Thursday, August 2, 2018

Find Your Loveliness

Hi! I hope you're not getting tired of seeing the 3D embossed backgrounds! I'm just crazy over Tim's Texture Fades, and there are not enough hours in the day to create with them!

The coneflower is one of the last from this spring's bloom. It's been raining every day since we've been back from vacation, so I haven't gotten a chance to cut them back for the second flush of flowers. Usually our garden is full of butterflies, attracted by the purple flowers, but I've only seen three this year!

I added a little Prima Artisan Powder to the edges of this one for a rusty look and backed with a cat food box chipboard panel embossed in gold. I layered it over a panel colored with Distress Oxides--Squeezed Lemonade, Iced Spruce, and Frayed Burlap. While it was still damp, I dusted with more of the powder.

I recently purchased the Butterfly Framelits, but don't own the stamps yet. I was itching to give them a try, so I inked some card with Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Broken China oxides. I used Distress Transparent Matte paste and some of Tim's Mini Layering stencils to provide some pattern. When dry, I blended with Walnut Stain oxide and then used the dies to cut the shapes. They were randomly edged in gold embossing powder and the bodies were cut from a scrap of Metallic Kraft Stock covered with gold microbeads.

I layered the stenciled butterflies over another cut from another piece of the inked card I used for the base. Some gold thread and a Clippings Sticker finish off this simple card.

You can see in the photo above I just barely touched my embossing ink to the flower heads on the textured panel and gold embossed. The powder blew around and seemed to land everywhere but on the flower heads, but I'm ok with that.

Challenge shares:
Scrapy Land Challenge #95 Anything Goes I used a Sizzix die set.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Wild Things I chose wild colors and wild butterflies.
SumMore Fun Mood Board Challenge #33  I'm inspired by the vibrant butterflies.

Thank you for stopping by and for your inspirational comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. Wow, this is a gorgeous card! I would never tire of seeing your work! Love the way you’ve inked up those butterflies and the gold accents are so wonderfully carried throughout the design! I also am a huge fane of up cycling and love that you have layered with a piece of box that you covered! Thanks for sharing you super talent!

  2. WOW!! Your background is incredibly gorgeous Sara Emily! I LOVE the texture and the dimension is fantastic! The inking you did looks amazing and I love the gold prills and string. The butterflies are stunning! So beautiful my friend!

    Have a great day!
    Sherrie K

  3. Absolutely stunning, Sara Emily!! The texture is amazing!! I love the way you highlighted the embossing and those gorgeous butterflies!! The colors are so beautiful!! I have a couple of the TH 3D embossing folders, but I haven't had time to play with them :( You inspire me to make the time!! Love this!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. A most beautiful card, I will never tire of seeing those embossing folders used, your beautiful background makes a perfect backdrop for those gorgeous butterflies! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Very pretty card! Thanks so much for joining in on the fun with our mood board at SumMore Fun! ~DT Jamie

  6. I am totally loving this card! Once again, that embossed background is gorgeous and I love those butterflies too. Thank you for joining the SumMore Fun challenge.

  7. WOW, this is beautiful, love the color combinations!

  8. Wow, Sara!!! The embossed background is truly beautiful and I love the stencilled butterflies!!! Thank you for joining the August challenge of the Country View Challenges!

  9. You found your loveliness! The micro beads and gold dust look great. Such a gorgeous folder and pretty butterflies you have made to compliment it. x Amanda

  10. What a lovely card Sara Emily!
    I so love the embossing on this one! You really do a beautiful job with putting together the right colors and elements! bravo girlfriend! Hope your trip is going well!
    Jackie xo

  11. How can you even ask? I could never tire of your creations that are so full of surprises, beauty and hope! I never cease to be amazed at what you do with a little inky paint and paper. Sara, such loveliness is this card, that your sentiment and title are perfect! FIND YOUR LOVELINESS. So many of us forget about that inner loveliness for one reason or another. It's so gorgeous put together with your rich colors and textures. Those butterflies are amazing, too! WOW! Glad you were able to get away for a while on a vacation, and that things are going in a good direction for you! Makes me so happy! hugs, de

  12. Wow - tremendous detailing has gone into this beauty Sara Emily! Every element looks fab and they all complement each other gorgeousy. Hope you are having a lovely weekend. Nicola x

  13. Lovely card ! Thank you so much for taking part in my 'sun, sea and sand' Challenge over at Country View Challenges.
    Corrie x

  14. The embossed background is awesome! Thanks for joining us at Country View Challenges this month.

  15. Your creation is so gorgeous! Love the beautiful the butterflies and the background texture is fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  16. Hi, Sara! Dropping by with my other hat - Thanks for uploading your fabulous creation to Back to Basics and Beyond Challenges. I hope we will see more of your artwork in our future challenges. Be sure to check back later to see if you have won!
    Crafty hugs, de
    {Creative Smiles}

  17. Such a beautiful card. I love the green and yellow together. And that 3-D background is gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.

  18. Beautiful, Sara Emily! Your background is just fabulous and perfect for those sweet butterflies with their beautifully beaded bodies. This is such a sweet card! Hugs :-)

  19. Lovely card luscious colours and who would complain about seeing more of those great embossing folders or the golden speckles of spilled powder you just cant have too much gold embossing speckles as far as Im concerned. xox

  20. Really gorgeous card and thanks so much for sharing it with us at our Animal Magic challenge over at That's Crafty!
    Fliss DT x


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