Posts Tagged ‘Beautiful Butterflies Die’
I think one of my favorite cards of all time is from this series of butterfly scallop circle cards I made several years ago…3-1/2 years ago, actually. Although the specific papers and stamps may be long retired, the Big Shot dies and the layout are still current!
Here’s what you need:
- Big Shot Die Cut Machine
- die shape of your choice
- Embossing Folder
- hardware store supplies: #9 wire (for stake), aluminum flashing (get it in 6″ width for easy use)
- beads & wire of your choice
1. Cut a piece of aluminum flashing to fit your Big Shot (tin snips are a great tool — get them at the hardware store).
2. Cut the shape with your Big Shot (see it online) and the die of your choice (my favs are new Oval Accents – see it, Top Note – see it or Scallop Circle - see it). You can cut a butterfly to add, too (Beautiful Butterflies die – see it). Here’s the sandwich from the top down:
- cutting plate
- tag board shim
- cutting plate
3. Use your Big Shot and an Embossing Folder (see them all online) to add the texture to the cut aluminum. (My fav folders for this project are Flower Garden - see it, Elegant Lines – see it, and Manhattan Flower – see it)
4. Use your Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole at the top for the hook and at the bottom for any beading wires you want to hang.
5. Add beading of your choice (I did mine on a fine wire and wound the ends to keep the beads on).
6. Make your stake: If your wire comes on a roll, straighten a length of it by hand before you cut. Cut a length of #9 wire (bolt cutters work great — get them at the hardware store). Add the hook and curve at the top. This was a 2 person job at my house — each of use with a pair of vise-grip pliers.
Last week we made these at Mary Ellen’s house, and since my mom was here visiting, we ran out and got supplies to make our own. And yesterday at Scrap Camp for Kids, I had 20 school-aged kids make these themselves.
With the shine and the way they swing in the wind, we decided that these are definitely a classy step up from hanging empty pie tins in the garden to keep pests away
Another thought… want to get your Big Shot and pick out your cutting die for free? Plus get a discount on other dies & Embossing Folders that you want? Be sure to check out the special on the Demonstrator Starter Kit – and teach this craft to your own friends!
Yesterday I mentioned that I’m loving these new stamp sets and the matching butterfly punch – Pleasant Poppies stamp set (see it online), the Papillon Potpourri stamp set (see it online) and the Elegant Butterfly Punch (see it online). And I promised a look at the note cards from yesterday’s Note Card Pocket post. And by the way, papillon is French for butterfly. In case you’ve been wondering.
Simple, sweet, and includes bling. What more could you ask from a card?
**Note Card Pockets**:
- Begin with a 4-1/4 x 11″ piece of card stock.
- Score at 3-1/4″ and at 7-1/2″ and fold around to make the pocket.
- Use Sticky Strip at the back and the bottom to secure ends.
Pretty simple? It’s based on a project shared in the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator magazine that we receive each month as demonstrators. You could get it too… just join my Stampin’ Up! family (check out the special during June)
The other part of the project that was featured in the magazine was making Paper Beads. There’s one on the front of the large butterfly on the Note Card Pocket. (see it bigger) It’s really simple, too!
- Cut a triangle of designer series paper (I used Patio Party – about 3″ long and 1″ wide at the big end)
- Beginning at the wide end, roll the triangle around a toothpick, securing with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (aka ‘green lid glue’). Be careful not to glue the paper to the toothpick.
- After rolling the bead, add a light coat of Crystal Effects to the bead to make it shine. Let it dry on the toothpick, resting on the top of a little glass.
Lots of fun things to try out on this project!
My new catalog order is here, and I’ve been working on projects for my Stamp Club with Meg (we meet tomorrow in central Illinois – let me know if you’d like to come!). Let me just say that I’m having a HARD TIME deciding which new products to use first…
The Pleasant Poppies stamp set? (see it online)
Or maybe the new Papillon Potpourri stamp set? (see it online)
Possibly the matching Elegant Butterfly Punch? (see it online)
I finally decided to go with all of them, plus a bunch more new items.
The colors here are new, too — from the 2012-2014 In Color Collection (see more project ideas with these on my blog). I’ve stamped in Raspberry Ripple for the Pleasant Poppies image, and did butterflies in Summer Starfruit and Primrose Petals. The Designer Series Paper is my current fav — the Patio Party Designer Series Paper that you can get for free as a bonus with the Demonstrator Starter Kit in June!! (click to learn more)
Stay tuned tomorrow for a 2nd installment — more details about this week’s Stamp Club projects and the notecards in this sweet Note Card Pocket, and how to make Paper Beads!
My friend and fellow demonstrator, Betsy Crider shared this technique with me — I love it! Remember to use Shimmery White card stock for this, since it’s a bit heavier than the usual Whisper White, plus it’s got a terrific subtle shimmer that adds a nice extra sparkle to the finished card.
Check out how to make your own masks or stencils using the Big Shot, and you can design a similar card with your own flair.
This is one of the cards we made at Stamp Club with Meg during August. Be sure to let me know if you’d like to join me for Stamp Club on September 9th here in central Illinois!
- Upsy Daisy stamp set (see it online)
- Crystal Effects (see it online)
- Shimmery White Card Stock (see it online)
- Big Shot (see it online)
- Beautiful Butterflies Big Shot Die (see it online)
- Jet Black Staz-On Ink (see it online)
What do you get when you combine Beautiful Butterflies die (see it online), the Beautiful Wings Embosslit (see it online), Basic Pearls (see them online), an Elegant Lines embossing folder (see it online) and Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper (see it online)? Why a trio of fabulous projects!
Many scrapbookers want a way to put more than one photo on a page. Here is a great layout template that fits one large focal point photo, plus a selection of complementary photos in a smaller size.
Plus don’t forget the Broadsheet Alphabet trick with your Clear Acrylic Blocks! It’s easy to get your letters spaced exactly as you like when you mount all of the letters at the same time (check out the trick here).
The new Nature Walk stamp set (see it online) from the Occasions Mini Catalog has been taunting me… I’ve wanted to play with it since it arrived in the brown Stampin’ Up! box on my Demonstrator Pre-Order back in December (yes, we demonstrators can get the new products early!). (learn more about the perks of being a demonstrator)
But it wasn’t until I really felt like Spring was here that I finally took it out and put it to use! Of course now it’s cold again, but since I have my Spring stamping projects started, I know it will be okay.
Does this project look familiar? This 6 x 6″ scrapbook page is meant to show that any card idea can be turned into a scrapbooking project. I posted a card last week that uses the same set of supplies to make a simple yet elegant greeting card (check the details on the card).
The colors are taken from the Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper (see it online). Watch for the third in this series tomorrow — the 12 x 12″ scrapbook page version of the same project!
**PHOTO TECHNIQUE TIP** Another note… the photo is printed in a light sepia tone, to make it easier to match the colors on the project. When you print in sepia or black and white, try to select high contrast photos.
Notice how your eye is drawn to my dad’s face? When you have a lot of dark colors interrupted by lighter tones, it makes the light tones stand out. See where my daughter’s light jacket makes her face harder to pick out? The contrast between her face and her coat isn’t very high, so the sepia tone isn’t as effective.
The rest of the supplies:
- Beautiful Butterflies die (see it online)
- Beautiful Wings Embosslit (see it online)
- Basic Pearls (see them online)
- Elegant Lines embossing folder (see it online)
- Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper (see it online)
Here is a card I shared at my workshop last evening, using both butterflies plus a sprinkle of Basic Pearls (see them online). The folded card is 4-1/4 x 4-1/4″.
The background Very Vanilla card stock is just embossed with the Elegant Lines embossing folder (see it online) and the layered butterflies are attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The color selection comes from the Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper (see it online).
The greeting is from the Three Little Words stamp set (see it online) which is still available as a FREE Sale-A-Bration selection (learn more about Sale-A-Bration), until March 31st. Be sure to place your SAB order soon, so that you don’t miss out!
Keep an eye out over my next few blog posts. This simple card idea is going to become a 6 x 6″ scrapbook page and a 12 x 12″ scrapbook page. Just goes to show that any idea can be modified to whatever project or supplies you have on hand.
Looking for a few last summer projects to complete together before your kids head back to school? Here’s one that the girls did last month for Summer Scrap Camp. They used several Big Shot dies, and the background paper on the right side was created using the Flower Fancy stamp set and Watercolor Wonder Crayons. I find that Watercolor Wonder Crayons and AquaPainters are a favorite tool set for kids, beginning around age 5 or 6.
- Choose projects open to creativity: while most adults like to see a sample and copy it, most kids like to create something that’s uniquely theirs. Give them instruction on how to use high-quality art tools, and let them go to town.
- Limit some choices: don’t give them access to every tool or color under the sun. Kids are more successful in their projects if they have a few colors that are designed to match each other. A perfect choice would be to use all Bold Brights color family inks or cardstocks, since you know the colors will mesh well.
- Add glitter: enough said, right? Be sure to contain the glitter though, or you’ll be wearing it for weeks. I like to use the Stampin’ Up! Powder Pals, since the trays have spouts for pouring excess glitter back into the containers.
- Pick ‘useful’ projects: kids are proud of their art and like to keep it around. Projects like treasure boxes, photo frames or notebooks will be handy and popular
And one more Stampin’ Up! Convention detail… this yummy bouquet from Edible Arrangements was delivered to me yesterday! Thanks so much to all my LovenStampfuls and Impeckable Stampers friends for the gift! You all inspire me so much…and the fruit basket has been a huge hit with my family
Stamps: Flower Fancy (111578)
Inks: Basic Gray (109120),
Paper: Rose Red (102544), Cameo Coral (100475), Whisper White (100730), Pretty in Pink (100459),
Accessories: Scallop Border Punch (112091), Big Shot (113439), Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die (114507), Serif Essentials Alphabet Dies (113464), Metallic Eyelets (105319), Crop-A-Dile (108362), Rich Regals Watercolor Wonder Crayons (106698), Aquapainters (103954), Cosmo Fine Glitter Stack (108796), 2-Way Glue Pen (100425), Powder Pals (102197)
After you check out the video, I thought you might like to see more shots of the project… I love these circle cards! My Stamp Club with Meg meets next week, and we’ll be making a similar card using the Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper.
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