Stamp with Marilyn

Handmade Beauty Abounds Card

Today I am sharing two cards that one of my downline Lisa designed using the Beauty Abounds stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  This is one of the new sets in the Occasions catalog.  Beauty AboundsBeauty Abounds Card

These cards are stunning in person.  The camera just does not do these cards justice!   The difference between the two cards is the Sale-a-bration Foil that was used on Bottom layer of the right hand card.

The card on the top left has a detailed layer of Basic Black cardstock attached to a layer of Whisper white CS.  The whisper white CS is sponged with a little Calypso Coral and Lemon Lime twist inks along the edges of the butterflies to add the color.

The card on the top 
right has a detailed layer of Basic Black cardstock attached to a butterfly layer cut from the Grapefruit Grove foil.  This adds the shine to this card.   

Ready to make this card?  Here are the details:
First:  The card base is a piece of whisper white cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4.  Next is a layer of Calypso Coral cardstock cut to 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″. Then a layer of the Leaf patterned DSP from the Sale-a-bration Botanical Butterfly DSP cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.    Under the layers of the butterflies is a large oval cut from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. 

These butterfly dies are two layers.  There is a thick layer that is the base of the butterfly and then a thiner die that matches makes the detailed top layer of the butterfly.
You will cut the body of the butterfly from a lighter color of CS.  Then cut the detail of the butterfly from a darker color.

Third:  attach the butterflies to the front of the card using dimensionals so there is depth to the card.   Add a few enamel dots or other enhancement such as the sequins around the butterflies.

HINTS for working with these Butterfly Dies:
Since these dies are very detailed, you need to be very careful when working with them.  The detailed layer has some points that are very thin.  So they do rip very easily.  So here are some of my Tips and Tricks for using these beautiful dies:

When cutting the dies, I use a layer of Wax paper between the die and the cardstock which helps to make the image easier to release from the die.   Also I like to use Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets for pieces that you are cutting that are very thin and difficult to glue.  Make sure that the multi purpose sheet is on the bottom when you cut with the die.  They are a great tool to have in your stash if you do a lot of work with these detailed dies!

I hope you have liked these Beauty Abounds cards!  Which one do you like best?  Leave a comment below to let me know!

If you are in the US and would like to place an order, use the Host Code 
9DR9SFGB for this month and I will send you a little gift.  I always love to share host benefits with loyal customers!

Happy Stamping!
Marilyn SanClemente

Handmade Butterfly Frame

Today I am sharing a handmade Butterfly Frame that I recently made using the new Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Gala stamp set, the coordinating Butterfly Duet Punch and the Butterfly  Beauty Thinlits.

Each year my Stamping Team the New England StampINKers, has a 3D Yankee swap.  Originally it started out as a Holiday party held in the beginning of December.  But over the years we have moved it to the beginning of January since people are just too busy during the Holidays.   The rule is that the items must be a 3D item made using Stampin’ Up! product.  It does not have to be current product.  We always have fun with these projects.

This was the project that I made for this year.  I have had this frame for a while and wasn’t sure what to do with it.  Here are the details on the frame.  I took the frame apart and removed the glass.  I knew that I wanted the butterflies to be 3D so didn’t want the glass in the frame.  Next I traced each of the openings onto the piece of paper that was in the frame.  I used that as my guide to design each of the images.  
Next I selected sayings that I wanted to use.  I wanted inspirational phrases and also wanted to use the Stampin’ Up! Statement of the Heart.   the  Stampin’ Up! Statement of the heart was a stamp that demonstrators could purchase last year.   The “It’s a Beautiful Day” phrase is from the Share what you Love stamp set.   The Share what you Love stamp set also has a background stamp that I used for the shading behind the Statement of the Heart with Calypso Coral ink.

The 3rd phrase at the top right “Here’s to those that inspire us and don’t even know it!” is from one of the new Sale-a-bration sets Part of my Story which you can get for FREE with a $50 purchase of product!   All the Designer paper used for this frame is also a Sale-a-bration item:  The Botanical Butterfly Designer Series paper.   You can see these and other Sale-a-bration items HERE.

The two medium butterflies on the bottom right squares are punched out from the designer paper using the Butterfly Duet punch.  I colored these butterflies with Blends markers.  The small butterflies are also punched from the Botanical Butterfly Designer paper.  

The layered butterflies are cut using the Butterfly Beauty
 Framelit Dies.  What I love about these dies is the detail of the butterflies and the layering that you can do with the dies.  This is a “two-part” die.  You cut a background layer and then a top detailed layer.  I used a little Wink of Stella to add some Glitter to the butterflies.  I used the Fine Tip Glue pen to put these butterflies together.  If I were doing this again, I would use the Multipurpose Adhesive sheets on the back of the cardstock so the layers are cut with adhesive.  That would be easier to use than glue.

Here is a picture of my team together with all of our 3D Items that we swapped.  What a great time we had!  Interested in joining my team?  Sale-a-bration is a great time to join my team!

During Sale-a-bration you receive and extra $50 worth of product for joining.  And there is a second option to join and get a beautiful Crafting Bag.

You can check out the details HERE.    Feel Free to call me and ask questions.  If you are in the USA I would love to have you as part of my team!

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