Pretty Swallowtail Card

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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!

Minerva finally gets her own stamp

Hi, Momeveryone! I’m all done being pregnant and having a baby, plus I just got back from Stampin’ Up! Convention, so I’m fired up, ready to stamp, and ready to blog. Speaking of babies, I took this little cutie with me to Convention, and he was an absolute angel.


Easiest baby ever (knock on a wood block!).

At Convention, SU! revealed several new products (over which I drooled, and Moma lot of you will, too). One of the new products is called “Undefined”. In the main kit ($19.95 US), you get wood blocks, rubber, mounting foam, 2 carving tools (one for carving out large pieces, the other for detailed carving), an Island Indigo marker, detailed instructions, templates, and postcards.

(If you can’t see the video demonstrating Undefined, try this link.)

I wasn’t quite sure about the kit when they first announced it, because, hey — what in the world would I carve? That’s why I’m with Stampin’ Up! They make great designs, and all I have to do is stamp them on my projects. But then I decided to give it a try, and while I stood in line, I had an *aha* moment.

My almost-3-year-old daughter, Buttercup, inherited her mother’s obsessive personality and has been obsessed with kitties for quite some time. For several months, every day, “Mommy, will you draw a red kitty?” (also obsessed with the color red). I’ve drawn hundreds, possibly thousands, of red kitties, and maybe I’m just a weensy bit tired of DRAWING BLASTED KITTIES.

Oh, Undefined, how I love you.

I am the world's best kitty artist. This is an accurate representation of our cat Minerva (full name Professor Minerva McGonagall), also known as Max-erva, Fat-erva, and Calico Fatz. I always draw this exact kitty.
I am the world’s best kitty artist. This is an accurate representation of our cat Minerva (full name Professor Minerva McGonagall), also known as Max-erva, Fat-erva, and Calico Fatz. I always draw this exact kitty.

I decided to carve a kitty stamp for Buttercup. By the way, use a thimble, kids. Those tools are sharp, and I’m not saying I stabbed myself, bled all over the rubber, and had to request a Band-Aid [which they had on-hand, since I’m not the first to bludgeon my thumb], but I’m not saying I didn’t. In addition to the thimble, I recommend that you don’t choose an intricate design, such as a kitty face with kitty whiskers and a kitty tail (which I accidentally cut off — poor kitty). At least for your first shot at it.

I’m pretty proud of the way the stamp turned out. It isn’t perfect, but I had a total “I made this!” moment when I was finished with it (it took 15 minutes, BTW). I could make a better version when my kit arrives in the mail this week (um, YEAH, I ordered this), but I don’t think so — I like it as it is.

Don’t tell Buttercup I stole her stamp.

The first card I made with my Undefined Calico Fatz stamp:


I couldn’t wait to show you my handiwork, so I grabbed the latest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and whipped up a quick card. I did give poor kitty a tail using my Real Red marker. The sentiment (appropriate for Minerva, especially the “much” part) is from the Yippee-Skippee! set, which was, as Shelli called it, a party favor for everyone in attendance at Convention. Yippee-Skippee, indeed.

FMS Final 95-001

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, and Real Red cardstock; Brights Designer Series Paper Stack (all new designs for 2013-2014!)
Ink: Real Red, Basic Gray
Stamps: Undefined, Yippee-Skippee!
Tools: Stampin’ Trimmer, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, 3/16″ corner rounder
Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Epic Day Washi Tape, Real Red Stampin’ Write marker

Make sure to visit my Stampin’ Up! store to get your Undefined kit. Prepare to dye!

Sunshine & Sprinkles baby stats pages


I’ve been working on baby scrapbooks, both 12×12 and 8×8. This is a 2-page 8×8 layout for recording details about the baby’s birth along with significant newborn stats. I started with Sunshine and Sprinkles DSP and went from there. I wanted something bright and fun that could be for either a boy or a girl, and this paper is perfect for baby books.

I made the charts in My Digital Studio using Basic Gray and a free font I downloaded and installed. I printed out the charts on Whisper White cardstock, cut them out and rounded the corners, then added the little flourishes from the Tiny Tags stamp set. You can use any font installed on your computer in MDS (just make sure to scan them for viruses when you download them!). You can download a free 30-day trial of MDS here.


The vines are from the retired set Baroque Motifs, but the current sets Flowering Flourishes and Everything Eleanor would work here too. The ribbon in the big flower is also retired, but you could use any coordinating ribbon, like the Marina Mist Striped Organdy Ribbon from the Spring Catalog. The small yellow flowers in the corners are from Baroque Motifs (cut with the smallest Floral Frames framelits die). Other flowers were punched using the Boho Blossoms punch, one of my favorite ways to add a little extra to my pages.


My favorite parts of the layout are the “Miracles Happen” and “Oh Happy Day” sentiments. They’re both from the Bloomin’ Marvelous Sale-A-Bration stamp set (sadly retired, but I’m really hoping the PTB will put it in the new catalog that comes out at the end of May). I embossed it in white on Melon Mambo cardstock (when I made the same pages for a boy, I used Pacific Point instead of Melon Mambo) and cut it (and the Whisper White backing layer) using Apothecary Accents framelits dies.

Stampin’ Up supplies used:
Marina Mist cardstock, Melon Mambo (or Pacific Point) cardstock, Daffodil Delight cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Sunshine and Sprinkles designer series paper

Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo/Pacific Point, Versamark

Stamp Sets
Baroque Motifs (retired), Mixed Bunch, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Bloomin’ Marvelous (retired), Tiny Tags

Tools, Accessories, and Embellishments
Fancy Fan embossing folder, Floral Frames framelits dies, Apothecary Accents framelits dies, Big Shot, White embossing powder, Heat tool, Boho Blossoms punch, Blossom punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, 3/16″ corner rounder, Bitty Buttons, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, retired ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, My Digital Studio