Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Butterfly Challenge - Guest Designer Post

Had to use this meme since I am including my mini-bio today!!  lol...

Hi, Friends.....

I am very excited today to be the Guest Designer over at Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge! Butterflies and spring just seem to go together, don't they???

Mrs. A requested a little bio, so here's what I wrote up for her to use:

Hi, Friends! My name is Janis Woolbright and I blog at Her Peaceful Garden. My hubby and I live in rural N. Central Idaho in the USA. I am mom to two grown kids and grandma to one precious granddaughter. Currently, we have 5 chickens and 17 or so cats. (Whiskers kept jumping into my arms while my son was taking some photos of me for this bio, so I let her join me.)

I have been crafting in some fashion since I was a kid, but started rubber stamping around 30 years ago. That hobby mostly got put on hold while the kids were growing up and I was homeschooling. When I took it back up, what a surprise to see the transformation papercrafting had experienced!

I started blogging in 2014 and have really grown as a cardmaker.....learning from the projects that many of you reading this right now have shared. My sincere thanks to you all!! My style is pretty varied, but I like to think that two words describe my crafting: playful and experimental. I love making a mess with my supplies and trying new things. :)

Many thanks to Mrs. A for her lovely Butterfly Challenges and for inviting me to be a Guest Designer!!
The theme for the Butterfly Challenge this fortnight is: Butterfly + W is for Window &/or R is for Rose (the color). The color part was easy because I love pink and could use red-pink tones for it.....but the windows part had me a bit stumped. Then I remembered my DRS Designs - Small Stained Glass stamp and decided to dust it off and try it out.

There are several methods of using stained glass stamps....but, as you might predict, I chose the messy, goopy way which is sooooooo much fun!!!! Ha. I stamped my thrift store butterfly image on a generously-sized piece of white cardstock in Versafine - Onyx Black ink and then stamped my stained glass pattern stamp over the top of it. Next, I colored it all with my Spectrum Noirs. Then I smooshed Versamark over the entire image and dumped on some clear Ranger - Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel.

Oh, it has been many moons since I have played with my ooey-gooey UTEE! I am an alchemist at heart and this stuff is a mad-chemist crafter's dream!! I zapped the first layer of UTEE with my heat gun and then repeated the process until the entire panel was covered in a delicious, thick glossy coat.

[Note: Naturally, you want to do the heat embossing part of the technique before trimming your window to size so you have something to hang on to while your UTEE melts all over the place. Use a tool like a wooden clothespin (my preference) or tweezers because UTEE gets HOT!!]

After my panel was cool, I cut it out and bent it repeatedly to crackle the UTEE. Then I sponged Distress Ink in Walnut Stain over the cracks to give an aged appearance. It's subtle, but I think it adds to the look.

Other supplies used:
Spellbinders - Heartfelt Creations - Raindrops on Roses die set
Scraps from my stash

Sheer black ribbon from my stash

That's all for this post!  Hope you enjoyed this spring card. I can't wait to see butterflies fluttering around outside my windows! I hope you are inspired to play along with the Butterfly Challenge. Thank you, again, Mrs. A, for the chance to Guest Design. It was a lot of fun.


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Cardz TV Designer's Challenge #6 - Anything Goes
2. DL.Art - April Linky Challenge
3. Crafty Hazelnut's April Patterned Paper Challenge
4. Wow! Embossing Powder April Challenge - Favorite Embossing Technique
5. Penny Black at All Sorts April Challenge - Spring


  1. congrats to be Guest Designer !
    your pic is great!
    and your card is so nice!

  2. This is GORGEOUS! I can't believe I haven't played with my UTEE yet. So many projects, so little time!
    Congrats on being a guest designer (and on your win over at SSS)! Furry hugs!

  3. Congratulations on your Guest DT spot over on the Butterfly Challenge blog..... and what a wonderful card you've made for inspiration. The stained glass panel is stunning! xx

  4. Oh the stained glass is so pretty ................... Lis

  5. Such a pretty card Janis.I love the stained glass effect and the butterflies look so pretty. Thank you for sharing your card with us at Penny Black and More this month.


  6. Wow Janis, when I saw this card on Mrs. A's Butterfly challenge post I was floored!! What a creative approach to the butterfly/window design...and such a beautiful result. I couldn't figure out how you made that window, and thought that the stamp included the butterfly image on the stained glass. Now I'm even more impressed to see that you combined two stamps for this effect. Adding the UTEE must make it even more stunning in person. Love your bio and photo with Whiskers, and that Grumpy Cat meme also has me laughing!

  7. A very nice card, love the stained glass butterfly image. Thanks so much for sharing with us this month at Penny Black and More!

  8. Congratulations on your guest designer position. Fabulous card. It reminds me of a Tiffany Lamp or a window in a church. It's really pretty.

  9. Oh my goodness Janis, I didn'trealisejust how much work was involved in creating this masterpieces this is exactly what it is and I love it. Thank you for being my guest designer this challenge. Hugs Mrs A.

  10. Very pretty Janis. I bought some UTEE a few months ago but haven't used it yet:) (Ooops, another "must have" purchase that sit in wait...) LOL

  11. Congratulations on your guest Design Spot Janis. Your card is absolutely gorgeous. What a good idea to stamp another stamp over your butterfly and the utee looks great for a window. Beautiful and very clever. Barbxx

  12. Congratulations on being a Guest Designer! Very exciting! I absolutely LOVE your card with the stained glass look! It is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us at DL.ART Challenges!

  13. A really beautiful Butterfly creation, many thanks for joining us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  14. Lovely card. Thank you very much for joining our challenge at Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper.
    Hugs, Iwona


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