Sunday 21 May 2023

Sunday Snippets - Brushstroke Butterflies

Here's my Sunday Snippets card:

And here are my snippets of coloured card, all ready to play: 

I used:

- 5.75" x 5.75" square white card blank, side opening

- white card stock- in fact it's a white card blank chopped in two so that the white is exactly the same shade for the embossed panel

- used X-Cut's 'Wicker' embossing folder and then trimmed the panel down to 5.5" x 5.5"

- adhered thin white foam sheet behind the embossed panel then glued it to the card front

- then, one at a time I die cut the butterflies from coloured snippets and assembled them - using the Sizzix Tim Holtz 'Brushstroke Butterflies' set of dies

- assembling them was a bit of a puzzle, I'd seen Chrissie Stokes saying they were a bit awkward in one of her videos - which is why I took just one butterfly at a time. And even then, I did almost glue one of the top dark green layers on upside down!

- then rootled around in a little pot of ready cut/made sentiments before finding just the thing so that I could work out the layout

- added the three butterflies to the card front using small pieces of thin sticky pads (with glue stick rubbed over to allow some 'wiggle room') - they really seemed to come alive with the extra 'lift' behind them

- finally, backed the sentiment strip with a couple of layers of leftover black snippets of card and added it to the card front - using red line tape, also with a swipe of glue stick for some wiggle room

- curiously, the best layout I found, whilst playing with the butterflies before adhering them to the card front, is practically the same as on the packaging of the die set! And the colours are practically the same too (that was deliberate on my part but not the actual layout - which was a fluke). Just shows,  sometimes it doesn't pay to change what designers will have possibly agonised over for days - especially when time isn't on your side!

I'd like to enter this into Darnell's NBUS Challenge #50 HERE. The 'Brushstroke Butterflies' set of dies  was out for a first play!

Also, it's Allsorts' 14th Birthday right now - so I wanna join in the party where it's 'Anything Goes' - especially if there's some cake! Well done Brenda and your lovely DT.

Sarn has posted the results of Challenge #453 over in the Snippets Playground HERE. As always, we had some really great entries - and a fantastic number of you came to play too! 

Dudley Pupdate: He's feeling the warmer weather a bit and Len plans to give him a trim over this weekend. Ha, he's blissfully unaware as I type this! Now that the weather is improving it's lovely to spend time outside in the garden with him. It's endlessly fascinating to try and tune into his thought process. 'Oh look, a pretty pebble I pinched from the border - what shall I do with it? I know - I'll put it on the grass and roll and wriggle over it on my back - even though it won't be terribly comfortable'.  Ha - THAT particular game doesn't last very long. 

It's Mo's Rudolph Days Challenge beginning on Thursday 25th remember! And there's still one week of the current Snippets Challenge to go. See you in the Playground.


  1. Fabulous snippets card Di, pretty embossed background and very on trend butterflies, not colours I’d have thought of, but really works. Like you say, the designers know what they’re doing. Xxx

  2. Fiddly they may have been, but the results are worth it as those butterflies are just GORGEOUS! Love the embossed background too. Great card. Xxx

  3. Most of the TH layered dies are a bit of a puzzle in my experience but worth the time spent. This is a set I'm still dithering over but seeing this super card might have tipped the balance a little 😉.. Been lovely to see some sunshine this week, how long I wonder before we're all complaining that it's too hot.

  4. Beautiful layered butterflies and EF, your CAS looks fabulous and has deserved all your efforts!
    Dudley's plays have to be so fun to see! :D Give the usual cuddles to him by me, please!

  5. Beautiful colourful butterflies and a wonderful background Di.
    Faith x

  6. Gorgeous combo of the background embossing and the colourful butterflies - they really pop!!
    Pauline xx

  7. What a fabulous card using these pretty butterflies Di and great colours too, and I love the embossed background which goes beautifully. It's lovely to be able to spend time outdoors with the fine weather and must be fun to sit and watch Dudley be Dudley. I hope the trimming session goes well...good x

  8. It's lovely to see you at our 14th Birthday celebrations at Allsorts challenge, thanks so much for joining in.

    B x

  9. Stunning card Di, with the bold colours and fabulous texture!!
    I am sure Dudley will soon figure out that stones under you when rolling is not the best 'game'. Hope the 'trim' goes well.

  10. This is a gorgeous card Di great use of snippets too x

  11. What beautiful butterfly dies, they're so pretty and definitely brush-stroked! The warmth has arrived here, and happy you've got some too

  12. A lovely design and the bold colours are gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at the Allsorts Challenge.

  13. Fabulous card!
    Thank you for celebrating Allsorts Birthday Party with us;-))m

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  15. I'm so late in commenting, but these colorful butterflies are amazing and so striking on that pretty white embossed background! Beautiful card!

  16. I'm going to have to veto your blog Di as every time I come here I have to bring a shopping list as you are brilliant at finding all the most gorgeous new craft stash! These butterflies are so beautiful and I love your arrangement of them on the textured background and the cheerful colours you used. It is such fun to watch the pups having fun outside in the good weather isn't it. How lucky we are to have these pets. Hugs, Vicky xx

  17. The butterflies are beautiful! I don't have the patience these days for fiddley products, but love seeing them used by others! Nice Dudley can enjoy being outside--& you, too! It is funny he would come up with that game! Fritz & I both prefer cooler days, so our walks are pretty short when the sun is out. But it's nice not to have rain!

  18. I appreciate the beautiful Sunday Snippets featuring Brushstroke Butterflies. It's like a colorful masterpiece coming to life, and it reminds me of the precision needed when learning "How to Tighten Hey Dude Shoes." Thank you for sharing this artistic inspiration with us!


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