Saturday, 22 December 2012

Butterfly Blocks

Morning all!  Have you got little bits of decorative papers and scraps of coloured card left all around your craft room?  I do, so I used some of them to make this card.  I started with a small square of decorative paper from my craft stash (it was about 5" square).  I cut two small squares out of some scrap coconut white card.  I taped my butterfly from the Les Papillons set in the centre and cut and embossed it on both of the pieces.  I mounted the negative piece with some mounting foam diagonally from each other.  I used the cut out butterfly and mounted them diagonally from each other, giving me the appearance of four butterfly blocks.  I finished it off with some flatback pearls in the corners and down the centres of the butterflies.  I added white mats and pierced the inner mat for a frame.  Finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" in size.  It is a really quick, easy and striking card to make too!  Hope you will give it a go with some of your craft scraps!  All for now, Sue x



140 comments:

Pam said...

A lovely colourful card today and the butterflies make me think of warmer weather. A good way to use up scraps and could be adapted from butterflies to flowers too, I think.

melody said...

Hi Sue, wow really like this card very pretty. Hugs Melody xXx

Jan.moogie said...

What a clever idea Sue, a very pretty result. x

tracy w said...

Morining Sue what a lovely card which you used with all your leftover bits Tracy w x

Debs Artliff said...

Morning Sue what a stunning card. It looks so classy I like the colour that you have used. Even if it is easy it still looks so stricking. Have a lovely christmas.

Debs Artliff

Debs Artliff said...

Morning Sue what a stunning card. It looks so classy I like the colour that you have used. Even if it is easy it still looks so stricking. Have a lovely christmas.

Debs Artliff

Karen R said...

Really like this. I think it would make a pretty picture framed for the wall too. x

Debs Artliff said...

Morning Sue what a stunning card. It looks so classy I like the colour that you have used. Even if it is easy it still looks so stricking. Have a lovely christmas.

Debs Artliff

Debby Berry said...

Sue,
What a fun card. East and very cool

Debs Artliff said...

Morning Sue what a stunning card. It looks so classy I like the colour that you have used. Even if it is easy it still looks so stricking. Have a lovely christmas.

Debs Artliff

auscrafts said...

Morning Sue ,what a lovely design,easily addapted for other occaisions

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
What a fabulous way to use up your scraps, we all have them and never get around to using them. I love the colours you've used but it will look just as good in any colour.
Hugs x

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue

Great idea for scrap bits (and I have plenty) love it! Jean x

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Gorgeous card pretty colours and what a fantastic way to use up your leftover scraps.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
So eye catching, a simple, quick and easy to do card, for them moments when someone asks you for one unexpectedly. Great card, love the backing paper.
Have a great day.
Michelle(happy2craft)

sharon kirkwood said...

Good morning Sue. A beautiful card and suitable for so many occasions. The patterned paper is delightful. I must hunt these dies down they would be so useful and have almost succumbed in the past.
S. x

jane gray said...

Such a simple and lovley card. I have so much scrap papers and now i hve and idea on how to use it. Thanks sue.

Take care
Janex

Addicted to your blog said...

Hi Sue,

Love the concept and the colours but for me the white in the background paper seems a bit too fussy so takes away from the overal design. Think it is a stunning card though and would look fabulous framed as a wall hanging.

Alice xx

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. What a pretty card. I love the backing paper, so striking. Take care.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, Wow, a really simple but stunning card today, I love the red and white, it is so uplifting. Stunning to see what can be made out of 'scraps'. You are genius.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. What a lovely colouful card. Such a simple idea but really effective.

Val in Spain xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi, Sue, nice easy card.
Have enough scraps to make at least three full-size elephants!

'P' in Wales

nzillingworth said...

HI SUE
WHAT A QUICK AND EASY CARD. SO EFFECTIVE TOO. NO WASTE CARD. REALLY ENJOYING THE DIFFERENT CARDS YOUR COMING UP WITH LATELY. WELL DONE
BORN AGAIN SPELLBINDER
NADINE HUG XXX

Sonia Jones said...

Morning Sue, Another stunner then! Love this card and i loved the other variation on this card you did. Hugs Sonia x

marg said...

Hello Sue!
Such an effective card! I certainly have scraps..boxes of 'em!
Love the butterflies Sue!
LoveMarg

Hellma said...

Such a wonderful card of scraps.

Vick said...

What a fun and wonderful card Sue, you never cease to amaze me! Hugs, Vick xxx
the-artful-codger.blogspot.com

Marleine said...


Hiya Sue,
What a very striking card. Love the beautiful colour and butterflies. X

scofessex said...

I do like this so simple but elegant too.

Nighthawk said...

A very pretty card and very adaptable.

Bosquie said...

Really good way to use up scraps of paper and card. xX

Carol H said...

A very pretty card and as you say a good way to use your scraps.

sarah hyett said...

Hi Sue a wonderful elegant card. X

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue another simple but lovely card! Take care Love Michelle xxx

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,
Love, Love, Love it, so very effective.
Have a Great Day

Patricia xx

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
Yes I have a tray overflowing with scraps which of course you cannot throw away and so they just mount up. I did use some of my negatives for C.cards using the trees and they do look effective. I love today's card easy quick but elegant.
My new dies have arrived so can now play with the butterfly plate.
Janet x

Corinne said...

Morning Sue this is a most unusual card really pretty as allways Hugs Corinne

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, love it, and good idea for using up the left overs. Keep the inspiration coming. Bx

maxine h said...

Hi Sue, such a simple but effective card this morning and yes what a brilliant way to use up even tiny scraps of papers, I've been using some of my bigger scraps for making flowers, with the bitty blossoms and some of my tiny scraps I've cut some cherry blossom flowers out, but now I'll be cutting butterflies, Thanks!!
Big hugs
Maxine xxx

Anonymous said...

'morning Sue,Beautiful butterflies sure to cheer us up on a dull day....as if your blog didn't do that already. Mabex

Sandra F said...

A pretty card Sue. Great idea for using up scraps of paper and card. xx

gwen70 said...

really gorgeous idea Sue, will certainly give it a try

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue

So effective is this card ,and i think it makes a statement ,its just beautiful.

Im away later to S/Wales for Xmas so can i wish you and all who follow a very Happy Christmas and i will catch up with you all when i get back.

Have Fun Everyone

Elaine H

Jean Johnston said...

Great way of using the endless supply of scraps too big to throw and too small to be a whole card on their own.

June Fletcher said...

Morning Sue

I really like this idea and the card is very pretty. I have started using my scraps of paper/card to make thank you cards etc

Have a nice weekend and happy crafting...

June x

Clarissa said...

Another beautiful card. I shall definitely be using this idea. Thank you for all your inspiration.
Clarissa.X

Jane said...

Wonderful two of my favourite things butterfly's and red.

Jane xx

Clare said...

Gorgeous card, the blocks look really effective.

Clare x

Janice K said...

Simple but very effective. Great to see that we can make great cards out of our leftover bits and pieces. x

Rose in Chester said...

Ditto Jane. It's certainly one I shall be using time and time again, in various forms. Such a beautiful way of using up never-ending scraps.

Marion said...

Hi Sue a simple but prety card and no bow yeah.i havent got a butterfly die ,might try it with one of the flower dies.
Love Marion

Gail said...

Great idea for scraps, and we all keep them.
Love the card.
Gail C x

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - bit later today than usual - had a lie in! Love the colour combo and a really effective way to use up all those bits n bobs.
Rgs
Clare W

Julia Watts said...

I like this idea - very effective. Love, Julia xxxx

Victoria said...

I thought this card was very striking when I saw it on TV. Clever idea and quite quick to make. Thank you.

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Your card has cheered me up this morning. Great idea for using up the scraps that just keep on mounting up. I really love the Les Papillons set & have used them loads.

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,

What a great idea to use up scrap bits, love the backing paper too.

Donna Jones

karenlotty said...

What a stunning way to use scraps Love the colour but like others I think other colors would look great It's a simple technique that even I could master and definitely has the WOW factor

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said...

Hi Sue, another winner with me. I can't resist red and white. This could be my Christmas Thank You card design and I will be using up scraps.
Brilliant idea!

Hugs, Belinda X

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, A striking card, the butterflies are beautiful. What an inventive way to use up those those scraps of card.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

What a clever idea, love the symmetry. Will be giving this a go.

Val said...

Hi Sue

I love butterflies on cards. Gorgeous
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Val x

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, this card is so pretty and it looks quite easy will be having a go at it Jean Z xxx

Anonymous said...

A gorgeous way to use up the bits of paper, I'm sure we all have lying around!

Mol x

dutchess said...

morning Sue...wow it's wet today
just love the card and think it will make a great man card for a friend.....going to try in brown and cream!.....hope you are ready for Christmas going to collect my Goose this afternoon then I am all done! wow......hugs Margaret xxxxx

Helen VofG said...

What a super card looks simple to make so I will give this one a go (after christmas of course). To all bloggers Have a Wonderful Christmas.

nannapat said...

This is such a beautiful card Sue -thank you for remembering my request! Pat x

hazel said...

Lovely idea for using up the mountains of scraps we all hoard. Beautiful colours Sue love it very elegant looking xx hazel

Linda Simpson said...

Morning Sue, Wonderful card and I do so love the butterflies. A great way of using up your scraps.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Sue Parish said...

Hi Sue,
Such a pretty card. I love the paper you have used and it's made me think of all the nice papers I have that haven't seen the light of day lately, with all the Christmas card making. Looking forward to getting the butterfly die out and giving this one a go later, but must do some housework first!
Hope you're having a good day,
Sue xx

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
Wow love this card very pretty, love red and white together very striking.
What a good way to use up your scraps
Hugs
Carol xx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, Fantastic idea and card, love it. Emma

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, I could stock a shop with my bits of card and paper, so this will be great. Love the colours.

Have a good pre Christmas Weekend.

Love Rosemarie xx

lainey said...

this is such a simple yet FAB design Sue!! lainey x

Carol S. said...

Morning Sue, Do we have scraps?!!!! Boxes of them! What a good idea to use them and so simple. Such a pretty card. Thanks Sue. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Kate's Cards said...

Like!

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, great card , good idea using up bits of scrap. This in a must to try.
Take car, Jess.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Beautiful card love it all, simple & elegant, uplifting on a wet and windy day, makes me think of spring.
Thanks for your continued inspiration.
Lydia
X

salem said...

wooow card

Lacelady said...

Inspiration has hit you with this one, I can see it with flowers too.

3362Jan said...

Hi Sue. This is such a pretty card.
Fantastic use of all the scraps. Thank you for a wonderful year of inspiration, look forward to 2013. I wish you a Wonderful Christmas. Hugs. Jan.xx

Anthea said...

Good morning Sue, just love this card. The red and white work so well together. Hugs xx

beachie said...

Hi Sue
Love it, nice and colourful and the butterflies are gorgeous. Great idea this one.
Audrey x

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue
Loved this card when I saw it on C&C and still do.A great way to use up some of those scraps and end up with a very striking card.

sued99 said...

I loved this card when I saw on the TV and wanted to have a go at it. I'll have to use flowers instead of butterflies though. hoping Santa will bring me some butterfly dies!

lesley sinclair said...

Hi sue wow what a lovely simple card great for the times when you need a card quickly!! Love it. Hope your xmas preperations are going to plan!! Love lesley xx

Debbie Tinks said...

Lovely card Sue must try

Ita said...

Hi Sue super card and a great way to use the the cutouts of the butterflys,I can never throw them out and finaly today you have showen me a way to use them,the backing paper is fantastic Thank You Sue
Smiles
Ita

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, a great card saw it on
C&C with you I done something similar
with the poinsettia die for quick
xmas cards but I put them diagonal
(3) and used the positives on another card
so got two cards from one cut it was great. Nancyd xx

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card, very different.
Margaret L

Anonymous said...

Super Funky card Sue, with love & light Theresa. H

lynda said...

Simply lovely i just love butterfly's
and the colours are beautiful
Lynda xx

Anonymous said...

Think this is such a clever card and one which I know I will replicate. YvonneMayxx

Meg said...

Hi Sue,
Love the idea. I think the patterned paper is a bit strong behind the Butterflies but we have all got different patterned papers that need using up.

Margaret O
xxx

Maryann said...

Really gorgeous card and a great idea. I love the colors and I also love butterflies and I hate to waste anything, so this is just perfect in my book. I LOVE it Sue.
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.

"Talk to the Tail" said...

A lovely elegant card Sue xXx

Christine said...

Fabulous, fabulous! Beautiful, simple, striking, inexpensive and helps to make good use of all our bits and bobs!
You're a magician!
Thank you, Sue
Christine
x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
This is truly brilliant. What a fab way to use up all the odd bits of paper and who doesn't like butterflies. Having the dimensions mentioned is also a great help as even I think I could achieve this (not being into 'big' cards). Thank you so much for sharing once again.
Beverley W

Paper Junkie said...

I love this card Sue - butterflies do it for me every time. This would make a great picture in a box frame! X

hotpotato said...

this would make a lovely thank you card.

Marion Turner said...

Hi Sue
Very pretty card love the backing paper stunning.
Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year.
Love Marion x

Anonymous said...

A beautiful but simple card to make xx great if you need a stunning card in a rush xx Gail T xx

Glass Daisy said...

Hi Sue,
Such an inspired card. I bought this set of butterflies some time ago, but your card has given me the incentive to actually use them lol.
Sonia x

Erica said...

Lovely card Sue.

Marlene said...

Clever idea to use up scraps love butterflies have this die must give it a try thanks Sue x

Jill Liddle said...

This is a lovely card. Economical too!

Crafty Lark said...

Such a very effective design and contrast. xx Flora

CraftyJo said...

Wonderful!

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
I have been giving my craft stuff a 'tidy' and I have 2 huge boxes of 'bits' so when all the christmas festivities are put back in the garage I will be making good use of them giving this design ago.
I have just sat down from 6am this morning as I have been baking bisuits, buns, cakes, etc ready for all the family coming round this week.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Juliemac said...

Hi Sue,
What a great way to use up scraps of paper.
After yesterdays tutorial i went to the Walmart and bought some Reynolds paper - i'm going to have a go at it this afternoon - thanks for that
Julie x

deniseann said...

Hi Sue a simple but very pretty card. Why didn't i think of this?
But then thats why you do your job, very cleaver! Must give this a go.

Julie S said...

Love this card and can't wait to give it a try.

magpie said...

Lovely, pretty card Sue. So simple & quick like you say & yet so effective. No doubt we all have tons of scrappy bits left from making cards. It's a "you never know when it'll come in handy" craft! xx Love Karen xx

Barbara said...

Have these dies as one of many my hubby got me for xmas so looking forward to using them soon. Love this card, great for using up any leftover bits.

nikkib said...

Gorgeous colours Sue and what a fab way to use up scraps..... pretty card for a teenager.....

Jackie Calvert said...

Oh I do like this card, lovely. Definately one I shall try.

moonsea said...

Hi Sue
A pretty card with lots of colour possibilities eg pastel colours for Spring. The butterflies are lovely - another set to add to my growing (and groaning) stash!!
Love, Lynne xxx

Carole Z said...

Sue, this is a fabulous way to use up scraps, gorgeous card, Carole Z x

Joesgrandma said...

just beautiful!

iggy said...

ohhhhh how lovely.....cheap & also easy to do too..wonderful. love the 'cheaper' versions , as well as you gorgeous works of art. theres a place for BOTH in my eyes....thank you sue. x

Sue C said...

It's 2 of my friends birthday on New Years day, am definately going to do this card for them, love it xx

brenda said...

Love the way you have used the butterfly die and a great way to use up scraps of paper. X

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, you must have read my mind, I caught a glimpse of this card on C&C and was praying you would show this card at some point....so thank you. This is one I will definitely use. Love Sam xxx

Ayelet Barkay said...

Great colors, I love red and white!
The butterflies are awesome :)

HiggiSue said...

Gorgeous card....i love butterflies
...

Laura O said...

really love this card ,so striking.Laura O

Anonymous said...

Evening Sue,

I say you show this card on C&C last week and thought it was lovely. Seeing it up close now it is even prettier. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle E xx

Margaret said...

Hi Sue
Late in making my comment but have been busy doing my Christmas bakig!
What a super looking card and such a great way to use up those left over pieces we hate throwing away.
Margaret

Maggie said...

Effective card yet hopefully quick to make. Will give it a go when I have some time. Still appreciate the blog though. xx

Claveh said...

I love this card, it is absolutely beautiful, the colours you have used are so bright and so appropriate, beautiful, thank you. xxx

Jean Woodward said...

A really good way to use up all your scraps, its lovely.

Happy Crafting
Jean x

guffie said...

what a lovely way to use up your bits 'n' bobs ..... i would allso like to wish you a very happy christmas and a fantasticly spellbinding new year ... a little earlier than i antisipated but am going to be away over the next few days..... with love from Gail in eastbourne x

lorraine (classylady) said...

Brilliant card Sue and best of all looks achieveable

Merry Christmas to All on the blog

regards
lorraine porritt -scotland
xxx

jennywren1947 said...

lovely card sue really like it
hugs chris x

Vie Carter said...

Great use of scraps, beautiful card

These butterflys are lovely

Vie
x

Izzwizz said...

I was just using this die yesterday, the butterflies ar wonderful. Maddy x

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card, looks very classy.
Margaret L

jordiegirl said...

Saw this on C&C and it looks stunning.

Sunflower said...

Hi Sue
A beautiful card I love butterflies so this is just my favorite. I know you say use up scraps but really your cards never look like you've used scraps. Especially when i look at my scraps they,re just scraps yours still look so elegant.lol
Hugs
Rizwana

Michelle Frae Cummings said...

What butterfly die is that?