A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

April 14, 2013

A Butterfly for the Effs: CFC, FBW, and FMS

Happy Day, Dumplings!

I went out to the Playhouse to make a card for a certain sketch that I won't name cousin I got side-tracked and I'll post that another day.  Today, turns out, a butterfly wanted to be born.  It was both persistent and insistent so I'm going to be inconsistent and reverse my normal routine so I can show it to you first.
 
 
I made the butterfly by first spritzing a piece of watercolor paper and then scribbling SU! watercolor pencils in the water puddles in blue and orange.  After it dried, I cut out my butterfly using the Memory Box "Chloe Butterfly" die.  I didn't pop out all the little lacy bits.  Instead I left it in tack and overstamped it with a SU! butterfly stamp that I've had for ages.  I used a marker to outline the outer edges of the die that the stamp didn't reach.  Finally, I sparkled her wings and antennae with Martha Stewart glitter glue and Glossy Accents.
 
 
When she was finished she landed gently on the top of the glue bottle while I went in search of a home for her, which I found thus:
 
 
 
This week CFC is being sponsored by Simon Says Stamp and a $25 gift cert is up for grabs!
 
 
 
This is my first time playing in this challenge and the theme is "Open Challenge."  This week they are sponsored by:  Beccy's Place!
 
 
Freshly Made Sketches (#81):  This is a beautiful classic sketch by the amazing Cindy.  It is one to keep in your top favorite "go to" sketches!

So that's it.  It's odd not to see my card now though, isn't it?  I'll show it to you again in case you caught the very virulent disease that has befallen our household, called "CRS" which stands for "Can't Remember Shiz!"
 
 
BTW, the "Mother" sediment comes from the PTI "Happy Days" set.  Shockingly, I cut the apostrophe ess off before I heat embossed it in white.
 
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This lovely spring weather has brought more friends to the Playhouse, yippee!  There is always room to join in, and you can even interspirtz your crafting with some gardening!  Please join me in welcoming:
 
Janelle of A Dash of Flash
Kate of Kate's Corner
ЕкатеринаКо - website information needed
Bonnie Taylor- website information needed
 
Thank you so much, ladies!  We appreciate having you here!
 
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So the Matt N. Ay I went to see on Friday was this one:
 
 
I just have to say that if you are of a certain age and this musical comes to your town, GO AND SEE IT!  The whole production is a musical of well-known songs from the 60s forward which have been arranged with brilliant new lyrics appropriate for menopause!  I can't remember when I laughed so hard!!
 
I always thought it was a funny word, "menopause," until it happened to me.  Then I understood it's literal meaning.  Men should especially take note of the word because we ladies definitely put you "on pause" and it's best if you just hang tight to that pause button and ride it out!  Cause this, too, does pass.  I can't speak for others, but I found that after the passage comes bliss.  I'm still cray-cray, but it's a blissful crazy, not a maniacal homicidal crazy!  Mostly.  Isn't that right, Mister?  Yes, Dear.
 
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Enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy.  LITS*!  
 
Thank you so much for stopping by the Playhouse. Special thanks to you if you take the time to leave a comment or join as a follower! 
 
*Life Is Too Short!
 
Paper:  Biggee Jr. Watercolor; DCWV patterned;
  PTI white
Stamp:  SU!; "Mother" from PTI "Happy Days" set
Ink:  SU! watercolor pencils; SU! Bermuda Bay
Embossing Powder:  WOW white
Glitter:  Martha Stewart; Glaze:  Glossy Accents
Pearls:  SU!
Pop Dots and Corner Chomper

47 comments:

Cindy C. said...

Wow what gorgeous butterfly! Thanks for sharing your process!

The Crafty Laydee said...

Darnell-how pretty is your butterfly ?-just gorgeous !! Love the colours you have chosen-and a fabby take on the sketch :)
Hugs,Nessa xx

donna mikasa said...

That is one gorgeous butterfly, Darnell. I have several MB butterflies but none of them as stunning as yours. And the glitter is perfect!

Jen said...

That butterfly is something else! Wonderful detail and wonderful colors! It's always great to see you playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Bonnie said...

WHAT A GORGEOUS BUTTERFLY! I've got to try that technique. It sounds messy and fun and sure looks good! I totally agree that post menopause is the best! No more hormone surges to make me super crazy. Just plain crazy is fine with me!

jimlynn said...

What a gorgeous butterfly!!!! Love the look the watercolor pencils gave this too. SO very pretty.
Lynn

Karin said...

Very pretty card! The butterfly looks fantastic and the colors are great!
Karin x

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Lovely card, love butterfly,
hugs Tamara

Cathy said...

Gorgeous butterfly Darnell! Perfect for all of those challenges too! Cathy x

Kim M said...

That butterfly is beautiful, Darnell! Love how you went about making it. Very pretty card.

Linda said...

I love your butterfly stamp - a very pretty card.

The musical sounds like fun - glad you enjoyed it.

Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW! I love how you have created your stunning butterfly Darnell, the colours are wonderful. The sketch is wonderful too, I have saved that one for future use - if I remember.
I am glad you enjoyed the Matt N. Ay!!
Sue xx

Tenia Nelson said...

Gorgeous!!!

Happy Dance said...

This has got to be the most beautiful butterfly I've ever seen (in craft world). You've really captured it's beauty. Gorgeous. The 'pause' is wonderful. Started mine at age 33. Wasn't upset or nothing. Will look for the play to come to town! Thanks for the recko(mendation). Have a good rest of your Sunday. Bev

Mrs.B said...

WOW Darnell, thats one beautiful butterfly.
Avril xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous! Love your butterfly. Happy Sunday evening, Shirleyx

Joyce said...

Your butterfly is drop dead gorgeous. And, that play sounds very funny.

stampwithsandy said...

Your persistent butterfly had a right to be so, he's fabulous! And he (or she) landed so delicately onto so many challenges! Just beautiful.

Cindy Hall said...

This butterfly is the most gorgeous butterfly I've seen yet! It almost looks glassine! Gorgeous colors and a really, really beautiful card! Thanks so much for playing along with my sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

JD said...

Beautiful butterfly! Sounds like a really neat technique!

scrappymo! said...

Gorgeous! Love this pretty butterfly and great take on the sketch!!!

Danni said...

I'm so happy that you found my challenge via Harriet as I LOVE seeing this gorgeous card!! Simply stunning! Thank you for playing along with my Flutter By Wednesday Challenge!

Kelly Griglione said...

Darnell, your butterfly is simply gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for sharing how you made it. I'm amazed that a SU! stamp would fit inside a MB die. Thanks so much for joining the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge this week!

I can totally see you at the Menopause play. No, actually, I can see you *writing* the play!

Redanne said...

How clever of you to marry up the die with the stamp on this absolutely gorgeous, stunning, wonderful butterfly Darnell! This is just fabulous. I would love to have seen the play, need a good laugh at the moment....got a dreadful bug... Hugs, Annie x

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Wow Darnell - this butterfly is seriously AWESOME!
Thanks for the technique details too - it's kind of you to share.

Hugs, Sylvia xxx

shirley-bee said...

Beautiful butterfly, Darnell! I love the shimmery finish. The musical sounds great, I hope it makes its way over the pond.

Aileen said...

Your butterfly is amazing. Brilliant that your die fits it. x

mypapercraftworld said...

Stunning, gorgeous, beautiful, amazing ... so glad this lovely butterfly wanted to make an appearance! Anita :)

Carole said...

oh so whimsical and delightfully unique. Lovely

Chris D. said...

I'm not sure what I enjoyed more, your beautiful card or your commentary! You are too funny! It's great to know I'm not the only one who uses the term C.R.S! And I about fell out of my chair laughing at "men on pause"! I have to use that line, and soon!

Leigh Ann Baird said...

Beautiful! Wonderful color scheme as well! Thank you for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Carol L said...

I love how your gorgeous butterfly came to be! It turned out beautifully!! Way to wrap up all those challenges into one special card!

Geri said...

Gasp! This butterfly looks like a precious vintage jewelry piece...the kind that has all the beautiful inlaid gems and lacquers! Absolutely amazing! CAS-ual Friday's 'All That Glitters' is going to be all about this glittery piece of perfection!

Sounds like Menopause will need to be added to the Bucket List! Do you really truly promise that the hot & cray-cray days will pass....

Denice said...

A stunning butterfly (in my fav color) on a gorgeous card! Thanks for playing along with us at Flutter By Wednesday this week!

cindyleebeedesigns.com said...

Wow, your journey was as fascinating as your destination with this card. So pretty- it looks like it will fly off the card at any minute. Colors fantastic.

mjbest said...

Udderly jorgous card. wish you had a luv buttin I could press.
Hope your day is filled with awesomenessssss.

Linda said...

What a beautiful butterfly card, Darnell.

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Stunning butterfly Darnell! Congratulations on winning the challenge, so well deserved!

Karen B. said...

Wow, what a breathtaking card. I really like how it looks like it will fly away, and that you've grounded it with your sentiment panel. Cool idea.

Bobby said...

I don't know how I missed this post but your butterfly is lovely. So lovely that I see you got an honorable mention at Freshly Made for it. Congrats.

Carolyn Lindenmayer said...

Hi Darnell,congratulations on also being picked a Perfect Princess and thanks for alterting me as well. Butterflies rock, don't they!! Carolyn x

Jamie Martin said...

Such a pretty card, love the butterfly!

Kim Heggins said...

Stunning butterfly...and that play sounds so funny, what a fun way to spend the day!

cindyleebeedesigns.com said...

Congrats on your win at Freshly Made Sketches, Darnell. I kinda called that one...I thought it was a sure winner when I saw it;) Beautiful!!

Bethany Stellpflug said...

that butterfly is sooo beautiful! I love it!

Jean said...

ABSOLUTLEY GORGEOUS ~ all of your intensive work on this one definitely paid off ~ ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!

Jean said...

I just popped over to see if you won with this absolutely gorgeous card ~ Congrats on being a perfect princess (of course, you should have won)!! I guess if I capitalize a word ~ I should spell it correctly ~ OOPS. If I had switched a few more letters it could have a new word by the ever inventive Ms. Darnell ;).