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Friday, 21 January 2011

Happy Days Are Here Again


Not that they ever went away. After a brief blip on the crafting front due to lack of sleep, I was leaping off the walls with all the extra bounce & vigour that a few good nights' sleep gave me (& let's just forget last night ever happened with the smoke alarm battery and drunken partner which undid all that beautiful somnambulism)

Over at the Play Date Cafe, they gave us a fruity, zesty combo of orange and green together with the silvery elegance of grey. A perky, uplifting selection which was fun to join in with.

After trimming out a patterned grey mat layer from K&Co stash, I punched out the corners and hand-stitched around the edges. I chomped out six butterfly shapes with a MS punch and glued them in pairs slightly askew, just for whimsy. I stamped the sentiment and frame with a Banana Frog set and threw in some ribbon for the orange accent. Pearls and jewels finished off the card, all because I fancied adding bling.

Finally, I'm seeing sun outside of my craft room window. So I'm going to take full advantage of it and drag myself outdoors for some fresh air and vitamin D.

18 comments:

Fiona said...

Paul! - beautiful card! love the effect with the butterflies :) thanks for joining in the fun at the PDCC this week :)

JoZart said...

Lovely card Paul... .fab flutterbys and I see you've been in stitches again!
jo x

Pauline said...

Lovely card, the butterflies are gorgeous, and the stitching really sets off this card, great job with these colours.

Anne Jagger said...

Beautiful card for a beautiful bright day. Hope you enjoy it! X

Papillon said...

Beautiful card, Paul-I'm in love with the butterflies! Love that muted shade of green too. Chris M x

Jaclyn Miller said...

somnambo-what? Now I'm gonna have to go look that one up. ;) Your take on this week's colors is fantastic, as usual. Love those slightly whimsical butterflies. Thanks for your dedication to playing along at the PDCC!

alexa said...

You forgot to mention that nice stitching! Love the freshness, presaging Spring - did you get your fresh air and vitamin D? Sounds as if your partner might need it more than you!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Paul, I love your verbal take on our challenge colors (great description!) as well as your visual one. Those butterflies askew are just so fun! THanks for playing with us again this week at Play Date Cafe. :D

Nigel said...

Sleep seems to agree with you :)

Wonderful card.

Neil said...

I'm impressed; i've never tried stitching yet! Lovely card, perhaps i'll dig out some needles and thread....

Dotpat said...

Fab card Paul, glad you caught up on your sleep

Tracey said...

Hey Paul!! I thoughly enjoy reading your blog bits about your life :) Fantastic take on the colours this week!! LOVE those butterflies! Thanks for playing along with us the Play Date Cafe :)

Jinny Newlin said...

LOVE your layered butterflies and bling, Paul! Thanks so much for playing along with us in the Cafe!

Ruby said...

Lovely card Paul. I really like how you've done the little cut out corners. Great minds think alike, I've just done something very similar with a lacy border I've done. I prefer yours though lol. Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe!

Neet said...

Lovely card again Paul - I do admire your doing that stitching around the edges. Love those butterflies and the sentiment you have used.

Libby Hickson said...

Very pretty use of the colors! Thanks for joining us at The Play Date Cafe this week!

Andrea Ewen said...

Way awesome card, Paul, love the blinged out butterflies, askew, no less :) Great hand-stitching too, I like the effect of it not quite reaching the corners.
Your commentary is so interesting too, I really enjoy your take on the challenge and life in general (and it broadens my vocabulary...somnambulism?--gotta love it!)

*** Suzi B *** said...

Great card!
I have something for you on my blog :)