Saturday, May 7, 2011

Natural Beauty?

My husband has been a jewel in all that he's done for me since I had my surgeries last year.  So I wanted to make a special thank you card for him. This one has been on the back burner for some time. And I have to say that this card is by far one of my favorites.  I had the most fun doing it.  The idea has been swimming around in my mind for several months, and now I've finally been able to execute it.  Originally I was going to make this a typical card.  However, I realized that it needed more room because the captions needed to be spaced out.  (This is ALL one card; the front here, folds down and you have the second layout; then you fold the top up and you will see the last sentiment, the older woman and the butterfly on the doily.) I folded two pieces of cardstock in half, and adhered one to the other, so it had three pages.) So here's the front of the card:

The image is from Sweet Pea Stamps and is one that I've had for over a year, but have never gotten around to using, even though I had already colored the image.  The beautiful butterfly die, doily, sunflower and the embossing plate on the back  page of the card is from  Cheery Lynn Designs.  A dear friend sent several of these to me for a gift.   Woo Hoo!  The card front opens down and this is what you see next:

The punch on the top is one of the deep cut ones from MS. And now finally, here's the really fun part of the card; which you see by lifting the page with the two sunflowers up:
Of course I'm sure most of you recognize the image from  Bugaboo Stamps   These are such funny characters.  And my caption for this image is:

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

House of Gilli - layers and stitching
Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central - Nestibilities from store
Delightful Challenges  - someone special 
Shelly's Images - girly or sweet
Paper Play Challenges - favorite style
One Stitch at a Time - fancy folds
Stamping Vacation - from a cacoon
DDH - bling
Divas by Design - anything
Lexi's Creations - friendship
Stamping Vacation - name your challenge

I hope you've enjoyed looking at my card and that you will leave a message for me.  Don't forget that I have candy for New and Current followers.



Linda w said...

Blogger lost my last annoying that is. This is such a wonderful card...beautiful papers, and colouring. Great use of all the die cuts and embellies. Adore the punch line. A really fun card. Hugs lin

Dorcas said...

I really love the butterfly on the medallion,so pretty and of course I loooove blue and yellow together! Hubby will be so surprised and touched. :-)

Hussena said...

such a fun card the sentiment really tickles my funny bone love all the paperlaces and the flowers.

jackiescrafts said...

This is a great card I love the sentiments you have used they are fun. I'm sure your hubby will be thrilled by it

Thanks for joining in at SFC this time

Jackie x

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

Great card Debbie! He will love it! The butterflies are very pretty! So does this flip up? Very creative! Love all the layers to this! Great doily too!

Lisa Jane said...

what pretty cards - love the butterflies in the top card
Thanks for joining us at LCI this week
Lisa c

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Great card hun, I'm sure your hubby loved it!

Thank you for sharing with us at OSAAT this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Made by Mandy said...

What a lovely card to make for your husband. Congratulations on 38 years of marriage and I always think when one of you is ill that is when you really see how much strength there is in your partner. Hope you are well on the mend now after your surgery.

Glad you got the chance to make the card you wanted to, it has turned out so well.

Would you mind letting me know what the butterfly is, ie is it a die and who makes it. I love butterflies and this is so intricate. REALLY hoping it's not a Cricut cartridge as I don't have one of those. Good luck with your challenges xxx

Many thanks for joining in with our Embossing challenge over at OSAAT

Mandy (DT member for OSAAT)

Crafty Lynz said...

Lovely card, love the image!

Thanks for joining us at SFC.

Hugs, Lynsey

Debs said...

gorgeous creation, beautiful image and lace, thanks for joining our challenge at One Stitch at a Time
Debs R

Amanda R said...

Very cute idea! Love how you mixed up the images, hope your hubby likes it! Thanks for joining us at LCI this week!

Lionelsa said...

The second card is so funny. Love the punche you've used.
Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge this week!

ChickieChirps said...

Lols! Amazing card! Your hubby will love it! I love the sentiments and the images you used and all the details!

Thanks for joining the diecuts and punches challenge at Little Miss Muffet stamps!


Julie M said...

Aw, Debra, what a fantastic card. I love the humour in it - but a sincere thanks too. Lovely!

Thanks for joining us on PaperPlay this week.

Julie :o)

Donna said...

Beautiful cards hun, I especially love the butterflies one, so pretty. Thanks for joining in the Little Miss Muffet Challenge, hope to see you again. hugs Donna x

JustYolie said...

Beautiful cards...well done!

Davi said...

OH my gosh DJ this is amazing!! All the different parts, elements and the beautiful embellies!!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic work, love all the amazing details on it! Thanks so much for playing along with Paperplay this week!!

Min said...

Gotta love Stella! Great card!! Thanks so much for playin' along with us this week for The Catch The Bug "Anything Goes" Challenge with Bugaboo Stamps!
Hugs & Happy Days! ~Min

Love crafts forever said...

Thanks for playing at OSAAT this week.
Hugs Nataliya.

Nikki Byrne said...

What a fabby creation! It made me giggle! Thanks for sharing with us at OSAAT this week and good luck.


Nikki DT

Lacey Stephens said...

Fantastic Card! Great take on the Die cuts and punches challenge. Thanks for playing along with the Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge. We have a new one this week "Circles", we hope you can play along again!
Also, we will have a new digi release and blog hop on Friday, May 20th! Come hop along for a chance to win some digis!
Wags 'n Whiskers Rubber Stamps

Wenda said...

Great card thanks for joning us at OSAAT this week.

Hugs Wenda

deesdesigns said...

Love them both! Sounds like you found one of the good one's in your hubby - what a treasure. Thank you so much for joining our "bling" challenge at Digi Design House!

Pat Garvin said...

love your die cuts. Will be checking that site out. Thanks for playing with Stamping Vacation.

Lating Panda said...

I love your surprise card.It made me smile.:)Thanks for sharing at Divas by Design.