143 posts categorized "Butterflies"

04/21/2018

Sat 21

Stitched Butterfly Woven Circle Ring
by Jeanne Jachna

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Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you're having a great day!  Today I'm sharing a clean white card that's fresh and modern looking!  I love open window dies like this Woven Circle Ring die.  It's just begging to be laid over a gorgeous background to let the color show through.  There's so many possibilities with an open design like this! 

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I decided on a bright jewel colored alcohol ink background.    The YUPO paper I purchase comes in a 10 pack and I'll color all 10 sheets at the same time, reserving them for the perfect occasion.  I store the inked YUPO sheets with wax paper between each sheet so they don't stick together.  Alcohol ink can get messy - and yes it stains permanently so doing them all at once saves time and clean up - and maybe even some clothes.  I've ruined more than one shirt getting inky! LOL! 
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I like to use a paint brush and wet the areas of the YUPO paper I'm working on with isopropyl alcohol (over the counter rubbing alcohol).  It prevents the ink from drying too quickly and gives me some extra time to get the colors moving.   I like to make rainbow patterns and have several sheets in my stash.    For this card I used only half a sheet - selecting the side with the blues and greens.  I'll save the other half for another project. 
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I cut the Woven Ring Circle from a panel of  white card stock that was slightly smaller than my card base.   Next I cut the Brush Hello Die from the same panel.  I didn't want the sentiment to cut all the way through, so I applied a piece of packing tape to the reverse of the panel before I cut it.    The tape prevents the die from cutting completely through the card stock so the die cut didn't have to be inlaid.   Next I adhered the YUPO to reverse side of the open circle and adhered the panel to my card base.  I removed the cut pieces from the Woven Ring Circle and inserted it back into the open window cut.  To give the circle a clean and finished look, I adhered a Double Stitch Circle Frame around the Woven Ring Circle die cut.   Lastly I adhered the Stitched Butterfly Trio with adhesive foam tape.
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This was fun and easy to make and the results are easy to reproduce!  I hope you find some time today to MAKE!
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03/14/2018

Wed 14

Challenge Reminder
by Jeanne Jachna

03-18 copyI hope you're having a great day!   Today I'm sharing the card I made for our latest challenge .  On the first of  every month we start a new challenge with a different theme.  It's fun to see different ways to use the dies and stamps.  You might even win a prize.  Every month we select two winners - one design that's our favorite receives our winner's blog badge, and  one random player wins a $20 gift certificate to the Poppystamps Store.     Here's what we're looking for this month...

PSC#42 Clean and Simple -  This month we're looking for projects that are Clean and Simple.    Clean and Simple is a style - it's typically defined by lots of clean white space,  limited embellishments and layers, and one main image.  The card should be easy to recreate and make multiples of and Just be sure to use at least one Poppystamps image (stamp or die) on your project! 
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This card is very clean with lots of white space but it has lots going on with color.  I started my card by cutting the Finial Circle  die three times - once from  panel of white card stock, a second time from dark blue card stock, and a third time from a lighter blue card stock. 

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For a clean look it's always best to get the cuts as tight together as possible  I assemble the pieces on their reverse side and tape them in place before adhering the assembled panel to the card base.  For this card I attached a panel of lime green card stock to the card base cover.   The lime green color peeks through the open leaves. 

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A bright yellow Stitched Butterfly adds lots of contrast and bold color to the card.  The sentiment is from the "Believe in Magic" Stamp Set.
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You can always find the latest challenge by clicking on the "Challenge" tab at the top of the page. OR the challenge badge in the right margin of the blog.

I sure hope you'll join us!  

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Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

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02/25/2018

Sun 25

Hello, Spring!
by Jennifer Svare

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It may be snowing outside, but springtime's in full bloom in the craft room today! 

These cards were made using watercolor note cards that have been sitting around forever. I love the thick, soft texture that these cards have... and now I'm wondering why they sat on the shelf so long!

The beautiful Floral Stem Collage creates a window. I enlarged the window by hand cutting to fit the Double Stitch Rectangle Frame.  By leaving the inner frame a little smaller than the double stitch frame, it created a look of inner matting. 

The Devyn Butterfly Trio has to be one of my favorite dies. The style is so versatile and elegant.  Because the dies cut three sizes at once, it made it very easy to incorporate them on the exterior of the card, interior, and exterior of the envelopes. 

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The speckles on the vellum were made using the FineTec Pearlescent Watercolor palette from Birchpress Design.  I put a light coat on the main flower, as well. 

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I love how using a combination of pastels, together with the dies, creates a wonderful gift with an early springtime feel. 

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Thank you for stopping by today!  There are more details here in the video below:

 

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02/22/2018

Thu 22

Grateful
by Nancy Penir

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Nearly Spring Greetings, Poppystamp lovers! I'm bringing bright hopes for sunshine today, with a happy colorful card!

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The focal image for my card is a new die called, Garden Bouquet. So sweet and clean, and I kept it that way with just a few bits of color inserted back into the butterflies and flower centers.

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Double Stitch Scalloped Rectangle Frames provided pretty pink framing for my bouquet and sentiment.

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I slipped out the small die cuts to color, and added the color with copics. the larger flowers and butterfly bodies were added with Nuvo drops.

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I just apply the drops to a piece of acetate in the size and color I want. When dry, just lift off and glue onto your card.

I love that through the cold grey of winter, the hope of Spring is around the corner! Are you creating Spring cards? Poppy has some beautiful stamps and dies with Spring themes to choose from!

Thanks for the visit, and happy crafting!

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02/06/2018

Tue 06

Make Today Amazing
by Jeanne Jachna

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I hope you're having a great day!  I don't know about you but I'm starting to daydream about butterflies and sunny skies! I'm still getting out with the dog, but I miss hearing the birds in the morning and walking in my garden.  Days like these I turn to crafting to escape to my own beautiful world where I can have all the flowers and butterflies I like! 
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This card looks like it has lots of layers but it was really quite simple to make.  I started with a background of baby blue gingham from Lawn Fawn called Gotta Have Gingham.  I topped that with a blue Double Stitched Scallop Rectangle Frame die cut, and a white Double Stitched Rectangle Frame set inside it.   The stamped sentiment from the Flower Patch clear stamp set is stamped on the gingham paper that shows through the die cut frames.
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Next for embellishing! I cut the Country Rose Corner from Gold and then adhered it over blue card stock.  I trimmed carefully around the edges for a clean outline.  A sprinkle of gold Fluttering Butterflies cut from glitter paper adds more sparkle and shine!
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I hope you find time to make something beautiful today! 

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02/05/2018

Mon 05

Love Rush
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

We are all so glad you could join us today, with thoughts of love and cheery days ahead! Today I am sharing a colorful card I created to capture that wonderful feeling of being in love, like a rush of fluttering butterflies! Take a look!

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Tiny butterflies float across the page in a swoosh of color and dimension. I used the Stitched Fluttering Butterflies and the Love Stitch Circle to create a tiny 3D effect.

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Adding the butterflies is the fun part! Once you have all your Lepidoptera cut, carefully fold them in half and arrange them on your card.

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To adhere the butterflies to your card, all you need is a small splotch of glue right in the center. Once the butterfly is in place, gently hold the wings together and use the end of your craft tweezers to press down right in the center for a moment while your glue becomes tacky and sets in place. I like to use Aleene's original tacky glue because it dries so quickly, and has a nice small tip for gluing tiny little cuts.

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Once the butterflies are dry, you can open and close their wings! You can lay the wings flat to slide into an envelope, or close them for a fluttery effect!

Thank you so much for joining us today!

 

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01/26/2018

Fri 26

Delightful Daisy
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

Our blog blitz is rolling on with even more great ideas and inspiration, and a chance to win too! Today I am sharing a card I created with the pretty Delightful Daisy! It's a sweet and simple CAS salute to spring! Take a look!

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This card was so easy to make (and quick too) that it completely slipped my mind to take a few photos of the creative steps! Ooops!  I cut out the Delightful Daisy in green, white, and yellow, the Little Rabbits, and the Stitched Fluttering Butterflies, glued them in place and it was finished, quick like a bunny! So today, I am going to share a little tip to add dimension to your beautiful CAS die cut cards.

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This tip works especially well with flowers, leaves, and butterflies! When gluing your cuts on to your card base, leave a few areas of the cut "unglued." With the daisy, I glued down the center, but left the petals unglued, then carefully manipulated the paper  to curl the petals up a little, creating dimension and shadow. You could also try a double curl, where you bend the petals up at the center of the flower, then curl them down at the end with a pencil. This is a great effect on flowers like poinsettias or succulent petals, to make the cuts looks puffy. Paper is a wonderful media to manipulate with just simple simple bends and twists.

To add dimension to butterflies, bend them lengthwise in half and just glue a little bit in the center. You can create a swoosh of butterflies, for example, and bend the wings in different positions to look like they are fluttering. I think I'll try that in my next card!

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I can't wait to see all your fresh new ideas with Poppystamps new spring collection! Since it IS a blog blitz, let's get to the blog candy! You could win the Delightful Daisy die just by leaving a comment on today's post! Enter every day for every die you would like to win! Best of luck!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

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01/16/2018

Tue 16

Ribbon Heart
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the Poppystamps Blog Blitz! We are bringing you beautiful inspiration and ideas almost all month long, and that means beautiful chances to win big too! Today, I am showing you a project I created with the brand new Ribbon Heart! This elegant design packs a big punch! Take a look!

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I used glitter paper and foil paper to create a glittery Valentine's Day project, accented with tiny butterflies and sequins. To win today's beautiful Ribbon Heart die, all you need to do is leave a comment and you might be randomly selected to win! Leave a comment every day during our Blog Blitz, which runs from January 8-30! You have until midnight February 1st, 2018 to leave all your comments for a chance to win! Winners will be announced February 3!

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Thanks so much for joining us today!

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07/26/2017

Wed 26

Powell Butterfly Hello
by Jeanne Jachna

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Jeanne here today!  I sure hope you're having a great day!  I've got a fun card to share using only 2 dies (one image and one sentiment), some string, and some enamel dots.   It's an easy way to create a background and you can try this technique with dies you already have in your collection!
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I cut the Powell Butterfly several times from white card stock.  I adhered the butterflies to a piece of aqua card stock using a precision tip applicator.  I adhered a few at a time using an acrylic block to keep the die cuts flat as they dried.
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You can trim the excess from the dies as they dry reserving the cut off portions to use on other areas of the panel.  When you're done you'll have  a pretty lace look panel perfect for embellishing.
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You won't want to cover up all your handiwork.. it's too beautiful so simple is best here.   I die cut the Big Luxe Hello die three times - once from gold foil, and twice from white card stock.  I adhered the three die cuts together in a stack to make the word die more durable and easier to work with.
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Next  I wrapped some gold string around my fingers in a circle several times.  I adhered the Big Luxe Hello word die over the string to hold it in place.
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I added gold giltter enamel dots around the focal point to draw your eyes back to the gold script sentiment.
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I hope you'll give this background technique a try.  It's a great way to stretch your dies and you probably already have everything you need to make this!  Have a beautiful day! 

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07/14/2017

Fri 14

Life Is Full of Magic
by Jinny Newlin

Morning, y'all!  It's Jinny here.  I created a little number, using some new goodies from the latest 2017 Holiday Release, and wanted to share it with you all today.  My thought process behind this card was to make it look as though the largest of the new Jar Collection craft dies were used to collect treasures from a child's garden hunt.

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I started this card by stamping a 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" piece of watercolor paper, in Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Barn Door, and Peeled Paint Distress Inks, with images from Birch Press Design's Watercolor Wildflowers stamp set.  Y'all, I just can't get enough of these gorgeous blooms.  Swoon!  I then spritzed everything with water just to fade the flowers into the background before splattering over them with watered-down Tumbled Glass and Barn Door Distress Inks, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.

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Once everything was dry, I stamped the "LIFE IS FULL OF magic" sentiment, from a sweet, little, new, Believe in Magic stamp set, in Jet Black ink, along the vertical left edge of the prepped piece before framing it with Pool Party cardstock and white-threaded, straight, machine stitching.7.12.17 009

The jar itself was then die-cut from clear cardstock and filled with a Tomei Branch, die-cut from Always Artichoke cardstock; Pine Twig, die-cut from Garden Green cardstock; Ragged Daisy, die-cut from Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, and white cardstocks; and the new Sugarplum Faerie, die-cut from watercolor paper.

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The fairy was also painted with watercolors; and a simple button, not to mention a snippet of cheesecloth, fills the jar completely.

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To secure the jar to the prepped piece without showing any adhesive, I also partially die-cut and partially hand-cut it from Going Gray and Soft Suede cardstocks to create the foundation of dirt and the lid.  It was not adhered in any other places other than the top and bottom bits.  The lid was also wrapped with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow; and a die-cut, from Riding Hood Red cardstock, Stitched Butterfly, which was embellished with a single pearl and lots of Clear Wink of Stella for shimmer and shine, completes the look.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, Poppystamps friends!  Be blessed!

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