Saturday, October 21, 2017

Woodland Friends

Karen B. here from The Bald Dragonfly, and it is an absolute pleasure to be guesting today! I've got a clean and simple card for you today, they are my favorite to make, that features some adorable critters from My Favorite Things and zig marker coloring.

I am always in need of birthday cards for my stash, especially those that can be used for a boy, girl, man or woman.

I started with a white card base and die cut/embossed the lower portion with the Stitched Strips Die-Namics. I then used a makeup brush to apply a light layer of green and blue inks to reflect grass and sky. Then I stamped and colored the cool and cute critters and tree from the Wild Woodland Stamp Set and die cut them with the coordinating Wild Woodland Die-Namics. It was a simple card to create, but I think it turned out so cute and really let the coloring shine!

The card was finished with a sentiment from Bitty Bears that was stamped onto a banner from the Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strip Die-Namics.

Just a reminder that if you see something that is out of stock at the store, please click the
"Put Me On The Waiting List" button so that Vanessa knows you absolutely need this item and can try to order more!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Smile 2.0

Hello everyone! Its Kevin back with another card to share with you featuring the Double the Smiles Dynamics by MFT. Last week I shared a card with a scripty die cut "smile" and this week I chose to use the block "smile" cut. I even used the same Altenew set- Simple Shapes XL. Check it out-

I started by doing some super fun ombre stamping using the oval and circle from the Altenew set. 3 shades of yellow and orange Distress Inks were perfect for inking up these "pumpkins". After the stamped images dried, I grabbed the Dynamics and cut out the word "smile" and cut right though my stamped panel. Some fun foam was used to pop up the letters to add dimension. I added it to a kraft card base and that was it! A super simple card but the technique really shines through!

Happy fall! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pretty as a Peacock!

Hi everyone, Jenny here, back with another glittery card (I can't help it, I've become a glitter addict).  This time I wanted to show some alternative ways to use more of your glittery supplies, to expand the options available to you.  

First off I created my card panel by using a stencil (here I used the Hero Arts Peacock Feather Stencil) and Distress Clear Rock Candy Stickles to create a subtle shimmer on the background.  After I discovered my love of Nuvo Glimmer Paste (which Butterfly Reflections Ink carries) I wanted to see if I could expand the color selection available to me by trying to use Stickles in the same way as Stickles comes in so many more colors.  

A few notes on using Stickles in lieu of embossing paste:
1) It's not as gooey - so you end up using more than you would use with the paste.  Given the containers are small you would go through your stash pretty quickly.  However the effect it gives is very pretty and a great look for smaller backgrounds or layering effects.  Application with a palette knife is the same as for embossing paste. 

2) It's slightly wetter than embossing paste, so be sure to use a sturdier cardstock (100lb +) to avoid buckling.  If you do get any buckling, adhere the panel with strong double sided tape directly to a card panel which will flatten it out. 

3) Dry it out overnight. 

While my panel dried, I created my own glitter paper.  The new WOW! Sparkles glitter is GORGEOUS.  There are some lovely chunky holographic type bits in it.  To create your own paper, adhere some strong double sided tape / sheets to some cardstock  on one side.  Remove the release paper and sprinkle glitter all over it.  Then rub it in with your finger all over.  and tap off the excess.  Then go back over it again with a bone folder.  You should then find then little to no glitter comes off afterwards.  

You can then die cut your new paper as normal, but you can create any color that the glitter is available in! I used WOW! Clarabelle  from which I diecut the Hero Arts Gothic Vines Fancy Die.  This frame was released in the recent Fall release by Hero Arts and it actually has a pumpkin at the bottom, but I have hidden it with the peacock image which makes the frame much more versatile for all year round use!  I adhered the frame directly to the panel (using spray adhesive). 

To create the peacock, I stamped the image from the Newton's Nook Beautiful Plumage set in Versamark Ink on some watercolor paper. I then heat embossed it with Silver embossing powder, and colored it in with my watercolors (I used Peerless). 

For added sparkle, I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens on the body and plumage. There are corresponding dies to cut out the image - I highly recommend these, unfortunately I didn't have them and I used my Scan N Cut to cut the image out, which in a couple of cases it struggled with! 

I popped the image up on foam squares.  For the sentiment I used another peacock stamp set by Hero Arts which I heat embossed in the same silver embossing powder onto a scrap of black cardstock and popped it up on foam tape.   As a finishing touch, I scattered some matte sequins.

So that's my card for this week. Lots of techniques and ways to use your glitters and stickles in new and alternative ways  - especially fun for you #fullsetsyndrome 'collectors' out there :) ... (me!)

Have a wonderful week, any questions just let me know in the comments.

Jenny x

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi there crafty friends!  Jacquie Dean here with a special project today for the Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from wonderful Tracey McNeely's blog!   

I was pretty excited when Vanessa asked me to represent Butterfly Reflections Ink on this fun blog hop celebrating Crafty Friends and the stamping community! Altenew is a personal favorite stamp company of mine and so I'm especially honored to be able to share something with you all.  In fact, I had taken a hiatus from stamping a number of years ago, and it was Altenew that lured me back with all their fabulous designs!  I am so lucky to have a number of long time friends in the stamping and crafting community including my Mom and sister! 

My card today features a beautiful and elegant new stamp set from Altenew's latest release.  It's called Peace on Earth, and it's centerpiece is a gorgeous holiday ornament with the entire world on it.  The sentiments are also special, as they are a collection of holiday greetings in many different languages!  

For this card, I white heat embossed the ornament and branches in Altenew Pure White Crisp Embossing powder and then used watercolor brush markers to color the area.  I added in some color, and then blended it out with a watercolor brush.  I dried the piece several times and added more color to build up the brightness and intensity of the colors.  To achieve the torn edge, I scored a line and then wet it and gently tore the edge.  I stamped the Peace On Earth greeting using Altenew Crisp Black Ink. I mounted it on some coordinating layers and finished it off with a few sequins.  It's a lovely and elegant holiday card.

In honor of this fun celebration, Altenew is giving away a $100 Altenew prize pack to FIVE lucky winners. There are also 13 awesome companies/magazines as well as Butterfly Reflections Ink, who are offering the following prizes:

Jennifer McGuire Ink: 1 prize pack of 3 Altenew stamp sets
Online Card Classes: 3 class spots
Create and Craft TV: £50 gift certificate
My Sweet Petunia: Mini MISTI
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh: $30 gift certificate
Simon Says Stamp: $30 gift certificate
Chameleon Pens: 1 pack of 5 Chameleon pens
Tombow USA: 1 pack of 10 dual brush pens
WOW! Embossing Powder: $25 gift certificate
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 gift certificate
Freckled Fawn: $20 gift certificate
Papercraft Magazines: One copy of each of the latest issues of four magazines
Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine: 1 year subscription

Be sure to leave comments by Friday, October 27th, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 21 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of these blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on October 28th, 2017.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Honey Bee Stamps - Thank You for Your Kindness

Hi everyone!  It's Christine here for Butterfly Reflections Ink and I have a new card and video tutorial to share with you today.  I'm really excited to share today's project.  It uses a brand new release from Honey Bee Stamps.  I was blown away with Honey Bee Stamp's most recent release and I bought almost the entirety of it from Vanessa's shop.  Here's today's video:
(To view on YouTube, click HERE)

And here are some pictures of my card:

To create today's card, I first created the background.  To do that, I inked a piece of Canson XL Watercolor Paper (cut slightly smaller than an A2 sized card base) with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide InkCandied Apple Distress Oxide Ink, and Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink.  I then spritzed some water from my Distress Sprayer onto the panel and then let it dry.  Next, I used a heart stencil from my stash and applied some Gold Glitter Paste to the stencil, which resulted in the beautiful gold hearts you see on the panel.  Next, I stamped the Forest Friends Stamp Set from Honey Bee Stamps onto some Canson XL Watercolor paper and then painted the image with my Zig Markers and my Detailer Water Brush.  I used the following Zig Markers:
Bear: Dark Brown, Brown, Light Pink, Pink (for cheek), and Black
Hedgehog: Brown, Light Brown, Light Pink
Basket: Light Brown, Cornflower Blue
Bunny: Gray, Light Gray, Light Pink, Light Blue (For slight shadow on tail)
Bird: Brown, Yellow, Orange (for beak) and Light Pink

I then cut the image out using the Coordinating Forest Friends Honey Cut Dies and then adhered it to my distressed panel with foam tape.  Next, I stamped the sentiment with Versamark Ink onto some black cardstock and embossed it with white embossing powder.  I then cut it out and adhered it with foam tape. I then adhered the entire panel to a standard A2 sized card base.  What do you think?

Thanks so much as always for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Acorn Sisters - Honey Bee Stamps

Hey there everyone!  It's Jacquie, back today to share a really colorful, fun card I made for my sister.  I absolutely adore these sweet images from Honey Bee stamps.  The set is called Acorn Sisters, and for some reason that makes me laugh.

I started by stamping the 3 Acorn sisters (lol), the pumpkin and the bird images using Altenew Crisp black permanent ink.  I colored them with Copics and cut them out.

For the background, I used Distress Inks (Barn Door, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Seedless Preserves) on Watercolor Paper.  I let the ink dry, and then placed my cut out images on the paper.  I felt like the whole thing needed something more, so I stamped a bed of leaves for them to stand on, and added a few falling leaves.  I stamped those using Versafine Black Onyx ink, and I colored these using my Zig Kuretake Clean Color markers.  

Then I mounted the images using Scotch foam tape to make them stand out a bit.  
Last, I added the greeting and mounted the whole thing on to a Kraft colored card.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to check out the links and the store because there are a ton of great new goodies in the shop!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hello, Pumpkin

Hello and welcome to Butterfly Reflections Ink!
This is Tanya from Studio 5380 with a sweet fall card to share with you today.  I absolutely fell in love with the Darcie's heart & home stamp collection and couldn't wait to put together a card using some of their adorable images...
For this card, I used a couple of stamp sets: Pile of Fun and Hello Autumn.  To begin, I stamped my images onto some white cardstock and colored them with my Copic Markers.  Next, I masked off my images and inked up the background using Distress Inks in Carved Pumpkin and Fossilized Amber.  

My top layer was created with the MFT Stamps Stitched Rectangle Die Set and I used the MFT Stamps Blueprints #27 die set for my brown, scalloped layer.

To finish up my card, I added a few sequins from the Neat & Tangled Peacock Feather Sequin Mix.  Sequins are super easy to adhere to any project with a bit of Ranger Multi Medium Matte and they add such a fun touch of color and texture.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed your visit!
Have a wonderful day and I'll see you soon.