Friday, March 4, 2011

Butterfly Delight

When I saw the Flutterby stamp released by Stamping Bella for the January CHA convention I was psyched. I love butterflies and this one looked so whimsical and fun. I will tell you that today's card, like the life of a butterfly, did have an evolution though. I actually made three before I was happy with the result.

It started here...
The stamp is rather large so pairing it with design paper on a card, I found to be a challenge. So I decided to make my own. I stamped the image multiple times onto Bella's Bestest paper using Memento Tuxedo black ink but made sure that I only had one full impression. Then I colored with copics and adorned with a vellum sentiment banner. I liked how the flower embellishment on the button matched the flowers around the butterfly.

My second try came after seeing a photo in Country Living. There were two butterfly portraits done in bright blues and greens matted white on white. Simple, classic, beautiful. Here's my attempt but it reminded me too much of Kimabella's card last week to leave as is. Husband put in his two cents and said that it was too simple, no layers of cardstock, no buttons, bows or ribbon like I usually have.

I took his comments to heart, headed back to my craft room and voila...
this is the result. I love the fun quirky stitching, reminds me of the flight pattern a butterfly might take. I love the sentiment although it's not a Bella but it gave a little simple grounding. I loved the colors of the butterfly and the pretty sparkly glitter.

So we have Bella Babes, Mini's and apparently "Bucks"; Our dear guys that love to impart their opinion in our craftdom. Do you get that in your house too? At least I have found how versitile this stamp can be.

Mini-Bella McKenzie joined us again this week. She inked up Mavis has a Daisy. Great job McKenz on your paper selection and I love your coloring too...Mavis looks like she has real fur. Not to mention that your layout looks like you're a pro.

Next week's challenge is Easter. I've had Easter on my mind for weeks now so this should be easy. If you don't have an eggy or bunny Bella stamp, why not use spring colors and pair it with an Easter sentiment? Just be sure to send a photo of your creation to by Thursday night.

Have a great weekend.



Pauline said...

Lovely cards. You did a great job using this butterfly.
I love butterflies as well, and when I saw this stamp wasn't quite sure what to do with it. Now I know. I love the simplicity of it like in card #2! Great job Cath!

LindaH said...

I gotta say, I'm all about pure and simple and I'm TOTALLLY LOVING #2!...sorry hubs!

Dana White said...

Cath thee are both lovely but I love the effect on the 2nd one when you added the layers (you know I love layers) and the stitching; I need to learn to do this kind of stitching
Yeah McKenzie love Mavis - so cute can't wait to see what you have this week