Wednesday, 6 August 2014

A Little Flutter ... and a WINNER!

Hello, my friends! We're in for a little midweek frenzy! Remember the July month-long bloghop over at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown? It's time to announce the identity of the lucky winner from my blogpost. But first let me say that I am overwhelmed by all the lovely comments and there is no way I could have picked just one person. So, all the names went into a hat and my handsome furry assistant, Ricard Parker, picked ... drum rolls, please ....

ANET VAN ZYL of Anet's Crafting Blog

WOOOOHOOO! Congratulations, Anet! You have won a £10 GIFT VOUCHER to spend on Christmas stamps at Chocolate Baroque - my favourite rubber stamp company. I'll be contacting you soon with details.  

I'd like to sneak in a project featuring one of the two new August stamps by Chocolate Baroque - the  delightfully luscious Honeysuckle Butterfly. The flowers, the butterflies ... swoon.
The inspiration for this project came from an ancient oriental embroidered scarf I saw at a museum recently. With minimal distractions - just 4 tiny brads - this card is all about that gorgeous image. 

Here's how I made it:

First I prepared the dark blue background by stamping the tiny leafy stalk which looks like bamboo shoots, using VersaMagic Mango Madness. Next I stamped the honeysuckle using Memento Tuxedo Black onto 300gsm bleed-proof paper  and very lightly sponged the edges with TH Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink and very lightly stamped more bamboo shoots using TH Bundled Sage.

Next, the fun part - colouring the image. I use Graph'It and Promarkers:
Flowers: GI - 02180, 02160, 02150, 02110
Greens: PM - Pine, Forrest Green, Leaf Green, Apple Green
Butterflies: PM - Royal Blue, True Blue, Azure, Sky Blue and GI - 03190, 03160

On the inside, I stamped a big bold greeting from CB's Birthday Words A5 stamp sheet ... and that bamboo leafy twiggy thingy :-)

A few challenges for this card:

Rosie's Update:
Tomorrow is a big day for my Rosie. It's the last cycle of conventional chemo with Doxorubicin. She's also on metronomic chemo with Palladia and we will keep that going for 2 months or so ... then we'll see what the scans show us. 

That's all from me today. Thank you so very much for stopping by and I wish you a day of pretty flowers and blue butterflies :-)



  1. Wow Asha! what a stunning card! Your coloring is, as always, striking!!

    congratulations to your winner : )

    Thank you for the update on Rosie. I'm still praying for you friend.


  2. Beautiful!

  3. stunning make Asha and well done to your winner xx

  4. This is lovely Asha, perfect for just now. Our honeysuckle is just blooming for the second time and we have masses of butterflies this year too xx

  5. This is so pretty-I love blue so love the butterflies which mean joy in life (totem animals). This is a just a wonderment of fresh air and happiness and you needed this and Rosie too. I am glad Rosie is done this one part and I hope she is eating a little. Prayers always to you and Rosie. Wallace says HI (woof, woof)

  6. Stunning card with gorgous vibrant colours. Beautiful images.
    Well done Anet on your win, Katex

  7. Beautiful , hope all goes well with Rosie xx

  8. Beautiful card...I love the bold and vivid colours.

    This would be perfect over at The Butterfly Challenge. Mrs A is very welcoming and her theme for the next 3 weeks is Summery Butterflies!

  9. Wow, what a lovely surprise to be chosen as your winner, thank you Asha.

    Your card is just gorgeous Asha, I love the beautiful blue background and your colouring of the pretty image is fabulous. Just stunning my friend.

    Thank you for the update on Rosie. Thinking about you and Rosie all the time and praying that the scan will show good news. Sending you and Rosie big hugs Anet x

  10. Wow Asha, this card is gorgeous!!!

  11. This is so beautiful Asha, awesome colouring and layout.
    Rosie is in my thoughts today sweetie.

  12. WOW!! Stunning colors on the beautiful image Asha..Loz

  13. Oh, how I love the colors of this card! With the DP you've used as background I think it has a beautiful oriental feel. Well done!

  14. Asha this is a stunning card with vibrant colors. We are thrilled you joined us at Seize the Birthday! Have a great day!

  15. Very pretty with the bright colors. Thanks so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday.

  16. WOW, incredible coloring, Asha! Love the bright color combo and that butterfly is simply gorgeous.

  17. Congrats to Anet. Fabulous card, Asha - love the wonderful colours and beautiful stamps. Hope Rosie is doing OK with her treatment, thanks for the update.

  18. lovely summer colours, Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

  19. A gorgeous card, thank you for sharing it with us at Craft-Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.

  20. That image is stunning - the colours you chose do it perfect justice! Love the paper you picked as well - complementary without overwhelming the beautiful work you did on the main panel!
    Great news about Rosie - it's a milestone :) Keep on fighting, little girl!

  21. What a lovely card you have made here which fits perfectly the Bearly Mine Designs Challenge this month of “Anything goes”. Thank you for entering and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Bearly Mine Challenge Blog Design Team Leader)

  22. This is great...Love the colors you used and the design is wonderful. Thanks for blessing us with your wonderful entree at our Challenge at Word Art Wednesday...Please join us again in our new Challenge starting today. Want to share this verse with you from Psalm 147:11. "The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love." God bless!

    JO ANN

  23. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creation with us at Bearly Mine Designs this month.


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