Thursday, June 20, 2019

SF June 2019 Summer Blog Hop

Okay - I really hope you guys don't get sick of me and butterflies - but they make me so very happy - and what speaks to SUMMER more than butterflies.  I have about 100 of these beauties from the Butterfly Gala set stamped up, and I color them when I need a break from life.  And with a Summer Blog Hop theme - how could I resist using these amazing creatures again.
My favorite medium for coloring them is of course our Blends - just can't go wrong with them.  Any color or combo of colors seems to turn out beautiful.
Here are a few I did recently - don't they look like they just want to take off and fly?

For my cards today, I also used up a bunch of scraps.  I keep all those little half inch strips when we prep for our card layers - and then I use them to edge layers on new cards.
These bright colors are the perfect contrast with the black and white gingham.
So I add the strips - which mimic the look of a layer, without the weight or waste - pop on a couple butterflies with glue dots so their wings can still rise, and a sentiment.  Plus decorate the envelope of course - and DONE!
Here are a couple other samples, in other colors -

What a pretty trio of cards - what are you coloring today to brighten your mindset?  Why not a few butterflies :)
But - if coloring is not your thing -  you can still have FUN with butterflies.  Just look at these adorable little treat holders.
Gingham again from our retired Occasions catalog - but this time the butterflies are just stamped with black onto a coordinating color and punched out.  So no coloring!
This is made with an adaptation of the measurements on a 2-4-6-8 box.  I started with a 5 1/2" x 6" piece of gingham paper, scored it the short way at 1 1/2", 2 1/2", 4"  and 5" then scored horizontally across the bottom at 1".  So after folding and adhering it, it left a box 5" tall with front and back dimensions 1 1/2" and side dimensions 1".  I then punched a little indentation on each side with my 1/2" circle punch and ties a cute bow around before adding my sentiment and coordinating butterfly.  I just love how they turned out.
Here is a rough template for these - I always sketch out so I can remember how I made boxes.  It is easy to adjust to any size you need - Just be sure your 1st and 3rd panels are equal size; and your 2nd and 4th panels are equal size; and your bottom score is the same as your smallest panel (not including the flap).
Once again I hope you enjoyed these projects and got some inspiration for creating something wonderful.  I would love it, if you would leave me a comment below.  Don't forget to click through on each name below to see even more amazing Posts with a Summer theme.  See you soon with more ideas!  ~Maureen

JUNE SF Hoppers - check them all out for some great ideas - and please leave comments if you can to show appreciation for their work :)

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Ellen Woodbridge said...

Such bright and fun projects

Christine Kiehl said...

Yup, lovely trio of butterfly cards indeed! WElcome summer! said...

Such happy colors! And I love getting to see the the colors on the various cards. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Katja said...

Butterflies are always great for summer projects. I love your cards and gifts!! Thank you a lot for sharing them!!

Stampin and Scrappin with Steph said...

Your projects are awesome I love the simplicity yet they pack such a WOW factor ....Great job!!!!

Rachthestamper said...

The black and white and colorful butterflies really make a statement! Great cards and project

LL Murphy said...

Beautiful as always! My gramma loved butterflies so they always make me think of her.

Barbara Welch said...

I love the butterflies, your coloring is awesome. The gingham paper makes me smile, and this adorable box is perfect for using the DSP. Thank you for the reminder of how to make these.

Sue Vine - MissPinksCraftSpot said...

Love, love, love! I've always been a fan of gingham, love how you have incorporated the theme right through your projects, tfs

Melissa Thomas said...

Love the butterflies-- your coloring is so beautiful!