Hey there, hi there, ho there! Long time,eh? I've been busy. It's amazing how busy your life gets when you aren't actually working a traditional job outside of the home. You fill up your time. At least I do. I have never been one of those people who get bored being at home. I have lots of stuff I love to do!
Right now my mother-in-law is here in Round Rock for a visit. She's not one of THOSE mother-in-laws. She's a sweetheart! Very positive, optimistic, sweet and easy going. I'm lucky, right?! We ran errands today and had lunch. Tomorrow we may get our nails done and run some more errands. Did I mention it's beautiful 70's and sunny here right now? Yeah, I'm rubbing it in to my Northern family and friends. Come see us, K?
Well, one of the things I love to do is stamp, of course! That has been suffering as of late and I'm here to remedy that. Often times when I am not stamping several days a week the creative juices don't flow. It's like exercising. If you don't use those muscles on a regular basis you lose them. Get it? Use it or lose it! Use those stamping muscles ladies(and gents!) You'll feel better for it. Promise.
I had some new stamping goodies in my stamping room calling my name. One of the new toys I was itching to try was the Butterflies thinlit dies. This one is a game changer folks! So much beautiful detail built into this die! Go on and get it if you don't have it already. You can order yourself up one from my online ordering website here or from your local Stampin' Up! demonstrator if you have one. The item# is 137360 and it is $24.95. That's money well spent stampers! You will make so many gorgeous flutterbys with this die set! Here's a look at the 3 butterflies in the set:
Do you want to see the card I made with it? Course you do! I had this idea to make a Monarch butterfly out of the medium sized butterfly. I have been a little out of touch with the stamping world in the past couple of weeks so maybe this has already been done to the point of nausea. I'm not quite sure. Or maybe I'm brilliant and you are jumping right out of your chair right now. Careful, don't hurt yourself.
Here's what I did. I die cut the butterfly out of black cardstock. Here's a tip for you: Use a layer of wax paper between the die and your cardstock. Your cardstock will lift off easier and you will have a beautiful wax paper butterfly that you may just have to use on your next project.
Once the butterfly is diecut, trace around it with a pencil on some Monarch butterfly colored cardstock. LIke Tangerine Tango. That's what I used(and I highly recommend it!). Once your butterfly is traced onto Tangerine Tango(cuz you know you're going to use that color now), cut out with your paper snips just inside the pencil lines. Do you need a visual? Yeah, I thought so. Here ya go!
Next poke out all of the innards so the beautiful butterfly detail shows through. It should be easy to poke out. If not, there are some things you can do. Like shim your sandwich with some cardstock when running it through your Big Shot. If you are having problems with it just shoot me an e-mail and I'll do my best to help.
Next you need to add some adhesive to the black butterfly. I used Tombow multipurpose liquid glue, item#110755, $3.95. Use it very sparingly so it doesn't glob out. Actually the Transfer Adhesive Sheets, item#133722, $6.95 would work much better. But I didn't have any. You can adhere to your black cardstock before you die cut so that when it's die cut just peel off the sticker back and it will be easy peasy to attach it the tangerine tango cardstock. Note to self, "On your next order put some Transfer Adhesive sheets in your cart. Here is a visual of the amount of tombow multipurpose liquid glue to use.
When you're done your Monarch butterfly will look like this.
And here is the completed card.
I wasn't planning on doing a full on tutorial but you deserve it. Really you do. You have been patiently waiting for me to post something new on my blog, am I right?
Here is the full recipe of items I used on this card:
Yep, everything can be ordered through my online ordering website here: http://myhappystampingplace.stampinup.net.
Thanks for stopping by today!