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Welcome! This is the place where I share my artsy and crafty projects. I am an evolving artist these days ... finding myself enjoying less of the cards and mini albums that I have made for years, and turning to art journaling and more artistic endeavors. I have always enjoyed some craft or other, and some of my earliest memories of my mother helping me make paper dolls and other crafts. I am now in my 60's and finding myself more passionately enjoying creating beautiful things and learning new skills and techniques and products.

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Daring Cardmakers ~ The Darlin Bugs of May!

It's time once again for the Daring Cardmakers 'dare' of the week.  The dare is to make a card that showcases bugs or insects, including (but not limited to) ladybugs, butterflies and dragonflies.  When I was looking for an image to use, I found this one that I really LOVE, and knew immediately what papers I would use with it!  And I have to say that I really LOVE this card!  Here is my take on this week's dare . . .

Here are all of the details . . .

The Blueprint:  Make a card featuring bugs, insects, etc.

The Supply List:

  • Base Cardstock is from The Paper Studio Cardstock Stack 'dark'
  • Green floral patterned paper is Graphic 45, Times Nouveau Collection 'Hey You'
  • Yellow checked patterned paper is My Minds Eye, Stella and Rose Collection, Gertie "Friends Forever" Tapestry Paper
  • Image is from clipart software
  • Sentiment is from SRM Stickers 'Happy Birthday'
  • Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist
  • EK Success Foam Dots
  • Beacon 3 in 1 Advanced Craft Glue
  • Stickles 'platinum'
  • Jute twine is from my stash
  • Singer Quilters Pin with butterfly head (see more below)

  • Cricut Expression and 'Walk In My Garden' cartridge
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter
  • Glue Glider Pro from Glue Arts
  • Craft Knife
  • Computer and printer
  • Fiskars 'Apron Lace' Border Punch

The Construction:
  • Print image onto white cardstock using ink jet printer
  • Cut card base on Cricut using Walk In My Garden cartridge, card2 set at 5"
  • Cut green patterned paper on Cricut using Walk In My Garden cartridge, card1 set at 5", then adhere to base of card
  • Cut yellow checked paper to 5" by 3 1/2"
  • Punch edges of yellow checked paper with border punch then adhere to base of card
  • Apply sentiment sticker to yellow patterned paper
  • Trim image, mat on scrap of green cardstock
  • Add foam dots to back of image and place on card
  • Wrap jute twine around the card several times, then tie in a knot and trim ends
  • Cut yellow butterfly from extra copy of the image
  • Spray butterfly with Glimmer Mist and allow to dry
  • Glue butterfly to twine
  • Add Stickles 'platinum' to edges and body of butterfly
  • Stick butterfly pin into the knot in the twine (see instructions for pin below)

  • For butterfly pin:  Use a quilters pin with a butterfly head.  They are by Singer and come in a box with 5 shapes (see picture below) one being a butterfly.  Coat butterfly with Stickles 'platinum' on all sides and stick into something so it will be upright to dry.  Coat as many times as necessary (usually 2-3) to get it fully covered, allowing to dry between each coat.

I know that sounds like a lot, but it's really not a long process at all!  I want to thank you for the comments I've received on my tutorials.  It's nice to know that your efforts are appreciated, so thank you!

Please come back soon!  I've been making some other cards, too, and hope to have them posted on here soon!  Blessings folks!  Becky


Dolly Mixtures said...

This card looks beautifully rustic with the twine around the based. I am most impressed at the time you have taken over your tutorial. Nicely done.

Zuzana Obert said...

This card is stunning!I love the image, colours and the juta twine.Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us at DCM this week.

Zuzana x x

Amy Tidd said...

Stunning card!!!

Lynda said...

Fabulous card - thanks for joining in with us at Daring Cardmakers.

Lynda xxx

mamaluke said...

What a lovely card, and love the butterfly pin, so dainty.

Blueangel Crafts said...

Such a pretty card! I love the dandelion on the patterned paper.

Lythan said...

That digital image is fantastic and the twine is the perfect finishing touch. Thanks for joining in with the Darlin' Bugs of may challenge on Daring Cardmakers this week:)

Gail said...

A really gorgeous card.

Jo said...

gorgeous - the image looks perfect and I love the colours that you used

jo x

glitterangel said...

What a clever idea - and so effective!

Kathy said...

Your card is a work of art Becky - I love your glittery pin - great idea.
thank you for joining in with The Daring Cardmakers A Darlin' BUGS of May challenge.