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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Lucky us….

Hiyeee!! 7 days, no see!! Lol. I missed you! Did you miss me? Never mind, don’t answer that.

So today, I have a layout to share with you. Do you know, I was checking this last night, and I realized that the ONLY layouts I’ve made in the last year have been the ones I’ve made for a blog post here. That makes me so sad. I still have millions of photos and double that of paper and embellishments. It’s just TIME I don’t have. And I love stamping and card making so much it tends to gobble up any creative time I do have.

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Anyway. A layout. I printed a bunch of b&w photos for our family reunion this summer and this one just kept floating to the top of the pile after I cleaned up. It’s my mom and her sister taken back in the 50’s. Aren’t they so cute??

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Lori knows that I’m not a real “theme paper” girl. I just don’t like to be dictated to like that. I much prefer really generic, indistinct patterns for background paper, but this Fabulous line by Authentique was impossible to deny. Those cat’s eye glasses! The 50’s motifs! And there’s one GORgeous piece of paper in the pack with roses and leaves that I’m hoarding for just a little while longer.

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Also, check out that watercolor painted rose! I made that!! I recently attended my second Pinner’s Conference - two days of all kinds of classes for things you might pin on Pinterest.  Making perfect pie crust.  Painting a wooden barn quilt.  Learning to braid hair.  Calligraphy lettering.  And so on.  One of the classes I attended was painted watercolor roses and this one came from my practice sheet!

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I haven’t attempted them again….I’m pretty sure that was the best water color painting day I’ll ever have in my life!

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The vellum leaves are from Prima, the enamel hearts are Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd, the pink gingham heart and “classy” stickers are from the same Fabulous paper pack as the patterned papers I’ve used here, and the puffy floral stickers are from Pink Paislee (Oh My Heart) and Pebbles.  The two green card stock leaves are ones I cut out with the Silhouette.  And the black foam title words are Thickers by Amy Tangerine.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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