Sunday, January 11, 2015

Thinking Outside the {Grid}

I have the immense honor of being the guest stamper today on Mary Fish's Stampin' Pretty blog. I had followed Mary's beautiful blog for several years before ultimately signing up as one of her downline. 

 Ask any of my stampin buddies..., I am a complete sucker for butterflies. They will tell you I have been a bit obsessed with them for several years. So...I was over the moon excited to see the new Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics stamp set with the coordinating way cool Thinlits dies in the 2015 Occasions Catalog. 

My stampin' buddies will also tell you I like to use things I have on hand in unusual ways. For instance, take a look at the Stampin' Up! Grid paper below. 

Cool, right? This double-sided pad of paper measures 11 x 17 inches, has 100 sheets and is only $10.95! I use this paper every day while stamping. It is my "scrap" paper. The printed grid/ruler lines are a must for lining up your images and layers. Not sure how I ever stamped without it! At times, it ends up with some interesting patterns from my trial stamping or "stamping off", or just catching the edges of a stamped image. See what I did with a piece of that paper that you would normally throw away here. (I call it "trash to treasure") 

Look how great it looks under the vellum! I purposely cut a piece that had the numbers along the top, I thought it added a lot of interest to the piece. I stamped the fern stamp on it, then layered the vellum over it. The butterfly was cut from a left over piece of the All Is Calm DSP. (I don't think it looks like holiday paper at all when used this way) Also, since I wanted the Whisper White Bakers Twine behind the butterfly, I needed to do something else with the button, so I covered the holes with the smallest stones from our Rhinestone Basic Jewels. 

I finished this project off by stamping another piece of the grid paper to make my envelope liner with. I just love how it looks! I think the grid paper would also be great with masculine cards. 

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As always, if you have questions, please ask away and I will and I will try to answer as quick as I can. Thanks for looking at my blog today!

Artfully Yours,


  1. Really pretty, Kim! I was wondering about that grid paper and was surprised to see where it came from! Clever. I love the fern stem on the envelope too…with more grid paper!

  2. Thanks Dawn! I love the grid paper.

  3. Such an amazing card . . . love your "outside the grid" theme. Thanks for being my guest today, Kim!

  4. Clicked over from Mary Fish's blog. I love your card! The grid paper repurposing looks great and I can't wait to see more of your ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I just came over from Mary Fish's blog to tell you that I just love your card, what a great way to use the grid paper, totally outside the box!! very creative indeed. I love the loops of baker's twine around the pretty butterfly on top of the Vellum sheet. I like how Vellum softens any image while still letting you appreciate it. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on being Mary's guest stamper.

  6. This is beautiful. I love how you mixed hard lines with soft images and textures. Great card. Fabulous colors too.


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