Monday, May 3, 2010

putting the "MOTH" in mother's day

a couple of weeks ago, stef sent me a link to these adorable "butterfly bouquets" on jenni bowlin's website. i loved them immediately, and thought they would make wonderful little gifts for my mom and mother-in-law.

i decided i'd like my version to be a little more eclectic and vintage. i was thinking i'd use my 2-part quick-kutz monarch butterfly die and some smaller butterfly punches, but then gina surprised me with her butterfly looking glass mini kit--which, btw, is *FREE*...and you totally need it!--so of course i immediately decided to hand cut them, instead!

i laid out 3 sizes of butterfly in printshop and printed some on photo paper and some on inkjet transparency. i cut 3 double-sided layers of each size. (i did this by stapling the piece with the butterfly to my other papers; any paper that wasn't already double-sided i glued a scrap of vintage book paper to the reverse.) then i inked all my raw edges and bent the wings of each butterfly in the center before hot-gluing them to small wooden skewers i "liberated" from lovely husband jeff's kitchen!

i loved how the butterflies looked in their little vases... (which are filled with cheap pearls & beads from michaels to help the sticks stand up) ...but my bouquets seemed just a tiny bit sparse, so i added a few flowers to the mix. again, these are attached back-to-back on a small skewer using my trusty low-temp hot glue gun.

finally, i got lhj to trim the sticks for me using wire nips, and made little cards to accompany the bouquets. and yes, before you ask, contrary to my standard operating procedure, i actually did make TWO vases and TWO cards which are virtually identical! i think i may be getting smarter in my old age!!! :)

happy mother's day...very slightly in advance!

(materials: butterflies & pale pink paper from the butterfly looking glass free mini-kit, gina cunningham, tyggereye art; ticket from the ooh la la french ticket kit, rhonna farrer, house of three; patterned paper: ek success, k&co, prima, making memories, doodlebug + handmade paper from pearl paint + vintage dictionary, french text, sheet music & encyclopedia pages; label die: nestabilities; florals: making memories, heidi swapp, prima; fancy brads: k& co; leaf stickers: ek success; pink rhinestones: martha stewart; ribbon + miscellaneous pearls & beads: michaels; ink jet transparency: 3m; photo paper: kodak; adhesives: uhu gluestick, 3m foam tape, tombow monorunner, hot glue, gluedots; other: salt & papper shaker "vase" from the dollar store; kebab sticks from the grocery store)


  1. So cool!!! I love this. I might have to make something similar. Very neat. They are going to love them.!!

  2. aww they are so cuuuute
    i like muchly :)

  3. EXcellent set!!!! You are sooo very clever!

  4. SO very pretty!! You are ahead of the game...I haven't even THOUGHT of mother's day stuff yet! Better get on that!

  5. I absolutely love these! I will be lifting you eventually!! So pretty!

  6. wow! wonderful gift set for mother's day! love that you thought of the back of the butterflies and flowers, too! love it!

  7. Absolute flamin `Gorgeous`
    I might go check out those butterfly`s!!!TFS

  8. I am only making one mother's day gift (just for my mom) and I am not finished..or barely started...

    Good for you! We have skewers...I have not BBQ'd shrimp in a long time. Thanks for the reminder! I think I'll go to Wegman's now to buy shrimp for dinner tonight :)

    Great projects; thanks for explaining your process too.

  9. Beautiful gifts. They will shine up in any room. Have got the set from Gina, but need to practise my digital skills in photoshop before I can make anything out of the beautiful kit. Wishing you a wonderfull sunday. Hugs.


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