Sunday, March 29, 2009

Diva-licious Butterfly

One of the joys of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is seeing all the possibilities in new products. When the Big Shot was first introduced at Convention 08, I didn't think the crowd could get any louder. We oohhhed and ahhhed over every little thing Shelli Gardner (Stampin' Up! CEO) showed us. Now, I get to show the Big Shot to my customers and they get to ooooh and ahhh. In the Spring Idea Book and Catalog, I was thrilled to see 4 pages of Sizzix dies, and a whole bunch of them were labeled Stampin'  Up Exclusive. The one I am about to show you is a Shelli Signature Die. That means, it has Shelli Gardner's Stamp of Approval. How cool. 

I love butterflies. I had to have this Bigz die as soon as I saw it. I have so many ideas for it, that I left it in the wrapper until this week. Why? I knew that once I got started, it would be like a box of thin mints, I would just keep going and going! 

The Diva Coffee Break Design Challenge for this week got me going. I needed an idea to use these colors: 

But, I had limited supplies at my home away from home, including no Going Gray card stock, so I needed a great plan. An amazing design...perfection.  Well, I didn't get perfection, but I did make this:

Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers
Paper: Rose Red, Bashful Blue
Ink: Going Gray, Rose Red 
Accessories: Stampin' Up! Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Big Shot, Pretties Kit, Piercing tool, Sponge Dauber, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Corner Rounder Punch

Once I created my first butterflies with the Big Shot, the ideas just kept coming. What to do for a background? My new favorite set  my sister paid for and has yet to ink! What color? The only color I don't have paper for, but have ink for! What to dress it up? Those pesty hat pins I never think of using! What to add to tie it together? That cool ribbon I just bought and love. What to make the butterflies stand out a bit more? Sponge the edges. What to soften it a bit? Corner Rounder the corners! and on and on! I stayed up late on this one! 

Wishing you inspiration,

I love this butterfly! 


  1. I love this butterfly die too, and I really love the way you embellished it with the stick pin. Adorable!

  2. I didn't think I'd get the Big Shot, now I don't know what I'd do without it! Great job on the butterfly card!

  3. Great card ! Love the butterfly with the pin ! Thanks for playing.

  4. This is a great card, love the stick pin!

  5. Super cute card! I love the use of the hat pin as the body for the butterfly


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