Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink February Blog Hop


Well, it's the 25th of the month, which means it's time for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.
This month's challenge was to use this photo as our inspiration:


Isn't it pretty?
Well, I'd like to say that my card this month came together easily, but that wouldn't be true...
I started over quite a few times!

My first idea was to do a smooshing technique on my background, but
I gave up on that after several failed attempts.
Then, I tried watercoloring my background with ink, 
thinking that I'd cover it with some white butterfly diecuts, but that didn't work out either.
However, I did like how the butterflies looked layered over the watercolour,
so I started over and made this:


I used the PTI Life is Beautiful dies and watercolored the die underneath using
the inspiration photo for the colours.
Then, for my sentiment, I salvaged one of the "failed smooshing technique" panels
and diecut my Wonderful Words die from it.
I stamped my Wonderful Words Additions sentiment (inked all the way in PTI tropical teal
and half in Memento Lilac Posies).

I going to give this card to a friend of mine who's moving away.

Thanks for looking!

61 comments:

Lisa said...

Pretty card Leigh!

Lynn said...

So sorry that your friend is moving away. I'm sure she'll absolutely adore the beauty of this card Leigh!

Sherrie M. said...

Gorgeous card Leigh!
Smooshing is definitely not easy...haven't been completely successful yet either with that technique.

Jennifer K said...

Very pretty, Leigh! Wasn't this a fun inspiration piece? I like the multi-colored sentiment and, of course, the watercolored butterfly. I can't seem to stop watercoloring and smooshing lately. :)

Kristie Goulet said...

This is so pretty, Leigh! Love that colorful butterfly. :)

IamDerby said...

This is lovely Leigh!

Brandi R said...

LOVE this card! Love butterflies anyway, but this is just gorgeous!!! ♥

~amy~ said...

This is beautiful Leigh!

Karen C. said...

So pretty. Love the colourful accents on the butterfly and the inked sentiment at the bottom. I agree the smoothing technique was tricky, but the effect is always a surprise!

Audrey Pettit said...

Oh, it turned out beautiful, Leigh! I LOVE the bold graphic look you ended up with! The white on white butterfly is fabulous, and the watercoloring peekaboos are really fun and eye catching. The sentiment looks gorgeous, too. Nice and big and bold to match the butterfly. Love it!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Gorgeous card Leigh! I do love these butterflies and I think it was brilliant to use the colours from the inspiration photo!

sarah.boirin said...

I love your card, Leigh, I'm sure your friend will love it too.x

Susie said...

This is really gorgeous. Great job on the challenge.

honeybeelane said...

This is lovely, Leigh. I like how you stamped the sentiment in two colors and the "forever" looks like some sort of candy or frosting. Nice save! I do that too.....can't throw it away! ;)

Linda said...

Leigh, lovely take on this challenge. So pretty.

Michelle said...

Beautiful butterfly!

Darnell J Knauss said...

This will be forever in my mind, Leigh! Wow, what an impeccable and sensational design!! Hugs, Darnell

Lee said...

A very pretty card. Your friend will love it...so special.

Tonya said...

It's so pretty! Your colors turned out so soft and lovely!

Tracy said...

so very pretty Leigh - i like that multicolored sentiment and that butterfly was made for watercolors behind it - so pretty!

Wanda G (stampcat) said...

Hi Leigh!
SOOOO pretty! I love your ombre words...perfect! XOXO

Kathryn A said...

Love your rainbow butterfly and sentiment! Great card!

Luanne said...

So glad someone else struggled with the Smooshing! Laura made it look so easy! Your butterfly card is beautiful. Makes me eager for Spring!

Kay said...

I love this treatment on that gorgeous butterfly- so striking against the open white space- love it!

Joyce said...

This is fantastic. Love how you used those colors.

Cammie said...

Leigh, thinking butterfly and a watercolor background isn't all we share on this hop. I also had several attempts for the watercolor background. My attempts at smooshing were not successful. Although making this card may have taken longer than you anticipated, the end result is so beautiful! What a lovely card and sentiment for your friend.

Kara Lynne said...

So pretty! I love the white butterfly that peeks out the beautiful colors!

Rhonda said...

Love what you came up with. Sometimes the "failed" projects up our creative juices. :)

Betty Sue said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!!! I love your card and the colors are beautiful!! Truly lovely!!!

Annheidel said...

Pretty! I love the soft colors in the butterfly wings. It is a cool way to salvage your previous attempts.

Helen F. said...

Your card is so pretty. Love this Butterfly and your fun technique, Leigh!

Inkyfingers said...

This is just so beautiful Leigh and it was worth starting over for. Love the two colour sentiment and it will be perfect for your friend.
Hugs
Carol x

PiecesByEmily said...

I love the soft colors on this card, and the design is just fabulous! LOVE!

Kristii said...

Love, love, love your take on the PTI Challenge! Love the burst of color on the neutral background! Fabulous!

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautiful Leigh!

KayM said...

this is so striking Leigh! I love the blending in the butterflies wings! Absolutely beautiful card!

Diana K said...

It's a beauty, Leigh. And believe me, I get you about the smooshing woes! It's hard.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Oh I love the way you did your die cut at the bottom! Beautiful!

Scrappin4kim(Jennifer) said...

Very pretty Leigh! I love the softness
of it and I'm sure your friend will treasure it!!

Rema said...

Simply stunning Leigh!

A Crafty Person said...

I LOVE the way you "recycled" pieces of past card fronts to make this gorgeous card.

GabyCreates.com said...

Practice makes perfect! I love your end result! specially the two tone inked sentiment. love the colors behind the butterfly too!

Betty Wright said...

This is beautiful, Leigh! Love the two-tone sentiment detailing!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Oh....Lovely!!!!

artful-notions said...

Knew your take on the challenge would be a beauty! Love the way your sentiment is stamped!

carol (krillsister) said...

Gorgeous. Love the colors backing the butterfly. Your sentiment is perfect.

Megan Carroll said...

Hi Leigh! Your end result is fabulous! I am sure your friend will love it!

krismybliss said...

Such a sweet card! Love the beautiful background for the butterfly and the two-toned sentiment die cut. Perfectly balanced!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Stunning.

donna mikasa said...

Just gorgeous!

Lindsey said...

Leigh, this is beautiful! Your persistence certainly paid off! I had similar struggles with my card and smiled that we each ended up using portions of our "failed attempts".

Tracy W said...

Beautiful, love the way you have done the sentiment. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

Beth H. said...

Beautiful!

Valentyna Komisarenko said...

SO beautiful, Leigh!

Jen W. said...

Love the pops of colour on your butterfly and that two toned sentiment is gorgeous!

Joyously Noelle said...

Crisp, clean, and colorful! What a lovely card!

Marcia HIll said...

CAS and absolutely beautiful Leigh! Love how you used the colors in your sentiment too. A perfect card!! :0)

Bek said...

This is beautiful! I'm totally pinning this as inspiration! Thanks for sharing :)

Kathy Mc said...

Leigh, I'll bet your failed attempts were only because you're so critical of yourself. At any rate, this one is beautiful. It was definitely worth all your effort.

Nicki S said...

This is just gorgeous!! Sometimes failed attempts turn into GREATNESS! Wonderful work ;)

cm said...

No 'failed' smooshing, Leigh; rather, 'design innovation.' You already know I'm swooning over the butterfly. I'm sorry your friend is moving away; she'll love your card and miss, immensely, your friendship!
~c