Thursday, April 21, 2011

Butterfly Birthday

The challenges for The Sweet Stop and Just Us Girls each have an extra element this week.  The Sweet Stop is a sketch with a spin challenge (Winged Things) and JUGS is a colour challenge with a twist (must be a birthday card).




For this card I busted out my brand new Unity stamps!  (Yes, Emily, I finally caved thanks to you!)  The butterfly and the leopard print background are from the March Kit of the Month.  Love that leopard print!  I have a feeling it will be making many more appearances on my cards.  Can't wait to dig in to the rest of the Unity stamps.  I also won 5 Hero Arts stamps from Moxie Fab and they arrived this week too.  Whoo hoo!  It's felt like my birthday every time I've gone to the post office!  :)   
Supplies: CS: PTI & Bazzill; Stamps: Unity; Inks: VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black, SU Tempting Turquoise; Other: Woodware punch, Nesties dies, PTI IP,  Fiskars decorative scissors
I am so looking forward to the long weekend starting tomorrow!  In Bermuda, Good Friday is a public holiday and it's traditional to eat codfish cakes and hot cross buns and to fly kites.  The kite-flying apparently stemmed from a Sunday School teacher trying to explain Christ's ascension to Heaven to his class - he finally launched a kite with the likeness of Christ on it to illustrate the point.  Not only do we fly kites but we make our own traditional Bermuda kites out of wood, string and tissue paper.  The photo below shows the traditional hexagonal design but there are always plenty of other shapes and designs to be found.  It's quite a sight to see on Good Friday when there hundreds of kites in the air all over the island.
(And no, I did not get around to making a kite this year.  Shame on me!)

12 comments:

Lynn said...

Oh...I imagine the kite flying on Good Friday is amazing. I'd love to see pictures if you get a moment. Don't you love happy mail? Your card is beautiful. Love the layers and the butterfly!

Kim Singdahlsen said...

I love the look of the leopard prints. It would not have occurred to me to pair leopard prints with butterfly but it gives it such a wonderful natural look!

You are going to post kite photos, right? It is such a fantastic idea and I bet it is spectacular!

Karen B. said...

Great design and pattern on your card! Have fun tomorrow!

kasia c. said...

I hear ya! That leopard print is fantastic, I love what you did with it.
It would be beautiful to see all of those kites flying. Enjoy!

Kathryn B said...

I love that leopard print just might need to get this myself! You've worked this weeks colors to perfection!

Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls this week!

Lisa Kind said...

Love the leopard print! It looks so soft and pretty on each of the layers! Pretty butterfly too! Loved reading about Good Friday in Bermuda! Wish I was there! Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!

Diane Jaquay said...

Wow, the leopard print is so cool! I love the fanned layers on this beautiful card!!

Elise said...

What a beautiful kite and splendid way to spend Good Friday! Thanks for sharing that lovely bit of information: AND your beautiful card craft! I'm thrilled for you and your stampy bounty! {Keep 'em coming! I always say! hee hee Do they sell lottery tickets in Bermuda? Just sayin'...!} Anyway, love this impeccably stamped, layered piece of fabulousness you've shared with JUST US GIRLS! Thank you SO much! It's truly stunning!

Kerri said...

Nice job..thks for sharing

Shelby Goolsby said...

Wow these papers are great, I love the colors!!! Thank you for sharing it with us at The Sweet Stop. Hugs, Shelby

Emily Leiphart said...

Wow, Jen, what a stunning card! I wouldn't know how to use that leopard background but you rocked it. The sketch and colours are perfect for the images you used. Enjoy those Unity stamps!!!

LeAnne said...

Amazing card! I would never think to use an animal print, but it looks fabulous!