Butterflies and Flowers

Butterfly Chase 02Butterflies and Flowers

Hello, Friends!  Recently, I’ve been spotting the biggest, most beautiful butterflies in our back yard.  I don’t know if they are migrating or just looking for some shade in our trees, but they are absolutely gorgeous.  The zinnias are also in full bloom, and those bodacious blossoms always fill my heart with joy.  So the butterflies and flowers were the inspiration for the card I have to share with you today.

Butterfly Chase 01I’ve used digital papers and images from Crafty Secrets to create this 5″ x7″ gatefold card.  I printed off this elegant pink damask paper from the Creating With Vintage Patterns CD.  The wonderful thing about printing your own paper is that you can size it so that the pattern is the right size for the project you are creating.  I sized my pink damask design to 5″ x7″ and the petite pattern works perfectly!  I also printed out a 5″ x7″ sheet of the brown butterfly papers from this CD to use as an accent and on the inside of the card. You’ll see more of that later.

Butterfly Chase 04I also printed out this beautiful Butterfly Chase image from Creating With Vintage Illustrations CD #2.  I printed the image to 4″ square, colored it lightly with Spectrum Noir markers, trimmed it to 3 3/4″ and then matted it with both pink and green cardstock.  I stitched around the edges using a messy stitching technique and then mounted it to the right hand side of the card.

I die cut the greenery using my Heartfelt Creations Bella Rose Die then added some pretty pink flowers that I tapped with Diamond Stickles.  The bow is created with a layer of 1/4″ sherbet grosgrain ribbon and a layer of Iridescent White Metallic String.  I topped this off with a pastel green button.

Butterfly Chase 06The butterfly and metal corner were in my stash.  I tapped them with white acrylic paint so they would match the card. I printed out the sentiment from the Grand Greetings DAS using my PaintShop Pro to change the color from black to brown.

Butterfly Chase 05The inner sentiment is also from the Grand Greeting DAS and has been die cut and matted onto green cardstock. I used the brown butterfly print on either side of the gate fold, then added a pink panel that was embossed with Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Label 34. This was inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink and heat embossed with Wow Neutral Ultra Shimmer Embossing Powder.  Now try saying that 3 times fast!

Is your yard filled with summer butterflies and flowers?  I love t when nature inspires a card design!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Cheerio,

kathy

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14 thoughts on “Butterflies and Flowers

  1. Diane Hover

    Stunning card Kathy!!! Love all the pretty colors and the Crafty Secret papers you have chosen….the inside is as gorgeous as the outside…a stunner that is for sure!!

  2. Robin

    I love this beautiful pink card with flowers and butterflies! At first I was just looking at the stamped image and the mats and thought the rest was a background for your card! LOL But this card is a keeper – it’s just so artfully put together! My zinnias are also so fantastic right now. We’ve been blessed with gorgeous weather and they are going great guns!!! Lots of little butterflies are so happy flying around! Also, Kathy – the Royals are in first place as of last night! My daughter took me to the game – so exciting! She, of course, is in baseball heaven!

  3. Bonnie McLain

    Kathy from North Carolina.. this is BEAUTIFUL… Beautifully crafted, Created and with a lot of love from the inner… Just beautifully done all the way around. Love the colors too… nice card… Just a side note… I home schooled our kids too.. what a world of difference it made… Have a creative day ahead… enjoy it all.. Love, Light and Peace..Bonnie

  4. carol

    Butterflies.are my absolute favourites, they bring joy and beauty into our hearts. I love everything about this card Kathy, it is beautiful. We have had a couple of heavy rainy days in the UK, but hoping for better days towards weekend

  5. Pattie Jns

    An example of spring beauty, with lots of flowers, and butterflies. The simple things missed with our busy days. this is a beautiful vintage card, a keeper to remember.

  6. Tanya

    It makes me long for a time when there was space to chase something beautiful through the air….we were there once. In fields and pastures,laying in meadows watching living things right up next to our eyes…the busywork of ants and dragonflies. Still enough for butterflies to light briefly on our shoulders. It seemed we could take off with them. Thank you for those memories. These cards are that. Memories of everything good…
    I had a laugh with the kids the other day. Remembering when we would tie strings to the legs of June bugs and fly them around in the yard…..

  7. smithgfb

    Oh my goodness, this makes my heart sing this morning! I love the papers, the design and the cute little image on the front! Well done girl!

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