Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Butterflies

I can't believe I haven't posted anything for almost a week and there is really no excuse but for the fact I am on annual leave this week and have found outside jobs to occupy me. However a couple of challenges tickled my fancy so last night I had a little play with some stamp sets and an embossing folder that came with magazines and made this.


I am quite shocked that it's mine actually and I did struggle to do something out of the norm, but, I am really quite pleased. The tag was hand cut from the same milk coloured card as the  base and then embossed. It looked a bit bland so I got out the old Versamark ink pad and dusted the raised areas with cosmic shimmer powder and added some gems. The sentiment was stamped in London fog to match the paper.

The large butterly (also a freebie Indigo Blu I think) was stamped onto more patterned paper and then...wait for it....I used crackle glaze over the top!! The bottle has been sat on my desk for years and that was the first time I had opened it. This picture actually shows the cracks quite nicely and if you look really closely I did manage to capture the shimmer on camera. Some shabby ribbon and a little charm were the finishing touches I chose.

These challenges were the inspiration behind this card

Allsorts #321 - Add a butterfly
Papertake Weekly - Take your pick
( Technique and product, a tag and lace for me)

I won't be away for too long as I have a card to share tomorrow so see you then!! xx

28 comments:

Veerle said...

Beautiful card Sarah, love the embossed tag.
Hugs Veerle

cotnob said...

A gorgeous card Sarah, such pretty papers and your butterfly is beautiful - it sounds like you really enjoyed making this one.
Pauline
x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

This is lovely Sarah, very pretty and it's great to create something a little different to our usual styles and challenge ourselves isn't it? I can see that crackle glaze bottle being used a few more times from now on.
Lorraine

Pollard Carole said...

Wow you should do different more often this is gorgeous it all looks so lovely Love that butterfly an perfect tag. Enjoy the rest of your weeks holiday.Love and hugs Carole x

aussie aNNie said...

That butterfly looks so real close up...love the papers you used and so well suited for this gorgeous tag with a touch of lace...beautiful.xx
{aNNie My Personal Blog}

Michelle said...

I did wonder where you where Sarah - nice to see you back with a sweet card. Love the embossing on the tag and your sweet butterfly - so lovely - hope you are enjoying your leave - Michelle x

*Vicki* said...

Oh my this is soooo beautiful!! Love the happy colors and the embossing looks so elegant!! LOVE THIS! :)

Rebecca said...

Hi Sarah, I love the butterflies and the tag is gorgeous. Glad to see you back!

Love From Rebecca xx

Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeous Sarah!....love it!
Wendy xx

MaryH said...

This is lovely! I'm rubbish with tags, so this one really grabbed my eyes, especially liked the embossing on it - with the pretty lace. Also the nice bkgrnd dp. The butterfly is gorgeous, and when it's enlarged, you can really see the cracks & shimmer. This is SO very lovely! Glad you had some fresh air time, and hope you got lots of chores accomplished. Will soon be B. Fair time! TFS & Hugs

Wendy L said...

Gorgeous card, butterfly is so lifelike, thanks for joining us at Allsorts, xxxx

Julie B said...

It's good to get out of your comfort zone on occasions, you did a great job!
Thought I recognised the butterfly and sentiment.
Hope you are having a great break from work. :)

Chrissy said...

Fabulous Sarah..I'm off the buy crackle paint.gloss.varnish or whatever I can find as think it looks so effective..love your tag and the embossed corner..gorgeous card.

luv CHRISSYxx

Sue said...

Sarah, this is a really gorgeous card. Your design is so clever and pretty. I am totally in awe of the fact you used such artisitic techniques (I too have an unopened bottle of crackle)! The end result is an absolutely stunning creation - hope you are going to do some more to inspire us!
Sue...xxx
and a big thank you for pointing me in the direction of The Cutie Pies! - lovely!!!

Sue said...

This is gorgeous Sarah, I love the detailing on the tag and such a beautiful sentiment.
Sue xx

Lorraine said...

This is gorgeous Sarah. Love the pretty butterfly and papers.
Lorraine x

Carol S. said...

Gorgeous card and as a butterfly addict, love the butterfly!! Hugs, Carol S.xx

Lynsey said...

Hi Sarah, I love the design of this card! The embossing on the tag is so pretty! I also have an unopened bottle of crackle sat on my desk well done on using yours lol!
Hugs Lynsey x

Di said...

Such a pretty card Sarah! You ventured down the road of some techniques I haven't yet dared to try :)

I didn't like to say in the post about Max's excavator card that his Daddy is a builder in the family business and has his own JCB - which he sometimes trundles home in if it's likely to be unattended on site over a weekend. Always makes me giggle as it's certainly a different way to 'commute'. As you know, they're horrendously expensive, hence not wanting it to be vandalised or stolen from a site. Little Max trots out and helps Daddy to wash it - of course he only comes halfway up the wheels :) And some of the little boys nearby are sooooooo envious too.

Hugs

Di xx

Brenda said...

Sarah, this is gorgeous! All your elements including the paper, compliment each other so beautifully! Thanks so much for your visits and kind words!

Marilyn said...

I love this Sarah! I like how the tag is embossed and then set on the card... I would never have thought to do that but it looks fabulous. Love the paper too... it really is a happy, feel-good kinda card.

Laine said...

Such a lovely creation Sarah. Love the butterfly.
Laine
xx

Kat W said...

Oh, it's nice to step out of the comfort zone sometimes isn't it? And this is so beautiful, you have combined all the butterfly elements so perfectly, and it sounds like you had fun making it too!

Big hugs, Kat xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

Beautiful Sarah!! I just love butterflies and that background paper is wonderful! Love that you used a tag for your sentiment and the embossed design is so lovely! Really stunning card! hugs :)

Helene E said...

This is so lovely! Thank you for playing along with us at Allsorts this week and good luck!

brenda said...

A lovely creation for our butterfly theme Sarah, thanks so much for joining in at Allsorts this week.

B x

Annette said...

Very good advice! Lovely card Sarah.
Hugs
Annette
xx

Asha said...

Gorgeous! You stepped out with confidence. Well done, Sarah!
xxx Asha