Video Friday…Embossing Paste

Welcome to Butterflys and Bows and to Video Friday..

 Today I thought I would share with you another video by Stampin’ Up! about another new product from their Annual Catalogue.

Embossing Paste

This looks like so much fun and is definitely going to be on my next order. Here are some beautiful cards found in the 2017 – 2018 Annual Catalogue using the Embossing Paste.annual17_p176a




 In the background of each of these Cards you can see the texture created by using the Embossing Paste.

So what do you need to get stared….they can all be found on page 201 of your Catalogue or click on the pictures below to go directly to my store.



OH!….Don’t forget you may also want some re-inkers to colour the paste!






Global Design Project 092 | Case the Designer

Welcome to Butterflys and Bows!

I hope you are having a lovely day, its a bit cool here in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW. So I have stayed inside and worked on another card to share with you.

Its another card for the Global Design Project #092- Case the Designer…

Please make sure you go and have a look at last weeks winners…..HERE

GDP092_SteffiThis week we are CASEing the talented Steffi Helmschrott.

CASE = Copy And Selectively Edit


I love the Watercolor Wings and this is probably only the second time I have used it.

The colours I have used are Smoky Slate, Powder Pink and Soft Sky….love for beautiful it has turned out.

The Smoky Slate I stamped off once before stamping onto the Shimmery White Cardstock as I wanted it to be very subtle. The body I stamped in full strength.

The sentiment came from the stamp set “Sitting Here”

I have added a layer under the card front from Fresh Florals in the Powder Pink.

Hope you like this weeks card.


Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Sympathy Cards…Do you find them hard to make?

Sympathy Cards…not the easiest cards to make. Why, because they are full of emotions.

Hi and welcome to Butterflys and Bows….over this past week I have been struggling making cards for friends that have lost family members.

Making cards for family’s that are grieving is so fully of emotion, it can bring up memories and feelings of when you may have lost someone. When I make these cards I’m looking for a sense of calm, gentleness and most of all “Love and Understanding”.

You want the person who is receiving the card to feel you truly care for them.

I try to keep the cards I make to a simple and elegant design with soft and using gentle colours, not over the top or too busy.



This card I used the Colorful Seasons Bundle 145348 and the sentiment is from Flourishing Phrases 141534




Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Video Friday – Glossy Paper-Alcohol Ink Blending

Hi and Welcome to another Video Friday!

On Tuesday I was having my usual Facebook fix when I came upon this great card by Maria Willis.

blogger-image--196932548I love the vibrant colours that she has used, it just brought this big smile across my face. I had to find out more about how Maria had achieved this card, so followed the links to here Blog –

 “Cardbomb”. Please go and check it out….this one is now on my “Favorite Blogs” list…..

So Click HERE

or here is the link

This card was created as part of a Blog Hop for Creating Kindness (around the world) International Design Team.

Maria says “If I had to describe my stamping style in one word… I think I would choose, “Techniques.” I absolutely love to experiment with Stampin’ Up! products and I love to try new techniques.”

Maria’s blog sounds like one I’m going to be visiting on a regular bases.

So I had to give this a try……


As you can see it was a bit messy….and Maria does say at one point that if you don’t want to spray everything with ink cover it up….I should have listened to that part. LOL….

I have ink everywhere including ME!

But it was so much fun …I kept on going…I think I ended up with about 8 pieces…some good and some are just ready for the bin.

BUT…don’t be too quick to throw in the trash as once its dry and when you trim down may end up with something pretty amazing.

The card stock used is the NEW Glossy White Cardstock 144241 and I cut the sheet into quarters.

To get the beautiful, bright and vibrant colours on the Glossy White Cardstock, Maria mixed rubbing alcohol with Stampin’ Up! Ink refills. This also gave some wonderful blending effects as well.

Maria goes through a couple of different techniques and I’m sure like me you can’t wait to get hold of some Rubbing Alcohol and have a go yourself..

Well here’s how my card turned out…


I think it looks good …don’t you?

So here’s the video…enjoy, can’t wait to see what you end up with.



Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Memories and More – Dad’s 80th

Hi and Welcome back to Butterflys and Bows!

I hope you have had a great weekend…here in Australia it was the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend, so we have had a 3 day weekend.

More time to spend with family and friends, so I hope you had an enjoyable time.

This weekend I spent time having a play with some photo’s and Stampin’ Up! New products “Memories and More”

As of June 1st we have finished our association with Becky Higgins and Project Life.

Stampin’ Up! still have their own range of pocket pages and cards but they have been re-branded as Memories and More as there is so much you can do with them….and the best thing is the card ranges integrate with stamp sets and Designer series Papers. They all mix’n’match together……

On these pages of my Fathers 80th Bithday I have used Product from the Colour Therory Memories and More Card Pack and Colour Theory Designer Series Paper Stack. As I want a masculine pages I have used Guy Greetings stamps.


This was just a simple page to complete with the Memories and More Cards and a few extra elements.


Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Video Friday – Love Today All-Inclusive Planner Kit

Hi and welcome to today’s Video Friday….

Today I wanted to share with  you another NEW product that Stampin’ Up! have released in the new Catalogue and that is their planner.

It comes in a Kit form so you can put it together in the configuration that works best for you.


As you can see there is a lot in the Kit

This planner really excited me when I first heard about it because not only is it beautiful, its easy to use and I knew I could get a lot of use from it. I love the month at a glance as I can see quickly what I have planned and then the week on a two page spread allows me to break it all down to tasks. All my tasks I have colour coded for example if its written in Purple then I know its a business task, if in red then a personal task. This allows me to see at a glace what I have planed for my day.


 You could also use your planner to make notes about activities/holidays etc to use in your Memory Keeping Albums – Stampin’ Up! Memories and More.

All the pages are a good quality paper so you can even stamp on them and the planner comes with stickers to decorate your pages or highlight events. There are also Pocket pages to add photos, post it notes to add those extra notes on and 2 pocket sleeves to add shopping list or cards to be sent…..there is so much in this planner


I’m sure you will love it…..Here is a video to tell you more about this fantastic product.

If you are interested in ordering one of these Planners for yourself go to my Store HERE

Guess what you can also purchase a Refill Kit that has everything in it except the binder

Have FUN Planning your new Planner


Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Global Design Project 090 | Sketch Challenge

Hi and welcome to my Blog this week..

Its another Global Design Project Challenge 090…and this week is Sketch Challenge week.

Have you had a chance to go and check out the winners from last weeks challenge..there were some fantastic cards.

HERE is the link if you didn’t.

Well, now for this weeks challenge……


 This week I received my delivery of goodies in a “Big Brown Box” otherwise known as a “BBB” and one of the items I received was the Ribbon of Courage. A wonder stamp set that also comes with matching Framlits and can be purchased as a bundle. Giving you a 10% saving…

So I had to use it, didn’t I!


The card stock I used for the card base is Dapper Denim and the heart is also in Dapper Denim with White Embossing. Sitting at a slight angle is a piece of the Crackle paper from the Colour Theory Designer Series Paper Stack. ……Loving this stack of papers.

The sentiment is stamped onto a piece of Basic Black and that sentiment comes from Flourishing Phrases and again has been embossed with white embossing powder.

The heart and sentiment are sitting on a Whisper White circle cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and that is then sitting on top of some Linen thread, wrapped around the card front a couple of times and finished with a bow.

A simple little card and an easy card to duplicate…I hope you have enjoyed my card.


Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Video Friday

It’s Friday and time for another Video…

Stampin’ Up! have added to YouTube some beautiful video on some of there new products…..and this video I just had to share it with you …its so , so cute!

It would be great for so many Baby / kids presents and cards too!

So get the chocolate and your Catalogue….turn to page 108

OK…feeling relaxed and ready….

This set is called

“A Little Wild” 

comes in Wood- Mount 143671 or Clear- Mount 144344

or you can Purchase as a Bundle as it also has matching Dies

Bundle Wood- Mount 145327 or Clear – Mount 145328

I hope you have enjoyed this Video, I don’t have any photos to share as I haven’t received my Bundle as yet

Remember the links above will take you to my store and if you live in Australia I would love it if you shopped with me.

Have a wonderful day!



I’m excited!

Its so exciting, are you excited?

Have you seen it, have you seen it yet?

Jumped out of bed and couldn’t wait…ran around the house a few times and my family are saying

“Whats going on?”

 It’s the New Catalogue…I can now share it with you..

I can place orders….and you can too!

Isn’t it exciting….LOVE  when a new Catalogue comes out…..If haven’t received a copy PLEASE contact me and I will get one to you…


There is nothing better than have one in your hands to drool over as much as you would like.

Here’s a PDF copy until you get yours…

If this is not enough to excite you then have a look at this video showing some of the new products…


Have I got you also “JUMPING UP AND DOWN FOR JOY”

If so contact me today about your Catalogue or if you wish to place an order and you live in Australia go to my Store HERE

Any questions just contact me…

HAPPY Stampin!



Global Design Project 089 | Colour Challenge

Hi and Welcome to Butterflys and Bows

Did you see the Winners from last weeks GBP #088…Here is a link to the page so you can see the great cards that won

Winners – Global Design Project #88

I was also one of the “Special Mention” winners with the card below….so exciting!

Rose wonder GDP

This week we are back to a Colour Challenge..

I really enjoy doing these challenges and I think the colour challenges are my favorite as they make me use colours I may not normally use.

It so easy to get stuck in using the same colours over and over again.

GDP089_Colour_ChallengeThis week I’m also using a stamp set I would most likely not have bought if it was left up to me.

I won this set at the Stampin’ Up! on Stage event in April. I have been putting off using it as I just wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. But these colours really work with it, so I hope you like my card.


This set is called Fabulous Flamingo 143758 and will be available to order as from the 1st June.

It is a 3 step stamp….and 3 step stamps and me always have a battle to who is going to win….I like them but I always have trouble lining everything up. Thankfully I had my trusty Stamp-a-ma-jig handy.


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The Stamp-a-ma-jig is great for when you need to line up titles or images as the 2 or 3 step stamping.

Now as I said the Fabulous Flamingo is a 3 step process and I have used only 2 colours being Calypso Coral and Basic Black, but as you can see I have 2 tones in the Calypso Coral.

This is how I did it…….

  • Using the solid body image I inked it up with the Calypso Coral and then stamped off twice on a piece of scratch paper. This makes the image much lighter.
  • With the full body Image stamp and the Stamp-a-ma-jig stamp the image with full strength ink. I have added a Video I found on YouTube by The Mad Stamper on how to use this great tool.
  • I then stamped the outline images doing the legs and then the body with Basic Black again using the Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Hope you like my entry in this weeks challenge. Please go to Global Design Project and have a look at what others have done for this challenge.