Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Life is like a Butterfly...

Hello.  Happy Tuesday!

We're midway in our current challenge at the Magnolia-licious and Wee Stamps Challenge Blog.  It's all about BUTTERFLIES--your card/project needs to have butterflies (dragonflies qualify also).  You have one more week to join the challenge. This week is Magnolia-licious Team B's turn to show our inspirational cards/projects--last week was Team A's.

I was already working on a new card for this butterfly challenge when during a rare cleaning spree...LOL...I came upon this card.  It's a double display card that I made a while back--for a magazine submission, I think.  However, it never made it into publication...sigh.  I had put the card aside and simply forgot about it.  So I've decided to use this card now as it's never been posted...and woo-hoo...it fits the theme of the challenge!

This was also one of occasions when I play around with my coloured pencils.  My pencil collection is a mishmash of different brands--Faber-Castell Polychromos and Artgrips, Derwent Softcolours and Prismacolor Premiers.  And when I colour I mix and match whatever will give me the shades that I want. 

The three Magnolia images here are all from the Butterfly Dreams Collection 2012--I luvvv that collection.

These two adorable images are Hello Little Butterfly and Tilda with Straw Hat

and this one is Edwin with Butterfly.
Check out Diana's on-line store, Magnolia-licious--an excellent source for your Magnolia stamps, both full-size and mini stamps. If you don't see the particular one you are looking for in the store, ask Diana if she can bring it in for you.
And newly released from Magnolia is the Special Moments Collection 2013.  Check it out HERE.  The images are oh-so-adorable!

The sentiments on the two panels read as follows... 

They are from a Whimsy Stamps stamp set that I have, but the writings are way too small so I rewrote them on my computer.  You can also find this little poem on the internet--it says author unknown. 
I made a point of not adding any embellishments that are 3-dimensional to the card, because I wanted to make a slip cover/sleeve for the card to keep it neatly folded for easier mailing...and storage.  Any 3-D embellishment would make it impossible for the card to slip through the sleeve opening.

Challenges I am entering with this card:
ABC Challenges for June - O is for Open (anything goes)
Marianne's Design Divas - Get Your Dies Out!
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #47 - Make Your Mark! (2nd entry, this time pencils)
Flutter By Wednesday #242 - recipe: flowers, at least 1 butterfly and diecut/punch
As You Like It Challenge #3 - Favorite Stamp (My favorite stamps are from Magnolia and as I love butterflies, their Butterfly Dreams Collection is a fave of mine, especially Tilda with Straw Hat.)
Allsorts Challenge Week 209 - Here come the girls
Card Makin' Mamas CMM70 - Rubber Stamps
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Spot and/or Stripes
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge #55 - Anything Goes

That's all for today.  I'll be back tomorrow as it's another Wee Wednesday at the Magnolia-licious and Wee Stamps Challenge Blog and I'll be participating in that one.

Thanks so much for dropping by.  Appreciate the visit.  Have a wonderful day! 

Edited--I've drawn up the templates for the card and sleeve and you can find them HERE.

Materials and Tools Used:
Sentiment and other stamps: JustRite Butterfly Garden Set; Great Impressions trio of flowers
DP's:  Recollections Graceful paper pad
Dies:  Marianne Design Creatable Designer Doily LR0130; Spellbinders Labels Fourteen; Memory Box Butterfly Vine Border
Punches:  EK Success medium Retro Flower and Leaves; Martha Stewart Pine Branch and Butterfly edge punch; McGill Baby Blooms; Carla Craft small Cosmos for the flower centre
Miscellaneous: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pad Walnut Stain; pearls from my stash
Colouring Medium:  Coloured pencils-- Faber-Castell Polychromos and Artgrips, Derwent Softcolours and Prismacolor Premiers


Sarah - Crea S said...

Wow, can't believe this card was never published! Shame on them!
This is a beautifull card. lovely papers. Love the layout of the card!
And the Tilda's and Edwin are coloured perfectly!
The slip cover is such a clever idea and worked out gorgeous!

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

HUGS Tamara

Ivonne said...

OMG! How can they not published this card?? It is stunning! Edwin and Tilda are colored perfectly. The card layout is fabulous. I just looove it! Hugs, Ivonne

Sue said...

Wow, Norma, this is a stunning project! Absolutely gorgeous and amazing colouring. Thank you for sharing with us at ATSM.

JOKE said...

It's beautyful!!!!!
Liefs Joke

Janice said...

Who on earth made the decision not to publish this one!!! Can't believe that as it is absolutely amazing. Your colouring and design are fabulous as is the finishing sleeve. Really well done on creating such a work of art. Jx

MontanA said...

Amazing card !!!

Teri said...

I agree with everyone else... how did this NOT get published??? It's fabulous!!!! I'd love to know how to do that fold!!! And the slip cover.... you are a genius!!! Love everything about it!!!!

Christine Dol said...

I cannot believe this gorgeous card did not get into the magazine! It is gorgeous. I love how you fold it in! The colouring is amazing Norma! I love how you colour!

Riet said...

What a wonderful card,I love the images and the colours.
So gorgeous papers.
Hugs Riet.xx

Christy Designs said...

This is so gorgeous Norma !!
Love your fold card and your coloring !

Maris said...

ohhh this is soooo great, love it ,what a stunning project

Christina C. said...

You always create the most gorgeous cards, Norma......such a pleasure to visit your amazing blog!!!!!
This card is a treasure, my friend!

Joyce said...

This is fabulous Norma! Awesome coloring and design!!

Sarah said...

Stunning card Norma, love the colours and the design, there's just so much to look at! Thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts for our Here Come The Girls challenge x

mgoll88 said...

What a wonderfull and lovely vard cretaion, looks so fantastic..i love it


Mojca said...

What a stunning card Norma! I just love the colours! hugs! Mojca

Danni said...

What a fabulous card! Simply awesome! Thank you for playing along with my Flutter By Wednesday Challenge!

Chris said...

This is just the sweetest ever! Your images were so thoughtfully chosen. I love how you've colored them! This is such a fun card design. You did a wonderful job!


Sara S. said...

Gorgeous card, and I love the fold!

Sarah said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful card with us at As You Like It. Words fail me......it is simply stunning in every way. Do hope you will play along next time. Sarah

Marie-Anne said...

What a stunning card. How on earth is it possible that they decided not to publish it.


Sylvia said...

I always enjoy to visit your blog Norma to see your spectacular cards. And wow, again you created the most beautiful creation. It is gorgeous with beautiful details and colors.

Tracy said...

Gorgeous Norma, those pencils have worked a treat and I love the colours. Your design use of those stamps is stunning. Tracy xx

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow! How could they not have published this card Norma, it's stunning. The colours, the stamps everything is just fabulous and I love the little sleeve the card slips into. A great idea. ox Marg

lovingrammahood said...

What can I say that everyone hasn't said over and over. You continue to amaze us all Norma. Your coloring is superb and the design is another stunning accomplishment. sure would love a tutorial on this one :)
hugs: Donna

loz said...

stunning card Norma ...loz

Jill said...

This is such a fantastic card Norma ♥
Love everything about it sweetie, your perfect colouring, choice of images and the gorgeous design!
Just perfect in every way
Hugs, Jill

Karen said...

Gorgeous card Norma!! Your coloring is fantastic as always!! : )

M@miogée said...

Une petite merveille dans de très jolies couleurs :)
J'adore comme d'habitude !

Miss NiceRoad said...

Stunning, Miss Norma! :)

Danielle Champagne said...

Hello Norma, you always put sun on my day when I visit your blog. Such a beautiful card, I love those 3 stamps together kind of creating a story. Wonderful papers, OH!!! and lovely colors. Absolutely stunning. Hugs.

Cathy Lee said...

Wow, Norma, I love this card design. Fabulous use of your Maggies and beautiful coloring. You are so inspiring, I'd love to try this design. Marvelous, Darling!
Cathy Lee

Anonymous said...

ditto my FB comment and Love the sleeve too! Gorgeous presentation Norma!

Danielle Vincent said...

Wow - really amazing! So beautiful, a true work of art. I bet this was fun for you to make. Thanks so much for joining us this week at ATS&M.

Elizabeth said...

Wow, Norma ! Another gorgeous fold and beautiful layout! Love the way you always make the images the main ingredient on your cards. They so deserve it! Love your color range and beautifully colored Tildas! Thank you for the inspiration! Hugs, Elizabeth x

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

A stunning card, beautifully coloured images! What a shame it didn't get published! Thanks for sharing with us at Card Makin Mamas, hugs Susan x

cathylynn said...

Wowzers Norma this is totally awesome! Looks like you put a lot of love and work into this beauty! Fabulous!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

NPurdum56 said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! You always come up with a beautifully created card Norma! This is FANTASTIC! :) Nancee

Melanie said...

Norma, this card is absolutely stunning!
Love the 3 images you've chosen for this card as well as your fabulous colouring.
Thanks for digging out the templates as well.


Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Wow, your coloring is amazing, love the cute images and fabulous fold card. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

Suzi Mac said...

Fabulous card Norma, great use of Marianne's die and so many sweet images. I love the shape and your colouring is spectacular. Thank you for joining us this month over at Marianne Design Divas. Good luck in the draw!
Suzi x

Alyx said...

Stunning card Norma!!! Fab colouring and fold, and the papers really work fabulously to bring the whole thing together. Just beautiful.

Thank you for joining us over at the Joanna Sheen Challenge. Good luck.

Suzette said...

Simply Amazing, thank you ever so much for joining us at 'AS You Like It' Challenge this week.


PJ said...

Oh that is a stunner !
I really love the coloring ! u are just great ! And so very inspiring !
I would like to invite you to join us in a DT opportunity that we have over at Beyond Grey challenges.
I find your work very beautiful , and if u feel like inspiring people with your work do link up 3 of your fav projects at the following link.


Hugs !
Beyond grey challenges !

Tineke van der Linden said...

Een prachtige kaart! En wat een mooi model van de kaart.
Dank je wel voor het meedoen bij MD Divas.
Groetjes Tineke

Brawny x said...

What a fabulous card! Everything about it is WOW!
Best wishes lea x

Emily Lauritzen said...

Wow, this is absolutely stunning! I love how you kept everything flat and made a slip cover for it, perfect idea!
<3 Emily L.

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