Butterfly, Butterfly basics, Dies, Embossing Folders, Honeycomb, Lacy Brocade, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them stamp challenge #1

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!  Time to change that! Given I’ve counted over 52 stamp sets that are SU sets I guess that should keep me going throughout the year.
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I thought to make life easy in doing the challenge… I would just work my way through the stamps as I come across them, rather than sticking to an order and then not being inspired.  But any that don’t get used in the year will have to be placed in the unloved pile and get sold/ given away at the end of the year!

So first stamp set for the challenge is Butterfly Basics.  This was a card that was inspired by a 10 in 20 youtube video I saw… but I changed it up a bit as I wanted to also use the embossing folders and dies to add texture and a bit of grunge to the pretty images.

I grabbed six pieces of white card stock and stamped the fern in old olive three times without reining to get the different tones of the same colour.  Then I used Crisp Canteloupe for the flowers, again stamping 1st and 2nd generation ink.  Next I stamped 1 butterfly using Calypso Coral direct onto the cardstock, and then again twice onto different white cardstock for punching them out. I also edged each white cardstock topper with Promarkers…. I used oatmeal and sandstone.

Next I stamped the sentiment in Black Versafine over the top of the stamped images.  To this I then added the little punched butterflies and some dots of liquid pearl. 

I then took pieces of Old Olive cardstock and Crumb cake cardstock to make mats.  The bigger one I embossed using different embossing folders for each one, and the second I die cut parts using some new Tim Holt dies I got.

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I love how they all look different but are obviously part of the set.  I also made an effort on the envelopes…

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So one stamp set down… think this is for keeps as the cards are so pretty!

Might even have a see what else I can use this set to do before the end of the week.

Entering this into the Cute Card Thursday – Anything Goes challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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