Stained Glass Butterfly Hello

Hello everybody! It’s Donna here, in icy southern Australia. I’m so glad for the summer stamp releases. They are the perfect antidote to the weather here.


I’ve been colouring this beautiful detailed butterfly image. The little sections make for such an intricate design. I knew that I wanted to used Copics to do the colouring, but I’ve read that colouring over embossing powder isn’t good for the nibs of the Copics.

Here’s how I got around the problem. I first stamped the image on white cardstock in a light coloured ink, using my stamping tool. I left the stamp on the tool while I coloured the image. I then used a variety of pinks, reds, blue- violets and violets to colour the image. Other than the body and the top and the darker parts of the wings, I haven’t shaded the Copics, just filled in sections. Because the lines were going to be covered, I could be a little less careful than usual.

Once I had the image all coloured, and I was sure it was dry, I placed the butterfly image back into the stamping tool in exactly the same place as before. This time I stamped in Versamark ink, and used a copper embossing powder to highlight the lines and give the stained glass image effect. I then used the coordinating die to cut the butterfly out. Was there ever an image that was more suited to having a matching die that a butterfly. Hand cutting those antennas? No, thank you!

I used the Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut the panel for the card, and then ink blended some Pink and Main Surface Ink in the colour ‘ Barbershop’ in the centre. This ink blends beautifully.

To make the sentiment, I cut the Hello Die three times, twice in white and once on a piece of cardstock that I had embossed with the same copper powder to give a perfect match. I stacked these dies and added them to the card.

Finally I assembled the card, popping the butterfly up with some foam tape.

I look forward to sharing more cards with you in the very near future.

Happy crafting,



Yappy Birthday!!

Hello crafty friends and welcome back!  I hope you’ve all had a chance to check out this months AMAZING release and got the opportunity to purchase some of your faves!!  Today, it’s all about the cute puppies in the new Diggity Dog stamp set.

I started by stamping and colouring the dog with balloons image and used the co-ordinating Diggity Dog Dies to cut it out.

Of course, the balloons had to be rainbow!!  My new favourite set of frame dies are the Cloudy Frame Dies so I just HAD to use them here! I backed the frame with the cutest cloud paper from the Take Flight paper pad.

Before foam mounting the main panel, I thought it needed just a little something to break up the white space. I simply took a scrap piece of white cardstock and used the new Streetlight Surface Ink Pad direct to paper.  If you have not tried these inks, I recommend that you do. They are incredible!!

The sentiment was stamped in the same ink, trimmed and adhered to the focal panel.  And of course, I just had to add some Glossy Accents to parts of the image!!

Thank you for stopping by!!  See you soon!



Spread Your Wings Colorful Backgrounds

Hello, everyone! Lynnea here and I’m sharing some colorful Butterfly Background cards! I made two cards using the new Butterfly Background stamp, Pattern Maker, and You Can Fly stamps along with some new ink colors!



I had so much fun with the Butterfly Background stamp! It’s gorgeous! And the new ink colors are too!



For this first card I stamped the Butterfly Background stamp four separate times using a technique by Jennifer McGuire. Each time I stamped a different corner of the paper in a different color ink. I love this color blocking technique! I started with Street Light in the top left, then The Park in the top right, Construction in the bottom right, and finished with Skyscraper in the bottom left. Skyscraper is one of my favorites of the new inks! It’s so pretty! I heat embossed the butterfly detail stamp from the You Can Fly stamp set with teal embossing powder to match the Skyscraper ink onto some vellum and cut it out with the coordinating die. The sentiment is also from the You Can Fly stamp set.



This next card is actually pieced together from scrap card panels! Can you believe it! I was just messing around and decided to pull them together into a card! I stamped the Butterfly Background stamp with Skyscraper ink, but you can see I had some leftover ink on the top right of my card from when I tested the Street Light ink. I almost threw it away…but then I looked again and I really liked the mixing of the inks! I used the new Pattern Maker stamps with the new Salon and Street Light inks to build my diagonal striped piece. I cut it off and glued it to the bottom of my butterfly stamped piece. I white heat embossed a sentiment from the You Can Fly stamp set onto black cardstock and used it to make the background more cohesive. I also gold heat embossed the detail butterfly image onto vellum and used the matching die to cut it out.

And those are my two cards! I hope you’ve enjoyed them!


Hope You Are Feline Better

Hi everyone!

Ilina here today with a cute card using the new, fresh off the press set called Catitude  and the coordinating dies. This set contains six very cute cat images and I had a hard time deciding which one I was going to use, along with the cat images, there are six sentiments and two hearts (one solid and one outline).

To make my card I started by stamping one of the cat images onto white card stock with alcohol marker friendly ink. I colored it with copics (E30, E31, E33, E34, E35 and E37, along with R21) and die cut it. Set it aside.

Cut  4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of white card stock and using ink blending tool and the new Skyscraper Surface ink blend in very gently where the cat would be.

Trim the panel under an angle.  Stamp the sentiment to the right and make sure it’s parallel with the angled edge. You can use MISTI tool or acrylic block with a grid. The grid helps tremendously when trying to line up sentiments. Cut thin strip of Navy card stock. Set it aside.

Create a top folding note card from white card stock ( cut 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of card stock and score and fold at 5 1/2″). Trim 2-2 1/2″x 4 1/4″ piece of patterned paper from the Be Brave paper pack and adhere to the bottom of the note card.

Adhere the panel that you did the ink blending lining it up with the top edge. (You need to make sure that when the patterned paper and the angled panel are adhered onto the note card there are no gaps, i.e. they overlap).

Adhere the cat using foam dots. Adhere the Navy strip on the edge between the panel and the patterned paper to make it more defined.

To finish off your card add some Silver Glossy dots! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope I have inspired you to do something creative!


Yappy Birthday

Hello, again!  It’s Andrea back to share a card featuring the adorable Diggity Dog set.  I just love the whimsical images in this set and couldn’t resist playing with the cute dog floating away on the balloons.

After stamping that cutie with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I colored him with Copics and cut him out with the coordinating dies.  I added a few highlights with a white gel pen and brushed some sparkle onto the balloons.

To create the rosy background for my cute pup, I inked up the front of a white card with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide.  For a bit of interest (and to break up some of that pink), I flicked on some water droplets.

I created a frame for my image by die-cutting an A2 panel of white cardstock with two of the Scallop Waves Dies.  I popped up each scallop with foam tape and adhered some clear sequins in the opening.  I heat-embossed a sentiment from Diggity Dog onto a strip of black cardstock and affixed that with dimensional adhesive.

Thanks for stopping by!