Sparkling best of butterflies …

Ooh! What a busy, bustling time of the year it is!  Lots to do as we prepare for Christmas.  But amid the seasonal makes, I found time to make a card for the lovely Diane, to let her know just how much she is going to be missed.

I used the largest butterfly from the best of butterflies stamp set from Stampin’ Up!, stamped three times in island indigo without re-inking – to achieve 3 shades of the same colour. 

Best of butterflies leaving card

I hand cut the butterflies and then stacked them, one on top of each other, adhering with a little tombo glue.  I popped small pieces of stampin’ dimensionals between the wings to keep them raised, giving a 3D effect. 

To add a little sparkle to the butterfly, I used a two-way glue pen around the edges of the wings and sprinkled with dazzling diamonds glitter. 

Best of butterflies

I added glitter to the tea lace paper doily too, although this was more of a happy accident than design. I used my anywhere glue stick to adhere the doily, completely forgetting for a moment about the holes in the doily!  So I sprinkled dazzling diamonds on the doily too … sparkly serendipity!

A sprinkling of adhesive pearls – one coloured with crystal effects and ink to colour match the butterfly…   

Best of butterflies 2

Whisper white baker’s twine, tied around the card in a small bow, added some soft texture. 

The doilies were actually a gift from one my Stampin’ Up friends – Jane – which I’ve had for ages and not used (they are so pretty too).  I finally put them to good use Jane – thank you!  I love Jane’s crafting style – do check out her beautiful creations at Petite Fleur Paperie.

And I was delighted to learn this week, that my Christmas card made the top 3 in the  Around the World Stampin’ Up! Challenge!  I’m so pleased! 

Spurred on by this success, I’ve entered today’s card in the Less is More challenge – which this week is “sparkle”.

LIM for blinkie

And the inspiration for today’s card came from a birthday card and gift box my gorgeous friend, Debs, made for me…

Debs projects

Thank you for my birthday gifts Debs – you are so talented and I love you to bits!   

You can see more of Deb’s projects on her blog – Wrightcrafty

Here’s what I used to make today’s card – all supplies from Stampin’ Up!:

cardstock: naturals white, sahara sand, whisper white; stamp sets: best of butterflies; inks: island indigo; accessories: adhesive pearls, stampin’ dimensionals, anywhere glue stick, tea lace paper doily, whisper white baker’s twine, crystal effects, island indigo re-inker, two-way glue pen, dazzling diamonds; additional: computer generated sentiment.

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10 Comments to “Sparkling best of butterflies …”

  1. Thanks Linda! I’m a very happy bunny right now 😀 xx

  2. As usual a really gorgeous card x

  3. Lovely card Gill
    well done for coming in to the top 3 wow
    love your falling snowflakes on your screen
    hope to catch up for a cuppa tea
    Lin

  4. Fab card Gill, I love your ideas! Congrats too on the challenge…you deserve it! Love the sparkly doily! LesleyG xxxx

  5. Lovely butterflies, I can see why you were inspired by your friend’s card!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    “Less is More

  6. Gill,
    Congratulations my lovely friend! You deserve it!
    Your cards are always beautiful and inspiring. Love Debs x x x

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