Inspired Butterfly Basic

Hey all! Happy weekend! No football for us so we're hanging around home. I made it to the stamp room last night and hope to spend more time there the next few days. My other abilities are limited since I have 3 stitches in my left hand - kitchen incident this week - nothing major! But that takes out yard work and too much cleaning. Oh darn! :)

Anyway, back to the stamping! There is a new challenge that I came across this week and I really like the colors! Here is my card

Based on this color challenge from Inspire. Create. Challenges. Basic Gray, Calypso Coral & Whisper White.


I resisted the urge to pick up Painted Harvest and instead went to the stamp cupboard. I looked through a few and decided on Butterfly Basics. I knew I could do a background with the elements, and that the butterfly worked with the Butterflies Thinlets.

The background is Whisper White that I stamped the elements in Basic Gray and Calypso Coral, some full strength, some off once. I sponged the edge lightly with Basic Gray and then ran the entire background through the Big Shot in the Sparkle embossing folder. Next, I attached the background to an accent layer of Calypso Coral and knotted a double ribbon, 3/8" Basic Gray Stitched Satin and 1/8" Calypso Coral Sheer around both before attaching to the Basic Gray card base. For the saying element I used my new to me Layering Ovals Framelits to cut the Happy Birthday from Whisper White and an accent scallop oval of Calypso Coral. The butterfly was stamped in Calypso Coral and cut with the Butterflies Thinlet. Both are attached with dimensionals.

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Painted Harvest again!

Hello all! We finally had a weekend at home to rest and recover. I spent some time in the room last night and came out with a card! Yes, I reached for Painted Harvest again. Well, it was still on my table so I didn't have to look very far!!

I saw the color challenge at Color Throwdown Saturday while browsing and it stuck with me. I am more convinced this set will work with just about any color combo!! Hoping to try some fall combinations very soon!

Here is my card

based on this challenge.

My colors are Night of Navy, Garden Green and Dapper Denim. I tried the flower with just Navy but I didn't like it very well. The background layer needed to be just slightly different. The card front is Shimmery White cardstock. I did the three flowers first. First step in Dapper Denim, second in Night of Navy. Center is stamped off once Garden Green and then Navy dots at varying ink. Leaves two stepped with Garden Green and then Navy dots scattered around. Edges were sponged with Night of Navy. Garden Green Satin ribbon. Happy Birthday from Birthday Blossoms. Accent layer of Night of Navy, card base of Garden Green.

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Merry Patterns Host Set

Here is the video by Stampin' Up! featuring the Merry Patterns Host Set! 
Qualifying workshop of $300 earns yours!

Contact me if you need more info or to book your workshop!


September SU! News!

Howdy all! Sorry to have been absent but this is one of those times of year it just happens! We wrapped up another year of the Nebraska Cattlemen Beef Pit at the Nebraska State Fair Monday evening. My husband has been running that for 18 years now. I've been pretty regular out there the last few since the boys are out of the house. It is a very LONG 11 days, but usually a good time with all the volunteers and customers!

OK, back to Stampin' UP! September brings lots of news!

First, I added a new host code to the sidebar and the Sunflower Stamper Facebook page. Remember if you're ordering online to use it. The system will tie all orders together and I will draw randomly for the hostess benefits if the order qualifies. Your order will ship right away. I will close on the 25th and make contact with the winner. Contact me if any questions! 

Next, and quite likely bigger news-the Holiday Catalog is LIVE!! There is a new link for that in the sidebar also, just click on the catalog. I'd suggest a right click to save to your computer then you can browse anytime you'd like! I'm also putting the link here. Just click the cover image below!


Next, remember you have through Sunday, September 10, to sign up as a new Subscriber for Paper Pumpkin and get 50% off your first kit! 


Click the photo above to go to my Paper Pumpkin page and sign up using the code HALFOFF0917.

Lastly, we have a Hostess special from NOW through October 31. Host a $300 workshop in that time and you earn the Merry Patterns Stamp set FREE! This exclusive set is ONLY available during the host promotion! Here is the set!

I'll be back in the next few days with a video and other creations made with it. I don't have the set, and not sure I'll get it but SU! has given us some ideas to share!! Contact me if you're interested in being a hostess! We can do an actual workshop, or you can do an online one with your own Host code!

I think that is it for now! Thanks for hanging with me through my on and off again stamping! It is also football season so we'll be traveling quite a bit to Manhattan and back to cheer on our Wildcats. And see the boys of course!


My Story Update!

Today is my 17th anniversary with Stampin' Up! Wow, 17. Not sure how that is possible! I originally wrote this story in 2010. I've updated the ending, but here is my Stampin' Up! story:

I wanted to take a minute and tell you all the story of how I came to be a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator and why I continue to enjoy it.

I got started stamping back in 1999 with a friend. We were both stay home Moms who met through a Moms Club in Lincoln. We only lived about a block apart and had boys of compatible ages. Well, the older two were compatible, the younger two were like oil and water, but that kept it interesting! She was a demo and after I attended a workshop for a mutual friend I was hooked. I remember the first thing I stamped were bagalope valentines for my son's preschool class.

We spent alot of time after that in her basement stamping while the boys played. I built up my basic supplies buying from her. When she had to move away in 2000 I knew I had to become a part of the SU!® family. I signed up in August 2000. We lived in Lincoln at the time and I started by hosting a workshop for neighbors and friends and booked a few workshops. I settled in to doing monthly Stamp Camps (4 projects for a flat fee) and the occasional workshop. Things changed after moving to the country and I was my own best customer for quite a while.

Stamping has always been my sanity though in a busy world and that holds true today. A year or so after moving to the country in 2004 I started attending a stamp group and things started rolling again. A few workshops were booked and a club was started. While I still don't do a lot of workshops I have a great base of customers all of whom I consider friends. My stamping club become my closest group of friends. I started doing Open Houses here that were a blast! Lots of work, but a blast! Nothing better than a group of stamping friends creating and sharing!!

In 2013 things changed. Some moved away, other life events happened and changes were made. The club group disbanded but we are all still friends at heart. The Open Houses stopped because of too many other things happening in my life. I took several years off and didn't stamp much at all. Only the occasional card happened, and a workshop or two. This year (2017) I felt it "missing" from my life and I've made an effort of late to get back in the stamp room. Creativity feels good and takes away the stresses of every day life!

Recently, someone called asking for "thinking of you cards". It felt so good to go through the stash in my room and pick cards for her-especially knowing the situation and friend she wants to send them too!

Stampin' Up!® is a flexible business; it can be whatever each independent demonstrator wants it to be. I've been able to build wonderful friendships doing something I love through many changes in my life. Today, on my 17th anniversary, I can't imagine not having had SU!® in my life!

To LOVE what we do
and SHARE what we love,
as we help others enjoy CREATIVITY
and worthwhile accomplishments...
in this we make a DIFFERENCE!
-Stampin' Up!® Statement of the Heart©

Thanks to you all for the last 17 years! Great times have been had, great friendships established! Creating with friends is the BEST!! We've learned from each other and it doesn't get better than that!! 

Please let me know if I can help with your creativity!!


Painted Harvest Triple Time!

One more Painted Harvest! While watering flowers Saturday morning, I decided I needed to try pink with this set. I've seen several I decided that were then done pink combos but I'm not sure any with this exact combo. I also saw a sample using the Triple Time technique which I have always liked. So, I put the two together and this is what I came up with.

Sorry the scan is a little wonky-the bow didn't work well with my flatbed scanner! Colors are Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Soft Suede and Garden Green. For this technique you take the 3 pieces of (in this case) Very Vanilla and lay them down together. I use a bit of adhesive to hold them together because I stamp all 3 at the same time! I stamped the saying first in Soft Suede. Then I did the flowers, added centers, added some green stem images, then some dots and leaf images stamped off once. I sponged all the edges with Soft Suede before attaching to their Melon Mambo piece. The sizes of the Very Vanilla are 2 x 3-1/4, 3 x 4-1/4 and 4 x 5-1/4. The Melon Mambo are 1/4 bigger each way for all 3. Well, the base is the card base folded. Let me know if that is as clear as mud and you need me to try again! One hint with this: don't decide if you like it or not until you put all the layers together. I really wasn't all that impressed until the accent layers went on and I put it all together! The Burlap Ribbon was the perfect accent to finish it all off!

Thanks for stopping by today! Next time I will try a different set!! Hopefully back soon, but no promises! Lots on the agenda for this week! Product details below.


Paper Pumpkin Half off for NEW Subscribers!

From now through September 10, New Subscribers get HALF off the September kit!
*Regular price is $19.95 per month.

Below is a video shared by Stampin' Up!

Use the Promo Code HALFOFF0917 and click the link below to sign up! You must sign up by September 10 to get the savings AND to get the September kit!

Click HERE to go to my Paper Pumpkin page!