Butterfly Gala

Now don’t go checking to make sure you are really on Susan’s blog!  I know what some of you are thinking.  This can not be my blog.  Susan doesn’t like butterflies.  Well, the stamp set called Butterfly Gala and the matching Butterfly Duet Punch changed my mind.  That and I decided I needed to get over my butterfly trauma. It happened five years ago.  Time to let go.

For those that don’t know I will tell you the butterfly story quickly without all the details.  My son was getting married and we were looking for a place to have the rehearsal dinner.  After finally talking him out of having food trucks come to a park with no bathrooms, he suggested we go look at a butterfly garden that was in the area.  I imagined these beautiful gardens with butterflies flitting all over while landing on the flowers and it just being lovely.  I could not have been more wrong.  It was in a hot house and there were hundreds if not thousands of butterflies all over the place.  They landed on me.  They got stuck in my hair. It was a horror show!  They even had to blow you off before you could leave in case one of the butterflies decided to try to escape their jail.  Needless to say, we did not have the rehearsal dinner there!  Ever since I have not liked butterflies.

Anyway, Butterfly Gala and the Butterfly Duet Punch are in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  If you purchase them in a Bundle you can save 10%.  They are both part of a Suite called Gingham Gala.  The Designer Series Paper I used is part of it too.  As all the other Suites in this catalog, there are also embellishments and ribbon to go with everything.

To make this card, I first added the Gorgeous Grape lines to the Coastal Cabana Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper.  I saw this technique used a lot when the Buffalo Check stamp came out so I decided to try it with this paper.  I really like how it turned out.  To keep the lines straight I used a T ruler.  You can get those just about anywhere (including Amazon).  They allow you to draw a straight line much easier than using a regular ruler.

Then I stamped the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink and cut it out using a die from Stitched Shapes.  I stamped the butterflies in Gorgeous Grape and colored them with my Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write Marker. I adhered them by just putting a strip fo Multipurpose glue down the middle fo the butterfly so I could bend the wings up a little giving it a 3D look.

What else is great?  If you buy the Butterfly Gala Bundle, the Gingham Designer Series Paper and a pack of the Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins you will be able to purchase something from the Sale-a-bration Catalog.  This catalog has Designer Series Paper that matches the Butterfly Gala Bundle in it.  You can even punch out some of the butterflies in the paper using the punch.  Awesome!

EDITED:  Unfortunately the Butterfly Builder Punch is un-orderable at this time.  Stampin’ Up!® usually sells about 12,000 punches of one kind and they sold so quickly and so many that they ran out.  They decided to turn it off rather than experience a ton of backorders.  The good news is this will be carrying over in the 2019/2020 Annual Catalog so it will be back.  They will turn it back on when they receive more.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Little Elephant

I think Little Elephant is one of the cutest stamp sets for little people that Stampin’ Up!® has ever had.  I just love those little guys.  Plus it has a matching punch which makes it even more fun and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

Of course, they may be a reason I love this set so much.  Yes!  I am going to have another grandchild and last week we found out it is going to be a girl!  Honestly, I am not sure how this keeps happening (the girl part!!).  Obviously it is genetics but it still boggles my mind.  My father was from a family with all boys.  His brother and he had all girls.  I had all boys and now my three sons had all girls (for their first child).  How weird is that?  Of course, we also have Nolan but it is still strange that each of my boys had a girl first.  Anyway, I am in girl heaven.  I never got to buy girly clothes and I love it!  Madelyn’s father did tell me that she really needed play clothes more than cute, sparkly, frilly dresses but too bad.  He can buy the play clothes!  Anyway, the parents to be did a baby reveal.  They had the ultrasound technician write down the sex of the baby and put it in a sealed envelope.  They gave it to a friend who had a ballon and a fake bottle of champagne filled with pink confetti so when they popped them pink confetti went flying everywhere!  

The colors I used on this card are Grapefruit Grove and Gorgeous Grape.  I first stamped the elephant in Gorgeous Grape and punched it out using the Elephant Builder Punch.  I stamped the balloons in Grapefruit Grove, adhered the elephant and then cut it out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  The sentiment was also cut out using these dies.  The Designer Series Paper is called In Color 6″ X 6″ (2018-2020).  The ribbon is 1/4″ Mini Striped Ribbon in Gorgeous Grape.

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Merry Christmas To All

I forgot to show the third card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting in November.  We made it using products from the All Is Bright Suite in the 2018 Holiday Catalog.  The stamp set is called Merry Christmas To All.  It has a ton of different sentiments that all go with each other plus a label and some swishes.  Of course, they are matching dies called Merry Christmas Thinlits dies that have big sentiments (which you all know I love).

To make this I first cut out the “Merry” using the Thinlits from the Galvanized Metallic Paper and adhered it to an oval cut out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies in Whisper White cardstock.  Then I stamped the word Christmas onto Real Red cardstock with Versamark and embossed it using Stampin’ Emboss Powder in White and heating it with the Heat Tool.  The Merry Christmas Thinlits have a die that cut out the sentiment.  The Designer Series Paper is called Under The Mistletoe and is in the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog.  Lastly I cut out two sprigs using the Sprig Punch and adhered them underneath the sentiment.  The card base is Old Olive cardstock.

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Dandelion Wishes

Last week was one of the best weeks ever!  I went to Nashville for Nolan’s first birthday so I got to spend some time with Sam, Tara, Nolan and Madelyn.  Tara’s parents were there too and we haven’t seen them in a long time.  After having a great time there I drove to Alabama to see Zachary, Mary and Emory!  In one week’s time I got to see all the grandchildren!  What could be better than that!  Of course, there will be pictures to follow!

I made this card using the stamp set called Dandelion Wishes.  This is one of the most popular stamp sets in the 2018/2019 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  First I stamped the sentiment in Blueberry Bliss ink and then the Dandelions in Smoky Slate.  I cut out the circle using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the Layering Circle Framelits Dies.  The Designer Series Paper is called Best Route and is also in the Annual Catalog.  Lastly, I added the bow using some 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon in Grapefruit Grove.

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Stitched All Around

Stitched All Around is a new stamp set that is in the 2018/2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  It has a set of matching Framelits called Stitched Labels and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The stamp set is has some cute sentiments but the dies is what drew me to this suite in the first place.

There are ten dies in this set.  They are mostly label dies which make them perfect for sentiments but there are a few other dies in the set that really add to it.  If you look at my card you can see the pattern that one of the dies makes.  It doesn’t cut out a shape.  It just pierces the cardstock to make this cute X pattern.  Plus it has two straight dies that add piercings to your cardstock.  One makes x’s and the other makes dots.  You are going to love this set of Framelits!

On a side note, here is a picture of Emory Jade.  She is growing up so fast and is already 16 months old!  She is the cutest and sassiest little southern girl.  Just look at those eyes!  She looks just like her Mama.

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Eclectic Expressions

There are only 10 days left to Sale-a-brate left! This means that after March 31st all the Sale-a-bration products will be going away (except for the Celebrate You Thinlits and the Basket Weave Embossing Folder) and not eligible to get anywhere.  Although the Celebrate You Thinlits and Basket Weave Embossing Folder will be in the new catalog you will have to pay for them then.  Now, they are free with a qualifying order!   Plus there are only ten days left to get an extra $25 in free product with a $250 order (or workshop order) and only ten more days to join my Stampin’ Up! group and get an additional two free stamp sets of your choice.

To make this card, I first cut out the squares in Pool Party and Bermuda Bay using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  Then I cut out the dragonfly using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies in Whisper White.  The sentiment is from one of the Sale-a-bration stamp sets called Eclectic Expressions.  This is a fun set with a couple of sentiments and a bunch of swooshes, splatters and blobs (sorry, I can’t think of another word to call them).


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Tabs For Everything

Tabs For Everything is one of the stamp set I got for free while attending a Stampin’ Up! OnStage event.  I love those events.  We get free stuff (which is awesome) but more importantly we get to spend time with other Demos. Some of them I met online and finally got to meet in person and others just live too far away to see often so it gives us an excuse to see each other again.  We also learn new techniques and just have a lot of fun.  If you are interested in attending one of these events (the next one is in April) then you need to join as a Demonstrators because customers can not attend.  It only costs $99 (plus tax) to join and you get $125 worth of free product of your choice.  Plus, if you join between during Sale-a-bration (January 3rd -March 31st) you can two more stamps sets for free!  So think about it for a couple of weeks and just say yes!  There is no obligation to buy another thing if you don’t want to but I know you will want to!  If you are going to place a $100, then it will even save you money because Stampin’ Up! doesn’t charge shipping for Starter Kits!

Anyway, I made this card for one of my 15 December birthdays.  It is a simple birthday card and I decided it was perfect for a masculine card.  Tabs For Everything has a matching punch called Circle Tab and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

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