Monday, 7 April 2014

The First Peacock Butterfly of Spring

Hello Everyone,

I hope it's been a lovely Sunday wherever you are and that your weekend has been fun. We've had rain for much of it which stymied my plans to get out into the garden and do a bit of weeding so I just had to take refuge in the craft room ... such a shame :)

I've wanted to join in with Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge since it was launched but what with one thing and another I just haven't had the opportunity ... that is, until today. The current challenge, entitled Spring Time At Last, is to use the colour yellow and, of course, include at least one butterfly. It's some time since I did any scrapping so I decided I'd make a page for the challenge, using three photos taken recently, all recording the start of spring here in Ayrshire.
I found the clump of celandines hidden away in a quiet corner of our garden - a quite unexpected delight - and the host of golden daffodils are growing on a grassy bank near Asda supermarket. But best of all is the Peacock butterfly - it was the first sighting this year and luckily it decided to take a rest in our garden long enough for me to nip upstairs and grab my camera. Here's a closer look.
Just beautiful!

For the page I've used a mix of pretty patterned papers from American Crafts - 5th & Frolic Laughter Lane and Crate Paper - Happy Day. The strips and the piece used for journaling were found in the snippet drawer ... the name of the designs are long forgotten but makers include BoBunny and K & Company.

For the three embellishment areas I added some strips of washi tape and then stamped leaves and flowers in green (VersaFine Olympian Green) and yellow (Memento Dandelion) inks to the top right and bottom left clusters. Stamps used: the leaf spray is from We R Memory Keepers Botanicals Cotton Tails, the tiny flowers are from Basic Grey, the arrow, pointing to the daffodils, is American Crafts Dear Lizzy, and the word 'Butterfly' in the title is from a Sheena Douglass Paint Fusion set.

I didn't have all the letters needed for the title so it's made up from a mix of alpha stickers - a combination of brown BoBunny Serenity and blue felt HobbyCraft for the main two words. Small green letter tiles from American Crafts Dear Lizzy and buff tiles from BoBunny Ambrosia for the smaller words.

Pebbles flowers, an American Crafts Dear Lizzy butterfly, and a mix of enamel dots from stash finish the clusters.

Because quite a few snippets got used up in this page I'm submitting it to Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 119 - my first visit to the playground this week.

This page is going to replace the winter one that is, at the moment, framed and hanging in our hall. Last year the pages were changed month by month but this year I think I'd rather record the changing seasons instead. Apart from anything else that means, that instead of making twelve layouts, I only have to make four ... much more doable methinks :)

I see it's getting way past my bedtime so I'll say goodnight.

Take care and happy crafting,


Marie-Louise said...

Fantastic page Elizabeth and such lovely photographs.

scrappymo! said...

I have never seen a peacock butterfly. They are beautiful!

Your layout looks great and i think it is a wonderful idea to change out the season and hang it on your wall.
I have spring double layout framed and hanging on the wall of my craft room
Perhaps I should do up a lyout of summer and then swap them out too.

I think you have given me a great idea to scraplift!

Sandra H said...

Simply gorgeous is this Elizabeth so lovely are the papers xx

Mrs A. said...

Hello Elizabeth and welcome to my challenge. So glad you have fluttered by with this lovely journal page. I love the idea of using different lettering to make up your words. We have had an abundance of peacock butterflies in our garden already this spring. I think the mild weather over the past couple of weeks has hatched them out early. Love the pictures of the flowers as your colour for the page too. Hope to see you play again. Hugs Mrs A. (butterfly challenge).

Di said...

Wonderful layout and what gorgeous photos you used too! I love the mix of letters, they work brilliantly!


Di xx

Jean said...

Wonderful page layout Elizabeth, and lovely photos.I thought it was too early for butterflies but I have seen a few in our garden already, like Mrs A says it must be the warmer weather that's brought them out.You were lucky that yours allowed you time to fetch your camera, I can never seem to manage that.
Jean x

Hettie said...

Gorgeous layout Elizabeth. Aren't you lucky to get a photo of the butterfly? If I ever try they just fly off, just as I am clicking the camera!

Carol L said...

Your beautiful spring layout makes me feel like spring is just around the corner now, and what a beautiful butterfly you discovered!!

Jackie said...

What a beautiful, colourful page, so full of the joys of Spring. How lucky to be able to take a flutterby photograph this early. I thought I caught a glimpse of one flying past the window yesterday but wasn't sure! :o)
Jackie xx

Sarn said...

Fabulous layout and lovely Spring photo's Elizabeth.

Hugs, Sarn xxx