Tuesday 31 January 2012

Butterfly sketch

Wow what a busy weekend! We were in Portsmouth helping my son and his wife decorate their bedroom before baby Nolan arrives:) We've already done the nursery and Lara is obviously in nesting mode as she is decluttering and tidying everywhere. I spent the weekend going between B & Q, Homebase and Sainsburys, buying tiles, curtain tracks, wallpaper and grocery shopping. They are also having a new kitchen next week! Hope this baby doesn't arrive early:)
Anyway back to crafty things, I decided to combine both challenges over at LIM and MMM.                                                    
For the LIM challenge this week we have a SKETCH and we have a few basic ground rules.
We would like the card to be
  • rectangular
  • in landscape orientation
  • with the band remaining in a vertical position 
As it's a very simple sketch,  we would like it to remain as is without any rotation of either the card or the vertical band.

Sounds a doddle doesn't it? That's always a bad feeling:)

The challenge over at MMM is still following the NATURE theme but this last week we must use Butterflies and or Dragonflies.
So this is what I have come up with and I hope you like it.

My base card is cream and distressed with Tattered Rose DI and shadow stamped with random butterflies and dragonflies. The panel is a piece from DCWV Far East collection and I stamped a large double butterfly stamp from Creative Expressions and decoupaged the large one. A little glitter and a few pearls complete the card. The sentiment is from my xyron printer.
Thanks for popping by and I hope you'll come again:)
Forgot to say congratulations to Mandi and Chrissie for the 1st anniversary of their amazing challenge blog!


Unknown said...

Really pretty card Val. Sounds like you had a busy weekend....... still not long to go now eh? Looking forward to seeing you at the weekend.

Chrissie said...

This is a fabulous card Valerie!
I bet you were tired by the end of that weekend... goodness you were busy!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Christine said...

Oh this is fabulous! I love the colours and the butterfly!

Elaine said...

Really pretty card - love the colours and the subtle stamping on the background!!


What a fabulous card Valerie - love the colours and that gorgeous Butterfly.
Thank you so much for your lovely comments - have very happy week, Hugs, Sylvia xxx

Meggymay said...

Beautiful card Valerie, love the colours and that gorgeous butterfly.
Yvonne x

Stamps and Paper said...

You have been a busy lady....lovely card Val. see you on Sunday


Mandi said...

Oh Valerie, bet the nursey looks lovley
Your card is stunning

Thank you very much
"Less is More"

Vicky Hayes said...

You are on fire with your crafting Val - I love this beautiful card! I particularly like the misty look of the background and the gorgeous dark gold of the butterflies. You have been a busy bee - you must be so excited about the new baby! Vicky x

Sasha said...

Such a beautiful card, Val. I love how you created your background, it goes so perfectly with your gorgeous butterfly:)

You sound to have had a very busy weekend! It all sounds so exciting with a sweet baby on the way - Take care!

Mynn xx said...

Wow, Valerie, this is amazing! What a gorgeous card--LOVE the way you've used this sketch and your heat embossed butterfly is just stunning! Thanks for joining us this week at MMM! :)

Von said...

gorgeous card :)
Von x

Aileen said...

Love the subtle background with the gold. Looks oriental to me. x

Aquarius said...

I always like following sketches and this one was particularly strict! A great card and well done for covering more than the one challenge

paulaexuk said...

Less is more are certainly the words for this very beautiful card. I love the colours, shadow stamping, jewelled butterfly well in fact everything.

Jacqueline said...

This is a very beautiful card - love your butterflies - thanks for joining in this week at MMM - Jacqueline xx

Loli said...

Fantastic card Valerie, great distressssssss.
A warm hug from Palma

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

Gorgeous Valerie! Thank you for entering the MMM challenge this week even though you have been really busy getting ready for your family's new arrival. Suzanne

Viv said...

Fabby card Val, love that butterfly esp. Oh my you have been busy, don't these kids/babies take up so much time now!!!love the name Nolan, not long now, bet you can't wait. Our next one ( Alexander)is only 3 weeks away too, how will I have time to make cards ?? :O) Viv :) xx

Susan said...

Sounds like you've had a busy, busy week! I know you can't wait to hold that new baby!! LOVE your beautiful card!! Very elegant!

Rosemary said...

gorgeous, gorgeous card, val!!! love that beautiful and elegant butterfly! congrats on the soon to arrive grandson!!

Val said...

Wow - just fabulous. Thanks so much for joining us at MMM. Don't know how you managed to fit it all in!

Suzi B said...

Hi Valerie, this is just it! thank you for joining us at MMM . Sounds like life is very busy (and going to get busier! ) at the mo.. hope evry thing goes well
suzi b :)

Dolly Daydreams said...

Sounds a very exciting time in your house ! Lovely card , those butterflies are just beautiful as are those colours you have chosen and such beautiful stamping.


Fliss said...

Really lovely creation Valerie especially considering all you've had to do.
Thanks for joining in with this week's MMM challenge and wishing you good luck.
Fliss x

G Peplow said...

Hi Valerie, All the preparations sound to be going well, I hope it all goes smoothly for you all:0) Lovely card too, the colour is fab and you made the sketch work brilliantly, gorgeous butterfly, xxx

Anonymous said...

This card is absolutely exquisite! I love, love, love it!!!


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