Friday, March 19, 2010

Butterfly {Dreams}

I flit, I float, I fleetly flee, I fly........oh no....wait...that's Sound of Music...not quite where I was headed here. But, with spring in the air, I have butterflies on the brain. And since there is oh so often a song singing its notes in my head, its not a huge leap....right?

Okay, okay, so I imagine you came here for something other than the inner workings of my brain, yes?! So, I'll spare you the adventure that would require a five point harnass and show you.....a card!

I've had this fantastic butterfly lady stamp in my collection for over fifteen years now and I love her! She's a butterfly who just seems to be made of {dreams}. I stamped & embossed her with fabby pink foil embossing powder, also from my old stash.

Then! I decided to try one of my friend Elise's (Mamacow Creations) coloring techniques.....using Stampin' Up!'s watercolor wonder crayons with an Aqua Painter (taking the aqua painter brush tip to the tip of the crayon and then laying it on the paper) to add some pinks & purples to my fabby butterfly lady. (Okay, I definitely need some practice here, but I had fun trying this for the first time.) After cutting her out, I wanted to pop her up, but not so extreme like with foam, so I cut out three itty bitty strips of white cardstock, adhered them together, and then to the back of her body. See, she has lift! (Those Sound of Music lyrics are floating through my brain again!! :>)

Add some printed vellum with a fun K& Company rubon sentiment, bracketed with some Cosmo Cricket chipboard pieces (that were painted pink and decked out in Tim Holtz's Distress Stickles) and The Butterfly Lady has a safe place to land. (If you are noticing a difference in the colors, the first two shots were in the sun and the last one was shot in the shade.....and then my camera battery said it was tired and wanted a charge.)

The weather here has been like easy summer days this week.......we've been running in the 80's. And with tomorrow being the first official day of spring, it will be nice to have the sun out this weekend.

Does it look like spring where you live? Do you have any spring like activities planned this weekend? We're hoping to get some work done in the backyard, plant the parsley, sage, and chives that came home with my daughter and I this week, and clear out some room for the tomatoes that my kidlets are dying to plant! Happy Friday! :>

Cardstock: Hibiscus Burst - Papertrey Ink
Paper: Vellum - Dollar Tree (I've had it in my stash for over five years!)
Stamp: Butterfly Lady - Hippo Heart
Ink: Versamark
Watercolor Wonder Crayons: Stampin' Up!
Rub On: K & Company
Chipboard: brackets - Cosmo Cricket
Other: embossing powder - from stash....and it has mysteriously disappeared, if it just as magically reappears, I'll update the info.; Paint - Delta & Making Memories; Worn Lipstick - Distress Stickles by Tim Holtz for Ranger; Bling - Stash (off brand from Walmart)


  1. Happy SPRING to you, my darling and talented friend! I'm SO glad you have such a vast museum of FANTASTIC images! This butterfly lady is terrific and I adore your color work, color and material choices and the whole, magnificent she-bang!

    I'm surprised you didn't add a link to the butterfly lady (Madeline Kahn, I believe) from Bug's Life! - One of my faves!

    I love yours musical show, sweet Kare!

  2. I can see why you keep this stamp because she results in pretty cards! Its going to get cold here in Central Wisconsin again, we've been spoiled with 60 degree weather, but will go back to 30-40s.

  3. Gorgeous card, Karen! Your butterfly lady looks so adorable and I love that vintage font :) Oh, and your coloring is fab, too! Spring has finally arrived today (tough that means we're only in the low 60's so far). Makes me happy to put the heavy winter coats back into to closet :) Anyways, this evening we "celebrate" the last day of winter by watching the "World Wok Racing Championship" on TV, haha!

    Have an amazing first spring weekend! :)

  4. Cute card! Thanks for posting!

  5. OMG Karen, this is like my favorite thing you have created. I LOVE her! Beautiful job!Love that stamp- you may just get me addicted to this stamping thing yet! Have a great weekend! xOxO

  6. Fun butterfly lady! Makes me want to swirl and dance....

    Our high was 51 today.. A gorgeous tease to spring! Sunny.. deliciousness.. but with a slight snap of chill....

    Kids are officially on Spring Break! Sunday we hit the roadster!!!!

  7. What a gorgeous butterfly the color combo...such a striking card!!! I have a couple stamps that I've had forever...isn't it fun to play with those?

  8. This is such a gorgeous butterfly - I can see why you love it so much! This is also a very lovely card!! :)

  9. WOW Karen! This card is beautiful! That butterfly is a timeless beauty- Oldie but a goldie!

  10. Oh...that's a lovely butterfly lady stamp Karen! I love the embossing!:)

    Happy spring to you!

  11. I have butterflies on the brain too, just look at all my cards LOL!! Love this card... and the stamp!! :) Its been in the 80s here too!! Very warm! Got plans to work in the yard and start getting ready for spring everything... I cant wait to see my flowers bloom again! :)

  12. isnt she fantastic!!! what a wonderful piece of art. i am so ready to get crafty again. it seems it will still be a while yet! thanks for coming over to my blog and visiting anyway!. glad you are well, read your other post about taxes. uggg... we have to get on that and SOON!

  13. This is awesome!! The butterfly lady is so striking!

  14. This is really the dimension created with that butterfly.
    Hope you will consider playing with us over at The Play Date Cafe this week.

  15. Very pretty Karen!! Love that butterfly!!

  16. This looks great!! makes me want to start some stamping myself :)

  17. Wowey wow wow! THis is so gorgeous!


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