Tuesday 18 November 2014

My Mind's Eye Birthday

Hi all.  I needed a card for a female relation and with Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge in mind I used a sketch  I found over at Fusion Challenge.

I used the sketch and the pretty blue in the photograph for my card.  I found some My Mind's Eye freebie papers which I thought would work, and also a Lily flower stamp from a set by Sheena Douglass called A Little Bit Floral.

I stamped the flower on to a piece of the paper twice using Black Archival ink.  I cut the whole flower out and then on the second image just the three largest petals,  and used my white gel pen to fill in the lines on the stamp and the stamens as I thought this would tie it in better with the rest of the card.  After I had shaped the petals and stuck the flower together I added a centre  using a hole punch and a snippet of white card.  I shaped the pieces with a ball tool and attached them in the middle of the flower.

I made the tab shaped topper with another piece of the paper and backed it with a piece of blue card which was a snippet which had been dry embossed originally, but I thought that as very little of it would be visible this would look fine with the patterned paper.  A tip which I have found useful when trying to make the shape at the bottom is to line up both pieces  and after snipping the 'V' shape slide the top layer up as far as you wish and then cut the excess off the top.

The background layer is the third of the patterned papers with a snippet of the pink either side because it seemed to look better with the pink flower and harmonised the design.

I don't have any butterfly stamps only a couple of dies, one of which is very large, and one very small, so I decided to draw and cut out one of my own design.  I did look at a few different shapes and just sketched one, made a paper template.  I cut out a butterfly using a snippet of white card, and used this together with a freebie star stamp which I got recently with a magazine, and stamped the design from the stamp on to the butterfly using Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and also blended some of the ink on to the butterfly using blending foam.  I finished the butterfly with three of the white punched pieces shaped as above.   

The stars were a freebie stencil which I got with the same magazine and I drew round it and cut it out using a snippet of white card, and then stamped the design with the same star stamp using the Picked Raspberry and also blended some over the stars.

I finished by stamping the freebie sentiment from the same set on to the bottom corner using Black Archival ink.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Pat x

As well as the above challenges I am also entering this card at:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 151. We have to use up our scraps/snippets.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge  - We're Seeing Stars.
Country View Challenges - Bugs, Bees and Butterflies.


debby4000 said...

Gorgeous, beautiful card

Mrs A. said...

Pat this is gorgeous. You are a girl after my own heart using magazine freebies. The papers are always good quality and I find the stamps are generally ok too. I love these colours and I'm fairly sure I have just purchased that Sheena Lily as well. (If not I will be!) such a good idea about cutting the banner. So simple and logical when you know how. I love , love the flower centre and go you drawing your own freehand butterfly. Thankyou for fluttering by. Hugs Mrs A.

~amy~ said...

pretty! really love that bloom!
Thanks for joining us at FUSION!

scrappymo! said...

Wow...that blossom is beautiful. Love your pretty design too!

Liz said...

A beautiful card. I've got these freebie papers too - I love how you've used them on this card. x

Darnell said...

What a stunning snippets card, Pat! There are so many wonderful details to delight the eye on this card! Your design is fantastic and I love the fact that you made your own butterfly! Goodness, it reminds of back in the days when all we had were scissors, imagine that!! (It wasn't even that long ago, either!) Hugs, Darnell

Jean said...

This is a beautiful card Pat, a great interpretation of the sketch. I love the papers you used and the gorgeous lily. Well done for drawing your own butterfly, I am hopeless at that.
By the way congratulations for your win at The Playground last week.
Jean x

Teresa Kline said...

hi Pat! darlin card, luv the sweet butterfly! so glad you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

sparkle & shine *~*

MaryH said...

Wow, Pat. I'm impressed with your original butterfly...that really looks so pretty. Just thought it was a die until I read the post. This is such a pretty & very spring like card, and a refreshing color combo after all the autumn colors I've been working with lately. That flower is just gorgeous. You've got some wonderful shaping and even with the stamens. Liked the white highlites on the petals too. TFS the tip about the fish tails, and once you mentioned the embossing on the bottom layer, I could just detect it. A very subtle detail too. Great card, and TFS. Hugs Oh, just see Jean's comment that you won at the Playground. Oh congratulations!!! I haven't had time to pop over there lately, so thrilled to find out here that you won a good prize! I know you'll put it to great use!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful design Pat, the papers are very pretty and the flower and butterfly gorgeous. Take care, Shirleyx

Di said...

Oh how lovely Pat! You came up trumps here - beautiful flower and a hand cut butterfly indeed - very impressive. Super tip about the banners as well.

I posted your prize yesterday, 1st Class - let's see how long it takes huh!


Di xx

Doreen said...

Love your gorgeous project,thanks for sharing with us at Country