Sponge Dauber Technique with “NEW” Butterfly Wishes

The Sponge Dauber Technique (my name for this) is great to use with highly detailed stamps. Today, I used this technique with a new stamp set from Stampin’ Up’s 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, Butterfly Wishes.

Just when you think you don’t need another butterfly stamp, you spy this beauty in the new catalog!

By Su Mohr for TGIF and Fusion; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring: Stamparatus positioning tool, Sponge Dauber technique, Birthday Wishes stamp set, Swirly Frames stamp set; #justacard #cas #cleanandsimple # nolayercard #onelayercard #butterflywishes #birthdaycards #butterflybirthday handmadecards handcrafted diy #stamparatus

Sponge Dauber Technique


This is a “no layer” card for TGIF’s challenge.

And, butterflies for Fusion’s challenge.


Designing “just a card” really is a challenge. But, the new, Butterfly Wishes stamp set was inspiring me to try. The images are so beautifully detailed, I thought they could stand alone.


I first tried stamping on an ink pad, the way I normally do, but some of the fine detail was disappearing. That’s when I thought of using Sponge Daubers, and this worked perfectly. Transferring the ink to the stamp with a Sponge Dauber, gives the stamp just the right coating of ink for a clear image.

If you aren’t familiar with Sponge Daubers, you can check them out in my Product List. Sponge Daubers also make it easy to add additional colors for a multicolored image.  Maybe “easy” isn’t the right word, unless you have a Stamparatus positioning tool. The Stamparatus makes it easy. 

I placed my Thick Whisper White card base on the Stamparatus, and applied Black ink to the branch stamp from the Butterfly Wishes stamp set, lowered the plate, and stamped.

“Birthday Wishes” is from the same stamp set, and I repeated the method.

The larger butterfly was stamped next, and I colored the stamp with Sponge Daubers (one for each color) in Poppy Parade ink and Pumpkin Pie ink.

The smaller butterfly was colored in Mango Melody ink and Granny Apple Green ink. The bodies were colored with a Bronze Stampin’ Blend.


To give this “just a card” a finished look, I stamped a corner detail from the Swirly Frames stamp set. I lined it up on each edge, and stamped in Black ink. Remember, I’m using the Stamparatus. I would have been scared to try this without it.

TIP: It’s a long, flexible stamp, so make sure it’s straight before stamping.


The good thing about “just a card” is that very few supplies are required. You can see my short, Product List below. 

Have a great day, and happy stamping!


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Kre8tors May 2019 Blog Hop: Techniques


Do you like trying new stamping techniques? The Kre8tors May 2019 Blog Hop is highlighting techniques, so you are in for a treat! 

I’ve chosen to share with you the “spotlighting” technique. It’s fast, it’s fun, and has endless possibilities!

By Su Mohr for Kre8tors techniques; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring: spotlighting technique, Rooted In Nature stamp set, Layering Circle dies, Celebrate You dies Stampin' Blends; #rootedinnature #stampinblendmarkers #alcoholmarkers #stampingtechniques #cardtechniques #rootedinnature #celebrateyou #bloghops #ittybittygreetings #distinktive



My idea began with the leaves from the Rooted In Nature stamp set. If you start with a fabulous stamp, it’s hard to go wrong. The leaves are from a “Distinktive” stamp set, which has intricate detail, making the images look like photographs. I stamped the two sizes, randomly, with Black ink on a piece of 4″ X 5 1/4″ Whisper White cardstock.


Next, I used a Layering Circle die to cut out a circle from my stamped piece. And, I cut a slightly larger, scalloped, circle from Basic Black cardstock. Next, came the coloring, which Stampin’ Blends made very easy. Just go slowly to avoid coloring over the outside lines. The colors are named in my Product List below.



After coloring, I glued this piece to the scalloped circle. Then, I glued the black and white leaves to a Basic Black card base, and replaced the circle of colored leaves.

TIP: Make sure the the lines are matching.


For the sentiment, I chose “amazing,” from the Celebrate You die set. This word would fit the intent of the card, and looked just right, cut from Basic Black cardstock.


The sentiment was continued on the inside with “YOU,” and “happy birthday.” “Happy Birthday” is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.


The die cut words are from the Celebrate You set, which I’m sad to say, is retiring. If you like paper words, like I do, you should order this set while it’s still available. Clicking on the picture in my Product List will take you to my store for purchasing. I appreciate you shopping with me!

Thank you for visiting my blog today, and Happy Mother’s Day!


Now, hop along with me to see the techniques the Kre8tors are excited to share with you. Clicking the “next” button will take you to Linda’s blog, and there is also a name list to follow.

We love reading your comments.

Please click to leave a COMMENT HERE.



Melissa Tennison (USA)
Tricia Butts
Sandra Roberts (UK)
Jacqui Lawrence (UK)
Linda Handford
Sue McDonald
Pia Gerhardt
Tracy Marie Lewis
Rebecca-Jo Unwin
Cheryl Taylor
Libby Fens
Jacqueline Bobeldijk
Michelle Bryant
Laura Mackie (UK)
Anastasia Radloff
Jan Musselman (USA)
Jo Blackman
Ximena Morales
Alexandra Rauf
Lisa Kmiec
Dorothee Buhn
Annette Elias
Becky Browning

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Lovebirds for Paper Players 441 Design Team

First of all, Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for taking time to visit me on this very special day.

And, now for this week’s  Paper Players fun, color challenge. I created lovebirds with one of my favorite “carry-over” products, a Botanical tags die.

By Su Mohr for Paper Players Design Team; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring: Botannical Tags die set, Layered Leaves embossing, Petals & More die set, Rectangle Stitched die set; #anniversarycards #handmadecards #handcrafted #botannicaltags #birds #birdsoncards #colorchallenges #cardchallenges #stampinup



Here are Joanne’s colors:


I began with a Thick Whisper White card base, and embossed the front with the Layered Leaves embossing folder. Next, I used a Rectangle Stitched die to cut a piece of Brights 6X6 DSP in Granny Apple Green. A smaller Rectangle die was used to cut out the middle, forming a frame. Then, I backed the frame with Pool Party cardstock. 


My focal point is the bird cage, made with the Botanical Tags die. I made three cuts; one from Thick Whisper White cardstock, one from Lovely Lipstick, and one from Daffodil Delight. Can you see how I turned my white birds into red and yellow? I simply snipped the birds from the Botanical Tags die cuts, and glued them on top of the white birds.


Since these are two lovebirds, I wanted to say, “Happy Anniversary,” and chose the font from the Best Birds stamp set. After stamping it in Granny Apple Green, I used a Petals & More die for cutting, and placed it on Dimensionals. 

The tie at the top is Old Olive Linen Thread, but it can pass for Granny Apple Green. Right?

The last detail was a little, enamel heart in Pool Party.


Thank you for stopping by today. When you look at my Product List, keep in mind that several of the items are retiring: Best Birds, Petals & More, 6X6 DSP, and the Old Olive Linen Thread. Order now, so you won’t be disappointed when the supply is depleted.

For more color inspiration, don’t forget to visit all of the Paper Player’s blogs.

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Bird Ballad and Stitched Lace “Sneak Peek”

Wow! I’m having so much fun! My pre-order of the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog arrived, and I couldn’t wait to share with you my first, “sneak peek.”

By Su Mohr for cts; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring: Bird Ballad DSP, Free As A Bird stamp set, Stitched Lace die set, Stitched Nested Label die set; #2019-2020 #sneakpeeks #stampinup #birdballad #freeasabird #stitchedlacedies #stitchednestedlabeldies #newcatalog #friendshipcards #handmadecards #dit #handcrafted

birds & lace


As I opened the box, each new product was amazing! It was hard deciding what to play with first, but I was most anxious to try the Stitched Lace die. I began by cutting with regular Whisper White cardstock, and all the tiny holes came out perfectly, when using the Foam Pad and Brush (item #149655 in the new catalog).

Second, I used Thick Whisper White cardstock, and I did have to individually poke out a number of holes. But, I wanted the thickness for this project, and I think it was worth it. Next, I used the “edge” die to form the pretty, horizontal, borders, and wound some Linen Thread around my lace piece. Then, I glued this to the bottom portion of a Thick Whisper White card base, that I had embossed with the Subtle Textured embossing folder.


Next, I opened the pack of Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper. Nothing like the smell of freshly inked paper! It brought back the excitement of opening new text books in elementary school. I chose a piece with beautiful birds, and began snipping away. I covered the back of the snipped birds with Dimensionals, and set it aside.


The sentiment, “Your friendship means the world to me,” is from the Free As A Bird stamp set, which comes as a bundle with the Stitched Nested Label dies. I used the third to smallest die in the set for the sentiment, thinking how this die set will get a tremendous amount of use. 


My inspiration for the layout was from this week’s CAS(E) this sketch.


Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this “sneak peek.” Demonstrators are able to pre-order certain items now, and customers and demonstrators are able to order from the entire catalog June 4th. Start making your “wish lists!” Mine is already growing!

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A Little Wild Elephant is Retiring

In case you’ve forgotten how cute this elephant is, I’m here to remind you. He’s from A Little Wild stamp set, and isn’t he adorable?

By Su Mohr for GDP 188; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring: A Little Wild stamp set, Little Loves die set, Pick A Pennant stamp set, Playful Pennants die set, Simple Stripes embossing, Gala Gingham DSP; #birthdaycards #cardsforkids #cardsforchildren #handmadecards #gandcrafted #elephants #elephantsoncards #alittlewild #partypennants #banners

Party Elephant


I stamped the elephant in Black ink on dotted, Smoky Slate, Neutrals 6X6 Designer Series Paper. Then, I used his Little Loves die for cutting, and layered him for thickness.


The surroundings for my elephant were “cased” from Brian King, who is this week’s designer at Global Design Project.


I layered the Balmy Blue Gala Gingham DSP on Thick Whisper White cardstock. Then, I cut a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock, embossed it with the Simple Stripes embossing folder, and layered it on Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.


For the sentiment, I stamped the words, “HAPPY” and BIRTHDAY” in Black ink, and used a Rectangle Stitched die for cutting. 

After placing the elephant and sentiment on Mini-Dimensionals, I started working on the party decorations.

The banner was made with The Pick A Pennant stamp set and the Playful Pennants die set.

The stamp set has different designs for stamping the flags, but I stuck with dots, because the elephant said he wanted them to match his hide. The ink colors I used are in my Product List.


Speaking of retiring, the main ingredients of this card are not carrying over to the new 2019-2020 Catalog. When looking at my Product List, the first nine items are the ones that are retiring. If you see something you like, order now, while supplies last.

Have a great day, and thank you for shopping with me!


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Easy Easel Fold Card for the Pals May Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals May  Blog Hop. We’re so glad you’re here because we made some great projects with “More Than One Score.” You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

This is my first easel card. If I’d known how easy it was, I would have made one a long time ago.

By Su Mohr for Pals May Blog Hop; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring: retiring products, Detailed Floral dies, Petal Promenade DSP, Celebrate You dies, Tea Together stamp set, Well Written dies, Layering Ovals dies; #motherdaycards #fancyfolds #easelfoldcard #easel #easelfold #handmadecards #handcrafted #diy #wellwritten #detailedfloral

Easy Easel Card


The great thing about this easel card is that it folds to fit into a regular, medium, envelope.


I’ve made a number of “gate-fold” cards, and the “easel” has the same card base. You begin with Mossy Meadow cardstock, 8 1/2″ X 11″, cut in half, lengthwise, which is at 4 1/4″.

Score in the middle at 5 1/2″. Then, rather than scoring each half at 2 3/4″ as you would for a “gate-fold”, just score one of the halves.

Here’s how it looks folded into position. 


Cut two pieces of Thick Whisper White cardstock: the card front, 4″ X 5 1/4″, and the footer, 4″ X 1 1/2″. I thought it would be fun to have a “see-through” piece at the top of my card front, so use a Detailed Floral die for cutting. 

Cover the footer with Designer Series Paper, 4″ X 1 1/2″. This is Petal Promenade, one of my favorites. The piece beneath the die cut is 4 X 2 1/8″. 

TIP: Cut the DSP for the card front and footer at the same time, so the pattern matches where they meet.

I devised a way to enable the card front to stand securely, by applying Foam Adhesive Strips to the back of the footer.


The backside of the floral DSP is this pretty marble, which makes a nice background for a written message. Cut two pieces: 4″ X 2 1/2″ and 4″ X 3 5/8″.


With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, I completed my easel card with “Happy Mother’s Day” from the Tea Together stamp set. It fit nicely in the smallest Layering Ovals die with the scalloped oval in Rich Razzleberry.

Also, I added two words in Thick Whisper White cardstock to the card front: “amazing” from the Celebrate You die set, and “you” from the Well Written die set.

Mothers are amazing! Right?


Three of the products I used in today’s project are retiring, so warning to the wise: Order Petal Promenade DSP, Detailed Floral dies, and Celebrate You dies while supplies last. They are the first three items in my Product List below, so click on them and shop.

Thank you for visiting me today, and I appreciate you shopping!

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations.

Please click to leave a COMMENT HERE.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 12, 2019 when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “Anything with Wings” projects. Don’t miss the fun!


  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  3. Leah O’Brien at Stamping By The Bay
  4. Jill Killeen at Killeen House Studio
  5. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  6. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  7. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  8. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin
  10. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  11. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  12. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  13. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  14. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  15. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  16. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  17. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  18. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  19. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  20. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  21. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  22. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  23. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds

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