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 post. To 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:
Winnie & Walter: Audrey's cutaways for the perfect butterflies
Wplus9: Birthday Wishes
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!
Here is a complete list of the Hop participants!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Wow....what a beauty. Love the butterfly weed. So creative. 😍😍😍
Michele! Such a beautiful card!!! I love your idea with butterflies! Amazing card! :)
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!
OMG what a great idea for the little butterflies!!! Fantastic card.
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
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.
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.
This is is so so beautiful...
Love your beautiful cards!
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!
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.
Such a sweet card. I have this stamp, never thought about oranges.
Love your card, the butterfly's are so beautiful.
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 :)
Love it! So pretty! And the butterflies added the extra touch!
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!
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.
What a beauty! Love the gorgeous flowers. And stamping on the butterflies is a stroke of genius.
This is awesome! I love how the flower pattern extends onto the butterflies. :) Great job!
Thank you, Alex!
My thought exactly, Debra! Thanks for ‘getting’ me!!
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! 💜
Fantastic card. I love that you shared your inspiration source. Really sparked my inspiration!!
Your card is so unique and beautiful. I love the coloring and the butterflies are perfect.
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.
SOOOO COOL! I love how you did the butterflies! SO CREATIVE
WOW, stunning card! Congrats on your Monarch "blooms", such a beautiful butterfly.
Sweet card. I love those little butterflies.
A really gorgeous card, so beautifully created!
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
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!
Pretty card and those cute little butterflies!
I absolutely love your card for Tom. So perfect!! How fun for you to be asked to join this huge celebration!
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
Beautiful, Michele! You know how much I love your butterflies. You've created the perfect birthday card for Tom!
88 butterflies ~ WOWZA, way to go Tom! This card is perfect in every way to celebrate Tom's special day. It's simply spectacular!
Love, love, love your card! It is so cheerful! The tiny butterflies really make the card!
Beautiful CAS design as always, Michele! Love butterflies idea😍
So pretty. Love the simplicity and the design is awesome.
Beautiful card and I bet watching those butterflies was amazing!!
Wow! Love the movement created by those patterned butterflies!
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.
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!
This is fantastic! Such a clever way to use the butterflies, you're brilliant! Cheers, Dotty :)
I absolutely love how you die cut the butterflies from some stamped paper. I had to PIN your card! Just beautiful.
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What a stunningly creative and beautiful card! Love the butterflies!
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!!
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!!!!!!!!!
Thank you sponsors for this super-hop. And thank you for the info and inspiration here! Hi from Michigan too—love the butterflies...
Absolutely fabulous card! I love the raised butterflies! And how cool to have so many butterflies at your home. ☺
Beautiful card! Lovely composition and watercoloring. What a perfect card to represent your husband's passion! Best birthday wishes to him!
Oh my, I can feel my heart flutter! This is brilliant my friend!
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
This card is absolutely STUNNING Michele!! CAS perfection and just GORGEOUS...LOVE every. single. little. detail!!! :0)
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!
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!
Stunning...just love your sweet butterflies!
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!
Michele, this is stunning...oh those adorable butterflies popping off the page...awesome!
Wonderful, wonderful card, Michele!
wow this card is gorgeous - love the fluttering butterflies and floral bouquet
Fun card! That’s for sharing the inspiration photo, too.
Fabulous card!! I love how the pattern continues on the butterflies!!
Wow! I really like the butterflies! Thanks for sharing!
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. :)
Such a beautiful card. Love the flower and the butterflies.
Thanks so much for sharing...
Thanks for the inspiration.
What a beautiful card - love the way you did the butterflies!
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
Love your card. The butterflies just make it so wow!
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.
p.s. Feeling "empty-nest"? ;-P
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!
Wonderful, wonderful idea! So poetic! This card tells a fantastic story!
So clever and quite lovely!
Oh oh oh those breakaway butterflies are to die for! Fabulous design!
Awesome design, love the addition of the butterflies! Thanks for the inspiration!
You breathe life into every card you create... thank you for bringing the beauty of a simple butterfly to all of us to enjoy!
What a great idea by using the butterflies with various prints, Super cute results.
What a pretty card!!! Love it!!!
Terrific butterfly card! Love the meaning behind it too!
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!
This is such a beautiful card and such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing and for being a part of the blog hop!!
Very cool card! Love the illusion of movement with those dimensional butterflies and the partial stamping on them!
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!
So beautiful! I love it!
Beautiful card, LOVE the butterfly weed and flower butterflies! 88 monarchs sound amazing!
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!!
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!
What a stunning card! Very creative!
Love your very beautiful card.
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 :)
I love your card. So beautiful and simple. The butterflies are very whimsical and gorgeous!!
Very creative! Love this.
Amazing card! Love the brilliant orange on the white. We have 'birthed' butterflies too--always amazing!
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!
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
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!
Congrats you n such a innovative design. It’s beautiful!
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
Michele, your card is gorgeous! The watercoloring and all the butterflies, sooooo perfect.
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.
Gorgeous card! I love the little butterflies going from full of color to white! So pretty! Thanks for the inspiration!
There is such a beautiful flow to this gorgeous card.. and that's not easy to accomplish. Great job.
Wow! I love this beautiful card! The way you incorporated those stamped butterflies is soooo gorgeous! :)
A gorgeous card! Love those butterflies! Can't imagine what it's like having all those Monarchs flying around! How wonderful!
Fantastic!! Such an awesome effect... the butterflies fluttering away and the additional stamped image on them.. just perfection!
Gorgeous! What a brilliant and beautiful design!
That is just so lovely!
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!
Fantastic card! I love the butterflies!
Wow! I adore your creative imagination on this beauty! Great job!
I love raising monarchs! How cool the way you have the butterflies coming from the butterfly bush!!
Congrats to Ruby!
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!
SQUEAL!! Just BEAUTIFUL!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)
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.
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!
I absolutely love your card. Having the butterflies come out of the flower with the same stamping and coloring. I'm so inspired. Thanks!
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!
This is so beautiful and very different . Love the butterflies fluttering off the flower. Wonderful card! 😍
What a beautiful and unique card. Thanks for supporting Rubeena in her crafty celebration
Love how the butterflies dance off the card!! Great technique matching the flower and butterflies!! Beautifully done!!
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.
What a lovely card you made ! Thanks for the inspiration.
aww, I luv the story behind your magical card!
So pretty and clever how you cut out the butterflies.
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