Friday, December 31, 2010

JAI 49 - just add summer

Hi all,

hope you all had a lovely Christmas filled with lots of fun, relaxing, good food and family! Despite the weather being a bit so-so we did manage to make it to the beach at least once over Christmas which the kids loved (and pick up a little bit of sunburn - ouch - but only a little). The beach to me really is the essence of summer and that is what the challenge from Just Add Ink is about this week - Just Add Summer! Despite all this talk about the beach my card was inspired by something else - more butterflies than I can ever remember - swirling around the garden and once when we went for a walk through the National Botanical gardens literally a whole swirling whirly mass - it was just like walking through a butterfly aviary!! The ones in our garden are a striking black and orange so that is the colour combo I went with.

I started by stamping the gorgeous little graphic butterfly (All a Flutter) repeatedly in black across Whisper White. Once I filled up the panel, I added a die cut Pumpkin Pie butterfly,which I also embossed, then I layered over some striped Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon, then added another All a Flutter butterfly but this one I coloured using my aquapainter. The final touch was to add a black flower button tied with some linen thread. The image panel was then layered onto a Basic Black mat and then the Pumpkin Pie base. The inside was finished off with another coloured butterfly swirling its way across.

Most unusually for me I didn't add a sentiment but I liked the way that it looked and figured adding one would spoil it! So have you had any butterflies swirling past you yet this summer?? My gorgeous Miss 5 can keep herself occupied for an hour racing around the garden trying to catch one! So if you have time this week why don't you add some summer too (whatever hemisphere you are in) and link your creation back to Just Add Ink.

Thanks for visiting and Happy New Year to you all too :)

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: All a Flutter, Baby Buttons Bits (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Beautiful Butterflies BigZ die, Vintage wallpaper embossing floder, Pumpkin Pie 1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon, Linen Thread, Neutral button, Aqua Painter, Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive, Double sided tape (non SU!)


  1. This is super duper gorgeous. Into my CASE file!!

  2. Lovely Kim, great colour choice.

    Happy new year!

  3. WOW this is funky-as!!! Love orange - I must use it more often!

  4. FAB card!!! great color!!
    happy new year :)

  5. Very beautiful Kim! Just love that striped ribbon and striking colour combo!

  6. This is amazing Kim!! WOW it's soooo striking, I mean that ribbon and the layers and the detail of the top butterfly, OUTSTANDING!!!!
    I saw a butterfly the other day outside my window, they really are wonderful insects!
    Happy New YeaR!!
    SMiles Sharnee :)

  7. Luv, Luv, Luv your butterfly and in my most favourite colour of all time (in fact ever since I was asked when I was in prep.....every other girl said pink....I was the only one who said ORANGE!)TFS Have a great New Year. Cheers Donna Zammit

  8. Wow! This is SO gorgeous! I haven't been fussed on the Pumpkin Pie striped ribbon, but you've made it look gorgeous!

  9. This is gorgeous Kim. Love the ribbon and colour, PP is a favourite of mine.

  10. Stunning!! Butterflies galore - fab!

  11. This is fantastic! I would love to be given a card like that! A real artwork.

  12. Love this to bits, Kim! The colours are perfect for this challenge.


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