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1st Thursday of the month - A review of a craft product
2nd Thursday of the month - Craft room inspiration
3rd Thursday of the month - Stamp set/die cutter review
4th Thursday of the month - A craft room storage idea
Any 5th Thursday in a month - *GIVEAWAY*

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Art Deco Butterfly for Seize the Sketch 17 and The Card Concept 7

Good evening all,

I am feeling very proud of myself as I blog tonight after defeating my toddler in the 'big boy bed' battle. We decided to change from a cot to a bed last weekend and it did not go well!! He was able to get into his wardrobe and pull everything out, he could switch the light on and off and he repeatedly came out of his bedroom…..we eventually cracked at 9.30pm and turned his bed around so he was wedged against the wall and could not get out…..tonight though, we decided to go for it properly. He was returned to his room at least 60 times over an hour and a half period, but he then said 'night night Mummy' and fell asleep…..phew!! They do say it gets easier from now on!!!!! Here is hoping.

While my husband puts child number 2 to bed (who has had to have a late night in order to give peace and quiet for the extended toddler bed time), I have the chance for some quick blogging to share a card I made earlier…..

My lovely husband came home with a wee impromptu gift the other night - some gorgeous designer paper and some lovely buttons!! So much better than a bunch of flowers (although they might be nice too!!!). One of the designer papers was an Art Deco pack by Docrafts - Roaring Twenties it is called. I have been desperate to use it ever since.

I began looking at how maybe a couple of the papers would work together, but it was actually really tricky as each of the patterns are quite bold in themselves and don't actually work that well together. I knew the fore, that they would have to just be accents as apposed to centre pieces on a card. Much of the papers work around a black, silver and turquoise colour scheme and I knew that I just had to match them with a butterfly in the same colours. I absolutely adore Visible Image's butterfly stamp and it works so well in lots of different colour schemes. I decided to emboss it in silver EP and colour the butterfly black and turquoise. I used a black felt pen and then a turquoise watercolour paint (my new favourite medium) which worked fantastically.

I decided to use my favourite layout just now which is two tags….I decided to have one in black to create quite a bold statement and then I watercoloured another tag in the same turquoise as I had used for the butterfly.  I then stamped a script image by Waltzing Mouse in black over the water coloured tag. Now, I don't actually have any tag dies yet (shocking I know!!!) so I used my WRMK art deco corner chomper instead.

I added a strip of art deco DP to each tag and then assembled the card using a white base, a black layer and then a layer of a white/silver art deco paper that I found did actually match quite well!!

I used the 'Just for You' sentiment from Uniko Studio on the black tag, embossed again in silver EP.

Once assembled, and the butterfly added, I decided to add a bit ribbon at the top of the tags and then a bit of bling by way of a few crystals and a pearl at the tag top.

I am really happy with the end result. I hadn't really set out to make this for a particular challenge, but as it turns out, it fits in perfectly with a couple…..don't you just love when that happens??!! I will be entering Seize the Sketch and The Card Concept where I think I fit in to the clean & layering category??!!


So here is my Art Deco card….

I am super pleased with this card and will be giving it to my Gran who is butterfly obsessed for her birthday. Despite this being a very feminine card, I would really like to dedicate this card to my Papa who passed away last weekend. He was very artistic and it is actually his watercolour painting equipment that I am now the proud owner of.

I hope you like this card and as always, any comments are always so very much appreciated.

Laura xxxx

Resouces used:
Card - White and black from Papermill Direct, Watercolour paper from stash & DP by Docrafts (Roaring Twenties)
Ink - Papermania Tinsel silver EP, Black versa mark, watercolour paints
Stamps - Butterfly by Visible Image, Sentiment by Uniko Studio - Gift for you set, Waltzing Mouse - Text it
Embellishment - pearl from stash, crystals (Anita's)


  1. Oh wow Laura, this is beautiful! I don't know how you find the time with little ones to take care of too, Cx

  2. Stunning dual tag card -- love the color combo - Thanks for joining in with STS!

  3. This is so pretty. I love how you pulled the wings up on the butterfly. I do this too:) Thanks for joining us at The Card Concept.

  4. Oh my, Laura, what a fabulous post! *fist pump* in winning the 'bedtime battle with your son. We don't children of our own, but a niece and nephew, aged 4 and 2, so we're certainly familiar with how persistent little ones can be! Your husband's gift: wow, wow and wow! How delightful that he supports your creativity! Your card: STUNNING! The black, sliver and turquoise is such a striking combination, and your showcase - through the two tags and gorgeous butterfly - is beyond impressive! I'm glad you found challenges, because this card warrants recognition! A dazzling delight!

  5. WOW!! I love this card!! Awesome color combo!! Love the beautiful butterfly and the bling!!
    Thank you so much for joining us at The Card Concept!!

  6. That butterfly is absolutely gorgeous!
    Thanks for joining us at Seize the Sketch.

  7. This is such a gorgeous card! LOVE the color combo and that butterfly is beautiful!!
    Thanks for sharing and playing along with us over at Seize the Sketch!