Goodbye Flutter By

floral card with thank you sentiment and yellow die cut butterfly
whew! it’s been a whirlwind week with out of town medical appointments and my daughter and her two bunnies visiting from out of town so i haven’t had much time to play until today. i created this card for the 200th and final flutter by challenge; a fun sketch by the talented jen shults. i received my first blinkie from the FBW challenge and i’ve enjoyed playing along – thank you danni and team! the image is coloured with distress inks, of course – thanks for popping by.

Blogiversary and Butterfly Card For Class

wow, it’s been a year since i started this blog.  my goal was to motivate myself to continue to be creative and participate in challenges while i traveled along on my grief journey after the loss of my son in june 2009; i needed something to focus on so i didn’t lose myself in the sadness.

thank goodness there are no challenge rules to blogging; i post when i can, share when i want and try my best to maintain a positive tone, even if i’m not feeling up to it.

throughout this past year, i’ve met some wonderful and caring friends along the way and i appreciate the comments, support and encouragement. i love visiting blogs and finding cute images that make me smile, posts that make me laugh and cards that are just so inspiring – all i could ever do is wish to be so talented.

my goal for the upcoming year remains unchanged, although i might push myself to try new techniques. for now, i’m enjoying my comfort zone and monthly challenges that allow me to move at my own pace.  i’m also having fun teaching watercolouring with distress inks classes at the papercraft cafe and this is one of the cards for my July 16 class.  i’m submitting this to the flutterby wednesday’s open challenge this week. thanks so much for popping by.

blue and brown butterfly on circle matted with brown against blue and brown designer paper

Dotted ATC

artist trading card with two butterflies, dotted border and thinking of you sentimenti was inspired by my daughter to create this; she’s the artist who encourages me to try new media for the sheer joy of it and not to worry about the artistic outcome; she’s right – art is subjective anyway.  also, after seeing sandra’s ATCs, i had to try one, so this is my first; ok, the first one that i’m willing to share.  i spent some time last night working on a couple of different designs on these small spaces.  i’m submitting this to two challenges: the flutterby wednesday polka dot theme and the penny black saturday doodling challenge. thanks for popping by.

Clean and Simple Window

lime green butterfly in circle window

i missed a couple of the flutterby wednesday challenges so it was fun to be able to play again. this week’s theme is window cards and of course mine is very clean and simple.  even though it’s crooked in the photo, because it’s somewhat open, the card is straight; i know because my new cutter cuts straight, finally!  the butterfly was watercoloured, stickles were added, as well as a border of debossed swiss dots, and two lines were scored. finally, the scallop circle was pierced.  thanks for popping by.