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Monday, 30 May 2016

Fly Beautiful Butterfly

A while back I met an awesome lady, Karen Beaupre, owner of Southern Ridge Trading Co. Her chipboard and wood die cuts were amazing. The intricacies & details were absolutely divine.

When an opportunity came to guest design for her I was thrilled. The assignment - 'Anything Feminine' - piece of cake!

ha Ha HA!? I was so frustrated by my project and trying to narrow down what should go on it and what colour combos. I kept adding too many pieces NS did not have a flow but then, my sister routed through my bag, grabbed a random paper cutoff and Sizzix letter die, and I was off. When I was done, I carried the project with me for a day because I wasn't in love with it yet. I looked at it in different light, got people's reactions, and then took it apart.

I took my favorite parts and starting layering, then after stepping back, swearing and learning to breathe, my brain finally kicked in. Removal of one clock piece and replacing it with an Emerald Creek Butterfly, stamped and fussy cut several times and i finally had the completed project.

So here are the steps:

First) I grabbed the Mini Set 4 Gothic Stencil and inked it with Tim Holtz/Ranger Ground Espresso ink pad then placed it "dirty" on my cardstock.  I squeezed the texture paste onto my pallet knife and began to spread across the stencil. As I spread the paste around, the ink was picked up and started to marble through the paste, giving the perfect background.

Second) Using the largest Dress chipboard I painted with Picket and fence and Wilted Violet paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger), then Embossed with iridescent shimmer on the skirt, clear on the bodice and fallen snow on the bottom ruffle. then inked the fallen snow with the violet mini ink.

Third) spray stained the butterfly with Silver and Wilted Violet Spray Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger)

Fourth) Embossed the square frame with Verdi Gris embossing powder and inked with Espresso alcohol Ink for a few second to dull down the green.
Fifth) Layered the papers using the pasted piece, the pink random printed card stock and a bunch of Core'dinations distress sheets. I then placed everything so I knew where to put the frame.

Sixth) I mixed up Ice resin placed the Shoe Charms in the frame, poured the ready resin over and let set for a few hours. then placed the butterfly chipboard to the top of the shoe straps.

Seventh) while everything dried I started pulling charms and paper flowers. then I grabbed the eighties dried flowers, something was still missing, perhaps a bit of sparkle, and I LOVE the Ice Resin German Glasses, but how to use them? A bit of smeared glue and then sprinkle excessively. AWESOME!

Eight) Cut out the letters F L Y and smear into the spray stain overspray from the chipboard butterfly. Edge the letters with the Wilted violet Marker, add more charms, ribbon on the dress and to tie the charms to the top

Ninth) Coat the mini fussy cut butterflies in Tombow glue and dip into the German Glass, bend up wings and glue over shadow stamped butterflies.

And we are DONE!

Thank you Southern Ridge Trading Co. for the fun products and chance to mix so many pieces.

Southern Ridge Items

Other Supplies
Emerald Creek Embossing Powders
Verdis Gris, Iridescent, Soft Fallen Snow, Clear Gloss
Emerald Creek Stamp
Small Butterfly
Emerald Creek Embellishments
Charms: Wish, Filigree Leaf, Violin, shoes, Daisy Brad

Stampers Anonymous by Tim Holtz
Mini Stencil set #4, the Gothic one

Sizzix by Tim Holtz
Boardwalk Die

Ranger Distress Inks and Stains by Tim Holtz
Ground Espresso, Wilted Violets, Brushed Pewter, Picket Fence, Emboss It

Ice Resin
Ice Resin, German Glass: Chartreuse, Salmon, Sky Blue

Dina Wakley 
Media Palette Knife

Cream Paste, Flower

Core'dinations - Distress by Tim Holtz
Peeled Paint, Old Paper

Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Glue Gun, Random 80's dried flowers, ATG Tape Gun


  1. Great way to use Distress ink and a stencil to tint the modelling paste, Kim! Will definitely give this a try!!!! Thanks for the tuto. Your project is really lovely. And I do that too: carry my projects around and look at them in different settings and find out if I love them enough to send them out into the crafting world. ;)

    Claudia x

  2. Everything you create is so amazing. You are a great inspiration Kim xxx

    1. Awe, thank you. That's means a lot coming from you. I draw inspiration and knowledge from things I see everyone doing. And a lot from the 'Whoops I shouldn't have done it that way, oh, yes I should have. Look how it turned out' technique training. LOL!

  3. Stunning!!! I love the details! It is so inspiring when you get the time to create and share with everyone!!

    1. Thanks Cathy! It is fun to create. And it keeps me appreciating all that you ladies do for me. Blogging and doubt the process stuff isn't easy or fast and I Love you ladies more for what you do.

  4. Saw this over at Southern Ridge Kim, love it! Deb xo

    1. Thanks Deb. I wish the pieces could be photo'd to match life.