Thursday, April 13, 2017

Window Dressing.

We are  into the second week for the Butterfly Challenge already
and here is some more inspiration for you showing that you don't have to have a fancy window die or even a window stamp to take part. 
First up is a card using an oblong rectangle die cut (this one is by Crafts-Too PCD98) but you could cut your own aperture. The image is by Hunkdory from their Little Book of Flowers and shows a vase of Tulips on a window sill. Perfect! I merely used very thin d.s tape to make the window panes pattern  (leaving the tape intact and not removing the covering). I placed a sheet of acetate behind the framework and then attached the picture behind that. The frame and image were then adhered to the base card front which I had cut from cardstock to fit.  Rose coloured butterflies were die cut using SU's Beautiful Wings Embosslits and the pearls came from my stash.

 Taken here at an angle to catch the light in order to highlight the acetate.

Second card just sort of evolved really from a selection of diecuts that I had pulled out as possibles to use.
I started off with the insert die cut frame from the card above and selected a smaller die cut to make a further frame. This time I used offcuts to make up the crossbars for the window which were attached from behind before adding the acetate.  Then I went to town using the following die cuts to create the flowers, window boxes ,border and a punch for the butterflies.
Poppy Stamps 'Small flower box style 823'
C.C. Designs  'Flower border'
Clearly Besotted 'Fresh grass die'
Craft Stash  'Meadow border DIOB0079'
Tonic Studios 'Small butterfly punch'

I cut both of the flower strips in green first and then again in various flower colours and fussy cut the flowers out and adhered to the green bases. The small strip of flowers was cut up into sections and added built up behind the flower boxes for a 3d effect. The grass was die cut twice and then each one cut in half and added behind the flowers. Boxes were then attached to the window frame. The larger strip of flowers was attached below the window frame to create a flower bed. You can see a little better in the photo below where I have added check curtains (from a snippet of design paper) to the windows and made folds in them to look more realistic. Window frame was adhered to the front of the card and raised up on on 3d pads so as to not to crease the curtains. Well I wasn't about to get the iron out and start ironing them !!!! Butterflies were punched from  a snippet of rose cards stock and liquid pearls 'white opal' added to their bodies.

Entering this card  into the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations #176 Anything goes.
The Crazy Challenge #246 Spring is coming.
Use Your Stuff #259 Flowers.
Craft Heaven #19 Scent of flower.
Create And Inspire #61 Anything goes.
How Everything Become Scrap # Spring has come.
Unicorn Challenge #20 Petal power.


  1. Beautiful cards. Love them both.
    Valerija xx

  2. It's so clever using the tape to make the windows frames and the acetate really gives the idea of the glass!!
    Seems that you have been very busy with the second card! It's full of tiny pieces and the result is so lovely and colourful!! A wonderful way to use scraps and the curtains are just brilliant!! Great cards!
    I wish you a joyful and sweet Easter!

  3. Two fabulous cards Mrs A - gosh I do so love the first one! Beautiful work and very clever windows too.


    Di xx

  4. V pretty cards :) love how you have created the windows. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Having a quick pop round as the fingers are being a bit more agreeable today, two very pretty Spring cards Valery and very effective windows on the first.

    Hope you have a lovely Easter.

    B x

  6. Hi Mrs A both of your cards are stunning I love them both. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  7. I love both of your cards Valery, I must try and get my act together and join in over the weekend.

    Sue xx

  8. Two super cards Mrs A. Very clever way of making windows and I love all the little flowers in the window box xx

  9. I love how you made your window with the acetate and the scene on your second card is so pretty. It looks like someone spent so much time in their garden planting lovely flowers and in their window boxes too.

  10. Two clever cards now Mrs A... I'm posting a butterfly card ...scheduled tomorrow, can you tell me why I didn't use rise as my colour der... too pressed for time, grabbed nearest colour ๐Ÿ˜
    I think you've been really imaginative wuty your creations.
    Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  11. So pretty and loving the window ideas...Thank you for sharing these beautiful cards x

  12. Oh, my dear Anne, you must've needed a lie down after that second card! That was a ton of work, but wow you really knocked my socks off my cold feet with all the stunning tiny details right down to the curtains! And your first card literally took my breath away! So basically now it's ME who needs a lie down and a search for socks, lol!! Happy Easter!! Hugs, Darnell

  13. Absolutely fabulous cards, love them both and so cleverly designed, Kate x

  14. Hi Mrs A,
    2 wonderful cards and such very super designs.
    I love them both as they are both gorgeous.
    I must admit I have been struggling with this one so thank you for your wonderful inspiration with these.
    Lots of crafty love. jenny L.

  15. Great show here Mrs A! Two lovely cards. x

  16. Two fabulous card both with a great design and love the tulips and the gorgeous window box.

    Kath x

  17. I adore how you simply pull out supplies and then gorgeous cards are created from your design eyes. Lovely dear. Hoppy Easter...<3

  18. Wow, so creative with your first card and so detailed with the second, both are fabulous. Cara x

  19. Two lovely cards Mrs A. love the designs with the windows. Great use of the die cuts on the second one.
    Have a lovely Easter
    Avril xx

  20. Two stunning cards Mrs A fab designs with the die cuts! have a lovely weekend huggles Sue xx

  21. Two wonderful cards, love all the flowers.

  22. Hi Mrs A
    Both cards are divine but I particularly love the first one. At first glance, it looked like little tiles.
    Hope you had a Happy Easter.
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

  23. What beautiful cards you have created and both windows look fabulous. Thank you for sharing with us at Unicorn and good luck in the draw. Jennifer DT member x

  24. Your window cards are so gorgeous and stunning, hope you had a wonderful Easter!

  25. Grazie per aver partecipato al challenge Tutto Quanto Diventa Scarp


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