Monday 5 April 2010

Butterfly Trails....


Happy Easter Monday - hope you're having a good one if you've got today off work! I won't rub in that I've got two weeks off LOL!

It's another Monday where we host a new challenge over on our PTI Blog! This fortnight we're challenging all of you to dig out some material and feature it on your card/creation.

I'll confess that I freaked a little when Kate suggested this idea, I'm no seamstress! However I do have some felt stashed away so figured that it was the perfect opportunity to dig it back out, use it up so I can justify a purchase of some PTI Wool Felt, and play with my new PTI Butterfly Die too! She's been waiting so patiently, fluttering her wings every now and again just to remind me that I hadn't used her yet! (Yup, my flutterby is definitely a female btw!)

Still practising at the photography set-up here; my living room colours coordinate with this card beautifully LOL!

Card Recipe
PTI Supplies
Stamps: Around and About Sentiments
Ink: Ripe Avocado

Card: Dark Chocolate/Vintage Cream/Turning A New Leaf DPs
Accessories: Butterfly Die/Cuttlebug/Paper Piercer/Brown Felt/Ripe Avocado Button/Jute Button Twine/Dark Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon
/Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch

I made her antennae out of the ribbon twine, super duper easy and looks pretty sweet too methinks! Oh and that bow...well on my trip out the other weekend with my Mum I was whinging at how I tend to suck at tying pretty bows with tails tucked nicely behind the loops and she came up with the perfect solution! It's super easy and you probably know already but if you're intrigued, I may try to do a tutorial or even a video....even if I do hate the sound of my own voice!

I had the idea to use Around & About Sentiment as her butterfly trail at some random hour in the night as I was trying to sleep; I think it kinda works even if it took me ages to try and curve the sentiment nicely on my acrylic block! Just think, you could have this idea featured on a card for nearly any occasion with that super-useful set!

So anyways, I'm really hoping you can play along with our challenge, maybe even be a bit more daring than me and use some fabric or maybe cheat a little by using a pre-made material embellishment (Think about those gorgeous crocheted flowers you can buy!). We've now decided to feature the top 3 world-wide entries on our blog with the prize of a super new blinkie I've created! This way everyone can share the inspiration and play something whether you're a European Peep or not!

OK so that's enough babbling from me today, if you've even read this far LOL!

Catch ya later!

P.S Check out one of my bestest bloggin' buddies, Emma's delicious Blog Candy she's got on offer to celebrate her Blog Birthday! Even if you've not got a sweet tooth still pop across for some seriously inspirational creations! This gal's got more talent than I could ever dream of having!


Katie Berberich Handmade said...

Oh Aimes, I love how you bent your sentiment stamp to create such a stunning look. Material.......hmmm, will get thinking about that one. As I've not yet done any crafting since i've come back; this seems like a good place to start.
I'm looking forward to your tutorial, that's a brill idea and your new blinkie is soo cool too. Hope you had a fab Easter xx

Julie said...

Hi Aimes,
What a fab card and a super fantastic photo, i love the butterfly - she's very cute.
What are you going to do with 2 weeks off???? Craft I hope so we get to view some of your fabbie creations!!!
Take Care Hun - Ju xx

Jen Carter said...

So cool! Great touch to add the sentiment as the butterfly trail!

Sharron said...

Aimes, this card is fabulous--your butterfly is adorable and love the brown & avocado! Great idea to use the sentiment for your butterfly trail too. Do you have lots of plans for your time off? I always liked being able to stay around home rather than being on the road when I had time off. Anyway, have Fun!!

Melissa said...

Beautiful Aimes! I love the "earthy" colors and your butterfly is so pretty! Enjoy your time off!

Vicki said...

Wooow fab card Aimes, loving the colours and your felt butterfly but I am soooo jealous of that bow, it's perfect! Eagerly awaiting your tutorial:)

Vicki x

Emma said...

Video, video, video - I wanna see my best bud up on the big screen spreading the Gospel of craft and bestowing her mighty wisdom to all her trusty followers :D

I am so in love with felt at the moment and am so envious that you got those dies - they are on my never ending list lol! Truly beautiful card and I am loving the arty photo shot too - great stuff :D

Have a fab break sweetie and shucks, thanks you for your ever sweet and kind words:D

Andrea M said...

Gorgeous card, Aimes! You do wonderful work lady!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Super card! Love the butterfly and the words/sentiment trailing from her. Great bow too!

Maureen said...

Eeek!! LOVE your bow!!! What did your mom say? Was it to fluff the loops? That's my (not so secret) secret!! LOL It's fabulous. Sweet little felt it's trail and how it looks like it's flying :) Our Mother's Day is the second Sunday of May. You must have yours earlier in the year. When you were talking about making your mom and Chris' mom Mother's Day cards, I thought you were doing it early as you were seeing them together or something....LOL And now it sounds like you are on a Spring Break...for 2 weeks? Oh, lucky you :) At least we have a short week this week :) I love super long weekends...they just go by too fast :)

Terri said...

Nice job! I especially like the sentiment trailing the butterfly! I hope you enjoy your 2 weeks off!

~amy~ said...

gorgeous work my the butterfly and the trail of words...very clever:) I signed up to follow your PTI challenge blog:) Hoping to use my PTI goodies more often:)

peggysue said...

Very nice, such cool colors you used too and great placement of the bow. And who does like the sound of their own voice? I just squirm inside when I hear mine, but I bet you'd do a great tutorial.

Diane Gilbert said...

What a sweet, simple layout! Love it! Thanks for playing along with Our Creative Corner this week!

Mandy said...

Stunning card Amy, great photo too!! Love the bow, it looks perfect. Would be great if you did a video....don't worry, we all hate the sound of our own voices ;o)


Vanessa said...

Great card, Aimes! I'd love to see a video about your bow! The use of the sentiment is so clever!


Daniela F. said...

Awesome card, Aimes!! That butterfly looks so cute with its sentiment flight path and twine antennas. Oh, I would love a bow tying video! I always need a couple of tries to get it right. Maybe that's why I barely tie bows on my cards.

IamDerby said...

Hi Aimes! That trail is just genius! I love this card.

Alex said...

Super card Aimes, I love that bow and look forward to a tutorial/video on it :)

Have a great day, crafting by any chance?

Take care,

Alex x

Caryn said...

Hiya Aimes, finally managing to get a bit bit of long-overdue blopping in!! How are you enjoying your 2 weeks off? Not great weather but at least that means you have a good excuse to stay in and craft!!

Love your card - that butterfly is just perfect on there. Am hoping to catch up on my craft time over the next few days so will definitely try and get something done for your challenge. Looking forward to seeing this bow tutorial too :)

Caryn xxx

Rhonda said...

Oh Aimes, I love the butterfly word trail. LOVE IT!

Unknown said...

What a pretty card! Thanks for "breaking out the buttons" for this week's OCC challenge!!!

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