Posted in 2022-23 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, Inspiration in Ink Blog Hop

Butterfly Brilliance for the Inspirations in Ink June Blog Hop-June 2022

Welcome to the monthly Inspirations in Ink Blog Hop. This month the theme is the new Stampin’ Up! 2022-2024 In Colors – Sweet Sorbet, Tahitian Tide, Orchid Oasis, Starry Sky and Parakeet Party! I will be using all of the colors except the Sweet Sorbet.

2022-2024 In Colors

This “FABULOUS” butterfly card is a lot of fun to make! Here’s how.


  • Thick Basic White card stock card base: 4 1/4 x 11 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches
  • Parakeet Party card stock: 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches
  • Starry Sky card stock: 2 1/4 x 5 inches
  • 2022-2024 In Color 6×6 inch Designer Series Paper in Orchid Oasis: 2 1/8 x 4 7/8 inches
  • Basic White card stock: 7/8 x 2 inches (sentiment)
  • Starry Sky card stock: 1 x 2 1/8 inches (sentiment border)
  • Basic White card stock: 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches for stamping the butterflies


  1. Stamp the Butterfly Brilliance stamp using the Stamparatus and the 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch Basic White card stock and Memento Ink.
  2. Stamp the sentiment “You are really FABULOUS” (from the Slim Sayings stamp set) in Starry Sky Ink onto the 7/8 x 2 inch Basic White card stock.
  3. Use the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Ink in Tahitian Tide, Orchid Oasis, Starry Sky and Parakeet Party to color the butterflies (see photo following the instructions).
  4. Use the Brilliant Wings Dies to cut the butterflies out with the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.
  5. Curl the butterfly wings using your Bone Folder.
  6. Adhere the Orchid Oasis Designer Series Paper to the 2 1/4 x 5 inch Starry Sky card stock.
  7. Adhere the sentiment to the 1 x 2 1/8 inch Starry Sky card stock.
This is how I colored the butterflies

Embossing with Brilliant Wings Dies

Use the hatched pattern die in the Brilliant Wings Dies to emboss onto the 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inch Parakeet Party card stock. You will need to do this 3 times to create the pattern I made.

Assembling the Card

  1. As shown in the photo above, adhere the embossed Parakeet Party card stock to the front of the Thick Basic White card stock card base.
  2. Adhere the Orchid Oasis Designer Series Paper/Starry Sky card stock card piece to the left side of the Parakeet Party card stock
  3. Position the butterflies and the sentiment on the card front. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere them.
  4. Tie a bow with the Starry Sky and Parakeet Party 1/8 inch Metallic Woven Ribbon. Use a Mini Glue Dot to adhere the bow under the sentiment piece.
  5. Embellish with the 2022-2024 In Color Matte Decorative Dots as desired.

Voila! You have a “FABULOUS” card to pass on to a friend!

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Posted in Uncategorized

2018-2020 In Colors to Fly Away Soon!

This is the last chance you will have to order anything with the following colors: Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover and Blueberry Bushel. These colors are retiring soon. As a tribute, I decided to make some butterfly cards to send these colors off. We will be getting 5 new colors for 2020-2022 but we don’t know what they will be yet! I personally love these nice basic colors and will miss them.

This is a great technique and is quite easy to do.

I will make the Grapefruit Grove card today. The stamp set is Butterfly Gala.

Measurements: Whisper White Cardstock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches for the card base and 5 1/4 x 4 inches, 4 3/8 x 3 1/8 inches and 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 inches for the layers; Grapefruit Grove CS: 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches, 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches and 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches for the layers and 4 x 2 1/2 inches for the Butterfly to punch out.

The first step is to stamp the butterflies onto the bottom of the 4 x 2 1/2 inch Grapefruit Grove cardstock. I used Terracotta Tile ink to make a darker image, but you could use the Grapefruit Grove ink just as well. Be sure to use your Stampin’ Pierce mat since these are Photopolymer stamps.

Punch the butterflies out with the coordinating Butterfly Duet punch and set aside.

This next step is a little scary. I am going to cut my stamp! If you are careful to make a straight cut, you can piece it back together and use it again in the proper position for the punch again.

Do not trim the uneven edges because you will not be able to piece it back together if you do.

Stack the 3 layers of Whisper White CS by applying a wee bit of repositionable or non-permanent adhesive to the backs of the 1st and 2nd layers.

Stamp the sentiment “a little note” in Grapefruit Grove ink onto the top layer of the Whisper White CS. Position the punched out butterflies and a small bow tied from the 1/8 inch Grosgrain Ribbon in Grapefruit Grove. This will help you stamp the butterflies in a complimentary pattern.

Begin stamping the larger butterfly. Consider that you will want to stamp a smaller butterfly in between the larger butterflies when you choose where to stamp the larger butterfly.

Stamp the smaller butterfly to fill in the spaces.

Separate the layers of Whisper White CS and adhere them to the corresponding layer of Grapefruit Grove CS.

Use the Bone Folder to make a nice crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line on the Whisper White CS card base. Adhere the first layer to the front of the Whisper White card base.

Adhere the next two layers taking care to line up the outlines of the butterflies.

Oops! I forgot the bodies of the butterflies! Stamp the bodies of the butterflies in Terracotta Tile ink.

I used the Bone Folder to gently curl the wings of the butterflies to give them some dimension.

Use Mini Glue Dots to adhere the two butterflies and the bow to the card front.

Viola! You have just made a really cool and interesting card!

If you would like to shop by color, you can select that from the left hand column of choices once you go to my online store here. Then click on the color and a menu of all that is available in that color will come up for you. Don’t wait too long. People go crazy when stuff is retiring and the products are only available while the supply lasts.

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Thanks for joining me today. A list of the supplies I used today are listed below. Just click on the photo and you will go directly to my Online Store.

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Posted in bow, flowers

Butterfly Birthday

Butterflies are so beautiful! Fortunately, Stampin’ Up! has many butterfly stamps.!

This card was made for a color challenge which included Balmy Blue, Highland Heather and Pear Pizzazz.

The stamped images all came from this stamp set Butterfly Wishes. There are many additional butterflies in the set which could be stamped on different cards. I love the sentiment “It was a perfect day because of you” but today I wanted to do a Birthday card.

Measurements: Cardstock: Whisper White 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base with a score at 4 1/4 inches; Whisper White: 3 7/8 x 1 7/8 inches and 2 1/4 x 3/4 inches; Balmy Blue: 5 x 3 7/8 inches, 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches and 4 x 1 inch; and Highland Heather: 5 1/2 x 4 inches and 4 x 2 inches.

Additional supplies: Butterfly Duet Punch. Ink: Memento and Pear Pizzazz; Stampin’ Blend: Light Highland Heather; Clear Blocks A, B, C, and E; 8 inches of the 5/8 inch Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon; Bone Folder; Adhesives: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Glue Dots.

Use Memento ink to stamp the sentiment “Birthday Wishes” onto the 2 1/4 x 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Use Pear Pizzazz ink to stamp the floral branch onto the 3 7/8 x 1 7/8 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Stamp the 2 different sizes of butterflies in Memento ink onto the 4 x 1 inch piece of Balmy Blue cardstock. You will need 2 of the smaller butterfly. Tip: Space the 2 small butterflies apart by a couple of inches so the punch won’t ruin one. Stamp the larger butterfly in Memento ink onto the 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch piece of the Balmy Blue cardstock.

This is the Butterfly Duet punch.

Punch out the larger butterfly and the 2 smaller butterflies. Tip: I find it easiest to place the punch upside down on the table, position the image, and then use the heel of my hand to punch firmly and quickly. After you position the image, close the punch just enough to hold it in place before you actually punch it.

Use the light Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Marker to color the flowers on the floral branch.

I decided that the sentiment was a little too long so I cut off 1/4 inch from each end.

Use the Bone Folder to make the fold on the card base nice and neat.

Adhere the 5 x 3 7/8 inch Balmy blue to the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Highland Heather. Adhere the floral branch piece to the 4 x 2 inch Highland Heather.

Adhere the layers to the card base. All are adhered flat.

Adhere Stampin’ Dimensionals onto the backs of the butterflies and the “Birthday Wishes” sentiment. I cut my Dimensionals in half to fit the smaller butterflies.

Adhere the sentiment to the card front. And then adhere the butterflies.

Tie a bow with the Polka Dot Tulle. Note: This stuff sticks to itself. Stay calm and just keep adjusting the bow until you like it. If one is to far gone from messing with it, throw it away and try again. Just speaking from experience! If you need help with the bow tying watch the video on my blog at

And there you have a very nice Butterfly Birthday card!

I also made one with different colors. I used Crumb Cake and Terracota Tile.with the Petal Pink Stampin’ Blend.

Thank you to all of you who ordered products and attended my classes. The Summer Promotion to win the Free as A Bird Stamp set, Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper, 3/8 inch Scalloped Lace Trim, Flower Faceted Gems, Memento ink and clear block went to Amanda T.

Stampin’ Up! Products used included: Stamp Set: Butterfly Wishes #149346; Cardstock: Balmy Blue #146982, Highland Heather #146986 and Whisper White #100730; Ink: Memento #132708 and Pear Pizzazz #147104; Punch: Butterfly Duet #148523; Ribbon: 3/8 Polka Dot Tulle #146912; Stampin’ Blends: Light Highland Heather #146881; Clear Blocks: A #118487, B #117147, C #118486 and E #118484; Bone folder #102300; Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430, Glue Dots #103683 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755

Posted in Fun/Fancy fold card

Butterfly Explosion Card

This is a really great card that I made for a special Fancy/Fun Fold Swap at Onstage in San Antonio. Several people have asked for the directions so I am going to do my best here.

Here is how the card “explodes”!

Start with an 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP). This design is from the Animal Expedition pack.

With the design facing the way you want it, fold down the top to fold it in half.

Open it back up and then take the left hand corner and fold it across to make a triangle.

Open it up and do the same with the right hand corner.

Open it back up. Now fold the left handed middle fold line inward.

Fold the right handed fold line inward. Note that where the 2 fold lines meet, it is the middle of the triangle.

Take the top left hand bottom corner and fold it to the middle. Do the same with the right handed bottom corner.

Flip it over and do the same on the back side.

Open it up and fold the ends inward on the fold line.

Flip it over and fold the backside ends inward on the fold line.

Cut a 4 1/2 x 9 inch piece of coordinating cardstock and score at 4 1/2 inches. This cardstock is Call Me Clover. Apply adhesive to one side and lay it down in the card as shown. Be sure that the top point is on the fold line.

While holding the folded DSP closed, apply adhesive to the topside. Close the card over the top and press firmly.

Open it up and viola! You have an explosion card!

The Fancy/Fun fold swap was so much fun! I got 12 great ideas to use in my classes. I always try to do a fun fold in each class. I hope you enjoyed learning about this card. I really enjoyed making them and swapping them!