One of the benefits of becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is having a WORLD of ideas at your fingertips! Stampin’ Up! has a demonstrator only website with thousands and thousands of ideas for clubs, classes, stamp camps or for just plain creating for the fun of it. I was browsing “Stampin’ Connection” a few weeks ago and came across a post by Janet K. Moore. She created a butterfly tote with matching butterfly note cards at a Late Night Stamper event prior to Convention. I printed it out right that second and started creating it ten seconds after that!! Let’s just say I couldn’t WAIT to make it!!

Here is an up close picture of the tote. I used Linen Thread for the antennae. The big butterfly starts with a base of Pacific Point stamped with the Sanded Background and sponged with Soft Suede. The tote is made with the Baskets & Blooms Die.

I used Very Vanilla as the base for my note cards. The designer paper is called Blueberry Crisp and it’s my favorite DSP . . . I love blue. The flowers come from the stamp set called Punch Potpourri and are punched out with the Bo Ho Blossoms punch. Everything gets sponged and sponged and sponged. My customers got to make this at my Big Shot Basics and Beyond class and I had a whole table dedicated just to sponging!!

After a little research, I learned that the Late Night Stampers’ who originally taught this class at the Late Night Stamper pre-convention events were Kate Cecil, Fran Kennedy, Virgina Killmore and Marilyn Schlueter. Many thanks to these talented ladies with Late Night Stampers! This sweet butterfly tote with butterfly note cards is awesome . . . so much fun to make and share!

If you are wondering how to make the tote, I will give you a quick tutorial:

Step One: Cut basket sides from the Basket and Blooms Die
Step Two: Cut a 5″ square to match your basket. Score at 1″ and 4″, turn the paper and score at 2″ & 3″
Step Three: Fold up the sides and adhere. Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive is my personal fave for assembling boxes.
Step Four: Trim the tabs off each basket and sponge with Soft Suede ink
Step Five: Adhere the basket sides to your box with Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive

Here are the supplies I used for this project:

Stamps: Punch Potpourri (Level One Hostess Set), Sanded
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Blueberry Crisp DSP
Ink: Soft Suede
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Baskets & Blooms Die, Extended Cutting Pads, Bo Ho Blossoms Punch, Paper Piercer to pick up and place the pearls, Stamping Sponges
Accessories: Linen Thread, Basic Pearls
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots to adhere the flowers to the butterflies

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