Butterflies for encouragement

A friend is recovering from one of those “health episodes” that make us all stop and think. I take care of so many people in my life – do I need to do more for me? What would happen if…?  We’re all so glad she is home and recovering, and of course I hoped I could send a little encouragement her way.

Maui Stamper Beautiful Butterfly Just for You

  • Stamps:  Watercolor Wings, You’ve Got This
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo
  • Accessories:  Big Shot, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, Wink of Stella Clear, Vellum card stock, Silver thread, Metallics Sequins Assortment, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Glue Dots

I’m officially obsessed with cutting out the detailed butterfly wings in vellum.  (News Flash: I am obsessed with Way.Too.Many.Things)  The Fine Tip Glue pen works quite well to adhere just the body to the base, leaving the wings to move.

Maui Stamper Beautiful Butterfly Just for You

I twisted a piece of Silver thread to make it stay in a V shape and put it between the vellum and the base with an extra dab of the Fine Tip Glue pen.  It’s a little touch, but then again, it’s all about the little touches, now, isn’t it?

Take good care of yourselves, my friends.  You are important.  You are loved.

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A July Calendar that’s NOT Red-White-and-Blue

I finally did it! I broke out of the Fourth of July, Red-White-and-Blue bonds!

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar July 2016

  • Stamps:  Watercolor Wings, Botanical Blooms (2016 Occasions)
  • Color Palette:  Pear Pizazz, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe (still retired)
  • Accessories:  Butterflies Thinlits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar July 2016

It’s addicting to play with the Watercolor Wings layers – there are so many options.  I really do have to apologize for using Crisp Cantaloupe two months in a row.  It was sitting on my desktop and I’m quite sure it was taunting me.  I think that’s how I was able to break the Red-White-and-Blue-bonds!!

Time to check out the fireworks that Cheryl and Crystal have to share this month.

The RemARKable In Colors for 2015

Each new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog brings a new In Color collection, and everyone anxiously awaits the reveal of those new colors.  One thing that is often lost in the excitement is the In Color Bundle – a selection of the 5 new ink pads plus an assortment of the new In Color card stock – for the price of the ink pads.

Maui Stamper 2015-2016 In Color Ink and Cardstock bundle

2015-2016 In Color Bundle #138358 $32.50

I have my favorites (and some not-so-favorites) this year.  Today’s projects confirmed some of my opinions, but there was a surprise too!

Maui Stamper Awesomely Artistic RemARKable In Color Blog Tour

  • Stamps:  Awesomely Artistic, Watercolor Wings, Tin of Cards
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride
  • Accessories:  Word Window Punch, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Note, Paper Snips

Maui Stamper Awesomely Artistic RemARKable In Color Blog TourI love tone-on-tone looks, but these In Colors are predominantly bold colors, and they needed a little softening to fit the vision in my head.  I used a sticky note to create a mask for the floral image, allowing me to add leaves and texture “behind” the image.

Maui Stamper Awesomely Artistic RemARKable In Color Blog Tour

  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Mint Macaron, Lost Lagoon

Bermuda Bay complements Mint Macaron very well, but it was just too bright a look for this card and I switched to Lost Lagoon.

Maui Stamper Awesomely Artistic RemARKable In Color Blog TourThat little bitty Crumb Cake butterfly body could have been fussy cut, but I have a really hard time with straight lines.  Here’s what I used:

Maui Stamper Awesomely Artistic RemARKable In Color Blog Tour

Can you see the tape?  Just a tiny bit held the word window punched piece to the end of the card stock, allowing me to feed it into the punch again and create that skinny little bit.

One last combination:

Maui Stamper Awesomely Artistic RemARKable In Color Blog Tour

  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Delightful Dijon, Crumb Cake

This combination surprised me – I didn’t expect to like it because I DON’T LIKE DELIGHTFUL DIJON.  I don’t wear that color, I don’t decorate with that color, although I do like Dijon mustard.  That’s as far as it goes.

Maui Stamper Awesomely Artistic RemARKable In Color Blog TourWhat do YOU think – which combination is your favorite?

I couldn’t make this design work with Cucumber Crush.  I’m waiting for Christmas before I try to make friends – that one has me stumped for now.  And as much as I love Tip Top Taupe, it didn’t want to stand alone in this concept either.  It would be a nice accent in place of Crumb Cake, but I chose Crumb Cake.  My projects, my rules.

However, I am SURE some of the other RemARKables have featured Cucumber Crush or Tip Top Taupe or maybe even BOTH of them!  You’ll have to make your way through the tour to find out…but there could be worse things to do, couldn’t there?

Next up is Heather Mathieson!

IN COLOR BUNDLE BLOG TOUR

 

 

Nancy Amato
Melissa Bolinger
Tamra Davis
Anne Matasci – YOU ARE HERE!
Heather Mathieson
Audra Monk
Maria Pane
Michele Reynolds
Pam Staples
Janet Wakeland