Thursday, September 15, 2016


Hi there,

September 15th already? Where did the summer go? I do really enjoy the Fall weather, especially since we had such a hot summer this year, but I really don't enjoy having to get up at 5.45am to get the youngest up for the High School bus which comes at  6.28am!!

Before summer is officially over, I would like to share this butterfly tag that I made, which was inspired by my garden where the Coneflowers and Joe Pye Weed, in particular, have had many visits from the beautiful Swallowtail butterflies. I've taken many photos of them again this year and have often wondered "what happened to that little guy's tail?" .... and it always amazes me how different each one of the markings are, although they are the same species. Another Mother Nature miracle!

I decided to have a little play this time! What fun. I still used many SNS products, but this time the stamps I used were from quite a while back set 437: Fancy Butterflies. I started with a Kraft tag and daubed on Nuvo Embellishment Mousse: Mother of Pearl, Peony Pink and Lilac Lavender.

Then I took the smaller butterflies from the set and stamped them sporadically all over the tag with Memento Lulu Lavender.

I then stamped the bigger butterflies in Versamark and heat embossed them with White Detail.

The "Want to Scrap" Butterfly chipboard piece was daubered with Stampendous embossing ink. This saves marking your Versamark pad with the chipboard.

I heat embossed Dragon Fruit to the bottom and Mulberry to the top half of the butterfly. Then I started to play around!

Magic Speckle was sprinkled around and heated from the bottom (otherwise the powder would have gone everywhere!)  Love the mosaic look that this EP gives. Then a little more Dragon Fruit, then a little more Magic Speckle! You get the idea!

I took Crafter's Workshop: Mini Butterfly Meadow stencil and stenciled a few little insects on the tag. I positioned the stencil at different spots around the tag and put the Nuvo Embellishment Mouse in the little areas. Clean the stencil immediately - this stuff is really quick drying!

After I added the Mousse insects, I quickly gave them a little "bath" with Crystal Ice, which gave them a lovely sparkle.

After the sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Concord, I took some of the Peony Pink Mouse and used my finger to edge the tag. The tag was then layered to a slightly bigger piece of black cardstock.

I did the same method with the Love "Want to Scrap" piece, as I did with the butterfly, except I heat embossed with Concord and then added a  little Magic Speckle again.

The Butterfly was added with Foam Squares and "Love" was attached with Dimensional Glue. Black and Pink Ribbons were threaded through the hole. Then Nuvo Drops Ebony Black, Raspberry Pink and Glitter Drops Purple Rain were then just dotted around the piece as I saw fit, to finish my project for today.

I'd like to enter my tag in the following challenges
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge : Inspired by Nature
Stampotique Designs Challenge no. 257: Put a bug on it
Ike's World Challenge 72: Things that Fly

Here are a couple of photos of the butterflies in my yard. See what I mean about the tail?

Hope you've enjoyed your visit today.

Hope to see you back again soon,




  1. Hi, Shona! GORGEOUS tag! I saw that you had uploaded it to the World Wide Challenge! Shona, after applying the Nuvo Mousse to the tag, did you heat set before stamping with the Memento dye base ink? Or did you wait a certain amount of time for the mousse to dry? Or just stamp while it was still wet? Love the white EP on top! The butterflies look fantastic as a background!

    I was asking questions as I read your post - and see that down below you say the mousse is very fast drying, so I suppose you don't need to heat set it? Gorgeous use of the magic speckle and your garden photos are always a delight! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration and tutorials today, (as always), Miss Shona! hugs, de

  2. What a gorgeous tag! I love the design and the colours. TFS the photos of the beautiful butterflies too. xx

  3. Wow what a stunning Tag you have created here. Great colours and design and love how you have illustrated step by step instructions on your blog. A real pleasure to visit your blog and view your work. Nice job.
    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  4. I love your butterfly tag. Gorgeous colors and great elements that you added to make it so outstandingly beautiful.

  5. This is a beautiful tag Thank you for joining us at Ike's World Challenges good luck Ginny DT for
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  6. STUNNING tag, love how the sentiment stands out. Another great tutorial and your butterfly photos are fabulous.

  7. What an absolutely incredible and beautiful tag! Everything is perfect and wonderful! So much detail and layering. Love it! Thanks too for the detailed instructions :)

  8. What an absolutely incredible and beautiful tag! Everything is perfect and wonderful! So much detail and layering. Love it! Thanks too for the detailed instructions :)

  9. I love the techniques used on this....and thank you so so much for sharing how you made it, it means a lot to me. Thank you for taking the time to join in with our challenge and sharing your creativity with us, I love to see your talent and imagination at work. Love 'n' hugs Sall IkesWorld Challenges DT

  10. Beautiful :)
    Thanks for joining in with us at Stampotique this week :)

  11. Pretty tag and great tutorial!
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Carla DT for:-

  12. I love your beautiful butterfly tag!!! Great image and colours, and what a great photo's of real butterflies!!!

    Have fun!!

  13. Super cool tag - such lovely texture and colour :-) I have those butterflies here in Greece too and some of them are really big :-)
    I don't envy you having to get up that early every school day :-( !!
    Thank you for coming to play at IKEsWORLD CHALLENGES.

    IKE x

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  14. Absolutely beautiful creation. I love the colours and the butterflies.
    Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky. Happy crafting!
    Catherine x DT

  15. Terrific Tag! Love the details of the process too...

    Thank you for sharing with IKE'S WORLD Challenges!
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  16. Lovely tag with such beautiful details.

    Thanks for playing along with us at Stampotique Designers Challenges!

  17. Such delicate colors! I like that these bugs aren't creepy. ;) Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designer Challenges!

  18. So beautiful!
    Thanks for joining us at Stampotique :)

    xx Arwen

  19. Gorgeous tag.....Thanks for playing along with us at Fab'n'Funky this week.
    Wendy xx

  20. Love the pearlescent effect achieved with the Nuvo Mousse. Lots of fun techniques on this beautiful tag, and I love the layers of the butterflies. The Speckles added a nice gleam and you've got a stunner tag fer shure! TFS the pictorial steps at each stage, as I find that so helpful, and realize it takes much more time than just posting the finished tag! Also enjoyed seeing the gorgeous creatures that visit your garden. We didn't have as many butterflies this summer as we usually do, for some reason. Our butterfly bushes were both in bloom, and the hummingbirds liked those! Hugs & TFS

  21. Beautiful tag and love all the different 'sparkles' you have used..what a fun technique too AND you have made me add to my SNS order a great day!!

  22. Pretty tag, Thank you for joining us at Stampotique Designers Challenge

  23. What a beautiful tag! I love seeing how you created the butterfly. Thank you for joining us at the SDC for the mail art challenge.

  24. Shona, our card is gorgeous, and I love the pics you took! So much talent with an eye for the beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us at Ike's World Challenge Blog.

  25. Beautiful Butterfly Tag and great tutorial

    Thank you for taking part in the Stampotique Challenge

    Jools x

  26. Lovely Tag!
    Thanks for joining the World Wide Open DT Challenge.
    Hugs, Jacqueline


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