Saturday, April 21, 2012

artsy fartsy (using scraps)

Watercolor butterfly in some way.  Or so I thought until I looked closer at the Tuesday Trigger from Moxie Fab World.  Those "lines" down the sides of the dress from See by Chloe are actually ties made from the same fabric and woven crisscross through eyelets!

So that was the road my creative process took me.  Weave twine through eyelets and use a watercolor butterfly.  But as I thought about the "ties from the same fabric" I remembered an oh-so-cool card from Alicia T. in the Moxie Fab Paper Scraps challenge, with a butterfly made from strips of scraps.  And then I thought of the scrap paper I stamp off on and save, always thinking I'll be able to do something with it.  It's kinda artsy fartsy.

So looking at Alicia's card I figured the "scraps" had been strips of paper.  So I cut a few and bent them - and they didn't look like a butterfly.  Hmmm.

Now spatial thinking has never been my forte.  Just give me a story problem about a house with the dimensions X and a roof with the angle Y and you'll raise my blood pressure!  Figured it must have to do with straight lines versus curves...

So, what if I took an oval outline.  Nope.  Maybe a circle.  Yep.  Ended up using my circle scissor to cut a 2 3/4" circle and then a 3 3/8" circle around the negative space to get a circle outline that I snipped at one spot and bent into shape to make one side of Miss Flutterby.

Same process for her other side and glue dots to hold them together.  Recreated the crisscross effect I originally wanted to go with by embossing (sideways) a portion of my card.  Distress inked the edges and swiped a little Worn Lipstick and Tea Dye over some of the raised Xs.  Mounted the butterfly on a circle cut from some recycled packaging so she could be resting on a dahlia.  Distressed its edges too.  Finished the butterfly with a threaded button (left the thread long like antennaes) and added a couple pearls.

A somewhat different take on the Trigger, but I'm so happy I figured out how to make Miss Flutterby.  Wouldn't she be cute decorating a gift?

Appreciate your looking.  Hope your weekend's springy.

Supplies :
Paper: card Buttinette, packaging, scrap
Ink: Distress Ink
Tools:embossing folder Sizzix, circle scissor and corner rounder EKS
Other: pearls, button Sew Sweet, floss


Svetlana said...

What a great interpritation!! So creative!
Thanks for leaving the lovely comment
Svetlana xx

Karen B. said...

What a gorgeous and unique take on the trigger. Love the new butterfly you've created and she would look fine on a gift.

Geri said...

Maria...this is just too clever and cute!! I wanted to come and thank you again for "snooping" around my blog!! I'm so glad you like what you see enough to want to "snoop";) And a happy belated 48th to you! Hope we can stay in touch!

Robin K. said...

Hi Maria! Really creative take on the trigger! And you're right - miss flutterby would make a great package adornment :) Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my card! P.S. I live in "wine country" as well in the Finger Lakes region of upstate NY AND I hate housework too.

Unknown said...

gorgeous! always thinking it

Suzanne Russell said...

I could not come up with a successful way to do the lacing up the side of the dress-but you did it beautifully! thanks for the inspiration-great card. :)

Teresa Zuehls said...

Very creative take on the TT! Love your fabulous butterfly. Great job and thanks for sharing.

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Editor said...

Hey Maria! Thanks for linking this up to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

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