Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Butterflies in Flight


I once read of a story about a boy who helped a butterfly out of its cocoon after seeing it struggle. Waiting patiently, the boy watched for it fly away but sadly, the butterfly never left the ground. What the boy didn't know was that in his kindness to help remove the struggles, he did not let nature take its course the necessary means for the wings to fully form in the butterfly. Without struggles in our own lives, we will never conquer the obstacles barricading our freedom to fly, to become strong and beautifully individualistic.



Time for another wonderful sketch challenge at Skipping Stones Design! Using the butterfly from Victorian Summer I stamped it three times without re-inking between each impression. The background was created with the same ink and a lot of water. The card is finished with some lovely scroll work from Timeless Textures and a sentiment from Dandelion Wishes. I absolutely love that the majority of Skipping Stones Design stamps can be interchanged without much thought to complete a cohesive design.

I'd love to see what you come up with for this sketch! All the details are on the Skipping Stones Design blog, can't wait to see your creation! Did I mention that the winner receives a FREE stamp set? Yes, I'm serious!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: (White) Office Max, (Kraft) Unknown Source
Stamps: (Victorian Summer, Timeless Textures, Dandelion Wishes) Skipping Stones Design
Ink: (Broken China Distress) Ranger
Embellishment: (Chevron Ribbon) May Arts

39 comments:

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

Oh this is so Gorgeous love the blue!!!

sherryann (aka Sherry Eckblad) said...

Karen, this is just beautiful and I too love the blue.

wendyp said...

i love that about SSD too! So easy to mix and match sets! How how you used that background stamp as a border! I'm going to have to try that!

Beautiful card, Karen!!!

artfuldelight said...

I LOVE your stories that go along with your cards. Today's story is so true. SO true!!!! Your card is beautiful, you truly are talented!!!! :-)

Lindsay said...

So serene Karen! I love the blue and I always love butterflies!

~amy~ said...

Oh Karen, I do love your stories...your story is oh-so-true...and although we probably don't appreciate the struggles that we go through, I believe that they are life learning lessons...things happen for a reason.

Your card is so dreamy...that is what I think of it...dreamy.

Christina said...

Beautiful lesson, and an even more beautiful card. Two of my favorites on one card-blue and butterflies! Love the ribbon tab.

Leigh Ann Baird said...

Gosh, you are the queen of pretty backgrounds! Lovely card!

Laurel said...

This is so pretty!

Heather Innusa said...

wooooooow! Seriously amazing Karen!!!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Oh this is fabulous, love the monochromatic look and the tiny bit of fabulous May Arts ribbon peaking out...

Courtney K said...

beautiful card Karen.

lynn said...

love the moral of your story, karen:) and what an amazing card! love the water downed inking on your bkgd!

Virginia L. said...

Totally stunning!! I think this is the most beautiful monochromatic card that I have seen for a long time!

Aimes said...

Totally smitten with your gradient stamping of the beautiful blue butterfly, Karen! Simply stunning!
Hugs,
Aimes
x

Brandi said...

Gorgeous card. What is wrong with me? I wanted to cry reading your butterfly story.

Jocelyn said...

Gorgeous, Karen! I love the monochromatic look, and there are so many great details. Thanks for the info on how you created it :) Your post about the little boy is so touching, too. Your blog is so great...I love reading it!

BabyBokChoy said...

But how do you explain my ugly wings after all that struggle?? I demand a refund!! lol.

Love the colors on that card, so beautiful!!!

Pauline said...

This is beautiful.

Jenny said...

What a lovely story and so true too :)
Beautiful card Karen, it definitely gives the feeling of flight :)
Jenny x

Alice Wertz said...

fabulous take on the sketch and that background is gorgeous! love love this beautiful card, Karen!

busybusyhoneybee said...

Wow! Blue being my favorite card I think I'm in love!!! This is awesome!

Amber said...

Very pretty, love that shade of blue and the layout is lovely!

Lynn said...

Oh...love the touch of ribbon and all of the inking is fabulous!

kasia c. said...

Oh Karen! This is absolutely gorgeous! like jaw-droppingly gorgeous!

Trinh said...

I gasped when I saw your card! It's absolutely stunning. And I loved your story about the butterfly!

Dana said...

This is amazingly gorgeous, Karen! I love the soft monochromatic style!

Barb's Boys Inspired said...

Love the way you make your own background paper and the butterflies are gorgeous...love hearing that story again.

Chunyuan said...

It is such a beauty. Love the blue card, butterfly and background you created. Always enjoy reading the stories in your post.

Jen W. said...

Love the triple stamped image and your gorgeous background. :)

Julie E said...

So soft and lovely, not to mention soooo creative.

Pauline said...

Loved the softness or this card. Of course Butterflies are one of my favorites

Michellem said...

Beautiful butterfly and a big congrats on your Moxie Fab win!!

alexandra s.m. said...

Gorgeous Karen!
and I love that sketch too ;-)

~Tammy~ said...

This is fabulous, and I love your blues!

Linda Beeson said...

Oh how I LOVE that great blue color! LOVE the butterfly too.

Mari said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Love the soft colors!

Andrea M said...

Stunning card Karen! What a lovely story!

Emily Leiphart said...

Oh, so stunning!