Friday, 24 July 2020

Butterflies and A Happy Hello

Twofer challenge this month is Butterflies and these are my cards......
I used the same Butterfly stamp on both of my different occasions cards.
The 'Beautiful You' card is a Birthday card and the other one a 'Happy Hello'....
 I have used stencilling, stamping, fussy cutting, heat embossing, mica paints 
and smooshing on my Birthday card.
I have used distress inks and oxides activated and smooshed with water, stamping, heat embossing, vellum, fussy cutting, stencilling and die cutting for my Hello card .....
Combining the burlap distress inks and oxides produced some unexpected and fabulous colours.
The butterflies were stamped and heat embossed onto vellum.
Lots of dimension, texture and elements on the background....
I so enjoyed making two different designs, for two different occasions 
and using the same butterfly stamp.....I used the small butterfly stamp on both of my cards.
Thank you all so much for your very kind and friendly comments about my MIL Betty,
in my last post........They are so gratefully received.
Please take care out there.....
Challenges I would love to enter....

My Happy Hello Card........
CountryView Challenge - Do what makes you happy 
I so enjoyed finding time to play with the inks and the oxides and I had fun....
Stamping Sensations - All Creatures great and Small
Thrilled with my top 3 shout out...Thank you
Stamping must be prominent
A Vintage Journey - Watercolour Wonders

My 'Beautiful You' - Birthday Card.....
AAA Birthday - game #15 - 3D
Stamplorations - Summer Challenge 

52 comments:

Loll said...

Always AMAZED when I see your designs, Mac! These two are no exception. Love the details you've added to your stenciled girl. The gorgeous blue watercolouring for her dress and butterfly hair clip, the pretty silver embossed butterflies with more die-cut butterflies on top as if they are coming out of the dress. Febulous!

Gorgeous soft colours for your second card. I have not experimented with my DOX inks enough ... you inspire me, my friend! Love the mix of soft subtle colours over top of the white embossing and stenciling. Your butterflies are gorgeous with heat embossing over vellum. And lots of dimension with your leaves and leaf outline die-cuts. So much goodness going on ... I could stare at these cards for hours! xx

HilaryJane said...

I am always so excited when I see you have posted a new card and today it is two so double excitement. Your cards are never a disappointment and these are no exception. I just don't know how you do it. Both these cards are superb and what an amazing butterfly stamp that is. The blue card is stunning, wonderful use of the butterflies and great placement of the sentiment. Your second card has a real elegance to it. The detail and elements on the background are something else and yet at the same time it has a simplicity to it which is fantastic. I love them xx

*Vicki* said...

WOWZER!! Both of your butterfly projects here are outstanding Mac! LoVE the dimension you've brought about with the wings lifted on both of these projects! They're both so elegant looking with your delicate and intricate details too! Both are masterfully done and I thank you for the inspiration!

MiamiKel said...

Oh these are both absolutely sensational - the girl is so striking! Such beauty in the minimalism and pop of color - and the butterfly filled card is so elegant! gorgeous work! Thank you so much for the card! It arrived at a very perfect time :) Inky hugs!

Cat Craig said...

Beautiful Butterflies, love the delicate veining. YOur gal with the butterflies dancing along the card edge with one in her hair is lovely. Your second card is quite nice as well. Lovely designs! Thanks for playing along at Twofer #29.

cuilliesocks said...

WOW!! Mac what absolutely stunning cards, I love the butterfly and how you've used them on very different cards. I love them both, beautifully designed and coloured, Kate x

Viv said...

I love these Mac (but I guess you knew I would). I like the frothy blue (- Bardot style dress maybe?) and her matching butterfly hair slide and your second card is full of movement and is stunning! x

Daffodil Cards said...

What can I say? Absolute pieces of art, so very, very beautiful, with gorgeous colours and mixture of textures. I Love those butterflies, they are exquisite. I could go on and on Mac, about your work, you are truly amazing, as are your cards.
Keep safe
Faith x

Jeanne H said...

WOW, what stunning cards, Mac. I do so admire all your work and like others look forward to your postings. Thanks for the inspiration.

Trina P. said...

😱😱😱 Oh, Oh, OMGosh, MAC!!! (that was me trying to talk with my jaw dropped on the floor) These are seriously jaw-dropping STUNNING and GORGEOUS! Your talent to use and combine the different products and techniques once again is incredible. Amazing dimension and texture achieved in two fabulous designs. So awe-inspiring every single time!

Diane said...

Wow, your butterflies just jump off the page. What stunning colors and designs.

Hugs Diane

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Gorgeous cards and so many interesting techniques included in them. I love the butterfly stamps they have such great detail and you used them to perfection. Wishing you a very happy and creative weekend, Angela xXx

Bonnie said...

Your cards are always amazing, my friend, but you have outdone yourself this time! The stunning beauty with the blue butterflies is amazing and colorful! The background on the second card is so intriguing and the butterflies look like jewelry! I love the soft colors and elegance! Two works of art!

TK said...

STUNNING! These are gorgeous in SO many ways! Love all the texture, elements, dimension and colors -- just fabulous

Christine Alexander said...

wow Mac, you've taken Velum to the next level. I really need to pull some out of my stash and play. I so admire your artistic talents :)

Darnell said...

I'm sorry, Mac, but I don't think you have used enough different techniques and talent for design when you created these two rather blah cards. NOT!!! Just when I think you cannot amaze me any more than you already have, you take your creations to yet another beautiful textured level! I think everything that can be said has been said, but I'll double it!! You give a whole new meaning to card art, my friend. If your work hasn't been published ~ and often ~ I'd like to know why not!! Thank you for the brilliant inspiration and for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #29! Keep well. Hugs, Darnell

nancy littrell said...

Wow...Stunning butterfly cards, Mac. So much beauty, creativity, cleverness, choice of colors and mixed media products are Amazing!!! I have read all your descriptions of your designs, mixed media products and more several times...Wow!!! Thank you so much for sharing, my friend. Stay Safe and Creative...Love and Hugs...Nancy

aussie aNNie said...

wow just adore your cards and gosh the effect embossing on vellum does, always love that finish. Your cards are both classy, stunning and sensational. xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

These are both fantastic and wonderful. Beautiful designs and so elegant looking.

Mia said...

Mac, your cards are PERFECT! They are very-very beautiful. Great design and what a clever use of the butterflies. I have the same stamp and now I was inspired on how to use it! Thank you so much, my dear friend, for sharing the steamps. Big hugs, sweetie.

Maria said...

Two absolutely beautiful cards!! Wonderful design and color!! The first card is so elegant and pretty! And, second card is fabulous with the girl image and butterfly border! Two amazing cards...well done!!!

Marcia Hill said...

And here I am AMAZED again Mac...your artists eye sees and creates more than my brain can even fathom! Both of these cards are absolute STUNNERS!! Your gal with the butterfly in her hair makes me wish I was about 30 or 40 years younger and had long hair to wear a style like that...don't think it would quite have the same effect with my short, short gray hair! Haha!! I love the DOX and DI together too...boy do they react beautifully together!! And your 2nd card is as beautiful as the first! LOVE LOVE all that embossing on the vellum butterflies and all the detail that stands out! Thank you so much for sharing these lovely, lovely cards with us at The Twofer Challenge...we love seeing you in the gallery!! :0)

butterfly said...

So happy to hear from you today - and very glad it nudged me into doing some catching up. I wouldn't have wanted to miss this double. The delicate white gold shimmer of the butterflies is lovely, and that background is beyond stunning! So delicate and subtle in its chalky colour tones, with the white text hovering - I'm in love!

The blue ones are charming too, and the silvery row of butterflies is very appealing - but the neutral one has stolen my heart.
Alison x

Brenda in IN said...

I feel like I'm in an Art Museum looking at these cards. There is so much to see here. The inks, the colors, the designs, the dimensions and textures are just stunning. These are both beautiful and works of art. I agree with every single one of the previous comments too.

Mia said...

Well, I do not know what "steamps" are! Ha ha! I meant THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THE STEPS!!! Kisses, my dear friend.

BożenA said...

what I will write will not be original, because I absolutely join the delighted choir of my predecessors. Your cards are original, so unique, so surprising and innovative. Your mind works on such extraordinary waves that what you create is a signpost for us, where real art begins. Lovely two cards, but the second one left me speechless. These colors, shapes, patterns and butterflies ... like precious jewelry. Thank you for sharing these gems with us.
Stay safe. Big hugs for your MIL Betty and husband.
Hugs, have a nice Sunday.
BożenA

Anita in France said...

Wow, Mac ... what a stunning duo! Your butterfly adorned girl is so elegant ... and the butterflies look like jewelled brooches ... how glorious! The soft, subtle shades on your hello card complement the gold embossed vellum butterflies perfectly ... goodness, this is just so dreamy! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Hugs, Anita :)

Papercraft Boutique said...

You always amaze me with your gorgeous cards, Mac! These butterfly twofers are no exception. What a wonderful idea to use one of the blue butterflies for the lady's hair accessory! Her eye make-up is totally echoing the butterflies. Love the contrast between the lighter sketch of the top half and the bottom half filled with Mixed Media elements.
The butterflies that are heat-embossed on vellum look like they're made of sheer fabric. They're simply stunning! And the background is so exquisite that I want to enjoy it as a whole instead of analyzing how it's made. Thank you for your fantastic inspiration!
Hideko xx

Susan said...

Two amazing cards! I'm so impressed by how you made such drastically different cards using the same butterfly. The one with the woman is so beautiful with the gorgeous shades of blue backing the border of butterflies and the use of the butterfly as a hair clip - so imaginative! And the other one is almost ethereal in the muted colours with the vellum butterflies.

Marlies said...

Two beautiful cards. A lovely effect with the stamped and embossing butterflies. Thanks for joining our challenge at Stamping Sensations. Marlies

Craftychris said...

Oh wow! Both of these are amazing! Lots of techniques and so much extreme gorgeousness. I whipped back to your last post too, I am so glad Betty is ok, bless her. Such worrying times. Take care, stay safe. Hugs xxxxxx

Helen said...

Wow! Wow!! Wow!! These twofer cards are so stunning! So different but equally gorgeous. I love the fabulous colour created with the mix of burlap distress and oxide inks! That elegant lady is amazing with her simple lines and the lovely coloured panel and butteflies along the bottom. I haven't seen 2 cards I love so much for ages!! Amazing designs! Thanks for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

brenda said...

Two beautiful Butterly creations and I'm particularly drawn to the elegance of the gold Butterflies, many thanks for sharing and joining in with our 'All Creatures Great and Small' theme at Stamping Sensations challenge.

B x

Pat said...

What a gorgeous set of butterflies, so intricate and pretty Mac and the two cards using them are so innovative and beautiful. That wonderful stencilled lady with her butterfly hair clip and the pretty array of butterflies below, with some fussy cut and added to enhance it even more and what super blue tones, then that wonderful emboss resist in the background of the second and love the different leaves and three more very prettily embossed onto vellum. You are so clever with your techniques! x

Tristan said...

Wowsers, that first card is simply stunning. I love the monochrome feel and the simplicity of the design. Thanks for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week. Tristan DT.

Zoechaos said...

!!! Those butterflies are delightful, think you just added to my NEED list! Your cards are so creative and different, the first one with the blue botton and then just a touch of blue on the woman's eyelids is so pretty and feminine. Your second card has your name all over it so much attention to the little details like the positive and negative spray behind the large butterfly. The note about mixing Distress inks and Oxide inks is very interesting, I don't have any oxides (yet) but suspect this is another idea I will have to explore. Your cards are always showstoppers and these are both stunning. Thank you dearest friend for all your creativity, support and encouragement to me and everyone else you love and support here in craft land. xx

Jane said...

Two absolutely stunning cards! You are the master of combining techniques and products. Thanks for linking one up at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

wannabcre8tive said...

Your card is beautiful. I love the pretty gal and how you have adorned her with butterflies and added one to her hair. So stunning1

Ros Crawford said...

I don't even know where to begin! These are incredibly beautiful and both so different.. Oh Mac I just love your work. The rubber dance butterflies are gorgeous... I'll have to look them up - and here's me saying I don't need anything ha! Enjoy your week my dear friend

Julia Aston said...

Two gorgeous cards Mac! Your butterflies are beautiful on each design - love the embossing in both gold and silver, the watery blue base and wonderful outline stamping is so pretty on the first - and the subtle coloring and neutral tones on the second are lovely! Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey this month! xx

Dawn T said...

what stunning cards. Your second one is amazing and looks so pretty. Thanks for adding it to our challenge at Watercooler Wednesday this week.

My Paper Epiphany said...

Two amazingly stunning cards! The blue girl is so elegant and artsy! I rarely use Frayed burlap and you've definitely inspired me! The vellum embossed butterflies are so delicate and gorgeous!

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Two very different, yet quite beautiful cards! I think those butterflies are just the best. Have a good day!

Inkyfingers said...

Wow, Mac! These are just stunning cards and you have highlighted the filigree look on the butterflies to perfection!
Hugs
Carol x

Karen Dunbrook said...

wow...these are so gorgeous mf....amazing work as you always do!!
Hope your summer is going well. It is going by too quickly for my liking. I am busy working on getting some holiday cards done as I will be back to work in a few wks and busy as can be then.
well take care hugs and blessings mf

xx Karen

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Two stunning cards Mac and the one on the left is amazing, what a fabulous colour combination. The gold also gives your card a great feeling of opulence, I love it! X

Viv said...

Two fabulous cards here again Mac! you never disappoint when I come to visit, always a new technique or more jaw dropping inspiration. I adore both cards equally! Thank you so much for all the lovely comments you always leave me too, so appreciated. Also the support you gave me recently too,.... so grateful;) hugs Viv xx

butterfly said...

I should of course also have said thank you for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
Alison x

Greta said...

I gasped when I saw these 2 beauties! The vellum butterflies & background of the hello card are just stunning! The BD card is so unique & beautiful! You have such wonderful artistic talent, Mac--never tire of seeing your work!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

I have no idea why I missed this duo, my reader list seems to be playing tricks on my and hiding many treasures, so glad I checked before heading out today to see not one but two delightful posts.
A beautiful display I see before me, love the lady stencil and the mix of deep and bright blue Butterflies that have befriended her but my heart is very drawn to the delicate watercolour hues of the second card *sigh* there's always a pleasing result when embossing on vellum it gives so much life and spring to those Butterflies... It's a very HAPPY hello from me today!! Hugs Tracey xx

Ina G said...

I could say you knocked me to the floor with these cards but then you know I would be in extreme pain if I was. Oh Mac these are beyond beautiful. So very different but then you are so good at that! Love them to bits!

BożenA said...

Hello Mac,
congratulations on winning the Summer Challenge STAMPlorations award. I have just found information that your insertion card has been awarded and appreciated. Congratulations!
xx