Hello … bonjour! Our fun July challenge has just launched at Twofer … and this month we’re inviting some delicate, fluttery insects to play with us …
My butterflies are from Uniko … my favourites …
They appear on my Beautiful Day card as a duo, flying along one edge, with the sentiment spread across the middle, between them. This is for a wedding anniversary … and I liked the design so much, I made another for a different occasion, which I’ll share with you another time. My You’re So Lovely card (it’s for a birthday) features the butterfly as the centrepiece, with the sentiment nestled in underneath it. Let’s have a closer look at each one …
I wanted this card to have a dramatic feel to it … and for the colours to appeal to both husband and wife celebrating their anniversary, so chose bold oranges, black and white for the palette (akin to monarchs maybe?). The butterflies and sentiment (from Altenew) were stamped in Versamark Onyx Black … and the former were coloured and shaded with coloured pencils. It was going to be a one layer card, but when it was done, I thought it needed a little something extra … the slender strip of striped washi along one side seemed to do the trick!
I went for a much softer look for my birthday card …
Here, I stamped and white heat embossed the butterfly onto a mixed media panel … and watercoloured it with Zigs in rainbow colours. Once it was dry, the corresponding die was used to cut it out, I stamped the sentiment (from Hero Arts) and embossed a frame round the panel using a couple of Hero Arts Infinity dies. A piece of dark grey card was adhered onto a mixed media card base, so that it would show through the negative space and the finished panel was popped up over it on craft foam. I scored along each side of the butterfly where the wings and body meet, folded the wings upwards, added a double layer of foam tape under the body and adhered it into the negative space.
How about joining us with a favourite butterfly of your own … or even a kaleidoscope of them? Just use the same stamps, dies and/or stencils for your two distinctly different designs, for two different occasions … we’d love to see you (and them) in our gallery! Details about how to play, including the rules and FAQs, are over at the Twofer blog … along with lepidoptera inspiration galore from the DT! We’re delighted to have two super talented Guest Designers joining us this month … Barb from Barb’s Studio Creations … and TK from Time 4 Kards … welcome ladies! I’m pretty certain you’ll know the work of these fabulous artists already … though do go over for a visit and say hello … you’ll so enjoy their brilliant twofers … and you can have a gentle meander through all their other creations too!
My bold butterflies are heading to …
NBUS – Anything Goes (the sentiment had been Never Before Used Schtuff!)
Retro Rubber – Anything Goes (the butterfly stamp is 5+ years old)
The Rainbow Card Challenge – Tantalising Tangerine
Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions
ETA: 30 Day Colouring Challenge – Anything Goes
… and the solo flutterer is joining in at …
Simon Says Stamp Monday – Play With Paint (watercolours)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Moving Parts (butterfly wings)
Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions
ETA: 30 Day Colouring Challenge – Anything Goes
Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy! Anita 🙂
Oh my goodness they are just beautiful Anita.
Hola, Anita! Good to hear from you. Such beautiful cards and colors! Tres belle! Keep us (USA/Texas) in your prayers. Things are bad here. The Lord is in control. Much love to you, my friend.
Two exceptionally beautiful cards. With both cards I like your design and your color choice very much. The second card gets something very lively through the design.
Two beautiful butterfly cards. Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday this week.
Hi Anita! I see why they are your favorite, so detailed and versatile, just right for Darnell’s challenge. Wonderful cards, XOX
2 beautiful butterfly cards Anita, love them both! Cathy x
Anita, you’ve created two beautiful cards! I especially like the bright pink one. 🙂 We are so pleased that you joined us this week at Watercooler Wednesday. Karen – DT
Bold or soft, your butterflies are simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing these delights, Anita! Hugs!
super cards. Just love the second one with these gorgeous colours and there is a lovely flow in the first card. Sending hugs x
Your twofers are stunning Anita! I love the first one, the colors are so bold and say “look at me”! The sentiment is a great one for an anniversary too, so much better than just “happy anniversary”. I love the black/white stripe going down the side, that was the finishing touch it needed. Your second butterfly is so soft and pretty but yet colorful and happy feeling. I love how you cut out behind the butterfly and I love that frame the frames everything out so beautifully. These are fabulous twofers! Hugs, Brenda
Yes, indeed it immediately reads Monarch to me, Anita!
No matter the color, or design, these are quite possibly the most beautiful of all the butterfly images in blogland – now why is it I don’t own it? Your anniversary celebrants are going to adore your card – love the stripes! The pastels should be replicated in Nature and would be welcomed to our garden any day!
Anita, I just adore looking at your cards together. I am enthralled by the bold colors in your dual butterfly card and am feeling dreamy when looking at your single. Two stunning cards for the twofer challenge. Lovely.
Most definitely monarchs. I see them fluttering around my yard often during these summertime days, and yours could well join them! Very pretty card, and the little striped washi is the perfect finishing touch to your card, too. And your birthday card is simply gorgeous. The soft watercoloring is lovely, and the white embossing was such a great idea…not to forget the popping up above the gray…brilliant ideas! Cat’s right; it is dreamy. Perfect description.Hope all is well with you. We’re in the midst of a heat wave, and some thunderstorms, but other than that, nothing is new. Take care, and stay safe. Miss you. xo
Anita, both of these cards are fabulous! Love the rainbow butterfly – so magical. AND, I love that you thought out of the box for the “Moving Parts” challenge.
These are such exquisite designs, Anita! That is a gorgeous stamp with all the detail of the pattern. You have captured the color of a Monarch butterfly perfectly on the anniversary design fitting for both the hubby and wifey! I love the narrow strip of b/w Washi (and personally think Washi shouldn’t count as a layer, IMHO). And your rainbow-colored white-embossed version just takes my breath away! Very stately and elegant with the scoring and embossed framing and the font of the sediment is a lovely choice! LYAMYSMMA! Keep well! Hugs, Darnell
Your Monarchs are stunning Anita! The vivid colors and touch of stripes along the edge work wonderfully together. Than you have the lovely pastel creation…we need one of those fluttering around for real!
Stunning twofer, Anita!! Hard to pick a fave – just love the bold butterfly duo flying together on card one & the vibrant colors on the white embossed one!!!
Incredibly lovely monarchs doing their dance across that card. The coloring is awesome as is the second birthday card which is drop-dead gorgeous. You are really a dab hand with those Zigs. Jaw dropping fabulousness.
Two really lovely cards. Great coloring on the anniversary card. Hugs and stay well!
two absolutely stunning designs, anita! love your gorgeous butterflies!
WOW! I can’t even pick a favorite this month Anita…they are both so beautiful!! I’m thinking Monarch’s too for your beautifully orange colored butterflies…the bold orange and black really pop and I’m loving the little strip of washi tape too! The softness of your 2nd card really is dreamy and the water coloring with your Zigs is perfection my friend!! Love how it’s nestled in the die cut but yet looks like it’s ready to take flight too! Lovely, lovely cards Anita!! Hope you’re having a good Summer (been really, really HOT here!!) and are staying well and safe! Hugs. :0)
Too fabulous! LoVe the light rainbow-ish butterfly, heavenly and then there’s the bold and beautiful monarch at its best! And thank you for the shout-out
You have created 2 really beautiful cards, Anita! I can see why this butterfly is your fave…it looks amazing with all those bold shades of orange and your watercoloring on the 2nd card is just perfect!
Thank you so much for having e as your GD for July! I always enjoy playing along with the Twofer Challenge! Hugs, Barb
WOW! Two simply gorgeous cards, both real show stoppers! So in love with your sweet butterflies!
So lovely to see your 2 beautiful cards this week, Anita! I love the beautiful butterflies! The second is so special with the pretty rainbow colours!! I’m sure they are flying off the card fronts!!! Take care! 🙂
I just keep scrolling back up to admire your wonderful cards, Anita! I love that orange/black/white clean and bold look on your anniversary card. That strip of striped washi really balances out the design beautifully! Your rainbow of colors look amazing with the white outlines – it reminds me of light going through a prism! I hope all is well!
Anita these are both stunning, you choice of colour is fantastic and I love the white embossed image, so delicate! Sending hugs across the miles!
The Uniko butterflies are among my favourites too Anita. The colours on both cards are gorgeous and so very pretty. Both cards are beautiful, with fabulous colouring …one vibrant and one gentel…absolutely perfect ‘Monarch’ butterflies and thank you for the amazing inspiration Anita x.
These cards are GORGEOUS!! I LOVE the white striped paper on the first one. The bright colors you colored in the butterflies is beautiful. Your second card using the watercolor is lovely. I adore the embossing. Stunning design!!
Both of these cards are an absolute delight! Take care and stay safe xxx
Two beauties, Anita! Agree with you … the anniversary card has a dramatic look. Very beautiful and bold colour with the black accents. The washi tape edge adds just the perfect finishing touch. And your softer white embossed butterfly with rainbow colours is so, so pretty! Love the dimension with the layered wings. Great inspiration, my friend! xx
Your beautifully colored butterflies just pop from the white backgrounds you used.
Anita, they are both gorgeous! I had hoped to be able to enter the Twofer challenge this month as I love butterflies, but unfortunately time is against me. But, thanks for joining us at TRCC this month, and we hope to see you again soon.
Thank you for the beautiful cards you entered in our Rainbow Card Challenge. Your coloring is absolutely beautiful. You said you used pencils for the first card?? awesome!!! Please join us again soon.
Wow, two stunning twofer’s Anita! I love your boldly colored butterflies, how cool to use them for an anniversary! I never would have thought to do that. I love the sentiment running between each butterfly too. I am just loving the colors of these two butterflies! Your second card is amazing too. Even though you used some orange on this beauty, the other colors make it look as if it isn’t quite as bright-and I’m sure it isn’t, but orange is a pretty bright color no matter how you use it, but you have manage to make it look almost pastel! That amazes me! I love the dark gray underneath, it gives the butterfly a nice “shadow” around it. The wings being folded up some make it feel as though it will take flight at any moment. Love this card too, you are so clever my friend! Hugs, Brenda
These are really stunning Anita! I have this set too and love it as much as you do 🙂 I love how you used it to make an anniversary card with the beautifully coloured butterflies fluttering together and that bold sentiment. You have created such a beautiful focal point with your second card. The colours you’ve used are just so soft and I love the dimension you’ve given the butterfly. Vicky x
WOW I’d never have known it was the same stamp fantastic x
Two sensational cards! They are both so eye-catching! Be on the lookout for an email from me! It might have gone to your Spam folder.
Two lovely butterfly cards Anita, your colours are fabulous on both, Robyn
I love butterflies and your cards are beautiful! Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.
Love the orange butterflies- monarchs? Great use of the orange! Thanks for joining us at The Rainbow Card Challenge!
Your cards are fantastic! Thank you for participating in this month’s challenge!
Mary Ellen Driggs, TRCC Design Team
I do like these butterflies Anita – they look big enough to actually colour properly, unlike all my butterfly stamps. The way you’ve positioned them on the card has created such wonderful movement on the first and I love the rainbow effect on the second!
Hello sweet friend! Both cards are beautiful and well thought out Anita! Love the colors and shimmer in the single butterfly card so beautiful! Looks liked I missed another one. Thank you so very much for my beautiful card all the way from France! Be safe and well, God bless you dear friend.
What a gorgeous pair of cards, Anita! The butterflies are so pretty and I love the embossed frame on the second card.
I love Monarch butterflies and yours look very much like them, Anita. The rainbow colored one is a sight to behold and I’m sure they exist IRL. I’m sad I didn’t have time to enter the challenge but there’s always next time if I brought the right stamps with me to the lake.
Dear Anita, wow, your butterflies are amazing, love both creations.
Yikes – that are simply too many Twofers I missed. gorgeous butterfly cards! I especially love the first one – such fabulous colors – perhaps inspired by monarch butterflies?