Phew . . . finally made somethng I quite like !!!

I hope everyone had a Christmas and New Year and are now fully recharged for the 2011. I've taken down all the decorations and the house looks so bare . . . and larger ! Even though we were in Ireland for the festive period, we still had to put the decorations up . . . much to hubby's annoyance . . . hee, hee, hee!

Now the theme this week over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week was a simple one . . . "Anything Goes" . . . the DT decided to ease everybody back in slowly and allow people to make the card and/or project they needed. I have made a much needed "Thank You" card for my parents as they did loads for us to make our Christmas special and they have also had a rough ride for the last 3/4 months, so I wanted my card to be "special" . . . it's a shame my photography skills are so naff as the photo's don't do the card justice!

Papers: HOTP and DCWV
Acetate Butterflies: HOTP
Decorative frame: Nellie Snellen
Ribbon and gems from stash

Here is a close up of the butterfly element which is printed onto acetate and placed over the background one. It is a beautiful deep purple colour and very striking "in the flesh" ! I also did exactly the same to the smaller butterfly.

To create my layers, I cut the flower centre away and cut one wing on each of the butterflies. I then glued the flower portion down onto my backing card and using the remaining paper it came from, I used 3D foam to add height; this also made it appear that I had used 2 separate papers. I then further enhanced the flower image (making at more of a focal point), by framing it. This was made by cutting a frame using my new Nellie Snellen dies and then made sure that the butterfly wings were raised over this frame . . . gosh, I hope my explanation makes some sense !?!?!?

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Truly Scrumptious - fab sketch although I have had to change the sentiments location as it looked better in the other corner. OOOOOhhhhhhh, maybe I could say that I rotate the sketch 180 degrees !!!
Allsorts - to make a "Thank You" card
Papertake Weekly - "Anything goes" challenge
The Shabby Tea Room - use only 11 elements . . . gosh I've counted and counted and think I've got it right !!!
The Creative Cottage - theme is "something new" and this has to be my Nellie Snellen dies . . . and I got 4 sets from Santa this year along with my Big Shot . . . which cut the dies !!!

Have a great week everyone and must catch up with loads of blog hopping as I have missed so much this last month!