Butterfly Prints for Case this Sketch and Color Throwdown
29 August 2016
Hi Everyone. Happy Monday.
Hope you all had a great weekend. I did. The weather was amazing and I got to spend several hours over the weekend in my crafting room.
As I always do, I went looking for a little inspiration and found some in the form of a sketch from Case this Sketch and a color scheme from Color Throwdown
The minute I saw the sketch I knew it was going to be butterflies. AGAIN! Hey. What can I say? I'm addicted to butterflies right now and inspired by the ones we see in our prairie. None of them are these colors, though! However, the color challenge from Color Throwdown contains some of my favorite colors, so I decided a little creative license was in order.
I began by faintly drawing grid lines horizontally and vertically across my card front so that I would know where to put my little butterfly die. It made it so much easier for placing them and running the card front through my Big Shot several times. Once I had the little butterflies popped out of the card front, I set about coloring them with Distress Inks. I then mounted the die-cut front onto a card base and adhered the little butterflies into the negative spaces. Once the bodies of the butterflies were glued down, I popped up the wings with some dimensional to give height and movement.
Here's my card:
The sentiment comes from a Rubbernecker set - and it seemed perfect for this card. A stitched border frames the little ensemble and I must admit... I was pretty pleased with how the card turned out.
You should pop along to the Case this Sketch and Color Throwdown sites to check out the fabulous design team and challenge submission cards. I bet the design teams would love if you played along with their challenges, too :-)
On a personal note:
I cannot tell you how much we are enjoying our little piece of paradise right now. All the effort and time that we have put into the woodland and wetland and our front and side gardens are really paying off. I have taken to sitting outside under the deck and working their during the day. My colleagues tell me that they love having conference calls with me because they can hear the birds in the background and it sounds so peaceful and makes them feel relaxed. So, if they feel relaxed just being on the phone with me, you can imagine how peaceful it is for me :-)
So, what's been visiting the feeder? The nuthatch, the sparrows, the goldfinches and the chickadee are all feeding off the wild Bergamot seed heads, but do still stop by the feeders occasionally.
You can really see how the prairie and woodland have come into their own this year. The goldenrods, the bergamot and other plants are all up to 5 feet high. The wildlife love the dense planting as they can hide from predators very easily.
It's heard to believe that this same area was being used as a dust bath by the turkeys just three years ago.
And the area under the feeder that you can see on the left of the first photograph looked like this!
The flowers might have been almost non-existent... but at least you could see Daphne and Niles then. I can't even see the deer when they walk in the flower beds now they have grown so high!
Well, I'll be back with another card tomorrow. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight. You too, Tinkerbell!
- Cardstock: Neenah Solar White
- Dies: Butterfly Prints - Fun Stampers Journey
- Inks: Distress Inks
Love the dimension from the butterflies! Such pretty colors, too.
Posted by: donna mikasa | 03 September 2016 at 03:24 AM
GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!! I love your take on the sketch! Oh, sweet summer fading away so quickly! XX
Posted by: Claire Broadwater | 01 September 2016 at 08:44 AM
What a lovely take on the sketch and who doesn't like butterflies. They make for beautiful cards.
What a difference a year or two makes in your wetland area. Once plants and trees get well established they really take off. ( like the saying goes; the 1st year they sleep, the 2nd year they creep, and the 3rd year they leap) Each year your wetlands will get better and better.
Your area is gorgeous. I can see why you sit out on your lower deck to do your work; so peaceful and sooooo enjoyable watching God's creatures roaming about.
Enjoy your day and have a great evening.
Posted by: Colleen | 30 August 2016 at 08:19 AM
You and I are on the same wave length lately, Jaydee. Same sketch, different butterflies... I love how you colored yours, they seem to almost shimmer. Your little piece of paradise looks amazing. I've never been to your part of the country though it is on my bucket list!
Posted by: sandym | 30 August 2016 at 07:11 AM
I had been thinking of using butterflies for my card, too -- so many fun options! I love your beautiful take on the sketch!
Posted by: Leigh Penner | 29 August 2016 at 09:12 PM