Saturday, June 19, 2010

Butterfly Congratulations

Greetings, and thank you for visiting my humble blog again. 

I managed to get going in the studio again yesterday and made this 'congratulations' card, which is well overdue, for a friend who has walked a half marathon - far far more than I have ever done, and I admire her for her achievement!!

This is an easel card - the second one I have ever made, and I must admit that I am very happy with the way it sits when opened and stood up .

I started by deciding on the base colour, and found some printed vellum that I have had on hand for some time - the print is of hibiscus flowers and as there are a lot of pink tones in it, it does not dominate the card as they are adsorbed into the red.  I tore the bottom of the vellum to add some subtle texture, and stamped and gold embossed the word congratulations in the lower right corner.

The ribbon and lace are of the same pale lemon colour and toned in well - the base that the butterfly is sitting  on is a pale lime/lemon coloured card with a slight sparkle in it.  It was cut using a Spellbinders Classic scalloped oval, which I then sponged the edges of with Memento Pear Tart ink.  This done I decided a wee bit of visual texture was required so  stamped one of the leaves from the acanthus leaves set from Layers of Color inside the oval in Memento Bamboo Shoot green.

The butterfly is another Layers of Color stamp from the Joyful Noise set.  This was stamped and embossed in gold on white card, and then painted using Twinkling H2O paints.  I mounted this on dimensional foam tape, and added a 'flight path' using some Zva crystals.

I wanted the base to echo the card front, so punched the edge of the white liner  with a lacey boarder punch from Fiskars and popped a wee white half pearl in the centre of each repeat, tied a narrow pale lemon ribbon around the base mat and added a bow, and then placed two tiny pearls as 'stoppers' part way up.

I really enjoyed creating this card, and I hope you enjoyed the journey with me.

I am entering this in the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #58

May your day be filled with joy and blessings, and thank you for calling by.


Phyllis said...

Maxine ~ A BIG WARM WELCOME TO THE MIDNIGHT MADNESS SKETCH CHALLENGE. We are so happy that you have found us and decided to play along. Your card is just lovely, a beautiful butterfly, gorgeous colors and wonderful lace.
The MMDesign Team thanks you for joing us in this weeks challenge.

Phyllis MMDesign Team
SparklePlenty1000 at SCS

pam124 said...

Maxine, WELCOME to the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. Oh, this is SO, SO pretty!! I LOVE your colors, the velum, the beautiful butterfly and your excellent job on the easel card!! I'm in love with the lace and bling you used too.

Thanks SO MUCH for playing with us this week and I truly hope you can join in next week too!!


Phyllis said...

Maxine, sorry but I now realize that you have played previously. ooooops!! Welcome back!!

Phyllis MMDesign Team

Lovely Linda said...

Hi Maxine - great to see you playing along with the MMSC this week - and what a gorgeous card! You know you have my full attention with that gorgeous Layers of Color butterfly - I love the gold embossing - fabulous! Great easel card, fabulous vellum and perfect take on the sketch! I am loving this Maxine! Thanks for playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week, we would love to see you again next week! {{{hugs}}}
Linda MMSC Design Team
(and LOC Design Team)

tbk100601 said...

Maxine..I love the color combination on your card!! I would really like to be the recipient for this card!! lol Thank you for playing with us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week! Hope to see you again next week!


Priscilla said...

WOW..I LOVE LOVE LOVE your card this week. It is amazing and just GORGEOUS. Your gold embossing is so perfect. Here’s to another wonderful week with the Midnight Madness Challenges. Thanks for playing with us.. we love checking out your work.
MMSC Hostess

Carol Hurlock said...

Maxine what a beautiful card. That butterfly is impressive. So charming and stylish. Great job with the sketch this week. Thanks for playing along with us at The Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.

Bear Hugs,
Carol :O}
Midnight Madness Design Team

Laura Kirste Campbell said...

I love this card, Maxine! You've created such joy with stamps and paper! Bravo!