Sunday, 9 December 2012

Butterfly Trio

Happy Sunday morning!  Today's card is all fluttery with butterflies everywhere.  This one is a simple one to make and again, hopefully, will remind you to use your negative pieces as they make great cards too.  I started with a piece of kraft card.  I stamped my sentiment using a black archival ink pad in the lower right hand corner.   I do this first so if I stamp it a bit crooked, I can re-trim my card so it looks straight before I add any other elements (I hope that makes sense?)  I used the butterfly from the Heartfelt Creations Butterfly border set. I cut three of these butterflies, changing the angle slightly each time but keeping them stacked on top of each other in a row.  Once cut, I used a white Inksential pen by Ranger to add faux stitch lines around each of the butterflies as well as the edge of the kraft card.  I love the way that kraft card looks with the white pen, it really catches the eye I think.  I put 3D foam pieces all over the back of this piece then mounted it over some fun decorative paper to bring the butterfly apertures to life.  The foam raises your piece and gives depth to the butterflies too.  Since I had three butterflies that I had cut out, not wanting to waste them, I glued the centre body part of the butterfly and stacked them all together.  This left the wing portion free for some movement, so I was able to bend them so all three showed nicely.  I added my kraft butterfly to the upper corner and adorned the body with flatback pearls.  I finished the card with some Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA glue dots around the edge.
If you need a quick card, this one is a winner and works with any sort of decorative papers. 
It's Sunday, so time to draw the weekly winners.  Before I do, I just want to say thank you for all your daily comments.  I have said before that I always feel a bit "out of sight, out of mind" when I'm away in the States, but it is so nice to be able to read all the comments you take the time to leave me each day.  It really does make doing my blog daily so much fun for me!  Enough of my babble now!  The winners are:                  Bluebell!!!                           YvonneMay!!!                          Alice (Addicted to your blog)!!!   Congratulations!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your prize.  All for now, Sue x
 
 


140 comments:

tracy w said...

Morining Sue I love this one my auntie would love this card shes mad on butterflies i might try to make her one thankyou for the idea Tracy W x

Pam said...

Hi Sue, a very pretty card, makes me think of Spring. The butterfly die is lovely and the pearls make a lovely "body". Looking forward to your shows.

Karen R said...

Pretty card, I do like Kraft card - must se it more often - and I love the butterflies, great ideas

Gail said...

Morning Sue, what a wonderful idea. Love the card, very spring like.
Gail C x

Jan.moogie said...

What a simply stunning card Sue.x

scottish crafter said...

Hi Sue, what a great idea, love the butterflies. With today's technology it does not matter where you are, we benefit by seeing all your lovely designs, but look forward to seeing you back demonstrating your cards on TV.

Wilma x x

Heather T said...

Good morning Sue
What a fabulous card I love the faux white stitching. I look forward to your blog every day for the inspiration you give us all. Because you blog every day it doesn't feel as if your in the US but you are still in the UK with us. But I am really looking forward to seeing you back on our screens.
Hugs x

Anonymous said...

Love the faux stitching around the butterflies Sue - you really do come up with some different ideas all the time. We have all missed you on our screens and so looking forward to your shows next Sunday. YvonneMayxx

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. A Beautiful card with a beautiful sentiment. I so look forward to looking at your blog every day but it will be good to see you back on our screens.

Congrats to the winners.

Val in Spain xxx

Anonymous said...

'morning Sue, butterflies Mmmm! a favourite subject. Thanking us for our "taking the time" to comment? THANK YOU Sue as always for your wonderful blog. A BIG thank you for coming home to us too, taping todays shows, Mabex

Jane said...

Beautiful I love butterfly's the paper sets the card off lovely. Thank you for all your inspiration and dedication to all your follower.

Jane xx

Bosquie said...

I love butterflies and this card zings XX

Joesgrandma said...

Pretty striking card. Love it all! Happy Sunday!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue A lovely card and I love the way you do the stitch look, I have finally purchased a white pen and this is giving the incentive to have a go! Take care and cannot wait to see you on C&C next Sunday Love Michelle xxx

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Very pretty card. Kraft card is great isn't it. Take care

jacqui said...

Really like this. Sometimes simple is just perfect

Maryann said...

Another beautiful project, and I agree very simple, but yet sooo beautiful and butterflies are always awesome to use, if you lack ideas. They always looks nice and everybody likes them.

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - like it - are the faux stitched white lines done free hand? must try this technique
Rgs
Clare W

Oksana said...

Absolutely love this one Sue! Will definitely try something similar to this! Thanks for the inspiration.x

Debbie Tinks said...

Lovely card sue must try this card

Christine Harrop said...

Another lovely card Sue. I used butterflies on my project today too. Must be "in the air". LOL! Christine x

Anonymous said...

Hi again Sue - have already left a comment today but in my haste to send an email to you to say how excited I was at my name being drawn out as a prizewinner, I didn't mention my thanks when I left my comment. Thank you for your brilliant ideas and a wonderful blog. You've really made my day! YvonneMayxx

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful card .Lovely butterflys.
Gr Elly

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
A lovely card, the backing paper is lovely for the butterflies, the faux stitching is soooo neat, a really lovely card.
We are all so thankful you decided to carry on blogging, what would we do without your stunning, inspirational, full of techniques, daily addictive posts, we sometimes forget you are miles away, but we all log in everyday to share a few minutes together, I would really miss you if you were not there in a morning.
Looking forward to seeing you in real next Sunday. Take care.
Michelle(happy2craft)

Rose in Chester said...

Fluttery rules ok! Brill, Sue. Have a lovely Sunday

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
A very pretty card, love the butterflies.
Looking forward to seeing you back on our screens next week, you have been missed.
Have a good day.
Lydia
X

Faith Button-Smallman said...

Happy Sunday Sue, what a bright and sunny card. This made me smile as soon as I saw it. Beautiful. Love Faith xx

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
What a refreshing card which says to me Spring is just around the corner!
Margaret

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, This looks really pretty, and I love the cut-outs with patterned paper underneath. truly pretty card.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Marleine said...


Morning Sue.

Please keep babbling, I look forward each day to the talented gift you give us each morning.

Your card today is beautiful. X

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Beautiful card so pretty and what a fabbie idea to use the negative like this. Thankyou for all your inspiration.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
Yes a simple card but a good reminder of how to use our dies. I used the Christmas Tree die negative for some of my cards this year and they certainly catch the eye. Congrats to this week's winners. I really love today's sentiment and how true it is.
Janet x

ang said...

lovely card, love the way you use the negative, just wish I could think first when I am cutting, but always forget to place the dies nicely. have a good day angxxx

Chrissie J Lui said...

Morning Sue....beautiful card, it also reminds me of spring....

Happy crafting
Chrissie x x x

marg said...

Good Morning Sue!
I adore Butterflies and leaving negatives is so clever! I always think when I see your cards, why didn't I think of that?
Well done to the winners too!
LoveMarg

maxine h said...

Hi Sue, love the simple design today, but it works so well and is so pretty. I don't often use my negatives but I will now lol.
Big hugs
Maxine xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Very different today and very pretty.

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue

Oh a nice quick and easy but very effective card! Love it and must try this one.

love Jean x

Wendy L said...

Simply gorgeous, xxxx

HiggiSue said...

Simplu gorgeous. This idea would work.so well for many occasions.
Have a nice day. Congrats to this weeks winners.
Hugs Sue x

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,
Love it, must keep this in mind my friend would love a card like that. She love butterflies they are everywhere in her house on her clothes oh! just everywhere.
Really looking forward to seeing you on the screen once more.
Have a Great Day

Patricia xx

nmty said...

hi sue, what a fabulous card and i love the idea of using the negative. I never think of doing this at all, but will have to have a go.

lv norma

beachie said...

Hi Sue
So pretty, beautiful butterflies. Its something different just to use them as the main focus. Its a great idea , love it.
Audrey x

Debs Artliff said...

Morning sue what a pretty card its georgous i love to see what you are bringing us next we never get two cards alike. You have got such a brilliant imagination keep them comeing sue since ive beenn following your blog ive made so many card for charity. Keep up the good work and take care sue.

Debs Artliff

Hellma said...

Super card Sue.

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue
Something beautiful and definitely spring/summer like to cheer us up on this gloomy day-thank you.

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue from a wet and damp morning here. This card is lovely, the butterflies are really nice and as you say a good way to uses decorative papers.

Love Rosemarie xx

Izzwizz said...

Hi Sue, another beautiful card. I always love to see butterflies :-) so glad you are able to keep your blog going every day no matter where you are. Hope you are having a great weekend. maddy x

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue

What a lovely delicate pretty card. love the butterflies, you do give us some lovely ideas, can't wait for next week when you will be back. It is lovely keeping in touch on the blog it doesn't seem that you are all those miles away -but not for much longer
Hugs Carol x

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
I just love today's card, I have a butterfly die so will have to give this one ago. Looking forward to seeing you next Sunday.
Congratulations to the winners
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Sonia Jones said...

I like this card. I don't have this die but obviously i need it! Obviously i need to get the sentiment stamps too! Hugs Sonia x

Lac said...

This one is very versatile, as any change in the paper will make it so different. Thanks for the idea.

Marlene said...

Morning Sue love this card nice to have xmas card out of the way now made so many thanks to your blog looking forward to spring carde just like todays fab card x

Kate's Cards said...

I love the simplicity of this card Sue.

Christine said...

A lovely, solid, 'bread and butter' card. It isn't a WOW! card, but a pretty card that will be extremely useful and used far more often!
Thank you, Sue
Christine
x

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, I think this is one of my favourite cards you've made, i just love that its not OTT, lovely colours and great layout. Emma

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
What a pretty card today. I really do wish that I could remember to place my dies so that I can use the negatives! I will get into this habit eventually! Haven't got these butterflies but will try to create something similar with Les Pappillon.

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Sue

I love your butterfly card it is so pretty

Well done to the blog winners too

xxx

Clare said...

Beautiful card Sue, I love the look of the negative butterflies.

Clare x

cebelica said...

Oooooh, this is so pretty! I love butterflies! <3 Hugs! xx

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue,

another day, another card and what a beautiful cheery card it is on a dull cloudy morning. I am going to make two of these for my daughters who just love butterflies. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle E. xx

nzillingworth said...

Hi sue
what a cracker loving the cards apertures your producing. I want to try them all. I thought what lovely straight stitching (you cheat LOL). but looks fantastic. Smashing that no waste you even used the butterflies you die cut out. Very clever. !0 out of 10 card for me . Brill job.
Born again spellbinder
Nadine xxx hug
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

Laura O said...

this is a fab card ,love the butterflies the craft paper and the way you make a simple card look fantastic.Laura O

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, beautiful card, butterflies are so versatile, you know we wouldn't be without you, no matter where you are, keep blogging. Take care, Jess

hazel said...

Stunning card Sue really makes me think of spring and summer with the butterflies and that lovely pink paper xx hazel

lainey said...

great use of negatives Sue!! lainey x

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, What a treat for today, a very pretty card, the butterflies are fabulous, a great idea to use the negative, will have to remember to cut dies in a more orderly manner.
It is a pleasure to leave a comment everyday and being part of your family is the best.
Congratulations to the winners.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue,
What a lovely card, love the Butteflies and the feux stitching, Must try this one out!
Congratulations to the winners. Hope you are having a good Sunday, Love BrenLel

Anonymous said...

Babble, Sue??! No, we are the babblers and you have the generosity to thank us. You know from all the comments that you are definitely not "out of mind" - just look back at all the joyful messages when you said you'd be back on C&C on 16th - and every one is always saying that they miss you.
Just enjoy the rest of your stay in the States and wleome back this week.

'P'in Wales
p.s.Nice easy card, like it.

Maggie said...

Good morning. I've missed you. Been away with no signal so couldn't even catch up. What a lovely card to come back to. Thank you. This is a great way to use up little bits of paper that you just can't throw away. So glad we'll be seeing you again here soon. xx

baconbits said...

Morning Sue,
Definately not out of sight out of mind.
Love the simplicity of this card - simply love it.
Have a safe journey home but enjoy the time in the states.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Anonymous said...

Oh Sue... I don't think you realise how much a part of my life you are. You give us a beautiful card every day that must take ages to make and it makes me feel that you are thinking about us every day - and that means a lot. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.Another great card with unusual ideas - beautiful.
Mary-Durham

Clarissa said...

Beautiful card. As you say can be done in any colourway. Another great idea.
Clarissa.X

Debby Berry said...

Sue,
This is a fun card,.

kimberley said...

Another winner Sue-would suit any age group.We are all so glad that you do your daily blog too....where would we be without all your wonderful ideas !!!,take care,x.

Tres said...

Hi Sue. What a fab idea !! I really love this card. I love butterflies !! I will definately be making my own version of this card. I cannot wait until next sunday to see you on tv. Congrats to todays winners. Lots of love Tres x x x

Carol S. said...

Morning Sue, Now this is right up my street. I am known for my Butterflies! When I finish a card and I am not sure about it, I stick on a Butterfly and then it looks great!! Another great idea for the negative and will definately be doing this one. Hugs, Carol S.xx

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card, love the butterflies.
Margaret L

gwen70 said...

This is gorgeous Sue, I love butterflies

Jackie Calvert said...

Nice effect, and simple. I do forget to use negstives. Out of sight, but deffinately not out of mind, I'm missing seeing you on screen, but your blog brings you straight back again.

Sue E said...

Oh yes! Another one I will definitely have to make. :-)

greendragon said...

I'm cutting out butterflies this morning to decorate a journal for my Mum for Christmas - what a coincidence! Love your card. x

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue

Im going to have a go at this one ,i think its superb , just adorable and i just love flutterbies . x

Elaine H X

salem said...

fab card

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
What a lovely card as so many people like butterflies it is hard to go wrong. I was interested to read that you always stamp your sentiment first in case it's not straight which I think is a good idea as I always seem to stamp mine last and end up hoping and praying I don't mess it up at the last hurdle and have to start again. Looking forward to seeing you on our screens again soon.
Beverley W

Paper Junkie said...

Wow Sue - that's different! I love the way you have layered all the cutout butterflies. I think I must have all the spellbinders butterfly dies and a few more "others". Just can't have enough! X

Vie Carter said...

Clever use of the negative

Lovely format

Vie
x

Victoria said...

Great idea Sue to use the 'negative' in this way. Love the pink. Remember, you're never 'out of mind' - this brilliant blog is my first stop every day!

lesley sinclair said...

Hi sue what a wonderful spring-like card and using the negative is so clever,I still haven't tried it yet!! As for out of mind you've only got to look at how many comments you got when you said you were going to be on c+c we couldn't forget you and we are all thankful that you carry on with your blog when you're on the other side of the world!! I'm looking forward to sunday love lesley xx

Meg said...

Hi Sue, I love today's card. What a brilliant idea with the butterflies negative.
Congrats to the lucky winners.

Margaret O
Xxx

Susan White said...

Great use of the positive and negative in the same card - very frugal crafting and a great idea for a simple and pretty card.

Susan x

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, Simple card maybe, but really eye-catching and cleverly made.
We miss seeing you on our screens but keeping in touch by your blog helps us all with our daily crafting fix. Looking forward to seeing you again on Sunday.
Congratulations to the winners.
Frances

nannapat said...

Lovely card Sue - the butterflies look so pretty. I don't think it matters how far away you are in miles as you're only a couple of mouse clicks away for us - so you'll never be out of mind. Pat x

Howdy said...

Love the idea. So simple and just about any paper underneath would make each card totally different'

"Talk to the Tail" said...

Oops I've just posted my comment on the wrong card!

This is really beautiful Sue I love butterflies
Congratulations to all the winners xXx

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, I really love this card!! In fact I'm going to give it a try this afternoon. I just adore butterflies! Most of my cards include flowers and butterflies. Love Sam xxx

Marion Turner said...

Hi Sue
A very pretty card. I love butterflies that is a great idea
will have to try this one, when I am finished with Christmas. I have been in Tenerife for five weeks. Nice to be back crafting.
Love Marion x

Lizzie said...

Hi Sue
What a beauty i love this stitching effect it really shows the subjects up i tend to do this a lot just lately
Thank you
Lizzie (serial copycat) xox

Ita said...

Hi Sue love this card the butterflies make it with the coloured paper, I always think of my daughter Julie when I see Butterflys ,she used to call them flutterbies,thanks for the tip of raising the card with foam tape.I am glad the comments on your blog keeps you in touch ,as I am sure it is not easy doing a card 7 days a week,when you are in the U.S.
Hope your Mom is keeping well,enjoy your Sunday
Smiles
Ita

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
what a lovely card, layered butterfly is simple but stunning.

Donna Jones

karenlotty said...

I love the idea of this card Must have a go I have Les Papillon butterflies may have already mentioned that! It's the only shape one I own! I'm not a lover of the design of the butterfly one you used. I don't know why - I just prefer the Les papillon ones But each to their own. safe trip back. Looking forward to next Sunday

Sue C said...

This is so pretty, I love butterflies xx

June Fletcher said...

Hi Sue

I very pretty card today

Happy crafting

June x

Ayelet Barkay said...

Beautiful butterflies! I love this card :)

Jean Z said...

hi Sue, A very pretty card i love butterflies Jean Z xx

SusanP, Kent said...

Hi Sue,
You're NEVER 'out of mind' when you're not in the UK! More like "absence makes the heart grow fonder"! Not sure I'd know what to do without your blog inspiration.
Love the negative butterflies and the faux stitches make this a really fun card. Thanks for reminding us to use the negative.
Sue

CraftyJo said...

This is gorgeous Sue, and something similar to one I made a little while ago: http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/cardmaking/cut-out-butterflies/

Karen Edwards said...

love the way the butterflies pop out. Hope you are enjoying yourself whilst back in the states x

brenda said...

Hi Sue, I am not a lover of butterflies on cards but do like the design and the kraft card. Looking forward to your return to C&C x

Debbie said...

I adore this card, so simple but the end result is just stunning.

Hugs
Debbie

lynda said...

Very pretty x Lynda

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, Love the card. I would have never of thought of putting such a large, bright pattern behind the butterfly cutaways, but it really works. I hope you are enjoying your stay in the States. With love & light Theresa. H

Anonymous said...

This one is beautiful, right up my street!!

Mol x

Kim Witziers said...

Sue - yet again another wonderful card. I love the use of the pink and especially love the words.

Carole Z said...

Hi Sue, how lovely to see butterflies to brighten a winter morning! Wonderful! Carole Z X

sparkle said...

Hi Sue what a pretty card on this cold and wet day.
looking forward to seeing you back on the telly.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

sparkle said...

Hi Sue what a pretty card on this cold and wet day.
looking forward to seeing you back on the telly.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

magpie said...

This is such a lovely pretty card Sue and what a great effect the white gel pen stitching around the card and the butterflies makes. The Kraft card is lovely and how you've used the negative part of the butterflies, I have use the negative of the holly border die in my Christmas cards! Thank you for that tip! How could we ever forget you when you're in the States? I think I can honestly say on behalf of myself and everyone else who looks/comments on your wonderful blog, that the second line/part of the sentiment today relates to how we ALL feel xx You're such an inspiration lady who not only does this but finds the time to answer everybody's questions too to help them. "Thank you Sue" xx Love Karen xx

magpie said...

Oh ps, congratulations to all the winners! xx Love Karen xx

Jean Woodward said...

Hi Sue,

What a fabulous card, a brill idea to use the negative, and I love the faux stitching, will definitely be trying it out. I absolutely love your blog, since finding out about it from you at Ally Pally, I've been hooked, you are such an inspiration to everyone, Thank you. Congrats to all the winners.

Happy Crafting
Jean x

Barbara said...

Lovely card Sue, the butterfly is very pretty. Didnt realise you were still in the states, hope to see you soon on C&C as you have been sorely missed!!!

Linda Simpson said...

Congratulations to the winners! WOW Sue this has got to be my favourite card! I just love butterflies and love the beautiful way in which the 3 butterflies float down the card with the white around which really makes them stand out. Thank you for being so inspirational and sharing your talent with us.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Janice K said...

Love the simplicity of this card, one I really must have a go at myself. Thank you for the great ideas. x

Vivi Morais said...

Hi, Sue... Iloved this card... and if we change the colors we'll hve others cards... fantastic!!

Congrats, girls!!

Ande heve a nice week everyone!!!

xx

Erica said...

Lovely card Sue.

cmu said...

Hi Sue. This is my favourtie card so far this month. Thanks so much for sharing it.

jennywren1947 said...

again a different style card another winner sue
hugs chris x

Sue Parish said...

Hi Sue,
I love Kraft card - and butterflies. Especially liked the white faux stitching on this one, I only ever think of black! Definitely one to try.
Out of sight you may be, but out of mind? Never! Not when we wake up wondering what you're going to have for us in the blog! Alhough my comments are usually left (very!) late at night, I nearly always take a peek with my early morning cuppa, then a second look at in in my emails later on, by which time I can feel if it's going to be one of my favourites and I need to print it out for my file! (Which seems to be thickening at the same rate as my waistline just of late!)
Sue xx

melody said...

Hi Sue, your card is Lovely as always. You might be in the states but your never out of our thoughts here in the UK with your fantasic blog for is all to look forwad to each day.Hugs Melodyx

Vick said...

WOW Sue......another eye catching card!! I never even think of using the negative space and you always do it so well, that i actually used the negative space in a recent card and it looked so good, but doing it with butterflies is awesome, i must try this next time i get my butterfly dies out, and i will honour you in my post on my blog when i do it too as you daily inspire me, and yes, i miss you when you aren't here in the U.K even though you blog daily, i know you aren't here, but i hope you've been having a swell time with your mom, lots of love and cant wait to see you on our screens in the coming two weeks, hugs always, Vick xxx
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moonsea said...

Hi Sue
Very pretty card. Where do you get all your lovely sentiments?
Love, Lynne xxx

moonsea said...

Hi Sue
Very pretty card. Where do you get all your lovely sentiments?
Love, Lynne xxx

moonsea said...

Hi Sue
Very pretty card. Where do you get all your lovely sentiments?
Love, Lynne xxx

iggy said...

mmmmm nice one sue..... Nice to remind us to use the negative parts too as well as what we know to use. Some of us are all new to this so all the pointers helps so much. thank you

Marianna Hammer said...

Awwww this is pretty!

wendy hewings said...

This is beautiful, I have a soft spot for butterflies, this card ticks all the boxes love it

jordiegirl said...

What a brilliant idea Sue.

dragonfly crafter said...

wow! i really love this one. so feminine and sophisticated.

Claveh said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful. xxx