Monday, July 16, 2012

Three butterflies

The challenge at Less is More is to use the number three - three stamps, three images, three somethings. . . .  I'm sure I'm not the only one to combine this challenge with sketch 199 at Clean and Simple stamping.

I took the sketch literally and used butterfly stamps.  I started out with Hero Arts designer butterflies.  I was trying out different color combinations when my favorite butterfly broke while cleaning it!  Has this ever happened to anyone before?  It was so sad.  I love that butterfly and I wasn't cleaning it that vigorously, merely wiping some ink off!

At any rate, I switched over to Martha Stewart doily lacy butterflies and used just one color, Brilliance Mediterranean blue, for a classic blue and white card.  I cut my card narrower than usual and combined one larger butterfly with two smaller.  I added a PTI sentiment from damask designs and some bling to each butterfly, making this card also fit the One-Layer Wednesday challenge to create a one-layer birthday card with bling.



I've just returned home again from another short trip, this time to the beautiful Oregon Coast with my two daughters, my mom, and my mother-in-law.  It's a lovely tradition for my girls to have these memories with their grandmas.  And so lovely for me to come home to such friendly comments on my blog.  Thank you for your visits and your kind words.

Ann

The Beautiful Oregon Coast:

Sketch 199:


Supplies:
Paper: PTI white
Ink: Brilliance Mediterranean blue
Stamps; Martha Stewart doily lace butterflies, PTI sentiment
Other: bling from stash

21 comments:

Ardyth said...

Gorgeous card to combine all 3 challenges! Love those butterflies! Sorry about your stamp - I've mostly ripped them taking them off the original backing plastic, never cleaning them.

Judy1223 said...

Ann, your card is beautiful! I've never had a stamp break...was it old? I do love these MS butterflies, though...so pretty! Thanks for sharing pics from the Oregon Coast, too...I've never been there but it sure looks beautiful! What a nice tradition...I'm sure your daughters will tell their daughters stories about these trips some day....how wonderful!

Katina said...

Stunning card Ann - really love this! Will have to CASE this soon!!
xx

shirley-bee said...

This is gorgeous, Ann. I love the monochrome colour scheme, down to the matching bling!

Carol said...

Beautiful butterflies! Love the bright blue color!

Anne Hayward said...

Love blue and white. It is so clean and crisp. Love it!

librariane said...

Pretty! I did a butterfly theme for OLW, too!

lostinpaper said...

Great challenge combo! Love your choice of colour and those butterfly stamps are so sweet!

Rosemary said...

beautiful card, ann! those butterflies are so pretty! thanks for sharing your beautiful photos of the coast!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Beautiful CAS card, Ann, perfect for all the challenges! I'm so sorry about your butterfly stamp! A good head's up to the rest of us to be extra, extra careful!

Thanks for sharing your tender story of the trip to the Oregon coast (heaven!) with the grandmas.

Viv said...

Such a gorgeous card Ann :) Viv xx

onecraftymama said...

NOOO! Broken butterfly :( I've ripped them taking them off the original backing, and I've had sentiments finally tear while cleaning (older, cheapie ones, used MANY times). Very sad & strange - Hero Arts is such an amazing company, though, that I wonder if you wrote to them & told them what happened, if they might replace it? Worth a shot.
I love the card with the blinged bodies & the blue just pops against the white!
An all girls vacation tradition sounds like a wonderful thing - not just for your girls but for all of you :)

Marrigje said...

Lovely card.

Marrigje

Chrissie said...

This is absolutely beautiful Ann... what a delicious shade too!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Deanna said...

Beautiful Card love the color!

Bonnie said...

What could be prettier than 3 blue butterflies!

Susan said...

Beautiful butterfly card, Ann. I love the color you've used and the addition of the bling is perfect. I've never torn a stamp cleaning it, but I've torn quite a few just trying to get them off the acetate they come on...ruined some, but most can be "pushed" together and I can still use them.

Mandi said...

Beautiful monochrome card Ann
Gorgeous butterflies
Thanks very much
mandi
"Less is More"

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Fabulous butterfly cards Ann, they are soo pretty:0) Looks like you had a wonderful time gorgeous photographs. Lovely memories, Gay xxx

Roxie said...

Beautiful card, love the blue!

Barb said...

I love these! Awesome takes on the sketch :)