Cards, Paper, Stamping

Winged Challenge; My FIRST blog hop!

Today I made a card for STAMPlorations “Things with Wings” May challenge! This is my first time participating in a blog hop and linky party, and maybe I’m a bit nervous, but I knew I’d have so much fun with their CUTplorations (die cutting) challenge and I of course love seeing what other crafters have created! See below for how I created the card.



Inspiration can come from anywhere. Today it was from my stamping friend Karen who sent me a packet sunflower seeds for my new home. How sweet is that?! These will hopefully grow quickly and look beautiful in the yard! Sunflowers always attract lots of winged creatures, so I knew they’d have to be on my card.

Color exploration

The colors of my soon-to-grow sunflowers are beautiful, but I needed to explore how I wanted my stamped sunflowers to look on the card. I brought out my full stash of ink pads, but found the Stampin Up inks worked best together for the look I wanted. (Melon Mambo, More Mustard, Emerald Envy, Island Indigo, Fresh Fig). I also stamped a few using an ombre ink pad from Kaleidacolor.

playing with colors
Play with colors!


I lay out the sunflowers in the colors that I liked on the card.

I couldn’t decide which would look better, rainbow sunflowers or the “desert heat” ombre sunflowers, so I made both. I often make my cards in duplicates in case I change my plan halfway through my creation and it seems more resourceful with my time and paper. I highly recommend this strategy.

Stamp and Create!

I stamped the butterflies in black and embossed with black sparkle powder (Ranger). I then die cut with the matching sizzix butterfly die.


I colored one with melon mambo markers (to match the rainbow) and the other with various greens and blues (to contrast the ombre).

Once I saw where the butterflies would be, I decided to make my cards horizontal instead of my planned vertical card. No plan is final until you glue it down! I stamped my sentiment from Colorful Seasons in Melon Mambo (I just love this color!). The other sentiment is from a MyAcrylics set with dandlions called Treasures. I thought it paired well with the butterflies.

Lastly, I adhered the butterflies using dimensionals where they felt like flying.

final card

second card

final card closeup
The embossing deserved a closeup

Please leave a comment if you liked these cards. I love to hear from my fellow crafters!

Hop over to the challenge blog to see inspiration from other stampers and die-cutting divas!

Happy Crafting!

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