Friday, June 22, 2012

Pop Out Butterfly

I promise this will be the last butterfly for a little while but I had to share it because it really does look pretty darned cool (well, that's my opinion, and this is my blog so I get to say what I want so there LOL).

This is another of the cutout butterflies which I made a while back, this time in a colour combination pinched from a recent ColourQ challenge (I can never organise myself to do these challengers during the set time frame, but it's a nice colour scheme no matter when you do it, right?)

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:

Stamp(s): Mixed Bunch, Creative Elements
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Tempting Turquoise
Other: Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Pearls Basic Jewels

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Black Butterflies

Yes, more butterflies, this time as a kind of silhouette look.  I saw this card (such a talented lady!) and loved it so much I had to make my own version.  Of course, mine has a long way to go before it matches the beauty of the original, but I still like it :-)

It was pretty easy to make, as well, with the layer of stamped Whisper White peeping out from behind the Lucky Limeade panel

And see how well the punches layer together?  I love that about punches - you don't have to have the same shapes in different sizes to get a neat layered effect - just mix and match until you're happy with the result!

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:

Stamp(s): Inspired by Nature, Tea Shoppe, En Francais
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Basic Black
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade
Other: Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Beautiful Wings Embosslit,  Decorative Label Punch, Large Oval Punch

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Sponged Masking

Here's an oldie but a goodie ... basically you mask off a section of cardstock and sponge randomly with a few complimentary colours.  I used to do this on envelopes before sending them off through the mail - and I like to think the postie enjoyed the view :-)

And was this one of the quickest cards I ever made?  You bet!  It took longer to decide which stamp to use than it did to create a quick mask, select the colours and lay them down nice and thick on the Whisper White cardstock (may I say that this cardstock is perfect for this technique?  The smooth finish takes the ink brilliantly).

I might add a greeting one day when I decide who to give the card to.  In the meantime I will just enjoy the pretty colours (how well do the current 2012-14 In Colors of Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder and Lucky Limeade go together?)

And thank you to Janine for reminding me about this technique :-)

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:

Stamp(s): Simly Soft (Hostess Only set)
Ink: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder, Basic Black
Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

For a change

... yes, for a, change more butterflies.  Did you ever notice just how much I like my Beautiful Wings Embosslit and Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die?  A quick click on either of those links should give you some idea.  So much so that when I worked on the Stampin' Up! stand at Picture to Page recently, my contribution was a poster full of butterfly cards.  Many of them I have posted here in the past, but I made a few new ones to replace those I have given away over the last couple of years.

Here's the first one, and for a wonder, there is not a skerrick of pink to be seen on this one - I know - how did this happen?!

I can't even tell you the story behind this - I just wanted to use my Framelits and emboss them, and things just kind of went on from there.  Yes, I know it needs a greeting, but that can wait until I decide what it's for :-)

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Pacific Point

Other: Labels Collection Framelits Die, Petals A Plenty and Stripes Embossing Folders, Beautiful Wings Embosslit

Monday, June 4, 2012

Current specials!

I haven't really had a chance to get on here much lately - preparing to work on the Stampin' Up! stand at Picture to Page the other weekend, and then planning my recent five day break in Canberra for the annual Stampin' Up! South Pacific Convention took up a lot more time than I had anticipated.  I haven't even had much of a chance to stamp, let alone photograph and share the things I have made recently.

So this is a super-quick update, just to let you know what exciting promotions Stampin' Up! has in store for you over the next couple of months.

Reason to Smile

Reason To Smile
Firstly, click the link at the left to take a look at a limited time only, exclusive Stampin' Up! set called Reason to Smile ... do you love it?  Do you want to own it?  You can get your hands on this set in one of two ways:

1) You can place an order at $125 or above you will receive the Reason To Smile stamp set completely FREE (limited to one set per customer).

2) Or, if you prefer, you can purchase the Reason to Smile set as a regular item (in wood or clear mount), with no additional purchase necessary.

Click the link at left to find out more (including a picture of the stamp images), then email or call me to place your qualifying order today!

Hostess Rewards Promotion

We {heart] our hostesses!
Secondly, how much do you like extra money to spend on the things you love?  Well, if you host a qualifying party* between June 1 and July 31, you could receive an extra $90 in Hostess Dollars on top of the already awesome freebie rewards you would normally get!

*You need to host a party with sales in excess of $650 to qualify for these great extra benefits.  As an example, should the party bring $650 in sales, you would receive the usual $100 in Hostess Dollars and one item at 50% off, PLUS an extra $90 in Hostess Dollars.
Click the picture at the right to find out a little more about this great promotion, then call or email me to book your party today!

I promise that I will have some pretty pictures for you to look at by the end of this week, just have to find time to photograph a few things :-)  And stay tuned for more exciting Stampin' Up! news - while at Convention in Canberra, we were given a lot of information about changes and developments which will be revealed over the next few months.


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