Monday, 10 July 2017

Fluttering butterflies

Good Monday morning all. I am here with my weekly post for Visible Image and some new inspiration. Phew what a hot week it has been but I really must not complain as my garden has loved it.

All my pots of summer bedding are flourishing and are a mass of glorious flowers. 

The bees have been humming around and I have seen lots of butterflies but they seem to vanish whenever I try to grab my camera!
However one found it's way into my kitchen...or perhaps this might be a pretty moth?

My card today was inspired by these amazing insects and the sunny colours in my garden and uses, in my opinion. the best butterfly stamps on the market.  Visible Image have sold these gorgeous butterflies for some years. I got mine when they were sold as individual stamps but they now come in 2 great sets.

I also used the brilliant time swirl as I had the idea to have the tiny butterflies emerging from the end of it. These were the stamp sets I worked with. I have linked to the web site.

I created a distress oxide background.

 ..I love the effects you can get with the Oxides...a real splash of colour here.
 I stamped the time swirl.
 I also stamped and embossed some butterflies on some inky mop up card and fussy cut them out.
I added the butterfly shadow and stamped the small butterfly silhouettes emerging from the time swirl. The sentiment is from the Unicorn set. I stuck the fussy cut butterflies over the shadows which gives such a cool 3D effect.

 I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Frilly and Funkie In the good old summertime
Craft Stamper Take it Make it July
Simon says stamp Wednesday summer sunshine
That's Crafty 2/3 anything goes
Pixie's snippets playground #289/90 I used snippets of card to create my 3D butterflies.

We hope to see lots of you joining in with this month's "A splash of colour" challenge over on the Visible Image Facebook page. You could be the random winner of a £40 coupon to spend on the VI web site.
These are all the Visible Image links;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here would be lovely for you to join us.  You can add work to the "Show and Tell" album where one randomly chosen winner each month win a £25 coupon to spend on the website. Our monthly themed challenge, "a Splash of colour" runs until 31st July. There is another £40 voucher up for grabs.

The main Visible Image Facebook page is here; there are weekly stamp world wide!

And the shop web site is here; where all these gorgeous stamps can be purchased.

I hope you had a lovely weekend? We enjoyed a family BBQ at my daughter's, it was so good to all get together with both sides of the family. It was the 10th year they have hosted the years fly by.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me. Keep cool and carry on crafting.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Gorgeous card, and your garden is full of colour too.

  2. A lovely collection of images on your beautiful card and a gorgeous riot of colour in your garden. I love the way the butterflies swirl round with the clock and the fabulous doxide background. Have a great week xxx

  3. What a lovely card, Jane! I think I NEED these Distress Oxides, but just can't justify spending on crafty stash at the moment...maybe I'll build up one at a time?! They create such wonderful backgrounds and I love the chalky effect they give...but which colours to choose first?!
    Your garden is looking lovely with all this Summer sunshine, though I think we've been having it a little cooler than you (thankfully) Glad you had a weekend spent with family - definitely the best kind! Hugs, Lisa x

  4. Beautiful card Jane - such a gorgeous design and I adore the oxide background! Am waiting for mine to arrive from Joanna Sheen, finally bit the bullet as they're on offer :) And you garden is pretty as a picture. Years ago we had loads of pots full of flowers, a lot of work and also a lot of watering - but very rewarding as well. Slightly cooler today here - for which I'm rather grateful I hate to admit!


    Di xx

  5. Jane, you have created the most beautiful background for your silhouette images! I love the extra layering of the butterflies which seem to fly right off the card! Thank you for sharing this with us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'In the Good Old Summertime' challenge! Hugs!

    PS Your garden is looking so beautiful! I'm wondering what hot to you is? We have had temps in the mid to upper nineties (Fahrenheit) and high humidity for weeks and everything is looking very tired! I don't blame your butterfly for wanting to come indoors!

  6. I love watching butterflies in the garden too...and love them as a design motif. Your butterfly card is so pretty Jane. Have a wonderful week enjoying your lovely flowers and crafty days.
    Helen xox

  7. Your garden's looking beautiful, I love your petunias. Lovely card, I particularly like the swirly time stamp xx

  8. what a gorgeous card...nothing like a beautiful butterfly to pretty things up!! :)
    Glad you had a lovely weekend at the bbq!
    Have a great week,
    V x

  9. Such a beautiful design Jane, the vivid black always looks so stunning over the Oxides. Thank you for sharing with us over at That's Crafty & joining in with the Blog Challenge..
    Best wishes Tracey

  10. Your card is magnificent! Love your garden flowers and I'm glad you had a fun time with your daughter and sweet grandchildren! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. Flowers are are talented in photography to. Love your card and love the colours you chose and they work well together and then the simple black but it all works so well

  12. I am filled with color and loveliness after reading your post, Jane! Between your green thumb and the rest of your magical fingers, you make the world more beautiful!! Hugs, Darnell

  13. Your card is absolutely stunning Jane. Barbxx

  14. Oh my these are gorgeous, I love the background and your placement of the stamping, brilliant. Your petunias are very pretty too x

  15. Such beautiful work with DOX and I love the contrast of the EP. Great new stamps and lovely card. We are thrilled to have you join our challenge at Frilly and Funkie. Hugs, Autumn

  16. This is gorgeous .... great background with those Distress Oxides. Thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx


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