Thursday, March 22, 2018

Butterfly and Bloom for the Twofer

I'm seeing butterflies in the flowers again for the Twofer Challenge.
There's only a coupla days left to enter.

I stumbled across my Concord & 9th dies one day and had a eureka moment.

By cutting one petal off the flower, I had a butterfly.

I'd never thought of that because the set has a perfectly beautiful butterfly.

But this one is a little smaller and a better fit for some flowers.

This first card was stamped and heat embossed, then painted with Lindy's Magicals
which gives them a lovely shimmer!

I painted this image around Christmas time when I first got the Magicals.
(Thanks again, my friend.)

After snipping the flower petal to make a butterfly, I fussy cut a solid butterfly
from vellum and attached a body from a Memory Box butterfly die.
(I have a little box of assorted butterfly bodies at the ready.)

The second card uses the flower die as intended.  It was cut twice.
Once from watercolor paper and once from mixed media paper scraps.

I put a piece of Press and Seal behind the paper for one die cut so the 
pieces would stay intact and watercolored the flower using 
Distress Oxide inks.

I used the same DOX inks for the openwork flower but not as dark,
and added some Distress Glaze on the flower to bring out the color a bit.

The stem was stamped from a Tim Holtz stamp set and watercolored.

Two of the pieces from the openwork flower were painted to make some leaves
that hide a renegade splatter that landed on the stem.

I don't think I'd used this die before so I'm glad to get a Twofer out of it!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Charming (PB), Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   VersaMark
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media (ST), Basic Black (SU), Vellum
Other:  White EP (SU), Floral and Flutter Die (C9), Lindy's Magicals (Maintenance Magenta, Bling Blond, Drop Dead Gorgeous Green), XStitch Borders Die (GM)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Bouquet of Thanks (SSS), Flower Garden (TH)
Ink:  Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint (DOX), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper: Neena, Watercolor (TH), Mixed Media (ST), Basic Black (SU)
Other:  Floral and Flutter Die (C9), Press & Seal, Distress Glaze (Rgr)Sentimental Die (AE), Double Pierced Rectangles (AE)


Mac Mable said...

So very creative Bonnie and what a clever idea to see the butterfly in the flower die. I know you can enter the challenge with using the same stamp or die in a more traditional way but I am loving the gallery with all the inventive and clever ways and yours is right up there x Glorious first card, great colours and the water colouring with the magical is just that ...magical. The second card is CAS perfection and so very beautiful x

jimlynn said...

Wow! What a wonderful idea to turn that flower into a butterfly - and they're both stunning! LOVE these Bonnie!

Loll said...

Beautiful cards Bonnie. Love the gorgeous colours of your stenciled flowers. Lovely!! And how clever to remove one petal and viola ... a butterfly! LOVE IT! Your second card is also pretty with the spring colours ... reminds me of Easter colours! Thanks for playing along with us at Twofer Card Challenge! xx

Viv said...

Two lovely creations Bonnie. x

Liz said...

Two beautiful cards, Bonnie. Very clever to turn the flower die cut into a butterfly! xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

Great job on making the flower die into a butterfly. I love that idea. And, I love the flower used in the traditional way as well. Your cards are both fantastic! Thanks for joining the Twofer Challenge #3.

Marcia Hill said...

Two absolutely BEAUTIFUL cards Bonnie and how clever to cut off one of the petals to make a it! And I never even thought about painting with Magicals, but you just let the light turn on for me and now I can't wait to play with them like that...thank you, thank you!! Lovely, lovely cards my friend!! :0)

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Fabulous idea to make the flower a butterfly, Bonnie! Just love the vellum behind!! Wonderful purple flower too!

Carole said...

Brilliant idea Bonnie and two lovely cards as a result.

Christine Alexander said...

amazing Bonnie, such a cool butterfly, so clever making it out of your flower. love both cards :)

kiwimeskreations said...

Wow - what a wonderful use of your dies to make a butterfly from the petals Bonnie - this is stunning!

Karen Dunbrook said...

two lovely cards and they look unique from each other...well done mf.
xx Karen

JosieD said...

What a clever use of this die set! I have this set and haven't used it in awhile so motivated to get it out and play a bit and see where the creative genie takes me. Your cards always have such a unique "Bonnie" touch.

Nstiz said...

Bonnie, both of these are just beautiful! Love that you created the butterfly from the flower, something I'd have never thought to do. Love the pretty flowers stamped on the one with the butterfly and love the clean look of the flower cards.

JoAnn said...

These are beautiful. Very creative to make the butterfly out of the flower die. TFS

Brenda in IN said...

It took me a minute to "get" it. What a fun idea and two great cards. That was a good aha moment.

nancy littrell said...

Such a clever way to turn your die cut flower into a beautiful butterfly, Bonnie. Both your CAS designs are soooo beautiful. TFS my friend. Hugs.

Darnell said...

It's so fun to have a Eureka moment, isn't it, Bon-Bon?! That's how I felt when I saw the moose head in the iris. Your sketchy flower die worked perfectly as a sweet butterfly against those utterly gorgeous poppies and then as it was intended in that beautiful hello card! (I can't wait to have a play with those intriguing magicals on my May trip!) Very clever to use those two sweet leaves to cover the errant splatter! Thank you so much for playing along at Twofer Card Challenge #3, my friend! Hugs, Dolly

Susanne Vargas said...

You did it again, Bonnie, and knocked my socks off with your clever outside-the-box-thinking! That flower die makes a beautiful butterfly! I am very excited because I own that die! Thank you for your inspiration! Your cards are fabulous!
Thank you for joining at the Twofer!

Susan said...

Bonnie, you are too brilliant for words! That is so clever! I wish I could have eureka moments like that! I love both cards - but a slight preference for the first with the lovely flower and the great contrast of the black border, sentiment strip, and butterfly.

Anita in France said...

This is one of my favourite, delicate floral dies, Bonnie ... and you created a fabulous duo with it! Those hand painted vibrant blooms are just the perfect spot for your cleverly adapted bold black butterfly to flutter around ... and that single layered bloom with all the texture and dimension is simply gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Hugs, Anita :)

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

What a brilliant idea to turn this flower into a butterfly! Two wonderful cards!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous cards, and so very clever too.

Sandy said...

I love both cards - so artsy!
Sandy xx

foleysfriend said...

So super clever to turn the blossom die cut into a butterfly! Pure genius. Love your cards.

Robyn Oliver said...

Brilliant cards Bonnie, you've a magical eye to see the butterfly, you'll have me checking out flowers all the time now. Nice, simple and gorgeous colours

Bobby said...

Eureka indeed, Bonnie. What a clever way to use that die for a twofer.

Barb said...

What a very clever idea! Both cards are very beautiful Bonnie. Barbxx

Ina G said...

Both cards are stunning Bonnie. Love your eureka moment making for 2 very unique cards.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Love these dies and what you've done with them. Lovely cards.