"New" Craft Stash Blog Hop


Hi all!  I'm happy to be joining in the "New" Craft Stash Blog Hop.  I rarely seem to have time to stamp anymore, so I have lots of "New" to me product!  

For the hop I decided to break out the Faithful Fluttering stamp set and dies from Catherine Pooler Designs.  I was able to use the stamps when they first released, but I haven't gotten a chance to use those gorgeous dies yet!   WHAT?!  Time to remedy that!


I decided to also pull out the two NEW patterned paper packs, Paisleys & Peacocks and Black Tie Gala, also from Catherine Pooler Designs!


Let's get to the projects, shall we?


I love using patterned paper to line card fronts.  It's a great way to add color and pattern without adding layers!  (A great tips for CAS stampers!)  So I did that on both of my cards today!

The Faithful Flutterings images are so beautiful.  They really make stunning focal points.  I didn't want anything taking away from my butterflies so they are the star of the show on both of my cards.  Here I've die cut the butterfly stamped in Aquatini, All That Jazz and Midnight ink and placed it on a card front lined with Black Tie Gala Patterned paper.  The black background makes a nice contrast with the stamped butterfly, making it POP!  To balance the card, I rounded just the right corner (offsetting the heavy focal point on the left).


My second card uses Faithful Flutterings stamps & dies again, but paired them with the Paisleys & Peacocks Patterned Paper.  


The colors and patterns in this pack are fun and bright.  I pulled one of the simpler patterns from the pack and stamped a butterfly in coordinating colors (Flirty Fuchsia and Grape Crush).  I die cut this stamped image and also die cut through the white panel that I cut to add to the card front.  I partially inset the butterfly adhering only the body and bent the wings so that the patterned paper could be revealed from below.


This is yet another simple technique that really adds to the overall design of the card.

I sure did have fun making these projects to share on the hop.  I hope I've inspired you to use some of your stash in a similar way!!


Time to go hopping along now.  


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Maureen Merritt  {You Are Here!}

Happy Hopping!

42 comments:

Ingrid said...

Maureen - I LOVE both of these. That polka dot pattern with that stunning blue butterfly - such and impact. LOVE that card. And the purple one, I just love how the pattern in peeking out from the raised wings - SO cool. :)

Ebrown said...

Love both of your cards. That patterned paper is awesome. Great technique having the patterned paper peeking out from under the butterfly wings.

Arianna Barbara said...

Awww!!! Gorgeous cards! Love them!!!

Nance said...

Fabulous beautiful cards! That Faithful Fluttering set is one of my all time faves of CP Designs! I have yet to get the dies for it. Love her pack of patterned paper too, very bright and fun! Oh my, I feel another shopping trip. LOL

Michele K. Henderson said...

These butterflies look so pretty! I love the bright colors and the cheerful, hopeful sentiments too! Beautiful!

Melody said...

I love both of your cards! What a great idea to let the background paper show through. Fantastic!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Love the colors you used for these beautiful cards!

Karen K. Creates said...

Love these! I especially like the purple one where the patterned paper is showing through under the butterfly...genius!

Anne-Marie said...

Wow-such striking cards. I’m new to Catherine Pooler and I’m loving everything she does!

Betty Keefe said...

wonderful cards, Maureen - the colors you chose are lovely and love love the polka dot paper background!

Cathy said...

Gorgeous vibrant cards, love these sentiments, Cathy x

Phyllis Sinclair said...

Love the black and white polka dot paper background for the brilliant butterfly.

Diana Soling said...

Maureen, these are beautiful cards! I love how just changing the background paper and the stamped color it's a whole different look. I love how you popped up the purple butterfly to make it look like it's in flight.

Denise Bryant said...

Pretty cards! I love the butterfly set you used and your pretty color combos!

Anila Dk said...

Both cards are awesome... Colors ❤️❤️..

Christine Alexander said...

great colours and love the simplicity of the stamps and layout:)

Amy Lemmon said...

Maureen,

Fabulous cards. I love the pattern peaking out from behind your butterfly on your second card. You have inspired me to use some of my patterned papers as backgrounds.

Kathy Doyle said...

Awesome cards! The colors really POP! i love how the pattern peeks through on the purple card!

Lisa Harrolle said...

I was so excited to come to your blog today Maureen! And boy you sure didn't disappoint! These cards are so gorgeous! The color is so vibrant against the black and white and I love how the colors match perfectly on the second card. Just beautiful!

Denise Mlady said...

Your butterflies are so bright and go so well with the patterned paper. So fun that the paper shows thru behind the butterfly.

Karenladd said...

Wow! The combination of those saturated colors with matching patterned backgrounds gives such a POP to your cards!

Susan Powell said...

These are beautiful Maureen! I especially love the blues with the b&w polka dots - so pretty!

Suman Pandit said...

love the polka dot background...the stamped butterfly just pops bright on it !!

Sharon Perehudoff said...

Love both cards, the pattern paper is awesome like how the butterfly pops out. Amazing stamp set which I have now have to get the die set. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas and for being apart of this amazing Blog Hop cause we learn so much from all these wonderful talented designers.

Pennie Glasser said...

Love both cards!

Jean said...

Such gorgeous cards!

Debra Rumpza said...

Love both cards. You picked just the right colors and patterns to put with those butterflies! Love love love!

Jeanne Beam said...

Beautiful cards.
Thanks so much for sharing.

Jill D. said...

Beautiful cards with some great ideas. Thanks for the inspiration.

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

So bright and beautiful ... and love butterflies too.

Jennifer Archambault said...

Both cards are beautiful! Thank you for sharing and inspiring us!

Dee Earnshaw said...

lovely cards - great color combos:)

Tinstar said...

OMGeeee, love how that butterfly pops of the black and white dotted panel. Fabulous.

jean said...

2 very beautiful cards!!! love the colors and butterflys!!!

Nanette said...

Very vivid and pretty cards! I love them!

Cindy Holmes said...

AWESOME cards! I have been wanting to get that layered butterfly set for a while now! I really love the colors that you chose for each card too!!

Elizabeth Roberts said...

Beautiful cards

Tracey McNeely said...

Those butterflies are so pretty Maureen. I have got to get some CP inks! ;)

Amy Seigler said...

Beautiful cards!

Dana M said...

Beautiful cards! Wonderful clean designs and great use of patterned paper.

Papercrafts by Cindyellen said...

i like using paper too. it adds to the texture of a card without adding bulk. kinda fun to find ways to coordinate things without getting too fussy.

Sue D said...

I like the colors of these wonderful butterflies.

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