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Monday 25 July 2011

CCM #51 Butterflies

Over at Crafty Cardmakers we have a new challenge today which is to feature Butterflies on your project. I know we will get lots of entries for this challenge because butterflies are so popular, especially with me.

As it happens I just visited the Butterfly Farm at Stratford Upon Avon on Saturday. If you like Butterflies and other insects it is a great place to visit as you go into a massive warm green house and there are just hundreds of beautiful butterflies of all types and colours flying around freely and if you are really lucky they sometimes land on you :)

This is me with only 2 of the 4 butterflies that landed on me, I've only ever had 1 before. There was one on my boob too which you can't see in this shot. The weird thing is that I have just one tattoo, a pink and purple butterfly and it is on that shoulder, maybe they knew somehow??

The butterfly farm is my happy place, I come out feeling so calm and serene having witnessed the beauty of these amazing creatures just flittering about without a care in the world. It is the first time I have driven there and it only took an hour, when we used to go on the train before it used to take almost 2 hours so that was a nice bonus.

Anyhoo, sorry for waffling on and back to the card......

The butterflies I have used for this project are a digi coloured with Promarkers and I added some Sakura glitter pen to them but it hasn't photographed very well so may be hard to see. I really liked as it had a small butterfly in the writing too. I have curled the wings and used tiny foam pads to stick down the body only.

I used a sketch for the layout and stuck to a pallete of purples. The main background paper is by DCWV and the spotty paper is an embossed glitter one from My Minds Eye. I have used a toning plain cardstock for matting and these areas are raised on 3D foam. scraps of the cardstock were then punched with a Martha Stewart design to create a double layered 'ribbon'

We would love it if you took part in this challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers. My fellow DT have made some absolutely gorgeous cards with flutterbies and it would be great to see your entries.

We are sponsored by The Stampman and they are offering a prize of a £10 store voucher for one lucky winner so you could even win a prize!

Materials Used in this card are as follows:-

Card Size - A5
Sentiment - The Basic Sentiments - Raindrop Echo Designs
Paper - DCWV Peeking Posies, My Minds Eye Glitter embossed spotty
Embellishments - Bit of Sakura Glitter pen
Tools - 3d Foam pads, Martha Stewart decorative punch

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical order) :-


Star said...

This is so pretty!! I thought it was a digital card at first, your coloring is perfect! Ab fab!

Priscilla said...

Love your card..Such a pleasure to visit your blog. Great take on the sketch. I love the picture of you with the butterflies..that is so cool..I have never seen that before..maybe one butterfly,but, that is so special. Thank you so much for joining in the fun this week at the Midnight Madness sketch challenge.
MMSC Hostess

Chris Hanselman said...

Wow!! Love the card, and butterflies are my fav too. Although my tattoo is a CareBear :)

Gunn (MsPlum) said...

Oh wow! This is super pretty! Love the blue and purple togheter! Great take on the sketch!
Thanks for joining our challenge - I hope to see you play with us again real soon!
Midnight Madness Design Team

Unknown said...

thanks for joining us at clear It Out, this is just to cute!

Priscilla said...

Mandy, I am trying to reach you via email and not sure if you are getting my emails. Could you please email me at and let me know if you have gotten my emails pretty please.

Danni said...

Fabulous card and I love the photo too! That is one beautiful butterfly! Thank you for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

Donna Moore said...

Hi Mandy,
Such a beautiful card, your shades of purple are luscious!! I love your take on this weeks sketch at Midnight Madness, thank you for joining the challenge! I loved reading about your trip to the butterfly farm, I must google and see if there is one close to me, this is such a lovely way to spend a glorious afternoon!!

papertrails leaver said...

what a gorgeous card! Your trip to the butterfly farm looks amazing! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations! :-) Amy

Marlene said...

Ooooh....I LOVE butterflies. Love your card...and love the REAL ones! Look at you all cute with those winged beauties on you!

Denise @ kc242 said...

Wow what a pretty card! LOVE those butterflies. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Midnight Madness!

Shelly Schmidt said...

WOw- Congrats on your win at Midnight Madness- I love your beautiful card and love the picture of the butterflies that have landed on your shirt!

Lin said...

Wow Mandy this is gorgeous, and I'm another one who thought they were printed until I read your description.

You look lovely with the butterflies on you.

I went to the butterfly farm on the IOW once, but what struck me, apart from their beauty, was the overpowering smell of hot fruit!

Lin xx

WencheP said...

Beautiful card, love the butterflies. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


Anonymous said...

Oh I haven't been to a butterfly farm in ages, now I really need to go, lol. Fabulous card. Love the colours you've used too. xx

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

Hi Mandy!
Beautiful card & gorgeous butterflies!
I just joined the Outlawz & have become your newest follower. I would love for you to visit my blog Sharrahug’s Sweet Blessings
Have a wonderful day!
Huggies ~

Debbles Dabbles said...

I'm a sucker for butterflies....and purple so you have me totally!! Great card. Hope you will join us again soon!

Miranda said...

adorable card Mandy, very cute
thanks for joining the DYSU challenge this week

Nicola said...

Stunning card Mandy, love the butterflies and gorgeous colour combo!
Thanks for entering our Free and Easy challenge at Allsorts this week and good luck!
Love Nicola xxx

raindropecho said...

A gorgeous card and an even more beautiful photo! What a wonderful moment to capture. Thank you also for using the sentiment :)

- Ann

Ren-Yi said...

Butterfly farms are amazing. I love them for the same reason. The card is absolutely gorgeous. Love the color scheme. Thanks for playing along with us at DYSU.

Bettina L. said...

Such a gorgeous butterfly card. Love the colours. Thanks for playing at Totally Gorjuss this week and good luck. Bettina

Beverley said...

Beautiful card. I love the butterfies and the colours are gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenge.
Bev x

Eiglas said...

I love your card Mandy and also your 'real' butterflies! How super to actually have them alight on you!

Gale said...

Great butterfly card! I enjoyed reading about your trip to the butterfly place.
Thanks for sharing your 'Sparkle' with us at GingerLoft Challenges! :) Gale