The Stamp Review Crew: Butterfly Basics Edition


It’s time for another round of inspiration from The Stamp Review Crew. If this is your very first visit, we are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first and third Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set. The result is you see the versatility of the set and the amazing things you can create with it. This week we are featuring Butterfly Basics. I am Stop #13 on the hop. You may have just left Stop #12: the talented Shana Gaff.  Her work always blows me away.   Enjoy today’s hop!

IMG_2174-001Butterfly Basics is one of my go-to sets from the Occasions Catalog.  I have used it to create several cards, but most of them have been designed using light, springy colors.  To show the versatility of this set,  I decided to create something using darker colors,  suitable for fall.  I actually CASED one of my previous cards, which you will see at the end of today’s post for comparison purposes.

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This finished card measures 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ when folded.

  • Watercoloring! The flowers were stamped with VersaMark onto Very Vanilla cardstock, and then heat embossed with Early Espresso Embossing Powder.   Next, they were colored using Aqua Painters and Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry, and Cajun Craze inks.  After fussy cutting, the edges were lightly distressed with Early Espresso ink, using a Sponge Dauber.


  • Random stamping! The background was created by randomly stamping a Sahara Sand cardstock panel using the images available from the set.  The stamps were inked with Early Espresso and stamped off once before stamping onto the panel.


  • Pearls and lace! A Sahara Sand Lace bow adds texture, while a few Pearls adorn the butterflies for bit of bling.


As I stated earlier,  I have used this stamp set several times over the past few months.  Here are three cards from the archives:

Butterfly BasicsIMG_1347

IMG_1438And here is the side-by-side comparison of today’s card, with the one created with Wisteria Wonder.

PicMonkey CollageI think the darker colors work with this set, too. What about you? Won’t you let me know in today’s comment? Your comments are important to me, and I do ready each and every one.  Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Stop #1 Lisa Young  Her work never ceases to amaze me. And if you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.  Until next time…


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  1. addinktivedesigns

    Wow! What a beautiful line up of cards. Love that you CASED your own card and made it look so different with a new colour palette.

  2. Beautiful beautiful color combo. Perfect layout for this lovely card.

  3. Love, Love, Love your card Ann! Love all the layers, the colouring, fussy cutting, the random background stamping! What is not to love on this card? Just stunning!

  4. Wow, Ann! All of your cards are fabulous! It is amazing how just changing the color palette of the same design can make a card look completely different.

  5. Ann, you are the master of collage! I love how you use the fern in several places behind the flower stem. It creates such amazing depth! And your water coloring!! Gorgeous!

  6. Wow Ann! You have made a lot of gorgeous cards using the butterfly basics stamp set.

  7. Wow, these are amazing! And you had time to craft these with all those pups about! You ROCK!

  8. Ann such a beautiful card. Love the stamp set. hugs

  9. I LOVE your card; I’ve been loving what folks have bee doing with the images from Butterflfy Basics BUT where’s a puppy picture??? 🙁

  10. I love this card with the rich earthy tones of fall, Ann! Each of these cards shows off the set beautifully!

  11. Both beauties but I’m a Cajun kinda gal. And then add the lace trim…the winner ;D!!! Beautiful!!!

  12. Chris R. from Iowa

    Oh geez Louise – this card is wonderful. Oh so rich in details in either color! The Cajun Craze one sure pops with the water coloring but the Wisteria Wonder one is almost regal or stately with the subdued colors and tuxedo looking bow! Super job as always.

  13. Cheryl McAskill

    Absolutely Gorgeous! New and Old cards! Thanks for showing the versatility of these stamps with just a color change up!

  14. I like the one with the orange flowers!! it not only caught my eye more but has a pop to it, possibly because of the bolder colors.

  15. Simply beautiful

  16. Ann, that stamped background is stunning! Such beautiful cards!

  17. Absolutely gorgeous – every one of them. I am partial to the orange one though : )

  18. Ann, these beyond stunning! Would have hard time choosing – I really like both of the colors. You are an artist! Your cards are always so very SPECIAL! really like the way you did the backgrounds. i like it all – so much detail!!. Flowers are beautiful cut out. Thanks for sharing your cards and your family (Muffin & little muffins and all of your furry kiddos!

  19. Stunning! I don’t know which I like best. This is my favorite set.

  20. Wow, what a change (in a good way) colors can make! As always, stunning cards, every single one! You have a special talent with little details that bring your cards to the level of art 🙂

  21. Wow, what a difference a change in color makes. Love all the cards you made. Thanks for your inspiration. I have this set, but never used it in any of these manners. I need to use more of the stamps on one card. Thanks again.

  22. Oh, I love that stamp set so much and I totally LOVE what you have done with it!! Gorgeous. I prefer the Wisteria Wonder card of the two side by side. So crisp looking. Also, thanks for posting puppy pics…I do so enjoy looking at those sweet dogs of yours.

  23. What a near variety for the stamp set! Thanks again for your beautiful work!!!

  24. That’s it, you win the Miss Fussy Cutter of 2015 award! You’re amazing, and thanks for the beautiful colors used together in the first card.

  25. Gorgeous card, Ann! I love all the details, especially the watercoloring, it’s fantastic!

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