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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Wonderful Sweet Butterfly

 I was sitting with my children yesterday afternoon watching a new cartoon on PBS called Wild Kratts. They mentioned a few facts about how much a monarch caterpillar eats and compared it to either a human eating the same volume as 2 1/2 elephants or a human would grow to the size of 2 1/2 elephants. I'm fuzzy on the details since I was taking little naps throughout the show. {snort} In either situation I think I'd feel a bit miserable, but that's because I'm human and not destined to be a beautiful fluttering Monarch butterfly.  Nature is a wonderful thing when that consumption turns out to be a beautiful dainty butterfly. I know y' all are dreamin' now.

Anyway, I had made this card starting with the butterfly image that somehow found it's way into my recent order from Layers of Colors. Laura was so sweet to send me the Embroidery Butterfly that I really wanted to create something special to say thanks. Thank you Laura!

I started out trying to make my vellum look like aida cloth with a linen background stamp. It was another happy mistake as I prepped the linen-stamped-vellum with an embossing buddy and disastrously swiped away the ink from the vellum. I shrugged my shoulders and decided to just stamp the butterfly and emboss it anyway, but to my surprise a small amount of embossing powder stuck to the little bit of linen image left on the vellum. It was a shabby style direction for sure. My whole card, save the cardbase, was crumbled, sponged, water damaged and crinkled some more. Too much to describe but it was almost like making a clay pot on a pottery wheel. Way TOO much FUN!

Here are some details from the card showing other art stamps from Layers of Colors.

verse from The Love Chapter on DIY spiral note paper

Backyard Birds

sentiment from Flutterescent and the  Embroidered Butterfly

These stamps are bringing out a new style for me and I must admit that my camera likes taking photos of them. {wink}

Thank you for stopping and seeing my card today!

Stamps: Embroidered Butterfly, The Love Chapter, Backyard Birds, Flutterescent
Paper: K & Co. Jubilee, cream, graph paper from my mother-in-law's office supplies, vellum
Ink: Lovely Lilac, Ranger distress inks (antiqued linen, tea dye, walnut ink stain), CTMH brown bag
Accessories: Ranger Queen's Gold EP, SU! Gold EP, sewing machine and brown heavy duty thread, DIY spiral note paper edge (Mat Stack template, 1/16-inch hole punch, scissors), DIY glitter buttons (3 button dies in thin chipboard glued together for each button, tacky glue, MS gold glitter, Glossy Accents and metallic gold ink around the edges)


  1. Way too pretty to be just a card. I like the way you worked the bird into the mix. Beautiful cj

  2. Hello Janette - I just popped over to see what you have been up to and WOW - this is divine! I love the embossed Embroidered Butterfly - it is divine! I do love your style and am popping you on my Blog List today - I don't want to miss anything! Love the sentiment too - it could not be more perfect! Thank you for inspiring - love it! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda LOC Design Team

  3. Such beautiful details on this! Obviously the linen background was not a mistake at all...love the way it pops around the butterfly. Also love how you have the bird placed..checking out the butterfly. Just perfect details on this..

  4. Beautiful. What a beautiful"Mistake". I love all the gorgeous details!


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