Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Sweetest Day! (a new stamp artist, a give away & sunburst freebies)

edited to add: the give-away is closed now.
Congrats to Marilyn!

butterfly pair

Boy oh boy, have I missed You!
It's been an odd couple of weeks with migraines, the flu,
and a cut up thumb (clumsy me!)

but enough of the whinging...

I'm all better & thrilled to be back with a card
a giveaway, and some new news!

1... a brand new artist's collection from Purple Onion Designs
2... a stamp giveaway
3... cheap tricks - using a printable sunburst image for a speedy card
4... free customizable sunburst overlays
5... inspiration from fab designers


It's a new collection from
Purple Onion Designs!

This butterfly little butterfly pair
is a new set called "Flit & Flutter"

flit & flutter butterfly stamps from Purple Onion Designs

The sky is a chipboard circle, done with emboss resist & Purple Onion Designs' Paisley Elements. The clouds are just doodles on cardstock that I swiped roughly with white acrylic paint, then cut out & stitched.)

The butterflies were stamped in black Archival ink, clear embossed, then coloured with Copic markers, and cut & layered.

These 'Flit & Flutter' butterflies
are part of a whole new stamp collection called
"The Sweetest Day!"

It's illustrated by an amazing artist Stacey Yacula
(who is brand new to the stamp designing world!)

It will be available next Tuesday (April 17th).


a stamp giveaway from Michele
at Purple Onion:

flit & flutter butterfly stamps from Purple Onion Designs

Want to win the
butterfly stamp pair?

Just leave your name and email in the comments
& I'll draw a random winner by Sunday April 15th
(which is coincidentally my almost 40 years old b-day) :-)


A printable sunburst pattern is a
fun cheat for a super speedy card:

You could use the printable as is
(simply print and use- maybe add something)

or you could
just snip between the lines ...

and stick it on a piece of cardstock:


I swiped it with Picket Fence Distress Stain (to soften it)
and then stitched it:


If you like the patterns I used on this card,
here's a printable version for you:

To save these files:
Firefox/Chrome: right click on the image & choose "save link as"
Explorer: right click on the image & choose "save target as"

6x6 inch size:
(or to trim for square cards)
Printable 6 inch square sunburst mel stampz
or you can find it here on flickr

A2 size:
Printable A2 size sunburst mel stampz
or here on flickr

I also made plain overlay templates in case you
wanted fill them with whatever patterns you like:



Note: these may look invisible or strange in flickr,
but they are overlays with transparent backgrounds
(that you use as PNGs to fill with pattern or lay over digital papers)
There's a tutorial on filling in Photoshop here:

Sunburst overlays
square (6" x 6")

To save these files:
Firefox/Chrome: right click on the image & choose "save link as"
Explorer: right click on the image & choose "save target as"

black sunburst 6" x 6" sized overlay:

or here on flickr

white sunburst 6" x 6" sized overlay:
example WHITE square sunburst overlay mel stampz
or here on flickr

Sunburst overlays
A2 size (5.5" x 4.25")

To save these files:

Firefox/Chrome: right click on the image & choose "save link as"
Explorer: right click on the image & choose "save target as"

black sunburst A2 sized overlay:

or here on flickr

white sunburst A2 sized overlay:
example WHITE  A2 sunburst overlay mel stampz
or here on flickr


You can see more sneak peeks
(and read about Stacey & the new collection)
on the purple Onion Designs blog here:

Where you'll see more examples by some fab designers
(and some using the sweetest 'Rosie' rabbit stamp)
and more chances to win stamps as well!

Thank You ever so much for checking this out.
I'll be back on Sunday with another sneaky peek,


liberal sprinkles said...

I love the combination of the colors and patterns on the card. I'd also love to win some stamps! Thanks for the chance.

Alina said...

Your card is so cheerful! I love the idea! And the pair of butterflies are sweet! Thanks for the chance!

E.T. said...

Mel Mel Mel! Thank you sooo very much for the sun burst pattern! I looove it. I am downloading it right now (a2 size) and will print it ASAP. Will link back to your blog as soon as I post it. eeeekk it is soooo cute and JUST what I needed!
You make the bestest schtufff!!
LOVE you!

Cathy said...

Gorgeous cards, and the butterfly is adorable. I would love the chance to win them. Love the sun burst.

rush said...

happy almost birthday. love the projects. thank you for sharing.

rush88888 at gmail dot com

Hussena said...

Your card looks just gorgeous and i simply love those butterfies!!! thanks for the chance to win :)

copilarim said...

Wow!! This is a wonderfull project to make!! Thank you:)!
I would love to win the butterflies - that's not only because we (me&my sister) adore real butterflies, but also because these are so pretty! So 10nx for the chance!

I wish you to stay healthy!!And for your birthday all the joy and good things in the world.



onecraftymama said...

You are always so generous, Mel! Thanks so much :)

sofia said...


Linda Peterson said...

How fun it would be to win on your very important birthday! Happy Birthday!

Margie said...

Oh Mel - this is lovely - so bright and cheerful. Thanks so much for the template - I'll be giving that a go! I grinned when I saw you'd cut your thumb too (although I'm sorry for you of course) but I did the same trying to slice bread buns and doesn't it make it difficult to craft? Mine's almost healed now. And don't fret about your 40th - you're just a young 'un compared to me and as I say - I'm growing old disgracefully! LOL


Jumping with joy to find photoshop toots - it's what I plan on doing during my summer vacation!

Sam McD at:

Craftyanny said...

Gorgeous creation Mel, a real pretty card.
Thanks to for sharing your template
Anne x

Dotty Jo said...

Glorious! Jo x

Glennis said...

Great card, I love the sunburst idea, and the butterflies are so cute. My email is
farrellg41 at hotmail dot com
Thanks for the chance to win

KmoRakefet said...

Wow & thanks

Pammy J. said...

The buterflies are too cute! I woul love to own these little guys! Please enter my name in your drawing.

Clevercrafter said...

I love butterflies so hope I'm lucky.

Yvette said...

Great card, I love the sunburst idea, and the butterflies are so cute!

mekei said...

happy upcoming birthday. thanks for sharing the beauty. stephanie skeime - gmail

Lizzy Hill said...

Cutest li'l butterflies I've seen in a while...came via Purple Onion your creativity. My email is TFS:):):)

Dawn said...

Awww, sorry about your owie and being sick....and that other word!

you are just toooo dang clever! probably haven't heard that for a while have you.... bwahaha!
how CUTE is this!! LOVE the butterflies! and the sunburst is just genius (no surprise there!)

thanks for the download, sweetie!

take care.... xoxox

SuzyMcQ said...

Beautiful butterflies and perfect for Spring projects!

Happy *almost* Birthday to you! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!

Jackie said...

Thanks so much for the overlays, I have been trying, quite unsuccessfully, for a while to create my own and have cut up a lot of paper. The butterflies are adorable and I'd love to win!

Denise Bryant said...

Love your card Mel! Great details, and thanks for sharing the template! Love the new Purple Onion Designs artist! Stacey's collection is certain to be on my wish list! Absolutely adorable... can't wait to see more!

Nancy S said...

You rock, girl! Each project you post is more fun than the last.

Welcome back. We've missed you.

Anonymous said...

So cute! Cant wait for the next opportunity to create this! Thanks!

marilync said...

I have missed you and happy almost 40. Love this card and also how you make it so simple for us to re-create

Pam Sparks said...

beautiful! so creative!

Shoregirl said...

Oh I love your sunburst card --- one the prettiest ones I've seen in that design! Love the extra details you added with sewing -- really sets the card off.
Thanks for all the fun freebies -- you're the best!
BTW - my email (for a chance to win) is

Lielanie said...

Glad to hear your back at it, this blog always has unique designs. Would love to win the give away,

Miriam Prantner said...

This card is wonderful! Love those little butterflies with the clouds, and thanks so much for the sunburst digis! This is something I've been wanting to do for a while and you've made it so easy!

stacey yacula studio said...

Mel, I just wanted to pop by and thank you in person for creating such a beautiful card. It is just bursting with brightness and sunshine. I appreciate the talent such as yours that have really brought these stamps to life.
All my best & happy creating

chiara84 said...

Love this idea for cards and craft projects. Thanks for the chance !!!

Mtika said...

I lobe butterflies! Beautiful card too!

Peta said...


Pamela A said...

How Cow - your card is beautiful, the detail is fabulous. I'm loving these new butterflys. And let's not forget how you give, and give. Loving the tutorial and p/o for the layout. THANKS!!!

gaijinjoy said...

What great work! And so much generosity! Thank you very much--so appreciate your talent and inspiration.

Mary J said...

Really super, thx for the templates!!

DebbieJ said...

Love the sunburst, especially the overlay. Can envision lots of spring cards. Thanks for the chance to win the stamps, too.

Kim Etherington said...

Beautiful beautiful beautiful! Love the colours and the butterflies! Very nice combo!

Violín said...

Thank you very much for the pattern!! I love the butterflies!! Thankas for the chance!

Vicki said...

Welcome back Mel!
Your card is gorgeous and I love the butterflies.
Happy almost 40 birthday!
I just had mine, but I'm a bit older:)

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

What a gorgeous card! Thanks for the template and the chance to win too!!

mamichelle said...

Gorgeous cards!! Thank you so much for the fabulous paper!

Happy almost 40! I called it the "f" word. LOL And then when I hit 50 it was the double f!

Anonymous said...

Always look forward to your e-mails, enjoy your blog. Sorry about you "headaches", have a niece that suffers with them as you
do. I Would love to win the Butterfly Stamps as I'm a real Butteryly freak, have hundreds of them around my house, car, etc. I probably have more Butterfly Jewelry than most stores have in stock. My e-mail is
Happy BD!!


Donna said...

Happy Birthday to you! Glad you are back!

I would love to win the Butterfly stamps.


pixie sparkle said...

Love your card and thanks for the templates. Happy Birthday in advance!

cropmom66 said...

I can't wait for this collection! Very cute!! Thank you for the inspiration and the templates!! May try a sunburst card tonight!

cropmom66@gmail dot com

Jan Scholl said...

Oh I so love those little clouds. I wish I had time to craft. I am doing my taxes. If I should win, click thru. Can't leave email.

Rhonda Miller said...

Your card is gorgeous. I love the sunburst design. Thanks for sharing the templates. TFS.

rmpoohbear75 at gmail dot com

Mary-Anne V said...

Wow so much on one post...loved it. Hope you are feeling better. I love your card and the tutorial and templates. Thanks. jeandonny2000 at hotmail dot com

whitneymaryann said...

Glad you're feeling better and hope wellness continues--because when you don't post, I sure do miss your creativity and very generous sharing of templates and papers and inspirational ideas.

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

I love the rays. Thank you so much.

Alice Wertz said...

you are amazing, Mel!!! love love your sunburst card and thanks so much for the templates! fabulous works as always. you never disappoint! =)

Caroline J. in MA said...

Thank you for the opportunity, Mel! I suffer from migraines as well and know they are NO fun!!
carolinebjordan {@} gmail {.} com

Thank you!

Scrappin' Annie said...

Thank you for the lovely printables and overlays, and for the chance to win those lovely stamps.

jodi corbett said...

awww I always get so excited when I see your blog pop up in google reader, the anticipation of checking out what you have made is wonderful, love love love your beautiful bright and sunny card :) Glad to hear that you are feeling better and bright

Katie Bolinger said...

Hope you're feeling better. Great projects as always. Thanks for the downloads.

Emily H said...

Wow! I love the starburst card!

Renee said...

Oh my goodness you are so helpful!! Thank you for the downloads! Your card is so gorgeous, my hand would have hurt after all that stitching!

Ree said...

Wowza! So many awesome details! Beautiful! Happy Birthday! This may be the year of my 40th bday too! Well, I like to refer to it as 29, again.

Lisa - papergrace said...

I'm only commenting because I think you're absolutely, incredibly, insanely, brilliant and to wish you a VERY happy and the most beautiful birthday ever!! Love you!! ♥ ♥ ♥

Suzi said...

Love the sunburst. Thank you! You did the hard part, picking the papers, for me! Happy almost Birthday! Just a young'un, aren't you! Wait till you get old and post-menopausal! Those migraines will get better! (Everything else may fall apart, though!) Would love to win! suzimetatyahoodotcom

cassie said...

Thanks for the sunburst card template. I've been wanting to try one of those.
thanks also for the chance to win the butterfly stamp
cass dot dambrosio at gmail dot com

Sue D said...

Awesome card and thanks so much for the freebies!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Chrisd said...

That is a terrific sunburst template on your card and thanks so much for sharing it.The butterflies are so lovely and quite lifelike and I would like to have the opportunity to work with them.Birthday greetings to you also.
cndomino aT Yahoo dOT com

McStamper said...

I love your card. Thanks so much for the information on making it.

Soonymary said...

Happy Birthday! So happy I discovered your blog!

Rufus said...

It's good to have you back, you've been missed! Happy almost Birthday! Love the sunray cards, thanks for all the templates. Those butterflies are really sweet, adore butterflies. Thanks for the chance to win them.

Laura Jane said...

I would LOVE the pair of Butterflies!
Laura Jane
mammacooksalot at gmail dot com

Annie Rose said...

Wow! This is amazing! I love everything about it. Sorry about the migraines! They get me too.

So happy that I found your blog! :)

Annie Rose

Emily said...

Love the card!

Bumblebee said...

Thanks so much for the papers, and also the inspiration, may try and use up some old papers in a sunburst!

Tracy said...

I've never seen anything like this sunburst pattern. It's amazing! Totally gorgeous creation!

deb said...

Beautiful card as usual Mel! You always add
so much depth to your projects.
I have missed you, glad you are feeling better and back to blogland!!
Thank you for the chance to win something so sweet!!
Debi said...

Gorgeous card and thank you very much for the pattern. I would love to win a pair of butterflies so thank you for the chance of winning. Happy 'almost' Birthday too. Hope you have a good one. Hugs, Jill x

Maria Therese said...

Wooooooow awesome card and your stitching is so pretty!!

Anonymous said...


Glad to see you back,sorry it has been so hard for you lately, but you certainly have kept your talent intact....this card and printout is georgeous! I can't wait to try it...

sewnsew1943 said...

Thank you for the chance to win some new stamps. I appreciate all you do and how much useful information you share. Marie H

Mrs. Hill said...

What a great sneak peek. I love these little butterflies, so cute! What a nice thing to do, providing the sunburst pattern and overlays. Thanks for the chance to win the stamps!

Birgit said...

I love butterfly stamps. Your card is so beautiful. The layered butterflies are a wonderful idea.
Thanks so much.

Gwen said...

Just stumbled upon your blog...what great resources and ideas you have here...making you a fav!!
gytgram at hotmail dot com

Shelly said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better, Mel. Have a wonderful birthday!!! You sure don't look almost 40.

I just love your card. You are so incredibly creative. Your hand stitching is awesome.

Thank you for a chance to win.

Shelly said...

P.S. I forgot to say thank you for the wonderful freebies. I can't wait to use them. Hugs!!!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Gorgeous cards & such fun printables - I love the rays.

Aunty Sue said...

Fab patterns and design love the butterflies thanks for chance to win them and wow nearly 40 its the new 30

Susan Joyce said...

I love the sunburst, it looks fabulous on your card and gives a real feel of spring.

osirisandloki said...

this is just so cute i love it! i do not even own any butterfly stamps..thinking about i i know why husband has a phobia of moths and butterflies! maybe thats why i do not have any! he hid them from me!LOL!!!
my email is osirisandloki(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Love your blog and am pleased to see you are back! Thanks for the chance to win some stamps.
my email is

CreativSpirit said...

Thanks for the chance to win the beautiful stamps. Thanks also for the Sunburst, it is so effective.

sue said...

wow cant wait to give these a try and thanks for the chance to win those gorgeous stamps

Anonymous said...

Love them all ... wish I could play with them now!!! ~Amy S.~

lilscrappers said...

Oh Mel, so glad you are back! I am using the sun burst pattern, cuz I need a rainbow theme and sunbursts always eluded me (they squewed (sp??)and squirmed and never looked as they should! Thank you :) my email for your giveaway is c.w at amtelecom dot net

Bev said...

Dear Mel, As always, Thanks so much for your incredible Generosity. Happy Birthday for your almost 40th. Your Card is Gorgeous and these little Butterflies are just delightful. I would love a chance to Win the. TFS.........

Harriet Hensley said...

This whole stamp set is absolutely a must have for me.... thanks for the chance to win .....

Cassie_lu said...

What sweet cards and I really like the Sunburst background. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

4Ucards said...

Perfect card for Spring. The colors are soft and sweet. Really love the butterflies.

The Spotted Chick said...

Thud!! Holy cow, these are amazing Mel! Love your site too!

Stacey said...

The butterflies are adorable!!! Love that sunburst!! thank you for sharing the template...I must give this a try!

Brenda said...

Your printables are awesome, Thank you! This is another totally superbly crafted card! Love the papers you used tp make the sunburst and as for those butterflies, they are simply gorgeous and I am going to have to get them! Thank you for the chance to win these beauties!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win the stamps :) Connie I love your cards!

Donna Huisinga said...

Missed this original post so glad I caught it today. Love the stamp so please enter my name in the drawing.

teepee said...

Love how bright the sun-rays and butterflies are. I downloaded the sun. Thank you for always providing "free" stuff. I am filling my computer folders with your inspirations.

Caroline said...

Absolutely gorgeous card as always. You are a massive inspiration to me. Thank you. x

suruha said...

Well, Happy Almost Forty Birthday! I'm on my 15th year of celebrating this one, myself! LOL It was so fun! I do it over again every year! LOL

The stamps are neat! I would love them! My info is:
Su Hall
suruha2306 at

Good luck to everyone!

Thank you, Mel, for all you do to keep us happy! LOL


Patti L said...

I just love those butterflies and that sunburst is great. Thank you for sharing your templates. Happy birthday to you! My email is

Edna said...

Happy birthday to you, sweet heart, I happen to pop by and know that today, April 15, Sunday is your birthday, so much to enjoy in your blog, lovely cards and tutorials and templates, thanks, and all the best are yet to come.

Bonnie said...

So glad to check your blog today and see you are back! I am glad you are feeling better. The sunburst pattern and your card are awesome! Thank you so much

Cheryl said...

Love your card! Thank you for the template!

E.T. said...

i used it! i used it!! check here

paulatracy said...

CRAZY amazing work here girly!! More sewing ideas and I am so happy to have found you as a fellow guest DT for this release. I have so many new blogs to stalk.. um, haunt. lol I LOVE this!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH MY! This is amazing--LOVE the patterns and your stitching! LOVE:)

MAPY said...

Mais c'est magnifique, merci à LN de me l'avoir fait connaître.

Tammy said...

Wonderful card and thank you for sharing the sun burst. Very kind and very generous.

luvmycards said...

I am so happy to have found you through a blog link! This sunburst pattern is amazing! I hope to win the butterflies so am leaving my email
Thanks for everything you've shown us,