Thursday, May 10, 2018

Twofer Challenge #5

Hi everyone.  Welcome to the start of Twofer Card Challenge #5.

Just a reminder that the challenge is to make TWO CARDS following the guidelines below and using the prompt word in the above badge.


I'm using my favourite butterfly die for my cards this month.  I'm sure you've seen this die used on my blog several times. :)  I have other butterfly dies, but this one is just the perfect size.

First up is a very CAS design using mostly white.  I have my white card base.  On top I have popped up on foam for dimension, four one inch squares of white card stock that have been dry embossed with a leaf design.

A piece of alcohol inks on yupo paper from my stash was used to die-cut the butterfly and body.  They were glued together and then glued just off-center of the middle of the four squares.  A birthday sentiment is stamped below in bright orange ink to match the colours of the butterfly.

Here's a close-up ...
Second card is a CAS mixed media design.  I started by watercolouring white tissue paper with dye inks.  It's from my stash so I don't know what colours I've used, but believe this is done with distress inks.  I glued the piece onto white card stock and cut my panel to size.  Then I mixed some heavy gloss gel with gold acrylic paint and spread randomly over a honeycomb stencil.  I love how the gloss shines.  The sentiment was stamped in matching gold ink onto a white banner and adhered at the bottom of the panel.  The butterfly is cut from the same white and glued to the front panel, which is popped up with foam for added dimension.

Here's a close-up ...
I hope you like my two butterfly cards.  Please check out the challenge blog to see the amazing butterfly cards from our two wonderful Guest Designers Linda and Mac, and the rest of our talented team.  I know you'll be inspired to play along.

Just a reminder that this challenge is open for two weeks ... May 10-24.  Don't miss out.  Come join in the fun!


Card #1:  Happiest Birthday
Stamps:  Watching Bloom (Memory Box)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Yupo
Ink: Alcohol inks (Ranger / Pinata); Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Leaf embossing folder (Stampin' Up!), Moonlight Butterfly die (Memory Box), blending solution

Card #2:  Thankful for you
Stamps:  Lots of Thanks (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); white tissue paper
Ink:  Distress Inks (Tim Holtz); Delicata Gold (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, honeycomb stencil (cut with my silhouette cameo), heavy gloss gel (Golden), Lumiere Gold acrylic paint, palette knife, Moonlight Butterfly die (Memory Box)

Challenges:
Twofer Card Challenge #5 - Butterflies

41 comments:

Anita in France said...

Beautiful, Loll ... both of them! The saturated colour on the first pops wonderfully against the textured white ... and I love the glow of the gold on the second, it looks as though the butterfly is just poised there, ready to fly off into that lovely inky background! Hugs, Anita :)

Quillish said...

How pretty are your cards Loll.. and the techniques are so inspiring. You add so much interest to a card :)

Em said...

I seem to love everything about these two cards and the previous card using the same butterfly. They are exquisite and I intend to try some of the techniques you used. Thank you.

Betty Keefe said...

your designs are always so fantastic, Loll - love both of these (both went on my Pinterest butterfly page immediately!!).

Brenda in IN said...

Both of these are just beautiful. I like the design of four squares and the butterfly over them. Your backgrounds just make white die cuts pop.

Kath said...

Fabulous cards - I love the real CAS design of the first one.
Kath x

Mac Mable said...

Fabulous Cards Loll. Love the white dry embossed background squares on the first card and that ever so pretty butterfly. Wonderful CAS and mixed media second card with beautiful colours and loving the gold mix for the stencil work. Thank you for the fabulous inspiration Loll x

Jo Manna said...

EXQUISITE is the only word that comes to mind. In love with them both xx

Susan said...

Both are beautiful - in fact, I wouldn't be able to choose one over the other. Love the gold stenciling on the tissue background - perfect for the simple white butterfly. And also love the simple dry embossed squares behind the dark butterfly - I need to remember to use my embossing folders more often.

Nancy Stislow said...

WOW! You have managed to turn CAS cards into mini works of art. Love the alcohol ink butterfly as well as the mixed media piece. Your talent for design continues to amaze me!

Julia Aston said...

Two beautiful designs using your lovely butterfly die Loll - the red one really pops off the CAS white background and the white one is so pretty against the golden honeycomb!

Brenda said...

Love your take on this challenge Loll, both card are so you and so elegant and classy as always! Hugs, Brenda

Marybeth said...

My goodness, Loll these are both absolutely stunning! So elegant !

Bonnie said...

This is my all time favorite butterfly! It's so versatile! Love it done in alcohol ink and popped on the four embossed squares! CAS with wonderful texture and dimension! Your mixed media panel is fantastic and so pretty with the white butterfly! Two beautiful card, my friend!

Christine Alexander said...

Both are so pretty Loll, love all your mixed media elements :)

Trina P. said...

Two terrific twofers! Love the contrast of the vibrant AI butterfly against the white and then the white butterfly against the vibrant mixed media background on card 1 and 2, respectfully. xx

Marcia HIll said...

Two lovely, lovely butterfly cards Loll! I think I like the simplicity of the first card best, but then again, there is something about shiny gold that just pulls me in with your 2nd card! And I really do like the simple butterfly die cut you used on both cards too and can see why you use it often! You definitely rocked this Twofer challenge my friend! :0)

HJ said...

Love both of these beautiful cards, Loll. Your creativity is amazing. Enjoy your day!

Jeanne said...

Gorgeous work, Loll! Oh that embossed background on the one card highlights the bold and beautiful butterfly wonderfully. So striking! And the mixed media on the second card looks fabulous. You are so good at what you do! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

Bobby said...

Two gorgeous cards in true Loll style. Whether simple embossing and alcohol inks or fabulous mixed media with shiny gold, you always manage to make them CAS and spectacular.

nancy littrell said...

Absolutely Gorgeous and very different designs using the same butterfly, Loll. I can't wait to see IRL...in a week:-) Hugs

Daffodil Cards said...

Such wonderful inspiration always Loll.
Faith
x

Barb Ghig said...

Both cards are really beautiful, Loll! I'm especially partial to the butterfly you created using alcohol inks...WOW! The colors are so rich and your design showcases him perfectly! I also love how you stenciled your honeycomb background...your metallic gold makes everything pop on this card! Thanks for inspiring me to play along!

Kara Lynne said...

Such an elegant butterfly in both alcohol ink and white. Your CAS four square leaf pattern is beautiful! The tissue paper panel is gorgeous with that amazing gold! So inspiring, Loll!

BożenA said...

I love the big contrast of the first card and fell in love with the golden glow of the stunning background second card. Two very elegant and beautiful cards.
Hugs,
BożenA

Susanne Vargas said...

I also love (and own, yay) this butterfly and like how delicate it looks and it is indeed a versatile size. Your cards are wonderful! Adore the dimension of the dry embossed and raised squares of the first one combined with the AI butterfly as well as the amazing mixed media background you created for the second card! Fantastic designs, both of them!
Enjoy your weekend, my friend!

Patti said...

Perfect! and delicate and just plain dreamy!! : )

Maxine D said...

What beautiful cards Loll - love the way the butterfly is so vibrant against the embossed background on the first card, and the gold on the tissue is stunning.
Blessings
Maxine

Darnell said...

Your butterflies are spoiled living with you and being able to dress up in such gorgeous gowns and grace the stunning card fronts you design, Lolly! I love the alcoholic butterfly on the four dimensional squares. I have a similar die and have never embossed the squares; it adds a ton of interest, so thank you for that! And your gold-enhanced paper towel mop-up - WOWZA! Honestly, I think you could do a whole gallery showing of these sheets framed and no one would ever guess they were paper towels used to mop up your ink!!! Of course, the butterfly is nothing short of royalty!! Hugs, Dolly

Kathyk said...

Love both of your DT makes, especially loving that sumptuous touch of gold

Kathyk

Esther Asbury said...

Such gorgeous cards! I think the second one is my favorite with the pinks and golds together!

I'd love for you to link this up to the Cropstop blog where it's always "Anything Goes" as long as you use a product or two from one of the companies they carry in the store. (You did!)
You can find the current link party here: https://cropstop.blogspot.com/search/label/link%20party

Nora N. said...

What breathtaking cards!! I LOVE the colors you chose to use and the way you paired it with the white space. STUNNING design!!

Ina G said...

Two CASimply stunning butterfly cards Loll. Your first one is so elegant and the second is magic in all it's gold glory.

Sue said...

A stunning twofer! I really like the gold stencilling!

Craft-E-Place said...

Two simply stunning cards, just brilliant! I love them both.
Elaine

Linda said...

Stunning Twofer .... I love your little butterfly. The gold honeycomb looks and I love the CAS design with the white embossed background. I'm so thrilled to be a GD this month xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

That is a beautiful butterfly die and looks so very lovely on both of your wonderful cards. I really love those designs.

Pat said...

I thought I had commented on the Twofer DT designs but somehow missed this and it is so beautiful with the gold on that pretty tissue paper background, and then the white squares with the contrasting darker coloured butterfly on the other. Two fabulous cards Loll. x

Izzy Scrap said...

OMG ! These two designs are so impactful ! Even if I really love both cards, I think I have a little preference for the first one with this striking butterfly in bold colours over these lovely embossed squared panel...so WOW ! Love also the gold on the second background, it adds so much interest and highlights beautifully the white butterfly. I really love your CAS cards ! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring. x

Desperatehousewife Craft said...

Both of them are gorgeous but I have to admire more the one with inked tissue paper as I love the inked effect and I can't imagine it must have been easy to keep it intact when gluing it to the card. Thanks for the inspiration! Hugs, Gwendolyn

Robyn Oliver said...

How stunningly eyecatching are both your cards Loll, the rich butterfly on the white textured background and then the opposite with soft pretty pink and gold to show off the white butterfly, gorgeous cards