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Monday 28 April 2014

Challenge 115 - It's a Bug's life

Kimx is hosting our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers and more... and she has chosen  'It's A Bug's Life' as her challenge to you. 
She would like to see Butterflies, Dragonflies, Ladybirds, or any other INSECT as your main image or focal point of your project
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My colour mojo has been a bit iffy lately - sometimes I get really frustrated trying to match the background paper I have with the idea I have in my head and on those occasions it helps to strip the colour out - just make it black and white!  
This card is a birthday card for one of my friends who really likes the monochrome effect.

I used a centura pearl (silver base) card for my base card, and layered it with a plain black mat with the corners punched inwards.  In the gaps at the corners I used adhesive pearls, to look like studs.

The doily was cut from the same centura pearl card using a tonic die, and I used the waste flowers that came out from the die to surround the doilly on the black mat.  I had a Martha Stewart daisy border strip punch that matched the die, so used that to make the ribbon strip.  I used small silver flat nail heads to put in the centre of the flowers in both.

The butterfly is from a Personal Impressions zendoodles stamp set (Butterflies). There are two cool stamps in the set and they are perfect for "zendoodling".  I used a 0.03 fineline pen to do mine.  I wanted to have a heavier effect for the butterfly, so when I had finished the zendoodling, I covered it with double sided adhesive sheet and cut it out.  Then I removed the adhesive sheet backing and poured creative expressions clear micro beads over the top.  This gives a really cool Glass effect which unfortunately doesn't photograph very well!  I used pinflair glue gel to adhere it to the centre of the doilly so that the wings would remain raised.

Finally, I used some of the black paper to make a sentiment strip and edged it using an embossing pen and white embossing powder.  The sentiment was a peel off from my stash.
 We are sponsored by

with this fabulous prize 
CS077D Butterflies
 As a family business we're a friendly, helpful, bunch at Hobby Art.  All our stamps are designed by us and manufactured in Britain.
Look at the gallery on my blog - jennymayes.com - for lots of card ideas using the Hobby Art range. 
We're pleased to sponsor the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge and look forward to seeing the entries.   Good luck everyone.  Jenny and all. X

and also by

with a $12 gift certificate

I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with like-minded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue! 


  1. This is fabulous and my favourite colour combo. Sorry that I have been a bad visitor lately. Hugs Kimx

  2. Fab detail J, absolutely adore your butterfly. Flora xx

  3. Black and white always works tho!!! Cindy x

  4. I love this dynamic card and black and white is one of my favourite colour combos absolutely stunning.