Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Double D Challenge: Butterflies

Hello friends!  It's Double D Wednesday and a new challenge is up.  Who doesn't like butterflies?  That's our challenge this time.  We'd like to see lots of pretty Butterflies!

I had a completely different card made for this challenge, but changed my mind and started over.  That's what happens when I work ahead -- my stamping mood changes before the go-live date and then I'm scrambling last minute.  So, this is what I ended up with -- Gerberas and butterflies in a garden-like setting.




Our mood board is very inspiring.  Ohhhh, the colors!  I was immediately attracted to the teal Swallowtail on yellow daisies, but the pink!  The purple!  The amber Monarchs on green!  Sigh...  All of these colors are represented by the DD team's beautiful samples.




We have butterfly dies for a random winner:




The team votes on favorites, too.  All details are on the Double D blog.

I stamped the daisies in SU So Saffron ink on X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copics.  The Butterflies were stamped in Memento London Fog.  Since my flowers and the whole card are so soft, I toned down the color on the butterflies.  The black and vibrant teal just didn't look right.




Power Poppy Dynamic Duos: Glads and Gerberas.  Butterflies borrowed from Soothing Sympathy and Pure Prairie Spirit.  Spellbinders Decorative Curved Square and Standard Circles Large and Small.  Prima Annalee designer paper (retired, probably).

I hope you can play along!  I'll be back to visit again soon.  Till then, have a happy day!



30 comments:

Glenda Brooks said...

Oh how beautiful! I love all the die work and the sweet little butterflies and the gorgeous colors...I could just go on and on. Can you tell I do love your card?

Diane said...

Beautiful Leslie, so soft and pretty, but yet the flowers and butterflies take center stage...love, love this gorgeous card!!

Darlene said...

Be still my heart ... this is so gorgeous! Your coloring is always so jaw dropping and I really LOVE your design! GREAT job as always my friend!

Yogi said...

pretty. Have a great day

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful Summertime design, Leslie. I love your sunflowers and gorgeous butterflies. Your coloring, sewing and card design are Stunning as always, my friend. Your card deserves a permanent frame:-) TFS Hugs..

Donna Ellis said...

LESLIE!!! You have done it again! But then, I wouldn't expect anything less. First of all - the gorgeousness of your design is glorious! Such happy, summer time brightness! I also have that SB die in my stash, but haven't used it yet. Never would I have considered putting it on the diagonal, and inking the edges like this. It's beautiful! I especially like the way you carefully protected the lattice options to remain white, for that country cottage feel. It's a wonderful card, and perfect for the DD challenge! xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

Wow! So beautiful! You really captured the inspiration photo with the pretty sunflowers and those gorgeous butterflies. I just love this card.

Kathy Krug said...

WOW! I love this. The background for your flowers and the pretty die make a perfect picture. The butterflies are perfect and I love the added stitching. Just gorgeous.

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Leslie, my dear.....I'm just in awe at this card, not only the image of this gorgeous flowers and butterflies is amazing, but the way you created the background for it just takes it to the highest level.
I've never seen stitching this perfect, EVER!!!!!, so straight and absolutely beautiful and adds a most delightful detail to your whole design.
The Ivy die is to die for, just lovely.
Thank you for sharing this card, you have inspired me to ink up some of my butterfly stamps that I've neglected for a while.
Big hugs, my friend.
Maria.

laurie said...

That is a beautiful mood board, and I love the colors you chose to use from it for your card. Your stitches add so much...how I wish I could do that! Beautiful card Leslie!!

Pauline said...

Oh my goodness my friend, this is stunning! Leslie I'm in 'awe'! And I really shouldn't be as everything you do blows my mind! Love everything about this, from you beautiful coloured image, your die cuts, the softness of your dp, and all the stitching- just amazing! Oh, and those beautiful butterflies, great idea to stamp them in london fog, and I like the colours as they compliment your daisies. Gorgeous card!

aussie aNNie said...

How pretty is this card Leslie, love the background, stitching and gorgeous colours...hugs.

Conniecrafter said...

Oh wow that is gorgeous, lovely flowers, such pretty details in them. I love the colors you chose for the butterflies too. Love how you colored the framing die also, beautifully done!

Cindy Beach said...

I LOVE butterflies, and yours look almost real enough to touch, there's a translucent quality to your coloring. Your card is exquisite. I love the soft coloring added to the die cuts too. Beautifully done, Leslie!
Now I'm also chuckling that working ahead doesn't work for you. I am just the same way! Something about what I've already made just doesn't sit right with me and I end up making something "new". It's only paper, right?

Donna Phelan said...

Leslie, this is so beautiful and darling! I love your soft sponged tones, the dies you chose look so amazing, just perfect! That stitching--loooooove! I need to do more of it on my own creations! Fab flowers and beautiful butterflies too! I just love it all!

Sherri said...

Wow! Another drop dead gorgeous card! Nobody can hold a candle to your coloring....in ANY medium! What a beautiful image you began with and the way you designed this card made it even more spectacular! Awesome job, Leslie!

Stacy Morgan said...

Great use of the die cuts and the sponging adds a great touch. Beautiful blooms so cheerful and yes you can never have too many butterflies. Beautiful!

Vicki robertson said...

This is absolutely exquisite, Leslie!! I love background die cut and the design is fabulous. Sooooo pretty!

Barbara said...

This card with the delicate die for the background and the more dramatic flowers and butterflies really is ravishing. I love everything about it. I had it to you to do the stitching on the card too. It is all so wonderful.

Amelia Breytenbach said...

Such a gorgeous card Leslie. Absolutely stunning ...such a beautiful image, coloring and design details.

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

OMG!! This is such a beautiful card! Your coloring on the flowers and butterflies are just gorgeous!! The mood board was definitely inspiring! Who doesn't like flowers and butterflies! Have a great weekend!

Judy Woodland said...

What a sweet card. I have that square die an I have forgotten about it, thanks for the inspiration. Super sunny, adorable creation. It makes me smile!

Lynette said...

So, so beautiful and perfect, Leslie. Amazing coloring on my favorites - daisies:)

ChristineCreations said...

How fun and vibrant Leslie this is! The pops of colour with those butterflies are such a great contrast too! So lovely!

Heidi Stamps said...

Stunning coloring on the flowers! Love your card!

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous card love the sunny Summery colours and beautiful dies--I am way behind with commenting-I no longer get notifications of comments and even my reading list is all to pot either says page not available or just not updated-but will get there :)
Carol x

Pam Sparks said...

So lovely Leslie! The perfect paper in the background to go with your beautiful die cut and coloring! Your no line coloring is gorgeous! Swoon!

Sherrie K. said...

Gorgeous card! Lovely colors and fun layers!
Sherrie K

Carol L said...

Not only are the butterflies beautifully colored, but the background is wonderful too with that homespun look of stitching around the edge! I love how you left some portions of the die white while coloring in the others too! Just a lovely card!!

CherylQuilts said...

What exquisite coloring, Leslie! The gerbera daisies are gorgeous, and your butterflies are amazing! Even their wee bodies are perfect! I love the dies you've used along with the soft DP. Stunning card! Hugs! xoxo

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