Friday 10 April 2020

Black & White Hope Butterfly

The Crafter's Companion Statement Butterfly die has made another appearance on this card. I fell over in the garden on Tuesday afternoon and smashed my left knee quite badly into a large rock in the rock garden. It is fair to say it very bloody hurt so I had to put the decorating in hold while the pain subsided and swelling went down. On Wednesday I cut out lots of pretty butterflies in different cards and papers. I have 2 drawers of offcuts so I selected lots of combinations. 

My plan is to make cards for my neighbours based on the same butterfly and sentiment using different papers and card layouts.

I used the current sketch for the layout from Stella Says Sketch.

The butterfly back layer is solid plain black then a solid layer of a glittery vellum. The top layer is the more ornate one cut from black card. I have added gems to the centre body.

The back layer of patterned card is an offcut from DCVW with lots of silver glitter on it. Following the layout of the sketch I added a self adhesive ribbon which was stuck to a strip of silver holographic card. The paper flowers have been coloured with a metallic silver pen and a black Promarker with a black gem added to the centre.

Finally I used a digital sentiment from McMahon Five Designs who retired some years ago from designing stamps. I coloured the hearts with a silver glitter gel pen.

Card Details -

Size - A5
Digital Sentiment - McMahon Five Designs (retired)
Colouring Medium - Sakura Glitter Gel Pen, Pentel metallic silver pen, Black Promarker
Embellishments - gemstones, self adhesive ribbon from Papermania, miscellaneous paper flowers.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. Super cute creation. Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge and SSS at Catch the Bug / Bugaboo. Good lukc.
    Lynn aka Lynnpenguin

  2. Stunning butterfly card, your sentiment is beautiful, very pretty encouragement card. Thank you for playing along over at IKEs World Challenges, hugs, Lori m

  3. Hope you have recovered. It sounds very painful. Thank you for joining in with us again.
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  4. Mandy- Love that butterfly in shades of gray. What an appropriate sentiment for these trying times! That ribbon with the hint of color just sets it off perfectly! Thanks for entering JDS Blog Challenge #11. Good luck- hope you knee boo boo gets better!

    Jan (owner and illustrator- Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  5. Black and white is always stunning and this is no exception. Love the contrast of your pretty butterfly's lacy wings against the vellum. Lovely sentiment, too - very apt for this time we're all living through right now.
    Thank you for linking to Try it on Tuesday.
    God bless you and keep you safe.
    Cath x

  6. A beautiful card. Thanks for joining Aud Sentiments challenge. Elaine

  7. Nice card, Mandy! Hope you knee feels better ☺.

  8. This monochrome card is amazing, you can't go wrong with black and white. I love the die cut butterfly.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx
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  9. Hello… Thanks for sharing your lovely card with ‘Moving Along with the Times Challenge Blog’; it fits perfectly with our ‘Diamante’ challenge theme. Hope you can join us next month for our new challenge and good luck in the draw. Diane Louise (Team Leader) xx

  10. Hi! Coming back with a different hat on. This time I want to thank you for entering our challenge at 2CCC with this great card. Kisses! Mia
    Designer for 2CCC

  11. Stunning! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. I hope join us again real soon!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

  12. Mandy that is so true. Your card is gorgeous. Thanks for joining in the Stella Says Sketch Challenges, Lisa Lynn DT.

  13. Ooch I hope your knee is beginning to recover,
    Lovely card with that wonderful butterfly die
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  14. Beautiful card Thank you for joining us at Ike's World Challenges. Good luck Ginny DT for
    Ike'sWorld challenge
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  15. Your butterfly card is gorgeous!!! Hope your knee feels better!! Thank you for joining our challenge at Dies R Us!
    Diane DRU DT {Nellies Nest}

  16. Gorgeous card Mandy! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Gale DT

  17. Gorgeous butterfly. Beautiful card. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas for the April challenge of "It's all about the animals".

  18. A stunning combination of pattern and design. So glad you joined us at Morgan's Artworld for the Anything Goes challenge. Arlene DT

  19. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the B/W theme and your "on the nose" interpretation of the sketch! I can't decide which of your butterfly cards I like the best because they are both so pretty! Thanks for another awesome entry into our challenge at 613 Avenue Create
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  20. Congratulations! You have been chosen as a Top Rocker at 613 Avenue Create for the week of April 6, 2020 – April 11, 2020. Thank you so much for supporting our challenge!

    The Resident Design Team
    613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog

  21. This is gorgeous, great dimension indeed! Thanks for linking up to our April challenge gallery at Die Cut Divas.

  22. WOW! Just beautiful Mandy! Thanks so much for playing in our challenge at the Artsystamper Challenge Blog!
    Please stop by for a visit.

  23. Gorgeous! Loving the black and white butterfly.
    Thank you so much for sharing at Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday challenge where it's all about 'bugs, blossoms and/or butterflies'!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  24. Wow, this card is stunning! Love that beautiful butterfly!! Hope your knee is better. Thank you for playing with us at the Alphabet Challenge and hope you can join us again soon.

  25. A beautiful card with a butterfly! Nice quote.

    Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.

  26. a beautiful card, thank you for sharing at Crafty Catz challenge

  27. That is beautiful and elegant, I love it. Thank you for taking the time to join in with our challenge and sharing your creativity with us, I love to see your talent, creativity and imagination at work. I hope to see more of your creativity in the near future. Love 'n' hugs Sall IkesWorld Challenges DT

  28. So pretty Mandy. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Wendy DT Member for

  29. Gorgeous butterfly card ! Thank you so much for playing along with my 'Animal Magic' challenge over at Country View Challenges.
    Corrie x

  30. This is lovely Mandy, such a striking colour scheme! Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts. Take care and stay safe, Sue xx

  31. Such a pretty card, your butterfly is really striking and I love the sparkly body! Thanks for joining in with the Aud Sentiments Challenge, keep safe.
    Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) Aud Sentiments DT

  32. Oh my! I hope you're doing better by now! You did another beautiful card! Thank you so much for entering our Challenge at Crafter's Castle this week. Good luck!
    Blessings, Jeanie Ellis DT
    Crafter's Castle
    Scrapbookingmamaw MyBlog

  33. A beautiful card. I love colours, also white and black.
    Thanks for playing with us at the Ike's World Challenges

    Twórcze pasje Danki {My Blog}

  34. This is so beautiful. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette DT

  35. A lovely sophisticated and elegant card with a great quote. Thank you for sharing at Path of Positivity. Pippa DT

  36. Lovely card, very elegant and love the sentiment. Thanks for playing along at The Paper Funday Challenges. Donna - DT Member

  37. Stunning card Mandy. I love the color choices and the sentiment is very elegant
    Thanks for joining us at Digi Choosday
    Hugs - Sharon (DT)

  38. Your card is beautiful Mandy! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Arty Divas this week. Looking forward to seeing you again next challenge.

    Hugs, Zowie xx

    Arty Divas DT

    Crafts from the Fairy Den {My Blog}

  39. Beauteous! Thanks for joining us at the Artsystamper Challenge! kReN on the DT.

  40. Beautiful card, Mandy. I love your butterfly. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Luv, Wilma

  41. Gorgeous. Love the monochromatic color scheme and sentiment. Thank You for playing along with us @ 613 Avenue Create, A Place to Start, Catch The Bug & Trimmie's C.R.A.F.T.. AJ with many DT's Hats(^-^) on today .. Hugs

  42. Love that butterfly!
    Thank you for sharing with Happy Little Stampers!
    DT for AG with Dies
    Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

  43. This is stunning! Totally adore it. Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Animals. Lisa DT

  44. Lovely card!!! Thank-you so much for participating in our LEMON SHORTBREAD challenge. Hope to see your beautiful creations in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!! So sorry this is late, but with everything going on, I’m just getting around to doing this. Please stay safe during this time.
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  45. Beautiful card, Mandy! I love the butterfly and the sentiment.
    Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Challenges and take care, Evelyn xx

  46. Beautiful butterfly card!

    Thanks for joining IKEsWORLD Challenges. DT Val x

  47. Love it. I am sorry I am so late commenting but I have and computer issues and no one available to fix it. Thank you for sharing your project with us at Crazy Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge. Myrna S. Design Team Member.

  48. Beautiful card, I love the black and white and the butterfly die cut is gorgeous. Thanks for joining in this months 'Add a Butterfly' challenge over at Crafty Calendar.
    Bev x

  49. Lovely card. Thank you for sharing with us at Dragonfly Dreams.

  50. That butterfly is so pretty! Thanks for sharing with us at MIU.

  51. Really gorgeous and the delicate butterfly is stunning. :-)
    Thank you for coming to play at IKEsWORLD Challenges.
    IKE x

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