Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge #85

Screeching in at the last minute here for Mrs A's latest challenge #85 Butterflies + S is for Silhouette and/or the colour Indigo. Hope I'm not too late :(

And, it's one of Darnell's NBUS challenges, and as it's a first outing for this gorgeous die I'm linking up over there as well. There are lots of lovely prizes to be won too! As always, it's anything goes with Darnell - ssshhh, I won't tell :)

I was recently sent a really lovely 'unbranded made in China' die by a sweet blogging friend (thank you again! xx) and it immediately came to mind for this challenge - here's what I made:
I used:

- A6 white card blank

- a smaller piece of thin indigo coloured card, which has a slight shimmer to it, for the backing frame

- trimmed a snippet of white card slightly smaller than the indigo card and glued those two pieces together

- then die cut the fabulous butterfly die using indigo card again which was backed with Stick-It adhesive sheet

- popped it onto the piece of white card and ran it through the Cuttlebug with the embossing plates as well as a large embossing folder to give the right thickness (don't put the embossing folder next to the card as I think you might get a slightly rippled surface even though the folder would be closed)

- then used the Misti to position and stamp the sentiment using SU's 'Melon Mambo' ink and a sentiment from MFT's 'Tickled Pink' set of stamps

- glued the whole panel to the card front and added little bright pink KanBan self-adhesive diamante gems to the butterflies and flowers

The indigo coloured card is a very deep, deep 'jeans' blue - although it looks a bit black in the photo needless to say! Mrs. A bought some at the same time on one of our 'let's wreck a craft show' outings so she knows the colour well!

Ha, I almost had a moment of total madness when I set out to make this card by pondering over actually inlaying the die cut! Can you imagine putting all those teensy little pieces of white back in place? Although by running the whole panel through the Cuttlebug as I described above, you do achieve the impression that the die cut is inlaid anyhow.

It's absolutely ages and ages since I dug around in my quite large box of self-adhesive pearls and gems and I must have almost a gazillion sheets of those multi-coloured KanBan gems. Seems to me like they've been breeding on the quiet. 😉


  1. Gorgeous card, Di. It's a beautiful die cut, although I can't believe you even THOUGHT about inlaying it! That really would have been a labour of love! xx

  2. Hi Di, a stunning card, love the colours and the pretty gems you used, this is definitely not a die I would ever consider inlaying, although maybe if the die held onto all the little bits and I could just poke them down into the holes... ;-) Have a wonderful week... Megan

  3. Beautiful card and I, too, am amazed that you even thought of inlaying it! It's great to see you getting into crafting mode again

  4. Great card for the challenge - not sure even I would be mad enough to consider inlaying on this die!! I reckon all our crafty stash must breed on the quiet, when we are asleep maybe or could it be a case of amnesia while we are shopping???

  5. Gorgeous card Di! Inlay it??????? Not unless you are really trying to kill time!

  6. That's a very pretty die and it's made a lovely card - especially with the addition of BLING!

    Hugs, Sarn x

  7. A gorgeous die and a beautiful card Di, I love the added bling too.

    Sue xx

  8. This is a gorgeous die and you made a great card with it!
    Lia xx

  9. I love this die, such elegant butterflies!
    hugs xx

  10. Fabulous card, so glad you saw sense and didn't attempt to inlay it, think you would have gone mad doing so!

  11. A very pretty butterfly die and love the added pink gems and pink sentiment with a pink theme which is perfect Di. x

  12. Really fabulous card Di and the die-cut is so pretty. It would have looked nice inlaid if you'd used different colours but looks perfect as is. I think China is starting to do a roaring business in dies and we get to build up our collections on the cheap... makes good sense to me xx

  13. Hi Di,
    what a wonderful card, and that butterfly die cut is gorgeous.
    As usual you have created a brilliant card with it.
    I have a few of those dies from China and they do cut really well don't they.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  14. Blogger ate my comment earlier and then I had to go out but back in now. I remember it well Di. I'm surprised we haven't been totally barred by now. This is a gorgeous design . Now you did keep all the little inlays in a pot didn't you! The pink gems and the sentiment in pink are a perfect finish. Thank you for fluttering into the garden. I found a Devils Coach Horse Beetle whilst digging now that really is not something you want to come across. Hugs Mrs A.

  15. This looks a lot like an old Poppystamps die to me... but without checking I'm not 100 per cent sure. I've started a small additional collection of 'unbranded' dies myself this past month or so. Some hidden gems... but boy, do I mean hidden!
    This card is gorgeous. Love the colours. Xxx

  16. Fabulous CAS card, love these fluttering butterflies and the red gems are lovely details!

  17. A great die DI!!!!, I love this card, and the added gems in the butterflies look great too xx

  18. Oooh l love your card so beautiful and what a die it's gorgeous love the little gems too that you added x

  19. Absolutely gorgeous card and a cool die! Love the added gems - a lovely finishing touch! xxx

  20. This is SO cute, Di. Great job, and thanks so much for sharing it in the NBUS Challenge. Great use of your NBUS products. Hope you're having a fabulous week!
    Karen Letchworth

  21. What a gorgeous card Di - love that die cut

  22. What a lovely color combination that is and hurrah for crafty friends!!
    Dr Sonia

  23. This is sensational, Di! What a great idea to run your panel through the machine to smoosh it flat and give it an inlaid look! You're so smart!! It is unfortunate that your sediment mixed up the words pink and tickled, but it might be a regional thing. I have heard people say "tickled pink" instead of the correct "pickled tink," so I would worry about it if I were you. [Hammy: "These things happen." Well, to be honest, those weren't his actual words, but I didn't want to be bleeped!] Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #12, my friend! I hope the declutter/reorg continues well!! Hugs, Darnell

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  25. So pretty of a card Di! The die of the butterflies is so delicate and beautiful. I haven't bought any China dies yet, but have a list of ones I want to get. lol I love that they are so cheap and we can buy without feeling so guilty or spending loads of money. Well done on the card my friend! Hugs, Brenda

  26. Such a gorgeous die and you used it beautifully on your card. I love the pink rhinestones you added too.

  27. This is such a pretty card, Di.
    I like the die cut and the pink gems with that lovely sentiment are so perfect here.


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