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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Musical Butterfly

Hello and good morning!

Well I finally did it, took a couple of days over the weekend, and got all the Christmas decorations down.  And put the house back together, too, because the two are not mutually inclusive.  OK, I still haven't swapped out the Spode Christmas dishes in the Welsh cupboard for the regular ones, but come ON - I needed some craft  time!  You get it, I know you do.

Today's card is a simple one, a thank you card.  Not a lot of pictures, not a lot of words.  Not a lot of embellishments, either.  Just a simple, straightforward card.  I've been wanting to use the SB dies Fanciful Flight for the longest time and thought the butterfly might look nice dressed up in musical notes.  Specifically, that from my old music books from 1970.  Yep, 43 years ago, when I took piano lessons.  I'm using the old exercise books because these fingers won't be dancing over those scales ever again, so why not get better use out of the books than letting them languish in the garage?

I used the trick of punching out three butterflies then layering them wing to wing to wing so that the middle die cut is popped up rather than lying flat.  That's why it looks a little 3-dimensional.  I layered three center diecuts as well, then adhered them to the bottom layer and embossed the whole thing.  Then I lightly dry-sponged the raised areas with Shimmer Paint.  I also glittered up the butterfly somewhat.

I cut a piece of soft wire and twisted it for the antennae and attached it between the layers of the head, then placed a pearl on top.

A layered greeting with inked edges and a couple of pink pearls, and that was the card.  See?  Just a simple little thank you card without a lot of fuss.  Sometimes simple is good, too.  (Though not too often.) 

Thank you so much for joining me today and I wish you a lovely day doing what you love to do, whatever that may be.  As for me, I think I will start crafting with music more often.

Happy crafting!


Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU)
Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, CME - Rich Browns (Flourishes), SU Subtles stack (for 1st layer)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, TH Victoria Velvet
Extras: SB Fanciful Flight, Dienamics Oval Dainty Doily Duo, Dienamics Oval Stax dies; Modern Labels and Word Window punches; pearls, wire, CI Resplendence Angel Dust, SU Shimmer Paint, Vintage Wallpaper ef (SU).

Challenges entered:

Oozak - Anything Goes + Pink and Bling
Incy Wincy Designs - Tic Tac Toe (3 different papers, metal, pearls and/or bling)
Tammy's Scrapin' Corner #45 - Punch card (use punches) 
Digi Darla's #45 - Anything Goes [put DT after name]
Drunken Stampers #112 - All That Glitters
Allsorts #189 - Dies and Punches
Red Carpet Studio #19 - The Butterfly Effect

MFTWSC106 - Sketch (too late to enter challenge)


Mum of 4 said...

Gorgeous musical butterfly! I love the soft colors on this card! Mwah!

Desire Fourie said...

Shea this is such a pretty little card. Love the embossing and the colours.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Kristi S said...

This is so lovely! Love the butterfly cut from sheet music papers! have a great day!


Desire Fourie said...

Hi Shea, I am back with my design team hat on. Love the butterfly die cut. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
{Tammy’s Scrapin Corner DT Member}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Viv's Visuals said...

Just lovely Shea!

Kim M said...

This is so delicate and pretty! Love how you used the music paper for the butterfly. Thanks for playing along with us at Red Carpet Studio.

catherine said...

Lovely card and thanks for joining in with our challenge over at Allsorts this week
x catherine

Kimie said...

Wow! This one is gorgeous! I especially love the 3D butterfly and the pink pearls. I love the soft colors too. Shabby chic I think. :) LHKK and MWAH! :)

Donna said...

WOW!!! That card is absolutely stunning!
Thanks for playing along with the "All That Glitters" challenge at Drunken Stampers!

Tammy Ortiz said...

Just Gorgeous,
Love this card.
thanks for entering the challenge
hugs Tammy

Donna Ellis said...

Oh My! What a lovely butterfly card! I really like the musical note paper you've selected for the wings. The dry embossing and glitter add just the right amount of texture on your pretty card.

Samantha said...

lovely card and love all the extra glitz too! Thanks for Playing along with us this time at Allsorts, hugs Samantha :0)

Patty K said...


Absolutely beautiful. Please share where you bought the butterfly die.


brenda said...

Stunning work Shea, I really love it.

Thanks so much sharing with us at Allsorts challenge this week.

B x

Cheryl First said...

This is amazing! I love that you recycled old score sheets! Super clever! I think sometimes a simple, clean, uncluttered card like this speaks volumes - much like music! :0)
Happy Crafting!
Cheryl First
aka Cafexpressions

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Gorgeous card Shea!! The butterfly is fabulous!! Love that embossing folder too!!

Thank you for sharing your wonderful creation with us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner!! Have a fantastic day!! Hope you see you again next week. Hugs, Gloria DT

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

This card is really interesting. Great job.

Lisa D.