Stampin’ Up! Awesomely Artistic Butterfly and….Blog Candy!

Well, I promised some blog candy to celebrate the 100th post on Stamps-N-Lingers, and this is Day One!  Not sure yet how many days there will be, but it’s definitely more than One.  Less that Ten! 🙂  Read down to see what the offering is and how you can get in on the fun!

Have any of you seen Birdman?  With Michael Keaton?  I think it won a few Oscars.  We’re watching it while I type this blog post.  We’re like 45 minutes in and neither one of us have a clue.  It’s pretty weird….and we have yet to find a point to it.  Oh wait – now he’s moving stuff with his mind, apparently.  What??  I can’t tell if it’s supposed to be real, or if he’s whack-a-do, or….?  And, for some reason, the soundtrack is some danged drums just drumming and drumming and drumming.  All the time – even when the dialogue is going.  So far I’m pretty darned glad we didn’t spend any money to see it in the theater!

Can you tell it’s been a pretty boring day?  Laundry and groceries.  House cleaning I SHOULD have done, but didn’t.  But, in the midst of the incredible excitement, I made a card to share with you!  Take a look-see:

Awesomely Artistic Window SSC 106 Outside 1 watermarked

It was inspired by the Sunday Stamps Challenge #106:

Awesomely Artistic Window SSC 106 Sketch

And – in late breaking news, it also fit perfectly into the new Can You Case It #80 challenge!  So – that’s TWO blogs that you can hit to get inspiration for your cards!! 🙂

CYCI #80

I’d seen a technique on Pinterest that I decided to try out.  So, I started by making a mask.  I used the third-from-the-center square in the Squares Collection Framelits Dies and cut out 4 squares from a scrap of card stock.  The hardest part was figuring out the spacing – and I’ll tell you that the SU! Grid Paper helped a LOT!  Here’s what the mask looks like – you can see I took the picture AFTER I made the card! 🙂

Window Mask watermarked

Once I had the mask made, I used sticky notes to hold it and the Very Vanilla card front down on my grid paper.  I was pretty generous with the sticky notes – they were not only holding the papers down, they were protecting the rest of the card front from my often-overly-enthusiastic-and-not-very-careful sponging.  I’m not saying I actually had to do this step about 3 times before I learned my lesson and had everything masked off right.  But….yea…..

I sponged the squares with Mint Macaron – first just lightly and smoothly, and then in a more splotchy manner – to lend some depth to the squares.

Awesomely Artistic Windows SSC 106 Outside 2 watermarked

Before I removed the mask, I stamped a couple of dragonflies from the Awesomely Artistic set in Soft Suede.  Then I removed the mask and stamped the other two, letting them “escape” their square windows.  The dragonfly in the bottom right corner is stamped directly.  The other three were stamped off once on scrap paper before being stamped on the art piece.    To finish that portion off, I stamped the splatter stamp many times in Soft Suede (stamped off once) around the windows – used a lot of little sticky notes to keep the splotches outside the squares.  You’ll see that the splotches extend down the card only as far as the bottom of the squares.

The sentiment is from the Watercolor Wishes set – stamped in Mint Macaron.  I did some very light sponging around the edges of the card front with Soft Suede.  The mat is a piece from the 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack.  Since the words on that paper are white (and I was working in Cream/Vanilla tones), I sponged the edges with Soft Suede to make them more vanilla-ish.  Then I SNAILd the card front to the mat.

Awesomely Artistic Windows SSC 106 Outside 3 watermarked

I tied a square know with a length of the Mint Macaron Dotted Lace Trim, and then secured the ends around the back of the card front using regular ole tape.  The Mint Macaron 2015-2017 In Color Blossom Accent is snuggled into the knot, adhered with glue dots.  Then I popped it onto my Soft Suede card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The butterfly is kind of fun  – made with a technique my friend Amy Koenders taught us.  First, I cut the medium size butterfly from the Butterflies Thinlits Dies out of a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  Then I colored it with my Stampin’ Spritzer and my Mint Macaron Classic Stampin’ Refill.  I filled my Spritzer about half way with Rubbing Alcohol and then put about 6-7 drops of the Mint Macaron in and shook it up.  Then I laid the die cut butterfly on a few paper towels, and spritzed it all over.  I actually did a couple of layers of spray to get it as dark as I wanted it.

When it had dried completely, I lightly sponged the outer edges of the butterfly with some Soft Suede, just to help it meld a little more with the rest of the card.  Then I stuck him in place with glue dots.  The glimmer paper is plenty of bling – no Rhinestones or Pearls needed on this dude!

I am really liking this technique – I know I’ll use it again soon!

Awesomely Artistic Window SSC 106 Closeup Watermarked

On the inside, I used more Very Vanilla card stock and stamped the Awesomely Artistic splotches all around the edges in Mint Macaron and then one stamped-off-once-on-scrap-paper Soft Suede dragonfly.

Awesomely Artistic Windows SSC 106 inside 2 watermarked

The sentiment is from the And Many More set – in Mint Macaron.

….et voila!  The card was done.  I blinged-up a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope with some more splotches and dragonflies to round out this pretty birthday ensemble.

Awesomely Artistic window SSC 106 card and envelope watermarked

See below for all the card cuts and products used in this card.

Scroll on down for the Blog Candy!

Don’t forget to check out the Holiday Catalog shares and get signed up if you’re interested.

You know what tomorrow is…Monday Monday!



P.S.  Credits are rolling on Birdman.  The drummer is going crazy.  And I think I have the answer.  He was whack-a-do.  However, I’m left wondering if he lived.  Or died jumping out a window.  Or flew.  Or…..?  I got nuthin’!

WEEKLY DEALS FOR 28 Jul – 3 Aug 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 3 Aug!

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Here’s what you’ll get. There are two ways to buy shares.

1. New Designer Series Paper Share – $17.00 plus $5 for Priority Mail shipping. In all, you’ll receive 54 6” x 6” sheets of designer papers! Just a factoid, if you bought all these papers, it would run around $101!

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

Home for Christmas DSP – 6
Winter Wonderland DSP – 6
Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack – 12
Red Foil Sheets – 2
Real Red Envelope Paper – 2
Merry Moments DSP Stack – 4
Season of Cheer DSP – 6
Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum – 3
Into the Woods DSP – 6
Happy Haunting DSP – 6
Black Glimmer Paper – 1
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Very Vanilla 1 1/4” Subtles Stripes Ribbon – 2 yds
Real Red Pompom Trim – 1 yd
Gold Cording Trim – 5 yds
Silver Cording Trim – 5 yds
Gold 3/8” Glitter Ribbon – 1 yd
White 3/8” Glitter Ribbon – 1 yd
1/8” Striped Ribbon – 2 yds (1 yd green and 1 yd red)
Into the Woods 3/8” Cotton Ribbon – 2 yds
Total – 19 yds

Home for Christmas Enamel Dots – 12 (2 each of 3 colors in 2 sizes)
Home for Christmas Designer Buttons – 6 (2 of each of 3 designs)
Snowflake Elements – 6 (2 of each of 3 designs)
Winter Wonderland Embellishments – 4
Iced Rhinestone Embellishments – 8 (4 of each of 2 sizes)
Reindeer Paper Clips – 2
Into the Woods Elements – 6 (2 of each of 3 designs)
Spider Web Doilies – 2
Total – 46 pieces

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And if you’d like double shares of either the designer paper or ribbon, that works, too. I’ll cut the 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 Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack and the Merry Moments DSP Stack, you’ll get double sheets of those since they’re already precut at 6″x6″!).

If you choose to join us, here’s some fine print:

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To commemorate my 100th post on Stamps-N-Lingers since its birth, I’ll be giving away a few sets of Blog Candy!  Tuesday is the big day – 100 posts, baby.  ONE HUNDRED.  I suppose in Blogger-Land, that’s not very durned many.  But it is for me! 🙂

Here’s the Day One Blog Candy Package.  I call it – Something For Baby.  Now – truth in advertising – these are used items.  But, only very gently used and only by me.  I’m the original owner and the only user!  They’ve got lots and lots of life left in them!  Take a look-see:

Blog Candy for 2 Aug watermarked

This is the Baby, We’ve Grown set in Clear, the Baby Bumblebee wood stamp, the Edgelits – Finishing Touches, and two spools of ribbon.  Lots of fun cards just waiting to be made!

To be entered to win today’s Blog Candy package, simply leave me a comment on this blog post before 6 PM MT on Thursday, 6 Aug telling me your favorite NON-STAMP SET Stampin’ Up! Product and you’ll be entered to win!  My current favorite thing is my Paper Snips – such a small tool, with such BIG impact!

I’ll be using the Random Number Generator to pick the lucky winner from the comments that are left on this blog post and I’ll post the winners on my blog on Friday morning. Please note, anyone is welcome to leave me a comment but per the Demonstrator rules from Stampin’ Up!, I am only able to ship Stampin’ Up! merchandise to addresses within the United States. Thanks for your understanding. Good luck!!


Price: $11.00

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Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:

Soft Suede Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Card Base – Scored and folded at 4 1/4″)

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (card front); 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (inner liner)

2015-2017 In Color DSP Stack: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (front mat)

Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper: butterfly die cut

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!

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31 July

138401: Gold Metallic Thread
138402: Silver Metallic Thread

3 August

138273: Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies
138447: Sweet Li’l Things Designer Series Paper
138288: Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (second shipment)

7 August

138377: Cottage Greetings Card Kit (third shipment; more information here)

14 August

138296: Washi Label Punch

17 August

138378: Tin of Cards Project Kit (third shipment; more information here)

4 September

138422: Tip Top Taupe 1″ Dotted Lace Trim (second shipment)
138425: Watermelon Wonder 1″ Dotted Lace Trim (second shipment)

Date to be Determined

137154: Butterfly Basics Photopolymer Stamp Set
140406: Watercolor Wishes Card Kit

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31 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Awesomely Artistic Butterfly and….Blog Candy!

  1. What a beautiful card Mary!! I love the way that your butterfly turned out and your masking/stamping is fantastic!! 🙂 Oh, my favorite non-stamp item is probably my Big Shot…I use that at least once a day!! 🙂

  2. mom

    Beautiful!!! I really love the color combo and the spackly effect.

  3. Lynn Gauthier

    Wowzers…what a great masking job and beautiful color. I just love those dragonflies. I like how you did the dots too; inside and out.
    My FAVE non-stamp set SU item is the DSP papers.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us!!!

  4. Patricia

    Mint Macaron is my favorite in color, Mary, and I have been considering that stamp set, Awesomely artistic, for the past few weeks… Dragonflies have special meaning in our family, and isn’t the “friend” stamp sweet?! Congratulations on blog #100! A great accomplishment! My favorite product has to be the Butterflies Thinlits… Got them this spring, and still use them all the time! Thanks for a chance to try, and best wishes on the next 100 blog posts! Enjoy your creativity… Thanks for sharing with us!

  5. Thank you, Patricia! Please consider getting this stamp set! The flowers that are in it are just….dare I say it?!? Awesome! Appreciate you stopping by – and yes, the Butterflies Thinlits are wonderfully versatile and so pretty! 🙂

  6. Love it and may have to case it

  7. Such a beautiful card, Mary! Love that stamp set. The dragonfly is awesome!

  8. Thanks, Jari! Love the whole stamp set – it’s a favorite for sure! 🙂

  9. JRGH

    What a beautiful card and a great technique. My favorite non-stamp Stampin’ Up product is the craft scissors.

  10. Thanks very much! Yep – those scissors are the bomb-diggity for sure! 🙂

  11. How clever
    you combine two sketch in a Card and perfectly made wooohooooo
    I love your dragonfly and the BIG BUTTERFLY there
    Adorable card and love the colors too
    thanks for joining us at Sunday Stamps this time
    hugs, Monika (DT)

  12. What a lovely card! The colour scheme is so calming and serene and I love that you combined butterflies and dragon flies…two of my favourite insects! Great take on the sketch. Thanks for playing along with us at Sunday Stamps 🙂

  13. kathy amstutz

    Congrats on 100 posts with a great CARD!!!! my fav non stamp item is definitely my big shot; couldn’t do a card w/o it anymore!!!

    • Ah the Big Shot. True that, Kathy. It’s a workhorse, for sure – and keeps pride-of-place on my work space! Hard to pick just ONE “favorite”!! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! 🙂

  14. Laura Nolan

    Love the butterfly die! Great colors! Thanks for playing at Can You Case It!

  15. Congrats on the 100th post! I’m not in time for the blog candy, but I didn’t come here for that anyway (though it would’ve been awesome to win!) the masking was a great idea and your card is beautiful, inside and out! Thanks for playing along at CYCI!

  16. Mary, your card is so cute! the dragonflies are my fav! Thanks for joining CYCI 🙂 Eva

  17. sunnygirlpam

    Mary, this card is just beautiful and so elegant! Love the vintage feel and utilization of the sketch. Thanks for playing along with the Can You Case It challenge.

  18. Debra Anderson

    LOVE the “Awesomely Artistic” stamp set and you surely did it justice with your beautiful card. I am going to have to CASE this one, especially the butterfly technique. Great job!
    I rarely make a card without using my Big Shot for dry embossing or cutting. It has a permanent place in my craft room.

  19. Thank you, Debra! And I do surely agree!! Even though my space is small, the Big Shot never gets shuffled off. It’s definitely the workhorse and one of my best investments! 😊

  20. Mary, congrats on your win! Please grab your badge! 🙂 CYCI 🙂 Eva

  21. Eva – thank so much! This is my first win – and it was so exciting to see my card on the blog this morning. I got my badge and posted it proudly on my website. Thanks again – looking forward to more fun sketches! 🙂

  22. Love your interpretation of the sketch and your colors are beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Sunday Stamps!

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