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First of all I apologize for the delay in announcing our June Challenge winner, and I want to say thanks to everyone who decided to participate and play with us.  

And for those of you that took time to leave a comment I am giving away a Saturated Canary gift certificate so be sure and check to see if you were the winner.  

In the meantime feel free to browse my blog, read my stories or visit my store. I will share my projects with you and hopefully share the same inspiration I get from others with you as well.

Additionally, when I find really cool techniques or tutorials I will share them just in case you find it to be interesting as well.

For now I have a Black and White Butterfly card to share. Butterflies are the smallest most beautiful thing with wings. To think that "Nature" can turn an ugly worm into something so delicate and lovely to see.  Reminds me of the ugly duckling story I heard as a child.  I am rather proud of this card and I hope you will like it as well.

I used Bazzill card-stock to create this multi-layered card. At the top I used Martha Stewart border punches to create two decorative borders.

The ribbon was from my stash which is most likely Offray ribbon since I tend to keep a lot of that brand on hand.

I used my bow maker from Becca Feeken to tie my bow.  I'm not that good with tying bows even with a bow making tool so when one turns out pretty good I tend to smile at it.

The "Happy Birthday" is a die sentiment from Momenta Dies, and let me say that should you get these dies be careful when removing it from the die.  I had to cut this three times because they are so delicate and tiny and I kept ripping the 'y'

I used a EK Success postage punch and layered it with a square. I then punch out a few Martha Stewart butterflies and outlined the wings with my white gel pen.  I like how the white shows through the wings of the butterfly.  It has a really nice effect when you look at the card.  The card front was completed with a few Recollection pearls added here and there.

I kept the inside quite simple with just a space for a personal message.  

I used the negative part of a die I used on another card to add a bit of detail here.  

The border is pierced which I thought was a pretty cool touch for the inside.  I think the pierced dies were part of a set from Creative Expressions (can't remember).

The finished card is 6 x 8 and has a matching black and white envelope to match.  I will most likely add it to my store for sale.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks - No Stamping #253 (07/06)
Crafty Ribbons - #122 Anything Goes With A Ribbon (07/07)
Crafting With Attitude - #5 Anything Goes

Keeping fingers crossed for a win (smiles).  Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment.  I enjoy reading what you have to say.

Sending Hugs From Texas


Teresa Arsenault said...

This is very pretty. The butterflies look quite lifelike. The B&W design is elegant.

kiwimeskreations said...

Wonderful dramatic card Lesia - love the butterflies and gingham.

Barbara Bruder said...

Oh this is a gorgeous B&W card. Your bow looks really nice. Love the butterflies and thanks for the tip on the sentiment die.Have a great holiday weekend.

Margaret said...

There is something about Black and White so crisp looking and you card is just that... Lovely. I have a HB die that will stretch unless you are very careful in removing it. A real challenge.
Margaret M

Beebeebabs said...

Beautiful work as always!!!

LilArtsyWoman said...

Love this black and white card. It is beautiful!

Treva said...

Pretty, love the butterflies!

Carole Pollard said...

Fab design love the black and white theme Thanks for playing Crafty ribbons Challenge good luck Hugs Carole x DT

Leanne said...

Super cool, love the butterflies, and the ribbon is awesome. Thanks for playing our No Stamping challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks.
Leanne DT

Fikreta said...

Gorgeous card.
Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Crafting With An Attitude.
We would love to see you again … Fiki DT
Have a nice day

Rebecca Wong said...

This is beautiful, thanks for sharing in Crafting With An Attitude Challenge, hope to see you back again.
Rebecca, DT

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