Saturday, 15 May 2010

Butterfly days?

I was whooping for joy the other day as I found out the lovely Steph had made a draw for some extra Papertrey Anniversary stamp sets earned by a very large group order she organised earlier in the year, and I was one of the winners!! I'm sure they heard me cheering the other end of town I was so delighted. Its a very pretty set and I created a couple of cards with it straight away. One for my niece's birthday on Tuesday and this butterfly card for the latest A Passion for Papertrey challenge and is to make a card for a friend. I cut the circle in the card with a Nestabilities die and glued a piece of acetate behind. The butterfly image is stamped on the inside of the card. The butterfly on the outside is a single stamp from the new Stampin Up mini catalogue and is coloured with Copics. The butterfly seems to be a mixture of the Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies - a bit strange but very pretty.

I'm always on the lookout for wildlife in the garden while I'm working and always have my camera nearby just in case I see something interesting. I've recently noticed that some days are definitely butterfly days. I know warm and sunny weather encourages flight, however there are some days when even if the weather is perfect there isn't a butterfly to be seen, and on other days there are dozens flitting about.

Last Saturday was definitely a butterfly day and I spent ages chasing them with my camera. Here are three I managed to snap - a Speckled Wood, a Holly Blue sipping from a Laurel flower and an Orange Tip - this is a male as the females don't have the orange on their wings. There were others I didn't catch as they spent all their time dancing with eachother in the sunshine.


  1. I was one of the winners too - didn't realise you had been part of that share. wasn't it a lovely surprise and Steph got them out so quickly, they haven't seen ink yet though! Your butterfly pictures are beautiful, well done on capturing them.

  2. I wasn't one of the winners and I was very envious of you !!! Steph was so kind, eh ? However, my envy is slightly abated as I see what beautiful cards you are making - congratulations !!

  3. What a beautiful card! Great use of that Anniversary Set! I'm loving all of your pics as I adore butterflies; there's something so special about them!
    Thanks so much for entering our challenge on A Passion for Papertrey!

  4. I love your cards.....You'll also have a giveaway soon??????

  5. Hi Ann,

    What a beautiful card! I love butterflies and your card is simply gorgeous. It conveys a feeling of softness and gentleness . Love your your nature photos too. We do not have many butterflies up in our area of the woods. It is too cold I think for them and not many flowers have opened yet. And when they do, it is a very short season. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Hi Ann

    I loved your card and the beautiful butterfies too. You must be a good photographer. By the time I have a camera ready, they have always flown away.

  7. Hi Ann
    can I ask which set of nesties you used for cutting the aperture, the small or large set. I have a gift voucher from a US firm that is burning a whole and I want to get some nestie circles, it seems this stamp fits well - but with which set??

  8. Hi Anne

    I've just posted my card inspired by yours, my nesties came today! I've given you credit for the idea.


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