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Delicate Birthday Butterflies - House of Cards

It's been just a few days since my last post for House of Cards Challenge. Things have changed a bit for the better! Now all of us, the designers from all the different style teams, are going to share our projects for the challenge every 1st of the month on our blogs. We are also going to be adding our creations to the challenge inlinkz so you can hop along, visit each blog, and hopefully be inspired!

Our challenge this month is a sketch! Remember you can rotate the sketch and use it as you wish, only let us know your interpretation on your blog post or online gallery.

My card follows the sketch almost literally, except for the sentiment label, which I interpreted as a banner.  

I decided to make a shabby chic card in soft tones of lilac and blue. I used some pretty filigree dies starting with the frame, which I cut with ODBD Vintage Flourish die. I layered two elegant oval die cuts too. I wanted to add some shimmer to the card so I used metallic cardstocks for the frame and the blue oval, and I stamped and heat embossed in silver the butterflies with a newsprint stamp. The dies I used for the butterflies are very old, that set was called Butterflies Two by Spellbinders. After I heat embossed the butterflies I sponged them with Memento inks in Angel Pink and Lavender, and I gathered their center to give them some dimension.

I stamped and heat embossed in silver a Happy Birthday sentiment in Spanish, on vellum. I distressed the vellum's edges also. Of course a shabby chic card would not be complete without lace and ribbon so I finished the design adding some of that and some baby rhinestones.

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I hope you feel inspired and that you will join us this month with a card, box, layout, or whatever project your little creative heart desires. For more inspiration click HERE to check out what my teammates made. You'll find our projects on the challenge inlinkz so you can hop along and get to know each designer. By the way, I can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Beautiful card Gracie! Love all your gorgeous layering and the butterflies are so pretty!

    Judy HOC DT

  2. ohh woooww Gracie...I adore your butterflies and the sentiment on the vellum with silver and lovely lace and ribbon on your card...ADORABLE using the skerch Graciellie...hope you like to visiting me back teamy..

    Monika HOC DT (Fun and Cute team)

  3. WOW WOW WOW!!! This card is stunning! Those butterflies are sooo pretty! Love all the textures and color combo is gorgeous!

  4. This card is gorgeous! Love the soft colors. Just beautiful!
    Sue T. CAS DT

  5. Unique combination of colors. Such a pretty card.

  6. This is gorgeous, friend! LOVE the beautiful images, those butterflies are fabulous, and I LOVE the layers! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  7. Beautiful card!
    sweet butterflies
    I love the color combination

  8. Lovely card in pastels and great butterflies. Hugs Ma, Vintage and Shappy team HOC :)

  9. Hi Graciellie
    Just popping in whilst I have 5 mins t say hi to team mates.
    Your card is very pretty and the die cuts compliment each other. Lovely!
    Mucha suerte.

  10. Adorable use of the sketch, Graciellie!! Love those pretty butterflies, die cuts and colors.
    I wish you a pleasant evening
    Rosi (CAS-DT)

  11. So pretty, the vellum looks great and the butterflies are gorgeous. Great card.

  12. Beautiful card Graciellie! I love those large butterflies! Have a great day!

  13. These colors are so pretty, and I love how the butterflies turned out!

  14. Wow! This is amazing! I love your layers and butterflies! The colors are so nice! :) --Katy HOC Cute and Fun Teammate :)

  15. Gorgeous card - love the colours you used.

    Hugs, Vannessa
    Cute & Fun DT for HOC

  16. This is a fabulous card, teammie. Anita, HOC DT

  17. I'd never of thought to use lilac and blue together...they go really well. Lovely card. Pat DT x


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