Scrapbook Boutique October blog hop and challenge

Wow!  Where has the year gone already?  We will soon be caught up with the 'busyness' of Christmas, summer and holidays no doubt, so I'm happy to welcome you to this month's Blog Hop and Challenge at Scrapbook Boutique - let's have fun while we can!

You should have arrived here from Angela's amazing blog but if you didn't and want to start at the beginning, just click on the SBB blog link above and start again!  

Here is this month's gorgeous mood board, to inspire you!  It may be the butterflies, the colours, the designs - whatever takes your fancy!

 I love using butterflies in my cards, so I was very happy with this challenge!  I was inspired by the idea of drifts of butterflies and those lovely pink colours!

To create my stencil for the background butterflies, I punched from acetate a small butterfly using a Martha Stewart punch, and sponged the negative space with Distress Inks - either Spun Sugar or Worn Lipstick, moving the stencil around and overlapping the butterflies.  I was happy with this drift!

For my focus butterfly, I watercolored some card with those same Distress Inks, and when dry, cut out the background butterfly with Memory Box Terrace Butterfly.  For the second layer, I used a similar sized die by Memory Box - Lunette.

For my sentiment, I used one of the script word dies by Scrapbook Boutique - I can vouch that this lovely word die cut beautifully!  I also used the same silver card to cut a few hearts.  Finally my panel was cut with the scalloped rectangle from the Basic Set by Mama Elephant and adhered to a grey card base.

Now to the housekeeping part - if you want to create something or just join in to win, there are two ways you can participate in this challenge and have a chance to win a prize.  You can comment on each blog, ending with the SBB blog, or you can create a project (either a card, scrapbook layout or off the page project) inspired by this photo.  Of course you can do both for a chance to win both prizes!  Please check out the rules of entry, and the prizes at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog and note that this challenge is open to Australian  and New Zealand residents.

I can't wait to see what you create for this challenge - each month the entries are just amazing and we love to see how everyone seems to take something unique from the mood board.

Now you should hop on over to Linda's fantastic blog!

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!


  1. Beautiful distress colouring Ann, love the softness that it adds to your design!

  2. This is beautiful! Love the drift of butterflies and the focal butterflies. I have had my eye on the word dies thanks for the info on how well they cut! Not sure my wallet will agree :). The year is whoosing by as some say - to much to do before the end of the year including a 21st.

  3. Love the gorgeous colour. Your card is beautiful

  4. Love your choice of distress Ink. It looks as if the butterflies are flying in a mist

  5. Such a beautiful card. Love these techniques you used.

  6. So, so beautiful. You've hit the nail on the head with this month's challenge, Ann. x Amanda

  7. Just stunning. Appreciate the explanation of how you achieved the look.

  8. Great colour .. love the design ..beautiful delicate card x

  9. Wow,wow, wow this card is stunning. Love it :)

  10. Beautiful butterflies, love how you created the background drift of butterflies. Such a great idea to use a punch or diecut as a stencil, Cathy x

  11. Beautiful Ann! I love those butterflies and your choice of colour.
    Louise xo

  12. Love the idea of punching the acetate and using it as a mask. I am admiring this gorgeous card and the colour you used....classy and stunning. [and clever] {aNNie}


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