Tag Archives: Butterfly

Thoughts and Prayers

15 Mar

I haven’t been over to Card Positioning System in a while but this sketch is so fabulous (#209)

This card came to be fairly quickly. Although the central image changed a few times, I think the final design works well.

Two techniques that I think are worth a second look: Stenciled butterfly and box pleated ribbon.

1) After cutting the butterfly, I laid a stencil on top of it and sprayed it with Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels. A light mist is best and after drying more layers can be added. Simple but maybe something you hadn’t thought of before.

This technique, placed over patterned paper makes it somewhat subdued but it provides a lovely addition to the vellum

2) Box pleating is an elegant but different way to bring texture to a ribbon. Folding it is like creating two Z’s that face back-to-back. I toyed with different ways to glue the pleats together but finally decided on stapling. It worked and I tucked the stapled edge under the edge of the mat.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are inspired to try a new technique.

Important Stuff
Papers Paisley patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye), Clear Vellum (WorldWin)
Stamp/Ink Thoughts and Prayers stamp (Stampendous), Black Archival Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments Turquoise Blue Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Stencil (Heritage Handcrafts), Heidi Grace Orange dot ribbon (EK Success), Black Gingham ribbon (Bazzill Basics)
Adhesives Glue Dots (Glue Dots), 3D Adhesive squares (Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L)

Other Stuff Red line tape, PVA glue, stapler and staples


Beauty butterfly card

6 Feb

Here is another installment in my application for The Shabby Tea Room Design Team. Check out the call here. And you can see my first project, an altered CD case, here. Both of the projects were inspired by a beautiful pink/black polka dot tea set.

This card was a much more artistic interpretation while the first project was more literal for me. Here is today’s installation!

When I create a “collage” look, I like to keep layering elements, moving them around, adding things, letting others go…until I’m happy with it and then I glue it all down. I know that may sound like “Duh!” but most of the time, when I’m creating, I start gluing things down so they don’t slide around and then get locked into a simpler design. So it takes some restraint on my part to create this kind of design. It is a good exercise for me.

Here’s one more look, a close-up, that shows some of the shimmer from the dusting of the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. Ooh, la, la!!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Important Stuff
Paper Pink patterned (K&Co.)
Colorants B41 Powder Blue, C0 Cool Gray 0, C10 Cool Gray 10, G21 Lime Green, R85 Rose Red, RV10 Pale Pink (Copic), Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)
Tools Airbrush System (Copic), Wizard, Butterfly die template (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Embellishments Perfume Atomizer image (Graphics Fairy blog), Heart topped pin (Jo-Ann’s), Embossing Template (Heritage Handcrafts), Postage stamps (SkyBluePink.com), Letter stickers (Making Memories)
Adhesives PVA Glue (LineCo), Glossy Accents (Ranger)

Other Stuff Black and pink cardstocks, beads, silk flowers

Thinking of You (CTD #108)

4 Sep

A couple of days ago, I ran into some old friends and heard some sad news. I wanted to send them a card and today I had time to create. The color combination at Color Throwdown is perfect for a subtle yet elegant card. See what you think:

The second photo shows details in the card. Look at the yellow background. It is embossed with a Spellbinders Impressabilities template. Also, butterflies’ bodies have a sprinkling of brown Flower Soft. It gives the body dimension while keeping a natural look…it goes in the mail tomorrow.

Important Stuff
Pens Sketch E47 Dark Brown, E04 Lipstick Natural (Copic Markers);
Die Cuts S4-244 Fair Isle Borderabilties® Petite, S5-019 Labels Eight, Wizard™ system, S3-146 Butterflies Two, I2-1006 Flower & Stone Impressabilities (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Embellishments Nut Brown decorative sprinkles (Flower Soft)

Other Stuff Brown, Kraft cardstocks, Yellow handmade paper, Ultra-fine tan marker

Sketch Challenge at PPRS

17 Jun

I’ve heard it said that the third time is the charm, and I sure hope it is true because this sketch over at Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog, took me three tries to get something that I am proud to post. (Some weeks are just like that, you know.)

So, first, go over to the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog to see the sketch. Then grab some time in your craft space and create something lovely. Here is what I managed to create by try #3.

I love how the little birds have the door open and are welcoming…so it occurred to me to make this a guest book. I can imagine lots of other sentiments: summer love, spring awakening, bliss, friends, the list goes on. There are so many reasons to love this stamp. Here is a close up:

To add some special touches to this, I used Copic Markers to color parts of the image and airbrushed around it to give the impression of the sky.

I added a few die cuts, some dimensional adhesive, a few stickers and a fabric flower that I colored to match. So let’s see what you got!!

Here’s a close up of the title! It’s subtle but important and yes, I used a pencil to write “Welcome!”

Important Stuff
Stamp Flourish Bird Cage (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Ink/Colorants Archival Ink, Sepia (Ranger), Sketch Markers-B32 Pale Blue, R85 Rose Red, RV11 Pink, YG03 Yellow Green (Copic)
Papers Pink textured paper (Die Cuts with a View), Spring Fling patterned paper (Making Memories), 6×6″ Chipboard Covers (Zutter)
Tools Bind-it-All binding system, white 1/2″ coil (Zutter), Wizard, S4-140 Petite Ovals, SM; S4-141 Petite Scalloped Ovals SM , S4-217 In Spades Borderabilities® Petite (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Embellishments Glitter Brad (Creative Impressions),
Adhesives Ivory Photo Corners (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L), Sticky Strips (Therm o Web)

Other Stuff: White cardstock, PVA glue, wire cutters, pencil

Take Ten

21 Feb

I’m working on a little project for my daughter’s school. Soon they’ll have a faculty appreciation event with door prizes. I’m donating a set of hand-made thank you cards. I coordinated the set and will make a pretty little box to hold them. I wanted to share the cards today. Here is the crop!

I used a ton of Spellbinders™ Die Templates, just a few stamps and a few embellishments. So easy.

Important Stuff: S3-136 Butterflies Two, S4-214 Eyelets Borderabilities® Petite, S4-251 Big Scalloped Ovals LG, S4-204 Fleur De Lis Pendants, S4-268 Nested Pears, S4-200 Flower Bouquet, S4-199 Floral Accent, S4-245 Fancy Tags, S4-190 Labels Four, S5-014 Deckled Mega Rectangles SM, S4-241 Jumbo Scalloped Borderabilities® Petite (Spellbinders™); Blue Free Bird “Peace” paper (My Mind’s Eye); Mediterranean blue cardstock (The Paper Studio); Studio g, Thank You Stamp (Hampton Arts); Tim Holtz Flower and text stamps (Stamper’s Anonymous); Stampology Clear Stamp Ink (Autumn Leaves), Glue Dots

Other Stuff: Green satin ribbon, Corner Rounder Punch; Dark Blue dye ink, PVA glue

This project didn’t take long. I cut/embossed 2 of most of the die templates I used, from 2 double-sided papers. I cut blocks of turquoise blue cardstock and I had a pile of card bases ready to go!

I grabbed a couple of elements, a cardstock block and then a die cut. I arranged them all on the card bases and then grabbed some ribbon and a couple of stamps. I adhered, stamped, punched corners and VOÍLA…10 cards.

Here are a couple of close ups…hope they inspire you!

Hope you have a great, creative week! Cheers, Eli

Another Flutters By

4 Nov

I do love butterflies. Today I’m sharing another journal. This one has some funky elements in it like half page envelopes (most of the rest of mine are full sized), colorful tabs and of course, pages that are lined on one side and blank on the other. If you look near the bottom of the journal, you’ll also see the charms that are at the end of the bookmark that is attached to the top of the spiral…I love it when I can’t actually LOSE the bookmark.


The butterfly medallion is made from tw0 die templates S4-233 Labels Nine. I just used two consecutive sizes and placed their points on the four

The center panel was created using Spellbinders™ Impressabilities™ templates. I used a color core paper, embossed it in the Wizard™ using the I2-1002 Butterflies template and then sanded the top of it to bring out the color core. I love that it has a rich yet rustic look. Let’s check out the inside.


Here you see the half envelope on the bottom with a little inking on the edges, a sticker embellishment, a tab and a beautiful butterfly stamp. Fun stuff!

Now check out the side image of the pages and envelopes together. I think it is fun to see it from this angle sometimes…how many envelopes do you see?


I can’t count them either. Finally, the back cover.


So if you want to create something like this, here’s what you might need:

Important Stuff: S4-233 Labels Nine, S3-146 Butterflies Two, Wizard (Spellbinders); Orange cardstock (Core’dinations); Bind It All coil binding system (Zutter)
Other Stuff: Border cut outs and stickers, orange ribbons, charms, orange paper, purple and green patterned papers, sandpaper

As always, take care and happy creating! Eli


28 Sep

Sometimes life deals you a hand that causes us to suffer. We lose someone we love. I created this card for someone who had lost a sister. She wanted an invitation to a remembrance party that she would share with family and friends.


I kept it subtle with muted tones of white with pink. The butterfly is a reminder of something after this life and the swirl that was cut out of the patterned paper gives the feeling of lifting up in to the heavens. The stamped sentiment “Invited to Remember” gives everyone a small anticipation of what’s inside.

So, life is not always easy but I think we find it comforting to be with those we love when we are in grief.

Important Stuff: Wizard and die templates–S4-121 Doodle Parts, S5-006 Curved Rectangles, S3-146 Butterflies 2 (Spellbinders Paper Arts); Pink metallic rub-ons (Craf-T), Bianco Exclusives cardstock (Prism); Letter stamps (Close to My Heart)
Other Stuff: Pink patterned paper, pink chalk ink

How it started…

21 Sep

I’ve been working on products for the craft fair that  I’ll be a vendor at on November 19th. I want to share some of my projects with you. I hope you’ll be inspired by them and might even try some of them out…in your own beautiful and magical way, of course.

My journey into this “selling-what-I-create” thing began with “The Perfect Travel Journal”™. I had always looked for a journal with pages that had lines on one side and blank on the other. I wanted choices about whether to write or add memorabilia, ephemera, pics and stuff. Then I always wanted a place to tuck little bits of stuff: tickets, itineraries, receipts, etc.

So after years of looking for this, I thought, “I can make these.”

So, I create pages that are lined on one side, blank on the other and add envelopes every so often. Then added touches of myself that include:

  • a bit of the “green.” Whenever possible, I use recycled chipboard, papers, postage stamps, etc.
  • are one-of-a-kind. I add stamped images, distress them with ink, add color,  themes, etc. Whatever I can think of that will make it lovely and practical.

So here is one of my creations that I sold off my Etsy shop, Frolicacious:

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I love using the Zutter to bind my books. It gives me freedom to make them the size and shape I want.

Important Stuff: Wizard, S7-002 Wisteria Borderabilities Grand and S3-146 Butterflies 2 (Spellbinders Paper Arts), Metallic Rub-ons (Craf-T), Bind-It-All Binding System (Zutter), Glue Dots (Glue Dots International)
Other Stuff: Velvet ribbon, letter and word stickers, patterned papers

Here are a couple more images to get the full idea of what they look like:

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I have created about 20 of these to date and find something new to put in every one. Plus, I actually took one on my travels to Europe this summer and, you know what, it worked perfectly!