314 posts categorized "Butterflies"


Thu 11

Watercolored Butterfly Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a card featuring the Butterfly Coterie Collage die using an easy watercolor technique.  Perfect to send a note to a friend. 



Watercolor Open Studios Watercolor paper using a green, blue, yellow and silver paint.  Use a larger sized paint brush for this technique. Spritz both sides of the paper with water then lightly wipe off the any excess water.  Add the paint, starting with the darker colors, by just dabbing on the paper randomly.  Make sure it does not create a pattern and just slightly overlapping the colors as you go.  The colors with slightly blend together.  Using a heat gun, dry the paper.  After dry, die cut the Butterfly Coterie Collage die from the center of the paper (save the butterflies for a later project).  Die cut the 2nd largest Wrapped Stitched Rectangle dies. Measure the die cut and then trim a rectangle out of black paper from the Rainbow Reflections Mirror paper pad.  Adhere the black mirror rectangle at a slight angle behind the watercolor butterfly rectangle.  



Hot foil the Posh Just a Note sentiment using green foil onto the same black paper from the Rainbow Reflections Mirror paper pad.  Die cut using the matching die from the set.  Add double sided foam tape to the back.



Adhere the butterfly and black mirror card rectangles at an angle onto a white A2 size card.  Adhere the Just a Note sentiment at the lower right hand corner aligning it with the card.  Adhere the Winter Fantasy Gemstones in the lightest and 2nd lightest gems to the center larger butterflies.  For the smaller butterflies add the clear gems from the Pastel Fairy Jewels set to the center.








Sun 31

Glossy Glittered Greetings by Jean Okimoto


Here's a quick and easy way to add gloss+glitter - and attach - delicate diecuts.  We'll even create extra greetings for another card because we're using just the Twiggy Thank You offcuts here.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with simple summer slimline for you.

Cut Twiggy Thank You on white cardstock.  Save the tall triangle in the A and the oval in the O.  Trim the greeting with the second-largest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.

Cut a 5-½ " x 3" piece of smooth white cardstock.  Ink it with loose, overlapping layers of distress oxides.  Picked raspberry and abandoned coral were used here.  Dry the inks.  Cover the inked cardstock with Scor-tape (save the tape liner), then trim it  slightly larger than the greeting. Attach it behind the greeting.  Attach the saved pieces inside the A and O -  then brush Imagine Iridescent Glitter onto the exposed adhesive in the cutouts.  Tap the excess off the greeting, then heat-set it.

It'll be a bright, glossy, glittered greeting - and it's securely and completely attached!

Cut the small Ava Butterfly from the pink Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad sheet.  Cut several of the Intricate Mini Butterflies from the pink and coral sheets in the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad.  


Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝ x 8-½") - use foamdots for the big pink butterfly.  

Add the copper-colored Autumn Fairy Jewels.

There it is...glittered, glossy, ready to be shared!


Thanks for visiting our blog - see you next week!




Fri 29

Leaves and Butterfly
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a card that really highlights the new Tropical Leaves embossing folder with coordinating dies. I absolutely love the detail and texture you get with these items!

To create my leaves, I first cut out my leaves using a die cutting machine and green cardstock. Next, I lightly spritzed my leaves with water and placed them into my embossing folder and ran it through the die cut machine once again to add detail to the leaves. The light misting of water will give you better results. Here is a closeup of the leaf when it is just cut out next to the same leaf that has then been embossed. You can really see the detail you get:


Next, I ran my white cardstock through my die cut machine using the pinpoint leaf plate. I love the soft detail it gives you for a background because it doesn't detract from anything you layer on top of it:


As a final step, I added my butterfly on top of the leaves. I decided to leave off a sentiment because I want to have it as a generic blank card to add to my emergency card stash. Do you have one of those as well?

Thanks for stopping by!







Fri 22

Butterfly Garden Slimline Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a pretty butterfly garden birthday card with using the House Frame die sets has a bird house.  These matching die sets are so versatile.  I also have an idea to create a beach house with the palm trees from the Nativity House Frame die set with the House Frame Background. 


Bird House:

Die cut the House Frame Background die from white Woodgrain paper.  Die cut the fence from the house Frame die set 2 times from white Woodgrain paper.  Adhere together.  Ink blend the edges of the white woodgrain paper with Weathered Wood Distress Ink. Die cut the circle die in the center of the house.  Keep the outline circle and discard the center.  Then die cut the circle die from Kraft Woodgrain Paper 1 times for the outline circle. Die cut again but from plan Kraft paper and just save all pieces. Adhere all 3 outline circles together with the Kraft Woodgrain paper on top.  Die the just the roof portion of the House Frame die set from same Kraft Woodgrain Paper 3 times.  Trim off any excess of the sides. Adhere together   Die cut the smallest die from the Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die set from Kraft Woodgrain Paper 2 times.  Adhere together.  Ink blend just the edges of all Kraft color die cuts with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 



Die cut all the foliage from the Tall Frilly Leaf Stems, Fresh Cut Stems, and Lavender Bouquet from various shades of green from the Lush Green paper pack.  Lightly ink blend the different foliage with Distress ink Rustic Wilderness and Old Paper.  for ht Tall Frilly Leaf Stems use Olive Green Zig to color just the stem. Die cut the flower portion of the Lavender Bouquet from Twilight Purple paper, trim off the stem and adhere to the green die cuts.  Die cut the flower port of Fresh Cut Stems from light Stormy Blue paper, trim off stems, and adhere to the green portion.   Retain the loose flowers to adhere at assembly.



Die cut the Intricate Mini Butterflies from both the same purple Twilight paper and light Stormy Blue paper.  bend in half and shape the larger butterfly wings with your fingers.

Slimline Card and Frame:

Die cut the largest die from the Slim Basic Rectangle Layers set 2 times from white card stock.  Score 1 of the pieces from the back side at 1/4" from the top of the paper.  Add double sided adhesive to the scored section.  At this time it is easiest to add a sentiment on the inside of the card.  Adhere to the other panel so the card folds from the back panel.  Die cut a frame by using the largest and 2nd largest frames and cut out of Kraft Woodgrain Paper.  Die cut 3 times and adhere together.  Ink blend the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Adhere the frame to the front of the card.



Trim down the bird house pole to 3" tall.  Use the other end to cut down and adhere to the back of the bird house to prop it up.  Adhere the pole to the bottom center of the card.  Adhere the roof to the bird house and then adhere to the top center of the pole.  Adhere the circle outline in the cutout then adhere the center.  Adhere the fence to the bottom of the bird house.  Arrange the flowers and foliage at the bottom of the bird house.  Adhere the Tall Frilly Leaf Stems down first, in back of the bird house.  Then adhere Lavender Bouquest next, adhering them to the top of the birdhouse. Then add the Fresh Cut Stems, adhering towards the bottom of the card.  Adhere the butterflies around the house and garden.  Stamp Sending Birthday Wishes from he Signature Greetings stamp set using purple ink.  Die cut with the matching die.  Adhere to the top center of the card with foam tape.








Tue 12

Curled Waves Heart Hugs by Jean Okimoto


Hi everyone - need a friendship card?   Rotate Curled Waves and pair them into swoopy hearts for a new look on a tall slimline. Jean Okimoto here with a simple design in soft shades of peach, gold and gray.  It's versatile too - switch to reds and pinks in February.

Attach Birch Press Design Shimmer Lines Wide Washi Tape to light peach cardstock.  Cut it with the dies from the Curled Waves 3D Embossing Folder and Cutting Dies set.  

Cut three small Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Outs from the gold sheet in the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad.   Create swoopy, wonky hearts with pairs of the Curled Waves   - overlap the halves and attach them to the gold hearts.


Tape a piece of gold cord behind each heart.  Attach the hearts to a pale gray slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½") - use foam dots for the heart on the right.

Cut the delicate Big Hearts Posh Script from the light peach 6x6 in the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad.  Leave it in the die and attach lined doublestick tape behind the diecut and run it through the machine to cut the tape layer.  Remove the tiny bits in the B, g and s.

Cut the solid Big Hugs background from the pale gray cardstock - and again from cardboard.  Attach the gray layer to the cardboard layer for dimension.  Press the  "self--adhesive" delicate diecut (still in the die) firmly onto the gray layer,

Arrange the gold cord and tape it to the card under the BI section.  Attach the greeting - use foam tape under the BI, H and s.

Cut two of the small Intricate Mini Butterflies from the pale peach sheet in the Delicate Pastel 6x6.

Curled Waves can be more than just waves - they can also be question marks if you ever need a card with questions marks.

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Friday!











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!

Anne Signature



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.