Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Birthday Butterfly

Hi there,

When I saw the picture that Makeesha Byl had selected for her weekly challenge this week – I was initially stumped – no really I was. Here is her inspiration picture. (I'll edit Keesh's link in once its up).

The colour part was easy – I was figuring on Regal Rose, Rose Red and Tempting Turquoise and to use a butterfly or lots of butterflies. I would have liked to make a butterfly shaped card, or a stained glass butterfly but gave up both ideas as too hard for the limited time I have to hand (Monday night once the kids are in bed and what ever nap time Mr 2 has – unfortunately he is not a long sleeper). So this is what I came up with in the end.

A close up of the layered butterfly

I had a couple of inspiration sources, this sketch from Karen Giron Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge, as well as how she balanced her light and dark layers in her card for this sketch. Also I watched a video tutorial by Sarah Klass for covering and embellishing a head band. She made a ribbon rosette/flower and when I watched it was a case of – oh is that how you do that!! So I just had to incorporate that in too. I still need girl’s birthday cards so this challenge was a perfect fit for that.

Ok as briefly as possible I started with a Regal Rose base (4”6’ sq), cut a Rose Red layer to go on that. Found some dotty Turquoise DSP, and cut that into four squares, that were layered onto the Rose Red. Then a smaller panel of Regal Rose, with some Rose Red DSP (from 2008/2009?), then cut a large scalloped circle in Regal Rose and a white mat for it. Made a ribbon rosette from Rose Red double stitched grosgrain ribbon, layered that with a scallop circle of turquoise DSP, then (almost there…) layered that with a butterfly (Regal Rose base with Rose Red flowers), then added an acetate butterfly (stamped with white stazon, with the same flowers, wings bent up – and adhered with a medium sized clear rhinestone (whewww). Final touches – some turquoise satin ribbon and a white happy birthday rub-on.

I was pretty happy with how it turned out in the end. Although posting it might be a bit tricky – ah well you can’t have everything ;)

The inside was finished off to match the front, and the butterfly inside has three little rhinestones as its body to glam it up a bit.

Thanks for visiting,


Recipe: All SU unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: Regal Rose, Rose Red, White Stazon
Accessories: Petals and Paisley DSP (R), Rose Red DSP (R), Standard and Scalloped circle nestabilities (Spellbinder), Butterfly punch, Scallop circle punch,Acetate, 1” Rose Red double stitched grosgrain ribbon, Clear Rhinestone brad, Chit Chat rubon, rhinestones (Kaiser), turquoise ribbon (local craft store), Glue dots, dimensionals, Double sided tape, SNAIL adhesive.


  1. Stunning card Kim. Love the butterfly focal complete with acetate layer...it looks so pretty.

    If you find the card won't fit in the post to the intended recipient...you know when my b'day is ;-).

    Have a good one!

  2. love this card. it is simply gorgeous.


  3. Hi ho Kim!

    Just LOVE this butterfly card with its acetate wings! So pretty! And those bunnies in the post below are soooooooo cute!

    Luv Karen

  4. This is lovely. The butterfly is wonderful. I am going to make right now I love ti so much.

  5. Love, Love, Love that flutterby!!

  6. Love it Kim! It has soooo much interest, the acetate wings, the bling, the ribbon rosette and that gorgeous satin bow!! Karen's sketch is just perfect for it too :)

    Lee x

  7. Gorgeous vibrant colours that work together so well on your card! TFS :-)

  8. A very beautiful bright card Kim, the layered butterfly is just so pretty. You've done a great job with the challenge. Thanks for joining in this week.

  9. Gorgeous card. The colours are awesome, well done.

  10. WOW Kim, what a stunning card! I LOVE the acetate wings on your butterfly, just adorable. Thanks so much for playing again! Love Keesh x


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