299 posts categorized "Butterflies"


Mon 27

Stella Butterfly Among the Tropical Leaves
by Anne Thompson

In the 2022 JUNE ISLAND VACATION RELEASE there is a new embossing folder that has coordinating dies.  I used just the dies with green cardstocks first to create two tropical leafy cards.

Card One


Card Two


to make these cards

  • die cut a lot of TROPICAL LEAVES EF1030 from various shades of green cardstock in the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003
  • use a fingertip dauber to add VersaFine Clair Rain Forest ink on the leaf edges


  • cut coordinating plaids 4 X 5 1/4 and add to the fronts of white notecards
  • begin adding leaves
  • stamp "Love" from the FRIENDS AND FAMILY CLEAR STAMP SET CL5276 on one of the larger flat leaves using the VersaFine Clair Rain Forest ink


  • die cut the STELLA BUTTERFLY AND BACKGROUND 94635 from coordinating shades of purple cardstock from the TWILIGHT PURPLE COLLECTION SP1008
  • glue the middles together and fold up the wings a bit 


  • add the butterfly to the notecard that has the three long leaves, adhering it so the wings can pop up


  • on the other card, pop up some of the leaves using dimensional foam dots for more texture and interest


Here's a closer look at the embossing folder and the coordinating dies.


Unfortunately, I broke my die cutting machine beyond repair when I tried making a third card using the embossing folder--I put the stack together incorrectly and tried to squeeze too thick a layer through the machine.  Lesson learned to review the directions before trying this when the new machine arrives!  

Happy Crafting!

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Thu 23

Curling Waves Butterfly
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  The new mini Island Vacation release is live and consists of fun embossing folders with matching dies and/or stencils.  I stretched the Curling Waves layering stencil set of 2 from the release to create my card today.  But these waves look so cool when used as intended. 😉
Normally, I leave the sentiment till the end, but because I am hot foiling directly onto the panel, the Posh Hello sentiment was hot foiled with silver foil first.  Using blender brushes next, Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet and Villainous Potion distress inks were ink blended for an ombré.  Wiped off excess ink with a paper towel, then lightly splattered with diluted white gouache paint for some texture.


For the Stella Butterfly, the background was die cut from vellum, while the outline top layer was die cut twice from Bristol paper.  Glued the background piece to one of the outline pieces, then applied clear glitter onto the vellum through the openings.  Added the other outline piece on top to cover up any glitter that may have accidentally got onto the first piece.  Completed the butterfly by die cutting the body/antenna three times from Bristol paper and stacking them for dimension.  A finger brush was then used to apply white pigment ink over the Curling Waves stencil (used the first stencil layer with the larger opening) to create the butterfly trail.  Mounted the butterfly, then added star and dot details along the trail with a white gel pen to finish.


That does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.



88624 Curling Waves stencil 


Tue 21

Stenciled Butterfly Coterie Collage by Jean Okimoto


The Butterfly Coterie Collage is great for quick cards - just layer it over an ink-blended background and add a greeting.  Or - if you have more time - here's another way to use this versatile die.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a colorful summer design.

 Blend salvaged patina, twisted citron and shaded lilac Distress Oxides on the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Add a light spritz of water and let it airdry for a few minutes.  Heat-set it.  Pressure-emboss it with Butterfly Coterie Collage using a rubber embossing mat and the plate(s) required for your machine.  

Stencil it with VersaMark and the Butterfly Coterie Stencil using a clean, well-inked inkpad - don't stencil the largest butterfly.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.

Cut it with the medium-sized Stylish Rectangle Trio die (it's a close fit) - save the 4 larger narrow triangle offcuts.


Place the delicate frame on a white A2 card.  Attach the inner offcut - overlapping the edges of the frame wherever they meet.  Attach the skinny triangle offcuts - layer them over the frame to help attach the frame and add a bit of color along the edges.  

Cut the smaller Ava Butterfly from the aqua sheet in the Polished Foil Pad.  Attach it with foam tape.  Add the purple-ish Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones.  Cut an A2-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

A design alternative...diecut the small Ava Butterfly from a 6x6 sheet in our color collection - then heat-emboss the butterflies with Imagine's Iridescent Embossing Powder.  

Thanks for visiting our blog - see you again on Friday!









Mon 20

Rainbow Butterfly Birthday
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome!  It's Angie here today with a fun full size slimline card made with 2 new products from the latest release.

1)  Intricate Mini Butterflies Dies  94641 and 2)  Posh Happy Birthday Hot Foil Plate MBF011

Here's a closer look at my card:


This card was super fast to create and here's how I did it.

1)  Ink blend on a  large piece of white card stock with your favorite inks in rainbow order.  I choose lighter colors of Distress Oxide Ink for a more pastel look but you could use any inks you have.

2)  I cut one strip about 2 inches wide for my car and added it to the card base with two thin strips of black card stock on either side.

3)  Using the rest of your ink blended card stock, die cuts several butterflies with the mini butterfly die.  It's great because it cuts out a lot of them all at once.   I cut it about 3 times so I would have lots of butterflies to chose from and some left over for my stash.

4)  Add some color to the edges of the butterflies.  I used colored pencils and also tan ink with a finger dauber, just to give them a little more depth and contrast.

5)  Arrange the butterflies like you want and glue only the center of each down to the rainbow strip.

6)  Once dried, lift the wings for dimension and add tiny gems to their back centers.

7)  With the hot foil plate create your sentiment.  I used Aurora Foil from Gemini on black card stock and then used the coordinating die to cut it out.

8)  After glueing the sentiment on, I added little antenna for each butterfly and random black dots with a fine tip black marker all over the card front.

Here's one last look:


I hope you like my rainbow card for today.  I'm looking forward to sending this to a friend who loves rainbows!

Be sure to check out all the new wonderful items in the latest Memory Box release and thanks so much for stopping by!







Wed 15

Hello Butterfly Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone! I am enjoying this release so much with the mixture of foil plates and flowers.  So many beautiful cards to create.  The Stella Butterfly and Background die set and Black Glossy paper makes a stunning focal image to the flower and leaves dies.


Exquisite Leaves:

Use the Exquisite Leaves plate to hot foil aqua green on the dark Fresh Aqua paper.  I chose the last, greener paper. Die cut using the matching die.  Make 3 die cuts.


Die cut the 2 smallest flowers from the Bouquet Blooms and Leaves from the darkest blue from the Ocean Blue paper pad.  Die cut 3 times.

Stella Butterfly and Background:

Die cut the top die and center of the butterfly from Black Glossy paper.  Die cut the background from heavy white card stock.  Ink blend from center out with VersaFine Clair Cheerful, Warm Breeze from center to end, then Paradise from ends to just before the center.  Ink up the edge of the die cut with Paradise.  Glue the top die cut on tope then glue the center in the middle.  Use your fingers to round the end wings downwards. Then press up the wings while pressing down on the center.  



Die cut the outline Hello Daily Script from Black Glossy paper.  Die cut the background from the same Fresh Aqua paper.  Adhere together.


Adhere a A2 size paper matching paper from the Madras Plaid Blu and Violet paper paid to a white A2 card.  Trim the Black Glossy paper to 4" x 51/4" and die cut out the center using 4the smallest die from Open Studios Oval Layers die set.  Adhere vellum to the back of the cut out.  Adhere the paper to to the center of the card.  Arrange and adhere the leaves on the left hand side around the oval cut out, leaving some of the leaves off the card.  Trim off the leaves.  Adhere the Hello sentiment to the upper right side of the oval cut out.  Adhere the butterfly to the lower right side, making sure the wings over lap the sentiment and leaves. Add the flowers to the center of the leaves.  Add the gold Fairy Gems and Fairy Jewels to the center of the flowers.






Sun 12

Butterfly Birthday Shaker
by Trina Pham


Hello there!  It’s been a while since I last posted, I almost forgot how.  😂*lol*   Anyway, I have a fun and simple birthday shaker card to share today featuring the Butterfly Coterie Collage and Posh Birthday Wishes dies from the May 2022 release.

Started by trimming two A2 size panels from Bristol paper.  Took one of them and die cut from it twice with the butterfly die to stretch the butterflies across from corner to corner.  The Posh Birthday Wishes foil plate was then hot foiled in black using the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System, and die cut out with the matching die.


On the other panel, ink blended Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron distress inks before prepping it for an infinity shaker to go behind the butterfly panel.  To minimize bulk. the small clear Fairy Drops were separated out and used for the shaker bits.  Assembled the card onto a white card base to finish,  


That does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today,  Have a wonderful day.







Mon 06

Rainbow Butterfly Ensemble
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I am sharing a bright and happy butterfly card with lots (and lots) of bling. I just couldn't help myself!

To make the card, I started by running my pinpoint leaf plate through my die cut machine to add a subtle design to the background. I like that the background is subtle and doesn't interfere with all the colors on top.

Next, I cut out the butterflies using different colors of mirror paper and made flight trails using a large assortment of rhinestones. Finally, I added a foiled sentiment to the card using the new hot foil die plates. Here is a close up:


Thanks so much for stopping by today! What is your record for number of rhinestones on a card? I think this is my record breaker.






Sat 04

Layered Distress Oxide Inks
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I wanted to share a card I made using multiple layers of Distress Oxide Inks for a tone on tone look.

I started with a piece of white cardstock and then sponged stripes of Candied Apple, Spice Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks:


My tip would be to use a very light touch and gradually build your colors. You don't want to end up with sharp edges from your sponge and ink. Don't be afraid to go back and add more color to smooth out the transition between different colors.

Next, I placed my stencil on top of my background and sponged the same exact colors of Distress Oxide inks through the stencil openings:


Add lots of ink to the stencil openings. Looking back on my finished card, I wish I had added a bit more orange ink so that those butterflies would be darker. Here is a close up of the tone-on-tone inked butterflies:


To finish my card, I added my hugs die cut sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!







Fri 03

Butterflies, Colors and Textures by Jean Okimoto

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Mon 30

Ava Butterflies with Bouquet Blooms and Leaves
by Anne Thompson

Here's a butterfly card for today that features the AVA BUTTERFLIES 94643 layered to make one lovely butterfly flitting over a field of BOUQUET BLOOMS AND LEAVES 94652.


materials used



to make this card

  • trim one of the light blue plaid papers to 5 1/4 X 4 and add it to the front of a white notecard
  • die cut the Ava Butterflies twice from one of the dark teal cardstock papers; adhere the small ones on top of the larger ones
  • die cut the Bouquet Blooms twice from a light blue cardstock and the leaves twice from an olive green cardstock
  • orient the notecard to have a top fold
  • glue a variety of the blooms scattered across the card front and tuck in some of the leaves near the blooms
  • add various sizes of the Clear Fairy Drops to the flower centers and use three of the smallest Clear Fairy Drops to make a body on the butterfly


  • die cut the Hello Streamlined Script from a scrap of dark teal cardstock; glue it to the upper left area on the card front
  • use a large glue dot or foam dot to add the butterfly to the right, hovering above the flowers


I tucked the second butterfly inside the card where I will write a message. 

I'm not usually a butterfly person but I love this Ava Butterflies 94643 die set as well as the Stella Butterfly and Background 94635 that I used on yesterday's cards.  I know these are dies I am going to reach for again and again because of the lovely embossed details on the wings of both Ava and Stella.  

It's Memorial Day today in the United States, a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered.  Dad and I put red, white, and blue flowers and a flag on his brother's grave this weekend and I will put my Uncle John's Purple Heart on display in a place of honor. And I will thank my 99-year-old dad for his service on the European front lines in World War II.

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