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2/07/2015

A Butterfly Valentine

Good afternoon and hope that so far your Saturday has been grand. We have sunshine, warmer temperature, but some howling wind now & again. Still in the throes of Valentine production around here, but managed to get one that might qualify over at Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge. Challenge #23 has a Letter Theme -  V for Valentine, but must also have a Butterfly. Hmmmm.

Here's my interpretation of this fun challenge.


- satin like texture red paper (Michael's - Speciality paper section - on sale). Embossed with C/B Geometric Rings. This was very pretty paper - but did not take embossing well. At the edges, some of the paper lifted from the core. Had embossed another piece that was much worse with the 'lifting', so on this one, placed a 2nd sheet of plain c/s on top of the embossing side, and it worked a bit better. Not sure if this happened due to the paper or that the folder embosses deeply. Just sayin'.

- Prior to embossing, die cut center heart with S/B D-Lites Swirled Hearts. Added a Fiskar Heart Punch shape from a snippet of the satin paper & larger center pearl.

- white lightweight glitter paper behind the Swirled Heart cutout.

- Ellentina Butterfly die (purchase from the Heirloom Stamp show that cut very well). Bottom layer is plain red c/s, 2nd layer is red satin paper. Top white glitter layer is placed slightly off-center & wings lifted. Red rhinestones for the head & body.

- Had already adhered tiny pearls before deciding to add the butterfly, so it looks as though the antennae have pearls...not really!

Thanks for looking in this afternoon and off we go to link over at Mrs. A's #23 Butterfly Challenge.
There's still time to jump right in and play along! Big Hugs.

Edit: Just got a heads up from Miss Pixie  that this fits the current challenge over at Cuttleburg Mania: I{heart} you, so will link up for that challenge as well. Thanks Diane!

Edit #2: Another sweet blogger reminded me that this card works for the Allsorts Challenge Blog too, the theme of which is Love is All Around. Thanks so very much, Miss Brenda for the kind shout-out! I have such lovely people who visit here...gosh, I wish I could just meet each one of you in person one day.

46 comments:

  1. Oh squeal!! Mary, this is also just perfect for the current Cuttlebug Mania challenge (I heart you), more on my blog - I neeeeed to learn how to put links into comments!!

    Love and a hug

    Di xxx

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  2. Hello Mary - your card looks beautiful - the embossing and diecutting look fabulous. Have a great day! Hugs rachel x

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  3. I know how this much shine! That paper is so pretty and red and think the embossing looks great. Don't know why it would lift that way but you can't tell it in the photo and it's beautiful. The heart die is sensational! WOW! Very pretty. Love that gorgeous butterfly too.
    Lynn

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  4. What a beauty Mary. I love the shiny paper and it looks perfect with the embossing folder. Jumping up and down here cos I have that embossing folder as well. Love how you have then gone and cut the heart out after wards and placed those pearls. Not come across that species of butterfly die before.it is gorgeous. Love the layered look you have given it. Thank you for fluttering by my #23 challenge. Hugs Mrs A.

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  5. This is beautiful Mary, the paper looks wonderful with the pearls and embossing. Carol x

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  6. love your vibrant red. the card is so beautiful and good luck on the challenge
    hugs bibiana

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  7. This is really pretty! Great card for the challenges!

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  8. This is so gorgeous!! I love the pretty red paper!! The embossing is fabulous!! What a beautiful heart cut-out and butterfly!! Love, love this!! Have a great evening :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  9. This is a real beauty Mary! I love that embossed background and the little pearl accents! Beautiful take on the challenge and well done!

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  10. WOW FACTOR Mary, love love love this is just Valentines all over.xxx

    {The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

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  11. This is truly stunning Mary! I love the dramatic colour combo too! Hazel xx

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  12. Beautiful. Love your take on the challenge - it's perfect! Love the red and white for Valentine's cards.

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  13. Mary this is exquisite - love the sheen, the die cuts, the texture - all of it!!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  14. What a stunning card Mary I just LOVE it ......!!!!
    Have a great day

    Patricia x

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  15. Mary...so so beautiful. Love all the pretty red.

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  16. Here's another heads up Mary, fits in perfectly at Allsorts as well !

    It's so beautifully bright and vibrant, the intricate die cut heart stands out beautifully and then the added embossing adds another lovely dimension.

    Have a good Sunday.

    B x

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  17. What a beautiful Valentine's card MAry, love the fabulous texture you have achieved xx

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  18. A real beauty Mary! Everything about your card is lovely. Hugs Christine xx

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  19. No that is just perfect. I love the heart and the butterfly.

    Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

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  20. A fabulous card! I love the shine on the red paper and the embossing looks perfect. What a lovely die you've used for the heart in the centre. I've not come across that one before.
    Liz - Butterfly Challenge #23, Guest Designer. xx

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  21. Beautiful card Mary, the red paper looks so good with the embossing and the die cut heart.A lovely butterfly too.
    Jean x

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  22. Oh, that is very pretty paper and sorry you were having the embossing problem...but, glad you found a remedy that worked better for you. That is a fabulous heart and butterfly.

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  23. WOW!! That is a beautiful card Mary. Love that Heart and butterfly

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  24. This is a gorgeous card, such lovely rich reds and beautiful die cut heart and butterfly.
    Pauline
    x

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  25. Love the rich red colour and the paper certainly makes the embossing stand out beautifully.
    A lovely card.
    Lorraine

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  26. What a stunning Valentine Momma Mary! I am totally loving that paper you used, it is so rich looking! The embossing looks great, sorry about the paper lifting in spots but you can't tell it. That heart is so beautiful with all it's swirls, the pearls look amazing with the paper and that butterfly is just as beautiful as the heart is! This one is a stunner for sure! Hugs, Brenda

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  27. Mary, this is beautiful! I love the heart and the layered butterflies. Thanks for your comments on my post and for following. I've reciprocated the follow xxx

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  28. Beautiful, delicate heart and butterfly, Mary!! What a stunning red paper embossed so beautifully!!! The pearls and bling are lovely!!! Beautiful eye-catching card!!!!
    Hugz

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  29. That red paper looks beautiful, love its textured look! And you did a great job at combining Valentine with a butterfly, I think your card looks really elegant and warm.

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  30. Great die choice and I love the red, very cheerful. x

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  31. Oh, Mary, this is stunning! Love the shimmer of that embossed paper, the gorgeous die-cut heart, and beautiful butterfly! What a wonderful Valentine!

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  32. How lovely Mary, I love the butterfly
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

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  33. I think this has to be one of the most beautiful Valentine cards I have seen so far Mary. The embossing, the beautiful pearls and of course the gorgeous butterfly - just beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

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  34. Absolutely gorgeous creation Mary I love the white pearls on that embossed background the heart and butterfly look fantastic.
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  35. Hi Mary, love your beautiful Valentines card, gorgeous colour..embossing and die cuts..
    Pam

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  36. Mary this is so pretty. I love the embossing folder and that bright red paper. The die cuts are wonderful. Love that heart.

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  37. This is so pretty Mary and I love the pearls on the embossed background. Such a pretty D-Lite central heart and beautiful butterfly too. x

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  38. Beautiful card love the embossed background and die-cuts
    Carol x

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  39. Beautiful card Mary, I love all the embossing and that butterfly is so pretty. Agree about the butterfly antennae, clever photography ay?

    Have a good week my friend :) x

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  40. This is pure elegance, Mary! Love that satin paper and all the glorious red! The swirly heart cut out adds to the elegance and I love that butterfly!

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  41. Hi Mary,
    a very beautiful and lovely Butterfly Valentines.
    Super design as always.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  42. Beautiful! Love the embossing folder you used ... makes the card look quilted. Thanks for playing along with us @ Cuttlebug Mania!
    Blessings,
    Belinda DT

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  43. The embossing looks wonderful Mary and a gorgeous card all round

    Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this time x

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  44. Your card is simply beautiful Mary. Thanks for introducing Butterfly challenge:) It was fun to participate as I too like butterflies a lot. And I've shared for this challenge too. All thanks to you :)

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  45. thank you so much for entering our challenge at Allsorts this week with your project and good luck!

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