Thursday, 16 March 2017

8x8 Card, Layered/Mixed Media, Butterflies

If you saw my last post, you should (hopefully) recognise this tag.
If you did but you don't, then...  well...  I can either go crawl back into bed and have a good cry or decide that you've had a very long day.  
And if the latter's the case, maybe you should go crawl back into bed and take a nap, or sit down for a bit with a good book to read.
Or...  or...  what do you like to do when you are tired?

My challenge for myself was to take this layered/CAS tag and to turn it into something not CAS at all.  Yet overall, there's still a 'clean' look to this design. 
Let me tell you what I've used...

Supplies Used:

Mama Elephant 'Tags A Lot'
Lifestyle Crafts/Quickutz 'Clock'
Poppystamps 'Theo Butterfly'
Sizzix/Holtz 'Tiny Tattered Florals'
Papertrey Ink 'Wet Paint Cuts'
Memory Box 'Peaceful Butterfly Wings'

Embossing Folders:
Spellbinders SCF-002 'Fabric Weave'
Crafter's Companion/Textures 'Wood Grain' (8x8, 5x7)
Crafter's Companion/Textures 'Hessian'
Crafts Too 'Cherry Blossom'
Cuttlebug 'Butterflies 3x3 Tag Team Combo Set'

Holtz Distress Inks:
Frayed Burlap
Walnut Stain
Bundled Sage

Crafters Workshop 'Ferns'

Crafter's Companion 'Spray and Sparkle' - Pearl Diamond
Ranger/Holtz 'Distress Collage Medium' - Crazing
Pebeo Gilding Wax - Silver
Dew Drops - Clear
Crocheted Lace
Paper Tearing Rulers x 2
Raffia/Thick Paper String - White
Silver Twine
Tonic/Holtz Distress Tool
Paper Punch

 I may have beaten my personal best for how many different elements to incorporate into just one card - and trust me when I tell you that this was not a labour of love, but of sheer grit and dogged determination.  
(Now there's a phrase I'm going to have to try and remember to look up).

I hate being beaten by a card that refuses to 'play nice' - Don't you? 
And I hate how my lace strip in the photo looks like a badly drawn straight line...  which it isn't.
It's as perfectly straight as straight can be.  There are just some very strange optical illusions at play - mainly caused by where the white raffia wraps around the card, I think).
Grrrr...  Maybe my card got it's own back on me after all!

Challenges I'm Entering...

(Handmade Flowers)

(Week #406    'Ladies and Girls')

(CFC169    'Off The edge')

(#255     'Dry Embossing')

(Trend Week #384     'Use A Stencil')

Wishing you a 'Happy' day, wherever you may be...

Donna. x


  1. You have created a wonderful card with your original Tag Donna, love all the textures and colour theme`s, perfect to me! stop being so hard on yourself..
    Hugs Pam x

    1. Thank you, Pam. I'll update with a better photo when able. Need a good, natural sunlight day. Can't use lamps due to shine on the tag!
      Hope you're feeling better. X

  2. I did think your tag looked familiar Donna and I also think you've made a lovely card with it. The photo looks great by the way. Barbxx

    1. Thank you, Barb... but I do need a brighter photo. This one's too dull as not enough daylight when it was taken. Easy enough to swap out on here, but means a new post on Instagram. Oh well!
      Enjoy your Friday. X

  3. This is lovely! Love the tag and all the layers and elements! Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls this week.

    1. Many thanks for stopping by today, Maria.
      Have a good day. x

  4. LOVE what you did with that fabulous tag sweet friend! WOW! All those elements and still with a clean look to it! Glad you showed that card who was boss! How did you do at the craft fair? Have a great weekend! Luv n’ Hugs. Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

    1. Hi Hazel... Bunny boxes were liked and some positive comments (plus a few sales). Just not as well attended as I had hoped. But it's good for me so I'll do a few more this year and decide after that. Money for hiring goes to local charities, so someone wins either way. X

  5. You did an amazing job upcycling your tag into something else! It's a wonderful embellishment for your card! TFS! Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff and hope to see you again!
    Tammy DT co-ordinator

  6. Great submission! Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff Challenge Blog.

  7. Such a lovely creation. Thank you for joining us at Allsorts this week!

  8. What a wonderful looking card. You don't do things by halves do you? From a little tag to a HUGE card! I can't cope with 8x8 cards. Never made anything larger than 5x7! Totally in awe of your talent.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

    1. You may change your mind about that when you see my next card! In my defence, I just go where the design takes me... which is generally after beating it into submission over many long days! Keeps my mind focused, either way.
      What are you working on at the moment?
      Enjoy your weekend, my friend. X

  9. Your card is so pretty and I love all the layers. Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Cathie ♥

    1. Hi Cathie.
      Thanks so much for stopping by!
      Have a lovely weekend... x

  10. Love the tag and all those butterflies. Thanks for playing along at USE YOUR STUFF - Gail

  11. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at UYS, good luck!!! Amy DT

  12. I love all all the different textures and layers going on. Keep fighting the battles because I think the card is outstanding

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by today. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I appreciate your kind words of encouragement...
      Donna. X

  13. This is stunning Donna. It was well worth that sheer grit and dogged determination because it's one of the best mixed media cards I've seen, I absolutely love it xx

    1. Awww... Thank you, Karen.
      Should get time to take a decent photo of it this week.
      Happy Friday to you. X

  14. This is gorgeous, Donna! Love all the fabulous texture & layers!