Retiring Stamp Idea #5 – “I Meant to Do That!”

Bliss Butterfly

In my last post I showed you an example of how to use this gorgeous retiring Swallowtail stamp with Aqua Painters on a card made of Shimmery White cardstock:

Today I’ll explain how I took this a step further to make the Butterfly Bliss card shown above, and how this card came to be!

The Stamp Group ladies came over on Friday May 13th, right before my husband and I left on vacation to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary (a cruise to Alaska via Vancouver, B.C.) They also made the Swallowtail in Plum card watercolored with AquaPainters, and theirs came out beautifully, but as I was making one to demonstrate, I picked up some ink on my left hand and smeared a spot on my card.

Later, after my friends left, I decided to fix my card by using it in a different way – and this is a great illustration of the maxim, “there are no mistakes, only opportunities for embellishment!” I carefully cut out the Swallowtail image with my Paper Snips and then constructed a very different style of card, using the butterfly as an embellishment on the front. I used images from the Awesomely Artistic set with Pear Pizzazz ink on the same color of cardstock to make the background, added a few gold sequins and a sentiment stamped in Elegant Eggplant ink on Delightful Dijon cardstock, with torn and sponged edges.

The result is a Boho Chic-style card, and I had just enough time before I left on my trip to send it to my sister Karla and her husband Bob to wish them a Happy 31st Anniversary!

Karla's Wedding

Norman, Valory, Karla and Bob – San Jose, CA, May 18, 1985

Here are the color selections that I used on the Bliss Butterfly card; you can click on any color swatch to see what other coordinating products Stampin’ Up! offers:

And here are the products that I used to make this Boho Chic-style card. Remember that the Swallowtail stamp is on the Retiring List and it will only be available through May 31st, and only while supplies last:

Share in the comments your favorite stories of “I meant to do that…” – your  experiences of salvaging a card or project “boo-boo” into something completely different and wonderful!


It’s A Milestone Anniversary!

Anniversary 10

Red and green are opposite each other on the Color Wheel, and whenever you use opposites together, it’s an attention-getter! Of course, a 10-year wedding anniversary is worthy of note, but later on in this post you’ll see why I put some green with the red & white, which we traditionally associate with love and marriage.

I also used the Happy Heart embossing folder on the background and a couple of punches; the small heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, and the slender arrow from the retired What’s Up Punch. I just punched two of them and attached one to the top of the card and one to the bottom. This is a great punch, and if you don’t have one yet, you’re in luck, you can still get it on the Clearance Rack for around $10.00! But I wouldn’t wait; once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Perfect 10

I used a sentiment from the Number of Years set to stamp “Happy Anniversary” on the front and the coordinating Large Numbers Framelits dies for the number “10.” But for the inside I computer-generated a specific message on a separate piece of Whisper White card stock using a font that complemented the lettering style of my cover sentiment.

So here’s the gift that I gave Reggie for our anniversary yesterday, commemorating our wedding location in Vermont 10 years ago:

Vermont Wedding

The Milestone Anniversary card is quick and easy; you can make it in any colors that are significant to you. Here are the supplies that I used:



As Sweet As Honey to the Bee

“Every saint has a bee in his halo.” – Elbert Hubbard

White Album card

One thing I love about making cards, as I’m sure all card makers do, is the ability to design something special to the occasion and for the recipient that could never be found on the rack in a store. For example, when my husband and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary this year, I conceived something that would speak to him alone – a mini Beatles “White Album” with the beginning lyrics of “Revolution 9” printed on the cover,

Wild Honey Pie Lyric

and the lyrics to another one of the album’s songs, “Wild Honey Pie,” illustrated inside.

Why this? It was a labor of love designed to be meaningful for him alone. I have been making cards for my husband ever since we got back together, because even though we are six decades along in life now, a card like this is a reminder of who we once were;

Reg & Val 1973

and who we are inside and are to each other still.

(This is my 100th post and I’m dedicating it to my sweetheart, Reggie, who still likes to hold hands with me.)

Celebrating 5 Years With Stampin’ Up!

SU! 5 Years

I got this surprise in the mail yesterday; this month I am celebrating my five-year anniversary as a demonstrator with Stampin’ Up! and it’s nice to be remembered and recognized!

Ann, Glad, Val

Ann Clemmer, Gladys Landon and me at a Stampin’ Up! demonstrators’ event in Vacaville, CA.

Actually, this is my second five years with the company, but the fact that I originally started in 1998 and left in 2003 was not due to any dissatisfaction with Stampin’ Up! I loved the company then as I do now, and I was running a very successful business. However, we had a family health crisis that required my complete attention for more than two years so I resigned at that time. When life settled down again, I was happy to rejoin SU! in 2010 and I am looking forward to the next five years and beyond!

Val&Friends24/7 Stampers – Karen Thomas (PA), Valory Degree (CA), Nellyne Heath (TX) and Lyn Biederstedt (ND) at the 25th Anniversary SU! Convention in Salt Lake City.

Sure, Stampin’ Up! is about great rubber stamps and images, ink, card stock and papercrafting tools, but it’s also about relationships. I value the friends I’ve made in my group, the 24/7 Stampers headed by Ann Clemmer, and also the fun women that I stamp with in my Hostess Stamping group as well as at my other stamping events.

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator yourself, talk to me. It’s a decision that I’m glad I made – twice!

It’s Never Too Late For a Card…

Reggie and I celebrated our wedding anniversary on April 18th, and my sister Karla was out of town working at the time. She meant to send a card, but got a little behind, so today I got a nice surprise; this whimsical hand-made card came in the mail from her:

Karla Late Card

Karla is not a stamper, but she is a paper-crafter, and she loves good quality Stampin’ Up! supplies like the rest of us. This card is made with the 2014-2016 In Colors of Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow card stock, and she also used the 3/8″ Hello Honey Satin Stitch Ribbon that is on the Retiring List now. She also used the Retiring Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder for the background which is now 50% off ($3.98) and the Texture Boutique Machine that is retiring and is being offered for 30% off ($20.97.)

Here is another special card that Karla made for us a few years ago, with a collage technique using some vintage papers and a period post card:

Karla Nourse's Card

Ten points to anyone who can comment on the blog and tell what they know about the location of the post card that Karla used in her artwork!

Here are the supplies that were used to make the Anniversary Card. Click on any photo for more information:

Supply List

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