Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Butterfly Sympathy Card

I had a good time this weekend at the retreat reconnecting with crafty friends. I spent part of the time coloring and the rest working on my digital photos. I didn't get as much done as I would have liked (some yucky personal stuff keeps affecting me), but so appreciated the chance to escape into the crafty world. Plus I won a few door prizes which is always exciting.

A good friend of my hubby's wife passed away this weekend. I wanted to make a special card for the family and turned to my go to sympathy sets from PaperTrey Ink. I have a huge association with butterflies as our loved ones who have passed on and find them so appropriate for sympathy cards.

Sketch Inspiration ~ My Grafico Sketch #36

I meant to stick to black and white, but ivory kind of overtook the white.

Simon Says Challenge ~ Recipe (3 types of embellishments, 2 patterned papers, 1 image) My embellishments are 1) Ribbon, 2) Butterfly Punch and 3) Vellum Wedding Favor Butterfly; the 2 papers are the butterfly base and the dotted panel; and I used a verse as my image.
KL Stampin N Scrapin Challenge ~ Go Green We were to recycle an element in our card. The wide grossgrain ribbon was secured on a small bag of candy I received at Christmas time. I've been holding on to it for the perfect card.

 My Creation
I know this is really ivory and black, but when I saw the butterfly paper I knew it was perfect for my card and hope the PT girls will understand. :o)

Image Detail
My butterfly is double layered. The bottom piece is a wedding decoration I picked up at Michael’s and I used my new Martha Stewart Monarch butterfly punch for the top layer.

Inside of Card
I used a verse from PTI’s With Sympathy set and their small butterfly.

INS AND OUTS ~ Butterfly Sympathy Card
Stamps: Through the Trees & With Sympathy (PaperTrey Ink)
Paper: DCWV LaCreme Stack, The Paper Studio Butterfly print, Misc Black, Neenah Classic White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: SU Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Recycled Ribbon, Ivory Chocolate Butterfly (Brides), Monarch Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart)
My Grafico Sketch #36
A Passion for PaperTrey ~ Black and White
Little Red Wagon #16 ~ Ribbon
Simon Says Challenge ~ Recipe
Belli Challenge #85 ~ Butterflies & Dragonflies
Corrosive Challenge #52 ~ Wings
KL Stampin N Scrapin Challenge ~ Go Green


  1. What a beautiful butterfly card. I'm sure it will mean a lot to your friend. Thank you for participating in the Creative Belli Challenge.

  2. This is a beautiful card. Im sure that it will be a wonderful comfort to the family!

  3. Beautiful card! Love the colour combination and the papers! The butterfly are wonderful!

    Thanks for joining the Simon Says Challenge!

    Hugs, Tímea

  4. This PT girl completely understands! Ivory looks so elegant too and it's as close to white as you can get!
    I'm so sorry you had to make a sympathy card, but you've done a fabulous job!
    Thanks so much for joining in our challenge!

  5. This is a beautiful sympathy card, Cat! Love the use of the wedding embellishment/butterfly and the recycled ribbon for our Go Green challenge at KL Stampin N Scrappin!! :) Kelly

  6. This is really beautiful, you'd think that butterflies might not work in black & white but they so do & your card is gorgeous and very elegant

    Jan x

  7. What a beautiful card! It's not easy getting th elevel right with bereavement cards and this is so well=crafted it manages to have creativity, interest and yet still remain tasteful.
    Great work!

  8. Beautiful card! Love all the butterflies, I`d never thought they look this gorgeous in black and white!

    Vanessa xx

  9. This is really spectacular! I love the cream/black combo and those butterflies look like they are in flight! :)

  10. this is beautiful hun!
    Thank you for playing along with us
    @ Creative Belli!
    blessings, Maria

  11. So sorry you had to make a sympathy card - but this card sure will give comfort! The butterflys are so pretty.


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