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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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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A Bright Ombre In Bloom Thank You!

Happy Saturday!

Today’s card is all about pattern and color.  The layer of Granny Apple Green plaid DSP from the 2021-2022 Brights Collection was the inspiration for this card.  I love the plaid pattern.  It reminded me of lattice, so I decided to go with flowers.  The floral colors had to be bold and bright enough to complement the Granny Apple Green.  Bermuda Bay, Magenta Madness and Bumblebee were perfect.  The Basic White frame and flower created a good balance to bring all of the colors together.

The In Bloom Bundle was my first choice.  I love the pierced dies and thought they might work well with the lattice patterned paper so I “framed” the lattice with the Stitched Rectangle Dies and added my floral elements to the frame.

I popped my lattice frame and flowers onto an “Oh So Ombre” Designer Series Paper layer and attached it to a Granny Apple Green card base.  Arranging my flowers, frame and patterned paper was so much fun that I completely forgot about my sentiment.  My card was already assembled.  Now what?  I didn’t want to emboss.  I thought if I did, I would be pulling embossing powder from all of the stitching in the die cuts, maybe I could cover it someway.

My Stamparatus came to my rescue and I decided to go with White Craft ink.  It took a little while, but it worked.  Craft Ink is opaque and much thicker than the die based ink I normally use.  You have to stamp it lightly on your surface and allow it to dry well after each application.  Wow, that was a pretty good save.  What do you think?

I embellished the lattice layer with a few die cut mini flowers and resin dots.

So, pick out a few bold, bright colors, find a fun pattern, add a frame and a flower or two and create something fun!  Don’t forget the sentiment.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

For more details on the products I used in today’s post, click on each picture below.