Saturday 1 November 2014

A box of butterflies

It’s the 1st November and a new challenge is starting at Country View Crafts Challenges, chosen by our lovely Trace the theme is bugs, bees and butterflies. True to my blog title and a special love of mine, I chose butterflies and decided I needed somewhere to keep some butterfly embellishments.
Process steps
1. Die-cut matchbox die in kraft card and give a rough coat of gesso.
2. Adhere torn strips of butterfly names taken from an observer book of butterflies.
3. Use the speckled mask to layer on some texture paste.Whilst drying I stamped the box part and made it up. The text is from the Tim Holtz Papillon set of stamps.
4. Next drip some gathered twigs distress stain on the cover …
5. ….. then daub some gesso over it again and when dry cover with a layer of watery pva glue to seal it.
6. Make the box up and dip it again in watery gathered twigs and stormy sky distress stain.
7. Stain some old book paper with the gathered twigs and die-cut butterfly frenzy several times, then dip some of them in the stormy sky.
8. The little tray was overflowing with butterflies, most of them I didn't dip in another colour as that can be done when you need them to fit with the colours of future projects.
9. Put two butterflies together, edging them with walnut stain first and layering them to get a 3D effect.
10. Adhere some to the box.
11. I now have my own frenzy of butterfly embellishments ready for future projects. What about you?

This would make a fabulous gift to send to a crafty friend as a little present don’t you think?

We look forward to seeing you over at the Country View Crafts Challenge this month, do come and join us.

Thanks for dropping by today. Have a wonderful weekend and hopefully some creative time.

hugs Brenda xx

These products I used are available from Country View Crafts. Click on them and you will be transported over there.


Juls said...

This is gorgeous :-) xx

hazel said...

Wow! This is amazing.
xxx Hazel.

Anonymous said...

Wowzers on this one! Totally exquisite!

Nikki Acton said...

Gorgeous! Just cut some matchboxes at Chris's - so thanks for the inspiration! xx

krcmasterpiece said...

LOVE it! Thanks for sharing all the steps so I can create my own!!

Jenny Marples said...

What a perfect way to start a catch up! LOVE the textured surface for your butterflies to settle on. Jenny x

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,love all the

Dagmar said...

It's so beautiful!!!!!!

Martina said...

Exquisitely crafted, dear Brenda ! So beautiful!

eva said...

It's beautiful

2amscrapper said...

so beautiful...I love the texture you created.

sally said...

A lovely box to keep all those butterflies in, some of them are really SMALL!


Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Brenda,
Your matchbox is gorgeous.

craftytrog said...

Such a lovely idea...a gorgeous creation Brenda! xxx

Redanne said...

Oh wow Brenda, you really did create THE most wonderful texture on your matchbox cover, I just want to reach out and touch it! A really beautiful piece. Anne x

Anonymous said...

This is texture which makes me want to reach out and run my fingers across because it looks so scrummy.
A beautiful box all the more special when it is the perfect home for your butterfly embellishments.

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Awesome design! LOVE the butterflies in and out!

mamablitger said...

Brenda you created a fabulous match box project !!!! Great texture, lovely stenciling, and great embellishment using all these beautiful butterflies...just love it.
Thank you for sharing this and also for a detailed how-to. It was such an inspiration.
Hugs from Monica.... Spain

Unknown said...

What an excellent idea and so beautifully made. Love everything about this, practical and stunning - great combo xx

Aspiring crafter said...

This is stunning Brenda, I love all the techniques and products you have used .
Would be a lovely gift .

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous box to store the wonderful butterflies in.

Sylvie Collet said...

I love the texture! a gorgeous box Brenda!!

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

This is so fantastic! I always love your pieces, but this one is especially gorgeous and precious. I love that you took such good care of your butterflies and gave them a beautiful home. I also love the text and the detail that you added to the box and to the butterflies themselves. You are a master of details and I always walk away from your blog inspired!

Jools Robertson said...

So pretty, love all the fabulous texture and subtle colours
Now I know what I need for all my little butterflies

Jools x

Karin said...

wow I love this little butterfly box! Groetjes Karin

Gina said...

Just adorable Brenda! Who wouldn't love a box of Butterflies :D XXX

Sam & Poppy said...

Really beautiful Brenda, love it :) xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Wonderful shabby box with super textures!! Love it!

Sue said...

Wow this is beautiful Brenda, and I loved seeing how it all came together xx

Marjie Kemper said...

Fabulous! So glad I have you on Bloglovin' Brenda as I won't miss a post even when it's 2 weeks later. Sorry for the lapse in visits.