Sunday, 2 October 2016

White on white with wire

I've managed to make a card for Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge, after failing miserably for several weeks. 
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Don't miss the fancy new look in the butterfly garden!
The challenge is W for white on white and/or wire. 
As usual the plan didn't quite work out as I expected. I had various components and switched them back and forward and finished up with two cards. 

Each flower has two layers of die cut card petals and then a toplayer cut from greaseproof paper. I embossed the frame using a board I've had since I first started making cards. I'd never heard of die cutting machines and never imagined I'd have one.
This card was supposed to have the wire on it. I'd planned that it would go behind the flowers but it didn't really work so I made another card:

This one has a purple wire swirl and wire holding the beads on the butterfly antennae. Now I wish I 'd used the other butterflies, with the gems, on here but it is all firmly stuck down. 

I'm not sure if you can see but I've used a strip of greasproof paper across the embossed butterflies. It is also embossed and layered exactly in line with the base. 
I found the scrap of purple frame already cut. I'd used the middle for something else so that made me happy. 
I used Glossy Accents to glue the beads onto the wire and also stick down the butterflies. It seems to be very strong and I didn't want the wire dropping out.
I've  used:
Leanecreatif daisy die
Darice butterfly embossing folder
Justrite small butterfly dies and oval die
Hobby Art sentiment stamps 

I'm also jumping over to Pixie's Snippets playground for a run in the sun. I've used lots of card snippets and the purple wire was also snippet. 

Finally I managed to capture some lovely butterflies a few weeks ago. I'm pleased to report that I think I've seen more butterflies this year (and not just the ubiquitous white ones, I know they are pretty but they cause such devastation in my garden). It's not  a scientific study, just my feeling.

I've also seen lots of tortoiseshell on a buddlejia growing by accident!
Anyway, back out to the garden and the butterflies now. Lots to do. 
Happy crafting.


  1. They are two beautiful cards Alison. They both look so delicate. I really like the effect of the greaseproof paper on top of your flower petals and the embossed frame. The wire looks lovely on the second. I bet you had fun attaching the beads to the butterfly antennae. Isn't it a fiddly job.... Barbxx

  2. Both so pretty but I am drawn to the second card with the wire circles and beading. Very clever idea. thankyou for fluttering by my challenge. hugs Mrs A.

  3. WOW indeed Alison - really beautiful work! I just can't work with wire - it don't like me, sob! I fixed your link so perhaps more folk will visit and comment from the Playground - the link you originally added took me back to my own blog - oh boy, was I a Dizzy Duck :)

    Apologies for being a bit late to comment - and thank you for coming to play in the Snippets Playground.


    Di xx

  4. These are so soft and delicate!

  5. WOW Alison what a stunner this glad Di showcased your card so that I could discover your amazing blog
    Dr Sonia

  6. These are 2 very pretty cards.
    Congrats on being showcased on the Snippets Playground.
    Hugs, Sarn xxx


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