Sunday, February 7, 2016

Butterfly and Blooms

2/17/2016 Update: This card was a Ruby winner at the Color Dare Challenge!

After deciding to participate in the Color My Heart: Color Dare #179 challenge, I realized I was missing some necessary elements and there was only one quick way to get them: go shopping in my friend's stash! She often shops through my stash so I knew she could help.

Required CTMH colors are: White Daisy, Black, Sorbet, Whisper, Slate and Champagne or close match.

Clicking on photographs of the card will provide enlarged images.

This designer paper is called Charlotte and I describe it as soft and sweet. It contains all the colors required. So with my neighbor's Charlotte paper packet and some of my own items, the card took shape.

A panel of DSP was edge-sponged with ink and adhered to the card base and the card was lined with a panel of white then decorated with two punched butterflies. No sentiment or verse was stamped at this time. The art piece consists a panel of Charlotte stamped with little floral "pinwheels" topped with two more panels of DSP. The black ribbon was added, the die cut images were adhered with foam to add dimension.

The light colored flower was backed with a layer of the gray stripe background paper to give it contrast with the surface. The art piece was backed with foam to lift it from the card base.

Because we crafters like odd numbers and only two flowers were used, a butterfly image was added for the third element. One in black to offer a shadow for the one punched from the champagne. My biggest challenge in making this card was incorporating the Champagne color. All I had was the butterfly, so a stripe was added on the right of the card base and Champagne colored pearls were added to the flowers. Clear
Wink of Stella was applied to the butterfly, the Champagne stripe and the flower centers. Three black gems make up the body of the butterfly. The floral leaves were popped up with Kool-Tac clear foam.

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Techniques: Stamping, sponging, die cutting, punch cutting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stampin' Up!: Smoky Slate, Basic Black & Whisper White cardstock, DSP "Best Year Ever" & "Confetti Celebrations" Collections, Crisp Cantaloupe & Basic Gray inks, Botanical Blooms Stamp & Die Bundle, Dimensionals, Bitty Butterfly punch

Close to My Heart (from friend's stash): DSP "Charlotte" Collection paper packet

Misc. from my stash: Martha Stewart pearls, ribbon, black gems, Wink of Stella (clear), Kool-Tac clear foam


  1. Mel.... this is GORGEOUS! Love Love Love!!

  2. So pretty Melanie! I love this color scheme and your flowers are stunning! The little butterfly adds the perfect balance. :)

  3. This card is truly a work of art! It has wonderful textures, dimension, design and embellishments. We are honored to have you join us again in the Color Dare challenge!
    :) Marie

  4. Mel, this is a beautiful card, and the combination of the design papers from CTMH and Stampin' are a real complement to each other. Love all your die-cuts and choices of paper and color. Stunning card.

  5. What a beautiful card! Love the little peek of the inside too!

  6. WOW! What a beautiful card. Love all the details in the flowers and the butterfly. Thank you for inspiring us at Color My Heart Challenge Blog.

  7. Great card, Melanie. All the different layers and papers are just terrific and the flowers are gorgeous! Thanks for taking a Color Dare!

  8. So beautiful. I love all the layers and patterns! Thank you for playing along this week on Color My Heart.

  9. Melanie, this is a great card. I love the butterfly...great touch. My neighbors shop in my stash frequently too!