Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Rubeena's Crafting Anniversary Day Two + Giveaway


There's a crafter in our midst celebrating her 4th anniversary of creativity, and NOBODY loves a party more than Ruby!

Hi, my friends!  I'm so happy to be hopping with Ruby, and friends today  - DAY 2!  For details on day one of the hop, you can visit this postTo celebrate her 4th crafting anniversary - she has gathered a few of her crafty friends, and so many fabulous sponsors, with tons of fabulous prizes... you do NOT want to skip one step of this party hop, trust me!

Speaking of, you should have arrived here from Laura Jane's
blog - if you want to go back and take another gander at her gorgeousness, do so... I'll be here when you come back!  =]

I am taking advantage of Ruby's Hop to make a birthday card for my wonderful husband … in fact, the reason I started making cards was to say the things I wanted to say to him, and others that I love!  Have you heard about Tom's babies?  We have 'bloomed' 88 Monarchs from his hand-made butterfly sanctuary on our front porch so far this season!  How could I not use butterflies on his birthday card?


Altenew:  Beautiful Lady blooms - which represent the Butterfly Weed Tom plants
for them to lay their eggs on:

butterfly weed 2 2009
[source]

Winnie & Walter:  Audrey's cutaways for the perfect butterflies
Simple water coloring with: Spiced Marmalade, and Crushed Olive Distress Inks
 on water color cardstock
 

 
Happy anniversary, Rubeena!  Thank you for sharing your celebration with us all!
 
Since I am the last person on the Hop, I'll send you right back to the beginning with our hostess, Ruby … each project is worth a second look! 

 =]  Michele

GIVEAWAYS

In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on this page. Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at ararerubycrafts@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Studio Katia - $50 gift card

Hello Bluebird - $50 gift card

Altenew - $50 Gift card

Pinkfresh Studio - $30 gift card

Gina K. Designs - $50 gift card

Clearly Besotted - £25 gift card

Simon Says Stamp - $25 gift card

Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).

Jennifer McGuire - $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card

Winnie & Walter, LLC - $40 gift card

Mama Elephant - $25 gift card

Hero Arts - $25 gift card

Nichol Spohr LLC - Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies

Danielle Flynn - $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card

Picket Fence Studios - four $25 gift cards

Ellen Hutson - two $25 gift cards  

Pretty Pink Posh - two $30 gift cards

The Stamp Market - July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)

Indigojade Art Shop - $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop

Flora & Fauna - a 4x6 stamp set

Waffle Flower - $25 gift card

Power Poppy - $50 gift card

Here is a complete list of the Hop participants!






































 
Michele Ferguson 
 

127 comments:

Raga Senthil said...

Wow....what a beauty. Love the butterfly weed. So creative. 😍😍😍

Alex Syberia said...

Michele! Such a beautiful card!!! I love your idea with butterflies! Amazing card! :)

LauraJane:) said...

Your way of speaking in your posts always make me giggle Michele! And your cards lift my spirits. LOVE the orange and flutter of butterfly flowers:) YOU are Ah-Mazing!

Sundaystamper said...

OMG what a great idea for the little butterflies!!! Fantastic card.

Darnell said...

I'm sure everyone will say this, Michele, but you've made those butterflies come to life on this incredible card! Tom may weep when he sees it, it is so lovely and so personal to him! Happy Birthday, Tom, and thank you for making this world a better and more beautiful place by birthing butterflies!! Hugs, Darnell

Marsha said...

So interesting to read about the butterflies and I love how you cut them out of the stamped image. I have this stamp and will be CASEing your card for sure. Thanks for the wonderful idea.

Nancy Thomas said...

You really made this a touching and personal birthday card to your husband. Thank him from me for the butterflies. Monarchs are scarce around here but it is always amazing when I do see one. Lovely card Michele.

Deepti Aggarwal said...

This is is so so beautiful...

Cindy said...

Love your beautiful cards!

Birgit said...

Gasp! This is stunning Michele! 88 monarchs?? How wonderful! We have Butterfly Weed growing in our yard as well and I just love seeing the butterflies dancing around our yard. What a lovely inspiration piece!

conil said...

Congratulations on your magnificent Monarch "bloom" and thank you for helping them and the environment. The card you made is an outstanding example of your creatiive genius. Keep 'em coming and please wish the hubby a Happy Birthday from me.

Teri W said...

Such a sweet card. I have this stamp, never thought about oranges.

Elaine Dunton said...

Love your card, the butterfly's are so beautiful.

Barb Ghig said...

I'm so excited to see that you are part of today's hop, Michele! Your bloom and butterflies are absolutely gorgeous, and I love how everything pops on your textured card base...Love your color palette, too ~ WOW!
Happiest of birthdays to Tom! He is very blessed indeed to have such a wonderful partner like you, my friend!
Oh, and congrats on your Monarchs!!! Do I need to check out your Instagram? Off I go :)

Florine Chan Li said...

Love it! So pretty! And the butterflies added the extra touch!

Debra Rumpza said...

Oh my goodness! Finishing off the blog hop with a bang! I adore the concept behind your card... those butterflies look like they were a part of the florals and just took off! Fabulous!

Cat Craig said...

What a fabulous card Michele- you managed to make it meaningful and pretty for a MAN. Now that is some inspired cardmaking. YOu rock. Happy Birthday to Tom.

Nandini said...

What a beauty! Love the gorgeous flowers. And stamping on the butterflies is a stroke of genius.

Kelsey Thomas said...

This is awesome! I love how the flower pattern extends onto the butterflies. :) Great job!

I Card Everyone said...

Thank you, Alex!

I Card Everyone said...

My thought exactly, Debra! Thanks for ‘getting’ me!!
=]

Sydney Stone said...

Loved reading your blog post, the story about your husband and the butterflies, is beautiful!!! That is so amazing! Happy Birthday Tom! Your card is beautiful, sure he will think so too! Love how you die cut the butterflies into the floral image!!! Thank you so much for sharing! πŸ’œ

Nana Griffin said...

Lovely idea.

Kim Faucher said...

Fantastic card. I love that you shared your inspiration source. Really sparked my inspiration!!

Cyndi Morris said...

Your card is so unique and beautiful. I love the coloring and the butterflies are perfect.

Becca Yahrling said...

My cousin has a beautiful butterfly garden! And she releases a lot and many different varieties. Your card is gorgeous and I love the design.

TrainWithMeghan said...

SOOOO COOL! I love how you did the butterflies! SO CREATIVE

Karen H said...

WOW, stunning card! Congrats on your Monarch "blooms", such a beautiful butterfly.

Connie said...

Sweet card. I love those little butterflies.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

A really gorgeous card, so beautifully created!

Rose Mary Smalley said...

Just beautiful birthday card for him....I am sure he will beam over this one....and great job on having that passion for the butterflies....I do the same with my hummingbirds...I have hundreds...
...such a fun day hopping along this blog.....great people...sharing great samples...and such caring thoughts...so much fun...
Thank you to everyone who participated...it sure was fun....and good luck to everyone in the drawings for prizes....
I think these two days have been a prize for me..
Bless you all.....big hugs

Sam B said...

88 Monarchs is awesome - kudos to Tom! I love your cards - seems like the whole bloom could just morph into butterflies at any moment; awesome concept! TFS!

Cynthia Cole said...

Pretty card and those cute little butterflies!

Kristie Goulet said...

I absolutely love your card for Tom. So perfect!! How fun for you to be asked to join this huge celebration!

Mary Holshouser said...

Butterflies always make a good
card even better. Love the
little butterflies that go
from colored to plain.
Matching them to the flowers
was a fun idea. thanks for
sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sharron said...

Beautiful, Michele! You know how much I love your butterflies. You've created the perfect birthday card for Tom!

Lisa Elton said...

88 butterflies ~ WOWZA, way to go Tom! This card is perfect in every way to celebrate Tom's special day. It's simply spectacular!

Cherie said...

Love, love, love your card! It is so cheerful! The tiny butterflies really make the card!

Marge said...

Beautiful CAS design as always, Michele! Love butterflies idea😍
Hugs
Marge

kelli horger said...

So pretty. Love the simplicity and the design is awesome.

Patti Bailey said...

Beautiful card and I bet watching those butterflies was amazing!!

Nikki said...

Stunning card!

Christine said...

Wow! Love the movement created by those patterned butterflies!

Isabel Z said...

I love blog hops because they inspire me to create and all of you are so talented that I can't help but be inspired. Thank you.

Teresa Doyle said...

This is so gorgeous and thoughtful Michele. I am sure it will be appreciated greatly by your husband. The butterflies die cut in the flower is so beautiful. Well done!

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Ruby on her 4 year Anniversary and a BIG THANK YOU to all of the generous sponsors!

ddc designs said...

This is fantastic! Such a clever way to use the butterflies, you're brilliant! Cheers, Dotty :)

Janis said...

I absolutely love how you die cut the butterflies from some stamped paper. I had to PIN your card! Just beautiful.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Celeste Goff said...

What a stunningly creative and beautiful card! Love the butterflies!

Karthikha said...

Such a beautiful card!! Love your creative take on the butterflies, and the design is superb! :) The texture of the cardstock also adds a great touch!! Love it!!

sharon g said...

oh my GOSH, I LOVE what you did---what a cool, unique idea. I hope that you don't mind that I'm going to steal your idea!!!!!!!!!

L. Tree Kienbaum said...

Thank you sponsors for this super-hop. And thank you for the info and inspiration here! Hi from Michigan too—love the butterflies...

Carrie Barron said...

Absolutely fabulous card! I love the raised butterflies! And how cool to have so many butterflies at your home. ☺

Dana M said...

Beautiful card! Lovely composition and watercoloring. What a perfect card to represent your husband's passion! Best birthday wishes to him!

lostinpaper said...

Oh my, I can feel my heart flutter! This is brilliant my friend!

Aileen said...

Ohh my goodness Michele does your mind ever rest or do you create in your sleep as well. You keep coming out with the most amazing cards and this one, so so clever the butterflies leaving the flower and the flower design embedded on the butterfly. Just let me pick my jaw up off the floor my sweet friend xx Aileen

Marcia HIll said...

This card is absolutely STUNNING Michele!! CAS perfection and just GORGEOUS...LOVE every. single. little. detail!!! :0)

Rubeena I. said...

You know why you're last on the hop? Because I save the best for last. You are so fun and funny and cute and sweet! Oh, and of course, talented. I hope your husband loves the card!! It is just brilliant!!! I am loving the color choices, and you used watercolors, yay!!! Thank you so much for celebrating with me and being so enthusiastic. That makes the best parties, when your guests are just as excited as you! I'm actually going backwards on the hop! LOL Hope you have a great rest of the week, hun!

Jeanne said...

Well, I am only just getting to know this lovely Ms. Ruby through this blog hop and all the wonderful things being said. (I just added her blog to my blog roll) and I am convinced she saved one of the most wonderfully creative and friendly entries for last. Last but most sweet! Oh my gosh, Michele your card is stunning! Your husband is a very lucky guy. I love every single detail on this card. Wow! Thank you SO much for sharing. Sounds like you had a wonderfully successful butterfly season, too. Makes me happy! I hope you have a fabulous day. Hugs!

Kim Heggins said...

Stunning...just love your sweet butterflies!

Michele K. Henderson said...

This is SO pretty, Michele! I LOVE this idea, of the butterflies floating off the flower, and the colors look gorgeous against the crisp white. I love this idea and I am going to try it! Thanks for the inspiration!

Colleen said...

Michele, this is stunning...oh those adorable butterflies popping off the page...awesome!

Jeanne H said...

Wonderful, wonderful card, Michele!

Dee Earnshaw said...

wow this card is gorgeous - love the fluttering butterflies and floral bouquet

Sherri Little said...

Fun card! That’s for sharing the inspiration photo, too.

Maureen Reiss said...

Fabulous card!! I love how the pattern continues on the butterflies!!

Lindsay Dickason said...

Wow! I really like the butterflies! Thanks for sharing!

Barbara said...

What a beautiful and meaningful card. Actually this whole blog hop has been beautiful and meaningful. It's a great inspiration to all of us to continue to work at perfecting our talent and ability. We have more than we know, I believe. :)

Jeanne Beam said...

Such a beautiful card. Love the flower and the butterflies.
Thanks so much for sharing...

Martha Herrera said...

Fabulous card!
Thanks for the inspiration.

Esther Asbury said...

What a beautiful card - love the way you did the butterflies!

Brenda said...

There is a day two????? I haven't even gotten through day one! lol Well I will do my best and now I'm going out of order of the hope, but I am even on the wrong day, so what the heck. I am amazed that Tom "bloomed" 88 Monarch butterflies!!!! Our school librarian used to get some for the kids to watch them go through all their stages and then release them. I think that is so cool and I think that his flower he plants is very beautiful too but didn't know that the Monarch's lay their eggs on this plant. Is this the only plant they lay their eggs on??? Your card is just stunning!!! I just love it and I love the reason why you got into making cards my friend! Hugs, Brenda

Wendy Lambert said...

Love your card. The butterflies just make it so wow!

Papercraft Boutique said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful butterfly card with a beautiful story, Michele! 88 Monarchs from Tom's hand-made butterfly sanctuary - It's so amazing!! You two must have been proud of yourselves.
Hideko xx
p.s. Feeling "empty-nest"? ;-P

Denise Bryant said...

Wow... amazing card! Love those beautiful butterflies and the dimension on your card! Fabulous idea! And congrats on blooming all those Monarchs! I am enjoying Rubeena’s crafting anniversary celebration and all the inspiring creations along the hop!

Nunzia Carusio said...

Wonderful, wonderful idea! So poetic! This card tells a fantastic story!

Ruth Junkin said...

So clever and quite lovely!

Linda Callahan said...

Oh oh oh those breakaway butterflies are to die for! Fabulous design!

Mirella said...

Awesome design, love the addition of the butterflies! Thanks for the inspiration!

artful-notions said...

You breathe life into every card you create... thank you for bringing the beauty of a simple butterfly to all of us to enjoy!

D Golly said...

What a great idea by using the butterflies with various prints, Super cute results.

Arianna Barbara said...

What a pretty card!!! Love it!!!

Jen said...

Terrific butterfly card! Love the meaning behind it too!

Ivana Camdzic said...

Wow, simply stunning, Michele!! And 88 monarchs?! That's so cool! Love that you dedicated this card to them, and the little tidbit about why you started cardmaking in the first place - I can relate very much to that :) Thanks so much for all of your love and sweet support over on my blog and so sorry for my tardy reply! Hopefully next few weeks will be a lot better and I'll be seeing more blogland :) Hugs, sweet crafty friend!

luluvision said...

This is such a beautiful card and such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing and for being a part of the blog hop!!

Miriam Prantner said...

Very cool card! Love the illusion of movement with those dimensional butterflies and the partial stamping on them!

Carol Rossouw said...

Congratulations to Rubeena! Love her work. And what an amazing group this crafting world is to sponsor such wonderful prizes. Love your card inspiration too!

Beata Ng said...

So beautiful! I love it!

Melissa Friedrich said...

Beautiful card, LOVE the butterfly weed and flower butterflies! 88 monarchs sound amazing!

Cheryl Rigney said...

OMG!! This card is fabulous! Such creative use of the die cut butterflies just flying off the flower. And what a great story behind your creation. I love everything about it!!

Betty Keefe said...

what a wonderful way to finish this blog hop with your gorgeous card, Michelle - such a fantastic card for your hubby's birthday - and it must be so fun to see all those butterflies in your yard!

Jean said...

What a stunning card! Very creative!

McStamper said...

Love your very beautiful card.
(Gilda)

Anita in France said...

Incredibly beautiful, Michele ... such genius to have those delicate little monarchs flying off from that gorgeous bloom! Happy, happy Birthday to Tom (he'll LOVE it, I do!) ... and a huge 'chapeau' for sending all those wonderful little butterflies into the world! Hugs, Anita :)

Lisa Byers said...

I love your card. So beautiful and simple. The butterflies are very whimsical and gorgeous!!

Leanne said...

Very creative! Love this.

Pam said...

Amazing card! Love the brilliant orange on the white. We have 'birthed' butterflies too--always amazing!

Heidi Rees said...

Wow how beautiful! Amazing how the stamp looks like the flower your husband planted! And I love how the butterfly is hidden on the flower and pops out just a touch! What a cool idea!

L Williams said...

BEAUTIFUL card! I absolutely love the look of the butterflies having the stamped image and flying away! Really creative use of dies there! Thanks for sharing! ~ Lenice

Sherrie Johnson said...

Oh my goodness! Such a beautiful card. Love the way you have the butterflies fluttering from the flowers. And the reason for doing the butterflies for you husband's birthday card make it very precious indeed. Thanks so much for being a part of this blog hop!

ljcasselman said...

Congrats you n such a innovative design. It’s beautiful!

Tracy Hawkins said...

Ooh wow Michele, you do not disappoint! Love that this is Toms birthday card ! It is gorgeous and perfect for Mr butterfly man ! So pleased to see you along with other crafty friends here celebrating this great hop! I've waited so patiently to get to the end to see your beautiful creation! Xx

~amy~ said...

Michele, your card is gorgeous! The watercoloring and all the butterflies, sooooo perfect.

mtscrapgal said...

I have some Butterfly weed in my yard but have never bloomed any Monarch butterflies. I'm probably not in the right climate for them. This "weed" grows in our ditches here in north Georgia. Your card is a wonderful card for your hubby. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

Lisa Moline said...

Gorgeous card! I love the little butterflies going from full of color to white! So pretty! Thanks for the inspiration!

Parker said...

There is such a beautiful flow to this gorgeous card.. and that's not easy to accomplish. Great job.

Janelle said...

Wow! I love this beautiful card! The way you incorporated those stamped butterflies is soooo gorgeous! :)

Patt H. said...

A gorgeous card! Love those butterflies! Can't imagine what it's like having all those Monarchs flying around! How wonderful!

Lisa said...

Fantastic!! Such an awesome effect... the butterflies fluttering away and the additional stamped image on them.. just perfection!

LC Lamothe said...

Gorgeous! What a brilliant and beautiful design!

Alaska .Kris said...

That is just so lovely!

Cathy Lillie said...

Wow, this is such a beautiful card! I love the simple color scheme and those die cut butterflies are amazing! Your husband's going to love this. Congratulations on all the new butterflies! That's fantastic! We definitely needy them. I saw one in my yard this year, and it's the first I've seen in a long time. Thanks for sharing and being a part of Ruby's awesome celebration!

Stacey Kowbel said...

Fantastic card! I love the butterflies!

Linda Carson said...

Wow! I adore your creative imagination on this beauty! Great job!

D.Ann C said...

I love raising monarchs! How cool the way you have the butterflies coming from the butterfly bush!!
Congrats to Ruby!

Denise Kitts-Wadlow said...

WOW!!! THAT is VERY creative the way you "bloo.ed" your butterflies from the flower on your card!!! I'm sure your hubby will love his birthday card! How could he not, with all the creativity you put into it?!?! Its obvious you put alot of thought and love into what you create. Bravo! TFS---Have a blooming blessed day!

Larissa Heskett said...

SQUEAL!! Just BEAUTIFUL!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

mindy1414 said...

A butterfly sanctuary, that is so awesome! I love how you created the butterflies coming out of the flowers with partial color, it's stunning. Thanks for sharing the inspiration for your card and your card itself, beautiful all around.

Jessica Williams said...

This card is so beautiful!! I love butterflies. It was so clever how you have the butterflies coming off the bloom with the same floral print on some of them. Thank you for sharing!

Cary said...

I absolutely love your card. Having the butterflies come out of the flower with the same stamping and coloring. I'm so inspired. Thanks!

Tammy L said...

Oh my! What a gorgeous card and I love the butterflies flying off the page.....a really fabulous element! Thanks for sharing and for supporting Ruby's anniversary!

Tina said...

This is so beautiful and very different . Love the butterflies fluttering off the flower. Wonderful card! 😍

Buttarcrafts said...

What a beautiful and unique card. Thanks for supporting Rubeena in her crafty celebration

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

Love how the butterflies dance off the card!! Great technique matching the flower and butterflies!! Beautifully done!!

Roberta said...

Michele,
Your card is beautiful and shows the love you have for your husband by using butterflies and the flowers he loves to plant for his butterfly garden. Thank you for sharing. Happy Birthday to your husband too.

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

What a lovely card you made ! Thanks for the inspiration.
[margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

Linnea S said...

aww, I luv the story behind your magical card!

Sue D said...

So pretty and clever how you cut out the butterflies.