty papers that are carried in the "Paper Temptress" store.  Shop now!  

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Butterflies Everywhere! *mini tutorial included

I am making a butterfly mobile for a precious special needs little girl.  She loves bright colors and butterflies so I've been making them like crazy!  These are a fair amount of work so it's taking me more time than I originally wanted to take but I'm sure she will love it when I finally get finished with it.
I will post another day when I actually have the mobile done but for now, enjoy these butterflies!

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I used black Onyz for the outline of the butterflies.  I explain that process below.  As you can see in these photos, I shaped the butterflies so that they would be 3-dimensional.  Once they're hanging from the mobile they should look like they are flying.

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I ran the butterfly dies through my Big Shot using the Onyz paper  and all the little pieces came out as you can see on the right side of the photo.  I used Heavenly White paper for the background of the butterfly and colored it using copics.  I placed the black outline on top of the white paper and colored in the individual sections.  I then took the black outline off and expanded the coloring a bit so that if I didn't glue the outline exactly where I originally had it, it would still look ok.

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When gluing the black outline on top of the colored butterfly cut-out, it's important to shape the card as you glue the together.  If you wait until the glue dries then the paper won't bend right.  The Onyz paper  is a nice, thick and sturdy paper.  When you glue it to the other paper it holds that shape nicely.  I colored both sides of the white butterfly paper so that it is colorful from any angle.  So... I cut out another black outline and glued it to the back.  The front of this butterfly is below.

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Here is another butterfly using pink, blue and purple copics.  The thick outline of this set made it much easier to glue than the thin outline above - but I like the look of both.

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This is the back of this butterfly with it face-down.  You can see how I colored this side and added the 2nd black outline.  You can also see that it's shaped and not flat.

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Here it is right-side up.

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This is one of my favorite butterflies.  I enjoyed coloring different colors in the outer circle cut-outs on the wings.

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Below are the smallest and largest butterflies.  The smallest one is about 1 1/2" wide and the large one is about 3 1/2" wide.  They would be a bit wider if they weren't bent and shaped.  The orange area of the large butterfly has two shades of orange.  I thought it made a dramatic effect if I feathered the darker color on top of the light.
I plan to put pearls or other "bling" onto the butterfly bodies after I get them hanging on the mobile.  I'll be sure to glue them on good so they don't fall off!

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Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful & creative weekend!

The butterfly dies that I used are Spellbinders and Memory Box dies.