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Thinking of You - Beautiful Butterflies: For Cherie and my mother

Hi Everyone.  Happy Tuesday night.

I hope you are all having a wonderful day.

Today, two very special people celebrate their birthday.  Today would have been my mother's 89th birthday and today Cherie is..... well.... I'm not telling you :-)  There has to be something about this day to have created two such wonderful women.  Strangely, they share some very similar traits.  So, Mom, I know you are watching down upon me - happy birthday and thank you for all the things that you taught me.  Things that I only realized you had taught me... long after it was too late to say thank you face to face.  But... couldn't you have given me your metabolism! :-)

To Cherie, happy birthday, my dear friend.  I hope it was a wonderful day for you and I look forward to catching up with you and celebrating.

This card was made for the two of you.   I used the fabulous sketch across at stamping411.  I loved that there was so much "white space" and I immediately thought of my Beautiful Wings butterfly die.  I had to create an interesting background and didn't want to use DSP.  So, I made my own. 


I inked up the new Fancy Fan letterpress plate with versamark and ran it through my big shot.  I then took my clear embossing powder and heat set it.  It looks fabulous - well, I think it does.  TIP:  The letterpress plates work best with craft ink, as classic ink dries too quickly.  However, I no longer have craft ink, so realized that versamark is a wet ink.  Even if you use versamark without the embossing powder, it will give you a wonderful tone on tone look.  So, pattern, without having to invest in craft ink.

With the butterflies, I was inspired by one of our very talented Paper Players - you can check out her card right here.  I know she would appreciate it if you visited with her and gave her a little blog love on her fabulous card.  So, Nikki, thank you for inspiring me.

I used the wonderful new Beyond the Garden DSP, vellum and Daffodil Delight card stock to make my mult-layer butterfly.  TIP:  Vellum and the embossing folders can sometimes not be good friends - the embossing folders make too strong an impression on the vellum.  So, I put the vellum into the embossing folder, put it on to the floor on a piece of scrap paper, put another piece of scrap paper on top and trod on it.  There was the most satisfying crunchy noise as the holes popped into the vellum without cutting.

I then used my new Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch on the top and bottom of the sentiment layer.  I love that the rounded tops of the scallop echo the round edges of the Fan.  I am also madly in love with this sentiment set  So Happy for You.  It was a sale a bration set and I think one of the best we have made.

Of course, a card for two such wonderful ladies wouldn't be finished without a little bling! 

Don't forget to pop along to the 411 crew and see the fabulous design team and submission cards.  I know you will find inspiration.

On a personal note:

Another long day today, made worse by the fact that Lou is away again.  So, I am rushing around madly tonight trying to get everything done and finished.  However, I did stop to watch the turkey today.  She was scratching away at our mulch and I couldn't work out what she was doing.  She moved a fairly large area into a pile, squatted down, and had a wonderful sand-bath!  She was so happy.

Kelly, I am sorry I didn't get to take a picture of it!  Missy - I swear you guys NEED a turkey crossing sign :-)  Ruth Ann, I am jealous that you have babies... we haven't seen any yet!  Linda, yep.  50 species and counting.  It's pretty amazing what you can attract in the middle of suburbia.  It's really so satisfying.   TxJennyWren... you asked who won... the hummer or the turkey.  Well, surprisingly, the hummer won that showdown :-)

Prayers for those of you who need a lift or a warm hug.  I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday.

I have to say... Mommy, I miss you!




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Happy birthday to your mom and Cherie. I always remember my Papa on his birthday, even though I lost him in 1997, and know he's with me, just as your mom is with you.

Cherie, I hope your day was spectacular!! :o)

I LOVE the color combo!! :o) And, the butterfly is wonderful. The vellum really captures the delicacy of a butterfly's wings, and I really appreciate the tip on embossing vellum. Thank you!

That turkey of yours is something else! Is she brooding do you think? Hm.

My prayers for those in need, and big hugs!

Ann Schach

Beautiful, Jaydee! The bling is gorgeous! And you are so lucky to have your own private turkey!

Connie Babbert

Love the vellum butterfly with DSP behind it! Great job with the sketch!

Lynn Hayes

Just beautiful and I'm SO IN LOVE with that butterfly!!! Gorgeous!
As I was reading, you said something about a turkey...well, don't know how I missed it but did go check it out from a couple of days ago!! How very cool! Amazing that it came right up to the house! I bet the cats really were amazed by her!


I love the image in my head of you stomping on your embossing folder. It makes me laugh! I need to try one of the letterpress plates. You do beautiful things with yours.

Kerin Sylvester

WOW Jaydee your butterfly is so gorgeous!! I love the dsp with textured vellum on top, and the bling...ooh la la!! Awesome :)

Beth Rigden

This card is so breath-taking beautiful! Wow!! The background is perfect-thanks for the how-to.


What a DELICIOUS card!!! Love the glitz.

Beverly the card! Great job and thanks so much for the tips on the embossing (I was thinking as you were talking that the Big Shot Pro is hard on vellum) so that would work to and also I have used a rubber hammer (lol)
Happy Birthday to Mom and Cherie. You make tears come to my eyes when you talk about your mom, but I know Rose did a terrific job too.
Glad you are getting to enjoy some nature in your yard.
As always, busy around here in Ohio, but enjoying all the sunshine and heat (nope I am not complaining after the long winter)
Have a great day! I emailed you and need help.


Thank You so much Jaydee! What a beautiful card, LOVE the vellum and bling on the butterfly, and there is just something about the combo yellow, black, and white that makes me feel happy (beyond the fact that is was my school uniform color in SA). I'm honored to know I share similar traits and a birthday with your Mother, I pray that someday I'll be able to give the world two wonderful adults, just as your mother did. I did have a fantastic Flag Day and got way more spoilt than any one person should. From balloons on my bike at 5:45am cycle class to carrot cake ice cream at Flapdoodles after dinner is was a day full of blessings, laughter and love. Thanks for your friendship and adding even more blessings to the day.
Warms thoughts and prayers to all those in need and Happy Hump Day to One and All!


Absolutely stunning! This is beautiful!


WOW!!! Love this and it's simplicity. It does take your breath away!!!

Gretchen Barron

love, love, love your butterfly, Jaydee! Great job with the sketch. Thanks for playing along this week at Stamping 411! Blessings, Gretchen

Patti Chesky

Your card is incredibly sweet!!!!

Meg McGarry

I check your blog everyday and love all your cards, but this one made me gasp - just something about it. I will definitely be putting that letterpress plate on an order in the near future. I know they say to use craft ink - I use classic with my letterpress plates and it works just fine. What a beautiful card - I am heading to my craft room to tread on some vellum!

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