Watercolor Wings

I have always like butterflies – real butterflies and the not so real butterflies – everything from jewelry and clothing to crafts.  So when Stampin’ Up! comes out with another butterfly set I just have to have it!

Today I’m sharing a card made using the Watercolor Wings and Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets.  The colors I chose to use are Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, and of course, black.  This card is a thank you card, but you could substitute any greeting.  This thank you greeting is from Sassy Salutations. 

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Wacky Waterolor Blog Hop – Christmas In July and Other Fun Projects

It’s time for another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!  Since the weather outside has been frightful, not cold but hot, hot, hot – anyway, that’s the way it has been here in Oregon – we thought we’d cool it down a bit with a Christmas project.  Yep, a Christmas in July project!  Not only that, but we will be sharing a CASE from the new catalog and a project using a new punch. 

Before I share my projects with you I want to remind you this is a circular hop.  That means that wherever you begin, if you continue to go to the “next” person on the list, you will eventually wind up right where you first started.  You will find the “next” button (and the “previous” button – if you want to go backwards) at the end of this post.  The “home” button will give you a listing of all participating blogs.  I hope you’ll take time to look at all our blogs.

If you’ve been moving forward through the blog hop you have arrived here after enjoying some fabulous projects created by Deborah Smart.  Deborah always amazes me with her talent!

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Christmas in July 

Let’s go ahead and get things cooled off with a Christmas card.  I don’t think it’s ever too early to get Christmas cards made since the month of December always seems to be packed with activities, leaving hardly any time to really enjoy creating.

This card features the photopolymer Wondrous Wreath set from Stampin’ Up! along with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits.  I’ve also used the “Merry Christmas” from the White Christmas photopolymer set.
After stamping Merry Christmas in Cherry Cobbler I fussy cut the banner and then attached it over the wreath.  The green and black banner piece was created using a piece of DSP from the Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper and applying Pear Pizzazz ink over it with a sponge.

CASE From the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog

Stampin’ Up!’s annual catalog is filled with beautiful projects that are easily CASEd and I had a hard time deciding which project to share with you.  After much deliberation I decided on a simple card featuring the Watercolor Wings stamp set found on page 75 of the catalog.  For this card I needed only the Watercolor Wings stamp set.  I love the fact that this set has several greetings to choose from.

This card was  made in a matter of minutes, EXCEPT, there was the tying of the Gold Metallic Thread.  My fingers struggled with getting the bows made!  Slippery stuff!  Of course mine did not turn out like the example in the catalog!  

Since I prefer cards that are a step up, I also created this card. I stamped the same images on a Whisper White piece it is just a half inch smaller all around.  Notice how just adding a couple of layers to the card changes the overall appearance.  

A New Punch 

It was interesting for me to look back at the cards I’ve made over the years.  Very few are what I would call playful, so when this card came together I was excited!  The card still has a lot of details, and I like details!

There have been a lot of samples I’ve noticed on the Internet using the Sprinkles of Life and the Tree Builder punch, but I had not shared one with you yet.   


To create this card you will need Real Red, Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, and Soft Suede card stock.  (I used scraps for everything but the card base.)

    • Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock 10 ½” x 4” and score at 2 ½” and 5 ¼”
    • Cut a piece of Real Red card stock 5 ½” x 4 ¼”. 
    • Cut a 2 ¾” piece and a 2 ½”piece of Daffodil Delight.  Using the Decorative Dots Textured Impression Embossing Folder, dry emboss the 2 pieces of Daffodil Delight Card stock. 
    • Stamp a bunch of apples on a strip of Real Red card stock (How’s that for technical instructions?!) and then punch them out with the Tree Builder punch.  
    • Stamp the basket using Soft Suede ink onto Crumb Cake paper. 
    • Stamp two candles using Soft Suede ink onto Crumb Cake card stock.  Cut out, omitting the flame on the candle.  Glue both pieces to basket. 
    • Using the appropriate shape from Chalk Talk Framelits die cut a piece of Whisper White card stock.
    • Using the same shape you cut the Whisper White piece out with, trace around the outside edge of the die with a pencil onto Real Red card stock and then fussy cut out the shape.  Glue the Whisper White piece onto the Real Red piece. 
    • Using black ink stamp the “Thanks a Bunch” from the Sprinkles of Life set onto the Whisper White piece you just cut out . 
    • Adhere the basket and apples to the Whisper White piece. (I did adhere some apples with Stampin’ Dimensionals for added depth.)
    • Using Soft Suede ink and card stock, stamp the tree trunk and punch out.
    • Using the Soft sued ink and Always Artichoke card stock, stamp the tree leaves three times and punch out.
    • Position and adhere the tree onto the Whisper White card base inside portion.
    • Stamp the flower stems using Always Artichoke ink on both sides of the tree.
    • Stamp the flowers above the stems using Daffodil Delight and then Real Red ink. 
    • Using Soft Sky ink stamp clouds above the tree and across the inside portion of the card.
    • Sponge Soft Sky ink along the top portion of the inside portion of the card.
    • On a ½” x 4” piece of Whisper White card stock randomly stamp Daffodil Delight and Real Red flowers.
    • Adhere the 2 ¾” piece and 2 ½”piece of dry embossed Daffodil  Delight pieces to the Whisper White card stock appropriately.  Note:  In theory the 2 ½”piece should fit perfect, but I found I had to trim it a bit.
    • On the outside edge of the front 2 ½”piece of Daffodil Delight card stock adhere the ½” x 4” piece of Whisper White that was stamped with flowers.
    • Adhere the piece with the apples and basket to the front Daffodil Delight 2 ½” piece, centering it with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
    • Adhere two apples in the lower corner of the front Daffodil Delight piece.
    • Adhere the Whisper White card base to the Real Red card base. 

    I hope you enjoyed my projects.  Please leave a comment – I love to hear from you. 

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    Summer Silhouettes – SSC104

    I decided to play along with the Sunday Stamps challenge this week.  I love their sketch.
    For this card I choose to use the stamp set Summer Silhouettes from Stampin’ Up! which is a favorite of mine.  
    To make the background on the main image I used a brayer and first applied Blushing Bride and then Melon Mambo.   I also sponged Old Olive in the corner.  The flowers stems and leaves were created using Old Olive ink and the flowers “petals” were created using Melon Mambo. The Designer Series Paper is from English Garden DSP. 
    For added interest I used the small butterfly stamp in the Kinda Eclectic stamp set.  After stamping the butterfly image on Whisper White paper with Tempting Turquoise ink I punched it out with the Bitty Butterfly punch and affixed it with a Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I wanted to brighten up the card so I used a gel pen to add some sparkle!



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    Yee Haw, Bootiful Occasions, and Pocket Fun

    What do you get when you join the Stampin’ Up! stamp set Yee-Haw with the retired sets Bootiful Occasions and Pocket Fun together?  An anniversary card of course!  Well, that’s what I made with these three sets!  The card is made for a sweet friend who needed an anniversary card for her husband tailored around her western wedding theme. 

    To get the denim look I brayered Soft Sky and Night of Navy over Wisteria Wonder card stock. 

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