Tag Archive | Butterfly Basics Stamp Set

Administrative Assistants Appreciation

“No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others.  This wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”

~Author Unknown

My husband asked if I would make something for the secretaries at his work, so I made these gift bags that are straight out of Stampin’ Up’s Annual Catalog.  I just added a little shiny gold heat embossed “gorgeous grunge” on the bottom of each panel to match the gold postmark stamp and the gold tag.   I never get tired of the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set and the coordinating Butterflies Thinlits!  Hope it is a little inspiration to help you thank those that help you in your work.  Have a great day, Dawn.  P.S.  I made the actual gift bags with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.

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Beautiful Butterfly Card

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“Behold wonder.”

~Richard Bach

Good Morning!  This beauty is a Becky Roberts design, I just changed the color of Soft Sky to Pool Party.  The ferns are Old Olive ink and the sentiment and postmark are Early Espresso ink.  Stamp sets are Butterfly Basics and Gorgeous Grunge, butterflies are cut out with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies and the Beautiful Wings Embosslit.  Have a wonderful day! xoDawn

Sideline cards

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“The great work of living is living with others.”

~from the film “Desperate Crossing”

One of our Thanksgiving traditions is to watch the documentary film “Desperate Crossing”.  This quote comes from the final words in the film…”the Indians taught the Pilgrims that the great work of living is living with others.  That is the true importance of the Pilgrim story.”  The narrator then goes on to tell what happened to each character and he says that William Bradford, governor of Plymouth colony, and Massasoit, Leader of the Wampanoag Indians when the Pilgrims arrived, kept peace between them for the rest of their lives.  What came after is another story, but we had a good beginning.  Interesting stuff!

These are my Thanksgiving cards for my “sideline” (formerly known as “downline”, but I never cared for that term!)    Yesterday I read the term “sideline” on Debbie Henderson’s blog, and I’ve adopted it.  Thanks Debbie!

I made this card back in August, inspired by either Leena Gersa or Understand Blue (funny funny lady, I don’t even know her name even though I read her blog!), and just love it. (I went back on their blogs to try to find the original card, but couldn’t find it).  Her card had the leaf panel, I just added to it.   I sectioned off the card with Frog Tape of all things, then sponged Marina Mist onto the rectangle.  Then I stamped with the “En Francais” background stamp, then heat embossed the three “Vintage Leaves” with white embossing powder.  I then sponged Pear Pizzaz and Cajun Craze over the leaves.  The postmark stamp and the “dotted line” are from the “Butterfly Basics” stamp set, and the sentiment is from the “For All Things” stamp set.  The first card I made with Cajun Craze candy dots, but after running out, I had to switch to homemade “dots” made with a hole punch.  : )  Now that I see the card up on the computer screen, I see that I should have put the dots up in the left hand top corner for balance.  So much to learn! : ) (Or, I may have been covering up a smudge, I can’t remember) : )  Have a great week-end, Dawn

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Prettiest Envelope Yet!

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“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”

~Kenji Miyazawa

Oh, the pain of forgetfulness!  I forgot to add this picture of the envelope that went with the card that I posted yesterday.  I think it’s the prettiest envelope I’ve ever clothed. (We stampers don’t usually send naked envelopes!) : )  Happy Weekend, friends.  xoDawn

What Style Is This?

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“Peace is God’s dream, his plan for humanity, for history, for all creation.”

~Pope Francis

I came across this quote recently and had to search for the paper I had written it on this morning in celebration of Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States.  Welcome Pope Francis!

Do you know the name of this style of cardmaking?  It is my favorite and I’ve recently been studying it over at Cards by Sylvia.  This is as close as I could get to one of her cards…I didn’t have all the stamps that she used.  For this I used Work of Art and En Francais for the background stamps, Vintage Leaves for the leaves, An Open Heart for the bird and Butterfly Basics for the postal stamp.  Ink colors are Pool Party, Pear Pizzaz, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist and Early Espresso.  I used a blender pen to color the bird with Hello Honey and Soft Suede inks.   I’m hoping it is a sparrow because Joseph used this card to write a thank you to the waitress we had at the Stone Sparrow Café, a sweet little restaurant in Veazie (Maine) that seats just 18 people.  Joseph and I went there last week as part of a reading lesson.  He read the entire menu to me, front and back.  I was so proud of him!  And here I would like to welcome Stamper Dog to our blogging family.  Stamper Dog, Joseph is our 19 year old son, born with Down’s Syndrome.  I am homeschooling him for his 5th year of high school.  He’s awesome! : ) P.S.  The new Writing Notes Background Stamp was used to make the notebook paper on the inside of the card.

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Detachable Book Mark for GDP#002

 

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“The lover of life makes the whole world into his family.”

~Charles Baudelaire

Yesterday was a big day…the second Global Design Project Challenge #GDP002 was revealed and it was the first day of homeschooling for me and our son Joseph who graduated from the special education program at our high school in June. (That’s our funny boy at the bottom of this post, posing for a picture after snitching his buddy Caleb’s shades.) : )  For the Global Design Project I decided to make a first day of school card for Joseph, with a detachable bookmark.  While he was doing some seatwork out came the Dictionary Background stamp, the Writing Notes Background Stamp and the new Howl-A-Ween stamp set.  The black strip is Washi Tape, and the blue strip is a stamp in the Butterfly Basics set.  The little hearts are punched from the Owl Builder Punch and the little Marina Mist blue striped banner, made to match the Marina Mist chevron (cut in half) ribbon on the bookmark, is from an old Sale-a-Bration set called Banner Blast. The slit for the ribbons was punched with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch (punched twice side by side to make it wider).  It was such a fun card to make but did I ever make a mess with all the supplies I pulled out!  Joseph was tickled with the card and already has the bookmark in his latest Boxcar Children book. : )  Speaking of books, have you read “The Book Thief” or seen the movie with Geoffrey Rush?  I love the part when he says “Your majesty.”  This is the sketch challenge that the talented Teneale Williams provided for us this week…hope you can play along at http://www.global-design-project.com/

Edit:  I ended up putting Joseph’s round bookmark onto a square base this morning.  It seems easier for him to use.

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A Friend Loves At All Times

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“While the right friends are near us, we feel that all is well.  Our everyday life blossoms suddenly into bright possibilities.”

~Helen Keller

Good Morning Friends.  This is another card I made with the new “Vintage Leaves” stamp set.  I saw a similar card on Pinterest, but made a few changes.  I had planned to have the top layer lower, down near the sentiment, but I dropped it and couldn’t move it.  So, I added the row of pearls!  The sentiment is from a photopolymer set called “Banner Blessings”…a set of four Scripture verses.  The little tag was punched with a punch that I received with some blog candy from Stamp with Bee…thank you Dianne!   I inked the white bakers twine with mossy meadow ink…it’s a messy process, but it adds a great accent.  Tip:  let it dry for a few hours before adding it to a card!  Have a great day, Dawn