Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Butterfly journal

This post is a first for me, two firsts actually - a few weeks ago I won Mrs A's butterfly challenge and part of the prize is you get to pick a 'letter' for an upcoming challenge and then become the Guest Designer for it.

I picked the letter X, mostly because I was intrigued to what it could be. Thankfully it turned out that Mrs A had been sneaky with this, and it actually related to a colour:

X fro Xanthine =  The yellow colouring matter found in certain plants as in Yellow Madder.
(Madder is from the Genus Rubia and has small yellow flowers, whorled leaves and a reddish brown root.)

Yellow..... I can do yellow!

So I wanted to do something special for my slot as GD and I decided to alter a composition/notebook, something which I love seeing but have never done, anyhoo I ended up using a hardbacked, elasticated notebook which had yellow edged pages - the elastic was yellow as well.


I decorated a few pages with images, a few with stamped quotes and a few pages I used Butterfly punches on, which were given to me from a friends mum's friend who had stopped crafting due to illness.

I didn't want to fill it too much (it was hard, I kept finding bits n bobs which would have been perfect to go in) as I wanted Mrs A to be able to use it, if she wanted too.

Just realised the elastic is not round the journal in the photo.

I stuck the postcard images onto handwritten vintage postcards, I have about 150, long story not going there, for a lovely personal touch. Imagine reading a note/or letter sent nearly 100 years ago.

front page -  Debbi Moore images

Tattered Lace butterfly die
Debbi Moore sentiment
picture from prize goody bag
postcard image from Lunagirl 'Butterfly cards'

tag image from Ephemeras' Vintage Garden

tuck spot paper Do Crafts
image from the Graphics Fairy

image from googled search

paper from Debbi Moore
tag image from EVG

paper from Antique Pinks pack
Postcard image from Fripperies and Butterflies

tuck spot paper doCrafts
image from Lunagirls 'Butterfly cards'

tag image from EVG

can't remember where this image came from

back page - Debbi Moore embellishments

Very pleased with the result, I will probably do some more in the New Year.

Looking forward to seeing everyone's take on the letter X over on
Butterfly Challenge blog


Sunday, 27 December 2015

something different..

I watched a Debbi Moore book folding show on Create & Craft and Debbi showed how to do a simple fold design and I thought I'd like to have a go.... so off upstairs I went, found a paperback and off I folded........

The Butterfly Fairies are so named, as they are the only Fae that are seen in the light of day, if you see one you believe you saw a butterfly! Although you don't normally see them in a group, but today they had just finished decorating their house for Christmas and were quite proud of the garland. Maybe they would win the 'best decorated' house in their tiny village? lets hope so!


Sunday, 6 December 2015

baby blue

A little boy's card today, the image could be for new baby, I've chose the birthday sentiment, would be nice for a first birthday but I haven't got anything in my stash for that....yet.
Teddy Bo & Co backing paper & sentiment stamp
Lili of The Valley topper
blue card
DoCraft blue pastel ribbon

Saturday, 5 December 2015

two by two

the last of the little Christmas cards today.

Love the top one.

Thursday, 3 December 2015


Different style card today, done for a partner swap over on one of my groups, wanted to try and stay as masculine as possible but also jazz it up a bit.

Tattered Lace piano die
Do Craft corner frill
Do Craft banner
peel offs
copper gems

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

when is a rose.....

a pretty digital page done for fripperies and butterflies November colour challenge which was to this palette

I used the Day Dream kit off of DaisyTrail and a freebie image from Fripperies,
and removed the frame, layered up a couple of materials, making them more translucent to be able to just see the patterns/colours of the one below. Added a couple of butterflies and then placed some digi kit roses on top of the originals, added a cluster on the opposite side of the oval to balance.
The words come from this  poem -
The Secret of the Rose
Rose, a
symbol of
beauty, purity,
power, excellence

An emblem
of silence,
a tear dropped

brought her into

a lovely lady
remaining closed

around the
heart, preventing
a rare flower.

heather burns

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

four of a kind

A lovely card which I made for a Friendship swap over on DoCrafts incorporating Mrs A's challenge over at her Butterfly Challenge Blog - to use 4 of something which in this card is 4 butterflies.
Had to include a doily of course, but this tine I added a white paperclip to spice things up a bit *lol*

Debbi Moore papers
diecut butterfly in pink
small die cut butterflies x 2
Sticking the butterfly to the clip was fiddly, but I did it......... till I went to put the card in the envelope, dropped it and the butterfly fell off. Superglue is my hero!!