Sunday, 9 July 2017

Brown Butterfly

I don't know about you, but we seem to have far fewer butterflies than usual in the garden this year, despite the glorious weather. Even our Buddleia (the bush that I call "Eileen's Buddleia" as it was planted in memory of one of my Grapevine readers, at the request of her husband) has hardly had any butterflies visiting.

The least spectacular, but often most interesting, butterflies are the kind I refer to generically as "little brown jobs" and today's card is a tribute to all of those.

The image is stamped using an old Stampington stamp (the date on it is 2007) called Elegant Butterfly. I stamped it onto some vintage floral patterned paper then die cut a circle and distressed the edges with ink and an edging tool before mounting it on a brown doiley. I then stamped the centre of the image three more times and fussy cut the butterflies to use when finishing the card.

A stamped sentiment, vintage style ribbon, embossed card panel and more of the vintage paper are all distressed and layered together to complete the card.

I am sharing this with:
Watercooler Wednesday - Feminine Anything Goes 
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Sketch 

Cardz 4 Galz - Butterflies 
Mix it Up - Anything goes & Distressing
Country View Crafts - Things With Wings
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Craft Rocket Challenge - Anything Goes   
Love to Craft - Anything Goes


  1. Beautiful shabby chic card, love the colours. I think you're right about the butterflies, I wonder if it's due to the weird weather we've had this year?

  2. Oh, Jane, what a wonderful card! The layers of detail, the distressing, the colours, all add up to a beautifully created feminine vintage card. There is so much lovingly added detail that draws one into the card. You've really created a work of art. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  3. This is gorgeous Jane, such a fabulous vintage design - a beautiful card.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  4. Beautiful shabby chic card, Jane, love the design. xx

  5. Great take on the sketch Jane. I really like the shabby chic look of your card face and those wonderful brown butterflies. We seem to be having a shortage of them here this year too. It may have been all the rain we had this Spring. Dragonflies however are abundant. Thanks for sharing with us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  6. Love your vintage card. Butterflies working always fine - no matter in which style. Great project!

    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Craft Rocket and good luck! Hope you will join us next month again.

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  7. Hi Jane - wow - I adore this card - I love the vintage and shabby chic look and I know it takes a lot of skill to make these sort of cards look so good. I love all the little details and the colours - so very pretty and feminine - Thank you for joining in with my challenge at Watercooler Wednesday this week.

  8. Gorgeous card, very shabby chic

  9. Oh my gosh! This is the prettiest card - love love! Hugs, Autumn

  10. What a stunning card Jane! The butterflies are gorgeous and I love all of the vintage touches! Thanks so much for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz!
    Tammy x

  11. Gorgeous card, Jane! I love all the layers and those butterflies! Thanks for joining us this week at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

  12. A gorgeous shabby chic card Jane! I love all the layers and distressing. A really beautiful card.

    I've already seen a lot more butterflies this year than last. Perhaps they're all in the east midlands! Barbxx

  13. Wow what a fabulous card!!!! I adore the vintage feel of this card! So beautiful! Thank you for joining us this week at Watercooler Wednesday!

  14. Love the vintage shabby chic look you have achieved! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday.

  15. I love your design
    Thanks so much for sharing your creation with us over at the Crafty Creations Challenges Blog.
    Kristina DT

    Crafty Creations Challenges Blog
    Cards by Kristina

  16. Oh this is gorgeous, loving your colour combo.
    Thanks for joining us over at CRAFT.
    Jean xx

  17. Wow! The depth, the texture, the colors, the layers ... wow! Just wow! Your card is so pretty. I am so glad you shared with us at Cardz 4 Galz! - Chris, DT

  18. So beautiful card! Love the vintage style!!
    Thanks for joining us at Love To Craft! Challenge Blog! Hope to see you again soon!!
    Ann DT

  19. Love love LOVE these stamps, and your incredible creation, Jane! The distressing, vintage flavor, earthy color and marvelous textures all are lovely. So glad I got to see your masterpiece showcased at the Cardz 4 Galz Challenge. Thanks for joining in with your lovely artwork. Hope to see more of your pretty creations in our future challenge themes! Please check back to see if you have won a badge. Sending you wishes for a wonderful day!
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  20. Stunning card.
    Thanks for joining us over at LOVE TO CRAFT.
    Jean xx

  21. The shabby chic look is great!!
    Thank you for joining us at Craft Rocket challenge this month.
    Anila DT

  22. Wonderful tribute to the little brown jobs! Love it. Thanks for joining in with us at Country View Crafts.