Thursday, June 23, 2011

Your Kindness Speaks to Me

I have a confession to make. I am not a "butterfly" person. I know they are all the rage. I resisted. I think I have been adverse to using them because they are everywhere - die cuts, stamps, punches, stickers.....kinda overkill.
And then I saw the sweet sentiments with Rubbernecker's Butterflies Are Free set. So I had butterfly stamps. And then I saw the color challenge at Our Creative Corner. So I started with my border punch, added the pearls, stamped the flourish.......and then needed butterflies. They were fun to color. They were even fun to cut out and I detest cutting anything out! But - I decided, I might possibly be........ a butterfly person. :)

We have a cool Butterfly Pavilion at our zoo. It's a free fly zone and you have to be carefully checked when you leave to make sure there aren't any butterflies hitchhiking! It's fun to watch all sorts and all sizes fly, land, drink, eat fruit and see cocoons. You don't see too many cocoons on cards now, do you?

I stamped my flourish on the Soft Suede CS with VersaMark ink - I love how it looks. The butterfly bodies have Diamond Stickles on them. They were colored with Copic markers. The sentiment says "Gentle as a butterfly your kindness speaks to me." Isn't that sweet? It is stamped with Baja Breeze ink.

You will have to click on the photo to see the Rich Razzleberry cardstock behind the stamped panel! It's there though! Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Regal Rose and Rich Razzleberry. I like it. I like my butterflies.

Today I am remembering my dad. He passed away in December 2009. Today would have been his 81st birthday. I made a chocolate cake and am taking it, and a pork roast dinner (which my dad loved) over to my mom's house today. She recently had a shoulder replacement and is a little laid up right now, but I know she will love the cake. Joy #21 is remembering my wonderful dad. Happy Birthday, Dad. I love you.

I have also entered this card in these challenges:
Our Creative Corner - color challenge
Stampin B's - friendship sentiment
CCEE - some pink


  1. Beautiful card, Judy! I don't use butterflies much, either, but yours look SO real!!! Very nice!!

    Enjoy your dad's birthday dinner! I know he'll be there with you in spirit!

  2. what a gorgeous card ,beautiful butterflies and a beautiful sentiment,
    enjoy your dinner in honour of your dad,its a lovely photo .....he has such a kind face,i am sure he will be celebrating with you
    tracey x

  3. Congrats, Judy, on becoming a butterfly fan!!!! What a beautiful, beautiful card!!! I pray your day is filled with wonderful memories of your sweet daddy....isn't it great to know that you'll see him again one day?! Love and hugs!! Angie

  4. Such a beautiful card. I know you and your mom will recall some wonderful memories while you enjoy that "birthday" cake. Hugs to you! Liz W (lazylizard)

  5. This card can only be described as breathtaking! Love the elegant look with the lace and pearls...Enjoy the time with your mom today :)

  6. Stunning card, Judy!! Love the layered border with the garden gate punch, lace & pearls! Your butterflies look so real and add a wonderful dimensional detail!

  7. This is absolutely stunning. Beautiful border in blue with the pearls and lace - just beautiful. Great sentiment.

  8. Judy, I am so HAPPY that you gave in to the butterfly CRAZE!! Your card is just GORGEOUS!! The lace and pearls you added are just PERFECT!! How sweet to celebrate your father's birthday! I remember celebrating my grandfather's birthday with my mom after he had passed and we all would just sit and talk about him and all the memories we had of him! I am most certain he was there with us! I hope you enjoy your time with your mom tonight while sharing your memories of your father!~

  9. Your story brought me to tears. I lost my dad in 2002. Your dad's photo is beautiful - you can see the sweetness in his eyes. God bless you & thanks for sharing your lovely card and story of your dad :)

  10. Beautiful, Judy!

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful picture of your dad! Hope your mom heals quickly!

    Been on vacation, so I am a little late to the party! So glad you joined the Rubbernecker DT! Love your beautiful creations!

  11. WOW! what a stunning card! I love the layout, and your use of the colors. Thank you for playing along with us @ OCC.

  12. Judy, as always, you created a beautiful work of art. It's stunning. Thanks for joining the StampinB challenge this week and hope you can play again next week!

  13. Your card is amazingly gorgeous. We girls sure miss our dads when they are gone.

    Thanks for joining us in the CCEE stampers challenge.


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