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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Candy Butterflies

Hiya friends!  So glad to be back with you today.  Thanks for letting me take a little mental holiday.  As promised, I have some blog candy for you but first I have a card to share!  I really wanted to play along with the Shabby Tea Room's Butterfly challenge last week.  Just look at this gorgeous inspiration photo:
I missed that deadline but was delighted to have another chance this week with the Stampin' Up Only (SUO) challenge in celebration of...butterflies!   Using last week's photo as inspiration, here's what I made:

Oh, I had fun with this one!  They look like candy, don't they?  Fitting for today's blog candy post.  All the butterflies were cut with the Beautiful Wings embosslit that cuts and embosses in one pass through the Big Shot!  The designer paper is all from the patterned DSP stack in the Brights & Subtles color families using Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo.
I took a sanding block to the embossed sections of the butterflies to expose the white paper core and added a trail of basic rhinestones.
 I love a basic black card base especially when using so much color but that definitely means I need to complete the inside...unless the recipient can read invisible ink!  I love how the butterfly from Bold Blossoms (available in the Summer Mini) looks inked up in all the colors from the front.  They really pop against the black.  So, what do you think of today's card?  I would love to know!

Now for the sweetest part!  It's hard to believe that Saturday will mark my second anniversary of blogging.  When I started this blog, I wasn't sure I would have anything to say much less expect anyone to visit me!  But two years later, I've found a supportive community of crafters and made some wonderful friends!  So to honor all of my friends and followers, I am throwing a little party...and it wouldn't be a party without candy! Here's what you can win:
One of the most popular stamp sets from the now-retired Spring Mini catalog....Nature Walk in clear-mount and a pot of Silver Glass Glitter!!  I will chose a random winner from all comments left on this post by my blog followers and announce the winner on Saturday May 7th.  So, join in the fun...sign up to follow and let me know what you think of today's card, or the candy or anything at all--just hearing from you makes my day!  Have a good one, friends!

the goodies:
stamps: bold blossoms; something to celebrate; bring on the cake; hope happens
ink: jet black stayzon; wild wasabi, daffodil delight, tempting turquoise, pumpkin pie, melon mambo classic ink
paper: whisper white & basic black CS; patterns designer series paper stack brights & subtles
xtras: elegant lines embossing folder; beautiful wings embosslit; basic black satin ribbon; basic rhinestones; petal cone die (banner tag)

35 comments:

Joan said...

You must have posted on SUO Challenges IMMEDIATELY before me - there was only one post when I clicked on the link, and when I went to check on my card - there you were. What a wonderful surprise!!!!

You nailed that inspiration challenge - aweseome card!!!!! I like the saying you have on the inside too.

And yeah....booo hoooo - I'm going to miss Nature Walk!!!1

Have a fantastic week!
Hugs!
Joan

Anne Marie said...

Hooray!! Nance is back! This is so colorful and fun! Then there is the bling...*sigh*...I love it! The inside of the card is just as happy as the front. Happy (almost) Anniversary! Thanks for all of the awesome inspiration you share! Hugs! :)

Babe O'Mara said...

You got it absolutely right!! Beautiful card, perfect colors, lovely sentiment inside. Everything is perfect!! Happy (upcoming) Anniversary. I'm already a follower. Thanks so much for a chance to win.

Babe
youiesmom@att.net

Marisa said...

Yeah, you're back(((hugs))) :) Glad you enjoyed your break and looks like the mojo kept right on truckin'. Love the butterflies on the card as per the insp. piece, and the black BG is perfect! Fabulous as always my friend :)

Julie said...

Hi Nance, can I just say that I love this card very much, the bright colours in particular and they way the butterflies seem to fly off the card. The butterflies remind me of such fond memories as I used them when I made a sympathy card for a friend who lost a little one not so long ago. I love the sentiment on the inside as well. I look forward to following you blog now that I've found it.

Ann Schach said...

Welcome back, Nance! Today's card is absolutely stunning! Perfect color choices...and that bling! WOW!

Christina said...

You have been missed! What a stunner of a card today! That rainbow of butterflies is absolutely beautiful, especially on the backdrop of embossed swirls. I always love seeing how you finish the insides, too, and this one is just as colorful and sweet as the outside.

Congrats on your upcoming blogaversary! I am so glad to have found you and am delighted every time I come by to see your creations. Thanks for sharing so much inspiration with all of us!

BTW, I already have Nature Walk, so feel free to exclude me from the blog candy giveaway. ((hugs))

Always Playing with Paper said...

Wow Nance! I just love the card you made and the inspiration photo is so cool! Happy to have you back stamping, I missed you! What wonderful blog candy!
Hugs,
Lesley

Linda Callahan said...

That is one beautiful cake and one fabulous card! And congrats on two years of sharing your wonderful work with us - I always look forward to my visits here! You rock girl! xoxo

Sandra Conner said...

Ohh, those butterflies are so pretty! Love the color selection on the white and black backgrounds. Great job!

Congrats on your blog anniversary, i love your updates.

Janna B said...

Love the butterflies and the colors you chose. I am going to have to make a card using these colors! I love how they pop from the black. Thanks for the chance to win some blog candy!
-Janna B.

LeAnne said...

I LOVE your literal translation of this card...the inspiration photo was gorgeous and so is your creation! Glad you had a good break and glad you're back!

Cam said...

Your intepretation with your butterflies are much better than the original sketch of cake. What a wonderful surprise and am glad you're back. You've been missed. Congrats on your blog. And those candy, that's a BONUS.

Nancy said...

Woo hoo, great interpretation of the gorgeous photo!
Luv,
Mom

Rene said...

What a bright and beautiful card, I think everyone loves butterflies, I love your blog.
Rene from OZ xo

Nancy E said...

I recently discovered your blog. Enchanting! You have your own definite sense of style. Keep up the good work!

Carrie Gaskin said...

This is fantastic. I love every little detail - the butterflies, the layout, the bling. Oh, and it's my birthday month....just sayin' :) Have a great day and happy crafting!

Diane - oliverdi@att.net said...

Nance this card is STUNNING! I LOVE your bright butterflies against the white, then the white against the black just POPS!
the inside butterflies are so cute and I espcially like how the butterflies disappear off the edge. BEAUTIFUL card.
Hugs.

CRITTERrrr MAN said...

Wow Auntie Nance, that card looks so cool! I love how the butterflies fly up to the corner! I also like the nice message inside. Beautiful sprind colors! Say Hi to Arden,

Brickcreator

P.S. Swing over to my blog, I have some new posts!

Colleen said...

Oh, I love the butterflies and such a pretty card it is. Looks like they are just fluttering right off the card. Nicely done.
Thank U 4 this opportunity of winning
ColleenB

Karen B. said...

I've been missing the wonderful world of Stampin Up lately, so I live it vicariously through your blog. I think I might just have to revisit the catalog again. Love your bright colored card, perfect for a cheery day!

Ronnie said...

Oh how I love your pretty butterflies! I love the rainbow of color, and your card design is fabulous!

Ilene B. said...

What a bright & beautiful card! Lucky person that receives it! I love checking out your blog, thanking you for always sharing!

Patti said...

Congrats on 2 years of blogging. Beautiful card and wonderful colors. So cheerful.

Heather said...

So happy to see your posting again, I love your creativity and look forward to your posts. I don't often comment, I usually just admire your wonderful work but today I must congratulate your 2 year anniversary! Keep up the fantastic work Nance!!!!

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful idea for a card and your interpretation is wonderful.. thanks for the blog candy opportunity, too!

MollyK at mollykathleenbarry@hotmail.com

Lori said...

Beautiful card. The colors make it such a happy card. Have to try this one myself.

Margaret said...

Just found your blog thru SUO! Beautiful card! Love all the colors and how you split the white bkgd!

Kathy Mc said...

Gorgeous interpretation of the colors in the cake photo. Your butterflies look like they are in flight. Awesome idea to use DSP in the Embosslit ~ will have to try that. Congrats on your 2nd year of blogging!

Heidi Baks said...

I love your take on the photo! Thanks for playing SUO Challenges.

Tiffany Bauer said...

WOW!! This is beautiful!! I will be featuring this card on My Crafty Picks #16 with a link back to your blog on 5-18-11. If you wish to decline please email me at trbauer@insightbb.com

Take care
www.mycraftyworld.blogspot.com

Deb Hoekstra said...

Beautiful rainbow of butterflies!! Thanks for joining us at SUO Challenges.

Jen Timko said...

Oh my...this is a beautiful interpretation of the inspiration! I love the colors you have chosen! Right into my favorites for inspiration. So glad you joined us at SUO Challenges!

Tracy S said...

Love this card. Anything nature is okay with me. Thanks for the chance at blog candy.

Kards by Kadie said...

Yippieee Your Back! Was going to leave you a comment to let you know how much you were missed - but guess you can tell by the number of post today! Beautiful card and so nice of you to offer this blog candy. I'm one of those that didn't buy this set when it was offered in the (now) retired mini. Count me in! kadielabadie at live dot com