Today is my 25th Wedding Anniversary! Wow – hard to believe I’m old enough to have been married 25 years – and I did NOT get married when I was 15! 😉
Today ALSO marks almost exactly 3 months since I started blogging about Stampin’ Up!- so, it’s kind of a double Anniversary for me! On my very first blog post on 9 Jan 15, I showed you how to make a triple-matted card. It used one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! sets – the Ornamental Pine. For today, I want to show you a similar technique (look here to see several pictures that will show you the stacking technique), this time only using two layers (so, it’s a little quicker to do) and using one of the awesome 2015 Occasions stamp bundles – Butterfly Basics. But, this technique is universal and could be used with all kinds of image combinations and sentiments. Take a look-see:
Start out by cutting your neutral mat – which will match your card base. In this case, I used Perfect Plum. Then, cut the “art” pieces. I used one of the soft blue pieces in the Painted Blooms DSP (we get so caught up in the wildly beautiful flower images in this DSP that I think we sometimes lose sight of the very versatile, softer neutral sides – be sure to look on BOTH sides! VBG). With everything cut, layer the art pieces together with a tiny piece of tape – either double sided or regular rolled in a little tube (you just want it to not be a permanent bond!). In this case, there will only be two pieces of paper stuck together.
I started by stamping the sentiment from the SAB Lotus Blossom set in Blackberry Bliss in the bottom right corner of the smaller of the two pieces (what will become the “top” of the stack). Then, I stamped the flower image – one of the prettiest we have, I think! – in Soft Suede. I colored the images – and yes, I used my Blendies, because I built this card before they became unavailable. If you already have them – I used Rich Razzleberry and Wild Wasabi. If you don’t have Blendies, I’d look at the Stampin’ Write Markers in Blackberry Bliss and Pear Pizzazz. Perhaps accent the flower with Rich Razzleberry and the leaves with some Mossy Meadow. Be creative! Then, in Crushed Curry, I stamped all over with the honeycomb stamps – ensuring that several of the stamps went off the paper. I also stamped the small butterfly in Blackberry Bliss kind of randomly around the image and the sentiment. Again, be sure to let some of them go off the edges AND cross over to the bottom paper! And that completed the art piece!
The three pieces are SNAIL’d together (just be sure to keep the art pieces in the same orientation as when you stamped them) and then wrapped twice with a piece of the Painted Blooms Thick Twine (again from the Occasions catalog) that was finished with a little bow. I’m getting so used to making bows – at least with twine (LOL) – that I almost make excuses to use one these days. (Okay – maybe not all THAT far – but I’m sure not worried about making one anymore!) The whole front was then popped onto the card front with Dimensionals. A punched butterfly (Butterfly Basics stamp in Blackberry Bliss, punched with the Bitty Butterfly Punch), embellished with some Pearl Basic Jewels, is adhered to one of the stamped flutter-by’s with a glue dot. One final pearl, right in the center of the flower – and the front was done!
I used more of the Painted Blooms DSP on the inside, stamping the edge with a few Crushed Curry Honeycombs and a little flock of butterflies (did you know that a group of butterflies can be called a swarm, rabble, kaleidoscope, or flutter?!? LOVE the idea of a flutter-of-butterflies!) These, as well as the sentiment that I pulled from the Painted Petals stamp set, were done in Blackberry Bliss.
I love these layered mat card – double or triple, doesn’t matter. They look complicated and “special” and yet we know they’re not hard to do at all! I think this would make a lovely set of Thank You notes to give to someone as a gift. Hope you like this card share – and give double/triple matting a try real soon!
Today starts the Most-Excellent FREE SHIPPING WEEK from Stampin’ Up! What an awesome time to get all those things on your wish list (check out the Weekly Deals!). I’m pretty sure I’ll be stocking up (hope DH isn’t reading this!).
- Get FREE shipping on any orders placed April 6-April 10, no minimum purchase required (excludes expedited orders)
- All order types qualify
- Orders placed for Hawaii and Alaska will receive free 2nd Day Air shipping.
- Paper Pumpkin past kits and kit refills are eligible for free shipping if purchased online. Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are not eligible for free shipping.
- Orders must be submitted by Friday, April 10, 2015; 11:50 pm (MT)
And don’t forget that the 2013-2015 In Color Colors are nearing their expiration date. If these are favorites of yours (Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar), then tarry-not. Stock up before they’re gone and get that free shipping. Winner winner! If you scroll down to near the end, I’ve included the listing of items that will go away!
When you place your orders, don’t forget to use the April Hostess code – unless you hit $150 – then you’ll get your OWN Hostess Code and benefits.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter with their families and friends – and happy new week!
TTFN and LLAP
APRIL 1 – 30 HOSTESS CODE: JMYYMNGF Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift for April is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!
WEEKLY DEALS 31 Mar – 6 Apr 15 Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 6 Apr.
STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:
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2013-2015 In Color Products that will be on the Soon-To-Be-Retired List that comes out on 21 Apr. These will go fast once they’re on that list, so….
Backorder Report – as of 2 apr 15
Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.
133658: Dotty Angles Photopolymer Stamp Set–April 6
131200: 2013-2015 In Color Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 6
131294: Pistachio Pudding 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 6
131295: Strawberry Slush 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 6
131201: Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 6
105126: Elegant Eggplant 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 6
131199: Crushed Curry 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 6
102935: Brushed Gold 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 6
133773: Sponge Daubers–April 6
131172: Blushing Bride Classic Stampin’ Pad–April 7
131181: Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pad–April 7
131159: Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–April 7
131170: Subtles Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills–April 13
131197: Bermuda Bay 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131190: Brights Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131169: Regals Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills–TBD
129977: Gift Bow Bigz L Die–TBD
130136: 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack–TBD
124276: Early Espresso 12″ x 12″ Cardstock–TBD
Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:
137360: Butterflies Thinlits Die (currently due in warehouse April 8)
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
129381: Ovals Collection Framelits
127526: Elegant Butterfly Punch
126189: Paper-Piercing Tool
120279: Clear-Block Storage Caddy
137909: Artisan Embellishment Kit
119859: Extra-Large Oval Punch
127811: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the “Not Orderable” list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:
122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon
120907: Decorative Label Punch
119854: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch