Saturday 11 April 2020

Blue 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. It is a lot less painful now but I have cuts and grazes and bruising. I am a daft mare and swear I could fall over my own shadow!

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 from Atlantic Hearts for the layout of the card.

The base strip is a die from Crafter's Companion called Intricate Floral Border. This is been cut from dark blue card which has a shimmer to it. Onto this are pieces of card and paper from my offcuts. 

The butterfly uses the 3 die layers of butterfly. The base layer is a plain dark blue. Middle layer is an offcut of a Basic Grey patterned paper. The top layer is a pearlescent vellum. This seems to curl quite badly if used as a top layer so I have used small glue dots to stick it to the middle layer.

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

Finally I have added some gems in 2 different colours of blue dotted around the butterfly and in the centre of the body.

Card Details -

Size - A5
Digital Sentiment - McMahon Five Designs (retired)
Colouring Medium - Sakura Glitter Gel Pen
Embellishments - gemstones

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

613 Avenue Create – #232 Anything Goes
Allsorts - #566/567 Something Old (paper) Something New(Dies) Blue Card
Artystamper - #13 Things With Wings
Arty Divas - #19 Anything Goes
As You Like It - Favourite animal (butterfly, symbol of hope & metamorphis out of the darkness of a cocoon into the light in a different form)
Atlantic Hearts – #363 Sketch for Layout
Crafting Happiness - #43 Anything Goes
Gem of A Challenge - #8 Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - #117 Anything Goes
Path of Positivity -  #78 Anything Positive/Style

Word Art Wednesday - #434-435 Anything Goes


  1. Beautiful ! great use of the butterfly Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create, hope your back to strength soon x

  2. Beautiful card, love the dimesion with the butterfly. Ouch to the fall - sending lots of healing hugs. Emmax

  3. Pretty elegant card. Love the sketch you used for it. Thank you so much for playing along in our Crafting Happiness Challenge this week. A new challenge starts on Monday. Always Anything Goes with an Optional Twist. Hope you’ll link up again!
    Hugs! Janis
    Crafting Happiness Challenges, Challenge Blog Owner
    Pause Dream Enjoy, Personal Craft Blog

  4. Interesting concept and beautifully executed! Your elements were well chosen. Thanks for a very pretty submission to our challenge at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  5. This is a beautiful card! I love that die that you used for the base strip and that butterfly is gorgeous! I hope your knee is feeling much better now! Thanks so much for sharing with us at AHSC! -Lori DT

  6. I love the layers of your stunning butterfly! Thank you so much for joining us at AHSC. Take care of your garden self! Speedy healing.

  7. Gorgeous butterfly. I love the sentiment too - perfect with your butterfly. The gems are a nice touch. Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

    sue n.

  8. Your card is stunning and that sentiment is fabulous. Thank you for joining the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

  9. A really lovely image with great colours and design. Thank you for joining our 'Old, New, Borrowed, Blue' challenge at Allsorts.

    Kath x

  10. OH Mandy ... this is just GORGEOUS!!! Thanks so much for playing in our challenge at the Artsystamper Challenge Blog!
    Please stop by for a visit.

  11. Fabulous creation!
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts Challenge,
    welcome again;-))m

  12. Beautiful card, love the dimension on the butterfly wings. Thank you for sharing at Path of Positivity. Pippa DT

  13. Gorgeous card! Love the pretty butterfly. Thanks so much for joining us at the As you like it challenge.


  14. Amazing card. Thank you for play with us at Gem of a Challenge blog. Good luck with your entry.


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