Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Butterfly Happy Birthday

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2017 Cat Lovers Hop
Oct. 23-28, 2017
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Hi, Friends....

I am here with a quick card for Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge where the theme this fortnight is Butterfly/ies plus A is for Any Shape (not square/rectangle) &/or Q is for Quartz...which can be nearly any color. So this in effect is almost an Anything Goes Butterfly Shaped Card Challenge. 

When I think of Quartz, I think of a sparkly white or pale yellowish-orange stone...like ocean sand. I  have native quartz rock in my yard.
Quartz chunks found on our property.
My son finds small chunks of it all the time as he is tending the property. He saves it in a little pile.  Perhaps we'll edge a flower bed with it sometime. Geologists have traced the quartz in our area back to the neighboring state of Montana. It was deposited across Idaho by glaciers some time back in history.

For my card, I used a sparkly DCWV pre-made card blank that I die cut with a scalloped circle die for the shape.  Oops...I cut it too close to the fold.  No matter.  I scored the back piece to fold open a half inch from the botched top and glued the tops together inside.  Problem solved!

I used a piece from my stack of marker refill water backgrounds.  I came to the sudden epiphany that these qualify as "smooshed"!   They are not smooshed in the more familiar way of adding ink to an acrylic block or craft mat, misting, and then smooshing.  Instead, they are smooshed because I misted the sheets of paper that were intensely colored and smooshed a fresh sheet of paper on top to allow some of the ink to transfer.  So...they are smooshed.  That's my story and I am sticking to it!!  :)

Since Quartz was one of the Butterfly Challenge elements, I wanted to go sparkly with my card. I chose a glittery card base, sparkly embossing powder for my sentiment, a butterfly sticker with holographic outlines, and a crystal flourish. Love how this card gleams. I had to actually photograph it in my own shadow to be able to show the details without it looking like one big sparkle!! :)
Supplies used include:
Sizzix - Circles, Scallop die set
Winnie & Walter - Scenery: Bigger Bang Confetti stamp set (limited edition, no longer available)
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Happy stamp set
Doodlebug - Mini Doilies in Limeade
Zva Creative - Crystal flourish

Hope you enjoyed my card today. Thank you for all your comments and encouragement. Hope your day is a delight!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly(ies) + A is for Any Shape (besides square or rectangle) &/or Q is for Quartz
2. Winnie & Walter WCMD 2017 Smooshing Challenge
3. Winnie & Walter WCMD 2017 Layers Challenge
4. Simon Says Stamp WCMD Challenge - Anything Goes
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #302-303 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
6. DL.ART October Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
7. Just Keep on Creating - October Anything Goes Link Up
8. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes #16


  1. Hi Janis you did indeed make it with a minute to spare. Thankyou so much for entering along. Your quartz element is superb. I've had to take photos in this way before now. What we do for our art!! Hugs Mrs A. p.s Off to run the numbers now.

  2. oh I would love to have racoon!
    its so cute!
    your card is so nice!

  3. Glad you got your beautiful card into the butterfly challenge because it's fantastic, Janis! As I'm married to a geologist, I also love your cool quartz collection!! Hugs, Darnell (My comment didn't disappear - YAY!!)

  4. Wow Janis!!! I saw this card on another challenge blog and had to come over for a close look. This is gorgeous in everyway and I love that you cut a scalloped circle shape from that sparkly DCWV card base. Great save on your cutting too, because there was no way you were going to toss that glittery yumminess! The butterfly sticker and that crystal flourish make it magical!

  5. So beautiful Janis, the butterfly looks amazing on it. Your quartz is so pretty, it would look lovely around a flower garden.

  6. Ooh this is beautiful! I love blue and green together and all the sparkle - wonderful! So cool you have Quartz in your garden! xxx

  7. A very pretty card, the butterfly is really pretty and really stands out.Thanks so much for sharing your creation at
    Anything goes October link-up, Just keep on creating
    Susan xx

  8. Thanks for joining in with the Winnie and Walter Layers challenge! Gorgeous card- love the movement created by the gems and the butterfly looks as though it's taking off! x


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