Stampin’ Up! Bits, Backgrounds and Butterflies Thank You

Happy Friday, y’all!  Hope you’ve got some big plans for the weekend.  I have two possible outcomes.  If my trip to Florida is approved sometime today, then my weekend will be filled with making cards to post next week.  If not, then Finny and I are going to a dog show on Saturday.  Not to compete – just to walk around and watch!  And see lots of cool stuff!!  Heck – I may do that anyway and just resign myself to a couple of late nights.  They’re going to do some search-and-rescue trails.  I think that would be a cool endeavor for the Chewie!  

My card today is one that took me a few tries.  I did the inner liner three times.  Screwed it up twice before finally getting it right on the third go.  😉  I used the new Background Bits Host-Exclusive set and a couple of Butterflies Thinlits die cuts.  Take a look-see:

I was working with the challenge over at The Card Concept with this one.

I started with a piece of Very Vanilla card stock and used the script image in the Background Bits set to stamp all over the panel.  I used Crumb Cake ink and stamped the image off once before stamping the panel.  Then I used the floral block image – again stamping off once – and stamped over the top in Crumb Cake.  Then I SNAILd the panel to a Basic Black mat.

For the next layer, I used a piece of retiring This Christmas Specialty DSP (still available at 30% off!).  I tore the edges to get it down to size and sponged it with Crumb Cake ink.  Across the bottom, I stamped the flowers from the Background Bits in stamped-off-once Crumb Cake.  Then I used Liquid Glue to adhere it to the card front.

Using the largest die in the Butterflies Thinlits, I cut one from Basic Black and one from Island Indigo card stock.  The Basic Black butterfly I adhered with Liquid Glue directly to the card front.  

I used a Sponge Dauber to spong the edges of the Island Indigo butterfly with Dapper Denim ink.  Then I sponged Whisper White Craft Ink on the body and the middle portion of the wings.  When that dried, I added Elegant Eggplant over the white areas on the wings.  I adhered it over the black butterfly with Liquid Glue, leaving his wings lightly curled up,

My sentiment, from Background Bits, is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on a piece of Very Vanilla.  I snipped banner ends and distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz distress tool (I got mine at Amazon – here’s a link!).  I stamped over the sentiment with the Background Bits floral block image in stamped-off-once Crumb Cake.  Then I sort of roughed it all up to wrinkle it a bit.  Finally, I sponged it with Crumb Cake.  

I doubled a length of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon and adhered it and the sentiment to the card front with my Handheld Stapler – and that was it for the card front.

On the inside, I used another panel of Very Vanilla and added the Background Bits script and floral block images in stamped-off-once Crumb Cake.  Then I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to add a second sentiment in Tuxedo Black.  I also added the flowers in stamped-off-once Crumb Cake over the sentiment.

I sponged the edges with Crumb Cake, SNAILd it to a Basic Black mat and into my Island Indigo card base.  Then I popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got some more of the Background Bits images across the front.  The flowers are in full strength Crumb Cake and the script and floral block are stamped-off-once.  I also sponged the bottom of the envelope with more Crumb Cake ink…

…then I added more of the This Christmas Specialty DSP to the envelope flap and added some Crumb Cake flowers and sponging.

Et Voila!  I love this card kind of a lot, y’all!  I love the distressed sheet music and the wonderful – but subtle! – designs from the Background Bits stamp set.  And I think the butterfly just pops!!  I hope you like – and are figuring out how to get this Host stamp set for yourself!!  Give me a holler – I’ve got some ideas on that!  



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. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog or the 201 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.

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What are catalog shares, you ask?  Well…think of them as a Test Drive of a new catalog!

In this Annual Catalog, there are 16 new Designer Papers….14 new Embellishments…..and more new ribbons than I can count!!  If you were to buy one of each of them –  you’d spend over $600!  Shares are a great way to get a little of everything from the new Catalog!  You get a chance to “try before you buy”!

I’ve got a few options for you to pick from:  a New Designer Series Paper Share, a New Ribbons/Embellishments Share, and an I Want It All Share (this one gets a couple of free extra goodies!!).  You can get all the details and a full list of what you’ll get with each share type and get signed up for your Share right here.  Don’t delay – 30 May is the cutoff date!


Here’s the fine-print!

  • For first-time subscribers only.
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  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first three months of a new subscription. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95
  • Enter the promo code, STARTHERE, at to subscribe.

The Eastern Palace Suite is available thru the end of May in two awesome bundles!  Just so you know, while all the products will still be available when the catalog goes live on 1 June, these bundles will NOT be!  Nope – they go away at the end of May.

Bundle #1 – The Starter Bundle – Item #147196 – $60.50   Perfect for the beginning crafter!!

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Get a complete list of everything included in both bundles on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page!


Background Bits will be available to Hosts and to folks with individual orders over $150 starting on 1 June!  


Island Indigo Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, score and fold at 5 1/2″); Butterflies Thinlits butterfly

Basic Black Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); Butterflies Thinlits butterfly

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

This Christmas Specialty DSP: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (front panel): envelope flap

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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Finn-Fan Fix…

So – it’s snick season here in GA.

What’s a snick?  It’s our word for cases of mistaken identity.  Observe.

Is that a snake?

Nope – it’s a Snick…

And this is a Snick….

These are not Snicks… those are sticks.

Is this a snick?

Not a snick.  Real thing.

Hi, Mr. Rat Snake.  Good thing I saw you before Finn did!  I’m afraid he’d have thought you were a snick.  When you’re not a snick at all – you’re an actual snake. 😳



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34 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Bits, Backgrounds and Butterflies Thank You

  1. Barbara Riefner

    Where will you be in Florida. I love your Finn stories, your YouTube’s and your cards. If you are anywhere near Tampa would love to meet you.

    • I’ll be in Ft. Walton Beach – not even sorta close to Tampa, I’m afeared! 🙁 Too bad – would love to get together! Thank you so much for all your kind words, Barbara! 🙂

  2. Love this card. You did a fantastic job. Something weird is going on as I no longer get an email saying you’ve posted. I had to go to your web site to see this. I have to figure this out…just like Finn figuring out stick, snick or snake…say that ten times fast! Have a great weekend. Wish you were coming to N. Ft. Myers 🙂

    • Man, I do, too, Karen! I really would love to meet you in person! 🙁 Some day! If you’ve only missed an occasional e-mail, it may be my blog-site, not your account. There’ve been a few days with issues these past couple of weeks. If it’s consistent…well, may need to look into it! Thanks for the kind words on this card!! 🙂

  3. I am trying this to see if it changes what I mentioned above. I switched it to my yahoo account. I rarely use WPress.

  4. What a beautiful card Mary! Love the colors and the vintage background is awesome! And man…I could not live where you do, I’d have already died of a heart attack! I’ve sprinted back into the house after seeing many a snick! 😀

    • LOL! It becomes a little more mundane with exposure. Not saying my heart doens’t skip a little beat when I see a true snick or an actual snake! But no where near as bad a I used to be!! Thanks so much, Amy! 🙂

  5. Kathleen VanDeVeere

    The card is absolutely gorgeous…however many do-overs it took.
    The snake-snick-stick? Not so much.

    • No – he’s pretty much run of the mill. And not likely to win a beauty contest!! Thanks, Mom! 🙂

      • Kathleen VanDeVeere

        Ya think? Not on my list of what to enjoy when out for a stroll. 😢. And I am WAY past 29!

      • Well – guess it’s all what you get used to, huh?? 🙂

  6. juliejphoto

    My email came through fine, just FYI.
    LOVE this card!! That set was not on my list, or maybe it is. List is at home. Anyway, if it wasn’t it is now. I love the way this card looks. Your butterfly is gorgeous and looks like it could fly away!!

  7. Elisha

    Cool card! I love the idea of sponging portions of the dark CS with white and then layering color over it – must try!! Now I know snakes do lots of good things where the circle of life is concerned, but they give me the heebie jeebies – nope – I can’t do snakes – and I’m sure a snick would make my feet tingle! Lol! Have a GREAT weekend!

    • Thanks, Elisha! I sort of came up with that color-over-white thing by accident! 😉 I used to not even be able to breathe when I saw a snake. Even pictures of snakes did me in. Now? I do a double take, but…the fear level has gone way down. I only had to be 29 years old to get to this point! 😉

  8. Beautiful card, Mary, I especially love the butterfly technique. It is magnificent! Was hoping you would be near me in FL. Heading back down on Sunday! But, I’m way down on the west coast!

    • Thanks so much, Jari!! I appreciate that. 🙂 And yes – too many folks I’d like to see/meet in FL are nowhere near Ft. Walton Beach! 🙁

  9. Sandra Warthen

    I would love to take you to lunch while you are here. Is that a possibility?

    • Are you near FWB!?! If yes, I’d love to do lunch. If I come down this next week, there may not be time, but I’ll be there for much of June and all of July!! How fun!! 😊😊

  10. Sandra Warthen

    I am a town over, Valparaiso. Good, let’s plan lunch when you come back.

  11. Vicki F

    This is a perfect interpretation of the Inspiration Image at The Card Concept. Well Done and thank you for joining us!

  12. Linda dickinson

    Absolutely gorgeous card!!! Thanks for sharing😊

  13. This is so gorgeous! Love the music sheet paper and that fabulously shaded butterfly. So glad you could join us at The Card Concept.

  14. Susan K

    Absolutely beautiful card! Thanks for sharing how you did it….not that I could ever get that done though! I love everything about it! I like snacks better than snicks or snakes! 😜

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