Apr 11 2011

New Spring Release & Blog Hop from Outlines Rubber Stamps!

Welcome back, stampy friends!    I know I’ve been away, but I thank you for your patience.  I’ve been out of state with my family as we bid farewell to a family treasure.  I was priviledged to  participate in her final journey, along with her children during her final days.  During that time, we were all blessed by the truly amazing staff at the  Hospice Center.  As a result of their genuine caring, loving, and supportive care to both our loved one and to all of the family, I am now enjoying the prospect of creating some special cards for those most incredible people on the staff.   Butterflies can often be a symbol of new emergence … metamorphasis … leading to a brand new life ahead.  

Now, since this is Outlines very first official Blog Hop, we need to celebrate the new Spring release!   We’re giving away two $25 Gift Certificates to the Outlines Store !

Here’s how to win:

Please visit each Blog and leave a comment for each Designer (see list below).

Comments need to be completed by 8PM on Sunday, April 17th.

Two random winners will be selected from folks that left comments on all the blogs.

Winners will be announced on The Outlines Blog on Monday, April 18th.


And so my card features a beautiful trio of butterflies, H-1192 Fanciful, framed with the new K-1185 Fancy Frame, with an appropriate tiny sentiment, “You’re Special”, tucked within the bow/butterfly layers.

The K-1185 Fancy Frame was stamped onto shimmery white cardstock, trimmed, and textured with a cuttlebug folder.  A bit of color was added to the raised elements by simply tapping the front of the embossed frame directly onto the Milled Lavendar Distress Ink.   The idea was to keep the coloring dappled & scant.   A craft knife was used to remove the center of the frame, which was replaced by a bit of printed paper, chosen to coordinate with the butterflies. 

The butterflies were much fun to color, purposely to coordinate with the printed paper within the frame.  It’s been a little tricky to find creativity since my return, but coloring these butterflies was definitely therapeutic.  Once colored, I added Smooch Illuminate and Smooch Grape Soda to the upper layers for subtle shimmer.  I love this product!  A perfect amount of shimmer that is so easy to apply.   Plus, it’s a nice value for the bottle too.  Finally, I’ve used Outlines Swarovski Crystals Clear, sizes 5, 9, + 12, as the regal dot embellishments on the butterfly wings.  Love the incomparable super sparkle!

And my newest favorite necessary tool?   Outlines Picksey Pick-ups!   Previously I have used fingers, tweezers, a combination thereof … all to try to wrangle, cajole, sweet-talk crystals/rhinestones/pearls onto a project.  Let’s just say that more than a few have “escaped” onto the floor below.   Well, nothing escaped from the Picksey Pickups … nothing.   They’re bitty droplets of beeswax that are easily pressed around a toothpick to create the perfect pickup tool for stones/pearls!!  When touched to an adhesive surface … voila!  The gem is perfectly in place … without a fingerprint!   Tex’s Tip:  If you adore using gems & pearls, Picksey Pickups are oh so cool!

Now I know you’ll enjoy even more new release inspiration from the rest of my design team colleagues.   You’re definitely invited to take a tour through their blogs, leave a comment at each blog along the way, including this one, and be entered for a sweet prize!     Jeanne Streiff, Jenny Gropp, Lisa Silver, Robin KirkpatrickSandy HulsartVicki Garrett, and the Outlines Blog   Happy days to each of you!  Thanks so much for being here!

77 responses so far

77 Responses to “New Spring Release & Blog Hop from Outlines Rubber Stamps!”

  1. Edna Burgess says:

    Bev, those butterflys are beautiful and like the touch of the frame behind them. Edna B.

  2. Lisa Silver says:

    Beautiful! I love the colors! The texture and bling make this absolutely stunning! Hugs to you! lise

  3. Barbara Houston says:

    These butterflies are simply gorgeous – I love them. Fantastic job.

  4. Beth says:

    The hospice staff is in for a wonderful surprise when they receive your beautifully serene card. The softness speaks to me and your butterflies really do look as though they are ’emerging’! Beautiful work!

  5. NanaConnie says:

    Fabulous card and those butterfles are really incredible! Elegant coloring and wonderful dp choices. I love the frame! I am already making plans for it o future projects. :-)

  6. Michelle jadaa says:

    This is simply stunning,such vibrant colours!


  7. Sandy H says:

    Bev, this is just stunning. A fabulous layout and such lush colors on the butterflies. Your blending is superb. Welcome back and your MOJO has certainly returned.

  8. What an absolutely beautiful card. I love the dimensional view of the butterflies. The colors are exquisite. I am looking forward to seeing more.

  9. Looks like your Mojo came back in a big way! I love your butterflies!

  10. Absolutely gorgeous! Love everything about it.

  11. Terre Munk says:

    Those pick-up thingys sound like something I need. I will look for them at my local stamp store. Your butterflies are sweet, I love how you colored them to coordinate with your paper.

  12. Luanne Ford says:

    Your butterflies are beautiful! I love that pretty frame too. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Kaye Lang says:

    Love the color combinations and layered butterflies. The bow under the butterfly is a wonderful addition. Well…sounds like I need the picksies. I have stuff flying out of my tweezers all the time!

  14. Jenny Gropp says:

    So very glad to have you back with us. What a lovely posting, Hospice folks are truly amazing. So glad you were able to be with your family. Your card is stunning in design and colors, just beautiful.
    I love the picksey pick ups too! I always used a tweezer and repeatedly tweezed them on a journey across the room! No more!!!

  15. Mary Lee Krieger says:

    I love how you composed the frame & the color scheme for the butterflies is gorgeous!

  16. sandy says:

    love your butterflies. and purple is my favorite color, like the ribbon with the one butterfly nice touch. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Bonnie B says:

    A gorgeous card!! I love the dimensional butterflies and lace!

  18. Debbie Wittman says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I love the shades of purple!!

  19. Joan V says:

    Oooh Bev, the butterflies are so beautiful. I like how you used the frame, great idea. Such a pretty card. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Joan V says:

    I don’t know if my first response was received. Just wanted to let you know that I just love your butterflies. I love this frame and how you put all this together. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Bette says:

    This is beautiful!

  22. sharon L says:

    Butterflies are my fav. Love the dimension and and bling.
    Sharon L

  23. Victoria Merrick says:

    What a gorgeous card!!! I love the way you “deminshionalized” the butterflies and the colors are just perfect!

  24. alsmouse says:

    I’m sorry you said goodbye to the family treasure. Hospice staff are such special people. I’m glad you had them available.
    This beautiful card is a wonderful way to say thank you to the staff. I know they will treasure it & the sentiments you will add.
    Ratty Hugs to you.

  25. Oh this is just beautiful. I love the colors and your layer. The bow is a wonderful additional too – just amazing!

  26. yvonne says:

    Love the butterflies!

  27. Rose Kerry says:

    Bev, I am happy that you had that beautiful experience with your loved one and family. You can’t say enough good things about those special care givers at a time like that. They will appreciate your beautiful card and they will know you were thinking of them as you made them.

  28. Sandra ltb says:

    love the colors you used – this card is wonderful!
    Sandra ltb

  29. Linda Beeson says:

    I always love butterflies on a card but wow on the colors you picked for yours! Wonderful!

  30. Dawn Bennett says:

    Beautiful card. Love the butterflies and the colors you used. Like how you added the butterfly to your bow. Great….

  31. Your project is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  32. carol guttman says:

    beautiful butterflies!

  33. carol guttman says:

    never too many butterflies! beautiful

  34. Barbara says:

    Bev, your card is simply beautiful…I have several stamps from Outline, now I see I really NEED :) to buy the butterflies, and I just started seeing the blogs. “Always Walk In Beauty”, Barb

  35. Lee Tucker says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss, but I’m glad Hospice was there with her as well as you & the rest of the family.

    This card is truly stunning! The butterflies are fabulous! The soft colors and the Smooch on top of these really give it an excellent shine. I love how you cut out the center of the frame and also how you embossed it with the Cuttlebug. These stamps look like so much fun!

  36. Fabulous card, Bev, m’dear! So happy to have you back in the fold! Very sorry for your loss.

  37. Linda Weber says:

    What an awesome blog candy giveaway! I adore the finished butterflies!

  38. Cindy Lou says:

    What a beautiful card! Loving the butterflies, but especially the butterfly sitting on the bow, it almost makes it look like and extra dimension to that butterfly. Beautiful! THanks for sharing :)

  39. Debbie Walker says:

    Lucky us! Not only do we get to look at beautiful cards but there is a giveaway as well. Love your butterflies and decorative frame.

  40. Debbie Walker says:

    Lucky us! Not only do we get to look at beautiful cards, but there is a great giveaway as well.
    Love your butterflies and decorative frame.

  41. Fernanda says:

    My fav element-butterflies-most of my cards include them. Love how you layered and colored them in beautiful shades of purple!

  42. Debbie Bradford says:

    The colors on the butterflies are gorgeous. Very pretty card!

  43. Great card! I love butterflies – especially purple!

  44. Missy says:

    These are the most beautiful stamp I have ever seen. The card you created is beautiful. I love butterflies too. GREAT Job.

  45. Pat Girtman says:

    My mouth fell open when I saw this card! WOW ! the colors are beautiful. thanks for sharing it with us.

  46. stampimg golfer says:

    This is a beautiful card. I love purple and pink together. I haven’t worked much with butterflies but I’m going to try some now.

  47. pat kosko says:

    I really love the butterflies, and the frame technique is equally beautiful.

  48. Zana Lawson says:

    This card is so beautifu!! I love purple and butterflies. Now they are combined in a wonderful card with a special simple message.

  49. Janet L. says:

    Beautiful colors and such a pretty card!

  50. The cards are beautiful and so much work goes in each one

  51. Darlene says:

    Love your card, butterflies fascinate me.

  52. Margie Fulcher says:

    Beautiful card. Love the butterflies!!!

  53. Sylvia Ruth Hopkins says:

    Have Outlines’ butterflies…and NOW, what a terrific way to use them. Thanks.
    Sylvia H.

  54. sheila says:

    Sweet!!!! Soooo Pretty!
    You do awesome work!

  55. Diana Craig says:

    How scrumptious! I love the colors and design and the touch of the crystals. Ooh la la. I’m going to have to get one of those picksi posies;my fingers feel so big sometimes!!
    I also want to try Smooch. Very inspirational!!

  56. Teresa says:

    Lovely colors and beautiful butterflies. Thanks so much for the inspiration to go create something beautiful.

  57. This is such a beautiful card. I love the layering of the butterflies, and the coloring is fantastic!

  58. Terrie says:

    Gorgeous card ..love the new stamps and your butterflies are amazing

  59. Laurie G. says:

    Your card is so soft, and feminine. You used one of my favorite color schemes, lace, layering, and bling–all winning components in my opinion! I also really appreciate your Christian world-view which was very evident at the beginning of your post.

    A sister-in-Christ

  60. Teresa says:

    I love the colors and the beautiful butterflies. Thanks for sharing.

  61. Frann says:

    What a beautiful, beautiful card. You coordinated great colors. I love those butterflies and the way you nestled one on top of the bow!

  62. Oh my gosh, what a gorgeous creation! I love the beautiful butterflies and your marvelous coloring. Super embossed bg too. 😎

  63. Margie says:

    What a great look! Love the way you colored the butterflies!

  64. Marliese Z. says:

    Love the butterflies. The colors are gorgeous.

  65. Carey says:

    So sorry for your loss – I do agree with you about Hospice; they are truly angels. Your card is gorgeous and I’m sure will be much appreciated. Take care.

  66. MaureenO says:

    Love anything with butterflies! Great card!

  67. Jeanne Rabe says:

    Love butterflies and the colors were so vivid. Loved your card

  68. Ralph Sporck says:

    I like how you drew inspiration from real life! The card is adorable, and now I have new products to try! And, thanks for inspiring me to get back into my craft room!

  69. annette klasinz says:

    Ilove butterflys and these are some of the prettyest!

  70. Gayle C. says:

    Love butterflies and your card is outstanding.

  71. Barbara Leonard says:

    Beautiful! Love your colors.

  72. Kim F says:

    love your cards…always an inspiration

  73. Vicki says:

    WOW!!! This is BEAUTIFUL!

  74. NWFlamingo says:

    Always a winner with butterflies in the design!

  75. Tera says:

    Beautiful butterflys!!! I love the purple!!!

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