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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Flutters

It is time to flutter again. We realize this is a busy time for everyone, so through the month of December, we are keeping our challenge simple -- open theme with the only requirement being the usual butterfly or fairy. This means you can create whatever you like as long as you add a butterfly or fairy to your creation.

This week we are fortunate to have a wonderful sponsor -- Di's Digi Downloads!
Di's Digi Downloads has offered a prize this week of a $10 voucher good at her store!!
 
I am like many of you in that this time of year is a busy one. I've spent the past week wrapping packages and making a list of gifts I'm still missing. Hoping one more shopping trip will finish up the buying part for us (we also have two grandchildren who have birthdays this month). Anyway, my lovely card today is a prime example of how we can make lovely items despite lack of time! Can you believe I spent less than 30 minutes making that beauty?
 
The front of my card is a decoupage project from a British cd. The page contains the main image and various elements that can be cut out and layered for a 3-D effect. After I printed off my sheet, I decided the image was lovely "as is" so decided I would only layer the two butterflies. I cut out the second image and using a dimensional foam dot, I adhered the duplicate butterfly to the page. I also took a small dot of regular glue and "flat glued" the bottom edge of the butterflies. This is a technique that I learned from a British crafter who goes by Debbie4000 on the web (http://debby4000.blogspot.com/). She is a fantastic decoupager who colors her own digital images and creates her decoupage elements from them for her cards.
 
I cut a piece of deep plum card as my card base and adhered the main image to the card. In addition to the raised butterflies, I added rhinestone gems to the centers of my flowers (round and teardrop shaped in various sizes depending on the size of the center). The sheet for this project included second images for some of the flowers, but I decided not to use them. The original image has such rich shadowing that the picture doesn't look "flat" and already has a depth to it. The addition of the gems, along with the two raised butterflies was all that was needed to make a beautiful, elegant looking card. My Hubs could not believe it when I walked out of my craft room less than 30 minutes after entering and announced that my card was made! He approved of the results -- and he would not have hesitated to tell me if he felt it needed tweeking, redoing or just plain pitching (grin)!
 
So there you have it. Now we'd love to see what you will share with us this week.

7 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous Jenee...beautiful card.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  2. This is gorgeous!! I love the 'old' feel to it! A good old... like 'A Christmas Carol' not old, old!! :)

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  3. Such a pretty card, I couldn't wait to pop over and read how you did it! Lovely, all of it...and it only took 30 minutes!
    :Dxx

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  4. So pretty. I love the rhinestone centers on the flowers. Elegant and gorgeous!

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