Butterfly Wonderland…

Hello friends!  Last year when Kaisercraft released their line called Indigo Skies, I could not wait to get my hands on it!!  I loved the shades of blues and navy and every single one of the patterns are on point!  I had no idea then how perfect that paper would be for a little adventure we had in March when our grandson visited.  We took him to the Butterfly Wonderland exhibit where we walked around and just watched all the 1000’s of butterflies - all different sizes and colors - as they flitted and landed, picked up and fluttered some more.

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Archie was mesmerized!  We enjoyed the butterflies too, but we were far more entertained watching HIM as he took it all in!

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For this layout I used a wide assortment of the patterned papers included in the collection, leaving the boldest piece to tell the story with a 2 inch wide strip along the bottom.  I might not be inclined to used butterflies on a boy page ordinarily, but when the subject is specifically butterflies, then you bet I will!

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I kept the ticket from the excursion, and when the blue edge didn’t quite match the blues in the paper line, I used a Copic marker to color over top and make it match better.  I also decided halfway in, that there was too much blue, and I needed a contrast color to balance the overall layout.  Opposite blue on the color wheel, is orange.  Blue and orange always play nicely together unless you’re mixing paint and then it just turns to mud.  So I looked through my stash for some orange/coral/red accents and found it in a sheet of Dear Lizzy die cut stickers.  And because those stickers also had lime green leaves on them, I was also free to include that color elsewhere.

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I also used some paper and acetate die cuts from Heidi Swapp, some enamel/wood buttons from Pink Fresh and Maggie Holmes, label die cuts from Snap and My Mind’s Eye, as well as the gold “adventure” rub on from My Mind’s Eye, (the Jubilee collection), the green alphabet stickers from Fancy Pants, and a variety of enamel dots from Fancy Pants, We R Memory Keepers and One Canoe Two.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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Gathering Gifts

I feel a little bad for bringing so many bright, springy colours to the blog, when, those of us, living in southern Manitoba are living in a slow globe right now! I’m not complaining, but I will say Norine’s blog posts are certainly more fitted. And seriously, how gorgeous is her traveller’s notebook?! I definitely need to start on one soooon!

For today’s post though, I had a lot of fun making some bright cards to go with, what is seeming to be, my Easter theme this year.

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Growing  up, I let my parents take care of the gifts for our family gatherings, but apparently I’m grown now too, haha. And so it’s time we bring some of our own food and gifting, but I’m not complaining!

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I reached back to my “Dear Lizzy” products and this beautiful Shimelle paper. The small letter stickers are actually from the back of a Pink Paisley washi pack and the bigger letters are Thickers from American Crafts.

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I used the stickers, chipboard pieces and die cuts from the Dear Lizzy line. While generally it’s really fun to mix and match lines, sometimes it’s quite enjoyable and relaxing to layer up goodies from the same line.

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One of the many things I’ve learned from Lori, is when you gift a card, it’s a great idea to put matching embellishments in the card and on the envelope. This time I went with that rule, and it’s amazing how a simple card quickly turns into a small gift.

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On the opposite corners of the ones pictured above and below, I added a single small embellishment to match the front of the envelope and the card inside. The puffy stickers from Dear Lizzy are absolutely perfect for this!

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And here’s an example of the inside of the card (the one with the bouquet)…

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I love how I didn’t necessarily have to put a flower die cut in the card, but could switch it up using a different  shape with a flowery pattern. This tied the outside and the inside together without being overly matchy matchy.

Lastly, here are the three envelopes all tied up with ribbon, ready to be gifted. (I added the blue nuvo dots to the middle envelope after, in case you noticed the difference from the picture near the top ;) ).

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I ripped strips of cotton quilting fabric to create the organic-looking ribbon. You may be seeing me use it more in future posts (just warning you)!  ;) The ribbon adds a nice homemade touch, I find.

And that’s a wrap! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great week!

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This post was written by Natalja on March 11, 2018

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