Monday 24 August 2020

Hope Butterfly for a Sad Reason


As some of you may have seen in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic I had made some cards to give to our friends and neighbours using the same 3 part Statement Butterfly die from Crafter's Companion and a digital sentiment from McMahon Five Designs (they are no longer in business so this is retired)

This card has been made for entirely different reason. My younger sister has had issues in the past with breast cancer and now has scans every year at the hospital so they really are keeping on top of it. She had a scan on Wednesday and she was really worked up about it. I did the big sister thing and tried to re-assure her, don't worry etc.  Well bugger me, the following day they phoned her to say they can see a mass in her breast. They will need to get her back in for a further scan and to take some cells for analysis. Of course, panic then ensues. To then balance things out the same day her eldest daughter had an ultrasound scan as she is expecting a 3rd baby. She has had twins who are 7 at the end of August and she has had some miscarriages so the scan is an important milestone for her (and us of course)

Fortunately all is well (touch wood) and baby is due early March and I will be a Great Auntie again. Just need to get my Sister sorted in the meantime.....hopefully she won't have too long to wait for her appointment.

She is quite senior in a care home and has worked all through the pandemic. She had a few weeks with a lot of deaths in quick succession so she has had a lot to deal with (fortunately not virus related thank goodness for that)

She needs a bit of cheering up so I made this card for her. This sentiment is perfect not only for spreading hope during these pandemic days but definitely for what she is going through at the moment. 

Her living room is teal and I wanted to make the card to match that so she can possibly frame it too. The card is 8" square and has been covered with some flower paper that was a magazine freebie a long time ago. The frame around it has been adapted from a shadow box frame kit from Crafter's Companion. It came in a mystery bag and has decorative panels that you overlay on a plain background. I have a Big Shot die cutter and tried to use a combination of plates I had but as this die is longer I just couldn't get the intricate dies to cut. It is my birthday next month and I have asked for the large Gemini die cutting machine so that should resolve that problem.... :)

So plan B was to use the black panels I had already cut, trim them shorter to suit the card size and add some narrower ones in a teal core'dinations card which has a lovely sheen to it.

The butterfly is cut from black card, some teal glittery card which was in my scraps and some iridescent vellum. The body has black self adhesive gems on it. I stick the bottom layer down and leave the top 2 loose so the butterfly is flying. You can see the detail in the side photo below.

The sentiment has little hearts that have been coloured with a Promarker. It is framed in the Lyon cut and emboss frame from Crafter's Companion. I used the same Core'dinations card and sanded back the embossing. I then used a slightly darker teal rub on wax to highlight it. I added a silver mat around it and fussy cut. This is raised up on 3d foam squares.

For a final touch I added lots of small gems onto the big flowers in the background. 

I am hoping that this is all going to be worrying about nothing and that is isn't the big C. The waiting both for the appointment and the the results is going to be horrid. I am just grateful that the annual monitoring of her will hopefully mean they will be able to nip it in the bud. I am also very grateful that I was included in the pre-50's trial in our area last year and had a clear scan.

Edited 29/08 - Her appointment has come through for 4th September. From what she has been told the mass is 2.5cm and is in her right breast. All previous masses have been in her left one so she is definitely worried now. Thank you to everyone for your good wishes for her, that really is lovely of you

Card Details -


Size - 8" Square

Digital Sentiment - McMahon Five Design (retired)

Dies - Shadow Box Frame & Statement Butterfly by Crafter's Companion

Embossing FolderLyon Cut & Emboss Frame by Crafter's Companion

Colouring Medium - Promarker

Embellishments - self adhesive gems

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



  1. Mandy this is just gorgeous. I love that teal colour. It's a real stunner. Love Dawn x

  2. A beautiful card with a beautiful sentiment. Hope all goes well for your sister - hugs to you both.
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  3. Such a beautiful uplifting card. A very kind gesture. I adore the colour, one of my favourites. Thanks for sharing with us at Cardz 4 Galz. Caz DT.

  4. Hi Mandy!
    I'm Karen, the administrator of the Word Art Wednesday challenge. I want to THANK YOU for sharing this beautiful card in our challenge. I just love that bright teal color you've used so beautifully. Thanks so much for linking up in our challenge. It's a treat to have you play along, and I hope that you'll join us again often.

    I just became your newest Blog Follower, and I would be super grateful to have you stop by my blog and Follow me as well. I've been trying for a very LONG time to reach 1,000 Followers and I'm getting close; but could really use your help.

    Thanks again for playing along with us. Have a blessed week.
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

  5. Beautiful card. I love the colors and the butterflies are awesome and double layers. Loving the added bling. Stunning card. Thanks for sharing over at Crafty Sentiments (and Aud Sentiments)

  6. A cute image love your use of die and punches. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

  7. Such a beautiful card which I'm sure will mean a lot to your sister. I hope she isn't kept waiting long and the news is good.

    Big hugs

    CD Sunday Plus DT

  8. Beautiful card!Thanks for playing our challenge at CCC Digi Creations. Stay safe and Good luck!
    Anneke DT

  9. It is a beautiful card indeed, hope that everything turns out well for you and your sister. Thanks for playing along our August challenge at Die Cut Divas.

  10. This is just gorgeous,love the

  11. This is beautiful. The sentiment is perfect. I hope your sister is making good progress. Sending healing thoughts and thank you for sharing it with us at CD Sunday Plus Wynn DT

  12. This is stunning and the sentiment sounds perfect for the current situation - fingers crossed all is well!

    Thanks for playing along at both Creative Moments and Aud Sentiments,

    Hugz Tinz

  13. Fabulous design! I just love the dimension! 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

  14. Such a cute card thank you for joining us at TPS
    Christine DT

  15. Such a pretty colour. A lovely card and a very special reason for sending it. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  16. It is such a beautiful card, just downright gorgeous colors and design. That butterfly knocks it out of the park. I know your sister will love it and bring her hope.
    So glad you joined us for our “All About the Flowers” August challenge at Die Cut Divas

  17. Beautiful card lovely colours. Hope everything goes well for your sister and niece xx Thanks for sharing at 613 Avenue Create ! x

  18. Stunning card, Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenges for our Jewels Challenge. Caz. DT.

  19. A beautiful card, I hope they can sort your sister out and it not too bad, I am sure this beautiful card will cheer her up
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  20. This is such a stunning card! I love the teal/black color palette and the framed design! Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Alphabet Challenge!
    Rachelle - DT : )

  21. A very special card. I am wishing for good news all round.
    Thank you for joining us.
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday Plus

  22. Gorgeous card. Sending prayers for all your family. Thanks for joining us at International Art & Soul. Good luck. Maggie, DT

  23. Beautiful card and I love that butterfly. This is my fave colour too! Hope all goes well for your sister and her daughter. Thanks for playing along at USE YOUR STUFF - Gail #stayhealthy #staysafe


  24. Also on behalf of the Aud Sentiments team, I would like to let you know that you have made a beautiful card :-)
    Thanks for sharing on the Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog! Greetings from Deezy (DT)

  25. This is a beautiful make hun & I'm sure your sister will appreciate the thought
    I will keep you all in my thoughts

    Thank you for sharing with us over at 'Simply Create Too' this time
    Hugs Shell xx

  26. Simply Stunning card Mandy, Perfect sentiment needed for you sister!
    Sending good vibes for the family.
    Thanks for sharing your art creations with us at 613 Ave Create …..Good Luck and Look forward to seeing you again!!
    ¸..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:-¸.•´ .•´¨¨))*((¸¸.•´ ..•´
    Hugs Shell ~ DT 💕

  27. Such a beautiful card, thanks for joining us at the CCC Digi Creations
    Hugs Ilonka DT x

  28. What a gorgeous card! I love the black and teal and the great layers. Thanks for joining our mood board challenge at UYS and hope to see you again.
    Tammy DT Co-ordinator

  29. Beautiful card. Hope all goes well for your sister and also for her daughter's pregnancy.
    Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create this month.
    Hugs, Sandy DT

  30. Another wonderful card - like the butterfly and the color. Thanks for joining us at EAC.

  31. The card is beautiful, Mandy! I am sure it will lift your sister's spirits. I am currently in remission of my disease and every time I have to get my blood work and scans, I get super nervous. I hope it all turns out well for her!
    Thanks for a beautiful submission to our challenge at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkha, Owner

  32. A beautiful card Mandy. The flying butterfly is gorgeous. Wishing positive thoughts for your sister. Thank you for joining in the Exploring The Fantastical Challenge at Path of Positivity.

  33. Congratulations! You were selected as a Top Rocker at 613 Avenue Create for the week of August 23-29, 2020. Please stop by our blog and grab your badge! Thanks so much for your awesome response and for supporting our challenge!

  34. mooi vlinderkaartje
    bedankt voor het meedoen aan onze challenge
    groetjes jolanda bongers
    dt challenge creative sketchy girls

  35. Beautiful card and such a delicate attention for your sister. Love the design and the teal colour. Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Papercraft Challenges.

  36. Oh my goodness, Mandy - this is such a lovely post where your love for your sister and niece shines through. The card you made is beautiful and would be lovely framed in her living room. I am hoping and praying that your sister will be OK. Thank you for joining the Path of Positivity Challenge
    Carole DT x

  37. Beautiful and elegant creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Papercraft.
    Hugs, Silke

  38. This is really wonderful! Love the colors!

    Thanks for joining us at Dreamfactory Challenge!


  39. Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the Creative Crafters Challenge this time and good luck :)


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