Ah, spring, I love it once the tornado strength winds die down… My life spent working in the insurance industry in the midwestern United States makes this time of year a little exciting some times, so I breathe a sigh of relief when stormy skies give way to sunny, breezy days with flowers blooming and wildlife taking flight. Enjoy some happy, fair weather thoughts as we feature fluttering butterflies gracing some wonderful creations. Wings fly off cards, canvas, or pages on some of the prettiest projects I’ve seen this year. Check out today’s featured artists and discover new stamp sets and products to use on your own butterfly inspired projects…
Card by Shelly Mercado, featuring stamps from Taylored Expressions, image source Popsicle Toes
Taylored Expressions has a beautiful set featured for their May 2014 Stamp of the Month which Shelly Mercado used above for her beautiful greeting. A coordinating butterfly steel rule die thrills those of us addicted to these paired stamp and die sets. The layered dies of a colorful butterfly give the impression the card could take flight at any moment, what a beauty!
May 2014 Stamp of the Month from Taylored Expressions
Hello Blooms dies from Taylored Expressions
You can also “fussy cut” a stamped image and adhere with dimensionals to delicately float a butterfly on your project. Feminine touches with lace inspired washi tape, beautiful pearl accents and other embellishments make Lori Hairston’s butterfly card extra special.
Card by Lori Hairston, featuring Zentagle Butterfly, image source Choux Choux Paper Art
Butterfly Zentangle clear stamp, image source Etsy.com
Unity Stamp Company and My Favorite Things also offer beautiful, realistic butterfly images in their respective stamp sets, Life Becoming and Inspired by Butterflies. Louise D’Oxey and Beth Stewart show off beautifully cut, embossed and colored butterflies using these sets in their artistic creations featured next…
Card by Beth Stewart, featuring My Favorite Things stamp, image source Beth’s Little Card Blog
Short on time or less confident about your coloring skills? Butterfly punches, stickers and other embellishments make adding simple butterflies to your projects super easy. Stampin’ Up! ‘s Bitty Butterfly punch is the perfect size to add multiple butterflies to your project. Select colors coordinating with your favorite papers and you have have a quick and pretty project using this small paper punch. Mary Fish’s card featuring the punch shows off just how pretty the results can be.
Cathy McGrath’s artistic canvas features a series of butterflies using Kaisercraft products. Cathy’s well designed mixed media creation includes an inspiring quote and pop-up butterfly wings at opposing corners of the canvas to keep your interest from the top to bottom of the project.
Mixed Media Canvas by Cathy McGrath, image source, Sew Creative
Keep it simple with small butterfly touches using other trendy embellishments on your projects. Two of my favorite trendy products, washi tape and sequins, come in butterfly patterns and shapes.
BoBunny Washi tape, image source Scrapbook.com
Jenni Bowlin Butterfly Sequins, image source Two Peas in a Bucket
Last, but not least, I want to share a lovely scrapbook layout from Mary Ann Jenkins featuring Chic Tags products. The sewn butterflies are anchored to the page, but still appear ready to fly away.
Are you ready to flutter off to the craft store and prepare for your next spring inspired project? Don’t let a gust of wind distract you from your passion. May a soft breeze be at your back to guide you there. Happy crafting, everyone!