Flowers and Beetles and Bugs, Oh My!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Beetles and Bugs stamps and Bloomin' Heart Thinlit Dies from Stampin' Up!

Flowers and Beetles and Bugs, Oh My!

Beetles and Bugs are not just for boys! They make a great background texture stamp and they pair wonderfully with flowers for a nature themed card. Use them with all your favorite pink papers and get a perfectly adorable feminine card!

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Card by Natalie Lapakko with Bloomin' Heart Dies and Beetles and Bugs stamps from Stampin' Up!

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #72!

Today’s challenge is to CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) a card by one of the Global Design Project’s team members. This week we are CASEing Krista Frattin!

I have Krista’s blog bookmarked and I check it frequently to make sure I don’t miss a single one of her amazing projects. I love her elegant and delicate style. I love her embellishments. I love that she has lots of ideas for projects other than cards, too! I know you’ll love her, too. Go check out her blog, Stampin’ Dolce and add it to your bookmarks if you love it as much as I do!

For my card today, I was inspired by Krista’s neutral background with soft white accents, though I replaced polka dots with bugs from the Beetles and Bugs stamp set. I also used her horizontal ribbon, though I replaced lace with burlap. I also loved her tiny coral flower, so I added a couple similar ones to my card using the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits.

Homemade card featuring Beetles and Bugs and Bloomin' Heart Dies from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Card Directions

  1. First, cut a Crumb card base.
  2. Next, cut a panel of Whisper White 1/8″ (0.3 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Cut a panel of Calypso Coral 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. Finally, cut a panel of Crumb Cake 3/8″ (0.9 cm) smaller than the card base.
  5. With Whisper White Craft ink, stamp various insects from the Beetles and Bugs stamp set on the Crumb Cake panel. Start with the largest bug and move to the smallest to make the best use of space.
  6. Add a strip of Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper, approximately 3/4″ (1.9 cm) wide across the bottom of the Crumb Cake panel. Trim the ends of the strip to match the edge of the panel.
  7. Add a piece of burlap ribbon across the bottom and trim the edges to match the panel.
  8. Adhere all the layers together.
  9. Do some fun experiments with watercolors using Real Red, Flirty Flamingo, and Pumpkin Pie.
  10. Die cut three flowers from your watercolor experiments using Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Dies and adhere them to your project.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko with Bloomin' Heart Thinlit Dies and Beetles and Bugs stamps from Stampin' Up!

Feminine Color Combination

It doesn’t get much more feminine than this color combination! I could take or leave light pink… butI love bright pinks, corals, and oranges! I love them even more when they are together. These colors may mix Brights, Subtles, and In-Colors, but they are all still unified because they are all so close together on the color wheel.

Color inspiration: Real Red, Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, and Crumb Cake

A Word About Crumb Cake

It was not long ago that I disliked Crumb Cake, kind of a lot. My attitude was along the lines of, “It just looks like a paper bag. Ew.” Then Stampin’ Up! put Crumb Cake in so many of their designer series papers, I finally decided to give it a try and bought a pack of it before Christmas.

I was shocked to realize when I was making this card that my pack of Crumb Cake is almost halfway gone already! Crumb Cake has quickly risen to one of my favorite (and most used) colors! It goes with everything, it gives cards a nice earthy feel, and is softer than a stark Whisper White card would be. If you haven’t given Crumb Cake a try yet, go for it!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Beetles and Bugs stamps and Bloomin' Heart Thinlit Dies from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Real Red, Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, and Crumb Cake.

Materials

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Watercolor paper, Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Whisper White Craft, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Flirty Flamingo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Beetles and Bugs (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Burlap ribbon

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

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6 thoughts on “Flowers and Beetles and Bugs, Oh My!”

  1. Fantastic card Natalie – love the white on the crumb cake! Thank you for playing along with the Global Design Project this week! We appreciate your support of the GDP challenge blog.

  2. If a bug could be cute, you have accomplished it here! How fun and you did not lose any beauty point with the soft and delicate details! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  3. Natalie- this is such a wonderful card! I love the soft look of your bugs… Can not waite to see what you make next with this set, buggy sister!

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