Wednesday, 24 August 2016

August 2016
Fluttery Butterflies

I've just returned from one of my favourite walks - along the Ythan Estuary, just north of Aberdeen - and was as amazed as ever by the wildlife - herons (at least nine,) curlews (dozens,) cormorants, buzzards but sadly no seals, eider ducks or sand martins. Despite recent reports, I saw more butterflies today than ever before including Orange-tips, Meadow Browns and Small Tortoiseshells where one of the latter was sharing a flower with a bee! These sightings were the inspiration behind my decorative wreath and fitted in so well with this month's CB challenge colours. 

  • Stamps:- Chocolate Baroque - Joyful Christmas Clear Stamp set, A Year of Stamping - April small and large; 
  • Ink Pads:- Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Inks:- Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Barn Door, Rusty Hinge
  • Cardstock:- White
  • Miscellaneous:- Clear Detail Embossing Powder; Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens - Solar Red, Clear; Cutting Machine; Fine Glitter; Glue Pen.

  1. Cut three rings using a large die or an electric cutting machine and glue together for stability. Blend over a mixture of Peeled Paint and Twisted Citron. Set aside.
  2. Using Onyx Black, stamp the poinsettia twenty four times in 1st and 2nd generation ink for contrast, large butterfly once and small butterfly three times. Heat emboss.
  3. Blend a mixture of the Distress inks to create 'rusty red,' green and yellow flowers and cut out.
  4. Blend yellows and oranges over butterflies and add definition with Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick, Carved Pumpkin, Barn Door and Twisted Citron using a fine paint brush. Cut out.
  5. Add Solar Red Sparkle to centre of butterflies and Clear Sparkle to flowers and leaves.
  6. Dot glue pen over berries and butterfly bodies and sprinkle with fine glitter.

  7. Glue flowers around rings to suit then add butterflies. 
  8. Gently bend petals and wings for a 3D effect.
Et voila! Fluttery Butterflies!

This is my entry for this month's Chocolate Baroque challenge.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. 

Shelagh ;~}


  1. Hi Shelagh.
    Your wreath is so pretty and the colours are beautiful together. Your walk was obviously great inspiration for you.
    Best wishes

  2. A beautiful Wreath Shelagh, so pretty, and perfect for this month's challenge. The butterflies and flowers create a fabulous combination, and it was definitely worth all of that effort. Thanks so much for your entry into the Chocolate Baroque Challenge, Judith xx

  3. Wow! Stunning project Shelagh! The flowers and butterflies look amazing, it must have taken you ages. Thanks so much for joining us at Chocolate BAroque Challenge
    Claire xx

  4. Thank you, Ladies.I love the colour choice this month but also wanted to show that the poinsettia is not just for Christmas. ;~}

  5. Oh my goodness! This is amazing, so beautiful, thank you for joining in Chocolate Baroque colour challenge, good luck, Zoe DT member xx

    1. Thanks, Zoe, your comment is much appreciated. ;~}

  6. this is stunning, a lot of work but well worth it! thnaks for joining the CB challenge

  7. Wow your wreath is so pretty. Many works in it. Great!!

  8. Gorgeous wreath - fabulous cutting out and colouring - love it. Good luck with the Chocolate Baroque Challenge, Anne x.

    1. Thanks, Anne. The colour combo was a delight to use. ;~}