in the meantime, here is MY take on the challenge:
(QKD "sparkles" stamped w/colorbox creamy brown chalk ink & embossed w/bridal powder; patterned paper: all my memories, k&co; illustration from a vintage book; cardstock sticker: jenni bowlin; gem stickers: stampendous; butterflies made with an all night media punch and by tracing 2 sizes of heidi swapp ghost butterflies)
i wanted to go a little old fashioned, a little romantic, a little bit elegant, and i think i may just have succeeded in making a card to honor one of the longest and happiest marriages i know: that of lovely husband jef'f's parents who will celebrate 54 years together (FIFTY FOUR!!!) in march. i had not actually planned to go monochromatic...in fact i kept trying to bring in a pop of bright color somewhere on this baby...but the vintage sepia-toned illustration just looked so much more important when surrounded by similar colors, so finally i bowed to the idea of a card done in creams and tans and browns. i had to flatten out the butterflies to scan the card, but in this close-up you can see that they're only attached with a line of dry adhesive at their centers, so that their wings can be folded upwards, as if they had just settled here for a moment. (awwwww!)
happy anniversary mom and dad! and happy anniversary caardmaking to the rest of us!