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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 8 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Butterflies and Flowers!!

So, last week I went back to the fracture clinic about my toe. They were happy that the toe hadn't rotated back out of line - so that was positive. But I have to keep it strapped up for a couple more weeks, and it's take several more for it to heal properly!! She kindly told me that by then I should be pain free!!
It's really starting to impact on my daily life. I have only set of footwear that I can bear to have on my feet when I'm out and about. It takes me forever to walk anywhere!! At the weeked, I managed to get a pair of crocs on to try to do some gardening (there was no way my gardening boots were going on!!). Stepping on a very soft veg patch that had just been dug over by my hubbie was excruciating as my foot sank into it. It was very frustrating as there is so much to do. Probably more so for him as he was having to do the work for me under my supervision - never a good combination!!

Anyway, onto the matter at hand. This card started life as my card for the Crafty Cardmakers Recipe Challenge. I always had it in mind for my friend's birthday - but felt I could blend the two. If you've read my blog entry for the Challenge, you'll know that when it came to it, the embellishments I needed to use for the recipe just didn't work with the rest of the card. 

For the main image, I used a wooden backed butterfly stamp that was one of my first ever craft purchases - and has rarely been used!! I stamped it using Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, clear embossed it, and used Weathered Wood and Bundled Sage to colour it in. The idea was to match the colours to the backing papers - both of which came from a pad that came free with a magazine (sorry can't remember which one). I also used some Bazzil dark pink card to create a break between the layers of paper, and also as a mat for the butterfly image (which was cut with a nestie). I used a very thin satin ribbon to wrap round the card both vertically and horizontally - a bit like a parcel.

I made the flowers by die cutting small circles, cutting them into thin spirals, then rolled them up using a quilling tool. I'm really happy I didn't compromise with the embellishments, as I like the way the two groups of the flowers works! I'm also pleased with the final look - lovely Spring-like colours - very uplifting!!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Alphabet Challenge Blog - B for Busy Bugs

Crafty Catz - I Spy -- Something beginning with B - Butterfly, Blue paper, Blooms!
Cute Card Thursday - Winged Things

Be back soon!!



  1. Beautiful card!
    Many thanks for joining in the
    ♥Cute Card Thursday Challenge♥
    this week! Debxx

  2. I know exactly how you feel after having broken toes on my feet three times !!!!hope you have a super quick recovery . This is a real beauty love the papers, love the colours and the little rolled flowers and the central butterfly is just perfect.


  3. Hello...ooh pretty card, glad you played along with I spy at CRAFTY CATZ this week, x carol

  4. Beautiful card. And I hope the toe is better soon!

  5. Gorgeous card. I love the image. It is beautiful with the distress inks.

    I hope you foot is soon healed and the you can get back to doing the things you love.

    Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog.


  6. Very pretty card!

    Thank you for taking part in the Alphabet's Busy Bugs challenge xx


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