I'm hosting the Featured Stamper challenge at Splitcoaststampers today and we're honoring Emily Keaton, aka ejkeaton this week. Emily is hugely talented and has a wonderful gallery - I based my card on her butterfly card, but changed it into a square card with a slightly different style.
I used Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps New Beginnings set and matching New Beginnings Butterflies die set. It's so easy to color and cut out these butterflies and my friend Dina Kowal gave me a tip for using dies with matching stamp sets so that they cut out perfectly.
Use your die to cut an extra shape from a piece of light cardstock and then place the negative piece perfectly over the stamped image, securing the outside edge with tape. Then, as Dina puts it, "snug" the die back into the cut out shape, and put it back through your cutting device. You can use a little piece of tape for that also but I've found it's usually not necessary. The stamped image cuts with perfectly even edges.
Thank you, Dina, mf!
Right now I'm praying that God will open a door in the life of a loved one to make up for the pain of a recently closed one, so this is the sentiment I chose from a number of really encouraging ones in the New Beginnings set.
Echo Park Victoira Gardens dp
My Favorite Things Flower Trio Die-namics
Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Squares
Memento Tuxedo Black ink