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Five ideas with the butterfly stamp from Jenni Bowlin Studio

five ideas with the jenni bowlin butterfly stamp
five ideas with the jenni bowlin butterfly stamp
I may have an unhealthy obsession with butterflies as craft embellishments. I know I use them when they are not really needed or thematically linked to the page at hand. I punch them and stamp them and cut them and glue them, and really if all my closest friends staged a butterfly intervention for me, with a big banner and heartfelt words composed in advanced to let me know that I’ve gone too far down this dangerous butterfly path, the truth is: I would still have a hidden stash of butterflies. They really aren’t going away.

Instead, I’m up for the challenge of taking one very favourite butterfly stamp from Jenni Bowlin Studio and using it for five very different projects. So while I may be an addict, at least I value variety.

(Also, if I were a true addict, I wouldn’t be able to give away butterflies – and that’s just what I’m doing at the end of this post, so don’t miss out.)

stamped butterfly cards
Mix with another stamp for a card
I love how the butterfly stamp is just the right size to make a dramatic flourish for a card, and it’s a similar size to the Flower Wood Background stamp by Hero Arts. For these cards, I stamped the butterfly in black ink on smooth white cardstock and coloured them with Copic markers for lots of rich colour, and spritzed them with Chalkboard Glimmer Mists for some shimmer too.

scrapbook page
Embellish a scrapbook page
If you like pages where a bit of embellishment goes a long way, this stamp will be your best friend. I love how it looks when stamped in colour on white cardstock, and it’s easy to cut out with scissors. I thought it would be a ridiculous mess but really it cuts quite simply.

stamped butterfly garland
Make a butterfly garland
If you really fancy cutting out butterflies, try stamping and cutting two for each butterfly in a garland. You only need antennae on one in each pair. Then cut a slit halfway through the body – from the top to the middle on one and from the bottom up to the middle on the other. Then you can slot the two together for a butterfly garland that is both dimensional and delicate. Make several and hang them in a circle if you prefer a mobile to a garland, or make just one and attach it to a card or parcel with some pop dots to hold it in place.

stamp and embroider
Stamp and embroider
Stamps make perfect embroidery patterns, and it’s easy to customise any bit of fabric by stamping the design then stitching the outline of the design. For this design, I stitched the outline plus a little bit of detail from the butterfly, then filled the centre by pencilling in a word and stitching over that.

embroidered onesie
You can see more notes on this embroidery project here on the Jenni Bowlin blog and you may also want to check out this different take on embroidering another stamp by Kerry Lynn Yeary. It’s lush, even if it’s not a butterfly.

butterfly paper quilt
Stamp, repeat and quilt
I love stamps that are interesting even when they are stamped simply and even when they are repeated. This project is super simple but makes a great gift. Cut twelve squares of cardstock and stamp a butterfly on each. Ink or paint the edges if you like. Then sew it all together with a zig-zag stitch and pop it in a frame. You can create it in any colour scheme, so it’s a lovely housewarming or new baby gift.

Okay… so here’s the deal: to prove I can let the odd butterfly go, I have a butterfly giveaway today! Just comment on this post to be entered to win a gift pack from Jenni Bowlin Studio that includes this butterfly stamp, butterfly chipboard and some other butterfly goodness that can wing its way to you! (And I’d really appreciate it if you wanted to share this post with anyone you know who is also bordering on butterfly intervention. We need a group, right? Thanks.)

And this isn’t even the regular weekend giveaway – there’s one of those coming tonight too. Goodness gracious, giveaways!


27 May 2011

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115 Comments for Five ideas with the butterfly stamp from Jenni Bowlin Studio

  1. Jo Says:

    Can never have too many butterflies – and this one is a beauty!

  2. Vicky Says:

    Love the butterfly quilt – I wouldn’t be able to give it away! :)

  3. Catherine Says:

    Ahhhh butterfly post with lots of butterfly projects, lovely! I have even let the butterfly obsession overspill into other area, butterfly jewelry, hairclips, clothes, just about anything really!

  4. Jenny A Says:

    I’m in the same butterfly club! I use butterflies in every single layout – even layouts of my son & husband! Lol!

  5. Jennifer Says:

    ALWAYS look forward to butterflies… no matter how they arrive. :)

  6. Louise Says:

    I’m also loving butterflies,i’ve just made another butterfly frame for our enterance hall
    A great way to start the weekend xx have a lovely one xx

  7. Mariangeles Says:

    That stamp is so beautiful :)

  8. Jules Says:

    Love butterflies, would definitely be up for joining a butterfly addicts club, lol!

  9. Shirley K Says:

    I got a Martha Stewart butterfly punch not too long ago and I agree that it is very hard not to use on all sorts of projects!

  10. Melissa Says:

    Love your ideas! I’m anxious to try out the stamping and embroidering soon. Thanks for the chance!

  11. Claire Viney Says:

    I have been making sugarcraft butterflies to go on cup cakes. You can definitely never have too many butterflies.

  12. abbey Says:

    I am totally in the butterfly addiction club with you too. They appear all over the place and I love it!

  13. Samantha Says:

    My mama works at a scrapbook store and I ALWAYS stock up on Jenni Bowlin when I visit her! I’d be thrilled with these butterfly goodies! Samantha :) mmmbrains (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. Be(e) Says:

    I love that butterfly stamp!!! I have tried to order it several times, always sold out!! Would love to win this!!! Thanks for this chance to win!! Love your five tips!

  15. Jenn P Says:

    I love butterflies! You can never have too many!

  16. Jane Says:

    I love the butterflies in the frame, might even have a go at making one!

  17. Kathy Says:

    I laughed when I saw this, I too have a butterfly ‘thing’. In fact there is one in every room of my house, just so everybody knows. Would love to add these to my collection.

  18. Shelley W Says:

    Fabulous ideas! I particularly like the stamped on and then stitched design – beautiful!

  19. naomi Says:

    I love butterflies too :)

  20. Rinda Says:

    Love all of these – the chalkboard glimmer mist is perfect for making it really pop! Would love the Jenni Bowlin pkg!

  21. Jennifer Says:

    Fun! I also LOVE butterflies and use them as often as possible…I don’t have that Jenni Bowlin one, though! :)

  22. furrypig Says:

    I actually think I need butterflies in my life! I don’t really use them but think it’s time I started! thanks for the inspiration xxx

  23. Heather Says:

    love the “quilt” and the layout and butterflies in general :)

  24. Sabine Says:

    Lovely! I think this butterfly should really meet the butterflies that live here in the south of Germany!

  25. Helen Overton Says:

    The Stamp and Embroider idea is great, I never thought of doing that! I love butterflies too, but I only have two punches, so I would love to win these goodies. Thanks for the opportunity Shimelle!

  26. Jacky Scales Says:

    Some lovely ideas…I love the hanging butterflies.

  27. JulieFrog Says:

    Oh, such fabulous ideas with butterflies! Really hoping the goodies fly over to me!

  28. Kathy R Says:

    Love, love, love all these butterfly ideas. I just completed a wedding album and used butterflies on each page. Thanks for a chance to win!

  29. Cheryl T. Says:

    I like all things butterflies too. Punches are fun too. Thanks for the chance!

  30. Emma Tandy Says:

    I just love Butterfly’s as well they even go on my son’s and husbands pages my Daughter also loves them they are all over her bedroom.

  31. kate bucci Says:

    Also loving the butterflies…and now I am totally distracted from the essay I SHOULD be writing and I’m going to scrap instead. Thanks! :-P

  32. Mary Jo Says:

    Oh my goodness, I love that butterfly stamp! When my daughter was first born, all her pages had butterflies somewhere :)
    And so many great ideas on this post. My favorite is the embroidered onsie!!!

  33. Jo Says:

    I love butterfly’s and was so excited whe nmy firend and stopped at a wildlife park in the New Forest and they had a fab tropical butterfly exhibit and I managed to be patient enough to get some fab photos, so this butterfly stash would make great pages.

  34. Natalie Says:

    The embroidery idea is fabulous!! I’ve never thought of that before! I hope I get a chance to try that soon… Thank you for the inspiration, and for the fabulous giveaway :)

  35. Jeannie Says:

    Butterfly heaven – I saw some amazing beauties at Kew last summer

  36. Julie Johnson Says:

    I absolutely love butterflies!!

  37. katharine Says:

    i too have a butterfly addiction, this looks lovely and would be a welcome flutter friend to my collection

  38. pidgen Says:

    these are amazing ideas {i’ve used butterflies on cards and pages but there are so many neat ideas!!} would just love to add to my butterfly collection!! :)

  39. Beth Says:

    LOVE the card…that blue is gorgeous! And I did a LO with butterflies recently…hmm…wonder who I got the idea from?!!?

  40. wendy Says:

    i am in heaven a whole post on butterflies sigh. I would just love that stamp to add to my ever growing collection x

  41. Sinead Says:

    Happy to see that lots of us have a thing for butterflies!! They can be used for EVERYTHING:) What a great giveaway, thanks Shimelle xx

  42. Cindy Carlson Says:

    I am just new to this butterfly obsession, but I definitely see the danger. Loved the blue butterfly, especially…

  43. Sarah Says:

    Butterflies tend to appear on my pages even if they have nothing to do with the theme or photos!!! Great giveaway!! x

  44. Vinnie Says:

    You are too cute Shimelle! Love yr humour :) anyway, I don’t have a butterfly obsession (yet) thought I love butterflies too! I have a polka dot obsession! I can’t resist the urge to buy any pattern papers/products with those pretty dots and sometimes, I buy a few pieces and can’t bear to use them, so I just take them out occasionaly to look at them then put them back embarrassed so I know what you mean about how the butterflies are never going away! :)

  45. Angela Says:

    Love all the different ways you have used the butterfly stamp. Nothing wrong with a healthy addiction lol!

  46. kat Says:

    I love butterflies, too! Like you, I also think that I have a slight addiction…but they’re just too fun not to be addicted to them!

  47. Cathy Watson Says:

    Oh yes! another butterfly addictee here too. But why wouldn’t you be, they are just sooo gorgeous and suit any occassion.

  48. Dianne Says:

    Love the beautiful embroidered onesie. Just the inspiration I needed. And like you I also am in need of a butterfly intervention.

  49. Jane Says:

    Beautiful butterflies Shimelle – the embroidery is especially gorgeous.

  50. dogmatix Says:

    Nowt wrong with a butterfly obsession. I seem to put butterflies on nearly all my LOs. Love the Jenni Bowlin stamp and what u have done with it. My niece would love the garland :)

  51. Gina E Says:

    You must be related to my husband’s mom! She needs a butterfly intervention, too. And to encourage her in her obsession, I’m going to make her a garland! Lovely!!!

  52. Ruth Says:

    you are brilliant!

  53. Kayleigh Says:

    Totally obsessed as well – that is a great butterfly stamp!! Thanks for the chance at winning :)

  54. Katie Says:

    Gorgeous stamp – I LOVE that garland :) With a baby boy I don’t have much excuse to purchase a butterfly stamp but if I won one I would so find a way of sneaking it into my projects :)

  55. Rachel H Says:

    I adore butterflies too -we have an Easter tradition to buy a live tree at the beginning of Lent, hang a butterfly (or two, or heck, one for each family member) on the tree each day until Easter. After 40 days, our tree is sparkling with butterflies of every size and color! And may I just add – wow, you’re write proficient at adorning onesies for gifts – this is just as cute as the boy one you did! Great ideas!

  56. Sue B Says:

    I love these projects as I love butterflies. Thanks for sharing them@

    Happy Scrappin’

    Sue B

  57. Dellie Says:

    Oh yes please – I love these butterflies. The rub ones are beautiful – almost too good to use, so a stamp that I can reuse again and again is perfect!!

  58. Nancy Says:

    I’m a butterfly lover and would love a chance to win! I have a collection but not this one :)

  59. 9isfine Says:

    Love, love, love!

  60. Sabine Says:

    Oooh, I love butterflies! And your projects are great! :)) Must have this stamp to make such a garland, and the cards are great, too! Thanks for the chance to win! :))

  61. Sophie Mitchell Says:

    Some fantastic ideas! I’d like to give them all a try. Thanks for the giveaway! x

  62. Zahra Says:

    Wow, what a great giveaway;I love butterflies but don’t have the versatility with one punch..need to expand options! :) x

  63. torrita Says:

    Confession: I have no butterfly stamps or punches. I do, however, have an overabundance of flower punches so would LOVE to win this pack and add something a little different to upcoming LOs :)

  64. katrina Says:

    I love the butterfly quilted picture, so cute.
    My love of butterflies is ridiculous I have tattoos, clothes, bags, boxes and a stupid amount of butterfly necklaces!

  65. Antonia S-H Says:

    Oooooh…..butterflies! I can’t resist them either. And I love the idea of stamping on fabric and then embroidering. Why on earth didn’t I think of that? I’ve two scrapbook layouts that need finishing, but I’m about to find some calico and sort through my stamps to have a go at some embroidery instead.

  66. Rhoda Says:

    I Love butterflies! Have a punch and some stamps but got stuck in a rut! Please can you help me out of it? Thanks for the giveaway! Especially love the stamp on fabric and embroidery, can feel inspiration growing!

  67. Hannah Says:

    I too am in love with butterflies!

  68. Maja Says:

    Sommerfugler-butterflies-vlinders-Schmetterlinge! I love them so much!

  69. Bernice Says:

    I love how you use butterflies as your signature. It reminds me of the Mouseman

  70. EmmaWoo Says:

    I adore butterflies too… infact yesterday I bought a new butterfly punch. And I don’t have that stamp already, so it would be an awesome addition to my butterfly stash!!! X

  71. Joanne Says:

    I love the patchwork version that has given me a great idea – thanks for the inspiration

  72. Mel Says:

    I totally blame you for my own love of butterflies ;) My poor Martha Stewart butterfly punch puts in a lot of overtime!!

  73. Julie Jeavons Says:

    You would love the view I have everyday when I walk back to walk after buying lunch. LauraAshley’s window is full of butterflies. I’m thinking of buying some of the fabric to make a pinny from my Mom’s vintage 50s pattern.

  74. Pamela K. Says:

    Oh, I just love this butterfly stamp. And what great ideas on using it! Very nice! Thanks for sharing! :-)

  75. Lisa-Jane Johnson Says:

    That quilt picture looks so great, my mind is whirring with ideas! And it includes more reasons to buy stamps (you can never have too many right?) xx

  76. Manda Says:

    You’ve convinced me I need at least one butterfly stamp or punch with that virtuoso display of versatility!

  77. Anso Says:

    Great post! And what a nice butterfly stamp :)

  78. Kelly Massman Says:

    LOVE teh butterfly stamp and how you used it!Some of the ideas I wouldn’t have thought of doing!!! Thanks!


    My very 1st stamp was a butterfly, over 20 years ago! I still have it & still love it. I’m so very glade that there are more out there & to find someone else who loves to use them as much as I do! I love to use them as a mad background like you’ve just stumbled on a rabble or swarm of butterflies!
    seeya hugya G

  80. Julia M. Says:

    Love that stamp and it’s versatility. Butterflies are beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win.

  81. Dawn F. Says:

    Thanks for the chance – I too love butterflies!!

  82. Kat Says:

    Oooh love butterflies too, a layout is not done without one!!!!

    Would love to win this gorgeous stamp, thank you for the chance xxx

  83. jom Says:

    I love love love butterflies – even more than bunting! If both are on a layout that is definately a finished page! My addiction group would be called BABA ‘Butterfly And Bunting Anonymous’!!

  84. Wendy Goodman Says:

    I love the butterfly! You can never have too many butterflies on a layout. Thanks for sharing!

  85. Susan T Says:

    Oh my goodness a girl after my own heart – I love butterflies too – what a generous giveaway xx

  86. kim corona Says:

    butterflies are one of my favorite things i try to use them as much as possible just did a page yesterday with butterflies on would love to win this!!!!!

  87. SarahLP Says:

    Gorgeous ideas to try Shimelle, thanks so much for sharing!

  88. Bekka Says:

    I have to admit to having a thing for butterflies…

    but my collection always has room for more

    Thank you for sharing these lovely ideas :-D

  89. Carol Says:

    ooohhh Love Jenni Bowlin and have been wanting the butterfly stamp. Thank you for the chance to win. Love your projects.

  90. Karen P Says:

    I too confess to being a member of Butterfly Obsessives Anonymous. I find it impossible to make a layout without sneaking in a butterfly. Thankyou for the fab ideas.

  91. glee Says:

    that butterfly garland is calling and calling to me…

  92. Alyssa Says:

    Oh, I love butterflies. Thanks for showing some unique things to do with them!

  93. Cori Says:

    Don’t worry. You are so not alone with your butterfly obsession :)

  94. Cyndee K. Says:

    Absolutely love the variety of ways to use the same stamp – genious! (and I happen to have a small flock of butterflys lurking in my stash…) ;>)

  95. Scrappyjen Says:

    I never thought of using stamps for embroidery patterns – that onsie is just darling. Might be adding another obsession to my repertoire just so the butterflies don’t completely take over everything.

  96. Kate Says:

    The thankyou card is beautiful!

  97. Tash Says:

    Such brilliant ideas – and I agree: you can never have too many butterflies :-)

  98. Karen Williams Says:

    I love love love that stamp- I’m a big fan of butterflies of all shapes and sizes on my LOS

  99. LisaE Says:

    so many great ideas for a single stamp. Thanks!

  100. Carolyln Says:

    Love all the ideas for butterflies. Thanks for the chance to win a great stamp.

  101. jennifer grace Says:

    Ah, I love butterflies too. They are perfect for so many projects, as you’ve demonstrated here. I love the idea to stamp and then embroider, definitely want to try that one out! x

  102. Diane Payne Says:

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one with a thing for butterflies. Love all the ideas!

  103. rach Says:

    we definately need a butterfly group. maybe on flickr? thanks for all the inspiration

  104. Anne Says:

    Butterflies instead of flowers, that’s so me.

  105. carrie Says:

    What gorgeous butterfly project ideas… I am definitely falling in love with butterflies! They are wonderful additions to any page!

  106. Kirsty A Says:

    I’m not quite such an addict but I do love a butterfly ebellishment. In fact i’ve just blogged a card made with my new butterfly punch if you want to take a look.

  107. Lynda B Says:

    love the stamp, and good ideas for extra usage.

  108. jacki l Says:

    love the stamped and embroidered butterflies, i’ll be giving that a go.Thanks for the inspiration.

  109. Mary M. Says:

    I totally understand your obsession…I’m in love with butterflies too! And I love Jenni’s butterfly embellishments!

  110. Brenda Says:

    What a fabulous giveaway and I’m sure this stamp would be happy to join the other butterfly stamps, punches, stickers and shapes I have in my collection!

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  115. Rachel Says:

    My best friend used to be almost scared of butterflies and never used them in her crafting. But slowly she’s getting braver starting with my Martha Stewart punch. i’d love to share this butterfly goodness with her.

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