Monday, August 25, 2014

Card Mania GDT - Butterflies & Bows

Hello Everyone!

It's Monday and today is my second appearance as Guest Designer over at the wonderful Card Mania Challenge Blog!  This week is Challenge #54 - BUTTERFLIES & BOWS.

Here is my finished card.


This week's sponsor is The Paper Shelter who generously offer $20 gift voucher for buys from their shop to one lucky winner! And the  regular sponsor, Hobbisimo will give one lucky winner a surprise gift! Get your entries in there ladies! I can't wait to see what you come up with!


  



**TOP TIP** - To make your butterflies or other embellishments look like they are floating - cut a tiny strip out of acetate or clear plastic and bend down both the ends. Glue one end to the card and the other end to your butterfly! It's such an eye catching effect and the best part is, you can fold them down to tuck into your envelope!

This is probably one of the most difficult things I have ever tried to photograph! I took over 40 shots, trying to get a good one of these 'floating' butterflies, they are just so hard to show on camera...

I do hope you can see them. :)



- all of the backgrounds are done from scratch, using various DecoArt paints, inks, stamps and texture paste.
- the ribbon was dyed with Tim Holtz distress inks Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Spiced Marmalade and Stormy Sky.
- the stamping was done with Ranger Archival inks Cornflower Blue and Potting Soil
- the butterflies were stamped and embossed using various Kaisercraft sets and peach and blue embossing powders on vellum (hence the difficulty seeing them)
- the little butterfly border is Martha Stewart - the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts
- the stencil is Crafter's Workshop and the texture paste is home-made

The little rectangle in the top right corner is actually a little pocket card. There are some surprises hidden inside!




A collection of butterfly postcards, tickets and stamps. I have added some little personal notes on the back. How cute are those!!



I am entering my Butterfly Card into the following fantastic challenges:

(this challenge inspired me to create the little hidden pocket to hold my itty bitty postcards and tickets)

(butterflies and ribbon - I love butterflies, not just for crafting, but in life as well, they're beautiful and remarkable creatures and they add a touch of glamour to any craft project. I love using ribbon because with a little dye, you can alter it to add some romance, contrast, flair or a touch of class!)

(This will be going to a friend of mine - she is turning 40 this year, but don't tell her that!)

- Top Tip Tuesday Challenge - Anything Goes

- Love to Scrap Challenge Blog - #36 - Anything Goes

- Crafting From The Heart - Challenge #33 - Anything Goes


That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. I read and appreciate every single one! If you have any questions, please let me know.


76 comments:

  1. Okay,Ingrid is the No.1 crafter and now you are No.1 Card maker! Pamellia,how do you do it? This is absolutely stunning,the pastel colours are a real delight. The level of details must have taken you hours,a real eye catching beautiful piece of loveliness.

    An extra big hug to you as you make the world more beautiful with every creation :)

    Donna xxx

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    1. Aahhh, thank you Donna! This card took me about 6 hours to make, not including dry time for the paste. Big hugs to you too, my dear crafty friend :)

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  2. Awesome Pamellia. I must have taken you hours to make all the papers and all the embellies. I know because my last fancy fold card as you saw there were also a lot of handmade papers and embellies on and it took me over 12 hours with only twice a breack of 30 minutes to eat something. So I know this must have taken you a lot of time. BUT it's worth the effort, so beautiful. It's worth every single minute you spend on it. Well done.
    Hugs Veerle xx

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    1. Thanks so much Veerle! It does take extra time to make your own papers, but it's worth it, isn't it? Hugs :)

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  3. Somebody needs to add Pamellia in the Thesaurus Dictionary with meaning card making genius, the most creative ever! Pamellia you never stop amazing me with your creativity! The color combo is heavenly beautiful and floating butterflies are such a beautiful delicate touch. That bow is just to die for! Well the view at your latest creation just made my day! I can go to work and not think about the fact it is Monday...another work week ahead, and so little time to craft.

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    1. Samra, you are so sweet, I don't even know what to say! Thank you so much for always bringing a little joy to my life with your wonderful words! Big hugs :)

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  4. This is stunning Pamellia, quite breath taking and I love it. Your papers and embellishments are fabulous and I adore this fancy fold card with it's little pocket full of treasures.

    Thank you for sharing your amazing work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.

    Dionne

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    1. Thank you so much Dionne! hugs to you :)

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  5. I must agree with Donna! You are the No1 card maker! This is an exquisite piece and I absolutely adore the colours and stamping and the beautiful little pocket! Stunning!!
    Big bear hugs,
    Ingrid xxx

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    1. Thanks so much Ingrid, big crafty bear hugs to you too! :)

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  6. STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS... love the soft colour combo and awesome papers used...and thanks for the little hint re the acetate...love that idea...and your bow, owow, it is just beautiful...wondering if that is a curling ribbon to have it look so gorgeous...Must ask if this is another of your wonderful designs, like the idea.xxxx
    Weekend was good but rain and cold here in australia, can't wait for summer.xxxGorgeous creation and love the colours.xx♥aNNie The Journey is the Start

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    1. Thank you so much Annie! Curling ribbon? Are you asking about my ribbon? It's actually seam binding, that I dye, wet down, scrunch into a ball and then heat it up so it stays all scrunchy. It's a gruelling, messy business but the look is so worth it! Hugs my crafty friend :)

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  7. This is so exquisite.....the details inside, such pretty, soft, pastel colours......but my favouriteis the ribbon bow, honestly it's so, so beautiful Pamellia. Ruth x

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    1. Thanks so much Ruth, I love working with ribbon, it's such a versatile embellishment! Hugs :)

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  8. A gorgeous, romantic project. Love the soft colour tones.
    Yvonne

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  9. Pamellia, your card is GORGEOUS!! I love the look of the soft colours and distressed edges... And the "secret" pocket card is such a lovely surprise!!

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    1. Thank you so much Kate! hugs from your crafty neighbour! :)

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  10. It did make me smile about your photography but well done for getting such pics in the end, of this absolutely exquisite creation. I do love the fabulous butterflies! Gorgeous, just gorgeous.... Anne. X

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    1. Thanks Anne! I love the look of vellum, but man it doesn't photograph well! lol :)

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  11. Once again you have pulled something spectacular out of the bag!! I adore this creation and those butterflies ... At first I didn't see them either but you did manage to capture them in all their glory ... Sometimes it takes me longer to photograph than make a project!! Well done Pamellia

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    1. Thank Ros! I hear you, it was a gruelling experience with my camera! Love the vellum, but I might think twice next time before reaching for it. hugs :)

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  12. There was me thinking how wonderful the photography was ! LOL. Beautiful work Pamellia - really stunning, soft, romantic and elegant. (Pretty much the opposite of my work!) Nikki xx

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    1. HA! Thanks Nikki! I took a lot of shots to get these few that I liked, but it worked out ok in the end. Isn't that funny, how much I love your work because it's the opposite of mine, opposites attract they say! Hugs :)

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  13. So soft and pretty!! I really love those butterflies!

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  14. Wow I have been looking through your blog and your creations are stunning! This card is so pretty and feminine. I love your style, the distressed edges, layering and details, all of it. I am now a follower of your blog so that I don't miss any future projects.
    Lorraine

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    1. Thanks Lorraine! You are so sweet! I welcome you to My Little Craft Things with a big crafty smile! :)

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  15. Wow! Great job! Charming colors!
    Butterflies are incredibly beautiful!
    Hugs :)
    Max

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  16. WOW! I know I am always in for a treat when I visit your blog Pamellia.
    This is truly stunning. I love the design, gorgeous delicate colours and such beautiful detailing. I especially love the pretty floating butterflies
    hugs Sue xx

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    1. Aahhh, thank you Sue, you always make me smile! hugs :)

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  17. Hi Pamellia
    Very pretty and very delicate, just like a butterfly. Gosh, 6 hours for you to make the card. Oh to have 6 hours to craft lol! Work and life have a nasty habit of causing craftus interuptus!
    Thank you for another delightful creation.
    Ang x

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    1. "craftus interuptus"! Hilarious! Thanks Ang! I work from home, so I'm lucky that way, if I'm not busy, I can set work aside for awhile and do more important things...like crafting or petting my dogs! lol, hugs :)

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  18. Another wonderful card!So dreamy and beautiful.I love how you do your backgrounds and that floating butterfly is so dainty and pretty.I also love what you did with the seam binding and of course the pocket card.What a brilliant idea!

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    1. Thank you so much Pallavi! You always cheer me up with your visits! Hugs :)

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  19. ABSOLUTLEY STUNNING Pamellia!! Your soft blues with the pink accents are gorgeous...wonderful design and embellishments!!
    Take care,
    Beth

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    1. Aahhh, thank you so much Beth! Big hugs :)

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  20. Oh this is stunning Pamellia! I love the soft color and that fabulous little pocket! Your dyed seam binding is beautiful!! If I used that many colors together it would turn out black! lol! I love yours!!
    Hugs, Tammy

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    1. Thank you so much Tammy, what a wonderful compliment! Big crafty hugs to you! :)

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  21. Gorgeous! Love the layers and your FAB bow!

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  22. Thanks for playing with us this week at Top Tip Tuesday’s anything goes Challenge! This is beautiful!
    Hugs,
    Karen C GDT

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  23. Aww WOW ! such a beautiful card so so pretty , i love the delicate colors and the hidey { is that a word } wallet such a lovely touch and a ribbon looking so delicate and complementary .
    Have a lovely Tuesday .
    Take Care
    Elaine H X

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  24. WOW - stunning work - such lovely soft delicate details and colours - a masterpiece - Michelle x

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  25. Hi Pamellia...congrats on all your wins. So happy to be featured along with you in a couple of blogs.
    Now this card is a stunner! I am actually at a loss of words to appreciate your creations. Pl do understand that if i say "WOW" it's from my heart and you are so gifted my dear. Crafty hugs to you.

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    1. Thank you Rupa! You are such a sweetheart! Big hugs to you too :)

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  26. This is absolutely stunning Pamela, so many fabulous details, I love your floating butterflies and beautiful pastel colours.
    Pauline
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  27. Oh Wow, wow, wow! This is superb and I'm so glad you took lots of photographs as there are so many lovely things to look at. Adore the colours you have chosen too. Thanks so much for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

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    1. Ahhh, 3 wow's, thank you so much Lisette! Big crafty hugs to you! :)

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  28. Pamellia this is one of the prettiest cards ever... I do AGREE with all above.. but there is one thing that really shines above it all.. your being is in this card... your spirit and soul reflect here... it is really pretty and it shouts LOVE... Have you ever seen the Challenge... the Shabby Tea Room... http://theshabbytearoom.blogspot.com/

    Your work so reflects this challenge also... such a sweet card... love it... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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    1. Bonnie, you are the sweetest! Thank you so much for your kind words and yes, I love the Shabby Tea Room! I try and play along with their challenges as often as possible! Big hugs love :)

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  29. This is stunning Pamellia, so much detail and those butterflies....WOW xx

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  30. Beautiful creation.... thanks for sharing with us at CRAFTY RIBBONS x carol

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  31. Absolutely beautiful love shabby chic and very pretty and feminine love the beautiful bow,papers and embellishments
    carol x

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  32. A beautiful project. The floating butterflies are wonderful. Love the pocket. Thanks for sharing this with us at Love to Scrap Challenge. Good luck.
    Debi DT LTSCB

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  33. Oh so pretty! Great technique with the floating butterflies too :)
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons Challenge
    Laura

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  34. Wow! This is absolutely STUNNING, Pamellia! Thank you so much for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday this week for our Anything Goes challenge!

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  35. Love your card, Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday for our Anything Goes Challenge
    Sue

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  36. OMG! I can't believe how much incredible detail you have on here and all so perfectly co-ordinated in those yummy pastel shades :-)
    Thanks for sharing with us at Top Tip Tuesday!
    Kat x

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    1. Thank you so much Kat! You are so sweet!! hugs :)

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  37. Gorgeous card.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafting from the Heart.

    Helen x

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  38. Hi Pamellia

    Many congratulations on being placed in the Crafty Boots 'Postcard' Challenge.

    Don't forget to collect a copy of the Crafty Boots Challenge badge from our blog.

    Dionne

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    1. Oh boy, thanks for letting me know Dionne!! :)

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