I met this month's friend while hanging out on a YouTube LIVE with a mutual friend of ours [Therese in case you're wondering] she became a regular in the Inspired By gallery - loved that! and shares her beautiful creations at Perry Papercrafts. After getting to know her better, I asked for her address and we realized that she lives less than 10 minutes from a childhood friend of mine from Michigan in Idaho!! The world gets smaller every day!
Stef Perry, I'm hoping you had fun with our assignment - though I do know it gave you pause, and me too, if I'm being honest!!
- April, according to my research, is the NATIONAL MONTH OF HOPE -April 2022 - so our cards will have a theme of HOPE! [my word of the year!]
- You’re welcome to think Easter, if you’d like, or April showers. Flowers are not quite blooming in Michigan, so NO FLOWERS!
- Dies, stencils, embossing are all approved!
Wait!! It's April!!! NO FLOWERS??? Yep. Them's the rules! lol You may already know this, but Stef and I are teamies at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, so we share a love of everything floral - but not today!
Okay. Enough chit chat - you're here for the card, right?? Here you go...
My chosen inks:
Pinkfresh Studio - Small Butterflies hot foil plate, stencils, and dies are
the main players here. But I managed to tuck in a die-cut leafy branch from The Stamp Market, a wonky-stitched square for this HOPE-FILLED sentiment from PTI Just Sentiments - Spring Blessings - another one borrowed from Marcia!
Dry embossing compliments of SU tasteful texture.
I'm very happy to have these darling butterflies - they are a beautiful stand-in for flowers!
Thank you so very much, Stef, for joining me today - I look forward to SEEING you one day on our next stop in Idaho!
Now I do hope you'll join me as I dash over to Stef's blog - it's SO HARD to wait to see what my friends make!
Oh Michele, how beautiful! The butterflies just pop off the card front with their bright colors and shiny foil! Love those colors too. And they are even more amazing IRL - thank you, my friend! Isn't it a great coincidence that we both chose butterflies? Thank you so very much for asking me to play cards with you this month, maybe one day it'll be in person!
Butterflies are perfect in place of flowers Michele, and you know I love, LOVE these particular beauties!! The colors really pop against all that textured white and the leaves, and the sentiment is just perfect for this month and the whole year...LOVE it!! Hugs. :0)
Those glimmery, colorful butterflies are a perfect sign of HOPE. And they look amazing on the e/f's textureand the broad leaf. Lovely sentiment, as well.
Both yours and Stef's cards are awesome!!!
Ooh, when you said no flowers...... but then there was butterflies and my heart was happy again! Sooo happy that you and Stef are Playing Cards together!!
Those gorgeous butterflies ARE a pretty stand-in for flowers! You must have been suffering flower withdrawal, LOL! But you made up for it with these pretty flutter-bies!
Just came from Stef's blog... love it that you both used butterflies! I know you have a soft pot for them and your use them so well. I love that they are the only color on your beautiful card!
Michele, another stunner. Love all the clean white with those beautiful butterflies.
You chose the perfect sentiment!These are such beautiful and fun butterflies Michele! Where are they from?
These butterflies are so beautiful, love that they are all the colour added xx
These are beautiful, Michele! I like the colors of your butterflies, "flying flowers" and the texture on the second card is fab! What a great EF.
Oh my goodness, Michele! Just what we need a gorgeous card filled with love and hope...and butterflies. Thank you so much for this inspiring and hope filled post. So happy you connected with a new friend and that you have close ties. Your butterflies are gorgeous. I am happy to see them over flowers this time. ;) Your selection of embossing folders always impresses me. Thank you for inspiring, Michele in more ways than cardmaking. Hugs!
Your butterflies are a perfect stand in for flowers, Michele! They are so colorful and beautifully placed on that fantastic sentiment!
I love all the white texture in the background, Michele. What better to show off those beautifully foiled and colored butterflies.
Wonderful texture on this one and such gorgeous colours too. Butterflies are just a flower substitute for you I think! xx
Such a gorgeous card, and another of your wonderful designs! Those butterflies are a fabulous substitute for flowers. And I love that sentiment--is it SU as well?
Those butterflies are beautiful and perfect with the hopeful sentiment. Great texture with the dry embossing and I love the movement on your really pretty card Michelle x.
Beautiful, Michele! I think butterflies are like floating flowers. What could be better? Happy spring!
Beautiful butterflies! No need for flowers here with all the pretty colors and wonderful layers.
Who needs flowers when you have those gorgeous butterflies?!? Beautiful! Headed to see what Stef created!
I think that for the sentiment you used (beautiful), the butterflies were a better choice than flowers. Your card is gorgeous. I love that embossed background. The texture adds so much and the addition of the leafy branch looks fantastic atop the texture. Your color choices are wonderful too. A masterpiece.
Beautiful card, Michele. The white layers and texture are the perfect backdrop for those gorgeous butterflies! Heading over to Stef's blog now to see her no-doubt gorgeous card.
Love the pops of color against the pretty white!
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