Friday, June 15, 2012

Butterfly Wreath

Summer can officially begin for me:  the kids are finished with school today!  Yay!  What a complete relief.  I celebrated by taking a mini-nap ;) and then eventually got some stamping time goin'.  Life is GOOD!

(I spy a Cristabel hair!  Do you see it?  I didn't notice 'til just now.)

Oh, where to begin??  Let's start with that gorgeous sentiment.  It's by 'Inspired by Stamping', and I just love it.  It is nice and big, and stands on its own beautifully.

There are three challenges I've combined:



I liked the shape of that flower, and substituted a wreath.  I see pearls on Joy's card, and I've got those.  The intricate cutwork on Joy's card is echoed in the soft polka dot pattern on my card.


See the shimmer on those butterflies?  I punched out a bunch of them, and painted them with these colors -



An interesting thing about these awesome paints is that they are very sheer, so you can build the color if you wish.  I put two coats on each butterfly.  And it dries in a wink, too.

Yesterday was my 14 YO's graduation from 8th grade.  I'm so proud of her!  After dealing with her personal struggle last year, she had a really good school year and I thank God for her health.  Here she is right after yesterday's celebration:

Love my girl!!  So proud of you!

Oh!  Don't forget about my giveaway!  There's still time to enter for a chance to win a copy of Paper Crafts Magazine July/August issue. (I have a card published in this issue!) Be sure to leave a comment on THIS post to be entered.

Thanks for dropping by!



Dimensions:
Stamps: Big Notes II - Inspired by Stamping
Paper: white - PTI; polka dot - retired SU
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko
Fibers: white seam binding - Zipper Stop
Other: Tanzanite, Denium, Green Olive shimmer paints - Creative Inspirations Paints; Royal Butterfly punch - Martha Stewart; pearls - Recollections and Queen & Co.; corner rounder punch - SU

32 comments:

Ardyth said...

Stunning card - the shimmery butterflies and how they fit together, the pearls - gorgeous! Congrats to your daughter (I see your grade 8s wear eyeliner, too - my daughter's 9 and I was hoping for a few more years before makeup, but it's looking unlikely!)

~Tammy~ said...

Gorgeous picture of your daughter! She looks great!

Your card is so fun! I love to paint too! This turned out beautifully!

Joanna M. said...

Colleen, this is so pretty! Congrats to your beautiful daughter on graduating! She's gorgeous! :) Hugs, J

Emily Keaton said...

A HUGE congrats to your DD!! She looks so beautiful, all graduated and looking natural with those gorgeous roses among some elegantly pretty damask (of course!) pillows!!! You have every right to be proud. :D

This card is delightful, Colleen! (even with the Cristabel hair! I spied it) I think you slam-dunked those challenges ;). That's a great sentiment stamp. I need one that says "Wishing you a wonderful day!" That's the verse I'm always wishing I had to stamp on the insides of my cards, 'cause it works for birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day, anniversaries and I know I'd use it all the time. I just don't have anything like that!
So if I can't find a "wonderful day" one, I'd *settle* for this one!

PS Is the fabric on those damask pillows Waverly? It looks familiar--if it is, I have like 5 yards of that fabric in my stash!!!

Robyn Oliver said...

Wow what a wonderful idea, Colleen I love it..are these pots of colour like Twinkling H2Os we can get in Australia..I love working with them

Robyn Oliver said...

Wow what a wonderful idea, Colleen I love it..are these pots of colour like Twinkling H2Os we can get in Australia..I love working with them

Annette said...

Congrats to your daughter... She is beautiful...


your card is just amazing...I love how you used butterflies to make the wreath...so clever..

Marisa said...

What a great idea for making a wreath - love it! Fabulous use of the CQ colours too :) A HUGE congrats to Hayley (sorry, I always forget what version her name is spelled in - ugh!) Grade 7 is our big grad as no middle school here. SO glad to hear she has had a good year!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Congrats to your DD~

Great wreath card - very good use of bfllies!

Martha H. said...

Your card is beautiful and very unique... Congratulations to your daughter.

Hugs,
Martha H.

Lisa said...

Ok...your card is beautiful...but it doesn't hold a candle to your daughter...EEEK what a BEAUTY she is Colleen!!! You have every right to be proud. Give her a BIG congrats from me. Oh what the heck throw in a big hug too!

And I DO mean your card is beuatiful ;)

Anonymous said...

Fun card - that paint looks like fun especially those colors. I really like the wreath with the pearls inside. The sentiment is really cool. I didn't notice the hair until I saw your note!

Congrats to your daughter - she has had quite a year. I don't envy her starting high school though. I can safely say, those were the days!

Chris R. from Iowa

Stephenie said...

Congratulations on your daughter's graduation!! The time flies by fast so continue to enjoy them!! LOVE your butterfly wreath...I will definitely have to do this. Thanks for the idea!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHHHH! Your daughter is BEAUTIFUL! LOVE that photo of her! Congrats on graduating 8th grade!

Your card is FAB! I LOVE the painted butterflies--I will have to see about getting some of those paints;)

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful and strong daughter you have! Incredible for a girl her age to be so strong and overcome her disorder and want to share it with others.

Gorgeous and clever card! Love how you used butterflies for your wreath....might be casing tht oon =)

Sylvia said...

Beautiful card, Colleen, love the butterfly wreath! Congrats to your daughter! Thanks for joining us this week at the ColourQ and sharing you card.

Loli said...

Hola colleen... oh my friend what happy i am for to read about your very brave young girl, i have think in your daughter many times, i´m very touched with your link post in her school, i´m sincerely glad for you, fantastic card for commemorate this happy mommnet.
Fantastic card your butterfly wreath, clever and elegant card as always.
A warm hug from Palma

Bumblebee said...

So beautiful, I love to see wreaths made from other interesting punches or dies! Loving the colours too, just up my street!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Congratulations to Haley!!! Oh she looks absolutely beautiful and so healthy! A testament to the power of prayer. You should be so proud. She is very lucky to have you and your husband as parents. I am so thrilled for all of you!

Your wreath is just the cleverest thing I ever saw. How cute to use a butterfly punch that is so cute. I love it. Hope your dear Husband has a wonderful Father's Day.

Bear Hugs,
Carol

Kara said...

So unique!!Thanks for joining us at the ColourQ this week!Great card!

E.T. said...

First of all, your daughter is gorgeous!!! Congratulations to her!
Your card is beautiful, i love that cool blue!

Stella said...

Perfect card; proud mum and a priceless pic of your daughter.I love a post like this! I hope you all will have a terrific summer!

And a fab weekend:)
XX

Sue Lelli said...

First, what a BEAUTIFUL year for your daughter! She looks so healthy and happy! Congrats to her! Second - how CLEVER to make the wreath out of butterflies! And I LOVE the multi pearl center! FAB post, Colleen!

Teresa Kline said...

congrats to your daughter, she is gorgeous! Your card is adorable...luv the sweet wreath!

enjoy *~*

Bonnie said...

What a fantastic idea to make a wreath of butterflies, Colleen! And the pearls filling the center is another awesome idea! Way to go Haley! What a beautiful young lady!

yyam said...

this is soooo pretty! Love the butterfly wreath! :)

Pauline said...

Wow! What a fabulous card Colleen, I love these perfectly placed butterflies, to create this very eye catching wreath! I think we are going to see a few more of these around blogland soon! I'm so going to try this, such a fab idea!
Congrats on your girl too, she looks so happy!
And congrats on your publication too! Well done!

LeAnne said...

Wow, a butterfly wreath is an awesome idea---and those colors are gorgeous! Congrats to your daughter--she is as beautiful as you are! Thanks for playing with us this week at the CQC!

Aimes said...

Wowzers! What an awesome way to create a wreath!
Thanks for studying with us on CASE Study this week! :)
Hugs!
x

Benzi said...

Beautiful card, gorgeous daughter. I love that sentiment, too. The font is super.
I know you are so proud of your daughter and so thankful for her good health.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

wow, this is a stunning card! The colors, the design, just gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for the beautiful inspiration! And congrats on the card being published, I have that magazine so I'm going to go find yours!
Lisa

Jinny Newlin said...

This is ever so unique, Colleen! LOVE how you're using those paints! And congratulations to your girl! She'll be off to college before you're ready. Sigh. I don't look forward to my kiddos growing up.

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