Stampin’ Up! Of Butterflies Thinlits and Thoughtful Banners

Good Monday to y’all!  Hope you’re ready for another week.  Of course, I don’t suppose it matters if we’re ready or not – cuz it’s upon us! 🙂

About a hundred years ago – okay, maybe early 2014 – before I found the joys of Stampin’ Up! products, I was self-educating in the world of card making and stamping.  The earliest product line I discovered was Tim Holtz – and his fabulous vintage/steampunk/grunge look.  Definitely my cup o’ tea!  I indulged in a voracious appetite for his goodies – I stalked the aisles of every hobby supply store in the area.  I bought heaps and gobs and buckets of Tim’s grungy goodness.

And then I found Stampin’ Up! and that was it for me and Tim (I’m sure he’s somewhere wondering where I am and why I left him!).  I put my Tim things away.  And yes, I missed many of them.  Still do.  One little item that I really liked was his word stickers.  Whole sheets of stickers with single words typed on them.  The idea being that you’d stick them on your project to make phrases.  Cool ones – like Dream Big.  Imagine Wishes.  Wish Big Dreams.  Sparkle.  Journey.  I was never very good at combining them.  I stuck to single words.  Wish.  Dream.  Imagine.  Oh – well, that would have been a good combo – where was it when I was trying to make cards?! 😉

When I saw the new Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Thoughtful Banners – I was reminded of my Tim Holtz stickers.  And I saw some card examples where folks had stamped individual words and then cut them out and stuck them on.  Like Ideology stickers (that’s Tim Holtz’s line).  And I wanted to try that.

So – today, I did!

I used the stamp sentiments from Thoughtful Banners (new) and added some Papillon Potpourri and a couple of Butterflies Thinlits and Bold Butterfly Framelits to create….this.  Take a look-see:

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I know.  It’s busy.  And kind of hard to see the three butterflies in the picture.  Also – no matter what you see in my oh-so-wonderful pictures, just take my word that there’s no black on the entire card!  It’s all Gold – White – Night of Navy.  I know this because I was playing along with the Can You Case It Color challenge #119: 

CYCI #119

The butterflies weren’t random, either!  Just Us Girls were having a Word Week challenge.  Guess what the word was?

JUG WordWeek #342 sketch

So – I started by making a custom Night of Navy and White designer paper for my card front.  I stamped all over a Whisper White card stock panel, in Night of Navy, using the butterflies from Papillon Potpourri.  I tried to be really random – that could be an oxymoron:  planned randomness….. 😉

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Then I added some little Night of Navy flowers, using the tiny little image in Floral Affection (new – 1 June!).  To add a touch of gold, I went back and added flower centers and flutterby bodies in Gold Wink of Stella.  And to finish the panel and tone it down a little, I used an Aqua Painter – dry as I could keep it – to pull ink from the stamps into the bodies of the butterflies.  Then I SNAILd the panel to a piece of Gold Foil.

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I cut two medium sized butterflies from Gold Foil and from a piece of Night of Navy Regals DSP – this one is from the Butterflies Thinlits dies.  I also cut the more intricate butterfly from the Bold Butterfly Framelits.

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to place the die cuts on the card front.  It wasn’t easy to come up with a design that wasn’t so….crazy busy (yes, I had layouts busier than this!)…that it was annoying.  I pulled out some Night of Navy 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon.  I don’t know what I planned to do with it, but all of a sudden it hit me to make like a wall-hanging of butterflies!

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So I cut a length of the ribbon and doubled the top over.  I slid a Bow Paperclip Embellishment (these are retiring the end of May!) into the loop and then used a couple of Glue Dots and some Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere it near the top of the card front.  I snipped a banner end at the bottom and then stuck it down with a couple more Glue Dots.  Note: the wonderful Craft Scissors are retiring at the end of May.  These are such great scissors for ribbons and trims, especially – please grab up a pair (or even two!) before they’re gone for good! 🙁

I used Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere each gold Butterfly die cut to the ribbon – letting them overlap each other slightly.  Then I stuck the Night of Navy die cuts over the tops of the gold – offsetting them just slightly down – to let a glimmer of a gold shadow show underneath.

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I painted a few Pearl Basic Jewels with the Gold Wink Of Stella and stuck them on the heads of the butterflies.  Full Disclosure – I’m not entirely sure how…permanent…that’s going to be.  It may rub off…. 🙁

For the sentiment – I stamped each word – from Thoughtful Banners – in Night of Navy on Whisper White card stock and snipped each word individually.  I ran my Gold Wink of Stella around the edges, and popped each word on its butterfly with a piece of Stampin’ Dimensional.

And the card front was done!

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On the inside, I matted a Whisper White panel onto Gold Foil, and added more Papillon Potpourri butterflies in Night of Navy.  I gave them the same Gold Wink of Stella treatment and then pulled the color with my Aqua Painter.

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I SNAILd it into my Night of Navy card base.  I did the same with the card front, electing to use SNAIL versus my normal Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the card was done.

Thoughtful Banner Butterfies 4 - Stamps-N-Lingers

For the Whisper White Medium Envelope, I added more Night of Navy butterflies, touching them with the Gold Wink of Stella and very quickly pulling the ink with the Aqua Painter (kept as dry as possible)….

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…then I stamped the inside of the flap. Ha – caught ya, didn’t I?  No Envelope Liner Framelits used this time (but – you should still SO be buying that right NOW!!  Cuz it’s leaving and won’t be back!!)

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Et Voila!  A fluttering of butterflies in Night of Navy and Gold.  It makes me think of the Delft China Plates lining the soffit in our kitchen growing up!  I know the pictures make it look awfully busy – and it is busy, no doubt.  But in person, the texture and depth of the die cuts are easy to see and distinguish in a way that’s hard in a 2-Dimensional photo.

That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it! 🙂

Anyway – I hope that you like it!  And will try making your own custom Designer Paper!

Folks are already starting to sign up for their 2016-2017 Annual Catalog Shares!  Go to my Shares page and see what all you’ll get – and get your place reserved! It’s such a good way to try out the papers and ribbons and such so you get an idea of what you really love and can buy full packs of your favorites! 🙂

Have a great Monday and I’ll see you tomorrow!



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Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift – your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the 2015-16 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog.

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Now’s the time to get your favorites – with discounts of up to 50% off! – before they’re gone. Stamps will be available thru 31 May – everything else is while supplies last! Click right here to go straight to the Retiring Products in my Online Store! You can see them in the store, or check out either of these documents:

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2016-2017 Catalog Cover

Stampin’ Up! notified us they’ll be increasing the prices on a few things in the new catalog. The following items will be increasing in price beginning on 1 June:

  • 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock packs of 24 sheets will be $8 per pack
  • 8-1/2″ x 11″ mixed color card stock packs of 20 sheets will be $8 per pack
  • 12″ x 12″ mixed color card stock packs of 20 sheets will be $11 per pack
  • 12″ x 12″ Basic Black and Whisper White card stock will be $7 per pack
  • 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Stacks will be $10 per pack
  • 8-1/2″ x 11″ White Vellum will be $8 per pack
  • 8-1/2″ x 11″ Whisper White and Very Vanilla card stock packs will be $9 per pack

Bundle pricing will be changing as well. Here are the details for the bundles beginning on 1 June:

  • Bundles will no longer carryover outside the life of the publication. Once the sales period ends for the catalog, the bundle will no longer be available at its special pricing, even if the components of the bundle are still available.
  • Bundles will now be offered at a 10% discount.

But – the good news is you’ve got plenty of time to pick up those last few bundles that you’re wanting (at the 15% discount!) and stock up on card stock in all of the colors before the prices increase in June!

Let me know if you have any questions! 🙂


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As a special perk, all Demonstrators get to order from a selection of items from the new annual catalog -starting today! If you’re considering joining, now is a great time to jump in!  You can select items from the retiring list, the current catalogs, clearance rack and the new catalog list in your Starter Kit AND you’ll get copies of the brand new catalogs when your kit arrives!

Want to see what’s in the Demonstrator Preorder List?  Click here to take a peek! And there are some sample projects created with those preorder items here.

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Floral Affection stamp set will be available 1 June!  Or it’s part of the pre-order if you’re a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator! 🙂


Night of Navy Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base; scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

Whisper White Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (card front and inner liner)

Gold Foil: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mat for card front and for inner liner); butterfly die cuts

Regals DSP Stack (Night of Navy): butterfly die cuts

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Stampin’ Up! has started a new way to let you all know when items are Backordered or in Limited Supply.  When you place an order thru my Online Store, you’ll get a message telling you a status of the item.

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19 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Of Butterflies Thinlits and Thoughtful Banners

  1. Very pretty Mary! Love how you used the Aqua Painter to pull a little color from the stamped images. Perfect! 🙂

  2. Thanks so much, Amy! 🙂

  3. I love all of your butterflies, especially the color combo! Don’t know why I never bought the stamp set before. It is now on my list to buy today! Pretty!

  4. It doesn’t come out a lot – but it’s really nice when you need different butterfly images! Thanks, Jari! 🙂

  5. Sharyn Polesel

    Very cool card! Love all of those beautiful blue butterflies. Thanks for playing along with us at Just Us Girls!

  6. Lovely card — those bfly dies are awesome~ Thanks for joining in at STB

  7. Dawn Fields

    Hello Mary! I love the butterfly background and the beautiful butterflies inside the card. Thanks for playing with us at CYCI! Dawn

  8. Thank you, Dawn! 🙂

  9. Wow, this card is absolutely AMAZING!! There is just so much gorgeous detail to look at but not too fussy at all. Simply stunning!! Thanks for joining us at CYCI – Chlo

  10. Thanks so much, Chloe – I’m glad you don’t think it’s too fussy – the pictures kind of make it seem like it is! 🙂

  11. Wynne

    Mary what a beautiful and elegant card…I love the butterflies! Thanks for joining us at CYCI ~ Wynne

  12. Appreciate you, Wynne! 🙂

  13. Laura Nolan

    Mary, wonderful card! Love the butterflies and the sentiment! Thanks for joining us at CYCI! Laura

  14. Thanks very much, Laura! 🙂

  15. Mary, Amazing card! I love all the butterflies stamped in the background and the added gold details. All the butterflies are wonderful (I love butterflies)!!! Thanks for playing along with CYCI. ~Pam, DT

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