Category Archives: Butterfly

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.

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.







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


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!


ATC gift… Embrace the white space

Hi there

On Tuesday night I held an art journalling session in my family room for some crafting friends… Some of whom have never done any art journalling before, so I started with a nice easy to follow page to start them off! I still maintain that art journalling is about the process more than the end result… But if you get a good end result too it is even better.

I designed a couple of pages and did them a week before the class so that I could show them some ideas of how to end up… Then they set off and did their pages.

Whilst I was thinking about how to teach the class and what order would be sensible for us all to work on the pages given our lack of space and supplies being shared across the whole table, I came up with the idea of showing what else could be made using the same techniques and layout. This way those who maybe aren’t as into art journalling as me, may be able to translate it to other crafts.

So my first port of call was to make a batch of ATC’s so each of them could have one as a gift for attending… Maybe stick it in their journal, or add it as a card topper or stick it on their fridge…. Their choice!

So this atc is a smaller version of the journal pages really… Same techniques, smaller scale!
Process pics…


Outlined the cardstock 2.25″x3.25″ with Big Brush faber castell pen in warm grey. Sprayed yellow Dylusions ink on one side of the card. Added three doodled lines and used the spritzer and Stampin write marker pen to add some poppy parade ink. On book print stamped a flower and added a wash of Island Indigo ink. Stuck flower onto atc over the doodled lines. Added some stamping of music notes. Stamped and coloured with Promarkers a butterfly from Papillion Pot Pourri and punched it out. Stuck butterfly onto the flower. Added the Enchanting stamped sentiment.


Next I cut some cardstock I had in the scraps box into ATC size and used this to mount the art work onto it. To this I added the ATC stamp and title etc.

Fast forward an hour later… Ten little lovely ATC’s made.


I love how these came together and used the same layout and techniques as the journal pages for the class. Not promising I will do a similar thing for all classes in future, but it is a cute idea!

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! Wild Wasabi!

Happy Monday!


Hope you are having a fab Monday! I am rather late with this as got carried away Art journalling… Oops … Ah well better late than never. I am now on my last of the current Stampin Up colours to showcase, and left rather an odd colour to the end. Not sure how I feel about this colour!


It’s another colour I don’t have the ink pad or Stampin write marker for so had to plump for some cardstock. It then needed a panel creating to liven it up and focus instead. So I chose the Papermania postcard stamp which I have probably had in my stash for over a year and never used. Just never remember about it but spotted it on my trawl through one of the baskets and decided it would do the job perfectly.

I stamped it wonky, then masked it and added the crumb cake ink around the outside. The dauber I used had some of the irridescent glimmer ink on it so there is a shimmer to this… Nice.

I then stamped the text from French Foliage set in Baked Brown Sugar. Next I took the Bliss set (one of my first ever SU stamp sets… Still love it. I stamped the flourish, then the butterfly onto separate whisper white cardstock and punched it out twice using the two butterfly punches. I outlined the bigger butterfly with a Chocolate Chip pen, then created a border for the panel using the same pen. I mounted it onto the Wild Wasabi cardstock and did the same border effect on that too.


Next I added the splodges from French Foliage in Early Espresso and then created two toppers. The first a Papermania stamp which I punched out. This was stamped straight onto the coloured cardstock. I then did the same with the sentiment and edged this in the same way as the other panels. Finishing touches were some pearls.

So now I have finished my SU colour marathon … Won’t be long till the new catalogue brings us some more colours of course, and maybe my next Colour My Monday will feature the Distress Inks I own… But I know for now, this challenge is done!

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! Lost Lagoon

Happy Monday!

Another of the In Colors for you… Yes it is time to go for a dip in …


Love this colour! But I have to admit I didn’t end up using a lot of it for this card… But hey, that’s just the way it goes sometimes!

I actually started with the scrap of DSP which was from Soho Subway and then grabbed some bits and pieces that were leftovers from other projects… Like the piece of Strawberry Slush which had been punched out using the Chevron punch, then a circle from Basic Grey and some bakers twine. Finally time to add some Lost Lagoon… I used the Gorgeous Grunge stamps on the card blank, and overlapping some of the DSP, then I took some white linen cardstock and created the two other toppers… One using the Serene Silhouettes circle stamp and the other using a stamp from a card set.


I then decided it needed some more pink in there so added in a little Bliss butterfly.

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! So Saffron!

Happy happy Monday dear blog readers! Wow! Can’t believe how far along this challenge I have got playing with colour! I really am enjoying experimenting with colour and different ways of using it!

This week it is time for a SUBTLE colour! And what a lovely delicate colour this is!


I decided to play with the Papillion Pot Pourri stamp set to make this simple thank you card using the delicate So saffron. I teamed it with Pumpkin Pie and kept the colour tonal. I also used some of the fab cream neutral cardstock to give it a more natural look.


Love this colour combination and adore this So saffron gentle colour.

Happy crafting!


Scrap box challenge

Does everyone have a problem using up scraps of paper, or throwing them away, or is it just me? My scrap box gets out of control quite quickly, so a few weeks ago I started to clear it out and use some of the bits that had accumulated and were too small to save, but needed using and not just recycling.

Here is batch number two of said cards!

Bright and busy DSP lent itself to a simple card with the addition of a sentiment, a scrap of ribbon and the two cute butterflies!

Some more chevron ribbon, a punched sentiment, and a lovely stamped and water coloured flower from the classy Everything Eleanor stamp set. Perfect.

Another classy card. This time Four Frames to provide the sentiment frame, and a little bit of decoupage to finish off. Once again chevron ribbon is fab!

Back to the modern look, some cocktails and some texture from the embossing folder. And a different ribbon this time… Some scrap red silky ribbon.

Finally something a bit different again…

The Sunflower stamp, teamed with grungy papers and some print (First Edition) and the added splotches from Gorgeous Grunge. Fab!

Not bad for an hours play and using up scraps!

Happy crafting!


Playing with my colours again!

A few months ago I started making colour charts in a little sketch book for all my ink pads… Here is the link. Then I did something similar with my Promarkers in a journal … Again here is the link… So now I have started on some of my other mediums…

First up my Inktense pencils. I coloured little swatches in and washed them with water, then punched out butterflies and adhered them into the book with the names and codes next to them. I then stamped a Swallowtail and some of the bricks Darcy designed and coloured and painted them in using the Inktense for the “cover” page.



Next I moved onto the Spectrum Noir Pencils which I got in the 3 for 2 offer at Hobbycraft fairly recently. I decided for these to stamp a little banner from Banner Blast colour it in, add the pencil colour number, and then punch out with the small banner punch then adhere into the book. But then I also created a little theme for each collection of colours using the fabulous stamps Darcy has created! The fabulous Steampunk snail, an Industrial Butterfly and cogs and the trailing heart vines (my favourite and possibly most used stamp Darcy has created so far… Although the new heart flower is coming up as a close second!).





It’s such a good way to test out the mediums and also have a play with a pretty result at the end… And a nice way to look at the colours so you know what the end result may be when you put them to use.

Happy crafting!


Making colour swatches more interesting!

My dear friend Darcy shared a colour chart book she had made quite a while ago and so I made one too at the time based on what she did, but unfortunately I did a rubbish job of the cover, and it wasn’t big enough and so I decided to make a new one a while ago which I never shared.

Anyway, as the new In Color inks have now arrived in my inky fingers it was time to add to my little colour book! And this then turned into a major colour swatch job! So be warned there are quite a lot of pics coming up… But hopefully you will like what you see and it may inspire you to create yourself something like this?!

When I get new SU inks, I stamp them on whisper white, and have used the Petite Petals stamps as they have the coordinating punch. I handwrite the colour names, with a family to a page (different flower design dependent on colour family) and then stick the little flower next to their name. I also add a little dot of glossy accents in the middle of the flower in case it changes how the colour looks.


So after sorting the new In colors (aren’t they scrummy?!) I thought … Why not do my Distress Inks. I have quite a lot of pages in the little sketchbook I am using for this task, and don’t intend to add in any other types of medium to this book… Just ink pads so the distress inks (I don’t have as many and am building my collection slowly) are now the back pages of the book. I used the order that is on the ranger colour swatch pdf and decided that I would use the butterfly from Blooming Marvellous for these inks as it is quite petite and a bit distressed as an image. Having a punch that works with the stamp also helps… Didn’t want to have to fussy cut a lot of the same image out… That would be depressing!


As you can see, I wrote the ink colours I don’t have in pencil and the ones I have in pen, just so I can keep them in the right order. I haven’t included any ‘special edition’ inks as I haven’t got any of those and think I would treat them like SU In Colors inks and have them as a separate family if I ever got any.

I was really pleased with this little piece of work. I didn’t stop there though!

Next up I decided to do colour swatches for my water colours … But what was the best way of doing this? Well stamping an image and coloring it in was what I thought… So out came Henry says stamps and a lot of colorful elephants arrived! They are all on ATC sized pieces of watercolour paper. Then I finally found a use for an accordion book I bought at least 9 years ago! … So here is my book of elephants. I have two watercolour pencil sets… So each set has a side each and each elephant is labelled so I know which colour relates to which pencil and set!



So now I have two little books which I can grab if I am looking for a specific colour, or to check if I have a specific colour before I duplicate in error and it was a fun couple of projects that have kept me out of trouble for a couple of hours each! I want to move on to document my other mediums too, but for the moment… This is my lot!

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! Old Olive!


Happy Monday! Happy beginning of the week!

Time to add another colour into the challenge… And it is my second oldest colour from my SU collection! This time a BRIGHT colour!


I have used Old Olive a lot with Cherry Cobbler in the past so I thought I would ring the changes this week and use Primrose Petals for contrast instead!

Also I was a bit fed up of doing cards so instead I decided to share a scrap layout I did with you this week instead … The colour is predominantly Old Olive, with it being the base colour for the cardstock, and that of the fab Polka dot Parade dsp too. I then chose to stamp butterflies in the same colour, and the contrast colour of the Primrose petals.


One thing I did do with this page was I used the Rotary trimmer add on to cut the white panel in the middle’ish’ of the page with the scalloped edge to make a connection with the dots. Love this page! Especially the gorgeous Papillion Pot Pourri embellishments! Also love the bobble trim I added … Such fun!

Hope you don’t mind the change from card making to another scrap page… Just wanted to change it up a little!

Happy crafting!