Christmas Swap part 1: Butterfly scarf


I hope you all had a very nice Christmas with your family. We’re just back from Brittany and the girls and baby Alex were spoilt rotten 🙂

I want to share a Christmas Swap I made before going for a fellow crafter I never met, from the North of France. We both filled a form to give each other some informations about what we liked. She wrote that she loved butterflies and the colour Blue… so I went with these elements as the central theme of my swap. We were supposed to make a card, a handmade project, a surprise and add something sweet.

I’ll share the handmade project first. I decided to think “out of the box” and try something completely new (at least, for me): stamp on fabric. I did a few research on the web to figure out which kind of ink I could use and opted for the Versafine Majestic Blue. I bought a turquoise scarf and stamped the butterfly from a retired SU! set, Backyard Basics. I love this set, the designs are so delicate, I can’t give it away…

Here is the scarf all stamped. I added a pretty little tag made with the Note Tag punch, decorated with some Soft Sky dots from the current Butterfly set, Watercolour Wings, a fishtail banner and the same butterfly as on the scarf, handcut. A ribbon ties all together nicely.

Shimmer and Shine - Christmas Swap part 1: DIY Butterfly scarf stamped with Stampin'Up! Backyard Basics

You can see how delicate the butterflies are, I was very happy with how it turned out.

Shimmer and Shine - Christmas Swap part 1: DIY Butterfly scarf stamped with Stampin'Up! Backyard Basics

I randomly stamped the butterfly, to create a more realistic effect.

Shimmer and Shine - Christmas Swap part 1: DIY Butterfly scarf stamped with Stampin'Up! Backyard Basics

Shimmer and Shine - Christmas Swap part 1: DIY Butterfly scarf stamped with Stampin'Up! Backyard Basics

I hope the lady liked it. I really enjoyed making it 🙂 I’ll try this technique on other fabrics later, for sure!

Supplies (all from Stampin’Up! unless otherwise stated):

  • Stamps : Backyard Basics,
  • Inks: Soft Sky, Versafine Majestic Blue (non SU)
  • Papers: Whisper White, Soft Sky

Thanks for visiting! See you tomorrow for part 2!




Watercolor & White Embossed Happy Birthday


If you’re anything like me, you spend way too much time on Pinterest, but there are so many wonderful cards to get inspired from! I was looking for an idea to make a card for a dear friend of mine, and one card, absolutely darling, caught my eye : you can have a look here. It has been made by a wonderful crafter, Nicole.

I wanted to CASE it with a specific stamp set in mind, the beautiful Everything Eleanor. I love the flowers of this stamp set and thought they would allow me to play with watercolour like Nicole did.

Here is the card (I had to take a picture with my phone just before leaving for the party, sorry about the poor quality of the photo!) :

Shimmer and Shine - Watercolor and White Embossed Happy Birthday #StampinUp, #EverythingEleanor, #HeyYou

I used pretty much the same techniques as in Nicole’s video. The flowers are stamped in Versamark then embossed in white on watercolour paper. Then I used distress inks to have a watercolour effect and applied them on the saturated wet paper and let the colours blend. You could totally use your usual Stampin’Up inks too, I just wanted to achieve this pale yellow-orange colour and didn’t have the right hues in SU version.

To make the leaves, as there are no leaves in the stamp set, I used another one, Backyard Basics. This is a retired set but I love it. I stamped and embossed the iris, coloured them with distress inks too and fussy cut them.

The sentiment is from “Hey You” stamp set, I think these are lovely and very useful to have in your stash. I used an old pair of craft scissors to make the wavy end on the paper.

The background is made by pressing the distress inks pads on my “crafting mat” (actually it’s a glass cutting board… very convenient : you can clean it in a breeze 😉 ), then spritzing some water and pressing my paper on the mix… this gives a very warm and soft textured colour background, I was pretty happy with it… I added a few gold sequins and faux stitching with a gel pen and my card was ready to give to my friend 🙂

Supplies (Stampin’Up!):

  • Stamp set: Everything Eleanor, Backyard Basics (retired), Hey You
  • Inks: Soft Suede, Versamark
  • Embossing powder: White Stampin’Emboss Powder

If you would like to order any of the items used on the project above, you can click on my on-line shop or just send me an e-mail, I’ll be very happy to help you with your order.

Thanks for visiting!