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9/12/2015

Butterflies & Arches....Belatedly

Good afternoon, and hope that your weekend is off to a great start. I spent the afternoon in a Misti class in one of our local stamp/scrapbook stores instead of visiting blogs today, as I had planned. Yesterday Mr. had some medical appointments so when we got finished, he suggested taking a ride up to this place, where he likes to have lunch when I shop. I knew about this Misti class, but had not intended to take it, as I wasn't sure how much would be covered beyond what I've learned from Youtube and my own use. DH found out about it, and thought I should attend. (Hmmm...remember how I said my planned schedule often goes astray. I'm easily coaxed too, so can't blame Mr. too much).

Anyway I did get some good tips, if I can remember them by the time I go to use Misti again.

Today's card was meant to be for the Butterfly Challenge, but alas, just discovered I'm too late with the Butterflies & Arches theme. It's already moved on to another letter of the alphabet. So here is what I had done with some snippets - intending to enter the A is for Arches challenge.

- Wplus9 Flora & Fauna I Butterfly...stamped on watercolor c/s with Versafine Onyx black, heat embossed with clear EP. Colored with Zig watercolor brushes. I think this is my best w/c effort to date, as I'm pretty much rubbish with w/c techniques. Added some silver embroidery thread behind the butterfly, and adhered to a Brusho created snippet...where the outer area was used on another project. The silver thread doesn't show up all that great behind the window, though.

- white background embossed with a Couture Creations EF. MBox window die for the American Crafts copper glitter paper (has a very thin backing, so easy to die cut. Some of the glitter papers have such thick backing that they do not cut well for me). Mounted with foam over the butterfly.

- MS twig punch from green snippet  and SU punch, MS punches for the butterflies, also from Brusho snippets. Some pearls added to dress up these punch-outs and that's it.

I'm several days behind on comment visiting, so not going to jump over to the Snippets Playground (week 193 has closed anyway!). However, anytime you have some leftover bits used on your cards, DO check out the link and play along.

There's also a NBUS Challenge #5 going on...which I have been trying to find time to play along - this card has a NBUS butterfly. I'd jump over there, but I need to do some serious catchup first!!! If you can join in, there's guaranteed fun along with PRIZES!

And for heaven's sakes, don't forget about all the Challenges going on over at Happy Little Stampers. There's still time to enter some or all of these.  Kylie has some nice stamps, with a new release available soon. She has worldwide shipping too.

Have a lovely afternoon, and thanks for poppin' in. I'm off to do some blog surfing before it's time for Saturday night pizza! Big Hugs!

42 comments:

  1. Also I today wanted enter in the Snippets Playground week 193, but ithas closed...
    Your arch card is just gorgous! Love the butterfly and the arch, stunning and colourful work!

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  2. Spectacular coloring Mary. I just sat and stared at that butterfly then enlarged it to see it better. Excellent. Love the card.

    Love, Hugs and Blessings
    Jim

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  3. Hi sweet girl! I will be emailing you anyhow but want to say just how gorgeous this card is! And DO please link up to the newly opened Playground - the gates opened 20 minutes ago!!

    Love and hugs

    Di xx

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  4. This is absolutely gorgeous, Mary!! I love the beautiful butterfly!! The background looks amazing!! The details you added are perfect!! What a stunning card!! I finally ordered a Misti...can't wait to try it. If you have any good tips, I'd love to hear them!! Have a great evening :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  5. I've been several months behind commenting, so don't feel bad! We've now moved back to SC and very happy!

    This card popped up in my feed and I said, whoa!!! Just stunning, love that arched window and the butterfly is stunning..beautiful layout!

    Hope all is going well!

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  6. What a beautiful card Mary! That butterfly looks so real, I expect it to flutter on by the arched window you created! Wonderful coloring and I love the sparkly arch too! You've really created a beauty this time!

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  7. Oh gosh Mary this is lovely and would definitely have been a top 3 for me!!
    I love, love how you have coloured the butterfly. I have that stamp too. In fact the packet has never been opened and used so I can flutter over to Darnell's and play along. I bought the set because of the Red Cardinal in it.
    Iv'e already been over to Di's to play. Hugs Mrs A.
    p.s. You still have a week and bit to stick some yarn on a card! A bow is all you need to do.

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  8. Beautiful card! I love the colors and the wonderful butterfly.

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  9. Stunning Mary! love the monarch butterfly scene....

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  10. So very pretty! I love your coloring with the Zigs - it's wonderful! Also love the Brusho background behind that gorgeous butterfly. Absolutely stunning card!
    You'll have to pass on all the tips you learned in the Misti class now! Sounds like it was probably fun.
    Lynn

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  11. Wow! This is stunning! Beautiful card, Mary! Love everything about it!

    Please tell us all about what you learned in your Misti class - I've asked for one for my birthday next month!

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  12. Stunning creation Mary.That w/c butterfly is amazing! Well done. Love the window idea too with the brusho background and little butterflies. So much detail and texture. I ordered a Misti last week and three days later a foam stamping and piercing mat arrived! I don't know how that happened. Anyway I looked back at it and figured for what I was going to use it for a repositioner would suffice - so maybe I don't need it afterall! Am I missing something?

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  13. A beautiful butterfly fluttering in the window Mary, such a lovely and eye catching design, just love anything with butterflies.

    Hope you have a good Sunday.

    B x

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  14. That's a stunning butterfly image and a beautiful card.
    Lorraine

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  15. I think your water colors skills are just fine. You have created a gorgeous card here with that beautiful, vibrant butterfly in flight. Just a sweet image. Enjoy your day.

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  16. Fabulous designed creation...LOVE the colours and image .xx
     {The Journey Is The Start  aNNie  my personal blog}

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  17. beautiful card Mary, I like the window, the stunning butterfly in the window and the other butterflies
    Kevin xx

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  18. Beautiful card!! Love that butterfly

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  19. This is gorgeous Mary and lovely detailed touches with the die cut brusho butterflies and the MS punched foliage with the beautiful glittery arched window, and the background and butterfly behind the arch is so pretty. Glad you enjoyed your Misti tutorial too. x

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  20. Beautiful card! Your coloring is fantastic and I love the little butterflies and the bits of foliage. ta ta for now, Kathy

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  21. Wow, that butterfly is stunning, Mary ... it's so beautifully coloured ... and looks gorgeous with the shimmery frame! Hugs, Anita :)

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  22. Fab card.

    Hope you are having a nice weekend.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sue

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  23. Mary, this is your best card ever. I love it. The colors are bright and vibrant and I love that arch window. The greenery and little butterflies are just gorgeous. I feel like you do when I take a class. Will I remember it when I get home!

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  24. Mary I love the arched window and looking out to see butterflies is my pleasure daily ( not that I have arched windows) This is a beautiful card........Lis

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  26. Oh my goodness Momma Mary, this card is just beautiful! Sorry you missed the butterfly challenge before the doors closed. You did a fabulous job watercoloring your butterfly with the Zig's. I also love that silver thread behind the butterfly. I haven't tried doing that yet. Love your beautiful window too, the smaller butterflies are so pretty along with the greenery. Yep, this is one beautiful card! Now I'm anxious to hear what you learned about the MISTI. lol Hugs, Brenda

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  27. Beautiful card, love the butterfly behind the window and the lovely die embellishments, pretty colours too.

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  28. Hello Mary, what a gorgeous card, beautiful design with the arched window and the butterfly is absolutely beautiful, glas you enjoyed your class, Kate x

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  29. My email is rutabagapiedesigns at gmail dot com You can email me there. I'm about 2 hours from Greenville, I am driving that far to meet the other ladies. I don't scrapbook either, I thought I'd sit and color images for the day :)

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  30. Beautiful card Mary. Love the bright blue background which really shows off that gorgeous large butterfly.

    Mr. is pretty wonderful to convince you to take a class while he patiently waits for you. Now that is LOVE! :) I need some Misti tips, so if you want to pass some along, that would be much appreciated!! xx

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  31. Stunning card Mary, love the window and butterflies, gorgeous colours on the large one..
    Hugs Pam x

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  32. Wow! What a wonderful card! From the watercolored background to the beautiful butterfly to the glittery, arched window! Absolutely lovely!

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  33. This gorgeous butterfly is so pretty against the Brusho background! You have found your groove with the watercolors! With your excellent coloring skills, I can't wait to see you bloom with the watercolors!

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  34. Now that is more like a proper butterfly and I can honestly say, I like it, pity you missed the deadline with this really lovely card.

    Take care Mary.

    Kath x

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  35. Mary, this is amazing!!! One of my favorite cards I have seen you make!!! Lovely! Hugz

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  36. Gorgeous card, Mary. Don't you just hate when you wait to long to post and you are late for the challenge. I love the card design with the window frame and butterfly. I'd love to have a Misti and asked for one for my birthday. I don't know of anyone around here that actually sells them. But I'll keep looking for a goof deal. Have a wonderful week!

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  37. What a gorgeous card you have here Mary.

    Glad you enjoyed your Misti class.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  38. It looks wonderful Mary, stunning butterfly, you are always so good at different techniques, you have a flair, you must pick things up really quickly as all that you make always looks so professional, lovely work!

    As for our weather, (yet again) it's absolutely throwing it down, looks like someone's 'unzipped' the sky and it's all fallen out! LOL it's running down the road like a river, AND we've just put the fire on in our lounge, I'm frozen!!
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

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  39. This beautiful Mary, such a fabulous design.
    Pauline
    x

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  40. Wow love your coloring of the butterfly. The card is beautiful.

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  41. Hi Mary - I am way behind too - but so glad I popped in here and saw this gorgeous card.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  42. So beautiful Mary....I love your gorgeous butterfly and as always, your coloring is amazing.

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