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Swallowtail

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 I was happy to see that this stamp is still in the catalog. It is such a great stamp and this card is uber gorgeous! I stamped the whole butterfly as you can see below and folded part of it to the back side of the card. The front was cut down a bit to give an extra large open layer area.
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 Something a little different, interesting and fun. Beside I had to try it out while experimenting with an idea I saw where else but yep - pinterest.
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If I was not feeling well this card would put a smile on my face. I am sharing this card in card club this month. I just know my butterfly loving gals will flip for this one!

Remember you can always order everything you see in my posts. I so appreciate you when you do it helps feed my family and keeps me in business and posting for you to enjoy. 
Follow the underlined link below to get these stamps.

Petite Petals Wood-Mount Stamp Set 133152
Price: $16.00
Petite Petals Clear-Mount Stamp Set 133155
Price: $12.00
One shape, one idea, six lovely flower designs to grow a diverse and gorgeous garden!

Our high-quality wood-mount rubber stamps are precut and come with farmed-maple wood blocks. Mount these precut stamps permanently on the blocks, and they're ready to go when you are. Our premium red rubber will last for years and give a superior stamped impression each time. The stamps come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.
Petite Petals Wood-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Quantity: 6 rubber stamps. Wood blocks included.

Swallowtail Wood-Mount Background Stamp Set 131943
Price: $20.00
Butterflies are amazingly intricate and delicate--you can't help but be mesmerized by their beauty. The large size (5-1/2" x 4-3/8") is ideal for backgrounds, or you can stamp it, then cut out an accent from the stamped image.

Our high-quality wood-mount rubber stamps are precut and come with farmed-maple wood blocks. Mount these precut stamps permanently on the blocks, and they're ready to go when you are. Our premium red rubber will last for years and give a superior stamped impression each time. The stamps come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

Quantity: 1 rubber stamp. Wood block included.
Swallowtail Wood-Mount Background Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! 

Swallowtail Clear-Mount Background Stamp Set 129216
Price: $15.00

Scrap Time

 It is time to share a scrapbook layout with you. I still do the old fashion time consuming type of scrapbooking. And so do a few of my sweet stampin ladies. So I still teach a scrapbook class once a month. This month is is all about bright flowers. I used some designer series paper and with cleaver cutting was able to get a great backing along with punched flowers and a bit of white gel doodling.
 This is a great page with a great layout for lots of pictures and area for journaling.

Zen dangle ing part two

 Here is some more eye candy inspiration for Zen-dangle-ing. Enjoy.


One of these days I will get some of these made into cards.

Faux Paper

This technique is an old favorite that has been around longer then I have. But is is a great one and super easy to master.

Taking scrap paper (typing paper works great) rip and edge, then repeat on another scrap paper.

Put a line of 2-way glue on the edge of the ripped paper and let it air dry. Once the glue is dry is is post it note sticky. Cool huh!

Lay the two ripped edges glue side down facing each other with on your card stock facing each other with a strip of card stock showing. Your scrap paper should cover the rest of your card stock so you do not get any ink or smudges on it.

Using a sponge carefully rub some ink on the card stock over the ripped paper edges. Lighter ink in the center moving toward the ripped edges with a darker color. This gives depth and light to the art.

Now stamp selected images over the rubbed ink. Once you are all done and like the outcome, remove the paper carefully and you have Faux Paper!

Add a few more embelishments and greeting. This make a great guys card. Stampin Up has added some really good guy stamps sets in the new catalog. Check them out at the link on the left. You can order the set in wood or clear by clicking on the link below.

The Open Sea Wood-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
The Open Sea Wood-Mount Stamp Set 128454
Price: $27.00
Anchors aweigh! With a nautical and historical feel, the images in The Open Sea set give the excitement of discovering a new world.

Our high-quality wood-mount rubber stamps are precut and come with farmed-maple wood blocks. Mount these precut stamps permanently on the blocks, and they're ready to go when you are. Our premium red rubber will last for years and give a superior stamped impression each time. The stamps come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.
The Open Sea Wood-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Quantity: 5 rubber stamps. Wood blocks included.
The Open Sea Clear-Mount Stamp Set 123032
Price: $19.00

Cornbread

Yum cornbread. Its recipe time. This month I shared different corn breads. I made the maple bacon one and it is de-lish! We used a retired stamp set, cuz I just had to use the corn cob on the corn page right!?! It is to stinkin cute.

Birds

 I love birds, I love drawing them and watching them, and listening to them. My daughter on the other hand hates them. She has a bird that visits her bedroom window every morning  starting at 5AM, and  afternoon and evening banging into it over and over and over. You would think it would hurt its little self, but he still returns. 
Water coloring birds just make me happy. Here is the latest I added to my art journal. May your day be filled with the songs of birds.

Sheltering Tree

If you have been looking for an all around great stamp set good for all holidays and occasions. Well look no more this is the one. It is the perfect stamp set for all that and more. This set has so many possibilities and creative uses. Just click on the underlined link below to take you to the order page.

Sheltering Tree Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Sheltering Tree Photopolymer Stamp Set 137163
Price: $25.00
Create your own friendship-scape with flowers, bikes, and trees. These Two-Step stamps give you so many creative options--combine individual stamps to build the final image you want in the colors you want.

Our top-quality photopolymer stamps have just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time. They're entirely transparent for perfect image placement, and they adhere well to our clear blocks. You'll only need one set of blocks for all your photopolymer stamps (blocks sold separately). The stamps come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

Quantity: 14 photopolymer stamps

Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, b, e, h
Sheltering Tree Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!