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Friday, 8 August 2014

Butterfly Butterfly... - Saturday 9th August 2014

Good Morning Friends,

Thank you all for popping over and leaving a comment on Sam's blog on Tuesday, well I think you know how much I appreciate your comments on my posts both here and there! I was feeling guilty that most of you were leaving a comment on Tuesdays both here and on my actual post, which is why I just put the link this thank you! I think that particular card was a real labour of love, I absolutely had so much fun creating it. It had been a while since I had used acetate in that way and I actually wondered why had it been so long... I was quite chuffed when Sam said it had her rushing for the acetate!

All my samples have been packed up and sent to Sam now for her shows on Create & Craft on 16th August.

Have you all had a good week? We have had a 'busy' one...I am very wary that September is looming and for some incredibly mad reason (so mad I don't even know why), I have landed myself with organising three events in the first two weeks of the month at work - what I would do without my wonderful volunteers at the moment I have no idea! It's all very well having this ideas but all the work in publicising  them and then hoping people will come is quite stressful.

We are also on holiday later in the month of September(I think we'll need it as Tom has been working harder than ever!)...not going far this year (to think this time last year I was getting so excited about seeing my family in California again!!): the kitchen is being fitted and I'm sorry, but everyone keeps saying 'ooh lovely, bet your excited about that' - well I'm not, I'm really not!:)

Tom had to go to London for two days this week, so I did some late night crafting, working on designs for our next workshop...more of that today. I also spent a little bit of time out in the craft barn (should call it 'hut' really!) doing a bit more painting. I am so pleased with the way my Halloween Lantern is shaping up, but I am going to hold off until at least mid-September to post it! 

I did actually intend to do a lovely visit to everyone's blog Tuesday night, but I couldn't comment on quite a few, same on Wednesday. I thought it was an internet problem, but other sites were fine, so it must have been blogger...I ended up catching up with Pinterest instead, I hope I am up to date with you all now!

Today's card is a butterfly card I made for Paola, who is a family member and very dear friend (we got on from the first time we met so many years ago), she is just the most lovely person.

 I brayered the card to create the background using Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon distress inks. The leaves are a stamp by Clarity, which I coloured with a water brush using mica powders. It is actually so much more shimmery than the photo shows.

The butterfly is by Lavinia and was again coloured with distress inks and micas.

The inside of the card:-

Inside I stamped the butterfly off the card and added a sentiment from a set by Dreamees

Here is a photo of Tom and I with Paola (next to me) and her daughter Ilaria, at Tom's uncle's restaurant in Vicenza, Italy a few years ago

That's it from me today...I have already spent over an hour giving the coop it's weekly 'deep clean' honestly, they are cleaned out every day and get a thorough clean every week...more than the house gets, lol...speaking of which I now need to do that dreaded housework before I can craft!

Love and Hugs
Carole  X


  1. Such beautiful vibrant colours on this lovely card Carole. Hugs Christine xx

  2. Hi Carole, love the family pic, gorgeous friend you this stunning card, brilliant colours ...♥aNNie

    The Journey is the Start

  3. Hi Carole,
    I must try and remember to tune into C & C to watch, to see your cards.
    This card is stunning. I love all the fab colouring of the background, and the superb butterfly stamped image.
    As you may know I do love butterflies, and owls, and you have made some really super cards of them both.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  4. Carole your butterfly creation is just stunning. The colouring is amazing. Such a lovely pic of you two with your friend and her daughter.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  5. Stunning card,love that fantastic butterfly, colours and brilliant design.
    Have a wonderful weekend,

    Patricia xx

  6. It sounds like you have a really busy period coming up! Your card today is really beautiful, I love the warm colours and the gorgeous butterfly.

    That was a lovely comment by Sam, I did notice it. I look forward to seeing some of your samples on C&C now, Sam's shows are always worth watching, even more so now! Hope you have a relaxing weekend. Hugs, Anne xx

  7. I noticed Sam's comment as well and hoped it sent your buttons to busting! : ) You deserve to be proud! your projects are wonderful.

    I love the card you created for Paola the color is eye popping! : ) But above all I especially love the photo. What a jolly looking bunch : )

    I will be thinking of you making your arrangements and hoping you do not get too stressed out.


    1. Thanks Patti, Paola was one of the recipients of a very special scarf too and she loved it - you can tell from the photo that she is a typical, elegant Italian, I knew she would love it! Hugs XX

  8. Morning Carole.
    Stunning card. love it, so vibrant.

  9. I'm so happy for you, Carole! You deserve the recognition! Your card for Paola is so rich and beautiful! And I love how you did the inside, too. She will treasure this, as I'm sure she treasures your friendship in return! Have a great weekend! Don't forget to breathe! Hugs, Darnell

  10. Both of these are lovely, especially love the fussy cut butterfly on the first one! ~Diane

  11. Hi Carole, loving the butterfly card, gorgeous colours.
    You all look very happy in the photo. Must remember to watch out for the C&C show on the 16th.
    Thanks for your kind comments about my recent post.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

  12. Hey Carole, sorry I have been a bit absent this week...its been like that - ugh! I love your card, very Autumnal. I managed to finish the sewing on Sat - whoop whoop. I had bought some beautiful fabric when I was home in March to make a baby quilt for friends that were expecting. Fast forward 5 months, still no quilt made 5 days before I head home = mad frantic sewing on Friday and Saturday - honestly!! Cx

  13. Such a gorgeous card, I really love the autumnal colours! The butterfly is beautiful.