Awesomely Artistic

Hi and welcome to Butterflys and Bows

This week I have been asked to make a card to send to a family in our church……

I needed a card that would suit the male members of this family but then not leave out the women either.

So I decided to do something a little rustic but still soft and I hope soothing as well.

The stamp set I am using by Stampin’ Up! is Awesomely Artistic. It s a great set that allows you to add layers in stamps not so much as layers in paper.

The detail in these stamps are beautiful and has that old rustic charm.

You can purchase Awesomely Artistic HERE


10 simple steps to create your own card using Awesomely Artistic Stamps by Stampin’ Up!
  • For the card and card front I used Crumb Cake Card stock, cut at  Base- 14.5 x 29 cm and card front – 9.5 x 13.5 cm
  • Using Crumb Cake Stampin’ Pad I stamped the linen image a couple of times on the top and bottom of the card base.
  • The floral Image I stamped in Early Espresso.
  • Using Watercolor pencils by Stampin’ Up! I coloured the flowers in Whisper White and then added Calypso Coral in the center of the petals. With a touch of Daffodil Delight as the flower centers. The leaves were coloured with Old Olive. There is NO blending, just simply colouring in.
  • The fern leaves I stamped with the Old Olive Stampin’ Pad.
  • I highlighted the fern and flowers using a white gel pen
  • On a scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock I stamped the circle flower image in Calypso Coral and also highlighted with the white gel pen. Cut out with a 1.5 cm Circle Punch.
  • With a few wrapes of Stampin’ Up! Linen Thread and the floral circle attached on top with a dimensionals
  • The edges of both the card and the card front was lightly sponged with Crumb Cake using the Stampin’ Pad and sponge.
  • Add a few dimensionals to the back and mount onto the card
If you have any questions please contact me.
For any of these products I have used you can purchase from my Store by clicking on the links below..
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Swirly Scribbles from Stampin’ Up!

Good Morning and welcome to Butterflys and Bows…

This weeks challenge by the Global Design Challenge team is a Colour Challenge GDP#093 and the colours we are playing with are ……

GDP093_Colour_ChallengeWho’s loving these new In-Colours by Stampin’ Up!?….I am.

Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst from the new In-Colours teamed with Pool Party from the Subtle Collection….WOW! What a great combo..

The Pool Party adds a sense of Ahhhh! to this combination, that little bit of calm with those 2 great vibrant colours.

I love the FUN these colours bring out..they remind me of hot summers at the beach or at the pool, or a garden in full bloom and the feelings of laughter and playfulness.

So I wanted to follow through with this and used the Stampin’ Up! Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies and lots of layers of colour.


I love the Swirly Scribbles and how they can be layered or entwined like I have done here.

I have also added a layer of the Berry Burst crackle paper from  Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack by Stampin’ Up!

The sentiment used comes from Watercolor Wings Stamp Set.

If you wish to give this card a go, here are all the measurements I used.

How to make my Swirly Scribbles Card……




  1. Cut the Swirly Scribbles from the Berry Burst (9 x 9), Lemon Lime Twist (7 x 7), Pool Party (6 x 6)
  2. Stamp sentiment on Whisper White and flag the right hand side using Basic Black Archival Ink.
  3. Fold along score line on card Base and adhere Lemon Lime Twist Matt.
  4. Adhere the crackle paper mat to Pool Party mat (this is not adhered to the Lemon Lime twist as yet), I use Multi Purpose glue for this as it allows time to get the paper in the right place.
  5. Entwine the Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist Swirls and adhere to top of card also attach tag, slipping it over and under swirls.
  6. Adhere Pool Party swirl to center Berry Burst swirl
  7. Add Dimensionals to Pool Party mat and adhere to Lemon Lime Twist Matt
  8. Adhere Whisper What Matt to the inside of the card.

Now if you are wanting to Purchase any of these items to make this card then here is a link to these products at My Store…

Hope you have enjoyed today’s card any questions please contact me


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




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.

A weekend of crafting…what did you do?

Hi…how was your weekend?

Do you want to see what I did?

Besides driving kids to work, doing the washing etc..I spent the weekend crafting. Getting ready for 3 events I have happening next month.

  • The launch of the NEW Annual Catalogue
  • Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea – which I’m hosting and your invited!
  • A Stampin’ Up! Party for a friend 

WOW!…its all starting to happen.

So I have been busy making a project I have wanted to do for a while.

Now this is a sneak peek of the “Soon to be released In- Colours”


These are such cute cards and so simple to do, using the Note Cards and Envelopes.

But that’s not all I did…

I made 4 of each colour way and then a great “No-cut  Pattern Paper Note Card Folder” by Di Barnes


I have been wanting to make these for so long and I think they work really well with the knew Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper.

Anyone who books a Stampin’ Up! Party with me in June or July will receive one of these beautiful Note Card Folders…
so contact me to book your Party!

In colours

These papers will be available in June with the launch of the Annul Catalogue.






May- RAK Blog Hop



Welcome to the Random Act of Kindness (RAK) Blog Hop.

You are visiting Michele in Moss Vale, Australia.

I am showcasing the cards I have given received as part of the Random Act of Kindness Card Group on Facebook.

Each month, we each select a few people from the Group to send a RAK card to, to brighten their day.

Please feel free to join the Group if you would like to participate in the RAK cards movement (blogging is not mandatory).


Here are some of the cards I have received for the months of April and May


PicMonkey Collage April


PicMonkey Collage May

I hope the projects you’ve seen here on my blog today have inspired you & brightened your day. You are currently visiting Michele. Please see the list below & hop around all of the people on the list to see all our projects. You don’t want to miss any!






Where are your photo’s now?

Hi and Welcome to Butterflys and Bows!

Where are your photos now?

This is something that at the moment is very relevant and something that had me in tears for a few hours last night.

And this is something that I have spoken about before, but…..

Where are your photos……are they stored on your phone, on a thumb drive, disc, external hard drive, storage cloud.

There are many places to store your photo’s….

How safe are they?

Safe from damage, being lost, destroyed…

Where am I coming from, why am I sharing this with you..

Last week I picked my son up from school and we drove to McDonald’s…he needed to get changed from School uniform to casual clothes to go away with friends on a Church Youth activity and we had no time to go home.

Easy…….went in with his phone came out minus his phone….we didn’t relies this for 20 minutes. In that time someone has found the phone and kept it.

What was on the phone….all his photos of a school trip to Cambodia in January.

Forward to yesterday….

I have for the past 3 years been carefully storing photos on an external Hard Drive…..So they are all in one place and safe….

Until yesterday….

I lent my Hard Drive to another person and a simple mistake has corrupted the hard drive and now my photo’s may be lost.

No one is at fault or to blame.

So where are your photo’s now?

Now with most of us owning Smart Phones its so easy now to take great photo’s. but we loose phones or they stop working for different reasons. We keep them on our computers but these can crash. We put them on storage devices….or in Cloud Storage and there are many to choose from… It seems that Cloud is good as you can access from different computers/ devices.  

But are these always safe.


What is the answer?

I don’t think there is an easy answer. But the one answer I have discovered is have more than one way of backing up those photos.

All of the storage devices are good, work what works for you best but have more than one.

It will take a little work but it will be worth it to keep those memories safe.

From now on I will be storing in a “Cloud” and computer or external Hard Drive…more than one place.

Get them into Albums!

Most of all is I am going to get my best photos printed and into my albums.

This way I have something to share easily with family and friends.

It can be as simple as place photos into pockets or designing a whole page around the photo/photos. Get your family involved, let them help you plain and journal what the photos are about.

Stampin’ Up! have been passionate about Memory Keeping for the past few years and this will be continuing with there NEW catalogue. With the chose of pocket pages or traditional scrapbook pages there is something for all.

Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about our products and seeing the new catalogue.

Please, have a look at how you are storing your photos, think about storing in more than one device and


Re-live the enjoyment you had in taking the photos by sharing them through your albums.



Retiring List 2017


It’s that time again: we’re getting ready to retire products from both the annual and occasions catalogues. Don’t delay! You only have until the 31 May, or while supplies last, to get your favorites. Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50%! Be sure to talk to your demonstrator or visit the online store before the sun sets on these items 31 May.

I just had a quick look through the list and here is my pick must have out of the list for today.


Now these my not last so order yours today……this is a must have for anyone with a Big Shot…so go to the link above and order yours NOW!


Video Friday – Stylish Stems Framelits Dies

Welcome to Butterflys and Bows and Video Friday!

Today the video I am showing you is one done by Stampin’ Up!

“Stylish Stems Framelits Dies”

i love these dies and you can get them as a bundle from the Occasions Catalogue – Special Reason Bundle pg. 42

I will admit I’m still yet to get them but i love some of the different cards I have seen using this beautiful bundle.

 Here are some cards I found on Pinterest using the stamps and dies..




These cards are beautiful…have added links to each of the photo’s so you can find out more about the artist and the card.