Sunday, August 23, 2015

Birthday and Thank You Butterflies...Muse Challenge #129, Pinterest Inspired Challenge #1

Hello once again!

Super quick visit as I need to get the back-to-work-what-to-wear thing figured out. Not that I ever dress up; rather, it's all about the temperature in the building and deciding on a layering strategy.  Anyway, two cards have patiently been waiting their photo-and-post dates, which I should have accomplished earlier, but I was frantically trying to make other cards. Work on the horizon and I'm suddenly even more craft-frenzied that normal! Craziness! I still have so much NBUS to use! I'm not ready for the summer to end!

Okay...two butterfly cards coming right up.  The first is for Muse #129, where talented, sweet Anita tempted us with this green/blue-gold-black delight:


Deciding what approach to take...definitely a challenge, but after few trials (and errors), I settled on this:


I've translated her stencil to green/blue flowers and leaves,  changed up her leaves for one gold and  one vellum butterfly and added, as she did, a sentiment in black.  The gold butterfly should be smaller, methinks, however...it is as is for now. Perhaps a reno down the road.

My second card is for the first Pinterest Inspired Challenge, with this funky floral piece to spark ideas:


My Altenew butterflies came out to play...


Okay, that's all for now.  I've fallen behind in commenting, AGAIN. Work/School starting, plus a couple more travel weekends will probably keep me preoccupied, but I'll do my best to get on track!  Thank you for continuing to visit me...I am truly blessed to have your support, encouragement and friendship!

Thanks so much for dropping by; your visit and comments add sparkle to my day!
Hugs,



23 comments:

Kim Hall said...

I really love the whimsical feel that you created on your card for the Muse challenge!

Carole said...

Two lovely cards Carol............great takes on the pics.

Jeanne said...

You had me at the butterflies! Beautiful cards, both of them. Adore the softness of the blending on the first one. Lots of luck as you head back to work and juggling it all. You can do it! :)

Ardyth said...

So ethereal and soft - love your take on the Muse, Carol! So glad you joined us this week!

Neets B said...

Two cards of pure butterfly gorgeousness! I love your delicate take on my card, the background is stunning in those soft tones and I love your butterfly duo. Thanks for playing along with me at Muse this week, Anita x

shirley-bee said...

I'm drooling over both of these!

KayM said...

Oh my goodness! These are both stunning Carol!! Wowza! That first one with the stenciling is so soft, pretty and just heavenly! The second with the outlined butterflies is equally lovely, but oh so striking!! You're on a roll! (( Hugs))

Geri said...

I honestly think that you were a butterfly in a previous life...you have that connection with what works with these beautiful winged beings! The first card IS INCREDIBLE! Oh my goodness - the background....speechless! The gold butterfly is perfect as it is! Smaller would likely been lost in the gorgeous backdrop!

Second card - another stunner! I took one look at this inspiration card and and pretty much ran away crying! You, my dear talented friend, stepped up to the plate and hit a Grand Slam! I love how you chose to leave a whole bunch of white space...something I never thought to do!

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

The texture on that black/gold butterfly on the Muse card is spectacular. That background stencil is gorgeous. I just love your wonderful take in the Pinterest inspired challenge - perfect take, and so Carol Mayne!! Love it.

Becca Cruger said...

You certainly are bustin' out those beautiful butterflies! Absolutely lovely, soft, and gorgeous creations! Congrats, by the way, on your win over at STAMPlorations!

Anita in France said...

Wow ... Carol, these are both incredible! Those soft, delicate sponged blooms are a perfect backdrop for your lovely butterflies ... and oh my, your take on the PIC inspiration ... simply beautiful ... and stunning! Hugs, Anita :)

Shelly said...

Oooh, BEAUTIFUL cards!! Love all the butterflies!

Kim S said...

You and flower stencils are meant to be together!! That soft look behind the butterflies is truly lovely. And I love your Altenew butterflies fluttering around the sentiment.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Just lovely, seeing those butterflies fluttering all over your cards! Both are beauties!

Asha said...

Oh my!!! Both the cards are fabulous!!! So bright and cheerful with a touch of whimsy.... LOVE LOVE LOVE!
hugs, Asha

~amy~ said...

Both of your cards are simply wonderful!

I have to dres in layers for work too. It can be 90 degrees outside and I'm wearing 5 layers inside!

Barb Ghig said...

Two really GORGEOUS cards, Carol! I'm so sorry for the delay in visiting you to let you know how much I love your Muse card! Your pastel stenciling in the background is stunning, and I love the whimsical way you stamped your Altenew butterflies on your 2nd card...sheer perfection, as always!

Greta said...

2 beautiful cards, Carol--love the softness!

Bobby said...

As you can tell, I've fallen behind in commenting AGAIN and I don't have a work excuse. Both of your cards have that soft feel to them, both in color and design. Such lovelies, Carol.

Marisa said...

Beautifully subtle butterfly bg on the first and love the ones on the second matching the colours on the Pin.

Petra Swart said...

Two stunning butterfly cards, Carol!!!! Love the soft sponged bg on the first card with the lovely gold and vellum butterflies and the Altenew butterflies on the second one is just fabulous!!! Both lovely cards!!!!

Taunya Butler said...

Love these - so beautiful and they flitted themselves right into my heart!!

Kylie said...

Wow, both cards are so amazing. The soft background of the first card is just so pretty and I love the colours and design of the second. You never cease to inspire!