Butterfly Basics for The Paper Players

The Paper Players are having a wonderful theme challenge this week: Clean and Simple Featuring a Flower.  I pulled out one of my favorite sets, Butterfly Basics, to create today’s card.  Enjoy!

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This card measures 4-1/4″ wide x 5-1/2″ tall when folded.

  • Soft and feminine! Stamps from the Butterfly Basics set, as well as the Speckles image from Gorgeous Grunge, were inked in Tip Top Taupe and stamped off in order to create the background panel.

  • Snip! Snip! Snip! The Flower image was faux water colored using Blender Pens, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz inks.  It was then snipped out with Paper Snips before being popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Although it does not show up in the picture, in real life these blossoms have a lovely shimmer courtesy of Clear Wink of Stella.

  • A bow and a butterfly! A cheater bow was fashioned from Blushing Bride ribbon to add a touch of texture.  And what could be a better finishing touch than a Perfect Plum butterfly?

In my haste to snap a few pictures of this card, I did forget to add pearls.  But rest assured that before I send it out, I will be adding a pearl or two!

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Good News

As several of you already know through emails we have exchanged, I received the results of Brody’s biopsies.  Neither lump was cancerous! Woo hoo!  His incisions are healing nicely.  Of course, it is so important to get plenty of rest, so he has been taking his fair share of naps!

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  1. Beautiful card! I love the background; so simple to make, yet so stunning! It provides the perfect backdrop for the fussy cut flower.

  2. Thankful to hear the good news regarding Brody!!! I know you are so relieved that it wasn’t cancer! I haven’t commented in a while but I just want to let you know that I continue to LOVE each and every card you share here on your blog!

  3. Yea, Brody! Good idea to rest up for your next big adventures!

  4. Hi Ann~ What a beautiful, peaceful card- The colors, the artful layering and that fabulous snipping! Just beautiful! This is still one of my favorite sets, too. I just used it to make two cards. So happy for Brody’s good news. The very best to all of you!

  5. Lovely card and colors. This is still one of my favorite stamp sets. Thanks for sharing Brody’s good news. So happy.

  6. Www, gorgeous p and beautiful card, love the touch of pink ribbon! As for Brodie, fabulous new Song! Yes, we all need rest to recover well and fast! Gentle Pat’s for him and hugs to you!

  7. Hi Ann! What a beautiful creation, so shabby chic! Love your collage style stamping. So glad to hear Brody’s good news, too! Always happy to see you playing along with us at The Paper Players!

  8. Love the card. Love the colors I am going to make one like this weekend. So glad Brodie is on the mend

  9. I love your color choice & just the card itself. Very nice!

  10. Your card is beautiful. The news about Brodie is WONDERFUL.

  11. Wow, Ann, this card is simply beautiful. What a serene color combo and just clean and simple enough. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players this week. Crystal, DT

  12. Chris R. from Iowa

    Gorgeous card – so darn realistic – you can almost catch the fragrance! I am assuming you have the lovely sunny day that we are having – 10 days was way too many gray days for me. Love the grunge. We made a get well card in card group the other night and I used lots of sneezy splatters on the background mat with the versa mark. Very subtle and made me laugh.

    Oh Brody, you are going to give your mom (and me) more gray hairs with your lumps! After your nap, you can ask your mom if you can go chase some squirrels. Have a good weekend.

  13. Stunning card, Ann! I will most probably CASE this beauty! Woot, woot! So very happy for Brody!!! Rest up, sweet baby, and heal quickly! Don’t give Mommy anymore scares! LOL!

  14. Another lovely card. So enjoy your cards. Great news concerning the doggie. Yah!

  15. Awwwwwwwwwwwwww so cute him sleeping. Yup get plenty of rest Big Boy!!!! Hugs to all the Boxers.
    Love your card Ann. I am surprised you can fit in any stamping with all you have on your plate. lol

  16. You amaze me with your paper snipping. Such a lovely touch of 3-D!

  17. Ann,
    This card is beautiful! This is one of my favorite stamp sets too. Thanks for reminding me to pull it out and use it.

  18. Beautiful card and like what you had done to the background.
    When I first seen your card; thought to myself, ‘The Queen of pearls’ forgot her trademark……..a pearl or 2 on her card.
    Such wonderful news about Brody.
    Brody, get your much needed rest and you will be up and romping around real soon.

  19. Awwww, I’m so glad Brody’s is doing GREAT , SHES SO CUTE , rest my fried ❤❤, and I love love love that beautiful card MsAnn, tfs,
    Hugs to all of you ❤❤❤❤

  20. Great news about Brodie! Another great card, Ann!

    Diane Gil

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