Butterfly Gala Spinner

Butterfly Gala Spinner

Who doesn’t like an interactive card? Join me in my studio to learn how easy it is to create this Butterfly Gala Spinner Card.  I know, I know, at first glance you might think it looks difficult. But I promise I’ll walk you through the steps and you’ll see, you can create one too.

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My inspiration started with the Happiness Blooms DSP. Calypso Coral reminds me of the orange that can be found in Monarch Butterflies. Speaking of which, I can’t wait for Spring, when we usually have 100’s here. I’ve got a butterfly garden in my back yard and our record of cocoons, hanging from the heaves of our house, stands at 220. That’ a lot of butterflies. 

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The butterfly gala spinner itself is stamped in Memento Black then using two generations of Calypso Coral I created those lovely butterfly images. 

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Call Me Clover, one of the 2018-2020 In-Color’s paired perfectly with the Mint Macaron card base. Did you know that the Butterfly Gala can be purchased in a bundle format. What does that mean? You get both the stamp set and punch, using one item code and save 10% to boot.

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One of the best things about Stampin’ Up! products in the color coordination. The paper, inks, embellishments, etc. all match. No wasted time looking for just the right color.

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Because the photopolymer stamps are bendable, I was able to shape the stamp to achieve the look around the circle image on the inside of the card.  I think that’s pretty spectacular. 

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I’ll bet you’re itching to create this card. Here you go, a FREE video tutorial to show you how.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Mint Macaron – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • DSP – Happiness Blooms – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Scallop Ring – Call Me Clover CS – 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, cut the scallop circle, then cut the circle on top of the scallop circle image.  This will form your ring.
  • Butterflies – Whisper White CS – 5 1/2″ x 3 1/4″, stamp in Memento Tuxedo Black; large butterflies fill in stamp, stamp off in Calypso Coral; small butterflies fill in stamp, 1st generation Calypso Coral. Butterfly bodies in Tuxedo Black. Punch with the coordinating punch.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 3″ x 1″, stamp in Call Me Clover, cut with the smallest Rectangle Stitched Framelit
  • Sentiment Accent – Calypso Coral – 3 1/2″ x 1″, cut with the accent die from Doily Builder
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″

Assembly:

  • Cut circle in card base.
  • Line up DSP, dry fitting, and trace circle on backside with a pencil.
  • Cut circle in the DSP.
  • Fold Card – Dry fit whisper white inside mat. Glue DSP circle in place.
  • Stamp curved sentiment, top right over the arc of the circle.
  • Stamp small butterfly in the lower left hand corner of the inside mat.
  • Adhere inside mat to the inside of the card.
  • On the front of the card, place a small strip of Tear & Tape on the top and bottom of the cut out circle.
  • Construct your butterfly gala spinner mechanism.
  • Embed the thread into the Tear & Tape on the card front.  Be sure it is tight. Apply a piece of Tear & Tape over the existing tape to reinforce. Trim metallic thread as needed.
  • Wet glue the DSP to the card front.
  • Wet glue the scallop circle to the card front.
  • Adhere the accent piece to the sentiment.
  • Pop the sentiment to the card front.
  • Glue dot the ribbon bow to the sentiment.

If you are in need of any supplies to complete the butterfly gala spinner card, I would appreciate you shopping my online store. Just click any image below to begin filling your shopping cart.

Big Shot

$110.00
Glue Dots

$5.25

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Tin Tile Patina Technique

Tin Tile Patina Technique

The tin tile patina technique is the best of all things, quick, easy and gorgeous. I’m so excited that the tin tile folder will carry over to our new Occasions Catalog. This gives us so many more opportunities to create beautiful cards and projects, including this one.

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You know how a piece of copper has that great patina when it ages?  This tin tile patina technique is similar. Start off with a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock and grunge it up!! I used copper embossing powder and staz on ink to give the piece all that texture.

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My color combo is Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana and Pear Pizzazz.  Throwing in those hints of copper with the sprigs and copper trim really tied things together.

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The dies form the Foliage Frame and Frosted Bouquet sets were used to die cut all the pretty foliage. And whatever you do, don’t forget to decorate the inside of your cards when you can.  

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This time I used the Very Vintage set in Pear Pizzazz and the sentiment from Flourishing Phrases was stamped in Memento Black. I would love to show you how to achieve that lovely tin tile patina technique.  

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Basic Gray CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Embossed Mat – Coastal Cabana CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, embossed with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder.  Be sure to check out the video to learn this patina technique.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 3 1/2″ x 3 12/”
  • Leaves – Pear Pizzazz CS – 4 1/4″ x 3 1/2″
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Sprigs – Copper Foil – 2″ x 4″

Need some supplies?  I would love to earn your business.  Just click on any of the items below to start filling your cart.

Heat Tool

$30.00
Big Shot

$110.00

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Rooted in Nature Shimmer Paint Techniques

Rooted in Nature Shimmer Paint Techniques

If you haven’t guessed by now, I love creating my own unique backgrounds. For this card, the Rooted in Nature set was calling my name. I also knew I wanted to showcase our beautiful Shimmer Paints.  In this one card, there are five techniques!

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Rooted in Nature is a 16 piece set and coordinates with the Rooted in Nature Framelits dies. Purchase the bundle and save 10%.  This is the set that is perfect for all occasions, birthday, thinking of you, masculine cards, encouragement and the list goes on and on.

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To create that lovely background, I started off with a piece of our shimmery white card stock.  The weight and finish of this paper lends itself to all types of techniques.  Not to mention, you get a shimmery look to start things off.  I used both our Bright Copper and Vegas Gold Shimmer Paints in each of the techniques.   There is lots going on here, so I thought it best to film a FREE video tutorial for you. In that way, you can see up close how I put all those techniques to use.

Now, what do you think about that?  Isn’t the Rooted in Nature bundle the best?  Be sure to place it on your next order so that you can create one of these cards yourself.

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Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Blackberry Bliss CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Nature’s Poem DSP – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Background Mat – Shimmery White CS – 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Leaves – Whisper White CS – 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and Vellum CS – 2 1/2″ x 3″
  • Scallop Oval – Blackberry Bliss CS – 4″ x 3″, cut with the Layering Ovals die
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 3″, stamped in Versa Mark, sprinkle with Copper Embossing Powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Cut the image with the Layering Ovals die.
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS

I would love to earn your business.  You can shop my online store 24/7.  All the supplies I’ve used in this project are listed below.

Heat Tool

$30.00
Glue Dots

$5.25
Big Shot

$110.00

Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Faux Linen Technique

Faux Linen Technique

Who loves to create beautiful unique backgrounds?  This faux linen technique is quick, easy and so beautiful.  You’ll want to create a batch in all different color combinations to have on hand for your next card making session.

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WOW, how can you not help but love all that texture?  The faux linen starts off with a piece of tissue paper.  You know, the tissue paper you use when wrapping a present.  I get mine at the Dollar Tree, no need for anything expensive, because you are going to alter it. Next you’ll need a silicone craft mat and your Stampin’ Blends. I used the combo packs of both Cajun Craze and Blackberry Bliss.

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And voila, you can create backgrounds like this one.  Each will be it’s own unique creation, I love that. It’s tough to see in the photo but it also has some sparkle.  I activated the Stampin’ Blends that were scribbled onto the silicone craft mat with a spritzer filled with 4/5 drops of Champagne Shimmer Paint and 70% rubbing alcohol.

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The faux linen made the perfect backdrop for the lovely image from the Country Home stamp set.  Don’t you love the way they incorporated an artichoke in the floral arrangement.  I think it was brilliant. I used the Stampin’ Blends to color the image so that it would coordinate perfectly with my newly created background.

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Even better yet, you can color your own Basic Pearls any color you like using our Stampin’ Blends.  They are alcohol based and the color will stay where you put it.  FANTASTIC!!

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The faux linen technique takes minimal supplies and you can create it in any color combo you wish.  I’ld love to teach you how to do this.  Here’s my FREE video tutorial.  Enjoy!!

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Blackberry Bliss CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Mat – Thick Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Tissue – 6″ x 6″
  • Scallop Ovals – Blackberry Bliss CS – cut 2 @3″ x 4″, cut with the largest scallop framelit from Layering Ovals.
  • Oval – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 3″ – cut with the largest oval from Layering Ovals.
  • Sentiment – Thick Whisper White CS – 3/4″ x 4 1/4″, Stamp the sentiment from Country Home in Blackberry Bliss CS.

I would appreciate your ordering any needed supplies in my online store.

Big Shot

$110.00
Heat Tool

$30.00

Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Copper Shimmer Paint Technique

Copper Shimmer Paint Technique

Copper Shimmer Paint – YUMMY!!!!! Wait until you see all the fabulous things you can do with this pot of shimmery goodness.  The Dashing Deer was calling out to me, please make me shimmer.  

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I recently participated in a Holiday Catalog Card Swap and received a fantastic double z-fold card from a fellow demonstrator, Julie Mannino.  Lots of folks that saw it on my Alaska Achiever’s Card Swap video, asked that I demo the card.  I loved Julie’s card, but I also wanted to put my spin on the design elements.  I want to thank her so much for the fantastic fold and inspiration.

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Remember, the Copper Shimmer Paint was calling my name.  I broke out my Stamparatus, stamped that fabulous detailed deer in Soft Suede.  Then, shook up my copper shimmer paint, uncapped it to reveal some of the paint in the cap.  I dipped my dauber into the cap and randomly dabbed it on the stamp.  Closed the Stamparatus door once more to stamp.  Opened the door and voila, copper shimmer paint stamped onto my dashing deer.  I LOVE it!!!

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I know it’s really tough to see in the photographs. But, trust me, it’s fantastic and you gotta try it.  It’s one of those ah ha moments.  To give my copper shimmer paint dashing deer even more texture, I embossed the Whisper White mat with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.  Next, I wanted to stamp those sweet little smaller deer images.

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Can you see that yummy shimmer on the ground?  First, I stamped the images onto the Whisper White cardstock in Soft Suede.  The Softly Falling folder was used again, but less snow this time.  Washing on some Shaded Spruce ink with my aqua painter gave a ground for the little deers to stand on.  But, since it was snowing we needed some shimmer on the ground.  So instead of the copper shimmer paint, this time I used our Frost White.  Painting in on with a small paint brush gave me the control I needed to get the effect just right.

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The double z-fold looks dramatic, but is really very each to put together.  I would love to teach you how in my FREE video tutorial.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Merry Merlot CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
  • Z-Fold Panel – Shaded Spruce CS – 3 1/8″ x 10″, scored at 4 1/2″ and 7 1/4″
  • Front Mat – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 2 7/8″, embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder
  • Center Mat – Joyous Noel Specialty DSP – 2 7/8″ x 2 1/2″
  • Bottom Mat – Whisper White CS – 2 7/8″ x 2 1/2″, stamp deer in Soft Suede, then run through the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.   Wash Shaded Spruce color on with an aqua painter.  Highlight the ground with a paint brush and Frosted White Shimmer Paint.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 2 1/2″ x 4″; run embossing buddy over surface, stamp the sentiment in versa mark, sprinkle with gold embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Punch out the image with the Everyday Label Punch.  Merry Merlot CS – punch one image using the Everyday Label Punch.  Cut the image in half, lengthwise and set glue the sections to the top and bottom of the sentiment.
  • Deer – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ – Using the Stamparatus, stamp the large detailed deer in Soft Suede.  Ink up a sponge dauber with the Copper Shimmer Paint and dab the shimmer paint onto the stamp.  Stamp again.  Cut out the image with the coordinating die.
  • Flower – Copper Foil Paper and Merry Merlot CS – scraps of each.  Cut one detailed flower from Copper Foil an done solid flower from Merry Merlot. Offset and adhere
  • Refer to the video tutorial for card assembly.

Need supplies to complete the project?  I would appreciate you shopping my online store.

Big Shot

$110.00
Heat Tool

$30.00
Stamparatus

$49.00

Thanks for stopping by, until next time, Create Something Beautiful.

Beautiful Baubles Christmas Card

Beautiful Baubles Christmas Card

Oh, my, I was a lucky lucky girl to win the Beautiful Baubles stamp set in a prize patrol on our Alaska Trip Achievers Cruise.  I just knew, as soon as I could, that I would be ordering the matching Detailed Baubles Thinlits Dies.  I recently hosted our WOW Team Holiday Swap and this was my card.  I’ld like to take a moment to brag, if I may.  I have the most talented, creative awesome team EVER!!!!  

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Before I get into the details on my card.  Check out my Team Members creations.  But wait, before you do, beware, they are going to make you want so many new products in our Holiday Catalog, you might need to grab another wish list.

Nancy Sanders, Stampin' on Sanders' Pond, WOW Holiday Card Swap

First up, Nancy Sanders, Stampin’ on Sanders’ Pond, created this fabulous Fall card using the products in the Country Lane Suite.  The chicken wire and Tin Tile Embossing Folder give this elegant card lots of texture and dimension. One of the best parts, she didn’t have to fussy cut the flowers! Brilliant!!!

Molly Downing, Creating Memories with Molly,  WOW Holiday Card Swap

Molly Downing, crating Memories with Molly, used two suites in her spectacular creation.  The Joyous Noel and Peaceful Poinsettia just can’t be missed. I absolutely love the inlay technique she used. And did you see all that yummy glimmer paper in new colors?

Lisa Lepine, Stampin' Up!, WOW Christmas Card Swap

Lisa Lepine is one of the newest members of my team and one talented lady.  She used lots of the Dashing Deer DSP that you can earn for free, with a qualifying order/workshop, during September. Doesn’t this one remind you of a Christmas present, all wrapped up and ready to share.

Helene Hebert, Stampin' Up!, WOW Christmas Card Swap

WOW, Helene Hebert, used the products in the Frosted Floral Suite. Wait until you see the Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper in person.  They are all shimmery, yummy sheets of 12×12 goodness.  This bundle will take your card making and memory creating past the holidays.  

Told ya, talented right?  I can’t wait for our next swap to see what these ladies come up with.  In the meantime, let’s get back to my Beautiful Baubles card.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Beautiful Baubles Christmas Card

I wish I could have captured the detail, shine and dimension in this card better. The gold embossing of the beautiful baubles really pops.  But, I wanted to step it out a notch and make the ornaments look like glass.  So, I applied a layer of sheen with our Fine Tip Glue Pen.  

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Beautiful Baubles Christmas Card

Those sweet little leaves are fantastic Sprig Punch!  That’s right, quick and easy.  And that absolutely gorgeous gold foil “merry”, is from the set Merry Christmas to All.  We’ve been needing those larger die0cut words for a while now.  Check it out on page 5 of the Holiday Catalog.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Beautiful Baubles Christmas Card

Want to see how I created this card?  Guess what, I’ve got a FREE how-to video for you.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mats – Shaded Spruce – 4″ x 5 1/4″ and Dashing Deer DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″, ink in Cherry Cobbler
  • Focal – Gold Foil Paper – 3 1/2″ x 3 7/8″ and Whisper White CS – 3 1/4″ x 3 5/8″
  • Accent Piece – Cherry Cobbler CS – 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, cut with the die from Beautiful Baubles
  • Banner – Whisper White CS- 1/2″ x 3 1/3″
  • Merry – Gold Foil Paper – Back a piece 3 3/4″ x 2″ onto Adhesive Sheet and cut with the die from Merry Christmas Thinlits.
  • Sprigs – Shaded Spruce CS – Punch 3 to 4 sprigs from scraps.
  • Inside Mats – Cherry Cobbler CS 5 1/4″ x 4″ and Whisper White CS 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Accent Strip – Dashing Deer DSP – 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, ink in Cherry Cobbler 
  • Tranquil Tide Velvet Ribbon – 5″
  • Linen Thread – about 20″
  • Gold Faceted Gem – one large and one small

All the supplies can be found in my online store.

Big Shot

$110.00
Sprig Punch

$18.00
Heat Tool

$30.00
Glue Dots

$5.25

Thank you so much for stopping by, until next time, Create Something Beautiful.