Thursday 30 May 2013

Butterfly Squares

Tuesday was also Claire's birthday.  There are several connections between Claire's family and ourselves as her dad and my other half knew each other at university, were bestmen at each others' weddings and now we have daughters, Claire and our Elaine, born just over a week apart.  Claire's grandad used to drive milk tankers and sometimes collected the milk from my dad's dairy farm.  One day he took me on a short trip with him, from our farm to my uncle's farm, and I can still remember the strange sensation there was from the milk moving around in the tank behind us.  A few years later Claire's mum and I were in the same year and knew each other at secondary school.

This is the card I made for Claire's birthday.

There were lots of bits and pieces of patterned papers left over from making the boxes of roses cards using the Nitwit Collection Romance and Roses and I managed to make this card using some of them.  The layers in the four small square sections were cut using Spellbinders plain and scalloped square nestabilites dies.  After layering the first plain square on top of the scalloped square turquoise thread was wrapped around the corners.  The smallest square was then added on top using foam pads. 

Peel off butterflies were added on top of the smallest plain square.  After being attached to acetate they were cut out and the wings folded back before the bodies were glued on to the toppers using super glue.  I have to admit to carefully measuring out where the butterflies were going to go before I glued them on.

The sentiment in the middle was made using a stamp from the Stampin' up set Petite Pairs and their melon mambo ink.  It was then punched out and layered using their large oval and scalloped oval punches.  VersaMagic chalk ink in the sea breeze colourway was sponged around the edge of the sentiment and on the scalloped edges of the base card.

Stampin' up's marina mist and melon mambo cardstock were used along with their rose red grosgrain ribbon.  Only a few self adhesive blue pearls were the other embellishments.

It's a number of years since we last saw Claire but two weeks ago she was a contestant on the television programme The Cube being supported by her boyfriend, mum and dad and a friend.  It was lovely to see what a confident young woman she's become and her prize for the night was £10,000.  A nice little nest egg for a young couple saving for their own home or maybe a wedding as Claire suggested.  

Thanks for reading my ramblings today
Liz xx

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  1. Gorgeous Liz really pretty and feminine! I have just bought this Nitwit collection this morning and printed some off for a play! Susan x

  2. So pretty! Thanks for playing @ CTO!

  3. Gorgeous card Liz, great use of the scraps, hoard them too. Love the butterflies and design layout. Lovely post sharing your memories with us Liz. Carolxx

  4. Hello Liz what a pretty card , I adore butterflies, these are fab.
    Thank you for joining us at our :
    "Through The Craft Room Door" Challenge this time and good luck.
    Hugs Elaine DT.

  5. so gorgeous liz.fab pretty design and I love your butterflies ;D

    xx coops xx

  6. Beautiful card love the design and beautiful butterflies-thanks for joining the challenge at TTCRD
    Carol GD x

  7. Beautiful card! Thank you for playing along with my Flutter By Wednesday Challenge!

  8. beautiful card and great use of your scraps - thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft-Room...Esther xx

  9. Gorgeous card and love all the layers and beautiful colors. Thank you for joining us at Creative Moments. Abbie xx

  10. This card is extraordinary! Love the colors and the pretty butterflies - just a fabulous card. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Gingerloft Challenge.

  11. Hi, fabulous and beautiful card,
    thanks for sharing at Craft-Room Challenge, good luck;))m