A Swarm of Sweetness

I declared the evening a Crafty CASE event... and after the kids were in bed I went off into my lofty laboratory of layers and found myself surrounded by the sweet serenity of


Butterflies!

I saw a card posted by Shelly May over on Facebook yesterday, and I was inspired. I -love- my butterfly die! Perfect to craft up a few cards to send off to Operation Write Home. I don't think they are too "Mom" themed, but I probably won't get my cards out in time for the deadline on Thursday anyhow... will just add them to a box of Spring cards.

Swarm of Sweet Butterflies
So here is how I spent my evening de-stressing from a kind of rough day:

raided my scrap drawer for some flora/botanical type paper,
picked my color schemes,
Die Cut my butterflies on the Big Shot,
cut and layered my card bases and stamped them for OWH,
(you're welcome Sandy :-)
stamped my tags using the Tiny Tags set,
punched them out, and punched out a hole,
layered my butterflies using adhesive and/or dimensionals,
de-stashed the ribbon bin and used twine to tie the tags onto the center of the die-cuts,
adhered the butterflies using dimensionals and adhesive...


Retired paper, with Marina Mist and Basic Grey butterflies
 ...and realized my camera is missing.
My newly borrowed camera, to use since my old faithful camera went missing last fall. *big sad face here*
I think the universe is telling me to get a really nice new camera. :-D
So I pulled out my ever-so-poor-substitute, my stupid phone, and snapped a few pics to share.


Card Recipe:
5.5 x 8.5" base, folded to 4.25x5.5" solid card stock
5x3.75" solid card stock for layer
4.75x3.5" Pattern Paper
5.5x8.5" card stock folded, to use with Butterfly Die
5.5x8.5" card stock folded to use with Butterfly Die (2nd color)
white scraps for stamping
Tiny Tags stamp set (#118091)
ink coordinating with your paper
Jewelry Tag Punch  (#117190)
hemp twine (#100982), Linen thread (#104199), or fine ribbon or embroidery floss
Big Shot die cutting machine
Bigz Beautiful Butterflies Stampin' Up! exclusive die (item#114507 $21.95; page 206 of catalog)

Some Designer Series Papers that would be fun with the butterflies:
Woodland Walk - brown & green butterflies,
Greenhouse Gala - lovely color palate
Sunny Garden - red, yellow, green, orange butterflies
Blueberry Crisp - blue & white, or blue & brown butterflies
Play Date (used above) - red & yellow, or blue & yellow butterflies

But the butterfly could look nice against some NON-flowery paper, its a darling little thing on its own!

Happy Crafting!
~angie
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