Hello friends! I'm happy to be joining the Reverse Confetti team today for their August Creative Hop using a brand-new stamp set called You Matter! I will provide the list of participating designers at the bottom of today's post! To begin this design, I ...
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"{Flutter} by Atomicbutterfly" - 5 new articles

  1. Reverse Confetti August Creative Hop
  2. The Greetery Sending Warm {Sunflower} Thoughts
  3. You're not old, you're a classic!
  4. Flash Sale {Hope your day feels like a day at the Beach!}
  5. Pocket Journal Step-by-Step Visual Instructions
  6. More Recent Articles

Reverse Confetti August Creative Hop

Hello friends! I'm happy to be joining the Reverse Confetti team today for their August Creative Hop using a brand-new stamp set called You Matter! I will provide the list of participating designers at the bottom of today's post! 
To begin this design, I did some simple coloring on the circle of hands using assorted skin tones. Once that was done, I used the circle die that is part of the You Matter Confetti Cuts to cut the hand image into a circle. I also used the portion that cuts around the hands on the inside of the image. I knew I wanted to frame the "Love Wins" sentiment inside the hands.

After that was done, I die cut another circle onto a 4 1/4 inch by 5 1/2 inch panel of white cardstock. I love the stitching detail that the die gives, so I wanted to be sure to include it!
Next, I die cut the Hearts Confetti Cuts out of rainbow colors. I die cut each color twice and glued them together for stability. I knew they would be stretched across the Stitched Note Frame so I wanted them to be a little bit more sturdy!

I added a dot of liquid glue to each of the ends of the hearts to adhere them to the frame. Super easy and effective!

I stamped the heart and colored it using similar colors as the heart strips. I die cut it out and then added it to the hands using a foam square. I also added a layer of Nuvo Crystal Glaze for some shine! Don't forget to hop along to the other designers' blogs to see how they've used this new stamp and die set! Thanks for fluttering by!

 
      

The Greetery Sending Warm {Sunflower} Thoughts



Hello and welcome friends! It's my turn for this week's T.G.I.F. {The Greetery Inspiration Friday}! I'm over on The Greetery Blog and I'm sharing my cards here as well! I love this time of year when all of the Sunflowers start to bloom EVERYWHERE!!
They're so cheery, don't you think?  My BotaniCuts Sunflower Dies have been a bit neglected so I thought it would be the perfect time to pull them out! I love mixing previously released products with new, as I have done on today's cards! 

There are so many ways to bring these BotaniCuts dies to life; watercoloring, ink blending, colored pencils, etc. The list goes on and on. For today's Sunflowers, I started with yellow cardstock and simply added some extra ink around the edges using a darker ink. The leaves, however, were die cut from white cardstock and then I added the color using ink and a blender brush. The Sunflowers also got a bit of brown ink splatter for some additional detail.


I fell in love with Betsy's "faux shiplap" technique she used during the release! I've been dying to try it myself, so I added it as a background detail behind the stamped Halfsies Oval portion of the card. I also added the woodgrain texture that the Create-a-Crate dies include. I just felt it really gave the card some extra texture and detail.



This technique is really easy to do, and in fact, used less of the panels than I originally thought! There is only one full panel and the rest are cut in half to look like two, since the other half isn't showing! I added the full panel directly in the middle using liquid glue and then just added them above and below in a straight line.


The sentiments from theWritten in Ribbons stamp set worked perfectly to accent this card, but also allow the fun background to show as well! Who knew how nice a gray/licorice bow would look? The rest of the sentiment is heat embossed in white for some added contrast!


There's something magical that happens when the watering can images from the Sprinkled with Kindness stamps all come together! The realism is amazing and accent the Sunflowers perfectly! I was a little worried about the scale of the blooms, but I have grown some seriously large Sunflowers, and I think they look perfect tucked behind the watering can! 
Both of the sentiments are from the Sentiment Suite: Thinking of You stamp set.  I heat embossed the one at the top and just stamped the one on the tag using black ink! They are die cut with the Sentiment Suite Basics Die. I normally don't use two sentiments on one card, especially with the wording on the watering can, but I felt like this particular arrangement really worked! Sometimes you just have to fuss and fiddle until you strike that balance!


 The little tag on the watering can is all tied up with twine for an extra touch! I have a random tip to share with you, but it really does come in handy on little bows like this! For some reason, they always look SO much better when I tie them upside down. I simply turn my card or project upside down and tie the bow that way. I don't know if there is a science behind it, but it really does work! ha ha! Give it a try and see if it works for you, too!


These cards were such a joy to create and embrace the beauty of the season perfectly! I can't wait to pop these into the mail to bring some summer cheer to a deserving recipient! Thanks for fluttering by!

      

You're not old, you're a classic!


It's always a good day when I get to use the Greatest Hits stamp set and Greatest Hits SugarCuts! I have two male birthdays coming up and this is the PERFECT stamp/die set for them.  It is one of my favorite sets and it's so much fun to play with!

I also paired it with the Musical Cover Plate which I dry embossed on the Aqua Mist panel. I placed the record right in the middle using foam squares. From there, I added the rest of the records using additional foam squares and liquid glue. I trimmed the one in the upper right hand corner with scissors to make it fit the panel.

I went a little crazy with the white colored pencil to give the illusion of shiny vinyl, but I really do love the effect! The record player needle arm is die cut out of silver specialty paper. I added a silver brad in the die cut hole and then trimmed the extra prong portion off with wire snips.

The sentiment is heat embossed in silver onto a strip of red cardstock. I wrapped it around the corner of the card diagonally for some fun detail. I used to use this design detail a lot, but have fallen out of the habit! It's always fun to bring old techniques back into the rotation.

I stamped the "Happy Birthday" sentiment at the bottom using my mini MISTI and black ink!

Each panel is added to a red card base using foam squares for added dimension. I also added a trio of sparkling clear sequins for detail and shine. Even though these are male cards, I think for the look and feel of these cards, it works! I forgot to photograph the inside, but I added the "Hope your birthday is a hit" sentiment and another record. Thanks for fluttering by!
      

Flash Sale {Hope your day feels like a day at the Beach!}


Can you feel it? I'm trying to ignore it, but it's there! It's that feeling I get every August when I  feel summer slipping through my fingers like sand! I'm aiming to soak it up for as long as I possibly can! I decided to go for a tropical/beach-y theme for today's Papertrey Ink/Ink to Paper Flash Sale to keep my summer spirits up! I chose to use the fabulous Beachy Keen stamp set that was released last year! Everything included in this week's Flash Sale are as follows: Beachy Keen Stamp Set
INK: Green parakeet, New Leaf, Cocoa Bean, Summer Sunrise, Hawaiian Shores
This sale starts today at noon and will run until Wednesday, August 5th at 12 noon EDT! 

I chose to make two cards again this week! I always begin by die cutting and stamping many pieces which means I end up with a lot to play with! I know I always say it, but if you're making one, you may as well make MORE than one! LOL!

I hadn't planned on using this particular panel on a horizontal card, but after I had torn the Hawaiian Shores cardstock (which I meant to do) I realized that it looked like the waves/tide rolling in! It worked so nicely with the theme of today's card that I just HAD to use it like this. I layered it onto a 4 by 5 1/4 inch panel of Kraft cardstock using a tape runner. The portion of the Kraft cardstock peeking out from the ripped portion worked perfectly for me to stamp the "Sweet Birthday Wishes" sentiment, which if from the Just Sentiments: Tagged stamp set. 

The "Hope your day feels like a day at the beach" sentiment is from the Beachy Keen stamp set and I just love it! I wish I was at the beach, don't you? I added some of the swirling cloud dies and the palm trees using foam squares. I also added some White Nuvo drops to the center of each of the palm trees for added detail.
My next card is similar, but this time, I did make the card vertical, like I had originally planned for the other card. I used to rip my cardstock a lot back in the old days, but I really do love the texture and detail it adds to a design, especially these beach-y ones!

This sentiment is heat embossed in gold onto vellum. I know I use this technique quite a bit, but it really does allow me to achieve an airy feel and add the sentiment directly in the middle of the card! It's a win/win situation in my opinion!

I added some Hawaiian Shores ink splatter on this card as well as the first card. I love the extra depth of color it adds to the blended panel as well as extra detail on the clouds.

I added a trio of sparkling clear sequins to both cards for some extra sparkle. These will probably both get a spritz of Shimmer Spray as well. I know I've mentioned it before, but I usually omit this step until after I have photographed the cards because it can cause visual distraction in photos, but in real life, it adds the best sparkle! I hope you take advantage of this week's Flash Sale and take advantage of this glorious summer week! Thanks for fluttering by!
      

Pocket Journal Step-by-Step Visual Instructions


Hello and welcome to friends old and new!! I'm doing things a little bit differently today for a special purpose! I was asked to help create journal kits for the youth group of our church for day camp on Saturday.  I am using this platform to facilitate a visual look and step by step instructions on how the journals are assembled! I so wish I could be with each of you for camp, but please know that I am there in spirit and I hope you have a fabulous day despite things being "different than usual"!  Always remember, you are loved NO MATTER WHAT! 

Each of you will be given a kit with everything you will need to compete your journal! I do need to add, however,that this journal is NOT my design, but was created by my friend and SU! demonstrator Melissa Colledge! I have just used her darling journal as an example to create mine, as well as your kits, so let's get started!!!

The first step is to carefully trim around the laminated journal cover leaving about a 1/16 inch border. You can trim a little closer if you feel like you have a steady hand! The lamination is slippery, so you can actually just slide the scissors carefully down each side, but be careful to be steady! Take extra time to trim evenly around the rounded corners. If you look closely at this photo, you can see there are three score lines; one going directly down the center and two on either side of the center line. You will need to fold these sharply. You can use the edge of a credit card or a bone folder if you have one!

Once it is folded, you will have created a spine, which will be where the actual journal notebooks are attached. I will show how to do that in a bit!


This is how it should look on the side. You will notice that there is a hole right in the center of the spine. Locate that on your journal for the next step.

In your kit, you have two different pieces of elastic cord. For this next step, you will need the SHORTER piece. Thread the two ends through the outside of the journal spine leaving a loop that is long enough to secure your journal. You may want to scroll up to the first two photos for a visual of what I mean. You don't want this loop to be too tight or too loose! 

Tie a single or double knot with the two ends on the inside. You want to make sure that the knots are large enough so that it won't pull back through the hole! Go ahead and trim the ends when you feel like it is the correct length!

Each of your kits contain 15 pieces of white copy paper. You will need to put these together in stacks of 5 and then fold them crisply down the center. These will be the pages for your journal.

There are also 3 different pieces of coordinating pattern paper. Go ahead and fold those in half as well! These are the covers to create the notebooks for the journals. Once that is done, place the folded typing paper into each of the three covers.

Using a long arm stapler, staple the center crease of the covers and typing paper to secure them together. Staple one near the top and one near the bottom.

Next, you will want to open the journal cover and place one of the notebooks equidistant from the top and the bottom to give you an idea of where the holes need to be punched. You can see that I have made dots with a Sharpie pen to give you a visual look of where they need to be. Make sure the holes are just slightly below the top and bottom of the notebook.

I have included a hole punch for each of your groups so check with your leader to get the 1/8 inch hole punch. You don't want to use anything larger! Punch the three holes at the bottom and three holes at the top.

You can see how the holes should look in this photo.

This part might look tricky, but it's really simple. You will need to cut the larger piece of elastic in half. Starting with one piece, thread it through the TOP middle hole starting on the inside. Move it directly to the left and back through the top left hole. Stretch it down the left side and out the bottom left hole and back into the center. Knot the two end together tightly. Repeat this step, but move to the right.

These three lines of elastic are to secure your notebooks in place. It also allows you to add a new notebook if one gets filled up! You will need to open up the stapled notebook at the center and slide it under the elastic until it rests in the center (where the staples are).

Repeat this step with each of the three notebooks!

Each of your kits includes a binder clip that you can use to secure any of the three notebooks. It's just a fun touch, as well!

Each of your kits include a charm, a lobster clasp, and a spiral jump ring. You will need to put the lobster clasp onto the jump ring and then add the charm to the jump ring as well. It is just like putting a key on a key ring! You shouldn't need any tools or pliers to get this done.

Wrap the elastic around the journal and then add your charm! 

That's it! You're done! I hope you've enjoyed making these journals and I hope you'll take the time to use it! You also have a pen in your kit so you can get going right away! Thanks for joining me today and thanks for fluttering by! 

      

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