Live, Laugh, Love butterfly card


Here is a card made using a background page that I made during a demo at my local scrapbook crop.  I was demonstrating how to begin art journal backgrounds but these pages can be used for other purpose too.

Inks/paint:  Crafter’s acrylic paint Spa blue, Light antique white. Turquoise and Basic primary yellow and gold.  India black ink.

Card:  Bamboo watercolour paper, white card and black card.

Stamps:  Tim Holtz Fairytale frenzy and Mini muse, free stamp (craft stamper mag).

Stencil:  Balzerz designs Mini cubist

Butterfly – live the life you’ve imagined card


I was trying to be clever with the background paper for this card.  I had already made the background a while ago with spray colours and I used salt to make a blotchy pattern on it but I wanted a few more layers in keeping with the recipient’s likes (numbers and accountancy) so I used stamps with those themes but just quite low key in the background.  The butterfly is stamped onto acetate and coloured on the back side using Copic pens and Stickles.

Inks and paints: Stazon black, Black India ink, Dylusions Vanilla custard, Chroma jewels slate, Cosmic shimmer Aqua lagoon, Hot jewels Lime, Acrylic paint Light antique white, Lumiere Halo blue-gold, yellow

Card:  white, watercolour paper, acetate

Stamps: Stampers anonymous Mini muse, Fairytale frenzy and Urban tapestry, Paperbag studios Scrap journal, Paperartsy Words plate 6, Clingables flourishes, Inkadinkado Mindscapes

Other:  Stickles, Copics pens blue and yellow, Diamond glaze (to glue acetate)


Hello butterfly scrapbook page

Irene Tan has very kindly given her permission for us to use her beautiful scrapbook page  to scraplift for our crop’s February scraplift challenge over at ukscrappers. Check out her fabulous blog – she is very talented and shares her ideas and tutorials. You will find this original page under 100%concentration in October 2009 with her description of how she put it all together.

I love all of this page: the colours, the layout, the bling, the photo…..all of it! I kept the colours and some of the general layout, I used mostly stamps rather than rub-ons (only 1 rub-on in the corner of my photo), I used some bling and butterflies, added one bloom but left out the lace and some of the smaller flowers and I didn’t rip my photo.
Here is my scraplift version- Ceara has just had a butterfly land on her nose!
The other butterflies were made using the napkin technique onto acetate and cut out which means they maintain a fragile look and you can see the colour of the background through them.

Hello butterfly (my scraplift version of Irene Tan’s page)

Inks: Distress inks: shabby shutters, peeled paint, scattered straw, black soot and vintage photo, Black document ink
Paper: Magenta Printemps passion collection – Robins nest, K&co Toscana swirls embossed vellum, 7 gypsies Karma, black vellum (punched fern), acetate, napkin
Stamps: Autumn leaves On the edge (Katie Pertiet), Venaissance Llewelyn-Bowen, Basic grey Flourish corners, Inkadinkado Hello hummingbird, Aspects of Design Butterfly, Stampers anonymous Urban tapestry
Other: flat backed pearls, paper blooms, pieces from old ear rings, BoBunny Bella Journee corner rub-on, clear zoomz

Tattered silken wings tag


What can I say – it looks better in real life! I am so rubbish at taking photographs! I would love to be able to capture an image just as I see it. I made this tag as part of the ukstampers A-Z tag challenge and this weeks letter is ‘W’ for wings.

Inks: embossing ink with gold embossing powder, white stayzon, green pen
Card: ivory card with a wash of H2O cherry sorbet and Glitz spritz desert moon antique rose sprinkled with flaked salt, green vellum with computer generated words embossed in gold
Stamps: Stampers anonymous Fairytale frenzy (tattered butterfly), Inkadinkado morphic bugs
Other: Stickles; fruit punch, copper and lime green, gold letter ‘W’, butterfly made from Angelina fusible fibres gold iris, and Fantasy film passionate pink, gems, wire, eyelet, reg/gold leaf, gold pilot pen for the splatters