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Sep 16, 2009

Shabby Butterfly

I've had this idea brewing in my mind... and even though I promised myself not to stay up late one more night... I just couldn't resist. I love this week's CPS sketch (which happens to be sponsored by Zva - a product that I would LOVE to get my hands on!)... so I'm crossing my pinkie toes on this one. ;)

So... my entire idea started with one of Unity's newest stamps, 'Grainy Background' (which is released on Thursday, Sept. 17th... only a few short hours from now!!!) . I love anything woodgrain... and I thought it would be fun to try my hand at making my own embellishments! So... I dabbed it up with bright pink ink and stamped it onto a soft pink cardstock scrap. Then, using my butterfly Nestabilities die, cut it out... along with a chipboard butterfly to add in the background. (I used an old cereal box and 'recycled' it.) Then, I stitched along the edges and distressed it with a few shades of ink.

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The center piece is a fabric strip from an old set of bed sheets. I LOVE refurbishing old linen! Just hunt around at your local Goodwill or a tag sale. One old cotton sheet can go a long way! This fabric was white with soft pink ticking.... but I aged it with Distress inks to age it even more. To create the gathered edges, I just ran each edge through my sewing machine on the widest stitch and then pulled the top strings... which creates a fun ruffled effect. Once I had it the way I wanted, I just stitched it directly onto my patterned paper.

The papers and ribbons are also inked up. (Today, I used Antique Linen, Old Paper, & Tea Stain Distress inks by Ranger for all of my elements.) The paper is a BEAUTIFUL print by Fancy pants ("Shape": Simplicity line) & the rub-on is by Melissa Frances.

Thanks for checking it out! I hope you try your hand at creating homemade embellishments too! And definitely try recycling some old cereal boxes or torn sheets sometime! ;) It's FUN!


  1. What an adorable use of everything! Cute use of fabric, that butterfly is wonderful and great use of that CPS sketch.

  2. awwwwh this turned out amazing :) I LOVE that new background stamp too - I have a card that I'm sharing tomorrow at FWF using it :)

  3. WOW!!! This card is SO AMAZING!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!! I've been looking through my mom's old fabrics (a large trunk full)with similar ideas in my head. Thanks for sharing such a GREAT idea!!!

  4. Gorgeous card! I absolutely LOVE this!!!

  5. LOVE your card and love the linen idea! Clever!

  6. Super cute and fun big ribbon. Way to rock the cps challenge.

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

  7. Creative use of fabric; great card! And crossing your pinkie toes must've worked! Congratulations on winning all those great Zva products. I'll look forward to lots of cards with lots of bling! (And -- I'm going to practice crossing my pinkie toes...)

  8. Congratulations! Real great card. Love the way you've worked with fabric. Love XOXO Nicole


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