It’s a “Back to” Kinda Day…

PP226 Birthday Butterfly Basics

I gotta say, it was a great “back to” kinda day yesterday …
Back to work…
Back to the gym…
Back to the craft room in the evening… and back to The Paper Players Challenge!!
Felt so good!

I need a birthday card for a special friend, so I was excited to use the Stampin Up Butterfly Basics Stamp Set and Framelit to make it.

Butterflies remind me of renewal and hope and change and that speaks January birthday to me and also this special lady.

The Paper Players first challenge of the new year #226 is “Everything Old is New Again – create a project using a recycle or re-purposed item. Β This challenge is right up my alley and just the right challenge to get me back in the stampin’ groove!


For my card, the recycled/re-purposed items are craft paper packing material from my endless Amazon Prime Christmas gift shopping packages and a touch ofΒ  burlap ribbon from my dear daughter-in-law, Colleen’s wedding shower (we both love burlap!)Β  πŸ™‚

PP226 Birthday Butterfly Basics

I loved creating a rustic, but fresh and renewed look with the recycled/re-purposed materials and a bright butterfly.Β  And I adore the ferns that are in this stamp set and how great they work for the stamping-off technique to get a variety of shades.

PP226 Birthday Butterfly Basics Inside
I only used three colors of ink for this card – SU Mossy Meadow for the ferns, Stazon Black for the sentiments and a bit of Ranger Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink for the vintagy edges.

Hope you are getting “back to” your groove after the holidays and seeking cherished moments at lifeinbetween and always.

Cheers & Hugs,



P.S.Β  For my stamping friends, if you haven’t seen Deb Valder’s Youtube technique tutorial on dryer sheets for thinlits, I urge you to check it out.Β  Possibly life-changing for these challenging die cuts! πŸ™‚

24 thoughts on “It’s a “Back to” Kinda Day…

  1. Gorgeous card! I have an entire cabinet full of old Stampin’ Up sets and inks that I haven’t been into for years now. I don’t think they even have the same ink/color palette names anymore. I tend to conquer a craft and then move on…


    • I tend to be like that too, Lisa! EEK! Still having fun with this for now, though. I hope I will continue πŸ™‚ Always need cards, and I like making them from the heart and fueling my creativity a bit.

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  2. I just love your cards, Jodi! I love all the elements you used on this one,too. The butterfly, the burlap,the background ..all make such a beautiful card! Thanks for playing along at The Paper Players this week!

    Off to check your blog..seems like ages since I have been reading my fave blogs…I’m glad to be back to my normal routine too!


    • Thanks so much, Laurie. So good to hear from you. I have been remiss in checking in on a lot of my faves too (including yours)! The holidays do that. Life is getting back into a normal groove again. Have a great day!


  3. I wonder if I could get away with using vintage photo and thinning it out with water? LOVE this card! I cut up the brown bags that the Chinese food comes in and run it through the vagabond πŸ™‚ my son constantly orders from prime, just sent him a text to save the packaging for me. Old olive rubbed on an embossed image on brown bags or packaging looks amazing πŸ™‚

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