Saturday, May 21, 2011

LIM16 - Butterflies Galore!

So when I logged on this morning, I see that the Chrissie and Mandi at Less is More have challenged us to create a card with a butterfly...or several butterflies. I love butterflies, so this challenge is right up my alley...so to speak.  Or, so I thought! LOL!  I thought and thought. Everything I could think of, I've done before.  I wanted to do something different!  Well, unfortunately, that wasn't as easy as it sounded.  Here's the first card I made this morning.


I used a white card base.  The butterfly was printed on card stock and cut out.  I punched a scalloped edge on the orange and blue layers, then I embossed the orange layer with a SU embossing folder.  The sentiment is a Flourishes stamp that I stamped on a tag cut with a Spellbinder die.  Then, because the tag was too big, I cut the ends off and sponged a little blue on it, using the die to mask the edges.  The bow was tied using a cool little thing my hubby made for me (basically a peg board with movable pegs).  I layered the ribbon and then attached the bow with glue dots.  I added a little glitter glam to the butterfly for a little sparkle and the trail is some Prima bling I had left over from another project. Not being totally satisfied, I decided to try again. Here's my second card:


The card base is the one I made a few days ago when I was posting a tutorial here on partial embossing, so I thought I'd go ahead and use it.  I cut another mask and stamped the flowers using a stamp from Inkadinkado.  I colored them with Copics (some yellow and oranges).  The butterfly is punched with a MS punch.  I doodled some lines with a gold pen, then colored the butterfly with the same colors as the flowers.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts. Moving on to the third try.
 

Super simple card. I embossed a white background. Cut three 1.25 inch squares, and 3 squares measuring .75 inches (which I then backed with a dark brown card stock).  I stamped another piece of white card stock with text from PTI, and punched out the butterflies with a MS punch. The large embossed layer is pop-dotted and the brown edged layer is pop-dotted, as well as the butterflies. Lots of dimension on this card. No sentiment...thought I could use it for several different occasions.

I can't say that I'm jumping up and down happy with any of these cards...but these are my cards for this week's challenge. 

I also finished a layout today. This is a photo of me and my two girls, when the youngest was about a week old.  I used Crate Paper for this layout.  I added some flowers with bling centers, a little rickrack, and some hand cut hearts.  I backed the hearts with yellow card stock then trimmed around the heart with some scalloped scissors.  The red swirls were hand drawn with a red pen.  Title work was cut with QK Frankie alphas.  The yellow circles border down the right side of the red dot paper was cut with a QK die and then I layered red rickrack down the center of it.  I added lots of doodling on the edges.











Journaling was printed on the computer and added to the bottom. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Thanks for all the wonderful comments! Until next time....

Hugs!



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74 comments:

Mandi said...

Fabulous cards Susan
I adore the colours of the first, and the simplicity of the last. It ha such elegance
Perfect
Super page of you and your girls, what a wonderful keepsake
Thank you for entering again
Diva LIM mandi
Less is More

Jo said...

What a fabulous selection of cards Susan, they're all lovely. Jo x

June Houck said...

Those butterfly cards are gorgeous! Each one at least as pretty as the previous card. Your LO is wonderful too; I love the red polka dot and swirls :)

Vicky Hayes said...

I always enjoy the eye candy on your site Susan! Love these cards and your gorgeous layout.Vx

Sue W said...

Oh Susan all three are lovely cards!!! I love the embossed background on no 1. The clean look of No 2 and no3 is just so perfect! Congrats.

Rosemary said...

all your cards are great, sue! i do really like the third one best, though! all that white space and those little punched butterflies are just my thing!

Kim Singdahlsen said...

Wow! I'm still playing with my first card - definitely haven't thought up three of them! I really like the first one because blue and orange are stunning together. The subtlety of the third is gorgeous. And the way you doodled on the butterfly on the second card is so pretty!

Carla said...

all three are lovely cards susan, i like the second the most

Jan said...

Wow Susan, wonderful cards. Middle one is my favourite. I will have to go find your tut! xx Jan

Margaret said...

All 3 of your cards are great Susan but the second one is the one I really really like.

Am now going to see what you have said on photography and if it can help poor little old me. I think it is the old that is the operative word!!!!!!

Hugs
Margaret

kelly said...

wow, my favourite has to be the middle of the three with the beautiful orange/yellow flowers. Love the gem butterfly trail on the first one, and the texture of the last!
Kelly x

Diane said...

All 3o f the cards are gorgeous...love the color combo of the first....great layout, too!

Linby said...

Love the colours on the first one, the simplicity of the second one and the balance of the third one-great cards. Great scrap page too.
Linbyx

Beryl K said...

Hi Susan, you have been busy. Fabulous cards, I think the third one is my fave, and a lovely lo as well
Beryl x

craftattack said...

The cards are all great, if I had to choose, I woule choose the seond one, but it's very hard! Lovely LO too! Valerie

Little Snippets said...

Fabulous cards Susan, love the orange and blue butterfly - stunning!. Sarah x

Aileen said...

Lovely cards Susan, Your first one looks so lifelike and vibrant but really like the clean white of your last card. x

Paper Pixie Handmade Cards said...

Your super simple is my fav one would be nice as in an invitation....K x

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Well Susan . . . I think you've made some lovely cards and a great scrapbook page. My fave butterfly card is the second one, but they are all fab!

I've emailed you the details you asked for in your comments on my blog.

Hugs, Sandra

Rita said...

Fabulous card. Nice & Bright. Hugs Rita xx

Kathyk said...

Love the orange but love the white too - ooh, indecision!!!!

Kathyk

~ Ali ~ said...

As always susan delightful creations

ali x

Pauline said...

Susan, I love all your cards, they are all different, but so inspiring!

Carol said...

lovely cards - nice colours !

Carol

Simply a Bug Lover said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment. Wow what a knock out your cards are, three of them! It is hard to choose a fav I like them all for dif reasons. The first for the butterfly, the second for the colours and the third because it is understated and so cool. Sue x

Ang C said...

Such beautiful cards

Beryl K said...

Hi Susan, it's a Cuttlebug die and embossing folder set. Think it's Provocraft
Beryl x

Faith A said...

ALL 3 are fabulous, I love the blue and orange combo, so vibrant. The second I think is delicate and the 3rd well it's fabulous.

Love your scrapbook page too.

StampingStace said...

All of the cards are gorgeous!
Stacey at 8
X

Zoechaos said...

Super collection of cards. XOXO Zoe

Bonnie said...

I like all 3 of these cards. The color scheme of the 1st is so striking! I love the embossing on the second (by the way thanks for the tutorial)! And the simple punched butterflies I think is my fav! Love the red & yellow color scheme on your page. So full of life and love!

massofhair said...

All three are wonderful Susan. Love the butterfly on the first card, all of the second and third cards are quite beautiful. Are you being too hard on yourself this week, i think so.
Your scrapbooking page is full of lovely memories tfs.
As usual really appreciate you putting all your entries into one post. Have a great week:-)

Lynn said...

I would have been walking on air if I had made three gorgeous cards like these. I do like the vibrancy and scallop of the first, and the third is just awesome, but my fave has to be the oval part embossed. I just like the design and colour of the flower and butterfly. Lynn x

mustavcoffee said...

Gorgeous work Susan, love the CAS cards and your LO is super! Have fun:0) xxx

Lynne said...

By heck you have been busy. I like all 3 cards but I`m drawn towards the 1st one. Looks like the butterfly has landed on a brick wall for a rest. I love the scallops on that one too.
Lynne xxx

ThinkInk Creative said...

You know I love your work, right? :-) you're always so good at leaving comments, too. Thank you.

Another thank you for a photo tutorial which I actually quoted in my current LIM entry/post.

cheers,
Malyn at ThinkInkCreative

Ruth M said...

All of these are lovely Susan! I think number 2 is my most favourite, love that partial embossing, but they're all fab cards!

Shobana said...

Guess you proved why you love butterflies! :) Super cards...all of them! Love the orange, the orange on the white...lovely!

Kathleen said...

Wow three lovely card,all so different, I will have to get that embossing folder and I have to say that the butterfly on the orange card does look really like a real life one. Brilliant entries.

Kath x

Loli said...

Hello susan,thank you for your comment.
FANTASTIC CARDS as ever, the colours for the first butterfly are spectacular, i love the white butterflies card, so elegant.WELL DONE Susan.
a hug from spain

Suze Bain said...

Lovely work Susan, I do like the orange in the first card but I think the second one is my favourite. The butterflies are gorgeous. xx

Debs said...

Gorgeous cards Susan
Love the vibrancy of the first one but my favourite is the second one - love the partiaal embossing and the splash of colour.
Thanks for popping over to my blog.
{{Debs}}xx

elke verschooten said...

love the white card!

xxx

elke

Huguenot Girl said...

Great cards Susan. I think my favourite is the last (white) card with the trio of butterflies. Thanks for your sweet comments on my entry on my blog! Nicole x

Chris Arlington - Canada said...

Wow! Lovely cards. Thanks for the tutorial on partial embossing. I understand it much better than others. With such a large family it isn't any wonder why you are looking forward to retirement. There is just me and my husband 24/7.

Irene said...

Hello Susan

Wow, what fabulous cards. I love the vibrant colours of your first card, and your fantastic cuttling. Stunning second card (thank you for the tutorial) the butterflies are perfect.
Simple third card but gorgeous. Perfect scrap page.

luv
irene
xxxx

gibmiss said...

Hi Susan
Three Fabulous Cards ...aLL A1.....gorgeous
hugs
sylvie
xx

kingstonmama said...

These are wonderful cards. I think I like the second one best of all, but it's hard to say.

By the way, I've left you a blog award on my blog. Don't worry if you don't do blog awards. I know some people don't, but I wanted to include you because I find your blog so inspiring!

Molecraft said...

Wow, three beautiful cards but I have to say the second one is my favourite, I think its the eye catching colour!
Helen x

Lisa A. said...

What beautiful cards, Susan!! Wow...you are on one amazing roll...three lovelies!! Love the colors on the first, and the lack of color on the third, but I think my favorite is the second...with pops of color against the white...love your coloring, too with the framing and embossing. They are all wonderful...great job:)!!

Viv said...

All beautiful cards again Susan, can't choose a fav this week either :O) Viv xx

Viv said...

Three fabulous cards again Susan, well done:O) Viv xx

Suzi B said...

Wonderful cards Susan...my fav is the last one.
Sue :)

chris richards said...

Hi Susan,thankyou for visiting my blog ! All three cards are lovely, my favourite being the middle one !!
love and hugs
chris richards
( ella's craft creations)
xxx

Susan said...
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SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Thanks so much for popping by again Susan - LIM is definitely addictive isn't it! You have done a great job on all of these cards - the butterfly on the orange one looks so realistic, but they are all beautiful in their own way. Thanks for sharing the family layout too - it's so nice to keep a record for future generations to look at.
Hugs, Sylvia xxxx

Sarah-Jane said...

Gosh, you really did join in with this challenge! but I do know what you mean about wanting to do something a bit different!
I love all three cards but the last one caught my eye the most I think,
Thnks for visiting me this week too,
Hugs xx

Sally H said...

Stunning cards, Susan! I love them all, but I think the middle one is my favourite!

Lisa said...

Three fab cards, love the butter fly on the first, the second I love the embossed frame and clouring and I think the third is my fave, such clean lines. xxx ps that layout is super

snailzpace said...

thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a lovely comment! wow, you made three beautiful cards for this challenge. i love the bright colours in the first, the embossing technique on the second and the simplicity of the third; good job!

Toulouse31 said...

Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog.
Lovely cards Susan and all so different, I think my favourite is the orange butterflies middle one, I really must try the masking embossing technique!

Jen said...

HI Susan,

thanks so much for the tip on using a coloured back ground... i'll try and set something up.

love all the cards esp the first and last ones.

enjoy to days challenge
jen xx

Jose said...

3 beautiful cards, if I had to choose my favourite it would be No 2
Jose

Jose said...

3 beautiful cards, if I had to choose my favourite it would be No 2
Jose

Misty's Mum said...

Hi Susan
Thank you for leaving a lovely comment on my blog & for the link to your card & blog. I think I like the first & third cards the best - but all 3 are beautiful. Also I was so pleased to find your post on partial embossing I have wanted to do this but not been able to work it out. Thank you.
Wow! 60 comments will I ever reach that many.

littlestamper said...

I love all 3 of your cards. they are beautiful. thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment.
hugs, Oshrat

Valerie said...

Such lovely cards Susan and all so different! The first one looks so real and I love the colour combo, it's not one I ever use!Must find your tut for the 2nd one as well. thanks for all the nice comments you always leave me:)
Val x

Eskimo Frosting said...

all of your cards are beautiful.


Jayne
x

Carol said...

Three lovely cards Susan but I think the second is my favourite - must check out your tutorial when I have a minute. Carol x

Debbie Carriere said...

LOVE all your projects!!! That middle card is my fave :) Love the partial embossing & your coloring is beautiful with those vibrant oranges & yellows. THanks for visiting my blog :)

foxyenglishcrafter said...

First I would like to thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and for leaving me a message. Secondly Wow! Wow! Wow! All three cards are stunning. I especially like the third one. Its pretty but also elegant and sophisticated at the same time. Thanks for sharin.

Pop by my blog next month as i will be offering another candy if you want to add your name.

Happy crafting

Julie

Susan T. said...

Nice cards! Each one different, and yet each so lovely. Butterflies just always seem to work.

Simone said...

Wow, all those cards are awesome!!! Thanks for your nice comment! Greetings from Germany!
Simone

Diane said...

Hi Susan thanks for popping by to see me, I have been off the scene for a while, which is frustrating but it's lovely to get the chance to catch up and see what amazing cards everyone has been creating and all yours are truly amazing, but I adore the last one, what a stunning elegant card.
take care, Diane x

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