Saturday, April 10, 2021

Be You!

It's wonderful to have spring again in all its glory. In Arizona, certain cacti are in full bloom. Their orange, white, and yellow blossoms abound and the honey bees are everywhere! Many of the Hummingbirds have left for northern climates but we still have plenty of desert fauna remaining. 

I had this pad of patterned paper in my stash and it reminded me of spring. I am submitting this to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #415, a weekly challenge that is running from Monday, April 5, through Sunday evening, April 13, 2021. Here is their inspirational sketch:

I decided to use black cardstock for my card base because of the black and white striped awning on the flower cart and the bodies of the butterflies. I added the butterfly paper to the card base, then added a strip of pink gingham paper, which is the reverse side of the butterfly paper. I used a die to create the small scalloped borders. I matted the sentiment panel with black cardstock. (The sentiment panel comes from the paper pad.) Two butterflies were die-cut from black cardstock. In keeping with the sketch, a smaller one was added to the card front and dressed up using pearls and Glossy Accents. The shine from the Glossy Accents really enhances the dark butterflies but did not photograph well. The inside of the card was lined with a panel of white cardstock and decorated with a die-cut scallop strip. The second larger butterfly was added to the inside. There is sufficient space remaining to write a personal note. 

Give this challenge a try by visiting the AHSC415 Blog!

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Basic Black
Paper: Carta Bella "Flower Garden"
Dies: Mama Elephant (scalloped border) & RCD (Dancing Butterfly Trio)
Misc.: Glossy Accents, pearls & foam tape from stash


  1. So pretty!! Love the little butterflies, fantastic sentiment and colors too! :)

  2. Love those papers together. The black accents the image very nicely. Thank you for joining us at AHSC this week.

  3. This paper is so perfect for spring. Love, love, love that butterfly! Thanks for sharing with us at Atlantic Hearts :)

  4. Such a super cute card, love the butterfly! I am a little jealous of your springtime, still have snow flying here! I don't think I could handle AZ in the summer though! Thanks for playing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

  5. Can we just say, ADORABLE??? Great card! I like the way you used our sketch this week. Thank you for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week!

  6. How darling, I love the butterfly combined with the soft spring pastels, just so pretty! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC).

    Brandi R.
    DT member AHSC

  7. Love your card, Melanie! You used our sketch well! Thanks for sharing at Atlantic Hearts.

  8. too cute! sweet colors. perfect for this sketch, thanks for sharing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge.