Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Butterfly Convention Swaps

I just realized that I never got around to posting my swaps from the Stampin' Up! convention last July. These were very popular. I made 75 of them and they were all gone by the second day. So, almost a year later....

  • Soft Suede card stock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"
  • Early Espresso card stock 3-1/8" x 4-3/8"
  • Whisper White card stock 3" x 4-1/4"
  • Soft Sky card stock 2-3/4" x 2-3/4"
  • Stamps: Swallowtail, Papillion Potpourri, Loving Thoughts
  • Ink: Soft Suede, Soft Sky, Stazon, Night of Navy
  • Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Decorative Label Punch, White Organza Ribbon, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Paper Piercing Tool, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Delicate Butterfly Punch, Sponge Daubers, Glue Dots

If you want to make this lovely start off by folding the Soft Suede card stock on the score line. Then stamp the En Francais background image onto the card front in Soft Suede ink. 

Now take your piece of Whisper White card stock and stamp the Swallowtail image onto it at an angle in Soft Sky ink. Stamp the greeting from Loving Thoughts onto the bottom of your butterfly panel in Night of Navy ink. Now use glue stick to glue your butterfly piece onto the Early Espresso card stock. 

Take your Decorative Label Punch and push the top of the card stock all the way into the punch as far as it can go, center the punch so the label is in the middle, and punch. It takes a little bit of effort to punch through both layers of card stock, but it's doable. 

Now take your Paper Piercing Tool, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, and Stampin' Pierce Mat and add the piercing around the label cut out. 

Wrap a piece of Whisper White Organza ribbon around the panel just above the greeting and tie it into a knot. Next take your piece of Soft Sky card stock and use some glue stick to glue it onto the card front in the approximate location where your label window will be. Then stick your butterfly panel down onto the card front with a few Stampin' Dimensionals. You want the Soft Sky card stock to be inside the label window. 

For the cute little butterfly stamp the image from Papillion Potpourri onto a scrap of Whisper White card stock in Stazon ink. Then take a couple sponge daubers and sponge Soft Sky ink working in a circular motion from the center outward. Now add some Night of Navy ink the same way, but don't cover up all the Soft Sky ink. Use your Delicate Butterfly Punch to punch the image out. Now curl the wings a little bit with your finger or by wrapping it around a pencil. Then glue the butterfly onto the card front with a Glue Dot. 

Finally, add some sparkle to the butterfly by scribbling on some Dazzling Details on the wings. Now you have a soft and pretty card that is sure to make someone feel wonderful!

So, even though it was nearly a year late, was it worth the wait? Is anyone else as behind on blog posts as I am? Sheesh... I feel like I'm slowly getting through the list of drafts. I am going to try to be completely caught up by April. That way I can share newer things with you faster!