I was inspired by the story Gina shared on her blog about the butterfly leaving its coccoon (read here). I wanted her mom to have some butterflies to always remind her of how Gina's dad left his old body to fly away in a beautiful new one, to a new home. I stamped a butterfly from "Take Flight" twice onto a piece of patterned Basic Grey Granola Paper in Rich Cocoa Memento ink, cut them out and added some flocking to the bodies. Your fingers are all you need to add a few bends and curves to the wings for dimension the paper holds the shape. The circle and background are both neutral papers from this pack. I embossed my CB Leafy Branch onto the tan paper and sanded with my sanding block, and drew a brown line around the edge with a straightedge and marker to frame it up and tie it in with the delicate lines of the butterflies' wings. Card base is SU! Bordering Blue. I like these muted colors for this type of card, they're soft but not somber.
The top butterfly is attached, but the bottom one can be getnly pulled away to reveal a greeting! So where's the adhesive? Take two Basic Grey magnetic snaps, put one on the back of the butterfly(which can be displayed on the fridge) and put the other half of the magnet behind the circle mat. Now she has a small keepsake but then can put the pair back together any time she wants. :)
The "I'm praying for you" greeting is from the new Free with Three set "Taglines". TIP: these are straight greetings but you can give them a slight bend when you need to by making tiny snips along the bottom of the rubber (not into your image, mind you!) and anchoring the ends to your acrylic block with a little Dot n roller adhesive to keep the curve down long enough to stamp (Dot n roller adhesive rubs right off when you're done.) :)
I wanted to go ahead and post Ruth's address again. I know Gina was especially concerned about how her mom would do after all those initial cards and letters came in and the house was quiet. It would really brighten her day.
P.O. Box 164
McFarland, WI 53558
Hope your day is glorious!