Sunday, April 7, 2013

Butterfly Thanks Tag

We're home after several excellent days in Bend, followed by a couple days' visit with my husband's family.  Weather-wise, we were spoiled to sunny days, warm breezes, leaves budding on trees, and orchards flowering the first blush of blossoms - all heralds of Spring's arrival.  Today, back in our mountain town,  we're enveloped in what we fondly call 'warm winter' - gloomy skies, snow (yes...make. it. stop. NOW!), blustery winds, and 'reasonably' cool temperatures.  If the opposite of home-sick' is 'away-sick,' then I'm officially afflicted!  Oh well, perhaps the ickyness is a reflection of the reality that Spring Break is over and the return to 'routine' is imminent (I rather like routine, most of the time...).

My day, however, had an abundance of 'sunny' moments:  we arrived home safely (yayyyy!!); we're unpacked and 'de-biked'; a roast is simmering in the oven; Mad Men season opener is on TV; a glass of wine awaits...and I had time to make a card!  Simple blessings - and I'm thankful for every one!  After introducing my new Bend crafting purchases (Spellbinder circles, new ink, miscellaneous adhesives) to the rest of the 'family,' I settled down to try my hand (and focus my rather bleary eyes) at combining two challenges: Paper Smooches SPARKS Trend Watch Challenge, with a butterfly focus (I LOVE my PS Flap Happy set!), and CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #22, featuring Karolyn Loncon's sketch. 
Here's my combined challenge card: 

While I like the colours and patterns in this pad, my 'stash' needs some 
vibrant blues and purples.  Oh, the wish list just grows and grows...

Thank you for dropping by, and please know that your comments are welcomed and appreciated, deeply!
Wishing you a week filled with flowers, butterflies, blessings - and SPRING!!



  1. Gorgeous patterned paper throughout and fabulous paper piecing! Thanks so much for playing with us @ CAS(E) this Sketch!

  2. Love the fresh spring colours and the clean feel! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CAS(E) This Sketch this week!

  3. Glad you're home safe & sound, Carol! We've spent many happy times in Central Oregon--just about 3 hrs from us. Vacation must agree with you as you've made a really pretty card! Perfect for both challenges!

  4. What a beautiful card--LOVE LOVE LOVE those papers with the butterflies!! FAB! THANKS so much for joining in the fun and playing along with the Trend Watch: Butterflies Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge last week! Hope you visit the blog and try our sketch this week:) <3

  5. So pretty and summery, love the colours and the patterned paper :) Thanks for playing this week at CAS(E) this Sketch!

  6. Such a great card, Carol! Butterflies and flowers make me happy! Especially on pretty cards that also include perfect stamp and patterned paper choices (as always!)! What's not to love?!!