Friday, July 20, 2012

Aren't Butterflies Beautiful ...

Morning All!
This week's challenge at Joan's Gardens is based on the BUTTERFLY!  And since I had a Cheery Lynn Designs butterfly die that I had never used yet ... 
today's the day.

The challenge requirements are:
  • Make a butterfly card
       (Cheery Lynn Designs DL160 Large Lace Faerie Queen Butterfly)
  • Use green and yellow
      (SU Daffodil Delight card base, Best Creation Glitter Paper Outline sheet)
  • Use something from nature (for instance a fern)
      (Bumble Bee stickers, Sizzix greenery branch in SU Old Olive and a flower made using the Cheery Lynn 'Build a Flower #1' die set)
  • Have at least 3 layers 
    (Base card, Pattern Paper Outline, Cheery Lynn DL102 ' French Pastry' die ... Butterfly, flower & Greenery)

I just LOVE the new Cheery Lynn Designs 'Build a Flower #1' die set that Selma Stevenson helped design for Cheery Lynn.  I've die cut the the pieces with white cardstock then used Momento 'Cantaloupe' & 'Bamboo Leaves' to set the colors I wanted.   I've also added a touch of sparkle to parts of the butterfly with Stickles 'diamonds'.  The other dies used are the Cheery Lynn Designs 'Fanciful Flourish Small' B117S and the Sizzix #656064 set for the green branch.  I've used the reverse tweezers from my PunchBunch Flower Making Kit (purchased at Joan's Gardens) to add texture to the leaves by pinching & folding.

Here's a little better view of this gorgeous butterfly.  There are also 'angel wings' included in this die set but I left them off for this design (mainly because I'm not sure how they are supposed to work!  LOL ... have to talk to Joan/Selma about that).  Originally I had only inked the body of the butterfly with Momento 'bamboo leaves' die then at the last minute I thought it needed more color and went over it with the Tim Holtz 'Peeled Paint' marker.  The rest of the butterfly was colored by using Momento Inks and sponge daubers.

A few other qualifying challenges:
365 Cards: Day 141 - Delicate
Charisma Cards #28 - Your favorite animal (hope butterflies count)
Just Inspirational Challenge - Photo inspiration
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky - Make your own flower
The House that Stamps Built - Outdoors or Wildlife
Craft My Life (new challenge) - July - Anything Goes

I'm so glad you stopped by today and I hope you'll come join in the fun over at Joan's Gardens.  Not only does she have a FABULOUS array of products you can purchase in her shoppe ... but her Thursday challenges are GREAT FUN and can sometimes be down right challenging!!!  She went easy on us this week!  If you take the time and join in Joan's challenge, I'll be sure to pop on over ... take a peek ... and leave you some love!  I find it amazing how much inspiration I draw from everyone else!!



  1. Gorgeous card Darlene, such a lovely design and the colours are so wonderful


  2. Very original ! Fine and delicate work. Magnificent butterfly. Beautiful colours. Good work ! Bravo !

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.

    Hugs from France.

  3. Hello my friend. Your card is absolutely stunning. Oh how I wish I could pop over and meet you all, it would be such fun. We are off on holiday on Sunday for 2 weeks, but I'll try and keep in touch. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxxx

  4. Hi Dar! Love your yellow/green butterfly card! Gorgeous! Hope to see you at Joan's in August. :)

  5. This is absolutely beautiful! I love the flower.

  6. Beautiful card-love the colors and flower!

  7. Darlene, Your card is stunning! WOW!

  8. Wow!!! I'm not sure where to begin....this is breathtaking! What a fabulous card and we're so glad you joined the challenge at The House That Stamps Built.

  9. Gorgoues! Lovely intricate details!
    Great take on the theme!
    Thanks for joining us at 365cards!
    ~Michelle Looi

  10. A gorgeous bright and colourful card, thank you for sharing it with us at Fab'n'Funky this week

    hugs Vicky xxx

  11. oh wow Hun that is one stunning card gosh adore those colours and your detail is stunning,xx

  12. That butterfly die is just amazing, isn't it? I love how you've used it on this beautiful, detailed card.

  13. very pretty card
    thanks for joining us at Charisma this week

  14. This is an over the top beautiful creation Darlene! Love love love how you've used that butterfly die and the doily is a perfect backdrop for it!


  15. stunning reminds me of the sunshine that is struggling to get out well actually so much more than the sun :) just beautiful
    Hugs Kate xx

  16. Wow! This is a stunning card. I love the colour combo and your butterfly is so beautiful. Truly fabulous!

    Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky Challenges. Hope you'll be back with us again soon.

    Rachel x

  17. What a pretty card! Thanks so much for visiting me and leaving such lovely comments - I appreciate it!

  18. I always love to visit. Your talent just makes me want to be creative! Gorgeous card!

  19. Beautiful as usual - you are so talanted. Love it.

  20. A gorgeous card...what a pretty and delicate butterfly...and love the flower and the bees are a cute add on for the nature element...pretty~pretty!!

  21. Darlene your card is stunning!! I just love it all and that butterfly is to die for!!

  22. What a beautiful card! I love the details and colors you used! Thank you for joining us this week at the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge!

    Jackie, Fab 'n Funky DT

  23. Just beautiful Darlene, awesome card!!

  24. gorgeous creation! Thanks for joining in this weeks challenge at Charisma! Gemma :)

  25. Beautiful,love your colors and the lovely diecut butterfly. Thanks for playing along with the Bloggers Challenge!

  26. Beautiful card Darlene. Great job.

    Thanks so much for joining us at Joan's Gardens for our weekly challenge.

  27. This is stunning Darlene, just incredible and fantastic colour scheme :-) Thank you for joining my all crafts challenge, hope to see you enter again next time :-) Elaine-xxx-


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