Sweet Summer Moments

It’s summer time – whoohoo!  And what reminds you of summer better than bold, fun and bright colors.  Admit it, you LOVE summer – so naturally, this last weeks CAS-ual Fridays Challenge was to create a clean and simple (CAS) card that uses hearts and summer colors.  I mean what a great combination!

So to make a real statement – I took it to another level and made a few butterflies out of some hearts too.  What do you think?  Let me know in the comments below.



Creative Tips –

  • I’m sure you’ve figured out that my favorite color is blue.  I mean I use it all the time and have more blues than anything in my stock.  So I used Bermuda Bay from Stampin’ Up! as a base along with Coastal Cabana, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point (another blue…shocker!), and Daffodil Delight.   Aren’t those names just yummy! DSC01593
  • Cut some hearts out in two sizes with some framelit dies, another for your large butterfly, and you’ll need a smaller one too – I used a heart punch.
  • Some paper piercing adds some finishing detail, some foam tape or dimensionals for dramatic effect and stamp a fun design on the daffodil for your butterflies.  Here you see the left and right palm frawn from Stampscapes. DSC01595
  • To help define your butterflies, snip a little away from the sides to the end, make a small slit in the top and bottom and curl the edges.  Add some antennas and flight zoom (not sure what else to call it…lol) with a Pigma Micron or marker and you’re all set. DSC01597DSC01599DSC01598
  • The sentiment is perfect – it’s from the Happy Day set by Stampin’ Up! – how appropriate.


It’s a fun little card, perfect for the first couple days of spring.  I like the bright colors and clean and simple nature.  Now it’s your turn.  Have fun!


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Happy Day Mojo

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Hello there new Happy Day stamp set.  Doesn’t that just sound like a fun sentence?  I started off using the Modern Medley paper because I wanted to try a black and white card, and lo and behold – it’s black and vanilla!  So I whipped out some of my favorite new stamps and created my own fun papers today!  I hope you enjoy all the creative tips that resulted in this Mojo Monday card!  Here’s the original sketch and my result.

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Creative Tips –

  • I wanted a striking look so I embossed each element of this card.Happy Day 001 Medallions
  • For a subtle background for my white card front I embossed the medallion in clear embossing powder to create a designer paper look.  Happy Day 001 Circle CU
  • The new Dictionary Background stamp is perfect to use for that little piece of designer paper.   I’ve used it several times already and can see that it will definitely become a staple.  I punched a Basic Black matte with my 2 1/2” Circle Punch and the dictionary circle was cut out using the fourth circle in the new Circle Framelits Collection. 
  • To bring a little emphasis to the rectangle I matted the white rectangle (2” x 2 3/4”) on a piece of Basic Black (2 1/8” x 2 7/8”)that had a 1/16” matte.  I popped that black rectangle onto a larger one (2 1/2” x 3 1/4”) with a 3/16” matte.  The smaller Basic Black rectangle was popped up using Stampin’ Dimensionals.Happy Day 001 Elements
  • For the banner I used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  It’s a cool look and you can easily over stamp it for tighter lines if you want to.  Because the banner is so wide, I couldn’t use a square punch for the end, so I cut up and far as I wanted and brought each corner to the point.  View my video on how to make banner flagsHappy Day 001 Height
  • Once I embossed the Medallion in black embossing powder I cut it out leaving a slight Whisper White border.  I popped it up on double dimensionals stacked on top of each other for the side not adhered to the white rectangle.  I needed to do this so that it didn’t sag to the left.Happy Day 001 Side
  • For a finishing touch, I added an extra large Rhinestone to my medallion.  Since I have so much embossing on the card I didn’t want to over do it by adding more rhinestones.  I started too, and then took them away as it was just enough too far.  My rule is when you want to add one more, stop.  That’s enough. Smile

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I hope you like the elegance of the card.  I think this one will definitely brighten someone’s day!

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Stamp Sets – Happy Day (130297c, 130294w), Dictionary (130351c, 130348w), Gorgeous Grunge (130517c, 130514w) Ink – Versamark (102283)  Paper – Whisper White (100730), Basic Black (121045) Cool Tools – Paper Snips (103579), 2 1/2” Circle Punch (120906), Circles Collection Framelits (130911) Finishing Touch – Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels (129324), Clear Embossing Powder (109130), Black Embossing Powder (109133)

Gorgeous GrungeDictionary Background StampHappy Day Stamp Set