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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Thursday 31 July 2014

Summer Butterfly

I have missed entering Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge  the last couple of times and was determined get one done for the latest challenge which started yesterday, where the theme is Summertime Butterflies.
All of the stamps used here are Chocolate Baroque apart from the tiny birthday greeting which is from Stamp Tapestry. I stamped the Harebell Butterfly with Archival black ink and coloured it with ColourSoft pencils using Sansodor and a paper stump to blend the colours. I stamped the butterfly again and the smaller one on a snippet of white card and coloured them the same way before fussy cutting. I used some bright blue and dark orange card to make a double mount before adding the cut out butterflies. I used silicon glue for the larger one to lift the wings slightly. My base card is a white 5" x 7" and I used a stamp from the CB Harlequin Fragments set and stamped it twice with Tumbled Glass DI, and the small sentiment stamp which says, This joy you feel is life, stamped with Memento London Fog randomly in the spaces. I then fixed the image panel on top and added the happy birthday also with the London Fog ink.
I used a couple of little snippets here so I am hopping over to Pixies Playground to show the other playmates too.
Thank you for taking a look, I really appreciate the comments you leave.


  1. This card is gorgeous Jean, and I love the way you have coloured the flowers and the butterflies with some lovely shading. The fragments and words in the background are the perfect foil and the blue and orange colours work beautifully together. x

  2. What a beautiful card Jean! Those butterflies look close to real! Thanks for sharing this with us in Mrs. A Butterfly Challenge!

  3. I have this Butterfly set as well and must admit to feeling quite daunted at how to colour in the delicate butterflies but you have done these perfectly. The Butterlies are out in full force in my garden and yours would look at home there too. Thankyou for fluttering by . Hugs Mrs A. (Butterfly challenge).

  4. So well co-ordinated Jean and the butterflies are stunning.

  5. Beautiful card Jean, love the colours of the butterflies.

  6. Oh Jean, this is so so pretty! Beautiful colouring and I love how your snippets echo the colour of the flowers and butterflies - beautiful!

    Hugs, Di xx

  7. Oh Jean this is beautiful. I love harebells and have not seen a stamp but now I will have to look for one.
    You have coloured it all in very well.

  8. Beautiful vivid that orange and aqua together!
    I will meet you over in the playground as I have one to write up and post tonight!

  9. Hello Jean

    On my word what a beautiful card it's so elegant. I love the light stamped background and beautiful flower, which you have coloured perfectly, Your butterfly colouring is amazing it must have taken ages.


  10. Very pretty card Jean.

    Congratulations on being showcased at the Snippets Playground this week.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  11. So pretty! Love the cool blues of the flowers with the pop of orange on the butterflies. Especially that subtle background paper that you created with the sentiment & harlequin design. Great idea to do that. It's perfect with the lovely card top. And congratulations for this being highlited at the Snippet Playground. Very well deserved indeed. TFS & Hugs

  12. Hi Jean,
    this is a stunning card.
    Your colouring skills are superb.
    Love all those fab stamps used in this very perfect card.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  13. Google is really being awkward tonight , maybe third time lucky?
    Love what you have done with this set, it's one that I didn't buy, but still on the wanted list

  14. This is a simply stunning butterfly card, Jean!! Well-deserved to be picked by Di for showcasing at the Playground!! Hugs, Darnell

  15. ah jean this is really lovely - lovely work, indeed!! beautifully summery. Shaz in Oz.x

  16. What a gorgeous card to come back to the challenge with, Jean! Love that stamp, and the colours. Not surprised it made Mrs. A's top 6.

    Lynne x