Challenge: Butterfly Beauty



Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the April Showers Bring May Flowers Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is


Simply include a butterfly somewhere on your project!

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Beulah decided to add to her collection of tags this week!


I put my sewing machine to good use this week and stitched a piece of Eclectic Elements fabric? to a manila tag then stamped it with tiny butterflies from Prima (Noble Darling Royal Menagerie). A mini box made from cardboard was lined with an old dictionary page to frame a Journaling Ticket embellished with a butterfly cut from Wallflower Vellum along with some text stamping (Ledger Script) and a Small Talk sticker. A button, Lace Trimmings and string dyed with Black Soot Distress Ink helped to emphasize the textile theme.

Andrea flew straight to her new Seth Apter products to make this beautiful butterfly card.


I really like the gritty look of Seth Apter’s products, but I wondered what would happen when grit met Spring!  It was a combo I had to try and I loved experimenting with his Drip Drop and Coffee Ring die sets, along with his Gridiron embossing folder.  And of course I got my butterfly on with a border die from Memory Box called, Blissful Butterfly.

Anna-Karin made some clay butterflies for a shadow box.


I wanted to try out Prima’s paper clay since I hadn’t used clay for quite some time. The butterflies were made with the WOW Butterfly Trio silicon mold and painted with Distress Paints once they were dry. I also made a big heart from clay and stamped it with two stamps from the Iron Orchids set. The shadow box was distressed with Rust Paste and I also embellished with metallic butterflies by Finnabair.

Barbara has always loved butterflies for their incredible colors!


I always loved butterflies: they are ethereal and colorful at the same time and for me have always represented freedom! This week I created a mixed media canvas  playing with  Distress crayons ,Texture paste transparent gloss  and Tim holtz’s  stencils. Among all the butterflies of every shape and size that I own, I chose Tim Holtz/Sizzix Layered Butterfly for its size and for its versatility! I colored with Distress sprays and I highlighted the reliefs with the powder Stampendous Aged black. New display hanger  by Idea-ology made my project  perfect to be hung!

Cathie  loves adding butterflies to her projects because their beauty captures a spirit like no other

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Detailed Butterflies by Sizzix along with the Butterfly Frenzy decorative strip are perfect examples of this beauty when paired together. Combining these two die sets is like walking into a butterfly garden with butterflies of all shapes and sizes.  I perched my butterflies on the Bird Branch die from Sizzix and topped off my project with twine string, a crinkle bow, an adorable Heart Charm from Idea-ology and cut out my sentiment from the Alphanumeric Thinlits die set from Tim Holtz.

Cheiron used one of her favorite butterfly stamp sets to create her tags.


I used this challenge to have some playtime with one of my favorite stamp sets from Dina Wakley, Scribbly Insects.  I made the tag backgrounds by smooshing some watered down Dina Wakley Media paints and added some texture with the Mini Favorites and Bendy Pinwheels stencils. I painted my butterflies loosely and cut them out and added some coordinating sentiments from the Handwritten Quotes stamp set.

Emma can never resist the beauty of butterflies!


Butterflies are such magical creatures and I always enjoy creating projects that incorporate the images, especially when the image is as beautiful as this stamp from the Perspective stamp set by Tim Holtz. I watercolored my stamp with Distress Marker Pens before adding it to a canvas background created using Distress Crayons. I added texture to the background using the Industrial and Splatters Layering Stencils and Texture Paste before completing the project with a Quote Band, crinkle ribbon bow and a Dapper Fastener.

Kath couldn’t resist some more Distress Crayon playtime with Detailed Butterflies


I used Textile Surfaces to create a panel which could be used as a wall hanger or the cover of an album. I used the flourish die from Mixed Media 2 and paper from Regions Beyond Mini Stash to create the centre panel. I applied Texture Paste through the Brick Stencil from Mini Stencil Set 3, applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte and coloured  with the Spiced Marmalade Distress Crayon from Set 1. I die cut the Detailed Butterflies and coloured with the Spiced Marmalade and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Crayons. Applied Texture Paste through the Bubble Stencil from Mini Stencil Set. I added flowers die cut from Regions Beyond paper and Core’dinations Kraft Core using Wildflowers Thinlits.  Added a Crinkle Ribbon bow coloured with Broken China Distress Spray Stain, Big Chat Stickers and Idea-ology Alpha Dice

Lols had fun making a colorful spring tag!


I love the Tim Holtz Melange Tissue Wrap and used this as the base for my tag. I glued a piece to a plain white piece of card and then die cut using a  Framelits Tag. I then used Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry Inks before splattering with White Linen Ink and stamping with some Wildflowers finishing with a die cut Wildflower Silhouette.  I used a Butterfly Duo die and cut the butterfly out of corrugated card. I added some Bubblegum,  and Glacier White Paints at random and splattered with Black Ink. I stitched the edges and finished with a strip of  Industrious Borders and Small Talk Stickers.

Macarena shares her love for butterflies.


Butterflies and dragonflies are my fave nature miracles, I love this challenge! My canvas is very natural with neutral background colors and colorful popping butterflies. I cut some Casual Trees in a heavy cardboard.  I tore some pieces from an old french book and adhered them to the canvas with Mod Podge. Then put the diecuts and treated with Mod Podge as well. Covered all the surface with a thin layer of White Gesso. Blended Distress Inks randomly on the surface, spritz with water touching the wet drops with a tissue to obtain irregular colors. Stamped stitches arround the canvas with Archival Ink and put the Black Soot Distress Ink through the Organic Matter Mask randomly. Outlined the edges of diecuts with Black Chameleon Pen. Cut out Butterflies from a watercolor paper, stamped them randomly, colored with Distress Inks and outlined the edges. Cut a Handwritten Love word from a heavy cardboard and heat embossed it. Covered the letters with Crackled Texture Paste and let them dry. After that put the same natural Distress colors as for the background. The Spring is in the air!

Maura is having a hard time resisting butterflies this week.


It’s all about cards for me this week, that is Heidi Swapp Butterflies Mixed Media cards! The resist designs make it easy to create a beautiful card. I used the Tim Holtz Distress inks like Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, and Wilted Violet to add color to the butterflies. I added some fun finishing touches like the Tim Holtz pen nib  and Fleur de Lis from the Tim Holtz French Flight set to cover up some mistakes, and now the cards are ready for the mail.

Meihsia created a mixed media tag with many beautiful butterflies.
Meihsia Liu Simply paper Crafts Mixed Media Tag Butterflies 600

For this week’s challenge, I decided to cut out some butterflies from the patterned paper in Tim Holtz Paper Stash Crowded Attic. After the tag was embossed with Texture Trades Embossing Folder and Distressed with Distress Ink Pad, I adhered those butterflies on the tag with Tombow 3D Foam Adhesive. I really enjoy creating these butterflies flying in the beautiful sunshine on this tag.

Sandra loves beautiful butterflies
This butterfly stamp from Tim Holtz Perspective stamp set, is the most beautiful butterfly stamp I own. It’s big and bold, and I love it! I knew this would be my starting point of the card. When I stamped it, I masked it off and mixed some Vibrant Turquiose Paint through the Texture Paste and applied it with the Simon Says Stamp Diamond Circles. I colored the butterfly in with Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio Distress Markers.

Zoey is always fascinated by butterflies…



I simply love butterflies. I love their magical wings and beautiful colors. I wanted to make a TAG to celebrate their beauty and I used a bunch of Distress Sprays to color the background. The Prima Marketing White Sand Texture paste was perfect to add texture through the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil ZigZag that I highlighted with a touch of Distress Paint.

So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

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  1. Cool another challenge with lots of inspiration thanks to the great DT creations !
    What about the previous Monday challenge ? No winner ?

  2. What a lovely challenge theme……and stunning inspiration from the team! Oh, my…just gorgeous.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  3. beautiful butterflies, always in season for sending. just got mine in under the wire. thanks for the challenge.

  4. Can you please help me remove one of my entries so I can enter a different one??

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