Thursday, 18 June 2015

CC&S #129 and just a few challenges!

I set myself a huge challenge this week! Lizy's colours at CAS Colours and Sketches are just lovely and I wanted to do a butterfly (just because I love butterflies). But when I started thinking about a design I came across just a few challenges that if I was clever I could make one card to fit them all (how greedy is that)!

The code word for Challenge #65 at ATCAS is 'Butterfly' so I could already tick that box! I decided to die-cut a steel grey butterfly and use my Cosmic Shimmer mists in green and gold to match Lizy's colours.

I love the scrunched up cling film technique with the mists and the beautiful marbled effect that you get with the mica all drying in the folds (sorry, it probably has a more technical name than that) and decided to cut some shapes from it to sit the butterfly on! That fits with the second challenge as the June theme at Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge is to use sprays or mists on your cards.

Then I discovered a great sketch for Challenge #127 at CAS(E) this Sketch featuring a butterfly and a square window!

This was when it started getting a bit trickier. There is a super colourful butterfly inspiration photo at Challenge #37 for The Card Concept this week. I don't think I've ever played there before so thought it was about time! My preferred style is definitely CAS but at heart I think I'm a little less 'S (simple)' and a bit more 'T' (technique) which isn't always necessarily simple; so CAT! possibly? I absolutely love trying out new techniques and getting inky and messy and have certainly dabbled in other styles along the way. I have a yearning at the moment to try out some mixed media stuff which very probably won't be CAS at all!

Studying the photo at The Card Concept, I really wanted to find a way of interpreting the writing icing on the butterfly cookies so went for a kind of zentangled background for the squares and finished with two gold star sequins either side of the printed sentiment to match the stars in the centres of the butterflies in the inspiration photo.

Phew! And that's it, card accomplished. I think it turned out OK and liked the colour scheme better than I thought I would.

Supplies used:
Dies: Butterfly (free with Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine) & Classic Squares Large (Spellbinders)
Mica Sprays: Meadow Lush & Rich Gold (Cosmic Shimmer)
Patterned Paper: Colour with Candi (Craftwork Cards)
Sentiment Font: Bodoni MT
Snippets: Metallic steel grey cardstock, Watercolour paper, Gold star sequins

Bye for now and thanks for visiting!
Stef x


  1. Oh, I love these colours together! Wonderful card & take on the sketch!

  2. This is fab .... I love the colours. xx

  3. I love how you have done so much on this card and yet not lost its clean and simple style. Well done too on combining all those challenges
    Louise xx

  4. Wow! LOVE The marbled design with your sprayed and cling wrap background. Gorgeous! Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers.

  5. gorgeous technique. I love using the cling wrap with inks. Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

  6. What a gorgeous background for your butterflies. Beautiful card. So glad you joined us at Addicted to CAS this week

  7. Wow! Not just lots of challenges but lots of techniques too. You rocked it Stef!

  8. What a glorious background! Delicious!

  9. So very beautiful!
    Thanks for playing at CASE this sketch!

  10. Your cling wrap background is gorgeous, Stef! (I tried it and it didn't turn out half as pretty.) Very clever card for all these challenges! Thanks for sharing it with us at ATCAS!

  11. What a gorgeus card, I like the colours and the background!

  12. Gorgeous butterfly, and I love the background too! Thanks for joining us this week at The Card Concept :)

  13. Your cling wrap background is a terrific way to show off that lovely butterfly die! You did a super job combining all the challenges.