1 June 2015

Happy Birthday Butterfly

Hello there. Today is Maggie's (IG username @Rahzicrafts) Birthday and a few of the ladies on IG decided to make birthday cards for her as a little surprise. My card uses the gorgeous Stampin' Up Swallowtail stamp. I see Maggie has a happy, fun person who is always so kind in leaving me nice comments on IG, so I wanted to colour the butterfly in bright colours.

This also gave me an excuse to bust out my new Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens as part of the new 30 Day Colouring Challenge by Kathy Racoosin. I started off by stamping the Swallowtail on to some TH Watercolour Paper, using Arhival ink. I then coloured the butterfly using pink, orange and yellow pens for the wings and browns for the body, mixing/blending them with water and a paint brush. I also went around the outside with a pale blue.
The sentiment, from the ME Woodland Gifts stamp set, was stamped with Versamrk ink on to some black cardstock. I applied white embossing powder over the top and heat set. This was then cut out and added to the panel with foam tape. The panel was adhered to a black A2 card base with ATG.  I finished off the card by adding a few Doodlebug Glitter Sprinkles around the sentiment and some Clear Wink Of Stella on the butterfly.
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Please click the picture to be taken to where I purchased it.

ZIG CLEAN COLOR REAL BRUSH PENS: 25 Pink, 70 Orange, 50 Yellow, 64 Oatmeal, 94 Gray Brown, 36 Light Blue.
If you see this Maggie, I hope you have a great Birthday! Before I go, I wanted to mention about the new Stampin' Up! Catalogue that will be going live tomorrow, 2nd June 2015.
I always love having a look to see what is new in the catalogue. The card tin on page 152 has caught my eye. Not necessarily for storing cards in, but it would look lovely on my shelf and I can store other bits in it. I am always on the look out for cute storage! I have also seen that they are now carrying thicker weight Whisper White cardstock. When I get a moment, I will be ordering some to see how I like it. I have to admit, I hate the thinner stuff so hopefully this will be better. I also saw on page 156, that there is a new adhesive called the Fast Fuse. This looks very much like Tombow Xtreme adhesive to me, and if it is, that is great because it is very difficult to get hold of here in the UK!
If you are looking for a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I can highly recommend mine, Julie Kettlewell. She is such a nice person and is always wiling to help. If you need a catalogue, please contact her through her blog, I am sure she will be happy to provide you with one.
Many thanks for visiting me today. I will be back later with the winner of my Birthday Giveaway! Have a great day!


  1. this is absolutely stunning Michelle!! ♥

  2. Wow Michelle stunning. What a lovely stamp x

  3. Beautiful and so crisp, you do come up with such amazing ideas and I love the doodlebug sprinkles.

    Best Wishes
    Missy Pink - The Crafty Pink Girl x

  4. Gorgeous.. so eye catching.

  5. Awesome card Michelle!! I have that stamp but never used it. I have to pull that out. I just received my catalog yesterday and I was eying that container too!! LOL!!

  6. What a gorgeous card Michelle! Love the colours you used! Those Zig real brush pens are such a temptation! I love them, do you think you could do a quick review of them, tell us what YOU think of them and how easy they are to use for the beginners? :)


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