Thursday, July 16, 2020


Hello my crafty friends, I can't believe it is the ending of another week! These weeks just zoom by me and I don't even know what day it is half the time. I hope you all are staying cool where you are. Not much pool time this week, it's been a busy one. My brother and sister-in-law invited me to go on vacation with them and my nephews to the Outer Banks. I couldn't say no could I?! Now, I know.....NC is a hot spot right now. But we are going to be staying in a private house on a private beach. No crowds or anything. Will be cooking our own food and the only time we won't is when my brother goes and gets seafood to make for us. We all will have our masks as well for if we do need to go out for anything. I will also quarantine 14 days as per my state requires when going to another state and coming back. So we leave at 4 am this Saturday. Dropping my suitcase off tomorrow at my brother's house as he wants to be packed up ahead of time. Bret will be holding down the fort and the dogs. He was invited too, but with three dogs, well...someone had to stay home with them. He will be going to his boss's cabin in early Aug. and maybe to the beach later in Aug. 

So wanted to try and get my Twofer cards made and since I needed to send a card out in the mail before I left, so decided to make it a butterfly card to fit the challenge. So here are my two butterfly cards. Simple and to the point. lol 

Let's take a closer look shall we? 
Using my Gina K stencil template to make a wreath, I used this Martha Steward butterfly stamp. It is a punch that stores a stamp too. So you can stamp and punch it out. I didn't use the punch, just the stamp. I've never used the stamps does that make it a NBUS??? Then I took my Prisma colored pencils and colored each butterfly. The striped piece of paper is a snippet. Very simple card.

 This one was a little more involved for me. I didn't do such a great job, but that's ok as I think it still looks ok. I had three of those MS butterfly punch/stamps so used all three on this card. I stamped them down the side of the card (Pinterest inspired), but in a bit, then cut around them to show the inside of the card. Colored my butterflies in purple with my Prisma pencils. I went into my purple snippets and found this piece of paper, it was double sided, so I turned it over to the solid side for under the butterflies (inside of the card) and kept the "stripes" for the front of the card. Added a little thin black piece of cardstock along both piece of paper, can't it inside. Stamped my sentiment and colored it with the same pencils. To much purple???? It looks much better in person than in this photo for some reason. 

I thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit me. I know it's been hot and I appreciate your visits in spite of the heat. Your comments bring much joy and sunshine to y life and I so appreciate then and you! I will be commenting yet tomorrow and then I will be behind on my commenting since I will be gone for a week. I might try and do some commenting on my phone, but usually that frustrates me and I give up. lol Anyway, I will come back and probably have to re cope from being away....aka, let my swollen feet go down and I will most likely have to mow. Will see if Bret does it while I'm gone. I'm sure I will get many texts from him like I usually do with questions. lol Have a wonderful weekend my crafty friends and I will "see" you in a week! 

NBUS Challenge, if my butterfly stamps are considered nbus

Crafty hugs,

Card Recipe:

Wreath Butterfly card:
Martha Steward butterfly stamp
My Creative Time for the circle and scalloped circles
Cardz TV Stamp set for the sentiment
Prisma Colored Pencils
snippet paper

Purple Butterfly card:
Martha Steward butterfly stamps
My Creative Time stamps for the sentiment
Prisma Colored Pencils
snippet paper


Liz said...

Two super cards, Brenda. I love the circle of butterflies on your first card and the butterflies make a great border on your second card.

Have a wonderful time away. It will be so lovely to have a change of scenery. xx

Marcia Hill said...

Two FABULOUS cards Brenda!! I love your circle card with the orange and yellow butterflies and the striped dsp going down the center of the card...great design!! And your purple card with the butterfly border...LOVE that card!! (yes, I love purple!!) Two lovely, lovely cards! And enjoy your week away...sounds fun!! Thanks so much for joining us at The Twofer Challenge!! :0)

Veerle's Kaarten Hoekje said...

Such lovely cards Brenda. I especially love the one with the butterfly edge. As butterflies are all over my shop logo it is no surprise at all that i love these litlle fluttering guys. LOL 😍
Hugs, Veerle

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Brilliant Brenda.. doubly so!
Brilliant you're going on wee break... God is very good.
Brilliant cards you've created too. Imaginative to use your NBUS stamp as a border AND a wreath... and see npme of your criticisms. Bith great.
Pray feet don't swell amd Brett mows the lawn for you while you're away too .. may God keep you safe in the hollow of your hand.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz. X

{Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

kiwimeskreations said...

Loving these two vibrant and stunning cards Brenda - the purple on in particular is amazing!
Stay safe and enjoy your beach time:)

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

I Love your cards Brenda, so completely different and fabulous, lovely colours and papers on each also. As for you going away? Please forget about everyone and everything and just enjoy your beach time. As for heat, we are just about making late 60's here, with heavy cloud, so I wish I could have some of your heat by the beach. I look forward to photos and news on your return.
Take care
Faith x

I Card Everyone said...

Okay, I don't really have to tell you how much I adore butterflies, do I? No matter what color they are!
Two darling cards, Brenda … you've taken such care stamping that wreath - and I love your fussy-cut edge allowing MORE purple to show through!
I will be thinking of you and being envious of your travels - but do be extra careful, okay? Remember we have a date for crafting when you get home! xo

Happy Dance said...

It would be so lovely to head out on vacation! I'm glad you get to go, and I'm glad you're all going to be safe. The closest I get these days, is a walk by Lake Michigan...then back home to projects, lol!! Have fun my friend. Anyhoo.... Your butterfly cards are a delight! They are both just fabulous. I like them both very much. The 'thoughts and prayers' card is really sweet. That 'wreath' of butterflies is clever and they are colored so beautifully! Love it. And the purple card...well, I may just have to borrow your design and color scheme for daughter Cathy's upcoming birthday card! It's a great card!! Love the fun sentiment, and those butterflies look amazing. Wonderful cards, Brenda. Thank you so much for joining us at The Twofer Challenge!! Have fun! Bev

Brenda in IN said...

I'm so happy you get to have a get away. It sounds like fun and safe so enjoy it. These cards are great. The circle is lovely and that card with the butterflies down the side is awesome. I love them both. See you when you get back.

Mac Mable said...

The circle of butterflies on your wreath card looks so pretty and you can never have too much purple on your second. Both cards are beautiful x. Have a lovely time away, relax and enjoy! x. I am sure Bret will cope.....LOL x.

Bonnie said...

I'm so excited for you, Brenda! The Outer Banks is our favorite vacation spot and it's been so long since we've been there. We were going in May but Covid took care of that. Say hello for me.

Love your colorful butterflies! And both layouts are so different from each other yet so pleasing! Great job!

Thank you for the gorgeous birthday card! I love the elegant embossing and beautiful coloring!

Have a safe trip, my friend.

Jules said...

Hi Brenda

I was so happy to read your post and learn that you are going to be spending some time away! Enjoy every minute and have a fabulous time.

Your cards are both beautiful! I particularly love the purple one .. .. firstly probably because it is my favourite colour .. .. but also because I love the design very much.

Enjoy your weekend and your holiday.

Love Jules xx

Carol L said...

First of all, I am SO HAPPY you've decided to take a vacation - you've earned it and I wish you a boatload of fun when you go! Now to the cards, you are SO clever in the way you used the butterfly prompt to make your cards! I am in LOVE with the purple one and LOVE every little detail, but especially love how you colored the sentiment with pencils! WOW!! Great job on both!! Now go have some fun in this life for a change - I am delighted for your upcoming vacation! Have fun - that's an order!! See ya next week ;)

Darnell said...

That sounds like a great little punch and stamp set, Brenda, and the images are really elegant. I love how you arranged them perfectly as a Monarch wreath inside the scalloped circle for your thinking of you card and the striped snippet of pp is a terrific backdrop! And I think you sell yourself short on your second design which is very striking and very gorgeous in all that purple! I love the butterfly inset border with the purple on the inside, the striped pp, and the thin black snippet to separate the border from the awesome sediment! What's not to love?!

Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #29 and for sharing with everyone at NBUS! I don't know if you'll see this before you go in the morning ... It sounds like you are doing everything you can to keep safe and I hope you have a wonderful little vacation / or that you had a wonderful little vacation and that you DON'T have to mow when you get back! Hugs, Darnell

Anita in France said...

Bright and so cheerful, Brenda ... these are both fabulous! How cooperative were those butterflies flying in wreath formation ... they look wonderful in those delicious warm colours! The monochrome purple is brilliant on your second card ... so striking ... what a great idea to trim out the butterfly border ... such a lovely detail! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Happy and safe travelling ... have fun on your trip! Hugs, Anita :)

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards! Have a fun on your vacation! Enjoy it while you can
Have a great day!

Tina Campbell said...

Super cute cards Brenda :) Hope your enjoying your summer, stay cool and stay safe. Hugs my friend, Tina

Loll said...

Beautiful butterfly cards Brenda. HOW clever to use the wreath template to create a butterfly circle. So pretty with the bright colours. And your purple butterfly card is awesome! Love the fussy-cut edge.

Have a wonderful vacation, my friend! Enjoy your relaxing time away. Stay safe. xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Brenda,
your holiday sounds idilic and very lovely hope you are enjoying your time away.

I love your Twofer desigs they are both so brilliantly coloured and created.
The sentiments are fabulous also and I love the font on that purple one its stunning.
I also love the different shades running down the one side too and of course your super butterlies.
The wreath one is a fantastic design and such wonderful colours used as well.

Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Cat Craig said...

YOur butterflies are delightful as a sweet wreath and I am loving the cut out right side on your second card showing that lovely purple base. Two wonderfully unique designs, thank for joining in at Twofer Card Challenge #29. Enjoy your vacation and keep safe.

Di said...

Two lovely cards Brenda - and what w delight to see you in the Playground! Hope you're having or have had a lovely holiday! Bet you were missed though.


Di xx

Gail said...

These are beautiful cards - the Twofers is one challenge I have not entered--- I just cannot get my head wrapped around the requirements - I guess I need to STOP and really think - it probably is an easy peasy create to enter thing--- possibly I look too deeply into things and make them more complicated when they really are not - might check it out again- wishing you a lovely week!