Layered Swallowtail

Today I am sharing with you a card that I made a while ago now, which I have updated a little to make a little more interesting.
Originally this card was a single layer card which we made in a technique class.  I wanted to dress it up a bit though…….

I have added two layers to the butterfly, which was originally just stamped onto the card in Elegant Eggplant ink.  So I have stamped the Swallowtail in Wisteria Wonder, and another in Pink Pirouette, and have then cut out the two butterflies and layered them over the original one.  Here is a better photo of the layers.

The “Hello” greeting comes from the Four You stamp set.

This fellow was sent off as a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) recently, so I hope the recipient liked it.
Happy stamping!

My Crafty Friends….

I was very honoured to be asked to participate in “My Crafty Friends Monday” with Josee Smuck at Stamping Jo.  Josee is a fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in Canada, and is highlighting some cards made using the Swallowtail stamp set.
You can see the card that Josee has featured on her blog here.   I thought I would also share another card using the Swallowtail stamp.  This is a card we made at a recent class using the Direct Ink to cardstock technique.


We had heaps of fun in this class.  The background ink has been added using a back and forth motion with the ink pad directly on the Whisper White cardstock to create the swirly pattern.  The colours in the background are Wisteria Wonder and the now retired Pretty in Pink.  And the beautiful butterfly is inked in Elegant Eggplant.
If you live in Australia and would like to place an order for this gorgeous stamp, just pop on over to my site which is here.  The Wood Mount version is $30.95 (131943) and the Clear Mount version is $24.95 (129216)  – Page 71 of the catalogue.
If you live in Canberra, just send me an email or call me on 0449976203 to book in to some of the fun classes I run regularly.

Again, a huge thanks to the lovely Stamping Jo for asking me to join in the fun today.  Make sure you check out some of the other Swallowtail inspiration here.


Happy stamping!


CASE Study #138

I need inspiration!
Yes, Mojo has gone well and truly out the window of late, the last thing I have felt like doing is anything to do with stamping, papercrafting or scrapbooking…. and how rude is that? Well, maybe I just needed a break.
But in any case, after a couple of weeks of keeping busy with, well, life… I finally feel like getting some creativity happening again, so I have been blog hopping, hoping to find some inspiration, and came across this fabulous challenge site called CASE Study.

Here is the inspirational photo:


For my inspiration, I have used the turquoise /aqua /blue colours in the sky, along with the butterfly to create my card.

The Swallowtail stamp has been heat embossed with black embossing powder onto some watercolour paper, and I have then watercoloured using an Aqua Brush and ink in the colours Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point, blended together.  I then cut out the butterfly image and adhered it to the base but only on the left hand side, so that the wing of the butterfly stands up from the card.
So, thanks to the ladies over at CASE Studies for the inspiration, and happy stamping everyone.

More Triple Time Stamping!

I thought I would show you the cards we made last week in the Triple Time Stamping classes, I really enjoyed making these as did those who attended.  So pay attention if you missed out, you could have come along and made these too!! 🙂

We started off making a Christmas card……  yes, Christmas… it’s never too early to start your collection of lovely handmade Christmas cards.

This one uses the stamp set Lovely as a Tree, and the sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments.  It could, of course be a masculine birthday card rather than a Christmas card, but in any case the idea was to introduce the Triple Stamping technique with just two layers of stamped cardstock to see how it all goes together.

The second card uses the gorgeous Swallowtail stamp, combined with Papillon Potpourri, and the colours Pool Party and Island Indigo. 

And last but not least, a masculine card which uses The Open Sea stamp set, and in the background some patterned paper from the Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Papers, and the Cloudy Day embossing folder.

This is such a great technique and creates gorgeous and unusual cards.  I have a couple more that I have made as samples that I will share with you soon.
Happy stamping!


Dynamic Duos # 46

This week’s Dynamic Duos challenge is to use the colour Primrose Petals and combine it with a colour of your choice.  Well, now that just leaves it too open for me, too many possibilities and ideas……
I decided on combining my favourite colours of all, pink and purple….. so I have added Elegant Eggplant to the Primrose Petals.

My card uses two techniques that I haven’t played with for a long time.  Firstly, the Stained Glass technique, combined with the Tissue Paper technique.

To do this, I have embossed the Swallowtail in white embossing powder onto the smooth side of the Crepe Filter Paper (page 6 Seasonal Catalogue) – if you feel the paper really carefully you will notice that one side is slightly smoother and the other side a little more rough. The Stained Glass technique is usually done onto Vellum, which is much stronger than the crepe paper, so I wasn’t sure how this would turn out.
Then on the back, behind the butterfly image, I have coloured using inks and a blender pen, in the two colours, blending them together.
I embossed an extra butterfly to experiment with, and gave this one to my son.  He coloured the back of the butterfly directly with brightly coloured markers, and that worked really well too, so you could do either of these.  However, it does work best if the colouring is on the back of the embossed image.
I have then wrapped the crepe paper over a piece of Shimmer White cardstock, and stuck it behind the cardstock using glue to keep it in place.  If you are using standard tissue paper for this technique, it is nice to scrunch up the paper to give it more texture, and then smooth it out again, but this crepe paper is a little heavier and I thought it would detract from the image, so I left it flat.
While you can’t see it in the photo, the shimmer of the cardstock does show through the crepe paper.
The lace, seam binding ribbon and gorgeous resin rose, are all from the Artisan Embellishment Kit (page 10 Seasonal Catalogue).

As always, heaps of inspiration from the rest of the Design Team at Dynamic Duos, all using different colours for their creations.

Happy Easter everyone, I do hope you are having a crafty Easter, and spending time with loved ones.
Happy stamping!


Have you noticed that I like butterflies?
Well, I do, and Stampin’ Up! keep bringing out such beautiful butterfly stamps.

What do you think?  Isn’t he just the most beautiful butterfly?
Trust me, you will be seeing quite a lot more of this stamp, it’s called Swallowtail.  Despite that it is quite large, and actually slightly bigger than our standard card size, it still looks gorgeous slightly off-set or just using half as I have done here.

I have heat embossed the butterfly using black embossing powder onto white cardstock and then coloured inside the embossed areas using So Saffron ink and a blender pen, and just gently going over and over the areas so as not to rough up the cardstock.
I have to say that Mr Butterfly looks much more stunning in real life.
Hope you are having a crafty Tuesday.  Happy Stamping!