Saturday 20 February 2010

Butterfly Joy Card

Good morning, what a wonderful bright and sunny day in this neck of the woods.

This card has been a real experiment for me as I have used a number of challenges to complete it. I looked for those that I liked and thought I could incorporate into one card and I can't believe what I have come up with.

I initially started with the sketch from Willow Sketchie to give me my layout and I have been a bit crafty here as you will see. This is not the flat design that it may look like here. I have carefully put the pieces together to show the design as you look straight at it but when you open it up the elements fit together to form a Joy Card, the inspirarion for this came from Project Tuesday.

I stamped the butterfly image, embossed it with bronze embossing powder and masked it off to brayer the background using Big and Juicy Soothing Senset keeping to the pink end of the colour range. I used distress inks Shabby Shutters and Dusty Concord to pull the ink in from the edges. I then stamped the foliage using several stamps from my collection. Having completed that I painted the butterfly using cosmic shimmers and edged it with a MS glitter glue called Kunzite. Simon says Stamp has a recipe challenge this week which is to use three different embellishments, two patterned papers and one image, so this fits the bill, I have used the brads, ribbon and flowers for this. I included some stitching to meet the Cuttlebug challenge and metal in the form of the brads and flower stems to meet the Cute Card Thursday challenge. Gingersnap Creations challenge this week is to use three of your favourite colours so I chose pink, for all the girls in our family, lilac, as it is one of Mum's favourite colours to wear and brown because it reminds me of the 70's and is my surname. So that all fits together well.
I found this really sweet birthday poem on the internet which was free and used it in the centre and this meets Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge for birthday layouts, gifts and cards.  The flowers were cream and pink so I used lilac pearlidoodles to add the mauvy colour and sprayed them with Rose Tea Glimmer Mist. I have also used the Sakura glitter pens to fill in some of the flowers on the patterned papers and although you can't see it here I printed the foliage and a message of 'explore, image, dream on the left inside page over the patterned paper.
I am pleased with the overall outcome and I hope you like it too. Have a great saturday.
Luv Bxx

Challenge List
Willow Sketchie Challenge - Layout
Penny's Paper-Crafty challenge - Happy Birthday
Little Red Wagon - Ribbon
Cuttlebug Challenge - Stitch it and be inspired
Crafty Creations challenge #55 - Stitching
Creative Belli Challenge #85 - butterflies and dragonflies
Cute Card Thursday challenge 100 - Metal Mania
Treehouse Thursday Challenge #037 - Paper Piecing
Project Tuesday - Joy Fold Card