Thursday, 4 December 2014

Speed Craft Challenge–Butterflies

Today over at the Speed Craft Challenge Laine has chosen the theme of Butterflies. I was happy with our challenge as i do love butterflies and have lots of them in different substrates.


Todays supplies are:

Eileen Hull Sizzix ATB die

Eileen Hull Sizzix Bigz Butterfly Die 657121

Book Paper from stash

Patterned Vellum from stash

Wallpaper samples from B&Q

Cosmic Shimmer Sprays Angel Mist, Golden Mint and Aqua Lagoon

Paper Artsy Pewter Fresco Paint that i made into a mister

Sky mist Versacraft Ink Pad

Paris dusk Memento Ink Pad

Shabby Shutters DI

Butterfly Embossing Folder freebie

Large filigree butterflies from stash

Crystal Handle from stash

Chipboard Flower from stash

Versamark Ink Pad

Clear Embossing powder

Paper Artsy HP1301 Stamp

I pre-cut the ATB’s which has a heart shape on it and the Butterflies from the Bigz die as i have learnt from previous challenges that this takes up most of the time.


Started off by spraying the ATB shapes with the Cosmic Shimmer and Paper Artsy sprays then dried them with a heat gun. This didn’t take long because the card stock is very heavy, more like board and so the sprays didn’t wet the substrate too much. Hope you can see the shimmer on them  it is lovely.

Then i stopped the stopwatch so i could assemble the boxes and the hearts so they could dry before adding embellishments and stamping to them.


Started the stopwatch again and assembled the three layers of the Sizzix butterfly die, only used the base layer today. I have taken the colours from the wallpaper design.

Embossed the vellum layer with the freebie folder then coloured over the top with the Sky Mist and Shabby Shutters inks then glued them together in the centre.


coloured the rear of the butterfly with Sky Mist ink.

Coloured the LOVE letters with Paris Dusk ink then used Versamark Ink over the top and clear embossing powder to add a shine.

Added the letters to the middle of the butterflies.


I had glued the four ATB’s together after they were assembled using the Collal Tacky Glue.

Assembled the butterflies on the front of the ATB’s and added the filigree ones at different angles, if you look closely you can see the glue hasn’t dried yet.


I like to decorate the reverse of most things so used the hearts (glued 3 of them together for each embellishment). Inked the edges with Paris Dusk ink, sprayed the hearts with Angel Mist Cosmic Shimmer Spray, dried then inked up the butterfly part of the Paper Artsy Hot Pick stamp and pressed the hearts onto the stamp so i could use the part with the butterfly on it.

Was able to heat emboss the stamped area so the butterfly looks raised off the heart and is very tactile and shiny.


Left side of the ATB’s.


Right side of the ATB’s.


I held my breath for most of the time as i wanted to finish inside the 15 minutes and i did but only just lol.

I sat looking at the ATB’s and decided to add a couple more embellishments.

Took a chipboard flower, coloured it with Sky Mist ink, used the Hot Pick stamp with Paris Dusk ink and stamped on top then added Versamark Ink and heat embossed over the top.

Added one of my favourite crystal handles, which are from my local cheap shop and only £3 for four and on the back a sentiment.


The sentiment reads Love and Laughter, Happily Ever After.


The things that take the longest in any challenge are the gluing, cutting and embossing. I hope you like the extras i added! This is now going away so i can give this to my OH for Valentines Day next year.

Now let’s see what you can do!

Please come and join in our Speed Craft Challenge, we are waiting to see your amazing creations!

Remember to read the rules and include the time it took you to complete the Challenge.

Links to the DT are below, hope you get time to visit all their blogs, each of them are so very talented and have more inspiration for you.






Thank you for dropping by and i look forward to your comments.



  1. Oh Mo,this is really lush and gorgeous! Love it,beautiful creation,well done in the time limit too. Loving those handles,wish I had a shop near me selling them,absolute bargin!!

    Extra big speedy hugs
    Donna xxx

  2. What an exquisite and very beautiful creation. You have put so much effort into the making of the hearts, butterflies etc and the finished effect is gorgeous. Can't believe you did it in the time...well I do believe you but you know what I mean! X

  3. You are are really speedcraftqueen Moo... amazing!

  4. Holy cow Mo! I can't believe you made this in 15 minutes! Extraordinary! I love the blues and your layered butterflies are amazing! What a great project! hugs :)

  5. Beautiful Mo love it. Love how you have made the blocks such pretty colouring kind of reminds me if spring. And your butterflies are gorgeous they look very comfortable on their pretty home. What else I like is how you take the trouble to decorate the backs. It is something I know you do and I have one of your lovely creations so know how much time and effort goes into one of your pieces of art even on the reverse and all done within the challenge time. Very well done xxx

  6. Mo, now that must have been speed crafting at its best. Fabulous result in the time
    Amanda X

  7. Gosh this really must have been speed crafting, very impressed and with seconds still to spare - well done xx

  8. You must have been working on this like crazy! It's AMAZING!!! I can't tell you how much I love this. You really worked hard on this and it is apprecaited! I'm so proud to be your teamie! xxx
    p.s.: I shall be retaking my photo on Saturday! Thanks for the link to the light box instructions.. I will defo check it out. I can't bare when odds are working against me despite me trying my best... I'm not very patient as you can tell :) Possibly a little OCD :) Hugs xxx

  9. Such a beautiful creation in no time at all, Mo! I really love what you come up with in this challenge! That shimmer looks wonderful too. xxx

  10. Butterflies are a favorite of mine, too, so I really admire this special piece you created. The crystal knob really tops it off!

  11. Fantastic job, Mo! I can't believe that you are so organized that you can speed craft! This would have taken me literally hours and hours and I wouldn't have come close to your amazing result! Go you!

  12. This is incredible. I'm a big fan of your speed crafting, especially since I am so slow at everything I do. You make such gorgeous art, even when you are trying to beat the clock.

    I was very impressed with your Stampotique pieces, too. You find a way to be funny, regardless.

    I also want to thank you for visiting me so often, even when I'm so busy I can't even find my left hand. Thank you for all your kind comments and just know how appreciated they are, even when I'm not around to reciprocate them.

  13. Completely charming, and amazing that it was all done in 15 minutes - bravo! I love the fluttery layered butterflies.
    Alison xx

  14. WOW! Such a gorgeous project!!! It's simply beautiful, my friend! And what makes it even more amazing is that you completed it in less that 15 minutes! Happy Holidays to you and your family! HUGS!

  15. Not one but 4 ATB's and in 15mins!....speed queen!. Lovely zesty colours and oh so pretty butterflies, lovely Mo. Ruth x