Thursday, July 20, 2017

Butterflies

First I wanted to wish the best to all my fellow British Columbians who have been effected by the terrible forest fires in our province.  Over 45,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.  Saying it's devastating is an understatement.  Please keep them in your thoughts.

There have been hundreds of wonderful people volunteering and helping out to make life a little easier for those displaced.  People really come together in a tragedy.

Luckily my sister, husband and two pups made it out safe and are down in the Lower Mainland, staying with our Mom.  They will stay until it is safe to return home.

On to the card ... I used a set of die-cuts I bought while on my craft retreat with friends.  Love these three blocks with the butterflies and frames.

I started by spraying starch over a piece of mixed media paper.  I dropped in turquoise and orange re-inkers and let it spread on it's own.  Once dry, I die-cut the three butterfly squares from white card stock and the trimmed pieces of my watercoloured paper to fill the background.  I overlapped them slightly to create a fun design and stamped the sentiment in turquoise ink.  Fun and easy card to make.

I'm adding this to the CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Butterfly.  There's still a few days left to play along with our challenge, which closes end of day July 24th.  Come join us!


Edited to add:  Thanks to Aquarius, I'm entering my card into Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge.  This month's challenge is "M for matching pairs and/or the colour of orange peel".  I definitely have the orange covered! :)  I think this is my first time entering this challenge.






Stamps:  Lots of Thanks (Simon Says)
Paper:  White card base and butterfly frames (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Spray starch, Bellina Butterfly Triptych dies (Poppy Stamps)

Challenges:
CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Butterfly
Butterfly Challenge

32 comments:

Karen Knott said...

Your card is wonderful, love the colours and the die cut overlay is so pretty
Kaz x

nancy littrell said...

So happy to hear your sister, husband and pups are safe and sound with your mom. The plus is that you will get to seem them too. I will be sending positive thoughts that their home remains safe.

Love your CAS design and spray starch technique background for your die cut butterfly squares. TFS my friend. Hugs...

Susan said...

Hoping for the very best outcome for your sister - so glad they are safe with your Mom.

Beautiful card in gorgeous colours and great layout.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Gorgeous with the white against the fabulous color

Mac Mable said...

Such a contemporary card, love the technique and those ever so pretty die cuts. So very sorry to hear about your family and so glad they are safe...thinking of you all x

Nancy Stislow said...

This design is so unique and so well done! I always love seeing your color combinations, always so visually pleasing. The random placement of the butterflies add such interest to this design. Beautifully done, Loll

Bożena Adamusińska said...

What a beautiful card Loll !! Unusual color combination for you, but I love it. And you surprised me how to build a scene using the Poppystamps punch. Thank you for so much inspiration.
Hugs,
BozenA

Becca Cruger said...

Loll this is all sorts of beautiful. Those vibrant colors are amazing against that stark white. I'm glad to hear your family is safe and sound.

Barb said...

Loll I was unaware of the forest fires in BC. What a terrible thing to happen and I do hope that it won't be too long before all the people who have had to evacuate will soon be back safely in their homes again. I'm glad that your sister and her husband and pups are safe with your Mom.

Your card is really beautiful. A great design and the colours are lovely. Barbxx

Linda said...

These colors are so gorgeous. I love that splash of blue in it. Beautiful card. Thankfully your sister and family are all safe.

Bonnie said...

I love these frames butterflies with the bright backgrounds! So perfect for CAS cards!

Christine Alexander said...

fingers crossed for more rain, and hope your sisters home is safe. Gorgeous butterfly frame, just love it :)

Aquarius said...

Great dies and you've used them creatively - love it. This would also fit the current Butterfly Challenge - butterflyspotchallenge.blogspot.co.uk (use colour orange)

Julie B said...

Love that set of dies, another added to my wish list!
Glad to hear your sister is safe, I was wondering if it was happening near you. :)

Maxine D said...

Oh Loll what a scary time for those affected - either directly or indirectly. I had heard of the fires in the news over here, in fact I think there may be some firefighters going from N.Z. to help... meanwhile parts of here are coping with a second major storm (rain rather than snow this time) in a week...
Love your card - the orange and blue are fabulous backgrounds for those butterfly diecuts.
Blessings
Maxine

Sue said...

So glad to hear your sister and husband and pups are safe, Loll. Your card is stunning with those pretty die cuts and vivid colours and you are so creative with your beautiful backgrounds. x

Linda said...

What a cute little die, and a gorgeous card ..... great colours too. Glad to hear your family is safe and sound xx

Daffodil Cards said...

A Gorgeous card, I hadn't heard about the awful fire, I hope your family will be able to return to their home and it's still good for them.
Faith
x

Jeanne said...

So very sorry to hear about those affected (including your own family members) by devastating fires. Such a sad and scary time. I wish everyone well! And for the safety of those fighting the fires! Your card is beautiful. Love the butterflies! The backgrounds that help show them off are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Brenda in IN said...

How very scary for your sister and her family. Thank goodness they got out with the pups. Your card is so pretty with it's great colors and design.

Valerie Nolan said...

Fabulous colours Loll, looks striking with those gorgeous white dies on top! So glad your family are safe those fires are so scary.
Val x

Helen J said...

Beautiful card with one of my favourite colour combinations. And another new technique to me, I'll have to try it.

Mrs A. said...

Hi Loll, Great to see you here in the butterfly garden. I'm loving the vibrancy of your background pieces. Spray starch is a new one on me but the effect is fab. Thankyou for fluttering by. Hugs Mrs A.

Susanne Vargas said...

These are indeed pretty dies made even more beautiful with your gorgeous background!
I am sorry to read about the forest fires and hope that you are far away from them!

mamapez5 said...

Hi Loll. Nice to see you over at the butterfly challenge. I am going to try your starch background. That is a new one for me. I love the simplicity of this card, but the lovely colours give it real impact. great. Kate x

Anita in France said...

Sorry to hear about the fires, Loll ... though glad your family members are safe. Here's hoping their home is too. Your butterfly card is a beauty ... those delicate white outlines are gorgeous against the bold colour! Hugs, Anita :)

swldebbie said...

These colors are so vibrant and beautiful, Loll. And I LOVE your design!

akmoose said...

I really like how you layered the squares. I would never have thought of that! beautiful!

Aileen Ryan said...

Love how you have done this Loll and even went and surged on the butterfly die so I can do some just like it. Wonderful colour mix.

Daria said...

I am so sorry about the fires, but glad your family is safe. Your card is wonderful. Thank you for sharing it.

Sue - said...

I just love those butterfly squares! Glad you family is safe. News of the fires seems to have bypassed me here in the UK

Bobby said...

Love the layout of the butterfly squares, Loll. Sorry your sister and family had to evacuate. I hope things are back to normal. As you can see I'm way behind in commenting and am going through friends posts from back to front. I may not comment on them all but I am looking and admiring everything you do.