Aug 29 2013

The Magic Butterfly Punch Sale: 15% off this month

I can’t believe it!!  I’ve said for the last 2 years that this little Bitty Butterfly Punch is MAGIC.  Truly, it is.

You know how sometimes you make a card and think, “hmmmm….it needs just a little something more.”  Right?  Well punch out one of these little babies, plop it on your card and, Voila!  MAGIC! The card is now perfect.

Seriously.

Want to see one of my favorite cards with this punch and stamp set? Here you go:

Swallowtail Puzzle Piece Resist - free printable technique tutorial

This card was one I shared along with a project tutorial this past spring.

So be sure to add the Bitty Butterfly Punch Bundle to your next online order or order at a class, club or party!

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Jul 11 2013

Wedding Ideas: A Guest Book to Remember

Wedding Guest Book Idea: Include envelopes to collect special wishes instead of just names

Are you headed to any weddings this summer?  I wanted to share a special Guest Book idea that my friend Becky Strater created for her niece and nephew earlier this summer. I think it’s a terrific idea!

The bride asked Becky to come up with something “different”, and Becky thought it would be fun to let guests leave a short message or wish for the bride and groom, rather than just signing their names.  The book will be a special keepsake long after the cake is cut and the bouquet has been tossed.

Wedding Guest Book: Puzzle Piece Resist Technique (with tutorial)The cover was created with the Puzzle Piece Resist Technique that I shared on my blog this spring (get the free printable tutorial).  The butterfly stamp is one of my favorites (see Swallowtail online – 129216).

The covers of the book were created by covering heavy tag board with Designer Series Paper.  Bind the pages and covers together with a ribbon or with 1″ binder rings like Becky did here.

You might want to leave some instructions for guests along with the book. The text on the sign with the guest book reads:

Guest Book Directions

Take an envelope which has a card in it.
Write a message, a wish or some good advice.
Sign it and put the card back in the envelope.
Put the envelope in a pocket in our guest book for us to enjoy later.

Thanks for making our memories last longer.

Then just make up some little envelopes or make it easy and purchase the Mini Square Envelopes (see them online). You can stamp or add washi tape to decorate the mini envelopes to coordinate with your guest book.

I hope your special celebration goes beautifully this summer!

Happy Stamping!

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Apr 17 2013

Puzzle Piece Resist Technique – free printable tutorial

Swallowtail Puzzle Piece Resist - free printable technique tutorial

What’s more fun than a cool technique?  A free printable technique tutorial!  This Puzzle Piece Resist technique was shared with us by demonstrator Linda Yearsley at our Spring Into Stamping demo training event last weekend, and I loved it so much that I created this card with the Swallowtail stamp for my Stamp Club last week. (see Swallowtail online – 129216)

The steps are simple for Puzzle Piece Resist:

  1. Heat emboss image in white on white
  2. Use framelits to cut layers (all at once)
  3. Sponge layers in contrasting colors
  4. Assemble the puzzle

And the results are striking!  Be sure to download my free printable tutorial for the Puzzle Piece Resist technique.

Supplies: Stamp – Swallowtail, Papillon Potpourri, Amazing Family; Ink: Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Versamark; Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Calypso Coral; Accessories: Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Rhinestone Jewels, Big Shot, Floral Frames Framelits;

Happy Stamping!

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Apr 03 2013

Swallowtail: Sweet & Simple Note Cards

Swallowtail: sweet & simple note card with white space inside (stamping tip)

Yes, I promise that I do have a stamp in my stamp room that *isn’t* Swallowtail.  But somehow this guy keeps making an appearance at all my events!  This is one of the cards that we made on Monday morning at the monthly Card Club that a group of friends attend with me. (see Swallowtail online – 129216)

Did you notice that I used yesterday’s trick for making the card insides white? Actually, yesterday’s Oh Whale card idea was from the same Card Club.  And it’s true, I’m pretty butterfly-centric these days… you can get lots of Swallowtail card ideas on my blog.  For this card, the Pool Party layer is a 1/4 sheet and the Whisper White layer is 5 1/4″ x 8″.

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Interested in starting a Card Club with your own friends?  I would love to create for you, too!  Gather 4-8 friends and you can come to my studio, or I can come to you (anywhere within an hour of Champaign-Urbana).

Guests pay a fee to stamp 4 or 8 cards, or they can choose to place an order for Stampin’ Up! product – and stamping is free!

Want to start a Card Club further away?  I can help you with that, too!  I can mail you a package each month with everything you need to have your own Card Club at home.

Either way – drop me an email if you’re interested in learning more or looking at dates!

Happy Stamping!

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Apr 01 2013

Why Triple Stamp When You Can Double Stamp?

Swallowtail Double Stamping Technique Card

Swallowtail Triple Stamping Idea from MegIn February I shared a card using the Swallowtail stamp and the Triple Stamping Technique.  This card uses the same technique, but only 2 layers!

I just finished mailing some of these cards to congratulate some terrific successes by my LovenStampfuls team members.  I love being a cheerleader!

Have you used the Swallowtail stamp yet? (see it online – 129216) I’ve been loving the Swallowtail stamp lately!

Happy Stamping!

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Stamps: Swallowtail, Feel Goods; Ink: Primrose Petals; Card Stock: Whisper White, Primrose Petals; 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, Rhinestone Jewels


Mar 27 2013

Swallowtail Pinboard: Easy with Artisan Embellishments

 

Swallowtail Pinboard Idea: easy to make with the Artisan Embellishments Kit

Looking for a fun project idea that’s not a card? Something to create for a gift (or for your own space)? Try a fun embellished pin board! This board came from a big box store on clearance – they’re easy to find. Once you have your board, it’s all about embellishments.

Worried about what matches? What goes together? There’s a super-easy solution: the Artisan Embellishment Kit. It includes all the pieces, picked out to match and give your finished project an artisan quality. (see the Artisan Embellishment Kit Contents)

Swallowtail: not just for cards.  Pinboard butterfly idea

For this project, I stamped a few butterflies (love the Swallowtail stamp, don’t you? see it online – 129216) and heat embossed the middle one using my Pool Party ink pad and the Iridescent Ice Embossing powder.

Butterfly Pin Board Project idea: Add paper to bottlecaps for thumb tacks

I connected the butterflies in a banner-like layout (banners being oh so popular). Then I added some Designer Series Paper from the More Amore Designer Series Paper (see the paper online – 129309) to the background, the Soda Pop Tops, everything.

Make a Ruffled Ribbon embellishment

Those Soda Pop Tops make great thumbtacks.  (see them online – 129388)  Just use a strong glue like the Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive to attach a tack to the back and fill the bottlecap with a punched circle of designer paper!

Or you can check out my Soda Pop Top Jewelry Tutorial for details on adding Crystal Effects to your bottlecaps to finish them off with a nice shine.

Have fun making your own Pin Board Project! This one went home with my friend Jane after our demonstrator group holiday party.  Gotta love a gift exchange with stampers!  This would make a great project for a bridal shower gift (can’t you see the bride-to-be pinning ideas to her board?) or a new baby gift (so many baby things to collect in a collage…hospital bracelets, a teeny sock, snapshots…).

This week I seem to be loving the Swallowtail stamp — so I’m happy to share a project here that uses it for something other than a card.

Happy Stamping!

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Mar 25 2013

Swallowtail: A little embellishment goes a long way

Swallowtail stamp - Clean & Simple note card ideas, simple to embellish

I think in all my years of stamping, I’ve only seen 1-2 stamps EVER that come close to meeting the beauty of the Swallowtail stamp (see it online – 129216).

These easy note cards are created using the Note Cards & Envelopes (see them online).  I absolutely adore using the Note Cards for elegant yet simple projects.

I know the Swallowtail image is huge — nearly bigger than a standard card front (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″). Don’t let it intimidate you!

 Here are a few of my suggestions for using it:

  • Use only a portion of the butterfly (like in the samples here)
  • Go monochromatic – a single color shows off the beauty in the stamp perfectly
  • Heat emboss the butterfly – be sure to use high end embossing powder (like from Stampin’ Up!) to capture all the detail

Happy Stamping!

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Feb 27 2013

Triple Stamping: Swallowtail Butterfly Card

I’m in love with this gorgeous stamp!  The Swallowtail single stamp from the Spring Catalog (see it online – 129216) is absolutely breathtaking – I don’t think my photo or the catalog do it justice!

And the Triple Stamping Technique is a perfect way to use your Swallowtail stamp.  It may look complicated, but really, this technique is simple once you have your card stock cut to the right size.

I can help you with that!  You’re going to want a good Paper Trimmer (love the new one from Stampin’ Up! – see it online).

Who knew, but it turns out that this paper trimmer is super convenient to use when you can’t get around easily… like if you’ve broken your leg and you’re supposed to keep your foot up in the air, but you just can’t help wanting to stamp!

Just saying.

Back to the technique – here are the sizes I used for my card stock:

  • Whisper White card stock:
    5 1/4” x 8
    3 x 4 1/4”
    2 x 3 1/4”
  • Island Indigo card stock:
    4 1/4” x 5 1/2”
    3 1/4” x 4 1/2”
    2 1/4” x 3 1/2″

The technique itself is simple. You’ll arrange the layers of white card stock, then stamp on all the layers at the same time.  Then just take the layers apart and put the colored card stock layers in between.  Voila!

I definitely have some special tips though:

  • Adhere just the white layers with small amounts of SNAIL adhesive so they don’t move while stamping
  • With a small image, be sure to cover most of the card stock surface
  • Don’t worry if your image leaves a small gap where the layers change – this is normal and will be mostly covered by the colored card stock layers you’ll add at the end.
  • After stamping, pull the layers of card stock apart by twisting them, rather than peeling them back.  This will keep the fibers in the paper from breaking and no one will be able to tell that they have been pulled apart
  • Re-layer the white card stock with the colored layers in between.

Other elements from this card?  I used the Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit (see it online -131395) for the flower.  Watch for more samples with this fun kit in upcoming blog posts!  There are tons of flowers in the kit…I think they must multiply when you’re not looking…

The lucky stampers in my Stamps in the Mail Club are making this card in March as part of their Month 2 Club Kit!  It’s not too late — I have a few Stamps in the Mail kits from Month 1 if you’d like to jump in and join us! Just drop me an email or check the details on my website.

Happy Stamping!

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Supplies:

Stamps: Oh Hello, Swallowtail
Inks: Island Indigo
Cardstock: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Designer Build A Brads, Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit
Pre-Punched: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Bitty Butterfly Punch

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