Butterflies and posies….

Since I took the step and signed up to be a Demonstrator at the end of last year, I’ve discovered a here-to-fore un-realized need for cards.  Lots of cards.  I NEED a stash of cards ready to go at a moments notice.  Never realized it before – maybe because HAVING a card to send meant going to the store, browsing thru stacks and piles and racks of cookie-cutter cards, hoping that the NEXT one would be the one I wanted.  I always – ALWAYS – came up with some reason that I didn’t want or need to do that.  Now that I have the tools at hand to make my very own, one of a kind (or one of a CASE! 🙂 ) card, that can say and convey almost anything I want it to say….well, now I find that I NEED to have the right card.  Perhaps it’s the Murphy’s Law of Card Making.  If you have stash, you will create with it.  Or something like that….

So, when it came time to send catalogs out, I needed a card to include.  I decided to make a set that would work for that, plus a couple of Thank You cards.  Take a look-see:

Butterfly Set Group 1 watermarked

All the cards started with Blackberry Bliss Card Stock as the mat.  I had two color schemes – Blackberry Bliss and Smoky Slate and Blackberry Bliss and Sahara Sand.  Frankly, I have a hard time picking my fave – so I just did both!  If these look familiar, then – thank you for reading my posts! 🙂  The 4th card turned into the Wetlands Get Well Card that I posted last week.  I SNAILd the BB mats to their respective card bases, and then SNAILd my strip of Neutrals Color Collection DSP to the mats.

I cut out several of the Medium sized butterflies from the Butterflies Thinlits (happily carried over into the new Annual Catalog) out of Bermuda Bay card stock.  So, when I cut them, using the ever-necessary waxed paper to help get the die cuts out of the die – I realized that the waxed paper butterfly was as pretty as the card stock butterfly – so I carefully set it aside.  You’ll see in a sec where it ended up.  I also stamped and die cut the smaller butterfly – in Blackberry Bliss on vellum card stock.  Then I glued the pieces together, using Liquid Multi-Purpose Glue.

Butterfly Set Thanks and Butterfly Close-up watermarked

Do you see it?  The waxed paper butterfly?  It just seemed to lend a more delicate look to the card stock.  And, it just seemed so THRIFTY!! 🙂  I finished each butterfly with a button (either Rich Razzleberry or Bermuda Bay – depending on which card you’re looking at) and bow from Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine.  And then I set them all aside to await my further commands.

For the sentiment – I used the Layered Letters Alphabet stamps.  First, I used my sponge daubers on the rectangular background stamp – Blackberry Bliss on the top and bottom, with either Sahara Sand or Smoky Slate in the centers.  I stamped enough of each of those for my sentiments onto some plain Whisper White Card Stock.  Then I stamped the letters in Tuxedo Black.  A few minutes with my snips yielded several stacks of letters – I am REALLY good at fussy-cutting basic rectangles! 😉  Then I adhered the letters with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the card fronts.  Finally, I ever-so-artfully placed my waxy-winged flutter-bys on the cards and….done!

Butterfly set 2 only 1 watermarked

Butterfly Set Enjoy Close-up watermarked

For the inside, I just left the card base on its own, and added a little butterfly.  He was made using the Elegant Butterfly punch in Blackberry Bliss and a Bitty Butterfly from a little of the leftover Neutrals DSP.  A few Pearls finished them off.

Butterfly Set Inside 1 watermarked

Love how these turned out!  Lots of space to write a note – easy to customize the sentiment on the front.  And the color combos – well….they’ll alway be on my go-to list!  Hope you like them, too.

The New Catalog Shares are filling up – take a gander at what you get, down below, and let me know if you want in!  Last day to sign up is 17 Jun.

And – if YOU feel the need for cards….well, being a SU! Demonstrator is for darned-sure a great way to fill up YOUR stash….and this is a great time to join us.


Demonstrator Recruiting Badge

If you’ve been thinking that joining Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator – whether as a business or just a great way to get those great demonstrator bennies to plump up your stash for your favorite hobby – now is a super time to take that step!  SU! will give you TWO free stamp sets in your Starter Kit.  And, guess what?  YOU get to choose the stamp sets – how cool is that!?


  • Promotion Period: June 2-June 30, 2015
  • New recruits who join during the promotion period will receive their choice of two stamp sets from the new 2015-2016 annual catalog for free in their Starter Kit. Remember – your Starter Kit contains $125 in SU! product (that YOU choose!!) for only $99!
  • And after YOU join, if you recruit some of your friends and they join under you, then you’ll get one stamp set for free from the new 2015-2016 annual catalog per recruit, up to your first five recruits during the promotion period.
  • Deadline – all recruits must be submitted by:
    • Online: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by 11:50 PM (MT)
      Fax: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by 6:50 PM (MT)

And – in case it wasn’t apparent – there’s never an obligation with Stampin’ Up!  You can get your Starter Kit with a bunch of your favorite products, at a super price, plus TWO free stamp sets….and you can say “see-ya!” (I don’t think you’ll want to – but, you COULD!)

Go over to my Join My Team page for some more info!  And don’t wait too long if this is something you’re interested in, okay?  It’ll be the end of the month in a heartbeat – and I don’t want you to miss the Special.  So, what do you say – do YOU want to be my Very First Recruit?!? 😉

Today’s the last day to score the Weekly Deals – 25% off is tough to beat – all of this week’s items are in the new Annual Catalog and after today will be back at full price!

The Paper Pumpkin subscription special is on for just a couple more days – get in now if you want to have these fun kits delivered right to your door!

I’ll see you tomorrow for the new Weekly Deals.

Happy Monday! (Oh, I only have 11 more days until I get to go home!) 🙂



First Annual Stamps-N-Lingers Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog Shares!


If you’ve been browsing the new catalog – (do you put “want” next to the things you, well – want? – like I do?) and every page has a “want” or SEVERAL “wants”, a catalog share might be a great way for you to get a sampling of all the new papers, ribbons and embellishments – without having to shell out the full cost.  If you bought all of these products individually, they’d cost over $440!

I’m going to place the Share order the last week I’m in CA (that’s in less than two weeks – whoo-hoo!!), and have the items delivered to Atlanta.  As soon as the Big Box O’Fun arrives, I’ll divide everything up and get your share out to you quick like a bunny!

Here’s what’s on the table – I’m doing two types of Shares!

1. New Designer Series Paper Share – $37.00 plus $5 for Priority Mail shipping. In all, you’ll receive 218 6” x 6” sheets of designer papers!

You’ll get one 6×6 sheet of each design from the following DSP packs (the number behind the name indicates how many 6×6 sheets of that paper pack you will receive):

Color Me Irresistible Specialty – 12
Everyday Chic – 6
Bohemian – 6
English Garden – 6
Farmer’s Market – 6
Sweet Lil’ Things – 6
Merry Moments – 6
Timeless Elegance – 6
Schoolhouse – 6
2015-17 In Color DSP Stacks – 10
2014-16 In Color DSP Stacks – 10
Brights DSP Stacks – 20
Regals DSP Stacks – 20
Subtles DSP Stacks – 20
Neutrals DSP Stacks – 20
Glasssine Sheets – 2
Corrugated Paper – 2
Cotton Paper Assortment – 4
Neutrals Envelope Paper – 4
2015-17 In Color Envelope Paper – 10

***Please Note: The Neutrals and Regals Designer Series Paper Stacks are not available for ordering right now (although they very well may be when I order in two weeks!). If you join my share, and they’re not available for me to order at the time, I’ll get them ordered just as soon as they’re available and I’ll ship those papers out to you when they arrive. I won’t hold up the rest of the share – I’ll get it ordered and sent out as soon as I can.

You’ll also get one 6” x6” sheet of each design from the following DSP Stacks (the number behind the name indicates how many 6×6 sheets of that paper pack you will receive):

Go Wild – 12
Cherry on Top – 12
Pretty Petals – 12

2. New Ribbon and Embellishment Share – $32.25 plus $3.50 for 1st Class Mail shipping for a full Ribbon & Embellishment share. With a full Ribbon & Embellishment Share you’ll receive 45 yards of new ribbon and 20 new embellishments!  Here’s what you’ll get:

Approximately 1 yard of the new 5/8″ Smoky Slate Chevron Ribbon

Approximately 3 yards of each of the new Thick Baker’s Twines

  • Bermuda Bay
  • Calypso Coral
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Smoky Slate
  • Very Vanilla

Approximately 2 yards of each new Sequin Trim

  • Blushing Bride
  • Silver

Approximately 1 yard of each new 1” Dotted Lace Trim

  • Cucumber Crush
  • Delightful Dijon
  • Mint Macron
  • Tip Top Taupe
  • Watermelon Wonder

Approximately 2 yards of each new 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon

  • Basic Black
  • Crumb Cake
  • Melon Mambo
  • Pacific Point
  • Whisper White

Approximately 2 yards of each new 5/8” Striped Cotton Ribbon

  • Blackberry Bliss
  • Hello Honey
  • Lost Lagoon
  • Mossy Meadow
  • Tangelo Twist

And – you’ll get the following embellishments

  • 2015-17 In Color Blossom Accents – 1 of each color
  • Expressions Natural Elements – 1 of each word
  • Metal Rimmed Pearls – 2 of each size
  • Classy Designer Buttons – 2 of each design

Want it all? $69 – and you’ll get shares of all of the new Designer Series Papers, Designer Series Paper Stacks, ribbons and embellishments. Plus I’ll ship it for free!

And if you’d like double shares of either the designer paper or ribbon, that’s fine too. I’ll cut the designer paper sheets into 6×12 so that you’ll be able to get 3 full A2 size card fronts from each sheet (except for the Go Wild, Cherry on Top and Pretty Petals DSP Stacks, you’ll get double sheets of those since they’re already precut at 6″x6″!).

Anyone is welcome to join in my share (please note, I can only ship to addresses within the US). If you’d like to join us, either complete the form below or email the following information to stamps-n-lingers@comcast.net

  • Your first and last name
  • The email address that is connected to your Paypal account. I only accept Paypal for payment.

Deadline to sign up for my share is Wednesday, 17 Jun at 5pm MST

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

Two New Items Temporarily Unavailable

Stampin’ Up! has identified a sizing error with two of their new Designer Series Paper Stacks, and have opted to not offer the following two collections at catalog launch:

138435: Neutrals Collection Designer Series Paper Stack
138436: Regals Collection Designer Series Paper Stack

They don’t expect a long delay in getting these items up to their quality standards and I’ll let you know as soon as they’re available for ordering. Thanks for your patience as they work to resolve this issue.

June 1 – 15 HOSTESS CODE: MAM3KK6Y  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 June is your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the brand new 2015-16 Annual Catalog!

WEEKLY DEALS FOR 2 Jun – 8 Jun 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 8 Jun!

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STAMPIN’ UP! Products Used in Today’s Project:

Price: $99.95

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Card Cuts Used in Today’s Projects:

Sahara Sand or Smoky Slate Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″)

Blackberry Bliss Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (card front mat)

Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack: 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ (front strip)

Bermuda Bay Card Stock: Butterflies

Vellum Card Stock: Butterflies

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

The Paper Pumpkin special – for a few more days….

Paper Pumpkin 50 Off!

Offer Details: Go to http://www.paperpumkin.com and use the code SAVE50 to join Paper Pumpkin before June 10, 2015, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).

Here’s the deets:

  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • The discount will be applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription.
  • Unless, your subscription (and the arrival of a fun new kit each month!) will automatically continue at the regular price of $19.95 a month.
  • Deadline to join is Wednesday, June 10, 2015; at 11:50 PM (Mountain Time).

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June 8

138338: Delightful Dijon 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock

June 12

137780: Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack
137784: Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper
135852: Feathers Framelits Dies

Date to be Determined
131185: Subtles Collection Classic Stampin’ Pads
138422: Tip Top Taupe 1″ Dotted Lace Trim
138426: Delightful Dijon 1″ Dotted Lace Trim

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2 thoughts on “Butterflies and posies….

  1. Simply beautiful Mary! I find that I need to have a stash of cards on hand too, glad that you’ve got a good one started. Great cards!

  2. Thanks! 🙂

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