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Tuesday 29 April 2014

CCM 115 - It’s A Bug’s Life (Insect as your Main focal point)

Our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers for the next couple of weeks is It’s A Bug’s Life. So we would like to see your main focal point as an insect, so butterfly, dragonfly, ladybird, bee etc.

We are sponsored both by Hobby Art Stamps with a gorgeous butterfly stamp sheet and also by Di’s Digistamps with £12 to spend in their lovely digi store.

CCM 115 Bug's Life

I started with a blank sheet of white card and with a clarity stencil and dylusions inks I created the background. I then stamped a huge (6”) butterfly from Elusive Images, now Chocolate Baroque, onto white card with versamark and embossed in white detail powder. I sprayed over it with more dylusions, and gave a swift wipe to remove the excess ink from the embossing as that, of course, repels the ink. When it was dry I added Glamour Dust to make the butterfly sparkle.

The Happy Birthday sentiment I diecut from the waste card and overspill of the orange spray at the bottom of the stencil.

I can see from the amount of bleed that has gone under the stencil that I need something to really stick the stencil to the card, so I have ordered some Stencil Tack and I will report back if it works without tearing the card, because quite frankly I used the guaranteed not to tear Imagination Crafts stencil tape and it ripped the card to shreds!  It also only held the stencil firmly in place around the outside, so would really only have been useful, had it worked, in protecting the edges!

I am entering this into the following:-

Addicted to Stamps – #81 Things With Wings
Cheerful Stamp Pad – #85 Use Embossing Powder
Craft Your Passion – #211 Up In the Air/Things That Fly
Crafting At The Weekend – #1 Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge – Things With Wings
Fashionable Stamping – #71 Flying Things
Quirky Crafts – #9 Something Beginning with the letter S (stencil for my background, stamp for my butterfly!)
Savvy Handmade Cards – Butterfly Photo Inspiration
Sisterhood of Crafters – Things with Wings
Susy Bee’s Bloomin’ Challenge – 26 Wings



  1. This is gorgeous Lin, love the colours and bold butterfly. I think you are being too hard on yourself it doesn't look like its bled from here! Hugs Susan x

  2. Fabulous card Lin I love the huge butterfly xx

  3. absolutly fantastic!!! love the colors
    thanks for playing with us at addicted to stamps

  4. This is beautiful! Love the butterfly, fantastic details. Gorgeous colors!

    Hugs, Anne.

  5. WOW! Beautiful creation! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘THINGS WITH WINGS’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

  6. Beautiful butterfly. Thanks for sharing your lovely creation for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 26 'wings' - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

  7. LOVE it! Your inked background and embossed resist butterfly are beautiful! The colors you used are fun and cheerful. Thanks for sharing your creation at Savvy Handmade Cards.

  8. Gorgeous card, beautiful colors. Thanks for joining us at Craft your Passion. hugs, Helena

  9. Gorgeous card. I love the colours. Thanks for joining in our "Things With Wings" challenge at Crafty Calendar this month.
    Bev x

  10. thanks for joining us at crafty calendar - our new challenge starts this Saturday! Hope to see you back - Kimberly DT

  11. Amazing butterfly! Love the background colours as well. Cindy x

  12. Beautiful eye-catching design. Love the bright background and the detail on the butterfly is great too! Thank you for joining the first Crafting At The Weekend Challenge, hope to see you again very soon.

    Victoria DT

  13. Hi, just popping by with another DT hat on....Thank you for joining the Sentimental Sundays Challenge, hope to see you again very soon.

    Victoria DT

  14. Adorable card. Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion! :)

    Petya DT

  15. Fabulous Lin, what a stunning card , the background with the delusions is so effective and then that gorgeous butterfly in the middle SENSATIONAL !


  16. Thanks for sharing your lovely card for Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge 85: use embossing powder, Hazel, DT - hope to see you again soon x

  17. and swirls and sparkle and those things butterflies has with I can't spell because I've forgotten what they're called! Lovely creation for our S challenge just finished over on the Quirky Crafts Blog! Thank you so much for joining in! Winners will be posted later...
    ((Lyn)) DT


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