Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Butterflies and Sunflower

It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time I am the hostess and I am calling it "B" Happy.  Here is how I describe the challenge:

Create a shabby chic or vintage project that makes you happy and features birds, bees and/or butterflies. You must use at least one of these things with wings and it must have a place of prominence on your creation but if you wish to use two or more, please feel free to do that.

If I have to choose between bugs and butterflies, the butterflies are going to win every time although I am not really afraid of bugs - they just aren't as pretty to look at.

I made a shabby card with a little mixed media on it for my offering and here is how I did it:

  • Cover a piece of card stock with Botanical Collage Paper to create a background panel (Tim Holtz).
  • Dry brush thin coat of White Gesso (Prima) over the panel.
  • Use White Embossing Paste (Ranger) through Flourishes Stencil (Tim Holtz) to add texture to the panel.
  • Randomly ink panel with Tea Rose and Orange Blossom Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi).
  • Distress edges of panel and rub edges with Rose Gold Wax Paste (Prima).
  • Die cut a Crochet Doily (Prima) and rub edges with Rose Gold Wax Paste.
  • Cut a tag from St. Tropez paper (Prima), distress edges and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).
  • Add Burlap string to top of tag.
  • Die cut petals from crinoline using Pinwheel Posies die (Tammy Tutterow).
  • Dye petals using Wild Honey Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).
  • Layer petals and add a carved coconut shell button (upside down) to the centre.
  • Die cut leaves from Garden Green die (Tim Holtz), shape and then ink with Peeled Paint Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).
  • Punch small butterflies, coat with Rose Gold Wax Paste and add brown pearls (Kaisercraft) for body.
  • Coat large butterfly (cut by my husband on his laser machine) with Clear Crackle Paste (Prima).
  • Cover with Rose Gold Wax Paste and add brown pearls for body.
To assemble:
  • Add background panel to card blank (Bazzill card stock) and adhere crochet doily on top with a strip of venise lace.
  • Adhere tag using foam dimensionals and then add the leaves and sunflower.
  • Add the butterflies and some copper sequins.
The following products used to make this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique - check them and other great buys out by clicking on the thumbnails.


  1. Charming and lovely card! It fills me with lovely sunshine with the warm colors and lovely coppery butterflies! I adore this challenge! It inspired so many projects for me! Fabulous card!

  2. I love this challenge theme, Cec! Such a beautiful mixed media background on this lovely card! The vibrant color palette is summery and fresh! Love it!

  3. Really a sweet card, Cec! I love that crinoline flower--sunflowers make me so happy! And I adore your stencil work and that crackled butterfly! Just when I think I have all the crackle paste I could possibly use, here's another that I don't have--clear. The results are fantastic! Great card; great challenge. Looks like you and I had some similar thought processes! Have a great weekend! Hugs!

  4. That stencilling in the background transforms the paper and the big blousy sunflower gives your gorgeous card a real summer pop around which butterflies are bound to gather. Love it! xx

  5. I don't care how many things with wings you put on this card the center of attention is gonna be that sunflower! Love all the texture and details you included - great theme for a challenge!

  6. Love this Cec, your background is incredible. <3


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