Splendor (and Butterflies!) in the Grass

The Adventure Bound DSP is wonderful paper.  I’ve gotten some cool cards made using it – but it takes a little thought.  It’s so photo-realistic that it tends to push me towards more literal “scenes” than some of the other paper we have.  Case in point – the card share I have for you today.  You all know I’m in California, which is – sadly – under one of the worst droughts they’ve seen in….well, forever?  So, I think when I put this card together and selected this particular DSP, I was craving some green grass.  Or perhaps that’s my subconscious telling me I’m homesick?  Whatever the cause, I pulled out the verdant green grass DSP.  And, since SU! doesn’t have Haflinger-pony-punkin-head-punches (are you listening, SU!??), I went for butterflies. Take a look-see:

Butterflies in the Grass b-d Outside 1 watermarked

My influence for this card layout came from the Pals Paper Arts design #245.


Kind of obviously, I didn’t get 5 shapes across the bottom – but, I came close!  So, I started by punching my Bitty Butterflies with my Bitty Butterfly Punch, making sure to change the angle with each punch, so it would look more natural.  I dithered a bit about whether I wanted to have the Crushed Curry mat show thru the punches, but ultimately decided on a little bit of the wondrous Painted Blooms DSP.  Now, I certainly COULD have just SNAIL’d a strip of that paper behind the punches, but – no!  I wanted actual BLOOMS in the punched areas – and I couldn’t find anywhere on the Painted Blooms DSP that would put flowers in all three butterflies.  So….I carefully punched out 3 Bitty Butterflies from the DSP.  After trying to figure out how to adhere them down first and still get them inside the punched out butterflies…I finally ended up SNAILing the grassy DSP to the Crushed Curry mat and then ever-so-carefully adhering the Painted Blooms guys (with glue dots) inside the punches.  Yes, it was persnickety in the extreme!  But!  Once they were in, and accented with some Pearl Basic Jewels, and outlined with teensy White Gel Pen “stitches”….I was very glad I’d taken the time to do it this way.  The glue dots actually made them a little higher than the surrounding paper, so it gives it just a little texture.  I really love how they turned out!

Butterflies in the Grass B-day Outside 3 watermarked

For the sentiment, I cut out a circle of the grassy DSP with the Circle Collection Framelits and then a Crushed Curry circle mat with my 2 1/2″ punch.  I punched another Bitty Butterfly, and then SNAIL’d the two pieces together.  The sentiment comes from the Sale-a-Bration Big Day set – which I inked in Versamark, sprinkled with Crushed Curry Stampin’ Emboss Powder, and heat embossed.  Then I embellished my butterfly with more pearls and “stitches”!

I wrapped some Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine around the layered card front, adhering it with tape on the backside and used a little piece of tape to pull the center together.  Then the sentiment circle is popped over the BT with some SU Dimensionals.  I attached the whole layered piece to my Mossy Meadow Card Base with more dimensionals and…the front was done!

Butterflies in the Grass B-day Outside 4 watermarked

On the inside, I started with a Crushed Curry liner, and punched 3 more Bitty Butterflies (I was on a roll!).  I almost got silly and let the Mossy Meadow show thru the punched shapes, but I caught myself just in the nick of time.  A little strip of grass is adhered with SNAIL behind the punches and then the whole liner was attached to the card.  I added my stitches – and then decided to leave the pearls off.  What do you think?  Should I add the pearls like is on the front, or….do you like them like this?

Butterflies in the Grass B-day Inside watermarked

So – that did it for the card.  I do really like looking at it – I can almost smell the grass and hear my pony-girls munching it – they’re pretty much munching machines, so this grass wouldn’t last over long!  I’m sticking their picture in here – cause it’s my blog post and I can! 😉  This is them in their stalls munching some hay.  They’re equal-opportunity-munchers!  And the tiniest bit spoiled, maybe….. this picture is from last summer.  They (and their big buddy Bo) spend the hot and buggy summer nights in their suites stalls, with hay and water and fluffy shavings and a fan (carefully positioned so they can stand IN the breeze or OUT of the breeze….).

Girls in the stalls watermarked
Anyway – hope you enjoyed my share today.  And – I hope that you get yourself some of the Adventure Bound DSP from the 2015 Occasions catalog!


There’s some cool news from Stampin’ Up! about the Butterfly Thinlit Dies and a special that I think will make a lot of you happy (like those of you who are hoping that the Butterfly Dies and the Irresistibly Yours DSP will stick around).  Read on:

Stampin’ Up! notified us that the Butterflies Thinlits Dies should be back in the warehouse and available for ordering around April 15 (something GOOD on tax day!!). They’d hoped the dies would arrive in time for Sale-A-Bration, and when that didn’t happen, they hoped they’d be here in time for the Free Shipping promotion. Well, sadly, that didn’t happen either.  So….. they decided to do a special offer!

Starting from the day that the Butterflies Thinlits are again available and then continuing through April 30, there will be two special offers:

1.  Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20! (so if you already have the Butterfly Basics stamp set, you’ll be able to complete the bundle at a great discount!

–OR —

2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at the already-discounted price and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

  • Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (item 138633)
  • Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (item 138634)
  • Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 138635)

So, if you’ve been anxiously awaiting the return of the Butterflies Thinlits….it looks like your ship is rounding the dock into port (that’s actually what’s been holding things up, so….it’s a bit of a pun!).  Keep your eyes peeled for the return of the flutterby’s and grab you some!!

Today’s the last day for this edition of the Weekly Deals.  I’m hemming and hawing over whether to just break down and get the stars and hearts framelits….  I already got the Flower Fair ones, and the buttons and the ribbon and the punch….decisions, decisions!

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 you’re getting off to a good week!



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 7 Apr – 13 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 13 Apr.

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Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Mossy Meadow Card Stock: 8 1/2″ x  5 1/2″ (card base – scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
Crushed Curry Card Stock: 4 1/8 ” x  5 3/8″ (mat); 2 1/2″ circle (sentiment mat); 4 1/8″ x  5 3/8″ (Inner liner) 
 Adventure Bound DSP:  5 1/4″ x 4″ (Card front); 2 3/8″ circle (sentiment)
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Backorder Report – as of 10 apr 15

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.

136661: 2014-2016 In Color Cut & Ready Card Bases–April 13
131166: Pistachio Pudding Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–April 13
131168: Neutrals Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills–April 13
138853: Your Perfect Day Clear Stamp Set–April 13
131162: Brights Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–April 13
130139: Regals Designer Series Paper Stacks–April 13
134174: Fabulous Four Clear Stamp Set–April 13
135297: Variety Pack 6″ x 8″ Project Life Photo Pocket Pages–April 20
120801: Big Shot Die Large Storage Insert–April 21
131163: Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–April 28
131165: Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–April 28
131294: Pistachio Pudding 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131197: Bermuda Bay 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131190: Brights Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131195: 2013-2015 In Color Collection 12″ x 12″ Cardstock–TBD
131158: Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–TBD
129977: Gift Bow Bigz L Die–TBD
108641: Wild Wasabi 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
136660: 2013-2015 In Color Cut & Ready Card Bases–TBD
131185: Subtles Collection Classic Stampin’ Pads–TBD

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

137360: Butterflies Thinlits Dies (currently due in warehouse April 15; learn more here)
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137363: Hello You Thinlits Dies
139324: Crazy about You Bundle (Wood)
139325: Crazy about You Bundle (Clear)
138873: Crazy about You 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
130148: Grid Paper

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

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6 thoughts on “Splendor (and Butterflies!) in the Grass

  1. Mom

    Lovely card – can relate to the longing for the ‘green’. And lovely ‘lingers!

  2. Mom

    BTW…Marlene loved the card you made for her birthday. Thank you again!

  3. I love the green grass with the butterflies. Too perfect! I’ve been hearing about the big drought in California…it’s nice and green here in Georgia, hope that you get back home soon!

  4. Counting the days, Amy, counting the days! Thanks.

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