You know me well enough by now to know that the butterfly is one of my crafting default settings. If I’m stuck for what to do, then a butterfly will quite often bridge the gap. Likewise, if I am struggling to know how to finish a project then a butterfly will usually do the job. More importantly, I just love them and, as the symbol of my favourite charity, Amy and Friends, they are a poignant reminder of all those suffering from Cockayne Syndrome. So dreaming up a project for this week’s challenge over at City Crafter Challenge Blog should have been a walk in the park. I wish! I had lots of ideas, but none of them involved a butterfly. I got there eventually and I hope you will agree that what I ended up creating was worth the struggle it caused:
The inspiration, when it eventually came, was from the fabulously talented Wendy Vecchi. I’ve been exploring her inspirational blog and came across a tag that I loved. I’ve borrowed some of her ideas (I hope she won’t mind) but added in my own twists and turns to create my card.
The frame is an alterations die. I used cream card and then inked it with Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade and Frayed Burlap. The flower in the corner is one of Wendy’s Stamp It Stencil It sets. If you haven’t seen these, you get a stamp and a stencil that work in tandem in each other – this one is Full Bloom. I stamped it and then cut it out before colouring with inks. The stencil allows you to mask the leaves and flower separately. I added an antique brad to the centre.
The butterfly was cut using a sizzix die, coloured with Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon and Frayed Burlap then stamped with dots. I’ve layered it with a smaller butterfly, punched from designer paper, and a paper rose.
The background was made using some lovely black designer paper by Teresa Collins and layered with some cardstock that I coloured with inks. All the edges were distressed and inked with Frayed Burlap. The finishing touches are the stamped sentiment, which comes from a Sheena Douglass set, some dyed seam binding (Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade) and a die cut heart and star. The star has been glittered.
On Thursday, Madelaine Clay, the sister of dear little Knox, rode a zip line across Liverpool City Centre to raise money for Amy and Friends. It was a magnificent achievement for such a worthy cause. The difference this small charity makes to the sufferers of Cockayne Syndrome and their families is huge. If you can, visit Madelaine’s Just Giving page to find out more. Madelaine, you are superstar and this card is for you in honour of – you truly did “fly high,” Knox would have been so proud 🙂
Thanks for buzzing by.