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Hi, Sarah here.

I want to use the blog to let you know about what's going on at Inky Doodles, in my head and in the wider world of stamping and papercraft so that you too can be inspired and create something amazing!

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With the help of the wonderful Caroline Shinnie I hope to be able to show a card or project with instructions most days.

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     Products used


    A6 Flutterby stamp set


    Brilliance inkpad - Pearlescent Lavender


    Liquid Pearls - White Opal


    MDF Flutterby Shapes


    Acrylic paint, beads, buttons and thread

    How to make

    Firstly paint one large butterfly, two small butterflies and one of the flower shapes from the MDF kit in white acrylic paint.  When dry stamp the butterflies on both sides with the matching stamps from the Flutterby stamp set with the Pearlescent Lavender inkpad. Stamp the small flower using either of the flower shapes that fit.  Leave to dry or heat set if you're impatient, then add liquid pearls to the centres of the flowers.  Once dry string the shapes together with thread or Bakers twine adding buttons and little bows.  Add some beads to the strings on the bottom butterfly.  Beautiful and very easy!

     Stamps Used
    Ink pads Used 
    Other supplies 
    Clear embossing powder
    Adhesive gems, 
    Wire for antennae (bend with small pliers)
    Plain white card tag (you can make your own by using a rectangle with the top two corners sliced off and a hole punched in the middle at the top)
    Scrap of coordinating ribbon
    Die cut scrolls, leaves or flourishes 
    butterfly blog 1
    butterfly blog 3 butterfly blog 2

    How to Make

    Take a plain white tag, and swipe the Olive Brilliance Ink pad across it several times to give a patchy background. Then, stamp over this base with the different flower heads from the Dandelion Dreams set using the Olive and Silver Brilliance ink pads. Randomly stamp the Medieval background using black Versafine ink, without using an acrylic block, so that you get little patches of the pattern. Quickly cover it with clear embossing powder and heat set. Afterwards, add the Black Soot Distress ink around the edges with an Ink Duster or Cut and Dry foam.

    To make the butterfly embellishments, randomly stamp a piece of scrap card with the solid flower stamps from the Dandelion Dreams set using the colours Victorian Velvet and Olive. When this is dry, stamp the butterfly outline from the Flutterby set in Black Versafine over it and cut out. For the body of the Butterfly, make a paper bead from a long triangular strip of lightweight card stamped with the Medieval background and then rolled into a bead shape. Try experimenting with different widths and lengths of card for different effects. Add jewels to the centre of the flowers on the butterfly wings and attach the wire antennae into the centre of the rolled bead before attaching to the butterflies. Stick the butterflies to the tag, with some die cut scrolls or flourishes, and to finish it off, add a ribbon. Use as a tag or attach to the front of a card.
  3. I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who who sent lovely emails and comments on Facebook about yesterday's Create and Craft show, it is very much appreciated!  There is a lot of hard work that goes into a show even if it's only on screen for an hour,  and it means a lot to me that there are so many people still enjoying the shows and a lot of new people still discovering us.  Welcome to all the newbies who have found us lately I hope you like us and stick with us.

    Some of you may have noticed the orange glow that I seemed to be emitting yesterday, don't adjust your TV, it was the result of a fake tan fiasco!  When I've watched the shows back in the past I'm always aware of how pale and pasty my face looks, since I was on with Dawn who always looks lovely and brown I thought I'd try and make myself look as if I'd had time to enjoy a little of the bank holiday sunshine, rather than squirrelling away in my craft room.  The result? - a rather vivid shade of orange which no amount of scrubbing would remove!! My hands looked as if I'd been Tango'd and after ten minutes of attention with bleach and a scouring pad it was obvious that they were going to stay that way!  Oh well at least I can laugh at myself and please be assured normal service will be resumed for next time, no more experimenting with fake tan for me.  I am after all plenty old enough to know better.

    The show went well I think, and I actually managed to enjoy it this time, although as usual we were pushed for time and didn't get as many demos in as I would have liked.  How does Ali Reeve do it? Four or five demos in one show just seems to be beyond me!  Still the ones that I managed to do didm't seem to have any of my now legendary mistakes, I didn't drop a stamp or glue card to Dawn's arm this time thank goodness.  Perhaps one day I will actully mange to be the consummate professional that I'm supposed to be.  Oh well until then I'll struggle on and hope that you lot come with me and continue to enjoy your stamping as much as I do.

    Sarah x