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Sarahfleming1 Hello! My name is Sarah Fleming, and I'm a paper addict living in central Texas. I'm an independent demonstrator for Stampin' Up! and love to teach others how to make lovely paper projects. I always have ink-stained fingers (I'm okay with that). I also knit. If you're in the USA, I'd love to be your demonstrator!

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Pretty Swallowtail Card

Handmade cards - Stampin' Up! - stampin up - Swallowtail - Eastern Elegance - thinking of you card

I’m terrified of butterflies. No, really. When I was young, maybe 10, I saw the James Bond movie A View to a Kill. Yes, way too young for that movie, I know. Anyway, there are poison dart butterflies in it, and ever since then, butterflies give me the heebies and the jeebies.

I’m trying to get over it. Our zoo, like many other zoos, has one of those horribly creepy walk-through butterfly exhibits every summer, where the butterflies may land on you, and you’re supposed to not scream and swat them into oblivion or dance around like your toes are on fire. And my daughter loves it. I’ve had her in a stroller when we’ve gone through it before, so I have walked behind her, shivering and having little silent freakouts, and she’s been none the wiser. But she’s starting to outgrow the stroller, and one of these days, she’ll walk through on her own, and I’d like to have my pathetic little phobia under control so I can at least pretend that I’m not dying and screaming on the inside.

So I have embraced the butterfly stamps in an effort to recondition myself. I made this card using the Swallowtail stamp and last week’s Freshly Made Sketches sketch. (Sometimes I get a chance to post the cards I make for challenges on time, and sometimes I just have to miss the deadlines. But I love to make the cards whether I have time to blog about them or not.)

The butterfly is embossed in white embossing powder, then colored in with Coastal Cabana and Crushed Curry markers, plus some Smoky Slate around the disgusting insect body of the butterfly. This is why they’re creepy, by the way — they’re insects pretending to be birds. They’re hiding something.

Anyway, I have to admit they’re pretty. Even if they’re sneaky little bugs.

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, and Whisper White cardstock; Eastern Elegance designer series paper
Ink: Smoky Slate; Smoky Slate, Coastal Cabana, and Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers; Versamark
Stamps: Swallowtail, Sweetly Framed (hostess set)
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Ovals Collection framelits, 3/16″ Corner Rounder, Stampin’ Trimmer, White Stampin’ Emboss powder, Heat Tool
Embellishments/Adhesives: Crushed Curry 3/4″ Chevron ribbon, Regals Candy Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

You can find all of these products in my Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7!

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