Rainbow Swallowtail

I had this beautiful stamp called Swallowtail for a while, but I was not using it a lot for some reason… Then I saw this beautiful Rainbow technique and thought it would be a perfect stamp to use!  There’s 2 ways you can achieve this great rainbow effect. The first technique is to use sponge daubers and add the ink directly on the stamp, starting with the lighter color and adding the darker ones, one after the other.  This is the technique I recommend if you want to make only one card.

The second technique is to use the “Baby wipe” technique. For this technique, you use a pile of baby wipes and add ink from your ink refills to make your own ink pad. Normally, for this technique, you don’t need to put ink drops at any specific place, making a randomly colored ink pad. But to achieve this rainbow butterfly, you need to add your ink more “strategically”! So, in order to know where to add your ink, I stamped the butterfly on the baby wipe using So Saffron ink. Then using this as my guide, I added Tempting Turquoise on the outside, then Wild Wasabi, Crush Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler. (Directions are below.) This technique is best to use if you want to make multiple cards with the same image.

To finish the card, I added “Dazzling diamonds” on the butterfly to add some sparkles!

Swallowtail rainbow


  1. Take a pile of baby wipes and ensure you put them in an empty stamp case or plastic container.
  2. Ink your image (Swallowtail stamp) with So Saffron ink pad. Stamp it on the baby wipe. This will guide you to add the different colors where you want them.
  3. Take reinkers and add drops of the ink to the baby wipe where you want that color to be. (You want to ensure you add enough ink to cover the entire image.)
  4. Press the stamp into your “baby wipe pad” and stamp the image on card stock.


Stamp set: Swallowtail, Bloom with Hope (retired)

CS and paper: Tempting Turquoise, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White

Ink: Mossy Meadow, So Saffron, Ink refills of the following colors: Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, Crush Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler

Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, 2-way glue.


“Celebrate” Birthday Balloons Card

Today’s card is what I could say a “typical” birthday card with lots of balloons! made with the stamp set “Celebrate Today“! I tried to use “neutral” colors to make a card that would be good for anybody, boy or girl. The colors I used are: Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay. This stamp set has a matching Balloons Framelits dies to cut the balloon and other pieces as well. It’s a very festive set and includes greetings for wedding, baby, graduation and of course birthday! You can get the stamp set and Framelits as part of a Bundle at 15% off! It’s a great set to have for sure!

Celebrate Today Balloons

Celebrate Today bundle

Celebrate Today Bundle #138869 $45.00 Order it today!


Stamp set: Celebrate Today

CS and paper: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight

Ink: Crush Curry, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Wild Wasabi, Bermuda Bay

Tools: Big Shot and Balloon Framelits Dies

Monkey and Pink Bananas!!!!

I have a “Punch Art” card for you today! I made this card for my son who turned 13. (Can you spot the “13” made with bananas?!?) He always talks about “pink bananas”, so I figure I could make him a card that includes some pink bananas!!! This is what I love about making your own cards! You can personalize it for the person you want! I would never have been able to find a card with pink banana anywhere!!!

The head was made with the 1-3/4″ Circle punch and the Extra-Large Oval punch. The ears are made of the 3/4″, 1/2″ and 3/8″ Circle punch. I used the leaves from “Bird Builder” punch, at the top of the card. The body is made with the Oval Framelits and Extra-Large Oval punch. I also used the “Boho Blossom” punch for the hands. (This punch is not available anymore…)

Do you see this new Designer paper in the background? Maybe you are wondering which one is it from? This is a new DSP stack called “Pretty Petals“, found in the new catalogue on p.144. This 6″ x 6” paper includes 48 pages, 4 each of 12 double-sided designs. It fits perfectly with my monkey, don’t you think?

Monkey punch art Julie Olivier


Stamp set: And Many More (French version)

CS and paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Crisp Cantaloup

Ink: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Crisp Cantaloup Blendabilities (discontinued),

Tools: 1-3/4″, 1″, 3/4″, 1/2″, 3/8″ Circle punches, Extra-Large Oval punch, Boho Blossom punch (discontinued), Bird Builder punch, Oval Framelits die and Big Shot, Sponge dauber.

Saying Good-bye to Chalk Talk…

Today’s card was done with another set that is retiring at the end of the month: “Chalk Talk“. (Make sure to order it before May 26 if you like it! After that, it will be too late!!!)  Chalk Talk is a stamp set that matches the Chalk Talk Framelits dies.

I also used two other stamp sets, “Gorgeous Grunge” (for the ink splatters) and “Be the Star” for the star images.

Chalk Talk #130634 Clear or #130631 Wood (on sale now for $23.96 Reg. $31.95)

Chalk Talk

Newsletter pic Fev-19-2015-018


Stamp sets: Be the Star, Chalk Talk, Gorgeous Grunge

CS and paper: Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Whisper White

Ink: Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Crush Curry

Tools: Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits dies

Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels

Beat the Winter Blues with some Card Making!

My next card Class will be Friday February 27 at 7:00pm. It will be devoted to making Birthday cards! If you are like me, you know many people born in March or April, so this class is just in time to stack on some much needed Birthday cards! We’ll be making 6 birthday cards and the cost is $20 cash or free with a $25 order. Please bring your own Snail adhesive. Register by email at Julie_olivier@hotmail.com before February 25.

Here’s a sneak peek of one card that we’ll be making:

Newsletter pic Fev-19-2015-002

You will be able to try the fabulous “Irrisistibly Yours” Specialty Designer Paper (one of the Sale-a-bration item; get it free with a $60 purchase!) The glossy white pattern on that paper “magically” appears when you sponge it with ink! This card also uses the Sale-a-bration set “Big Day” (get it FREE!) a perfect Birthday stamp set! I colored the letters with the Blendabilities markers. You can get those markers (set of 3 markers) as a FREE Sale-a-bration item too!


Stamp set: Big Day, Be the Star

CS and paper: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Irrisistibly Yours” Specialty Designer Paper

Ink: Tempting Turquoise,  Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Memento Black ink, Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities markers

Tools: 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Sponge daubers

“Big Day” Chalkboard Card

Which Sale-a-bration set is your favorite? (Don’t know? Check them out right here!)  This Birthday set called “Big Day” is on top of my list!  I used it to make this Birthday flip card!  I also used the new Chalkboard paper and the new ColorBox Chalk ink pads! The Chalkboard paper has a smooth grain that pairs perfectly with the Chalk ink pads! I love that contrast! I also used another Birthday stamp set called “Celebrate Today” (from the new Occasions catalogue p.11) This set has matching framelits dies to cut the balloon, banner, bow etc… Buy this set and Framelits as a bundle and save 15% on both!

Big Day chalk flip Big Day chalk inside

The Circle Card Thinlits was used to cut the card and turn it into a Flip Card.

Material: Stamp sets: Celebrate Today, Big Day (SAB)

CS and paper: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Chalkboard

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Black Memento Ink, Blushing Bride, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, ColorBox Chalk ink Rose Coral and Aquamarine

Tools: Big Shot, Circle Card Thinlit, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Balloon Framelits Dies

“From the Herd” new stamp set!

One of my favorite stamp set in the new Occasion mini-catalogue is the “From the Herd” set! It’s so funny!!! This set is perfect for a card from a group, a family card, etc! Look at those faces! They are hilarious!

Here’s my card for you today:

FRom the herd

OK, I have to admit, it’s a bit of coloring, but so worth it! And did you know that coloring has its therapeutic powers? It can be really relaxing!!!

I used my Blendabilities Markers to color the image. I really love those markers!


Stamp set: From the Herd, Something to Say, Just Sayin’

Cs and paper: Hello Honey, Old Olive, Whisper White

Ink: Memento Black ink, Soft Sky ink pad, Blendabilities Markers (Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Skin Tone Assortment)

Tools: Word Window punch, Big Shot, Arrows embossing folder, Word Bubble Framelits, sponge dauber


1. Cut half a sheet of Hello Honey card stock (5.5″ x 8.5″). Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a 4″ x 5-1/8″ Old Olive card stock. Run through the Big Shot with the Arrow embossing folder. Adhere on the card base.

3. Cut a 3-5/8″ x 3-3/4″ Whisper White card stock. Stamp the “herd” image. Color with the Blendabilities markers. (Always start with the lighter color and add the darker shade afterward. Sponge Soft Sky ink in the sky. Adhere on the card.

4. Stamp “Hey There” from “Just Sayin’ ” stamp set on Whisper White card stock. Cut with the matching Word Bubble Framelits dies. Adhere on the card with dimensionals.  Stamp “happy birthday” from Something to Say stamp set and cut with the Word Window punch. Adhere at the bottom of the card.