Tuesday, 5 February 2013

A Kaleidoscope of Butterfly Snippet Cards

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all well and have not only had a wonderful weekend but also a not so bad Monday.  Belatedly, I'd like to welcome my newest followers - I hope you continue to find enough of interest in this blog to keep coming back whenever you can.

Apologies for not being around for a couple of days. I burst a a vessel in my right thumb and as I'm right-handed crafting activities have been limited. It was spontaneous and painful and I have absolutely no idea what caused it. Happily, it's fine now and normal service has been resumed.

Here's what I've been up to today.

Ever since I spotted Victoria's beautiful butterfly canvas on Pixie's Craft Snippets - Week 56 I've been thinking about using up the pile of mini butterflies, punched from the smallest of snippets, I have accumulated over the last year or so. After sorting them all out into colour families, this is what I've come up with.

All the card bases are small - the biggest is 3" square. Even the card used for layering came from the snippet drawer. Here, I've used the deckle edged blade that came with the trimmer to trim the topper layers. First time I've ever used it and now I can't think why this is so - the result is very nice.

Each butterfly topper is made up of two layers - a flat one, and a shaped one (fixed with glue gel to provide dimension). Here, the base butterfly is silver, above it's blue.

The base of these butterflies is plain pink. All the butterflies have been finished off with an embellishment down the length of the thorax. Here, it is opal liquid pearls, the two above it's crystal glitter glue and on the fourth card it's gold liquid pearls.

The base butterfly on this card is gold - I think this is my favourite :) There's a butterfly embellishing the inside  of each card ...

... and the back too.

Materials used:
bases: Kanban's tiny shaped card bases
matting & layering: scraps of card in various colours & gold mirri card 
butterflies: snippets of patterned paper 
Embellishments: Liquid Pearls - gold and opal, Stickles - crystal
tools: trimmer and deckle-edge blade, a tiny butterfly punch, glue gel

Of course, I'll be popping over to Di's to link this to Week 58 of her Snippet Challenge.

In comparison to Victoria's beautiful canvas ... well, there is no comparison ... but I'm chuffed with these sweet little cards and delighted to have found a use for all those butterflies. I've still got a heap of butterflies lying on the worktop but I think I'll keep them for now - they might come in for embellishing a scrap page or two.

Time for bed so I'll bid you all goodnight and happy crafting,


  1. What a wonderful idea. You have made some lovely cards and made good use of your snippets all in one go. You got a lot done here...the smaller sized cards are all the rage here!

  2. Pretty cards a great way to use up those small scraps too.

  3. Ouch, so pleased your thumb is better. My shoulder went 'just like that' too...hugs
    What a lovely selection of flutterby cards. I have a box full of small flowers, flutterbies etc, I really must get them out some time :o)
    Jackie xx

  4. What wonderful useful little cards. A marvellous way to use up all those little ends of paper. There will definitely be butterflies punched out here today.

  5. Aw Elizabeth l reckon that was painful hopfully its not too bad now as you have managed these amazing and beautiful cards they are gorgeous take care xx

  6. What a pretty way to use up left overs. I've been cutting swirls today using some off cuts, must dig out some smaller punches and see what I can do with the bits still left over!
    Karen xxx

  7. Glad your thumb has recovered, we can't have you out of crafting action! Gorgeous little cards Elizabeth, a lovely idea to use up little scraps and snippets. An inspiring post! Tracy x

  8. What pretty cards Elizabeth. Sorry I have neglected you recently, but I just could not get back to blogging whilst I was ill. Hugs Rita xx

  9. Ooooh, these are so pretty Elizabeth! Lovely flutterbys and a great way to use snippets.Love the punch you used!!

    Wondering if your trimmer is a Woodware one? I have the long one (over 12") and accidentally got cutting channel mats for the shorter trimmer - the T-400 it's called, they are 24cm long. If it's the shorter one and you'd like them drop me an email - otherwise I'll be asking if anyone wants them - free and for nothing - on WOYWW.

    Shame on me - I think I have almost every Woodware fancy cutting blade and rarely think to use them ;(

    Ack, your thumb sounds painful - glad to see you're back in action now!!!

    Hugs, Di xx

  10. So happy your thumb is better.
    Your cards are fabulous.
    Great idea for using up all the little bits!

  11. Hi Elizabeth what lovely cards and a clever way of using those'snippets'. Anne x

  12. these cards are all gorgeous! what a fabulous idea. I am so glad your thumb is better xx

  13. Oh Elizabeth! These butterfly cards are masterpieces. I love the way you colour co-ordinate each card.

    This is a masterclass in using up snippets!

    Hope your thumb improves quickly.

    Sarn xxx


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