Saturday, 24 December 2011

Butterfly Buckles

 A very good  Christmas Eve's morning to all!  Sometimes when I finish a card, I end up having some nickname for it and this one was my buckle card as that is what it reminded me of.  I cut the "buckles" using two of the large label dies to create little frames that were just the right size for the cotton hemp ribbon to fit through.  The teal piece I cut to go across and secure the ribbon was one of the fancy tags and I think it worked a treat for this.  I decided to tier them down so I would have a place for my sentiment in the corner.  I offset it with a bow in the opposite corner.  I really like how the backing paper (Graphic 45) has a real country feel to it and so does the ribbon and twine.  I inked around the edge of the paper with Frayed Burlap to distress it a bit more too.  The butterflies were actually cut out of tracing paper I found (I was looking or vellum for these originally) and I really liked the softness that all the layers of the tracing paper gave them.  I added three small pearls to the centre of each of the butterfly bodies to define them.  There is a close up below for you.  And piercing, where would I be without my trusty piercing ruler!  I hope you like it as it is a bit different.  All for now, Sue x

72 comments:

Vicki Sharkey said...

Wow Sue, what a lovely card, so unusual. There are many different dies you could use for the buckles depending if you wanted a male or female card too. Like it!!!
Have a great Christmas

Anonymous said...

WOW Sue this card is fabulous the colours are amazing together. Such a clever way to use the dies as buckles (only you would have thought of doing that) lol I have tried using tracing paper for the butterflies and they are so pretty when done in this way.

Merry Christmas Heather x

Diane Maitland said...

Another beautiful result, I love the layers on the butterflies and great idea with the buckles. Merry Christmas xx

Anonymous said...

Wow another beautiful card Sue, wish I could get lovely ideas like you do,! you are just amazing, hope you enjoy your christmas,!!!

Marie-Louise said...

Marvellous card.

Bea said...

how lovely - another one to try
thanks Sue

Tracy said...

I loved this when I saw you make it on the TV, so I'm really glad to get to see it up close - it's just so lovely.
Take care
Tracy x

Debbie said...

Hi Sue, Love the colours you've used.Beautiful card.Just wanted you to know that I'm sorry to hear about your Dad and that my thoughts are with you and your family.I've not had much chance to blog so I have just found out.Hugs Debbie x

Anne RD said...

Lovely card Sue, saw the card briefly on TV and its great to be able to view it in detail.
Christmas greetings to you, Anne X

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue, fantastic my fav butterflies I really like them made out of the paper you used. well it's nearly here i bet my little grandchildren and great grandchildren are very excited as am I. Merry Christmas to all, hope all have a wonderful day tomorrow. Lots of love. Jenny L

Julia Watts said...

Such a cool card. Love, Julia xxx

Maggie said...

Great card and butterflies my fav have a lovely Christmas enjoy the break!

Maggie H x

starcyl said...

Sue it is a bit different and yes I like it. Love those colours and the butterflies look stunning.
Jenny x

Sandra F said...

It's stunning. Have a nice Christmas xx

Carole said...

Love this card...it's so original! Christmas Greetings Sue, although I know this will be a difficult time for you. I'm sure your thoughts will stray to all the happy Christmases you've spent with Mum and Dad though. Big hug X
To all fellow bloggers here, we're almost there...Christmas Eve is just magical, so Christmas wish is sent to all of you xx

Missmizog said...

Hi Sue
What a wonderful card another one to try.
Would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas x

Maryann said...

Such a beautiful card here again. I love butterfies and these are just so cute, and so is the whole card.
I wish you and everybody here a wonderful christmas with family and good friends around, and a very happy new year as well. May it be filled with love, joy, happiness and good health for everyone.

dutchess said...

how different is that Sue....its magic only you would have had the imagination for this!!! love the colours,Hope your christmas is peaceful and healing take car3e Margaret

Anonymous said...

Happy Christmas Eve to you Sue, I liked this card when i saw it on C & C . It is a brilliant idea i would like to use this idea for a man's card minus the butterflies. I just love your card ideas, keep it up. Yvonne xx

mags said...

Lovely card Sue. Those buckles made out of dies are gorgeous. Lovely butterflies too.
Mags
x

inkypinkycraft said...

Great card, love the butterflies, trace x

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, I'm glad you posted this card as I loved it when you demonstrated it on TV and it's great to get a close-up. I wonder if I could incorporate my prize butterflies in some way - need to think about that.
A happy and peaceful Christmas to you and all my fellow followers.
Frances

Helen said...

Whoop Whoop one sleep to go, Another inspirational card from you Sue, I love butterflies and love the butterfly sentiments you use, tfs, Love Helen O xxx

Jan said...

Fabulous cards Sue.
I hope you & your family have a wonderful Christmas & a Very Happy & Healthy New Year
xx Jan

Anonymous said...

Love it Sue Happy Christmas Eve Hugs
Alison Glover

marg said...

Hello Sue
Only you could see a Buckle in this Die !
Love it
Thinking of you Sue
Love Marg
This is my 2nd didn't Publish 1st time LOL

Anonymous said...

A true work of art Sue. Have a good Christmas if you can. Ann W

Jackie D said...

What a clever idea and only you could see a buckle in this die. Thank you Sue, I'll be thinking of you this Christmas and my very best wishes to you and everyone in your wonderful crafty community for a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas and a happy and healthy 2012.

love from Jackie D

melanie said...

Loved this card when you did it on C&C .
Have a lovely christmas Melanie x

Crafty mop said...

Love this the butterflies look great ...love the colours x

Cumbrianlass said...

Great card Sue and in my fav., colour.
Wishing all of Sues followers a very happy Christmas and all the best for the new year.
Janet xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
well couldn't tell if vellum or tracing paper. Us crafters never stick fast. Always find something to use. I have been using coke cans through my cuttlebug for embossing with the folders and looks great.Then cut them out.
This card is unique and colours outstanding as always. One i would bid on if selling or autioning. Merry Christmas eve.
Born again spellbinder

Nadine x
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

Vee Cassidy said...

Hello Sue
Christmas Eve Greetings to you too.
I really love this card and I have a "thing" brewing for buckles on cards! I saw a little set of spellbinder buckles but noone had it in stock but now you have shown me a whole new world of buckles opening up before me! Seriously this card has so many attractive textures I want to touch them all. Really lovely x Thinking of you, Vee x
PS You should publish your words for the dies because whenever i get them home I am always thinking: "I can totally see why Sue calls this a ...... die""

Liz said...

Wow Sue another beauty for me to copy! Keep them comin. I just love them x x (serial copy cat)lol!

Jane said...

This one is something different, like it

Jane xx

Sue H said...

Hi Sue
Back to my fav colours and very different ... thank you for yet another stunning idea

Craftychris said...

This is very different and fab! I have a book of tracing paper that I have never used, now I know what to use it for!! Thank you. Enjoy your Christmas Eve xx

Anonymous said...

A very different and unusual design, could be easily adapted to suit a man. I really liked it when you demonstrated it on C&C. Best wishes for the holidays, hope you are able to enjoy yourself. Edwina

Fiona said...

This one's a bit different - well done.

craftycarol said...

Hi Sue,
Wow you've done it again....a very nice card and I love the colours too.
Hope you and your family have a good Christmas and a happy new year.
Carol x

Redanne said...

The colours are beautiful and the butterflies are amazing, what a great ideal. Have a lovely Christmas! Regards, Anne Rx

Clai01 said...

Hi Sue, yes the card is realy different, but i like the colour combinations a lot!

Maggie said...

Great card, love the buckles.
Happy Christmas
Maggie

Barbara Phillips said...

Beautiful card Sue, the buckles really stand out.
Hope you have a nice Christmas with family and friends. Thinking of you.

PaulineC said...

Such a clever use of the dies. It works really well and is so unusual.

Maggie Beee said...

OOo, I like this one very much - so imaginative!!! I have your DVD now so I hope I can make good use of your way of doing things! Meanwhile ..... I hope you and your Family have a lovely and peaceful Christmas and that the New Year signals an even more successful year, you deserve it! XXX

isobel said...

I do like this one Sue,mind Sue I love all your cards.I will be thinking about you and your family. We do love you so much. God Bless Pat

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great card. Those butterflies are so pretty. TFS.

Shelley said...

Lovely card Sue x

pinky said...

This is pure genius!!

gwen70 said...

lovely colours Sue and the butterflies are gorgeous

Lindyloo said...

Good Christmas Eve Sue and all the fellow followers, I have been so busy today I have only just found 5mins to sit and be enthralled.
I love the innovative way that you have used the simple but useful Large Labels and Fancy Tags dies. I have a paper similar to this that I bought at Hobby Lobby in Florida 3yrs ago and I still haven't used it. While there, I bought some stunners that I am still reluctant to use. Think I better dig them out and admire them again (maybe even use.. ooohhh!!).
Well veggies to prepare as my children here early tomorrow, SO..
To Sue and family, may you find some peace and joy as you celebrate together.
To all blog friends, Have a fantastic and fun filled day.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS love Linda xx

Vie Carter said...

Great idea

Thinking of you Sue

Vie
x

Sue Parish said...

Hi Sue, What a terrific idea! I'm wondering what other dies could be converted into buckles now. Think I saw the buckle die Vee mentioned on an American site some time ago - it was a bargain price too, but at the time I didn't think I'd have much use for it, wish I'd bought it now! I have to say - the card makes me think of stocking suspenders! Nevertheless, a pretty card and I love the colours.
Sue, I can only guess how your Christmas will be, but hope you and your family & friends will find comfort in each other, remembering happier times. Thinking about you - and anyone else who has an empty place at the table this Christmas. Sue x

CraftyJo said...

This is a really lovely card Sue, tfs.

TimeOut2Create said...

Hi Sue, Loved this card when you showcased it on C&C,definitely one of sue's original to try out!
Thinking of you and your family, hope you find peace and comfort during this holiday period.
Hugs Bim :)

lorraine (classylady) said...

very different and unusual card.

lorraine
xx

CathyinMN said...

I really like this card! Have a wonderful Christmas.

Jan said...

What a different card, love the colours and those butterflies are to die for. x

Anonymous said...

I like this one, it can be adapted easily to a man's card. I hope that you have a great break Sue, a well deserved one. Take care Suzie B x

Ruthie said...

Merry Christmas Sue and thanks for all the pleasure you give us.
xxx Ruthie xxx

KimberleyG said...

Fabulous butterflies. I love the many layers.

Luanne said...

Very pretty card Sue. it's really a buckle card. :)

Luanne
craftersreference.blogspot.com

Rufus said...

Yes, it is quite different for you, but I like it! What a smart idea to use the tag die as a sort of buckle tongue.
R/

Butterfly birthday party invitations said...

A very cute butterfly card indeed.

violetclouds said...

I really like this buckle card - especially with the butterflies too! But it would only need to change that, to some cogs or something and it would then have a different more masculine feel because the basic design is so versatile

Carol S. said...

A clever use of frames to make buckles. Only you could do that Sue!Lol!! Great card. Hugs, Carol S.xx

baconbits said...

Hi i know that this is a late post but i am the proud owner of this creation.
It is fab in the flesh,
Hugs
amanda x

Heidi said...

what a brilliant idea - where do you get them all. keep it up Sue as I'm only just beginning to get to grips with how fab the spellbinders dies are. Another fantastic card :-)
Heidi x

miislucky said...

Would you mind if I steal this from you, lol? I must try this. I will use different colors of course and will say where I got the idea from but have to try it. Love it!!! Big Hugs, Mimi

sheila said...

a very different card, but very inspiring, encouraging to think outside the box

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