Tuesday, 20 May 2014


This is proving to be an excellent year for bluebells. Indeed, there are some growing on the bank opposite my craft room window.

The photograph was taken one evening last week. The dramatic lighting was accounted for by the fact that the sun, low and bright, was shining over us, but a rainstorm was rapidly approaching.

I was inspired to make a bluebell card for Butterfly Challenge No 7, the theme for which is butterflies and a doily.

I used my Wild Rose Studio bluebell die, and one of the papers from the "Bluebell" paper pack, also by Wild Rose Studio. One of the papers in the pack is a gorgeous all-over bluebell design, which I had thought to use, but it would have overwhelmed the focal elements. Instead I stamped some bluebells and a little butterfly (both Chocolate Baroque) on one of the plainer sheets from the pack, and coloured them with Promarkers. The die-cut butterflies (Cheery Lynn)  and the bluebell diecut were also coloured with Promarkers. The doily is the French Pastry die, again by Cheery Lynn.

I was hoping to give the impression of butterflies fluttering amongst the bluebells, just as they have been doing on the bank outside my window this week, but they are mostly Orange Tips, which I haven't managed to photograph yet as they rarely settle for long. I was able, however, to capture this beautiful song thrush today as it surveyed the garden from its vantage point on the shed roof.


Mrs A. said...

Bluebells are fabulous. I really thought it was a sheet of design paper. We have had several blue butterflies this year in the garden and the bluebells around here have been a lovely show too.
Thank you for fluttering by #7.
Hugs Mrs A. (butterfly challenge)

Maxine D said...

Lovely card Lynne - the way you have built it up is gorgeous, and no one element overwhelms the other.
What a wonderful time of year for you.

scrappymo! said...

This is so pretty! Your bluebells do indeed look as though they are enticing the butterflies to light there!
Lovely card.

Jean Straw said...

Your bluebell card is beautiful Lynne. I love the die cut doily and the matching blue butterflies. I have noticed how good the bluebells have been this year, there are lots of them around here.
Lovely photo of the thrush too.
Jean x

mamapez5 said...

I love both the smell and colour of the bluebells. Your pretty card captures them well.
I hope the storm didn't flatten all the flowers. Kate x

Bridie Payne said...

Beautiful card

Thank you so much for leaving a lovely comment on my blog

Have a fab day.


Bridie@BGPayne Crafts

Squirrel x said...

Hello! Remember me? Sorry it has been so long since my last visit - life really does get in the way too much sometimes - and I can see I have missed many gorgeous creations, this one being no exception. Absolutely brilliant. Hugs Squirrel xx

craftimamma said...

Oh I love this card Lynne. Two of my most favourite elements, butterflies and bluebells, what more could I want, lol!

Gorgeous photos and how nice of the thrush to stand so proudly for you to take his picture. We always had a thrush in the garden at our last house (it even nested and raised babies in our cherry blossom tree) but we moved about half a mile away as the crow flies and I haven't seen one in all the time we've been here which is 12 yrs now! Blimey how time flies!

Lesley Xx

Sally H said...

WOW! to the photo and the card! Sorry I missed it before now. Totally gorgeous! Can't wait till the weekend xxx