Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Butterfly Farm

Before I share my newest LO with you, I just want to tell everyone how lucky I am to have the amazing blog friends that I have!! Everyone is so nice to me.... and this week, two of them sent me gifts!!! I love gettting this kind of mail!!  LOL!! Over at the Paper Poppy Kit Co. Alphra had some fun contests during National Scrapbook Day and I won one!! She sent me these lovely buttons!! Thank you Alphra!! I can't wait to use them!!

And then.... my friend Judy was demonstrating the new gel pens with the cricut!! If any of you know Judy, you know how incredibly generous she is!! Well, she picked me from the comments that were left to receive these 2 brand new gel pen sets!! I love the cool things she was able to do with these pens and I can not wait to get some time to try them out myself!! Please stop by Judy's blog (Judy's Cardmaking and Papercrafts)and show her some love!! She is one of the nicest, kindest people you will meet!!


Now... on to my layout!! Stuck On U Sketches has another amazing sketch for you this week!! The sketch is from the very talented Liz Qualman and was so fun to work with! If you haven't had a chance yet, stop over at the Stuck On U Sketches blog and see what the design team did with this sketch!! AMAZING!!

These pictures are from a butterfly farm in St. Thomas. We visited it after a day at the beach... that explains the bathing suit and wet hair!! Lauren was very clever with her tricks to get a butterfly to stay on her hand... but it seemed to work!! She loved posing with the butterfly!!

The papers are all from my May kit from the Paper Poppy Kit Co.  Alphra did an amazing job of putting this kit together!! She added in some super fun embellies too!!
The butterfly is 2 chipboard butterflies that I covered with patterned paper an then inked the edges with blue ink. The top layer is the Prima butterfly stamp that came with the kit. I have to be honest... I love the stamp as long as I don't look at it too close!! The middle of the butterfly is a lady and it kind of freaks me out!! So... I covered the freaky lady up with pearls!! LOL!!! The mat behind Lauren's photo is actually the packaging that the chipboard butterflies came in. I added in some Prima flowers, random ribbon and black flourishes from my own stash. Everything else is in the kit!! If you want a kit of your own, you can find it HERE!!

And finally I want to thank Jenny over at Wee Memories!! Her challenge this week is to sew on your LO!! Me sew?!! Seriously?!! My dear mother gave me a sewing machine for Christmas.... one with just the basics, nothing fancy!! But that sewing machine has sat in it's box in the closet until today!! I finally got it out!! Of course my thread colors are limited since I am not a person who normally sews.... so I was stuck with an off white thread color. I started by stitching around the large piece of patterned paper. I know it doesn't show up in the photo but I really did it!! I even switched stitches in random places to add the little zig zag stitch!!! I am sooooo proud of myself!! I am such a big girl now!! But since that stitching did not show up well, I decided to be super brave and sew around the blue paper at the bottom of the layout!! I actually think it turned out pretty well for my first time!! Sometimes I just surprise myself!! LOL!!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great week and I will be back Friday with a new Frosted Designs layout.... the challenge next week is really fun so be sure to stop by Friday to find out more about it!!
Barb :)

15 comments:

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

First I love your layout. I love the butterfly that you made GORGEOUS! Second WOOHOO on goodies, I want some of those pens so bad...on my list for after this spending ban (it is getting long LOL)

Denise said...

Your layout is amazing! Love the butterfly you made! Gotta love the RAKs.

Cokie Pop Paper Boutique said...

Wowza. Beautiful paper and layout. Love the butterfly. I need to try sewing myself one day soon!

Beatriz Farquhar Guzman said...

Crafty girl... you rock! I love your layout, it's beautiful! Love your layered butterfly... and yes, I am with you, do not like faces....but how clever of you to cover it up. I am so happy you won twice!!!!! Those buttons are yummy...
Have a wonderful Wednesday evening!!!!!

Aphra said...

Oooo, Barb, I love this! The sewing, the layering, the flowers (what a fab addition to the kit), the stamp, the ribbon, the pearls. I just LOVE how you put it all together!

Glad you liked your RAK! Enjoy it, girlie. And thanks for playing along with us at the Paper Poppy!

Davi said...

Wow this is just beautiful!! Beautiful Lauren of course but what a fabulous way you used all the color and layers!

Sandi Clarkson said...

Barb, I think this is an all time fave of mine! Do I say that every time? Love the photo and those papers and just perfect for that gorgeous monarch and the great gingham ribbon! All around fabulous, you crafty girl you! Thanks for being a part of SOUS this week!

LINDA said...

WOW!! This is just gorgeous.. Love all the details.. very beautiful!!
Hugs, Linda

Stine said...

Love it. The bright colours are wonderful!

Rainbow said...

Wow Barb!! this is gorgeous!! love the color!! amazing details!! beautifuly done!!

Fern said...

HI Barb!! Congrats on your prizes!!! You go girl!!! And this layout of Lauren is beautiful!!!! Beautiful papers, butterfly and those photos are amazing!!!! It looks like she had a wonderful time!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!!! Hugs!!!

Sasya said...
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Sasya said...

OH i adore butterflies, your butterflies are soo beautiful!!!
and i love your LO, very good shape, and the photo is so cute~!

Jenny said...

This is BEAUTIFUL Barb!! LOVE IT!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) Thanks for playing with my challenge!!!! I posted a new challenge today... hope you get to come play again!! :) :) :) :) :) Have a great day!

Leah said...

ok my FAVE page from you so far!
i LOVE the pp, I LOVE what you did to embellish...
i LOVE the colors, love love them...

you really did a wonderful job and my gosh how I LOVE that photo! I just adore kids w/ glasses!!!

oh, and how lucky to get some goodies! woo hoo! this has been the year of goodies for ya!

 
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