Sunday, May 29, 2011

Cherry Cobbler Butterflies

As you can see, I'm still playing around with my butterfly dies - this time the Beautiful Wings Embosslit, which cuts and embosses five gorgeous little butterflies at once.

I have made a card similar to this one before, but this time I just wanted to go with a really simple colour scheme. You might guess that I'm pretty happy with the result, and you'd be right!

Supplies used:
Stamp(s): Hello Again
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Other: Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Elegant Lines embossing folder, Scallop Oval Punch, 5 x 3.5cm Oval Punch, Basic Rhinestones

And I'm also having a lot of fun using the little self adhesive rhinestones on my butterflies lately - they turn a simple card into a special card with almost no effort whatsoever!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Deals of the Week May 25-31

And the final Deals of the Week are ...:




Regular Price

Sale Price



Right on Track Stampin' Around Wheel





Retro Remix Stampin Around Wheel





Vintage Type Rub-Ons





Play Date Rub-Ons



Remember these items are only available at this price for orders placed between today and May 31 (final orders must be placed before close of business on the 31st).

Monday, May 23, 2011

Extra! Extra! Hostess Promotion

Good news! If you hold a workshop or place a qualifying order totalling $450 or more (including GST and shipping) from now till June 30, you can receive an additional $70 in hostess benefits on top of the $40 in free product already available - and, of course, the hostess stamp set.

Just think of all the goodies you can get with an extra $70 ...!

So grab your planner and give me a call to book your workshop before the end of June.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Butterfly Easel Cards

These are just so cute!

I was blog surfing the other night, looking for more ideas using my Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die, and came across this by the talented Bronwyn Eastley. I was intrigued and investigated further - turns out she has a tutorial on her blog on making a slightly smaller version (there is a link at the end of the Faux Fabric Butterfly post).

So easy! So effective!

So naturally I made two *g*

Here's a close up of the Baja Breeze butterfly, which I made following Bronwyn's instructions.

The edges and embossed design are lightly sponged with matching Baja Breeze ink just to emphasise the texture a bit.

I think it probably needs some shimmer spritz ... might have to disassemble it and rectify that.

Do you like the centre? I bought a packet of the Designer Brads ages ago, but never found the right project to put them on until now. The Filigree brads (as shown here) are actually two parts - a small silver brad and a decorative hardware piece to put behind it (in two sizes - the small is shown here).

Supplies used:
Ink: Baja Breeze
Cardstock: Baja Breeze
Other: Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Filigree Designer Brads

I was so encouraged by my success I tried my hand at making one of these easel cards using the largest butterfly on the die. After a bit of trial and error, I managed to get it to work.

Here is a closeup of the Pink Pirouette butterfly ... as you can see, I went a little further with the decorations on this one, by sparkling up the brad with some Dazzling Diamonds. To do this, I used tweezers to hold the prongs of the brad and smooshed it into my Versamark pad. Then I dipped it into Heat & Stick powder and heated it until the adhesive just melted. Then I dunked it straight into a tub of Dazzling Diamonds and voila! And that stuff is well glued down, too, I checked - it's not going to shed all over the place.

Still might need Shimmer Paint on this one though ...

Supplies used:
Stamp(s): Bella Toile
Ink: Pink Pirouette
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette
Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Filigree Designer Brads, Heat & Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fabric Butterflies

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I recently attended the annual Stampin' Up! convention (held right here in Melbourne this year - very handy!). As always, we were treated to entertaining and informative presentations on different aspects of the business of Stampin' Up! as well as nifty crafting ideas to share with our customers.

One of the things that was highlighted was the use of the Big Shot as more than a papercrafting tool. Now I already knew this, in fact I made a little sample book of all the things I had laying about that I put through the Big Shot, just to see what it would cut.

But somehow over the past year I had forgotten. Seeing what people had created using the some of the SU exclusive Sizzix dies made me want to try my hand at something a little different from my usual cards.

And here they are:

Using the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die, you can cut four different butterfly shapes. Here I have used the three smallest, cut out of felt scraps leftover from my daughter's Textiles project over the holidays (and was I kicking myself when I realised she could have used the Big Shot to help her out?!).

I dug out my old embroidery thread and did some simple backstitch and blanket stitching to edge the layers of wings, and then raided my beading supplies for the bodies. This is where the Rhinestone Brads (on special this week until May 24) would have been perfect, if I had any - I'll be adding them to my next order for sure!

Overall it only took a couple of hours to put these together, and that's including the time spent trying to a) find my beads and b) decide which ones to use. I still have to sift through all that jewellery stuff to find pin backs to turn these into brooches. Or perhaps I could sew them onto a ponytail holder or a headband?

For reference, the largest butterfly shown here is 7.6cm across.

And here's closeups of each ...

Supplies used:
Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Deals of the Week May 18-24

A new batch of "Deals of the Week" has been announced!




Regular Price

Sale Price



Daffodil Delight 5/8'' (1.6 cm) Satin Ribbon





Certainly Celery 3/8'' (1 cm) Taffeta Ribbon





Square Fire Rhinestone Brads





Square Ice Rhinestone Brads



These products are only available at this price until close of business on Tuesday May 24 so get your order in quick.

And what a coincidence ... I was thinking just last night that the Rhinestone Brads would be perfect for the little project I was playing with. Sadly I don't have any (not yet anyway - I certainly will after this week!) and had to make do with beads - I hope to photograph it tonight and post it shortly.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I have no excuse ...

Yes, I have absolutely no excuse whatsoever for not updating my blog as frequently as I should.

I did attend the Stampin' Up! Convention (conveniently held in Melbourne this year) just last weekend, although that really only accounts for four days out of the last 45 or so in which this blog has lain unattended.

So I will be getting out the dustbuster, cleaning up the cobwebs and putting some new pictures up shortly.

In the meantime, I would love to share with you all the news and sneak peeks from Convention, but I am sworn to secrecy for most of it! And because I can't remember which bits I can and can't share, I will just not tell you any of it until after June 1st ... can you wait that long?

While you're waiting, keep checking back on my Specials page ... Stampin' Up! are running Deals of the Week during May, which (as the name suggests) change each week - so get in while you can!


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