Thursday 19 February 2015

Butterfly Basics, a flash of colour - Stampin' Up artisan blog hop

Hello there! It's another hoppy Thursday here when all the Stampin' Up Artisan designers in this year's global team get together to inspire you! Are you ready to be whirled round the world and be wowed?!

I'm lucky enough to live in the heart of the English countryside where, in the summer, the meadows are populated by extraordinary, bright butterflies and dragonflies. It's wonderful to see the flashes of colour as you walk through and that was the inspiration for my card today. Come and see:

You need very few supplies to make this simple card - just the Butterfly Basics bundle and a few inks. I used the large die to cut a pretty lacy butterfly and then used the same die to create a solid butterfly to colour and use to back the lacy one, drawing around the die and then cutting it out. TIP: Cutting inside the line will ensure that the coloured image doesn't show outside the lacy one.

Once I had my solid image cut out, I used the 'direct to cardstock' technique to colour it - this is just smearing inkpads across the card stock and takes seconds! It doesn't look very pretty until... you place the lacy die cut over the top and suddenly the butterfly comes to life!

Which brings me onto the sentiment from the Butterfly Basics stamp set. I just love this and it makes me want to cry - is it just me?!! I suppose it's the Cinderella story isn't it - her hope in the face of unkindness and spite, weariness and drudgery and then suddenly her life is transformed! (And it's no good you all telling me that her prince was probably rubbish because I am a romantic to the soul and of course he wasn't!)

I hope you enjoyed this fun technique. I know there'll be plenty more inspiration from the rest of the team, so click the button below and whizz over to the fab Allison Okamitsu in Canada!

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It's the half term holiday here currently and I'm enjoying the company of my youngest son. Despite the fact he's on holiday, his head is still full of tests it seems... today he was telling me about a website he'd found with funny exam answers. This one from a science test particularly tickled me:
Q: Briefly describe hard water
A: Ice

Thank you for visiting today and I'll hope to see you next week,


  1. VERY CAS and VERY PRETTY. Great sentiment.

    Happy Half Term cackling with the youngster!

    Hugs, Sarn xxxx

  2. What a pretty card I do love anything with butterflies.
    Jackie x

  3. Just gorgeous, Vicky! Such a clever one you are!

  4. Beautiful butterfly Vicky, lovely colours.
    Val x

  5. Vicki, it's gorgeous! I love it! You're amazing! xxx

  6. Just love this and thanks for the tips on how to recreate it. We both have posted butterflies today 😊
    Louise xx

  7. Oh! this is beautiful and so is the sentiment, yep! I'm with you with the lump in the throat.

    Ice? that's the correct answer - yes? LOL. Well it could be!

  8. Such a beautiful card and easy technique - thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Love the clean and simple, yet bold and beautiful look you've created! Fab!


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