Friday, September 28, 2012

Butterflies and Apples

You might wonder what butterflies and apples have to do with each other. (I'll admit, I never think of the two in the same sentence.)

Well... this is the 28th, so it's the day that the Calendar Girls blogging group is challenged by one of the members to create to a specific theme. Paola is the hostess this month and her challenge was a great one - though a very challenging one for me. LOL! (Those of you who know me, know I love a good challenge!!!) Thank you, Sweet P, for challenging me!

Here are Paola's instructions:

To honour a dear longtime friend of mine who passed away early today, I would like to request that you create a beautiful card using the following guidelines:

Your card must be a fancy fold, and have apples stamped on it -and colored-

(OR, if you don't own any apples's stamps, apples can be incorporated on your cards via designer papers,stickers,dies etc..), plus have at least one 3-D butterfly on your card too.

The main colors used for this challenge are to be your own favourite colors (use at least two of them please, and tell us which ones they are once you blog it.)

Why the apples/butterflies combos you may ask?

My friend used to bring me tons and tons of beautiful apples from her garden at about this time of the year as the fall season just starts to appear, and today, at the hospice, she was covered in a gorgeous handmade blanket full of beautiful colorful butterflies as we said our final goodbye....A bigger 3-D all white sequined butterfly was placed on top of her heart too...♥

Please note: Your cards are NOT to be sympathy cards at all, please keep them ‘happy/festive’ - as a celebration of LIFE in general! ♥

♥ Hug a friend's way too short!

I couldn't find a single apple stamp in my stash - I know I have some, just couldn't find them - so I got creative. The instructions included "color" the apple, so I punched an apple (an old retired Stampin' UP! punch I have) and colored it with my Copics.

We were also instructed to use two of our favorite colors on our creation. The problem is, I don't really have favorite colors. (I like them all), so instead I went with my preferred hue - I prefer rich colors and bold/bright colors - but I do like a tinge of pastel, so I colored the butterfly on top if the stack of books a soft pastel yellow. ;)

Here's the inside (and a better visual of my unique fold):

You might like a closer view of my dimensional butterfly. I made it out of a Prima flower.

Please, please, PLEASE go to the other Calendar Girl blogs (they're listed in my left sidebar) and see what they made. I'm sure you'll be WOW'ed!

Image & Sentiment: Unity Books a Flutter
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Cardstock: Paper Company Black and Chocolate and Staples White
Designer Paper: DCWV Red Apples and Recollections Woodgrain
Embellishment: Butterfly made with a Prima Flower and lots of Michael's Rhinestones


~Paola~ said...

ohmygoodnesss!! what an awesome idea! books and apples...feeding the mind and the body...genial!
I love, love loveee this card and its color combos (you are a master at that Jeanette!)its beautiful image and the perfect sentiment too. What beautiful layout...your dp couldn;t be any more perfect and wow..look at that butterfly!!
totally cool idea! Love it all..
I am blessed to be a Calendar Girl alongside you my friend...
Thank you! ♥

Barb said...

This is one of your best cards Jeanette! I love the layout and it works perfectly with the image.

Great colors and you are the creative one with the apple too!

Jacquel said...

FABULOUS card Jeanette & that butterfly you made is just awesome!

Imke said...

Jeanette, this is fabulous. Love the colors and the DP- just great !

Lisa Minckler said...

Looove what you've done here Jeanette. This looks wonderful! :)

:: BlueInks :: said...

Making butterflies out of flowers...who wudda thunk it?! Great idea.

I love the main image on diagonal and the rhinestones you used.

Your card is perfect for the challenge!

Darlene said...

Yeaaaaahhh...I can't go to the other CGs yet. I'm stuck right here, with my mouth hanging open. Dumbstruck (no cracks if you please).
Where do I begin? With the beautiful color scheme? With the yellow (& inventive) butterflies? With the fantastic layout and unique fold?
I hope that you share this card with someone specilal, because the card is too good to sit in a drawer.

Athina said...

Very cute card! I love how you turned that flower into a butterfly. I would have never thought of that!

kiwimeskreations said...

Fabulous Jeanette! Love the way you made your butterfly, and your colours just sing. Great fold too.

Terry Ladwig said...

Cute image, great papers, awesome layout...and love the way you made the butterfly!!

Very creative, as usual! Love it ☺

dweatter said...

Cool! Books and apples great idea! I love the bright apple against the books and how the 3D butterfly matches the one on the image. The bling in each corner is perfect!

MiamiKel said...

Finally made it! And what a card to behold once I'm back to view - wow, what a great color combo to work with and a yummy image - perfect addition of the little apple! Fantabulous all the way around! x0x0

Shelly Schmidt said...

Awesome card- love the paper with the apples on it, and your cut out apple too. The image is perfect and love the butterfly you created- wonderful card!!!

Carol W said...

WOW, WOW, WOW...outstanding card. Love the fold and the woodgrain dsp...Love how you colored the immie and the apple....I also love how you did the are such an inspiration to me....Amazing card my friend...♥♥♥

April said...

I love your butterfly! Have always heard of it being done, but yours is the first I have seen!

I am always envious of your interiors!