Sunday, August 21, 2016

Butterfly Wisdom and New Challenge at MHK Designs

     Today is the first day of the August/September challenge starting at MHK Designs.  We always have an inspiration photo for you to use but the fun part is if you use an image from MHK Designs, our theme is "Anything Goes" and you are not required to use the photo.   Want a quick look at the photo?  Here it is:


     Now, it would have been so simple to use the "Pansy Corner" image from yesterday's new release (click here to see my card for that) and it would have certainly been perfect for those colors or the flower inspiration, but I chose to use an older MHK set, "Butterfly Wisdom."  (Photo of the set is at the bottom of the post.)

     Here's my DT card and I was definitely influenced by the colors in the inspiration photo.


     I'm really into my new polychromos pencils this last week and, while I will return to my ProMarkers for most of my coloring, I'm still practicing and learning about these pencils.  They're different from the watercolor pencils and Gamsol I've used before and it takes some time to figure out how to blend and shade the colors.  On this image, I didn't do much of either of those, preferring to have something that looked more vintage.  I wanted it to look like it was a hand-colored illustration plate in a book from the late 1800s.

     I cut the image with a rectangle die and then punched the corners.  The doily was cut with a die from Spellbinders.  I cut two different colors of CS and inlaid the butterflies from one cut into the doily from the second cut to get the contrasting colors.  

     I then added three of the butterflies from the lavender CS cut to the upper corner and decorated them with pearls.  They made me think about adding black pearls to the butterflies inlaid into the doily so I went back and did those.

     The lace enhanced the vintage charm of the card and it was a scrap from my stash which was begging to be used.

     Now, I want to show you the inside of the card.  Since it was made with a black cardstock base, it would be very difficult to write anything inside.  I put the sentiment inside and added a square of white CS on which a personal note can be added.  The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment is matted with glittery silver CS and, boy! does it sparkle IRL!


     Challenges:
Brown Sugar
Cards in Envy
Crafty Addicts
Crazy Challenge
Delicious Doodles
Dies R Us
Inky Chicks
Kraftin' Kimmie
Mod Squad
Paper Shelter
Pearly Sparkles

     Come play along with us, won't you?  You've got a long four weeks (until September 20) to enter and you can use any images from any company as long as you use the inspiration photo, being inspired by either the flower or the colors.  If you choose to use one of the fabulous images from MHK Designs, then you can enter anything without considering the inspiration photo.  :-D  Hope to see you there.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Butterfly Wisdom Digital Stamp Set Butterfly Wisdom

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24 comments:

  1. Hello, dear friend! I love your use of the MHK Designs butterflies. Great shape card and TFS!

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  2. Such a delightful birthday creation. Loving the butterfly theme.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  3. What were the odds the photo would have purple! haha I too am loving your pencils you are using. Do I dare step into another medium? I haven't seen that die before either...how perfect for the butterfly image.

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  4. Another beautiful card. Love the pretty butterflies.

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  5. So pretty! The butterflies are so fun!

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  6. Great card - such an elegant design.

    Thanks for joining us at the Pearly Sparkles Challenge.

    Helen x
    (DT)

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  7. Oh my Connie, my favourite colour and butterflies, a gorgeous card! Classy!
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  8. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at the challenge of Inky Chicks. DT Veronique

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  9. lovely card. thank you for playing with us at Pearly Sparkles :-) Jarka DT

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  10. NC, this is so fabulous! I LOVE the butterfly dies you used--and that lace trim is perfect! I adore the way you colored the image, as well! Sending HUGS! :) Mynn xx

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  11. Wow NC, love the vintage feel of this beauty. Especially like you colored the butterflies and inlayed within the die. These new pencils are a winner. You have achieved your goal. Nicely done wth the lace to set off the creative beauty of course in purple. Oh, and this one die I have so, I do not need to go and get another die because of your beautiful creations. Taking a toll on pure purse strings. lol
    Have a fabulous Sunday
    Hugs

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  12. What a beautiful creation! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Doily and/or Lace’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

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  13. Beautiful card, love the colour and the butterflies.

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  14. Beautiful!! Love the purples! Thanks for joining our challenge this week with Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.
    Marilyn DT

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  15. So pretty! Love the design of this square card and those beautiful butterflies! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy for our Hip to be Square card challenge.

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  16. Fabulous bfly edging - Thanks for joining in at Mod Squad!

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  17. Sweet card with a beautiful design!! Thanks for playing with us at The Paper Shelter this week! Good Luck! Hug Lena

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  18. Love all the pretty butterflies on your card and the lace border. The butterfly die cut / edging is a lovely backdrop. Thank you for joining us at Cards in Envy! ~ Marilyn

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  19. Aww wow this is fabulous. Thank you for joining us at Pearly Sparkles it is very much appreciated. Traci DT X

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  20. Lovely card thank you for joining us at Delicious Doodles Challenge Sue DT x

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  21. Beautiful card, loving the colours and fab butterflies! Thanks so much for sharing it with us over at Crafty Addicts Challenge!
    Hugs Donna(DT)
    xx

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  22. Sweet card! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge. Good Luck! Hugs, Valentina DT

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  23. Beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Delicious Doodles for our All Creatures Great & Small challenge!

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