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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Friday 17 April 2015

Musical Butterfly

Good evening, what a lovely week weatherwise we have just had. For us here on the south coast anyway we have actually had two weeks of gorgeous warm sunshine and have been able to open windows and patio doors to let in some nice fresh air. I am hoping it will continue into next week as we are going away for a few days with my husband's bowls club and although I'm not very interested in the bowls I don't mind spending the afternoon sitting in the sun with a glass of wine and some friends to chat with while the men play.
Now for my card which I made today for the Butterfly Challenge where the theme is Butterfly + M for Music Notes. I was looking through my box of odd die cut scraps yesterday and spotted this yellow butterfly cut from some very old irridescent paper. It looks quite dark in the photo but IRL it varies from bright yellow to a reddish orangey colour depending on what angle you view it from. It is quite  thin paper with a shiny surface and having taken it from the box it promptly rolled up with the warmth of the sun, so I flattened it under an acryllic block and left it overnight while I decided what to do with it. To day I started by cutting and folding a white A5 card blank landscape style with the fold to left. I die cut the matching open work butterfly and the music notes from some snippets of dark brown pearl card. Both these dies are Memory Box. I used an ancient snippet of yellow patterned paper to make a panel for the left hand side and fixed it in place. I used some Stick It adhesive sheet when I cut the music so it was easy to stick it place. I glued the shiny butterfly in place next and then the body and the open work wings , glueing only in the center. To finish off I used Memento Rich Cocoa ink to stamp the sentiment which is a single clear stamp from Chocolate  Baroque. I bent it slightly to try and make it follow the shape of the music.
So now I am going to link this up at Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly + M for Music Notes and as I used some snippets I'll hop over to Pixies Snippets Playground, I might just be able to make it before the gates close for this week.
Thank you you for taking the time to visit here today and for your comments which I really appreciate.
Jean x


  1. What a wonderful birthday card this is! From that beautiful butterfly to that fantastic endearing sentiment, this card will be a joy to receive! Have fun in the sun sipping that wine :)

  2. This is really pretty Jean and the musical notes Memory Box die is just right, and love the pretty MB butterfly too which goes perfectly with that backing paper you found. A beautiful card. I hope the weather stays nice for your trip away this coming week and have a lovely time! x

  3. Love how you have put your card together and had a quick smile at your butterfly curling up in the sunshine! Colours look so pretty too. Thankyou for fluttering by #28. Hugs Mrs A.

  4. Great butterfly card Jean. Love the design and color. Blessings - Jim

  5. Beautiful card, love that gorgeous butterfly Jean.
    Have a lovely weekend

  6. Wow Jean, what a lovely card. Fascinating to read how you made it and I just adore that you shaped the sentiment to sit underneath the music notes so perfectly.

    Have a lovely trip away!


    Di xx

  7. So elegant this is a beautiful design love that music die so pretty. Enjoy your time away especially the wine sounds perfect love and hugs Carole x

  8. A beautiful stylish card Jean love the butterfly.
    Yvonne xx

  9. Hi Jean,
    what a very great creation for the Butterfly Challenge.
    Lovely design, and fab colours used.
    I think I know the paper you are talking about, as I too have a few rolls of this in different colours.
    I had forgotten all about it thank you for the reminder.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  10. A fabulous card - I love your butterfly and the colours you have used - perfect for our 'M for Music Notes' challenge.
    Kath x

  11. You always seem to get the opposite weather from us, so I am not surprised it has been nice for you, because it hasn´t been here! I love the yellow/orange butterfly and the pretty paper that matches it so well. I hope you enjoy your days away with Ron´s bowling club. Kate xx

  12. Lovely design Jean, fabulous butterfly!
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  13. A simply beautiful card, Jean! Fab use of snippets and I love the way you curved the sentiment to match the die cut. Hope the weather holds up for you over the weekend. Meg has managed one of her days on the beach

  14. What a great idea to bend the stamp - it looks like the words to the butterfly's song.

  15. Gorgeous & lovely bright sunshine colors. Just so cheery. At first I thought your pretty butterfly had been done with the micro glitter, so nice to know it was the glitter paper that worked so well with your die cut. Love the MB dies! Great choice of the floral dp, and just right with the crisp white & glitter on this butterfly. Hope the bowls outing was fun and that your lovely weather continued. It's always so refreshing to be able to air out the house after being so closed up during the cold. TFS & Hugs

  16. This is a really lovely snippets card for Mrs. A.'s challenge, Jean! You can't go wrong with music and a butterfly together on a card!! Enjoy the weekend!! Hugs, Darnell