Blue, green and a splash of red

Things are definitely warming up here in the UK although the sun itself is still being somewhat elusive and I wouldn’t risk going anywhere without my umbrella. However, it has been possible to sit out in the garden and in my book that makes it officially summer. Today’s I am sharing a card that takes up that garden theme:


I’m sharing this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the theme is “blue, green and a splash of red.” I sort of knew that my splash of red would end up being a butterfly!


I’ve used some Anna Griffin papers and coordinating cardstock from my stash and created mats and layers, topping them off with a border strip, also from Anna Griffin.


I’ve created some shabby style flowers using a floral die. The flowers were cut in different sizes, from ivory cardstock. I inked them with Crushed Olive and Tumbled Glass distress inks, spritzed with water and crumpled them up tightly. Once they had dried a little I layered them and adhered the layers with glue.


A new departure for me was to add some proper stamens to the centre. I’ve always been a bit scared of using these for the purpose for which they were intended, but now I have I shall continue to do so. No doubt this will require further purchases!!!


The finishing touch was to stamp, colour and punch out a bright red butterfly.

Have a happy weekend and thanks for buzzing by.





Blue, green and a splash of red — 8 Comments

  1. I love that color combo of blue and green on that cardstock, and I really like your composition.
    The layout is unusual and striking, and your stamens are awesome, too. I must say, though, that I was sooooo surprised to see a butterfly on your card. You, using a butterfly; will wonders never cease?!
    By the way, a muse without a new infusion of supplies once in a while is not a happy muse, so go out and make her giddy with joy 🙂

    • Hee, hee – me and a butterfly – rare uh? I do make myself laugh as I have all these stamps waiting to be used and I go back to the old favourites again and again 🙂

  2. Ah Lisette, I was just thinking as I looked at 2nd photo that one of papers looked like Anna Griffin’s and doggone if it wasn’t. Once you know her style, don’t forget I guess. Your flowers are so pretty and the stamens. Will have to look for some stamens to buy. Been making paper flowers from site and have to make own stamens, not very good at it. Your whole project is exquisite. No surprise knowing your talents.
    Glad to hear not too hot (yet) to sit in your garden, imagine it is quite lovely. Have always wondered why English are so ardent about their gardens? Have lovely week

    • You have eagle eyes to be able to pick out Anna Griffin! I have to tell you that I like a garden to sit in but hate doing anything to maintain it!!!

  3. Now see, that’s why I need to have a major tidy up of my craft stuff. I was just thinking that your papers on this card are just amazing and then I noticed that they are Anna Griffin, I have an enormous stash of Anna Griffin paper packed away upstairs and I never get them out anymore.

    I LOVE the flowers, they are amazing and they are so perfect with your fabulous papers. The red butterfly really pops and is a great finishing touch.


    PS The stamens really finis the flowers and are a great addition.

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