Butterflies Are Coming With Butterfly Brilliance!

Hello Friday!  Here’s a quick and easy Sneak Peek at the new Butterfly Brilliance Collection that will be available on March 2nd.

As I’ve mentioned before, I very much enjoy creating cards with patterned paper.  Today’s post is no exception.  I spent a little time going through the patterns in the Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper and couldn’t resist putting together a quick card with this design.  This is another one of those cards that came together in literally a few minutes.

The Mango Melody and So Saffron butterflies are floating through clouds and a Bermuda Bay sky.  There’s just enough white space to place a small sentiment.  I was experimenting with a small sentiment layer, but thought stamping the sentiment directly onto the DSP would keep the flow of the floating butterflies.  To me, the design is too pretty for a  sentiment layer.

There’s quite a bit of speckled ink splatter in this paper which gives a good amount of texture to the pattern.

Below is a card from an earlier post featuring the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle.  You can click on the image below to view that post.

So, pull out a pack of patterned paper, find that one special design, add it to a few layers and create something quick and easy.

…the only limitation is your imagination!



Hello There Sweet Strawberry!

Hello there!  Happy Thursday!

Today’s post is about stamps, ink and patterned paper.  I enjoy creating cards with patterned paper and I think most of you do, as well.  The first Sale-A-Braion of 2021 is ending on Sunday.  I’m taking this opportunity to share as much of the beautiful Designer Series Paper from Sale-A-Bration as possible.

I designed this card with a pattern from the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper. This patterned paper is a simple, casual and fun plaid in Poppy Parade and Basic White.  I chose Pacific Point as an accent color.  The Corals and Blues mix well together and give this design a little interest.

  • On a Basic White A-2 top fold card base, I added layers of Poppy Parade cardstock and patterned paper.
  • I die cut a stitched rectangle from Basic White cardstock.
  • This is the layer for your sentiment and flower cluster.
  • The fussy cut, Soft Suede stamped flower cluster is from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set.
  • The stamped flowers are covered with punched flowers from the patterned paper using the Strawberry Builder Punch.  This punch perfectly cuts the flowers.  I attached the punched flowers over the stamped flowers with  Mini Dimensionals.
  • The sentiment, from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set, is stamped with Pacific Point ink.

Here’s a tip for you: 

  • I colored the white Baker’s Twine bow with the Light Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend.
  • Unravel your anticipated amount of White Baker’s Twine onto a plain sheet of copy paper or any other scrap paper you have on hand.
  • Hold one end of the twine and lightly run the brush tip of the Blend over the twine slightly rolling the twine back and forth.
  • You’ll get the feel of the ink application. Once you do, your coloring will be quick.
  • Continue shading the twine until you have your desired shade.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.

So, find a casual piece of patterned paper, add it to a few layers, attach a stitched rectangle, color some Baker’s Twine and create a Sweet Strawberry hello!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

For more details on the supplies I used today, click on the images below.

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Five Days to Sale-A-Brate!

I love to create with patterned paper.  The current Sale-A-Bration period has some of the most beautiful Designer Series Paper I’ve seen during any past Sale-A-Bration.  I’ve gone back into my past blog posts to put together a few of the cards I made with patterned paper from Sale-A-Bration.  I hope you enjoy this parade of cards and take a minute to jot down your favorites.  If you need a few extra Stampin’ Up! staples such as coordinating cardstock, an embellishment, or that stamp set you’ve had your eye on, now is the time to place your order.  Sale-A-Bration ends on Sunday, February 28th.

You can click on each picture of the projects I show below to go to my original blog post.  I’ve included project dimensions and tutorials on most of these cards which are free to download and enjoy.

I designed the card at the top of this post from the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper.  The next two cards are also from the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper Pack and the Berry Blessings stamp set which is a special Sale-A-Bration Berry Blessings Bundle of juicy bountiful blessings!  The paper is so “happy” and the sentiments are full of “berry” thoughtful expressions.

Next up is a huge favorite of mine.  The Paper Blooms Designer Series Paper.  The colors and images are so much fun to use. The patterns are perfect for a variety of looks. Use the watercolor circles to cut out your own petals, flowers, or leaves. Use the papers to create backgrounds on cards, or fold or cut to create gift and treat packaging. You can also use it to make custom envelopes for all your cards.

What do you think of the Flower & Field Designer Series Paper?  Floral prints contrast with both dark and light colors to create a perfect backdrop for any project. Add stamps, sentiments, punches, and embellishments to complete the look and set the mood.  Here’s a sampling of what you can do with the Flower & Field DSP.

And last, but certainly not least is the Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper.  Your projects will be right on trend with these ombre sheets.  Below is one of my favorites using the Oh So Ombre DSP.

So, I hope you enjoyed my parade of cards today and found some inspiration for your next project with one or all of these amazing Designer Series Paper packs.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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A Stepped Up Version of My CAS Feline!

Happy Monday!

Yesterday, I posted a CAS (Clean and Simple) version of this card.  Today is a stepped up version.  It’s always fun to do a little step up with a clean and simple card.  You can also create the stepped up version first and take your design down a bit.  Below is yesterday’s card.

So let’s talk about what I did to “step up” yesterday’s card.

Layers:  I added more layers to the card posted today.  Three to be exact.  I used a Basic Black card base, added a layer of Cinnamon Cider, another layer of Basic Black, then my patterned paper layer.  The layers framed the patterned paper and balanced the colors in the cats.

Elements:  The elements are the circles, the fussy cut cats and the yarn balls.  I added more of them but kept the colors balanced.  The top cat and the bottom cat have more color than the middle cat.

Sentiment Layer:  The sentiment in today’s post has more layers.  I added a Cinnamon Cider layer to keep the colors balanced.  The middle cat is gray and white, no Cinnamon Cider but the little bit of Cinnamon Cider near the gray and white cat help him to fit in.

You can step up a design or take a stepped up version down a bit and create a clean and simple design simply by adding or removing layers and/or elements.

Now, I’ll share a quick stampin’ story with you.

I did it again!  Two weeks in a row.  Last week, I added the wrong color to a card for a Color Challenge and had to do a quick save.  This week, I created today’s post for a CAS Challenge over at the Paper Players.  When I went to upload it to the Design Team’s blog, I realized it was a CAS Challenge!  Back to my stamps, paper and paper snips I went and took today’s card down a bit for LeAnne’s CAS Challenge.  There’s always a silver lining.  I had a good laugh for myself and had today’s project ready to go!

So, pull out some patterned paper, fussy cut a few cats, add some layers and create something to step up or take down a bit, or both!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

For details on the supplies I used today, you can click on the images below.

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A Feline Friend! – Paper Players CAS Feline Fine Challenge!

It’s Sunday and time for another Paper Players Challenge.  This week, LeAnne is hosting the CAS (Clean and Simple) Challenge with a little Feline Fine twist.

When creating a Clean and Simple card, always keep in mind that you should have lots of white space with minimal layers and little or no embellishments.

My card today is a simple A-2 Basic White card base with a single black and white patterned paper layer.  The focal point, of course, is a fussy cut cat.  He wants to be your friend and wants to share his ball of yarn with you.

I attached my cat friend to a 2″ punched Basic Black circle to help make him the star of this card.  I went back into my archives for the sentiment.  It’s from a retired stamp set called Bella & Friends and I thought it worked perfectly with the cat image.

The sentiment layer is attached to a coordinating strip of patterned paper from the Playful Pets Designer Series Paper pack.  I added the sentiment to a small strip of Basic Black cardstock to give it some depth. I couldn’t resist fussy cutting the yarn from the DSP.  I thought the bit of red would add a little pop of color to this CAS design.

So, pull out your feline friends’ stamps and dies, add just a little pop of color and create something Clean and Simple to link up with us over at the Paper Players.

…the only inspiration is your imagination!

For more CAS – Feline Fine inspiration, check in on the Paper Players Design Team below.

For additional details on the supplies I used today, click on the image below.

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