Wednesday 4 January 2023

Swallowtail Sympathy


Happy New Year ! It's time for the first challenge of 2023 over at The Paper Funday.
Our challenges are alway Anything Goes with an optional twist.
The twist this time is 'Starry Night'

We are very fortunate to have 2 sponsors for each challenge this year which means we get to choose which artist we would like to work with. This is really great as it gives us double the choice. We are very lucky with the amazing sponsors that are lined up this year, many of which are old favourites and some that are new to me.

This month we are sponsored by Fred She Said Designs & LeAnn's World

For this challenge I chose to work with Swallowtail by Fred She Said Designs. This file comes with both a coloured version plus lines art to colour yourself in different formats.

I had already printed this image off before Christmas and had great plans of what I was going to make with it. Unfortunately two friends have had very close family members pass away. I rarely make sympathy cards, somehow it feels wrong to have them already to hand almost anticipating the sad times. It is always the saddest reason of all to make a card. Unfortunately as I get older more and more of this type of card is needed so I think maybe I need to make more to add to my stash.

I have a 6" pad of designer paper which is all sunflowers. I decided to colour the butterfly with pencils and placed it so it would be framed by the sunflowers on the paper. I  fussy cut around it (very fiddly....) and gently curled the wings so they stood out from the background. I used a brown card for the base and matted the sentiment with it.

I made it at night and left it until the following day to take a photo. Just as I took it the sun came out and the wings cast a slight shadow. I think there was something quite spiritual about that so decided to use that photo.

I hope you will join myself and our fabulous Team over at

Card Details -

Size - 6” Square

Digital Image - Swallowtail (Fred She Said Designs)

Colouring Medium - Arteza Expert Pencils

Designer Paper - 6” Nature’s Garden Sunflower Collection (Crafter’s Companion)

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


  1. Beautiful sympathy card Mandy,love the Sunflower P.paper and beautiful butterfly-I know how you feel I had three to make last month :(
    Carol x

  2. A very beautiful and comforting card for your friend and her family. Thanks for a wonderul project for The Paper Funday Challenge!
    Donna xx

  3. What a beautiful sympathy card you have made using the Butterfly. Hugs Mrs A.

  4. Pretty card!!! Thanks so much for participating in our LIL PATCH OF CRAFTY FRIENDS challenge!!! I appreciate that you play along and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Have a happy crafty day!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  5. A beautiful card, with a stunning butterfly. Thanks for joining in the challenge at
    Cardz 4 Galz. Caz. DT

  6. Lovely serene sympathy card, Mandy! Thank you for sharing your heartfelt sympathy with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. Good Luck and Happy New Year!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  7. A lovely design. Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.

  8. How beautiful, Mandy! Those soft colors in the background are a perfect back drop for the pretty butterfly! So happy I got to see your creation at Jan’s Digi Stamp Challenges . Thanks for the inspiration, and I hope to see more of your designs soon.
    Crafting Smiles,
    {Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

  9. A beautiful way to express sympathy with a butterfly. Thanks for sharing your creature with us at Critter Crazy, CarolG

  10. Back again to say thankyou for coming and sharing your card in the butterfly garden with me. These are not easy cards to make. I have just had to make one too for hubbys cousin. Hugs Mrs A.

  11. Lovely card Mandy. Beautiful colours and design. Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create ( this month. Hope to see your lovely art work back here again soon. Judy DT

  12. Here I am back wearing another hat. Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at a Place to Start ( ) this month. Hope to see your lovely art work back here again soon. Judy DT

  13. Lovely card Mandy. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Wendy CT

  14. What a gorgeous butterfly! So glad you joined us over at Morgan's ArtWorld.
    ~ Arlene CT

  15. Thank you for joining us at challenge Le Ann's World 101 Challenge
    DT Maria

  16. Beautiful card! So appropriate! Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  17. It's a gorgeous card, Mandy. LOVE the butterfly!
    Thank you so much for joining in at my Crafty Wednesday challenge!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  18. Such a pretty card! Thanks for joining us at The Mix It Up Challenge Blog!


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