Butterfly World Part 2 – Birds & Flowers

Hello again! I’m happy to be back and that you could stop by, too!

After a long break to try to let my wrist heal (perforated ligament and tendon inflammation), I’m slowly starting back. I’ll start with the rest of the pics from butterfly world. If you missed the first post featuring the butterflies, you can find it HERE. There are plenty of birds and flowers in the park, too! For those of us who are paper crafters, there’s loads of color inspiration! So go grab a cuppa something good, put on some classical music like they have playing throughout the park, and just enjoy the pics…

The skyflower aka blue trumpet vine (Thunbergia grandiflora)

These ground orchids (Epidendrum radican) are so cute!

This one is a jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) – I love hose shades of green!!

I must try a card the color combo in these orchids… brown, pink and pale yellow!

This vine is an Acanthaceae (Thunbergia mysorensis).

A bottlebrush bush (try saying that 5 times fast. lol!) aka Callistemon.

There is a huge variety of passion flower (Passiflora) vines. I don’t know how many of the 550 species they have, but it’s a lot!

They remind me of dancing ladies! And they go from these giant ones as big as your hand to the tiny ones, smaller than a thumbnail:

I love finding ‘faces’ in the bougainvillea flowers! : )

The aviaries are filled with canaries, finches, honeycreepers and more… most flitting around too fast for the lens to catch, but a few are otherwise occupied, like this cute parakeet couple and the peeping Tom. : )

The vibrant colors of the Macaws never cease to amaze me.

There is a Lorikeet encounter where you can feed them or just enjoy the amazing bright colors and shrill songs of these lovely parrots. (you can click on the arrow in the middle of the picture below to watch the short video.)

Lastly, one of my favorites… this gorgeous little shimmering hummingbird just sat there sticking his tongue out at us as if giving raspberry and saying, “Nyah, nyah I’m the most beautiful bird around and I know it!” (click on the arrow in the middle of the pic for the short video to play.)

That’s just a few highlights from this wonderful little park. And I didn’t even get the the museum. I hope you’ve enjoyed your tour!

I hope to start catching up now. I have several spring garden posts that I HOPE to get posted before next spring, but you know I roll in slow motion, so it may be a while. I seem to have a few cards backlogged, too. So there is more to come, Thanks for your patience! Hopefully you won’t have to wait too long.

-D.Ann

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Cup of Cheerful Columbine Card and Robin Eggs

Surprise! I’m back!! A lot has happened since my last post and part two will have to wait a bit longer. Meanwhile, it’s time for the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop.

Although I haven’t had much time for crafting lately, I was excited to make up the new Power Poppy Cheerful Columbine stamp as it is a prefect reminder of a couple of the fun highlights of my recent trip to Indiana… My aunt’s columbine flower patch and getting a birds eye view of newborn baby robins!

This year the robins built their nest in my aunt’s garage window. They were very attentive to their family.

    

  

Here’s a video of the the first two newly hatched. They’re not the cutest, but still they’re amazing! (click in the middle of the pic to start the video):

Aww!!

Columbines are one of my favorite flowers. Their little stamen bunches look like little balls of sunshine! Did you know the first official Colorado State Song was Where the Columbine Grow? For me, they grow in my aunt’s flower garden in Indiana!! I was happy that they had just started blooming when we were there. My aunt has several nifty varieties. Here are just a few:

  

 

   

That last one on the right is a Clementine Rose Columbine.

  

I chose these as a color guide for my card (they go the best with the MarkerPop challenge colors this month – see below):

What a sweet tea cup full of flowers! To give the flowers a sense of depth, I fussy cut them and a couple of extra plus the robin and an extra egg. I used flower shaping tools to shape them and foam dots to help hold their shape.

I added the little seeds stamp and filled them in with Liquid Pearls… there was even room to poke a seed in her beak. A little Wink of Stella gave some morning dew sparkle to the slower petals and cup.

Materials used:

  • Power Poppy Cheerful Columbine stamp and little seeds
  • Spellbinders Thoughtful Expressions Thinking of You die set
  • Recollections cardstock: white, brown and Blig Bloom (peach)
  • Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink
  • Copic Markers: B02, 05, 21; C5, FYG1; G05, 09, 24, 82; N4; R20, 22, 32; RV63; V12; W3, 5; Y000, 32; YG17
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls Coral & Dark Chocolate
  • Pebbles, Inc. Chalks
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Florentine Gold Microbeads
  • Misc foam dots and pvc glue

I’m playing along in the following hops and challenges – click on any one for more information on how you can join the fun:

  

Thank you for stopping by today and for sharing your encouraging comments – I always look forward to reading them!

-D.Ann

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Butterfly World Part 1 – Butterflies

Hello, everyone! As you might have already guessed, today’s post is going to be full of butterflies. There will be plenty of amazing colors to inspire your next papercrafting project!

We recently went to Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, Florida – the largest butterfly house in the world with 3 acres of butterfly and bird aviaries, botanical gardens and a working butterfly farm and research center.

It was a cool day and we arrived first thing in the morning, so most of the 20,000+ butterflies (up to 50 species) were still lazing about posing for picture after picture rather than rushing about all a flutter to fill their tummies with nectar.

How many snoozing butterflies can you find?!

Choosing pics for this post was tough! Take these lovely Tree Nymphs (aka Paper Kites (Idea leuconoe))…

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How can you choose just one pose?!!

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The gorgeous green Malachites (Siproeta stelenes) were also showing off for the camera:20180330_091717_wm

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There’s also a huge difference depending on which way the light hits their wings!

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This Julia Heliconian (Dryas iulia) is another case in point.

As the sun warms things up, everyone flutters about their business. You can see some of those amazing blue Morphos flitting by in this video…

Here’s one I caught recharging her batteries – love that gorgeous iridescent blue!

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The under side of the wings have large eye spots that startle predators. Their wingspans measure 5-8 inches.

This one has a piece of his wing missing so the iridescent blue of the opposite wing shines through. I love the water droplets beading up from the fine mist sprinkers nearby!

The Owl (Caligo) butterflies have huge eye spots. The outer wings are a duller blue than the Morphos. With a wingspan of up to nearly 8 inches, the species is the largest butterfly in the Americas.

A Rusty Tipped Page (Siproeta epaphus) and a Tiger Longwing (Heliconius hecale).

 

There are oodles of variations of Piano Keys (Heliconius melpomene):

  

 

Check out the amazing female Cairns Birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion) butterfly with a wingspan of about 6 inches:

As is often the case in nature, she is greatly surpassed by gorgeous colors of the male Cairns Birdwing:

I MUST do a card in those amazing colors some day!!

Let’s close with a trip to the nursery and check out the newly emerged butterflies still clinging to their chrysalises…

It’s interesting to see the chrysalises with the Malachites still inside are green, but once they’re out, they’re white.

I hope you’v enjoyed seeing these flowers with wings! I’ll be back soon with part 2 – birds and flowers. Thanks for taking the time to enjoy these wonders of creation with me!

~D.Ann

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Hero Arts – We Gato Feel the Mewsic! Card

Hello and welcome to the party today! These two Latin cats (Gatos in Spanish) are ‘feline’ might fine as they play their MEWsic! I wonder if they’re playing the Mexican CAT Dance?!

Here’ a short video to show the wobble feature in action:

This is the first time I successfully got a ‘furry’ look by using Copic Various Ink and a dish towel. Seems my fuzzy rag was the wrong texture and was leaching ALL the color.

 

To give the flowers some depth, I pinched the side petals of the middle flowers upward.

I put YELLOW drops in the centers and was surprised the next day to see they had leeches some of the from the inks on the blanket pattern underneath (first pic).

    

Well, it looked kind of nifty, so I took some Copic markers and made them match the blanket colors.

Materials used:

  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero April 2018 (MH0418C) stamps and dies
  • Hero Arts Cinco de Meow stamp set
  • Hero Arts Blanket Pattern Bold Prints background stamp
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero ink cubes: Fiesta Red, Fiesta Yellow, Fiesta Teal
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Copic Markers
    • Orange cat: G02, 05; R20; RV17; Y17, 38; YR02, 04, 07
    • Gray cat: C1,3,5; R20; RV17
    • guitar: E23, 33, 55, 57
  • Copic Various ink – colorless blender & old towel
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white, yellow and green
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Dandelion Yellow
    • Copic Markers: R29, 24; YR07; G19, 29; BG18; B29
  • Scotch permanent adhesive dots
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares
  • Simply Defined “Stay Put” glue
  • Action Wobble Springs — they have the cutest packaging:

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Thanks for shakin’ it up with us today!

~D.Ann

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Muchas Gracias!

Hola! Today I’m going Latin with the latest My Monthly Hero stamps and dies by Hero Arts. Since there are three current challenges for flowers, I chose that lovely floral die cut and the dancing mouse with flowers in her hair.

When unpacking the stamps and dies I noticed the packaging cardstock was quite pretty and, since it measures 8.5″x 6.5″, cutting it in half gave me enough for a card

 

I’m going to take a moment to weigh in on the new Therm-o-Web/iCraft Purple tape. I’d heard so much positive buzz about it and I always have a tough time with everything else I’ve tried to hold my dies in place… I have to say: I HIGHLY recommend this tape! It’s the perfect weight and tack for this job!! No, I don’t get any commissions from anyone for saying that. I just thought you might like to know. : )

I wanted the flowers of the die cut frame to stand out against the pretty, but busy background, so I tried filling them in with Nuvo Crystal Drops. The first layer was too transparent. After the second layer, I colored them a little darker with Copic markers to make them pop.

  

Another one of the challenges called for sparkle and shine… I gave their outfits and the die cut flowers plenty of accents that sparkle and shine…and even their shoes shine! (I added them to the flamenco dancing mouse with Crystal drops and Stickles.)

These cute mice just make me smile!

Materials used:

  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero April 2018 (MH0418C) stampsv dies, and packaging
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero ink cube: Fiesta Red, Fiesta Yellow
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Copic markers: C1,3; G02; R20; RV04Y08, 13, 15;YR02, 04
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Ripened Pumpkin, Gloss Ebony Black, Silver Lining
  • Ranger Stickles: Frosted Lace and Tropical Tangering
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Core’dinations Cardstock: White, yellow and orange
  • Scotch permanent adhesive dots
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares
  • Simply Defined “Stay Put” glue

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

~D.Ann

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You Are So Positive – I Love That You Will Always Be My Friend! Card

Hello and welcome!

I have a lovely card to show you today! Veronica Zalis has put together a special blog hop: Stamping for Autism Awareness – you can read all about it HERE. I have several friends with precious autistic children and they all could use encouragement and support!

Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge this week is A Trio of Something. I used three layers of blue and three layers of white cardstock to create this card and put a few trios of pearl dots on as accents.

Congrats to Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge on their 9th Anniversary, too!

Here is the inside of the card:

Materials used:

  • Spellbinders Chantilly Paper Lace collection: Bella Rose Lattice Layering Frame and Lunette Arched Borders dies
  • Justrite Papercraft/Spellbinders Just the Right Words stamp set
  • Quietfire Design Gentle Thoughts stamp set
  • Recollections Cardstock: white 65# & blue 110#
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Paris Dark
  • Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Midnight Blue
  • Scotch adhesive runner
  • Simply Defined ‘Stay Put’ liquid adhesive

I am playing along with the following hops and challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

Thank you so much for stopping by… have a lovely day!

~D.Ann

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DIY Spring Floral Hanging Basket

Hello my craft-loving peeps!

It’s time for something different! All the visits to botanical gardens lately brought on the whim to add some blooming color to my porch. Over the past 14 years I have tried many different hanging plants, but I seem to have a black thumb. Thank goodness the orchids don’t think so! : ) Since there were recently some amazing sales at the craft stores, I decided to try my hand at arranging some silk flowers into a hanging basket…

I like that you can hardly tell they’re not real!

I started with a moss covered Hello Spring hanging basket that was one sale at JoAnn (70% off PLUS a coupon) and put my old rusty decorative hanging planter frame inside to give me something I could use to attach the vines.

I had a 25′ ivy garland, so I cut it into several two foot strips to hang and a couple of longer ones to go around the top edge. Since the fine was thin enough, I just pulled off the leaves near the end to leave a strip long enough to tie around the wire frame of the inner basket.

  

I then used hot glue to secure the knot and to add the pulled off leaves back in wherever they looked good. The Ashland Spring Garland of blooms from Michaels was too thick to tie itself, so I used some twist ties around a junction and hot glued them for extra security, too.

            

The Ashland Spring Bushes and Stems were also on sale for 60-70% off and I used my 60% off coupon for the foam base. The stems and bushes can be cut to the right length with a wire-cutter. The plastic cuts easily and then you can bend it back and forth to break the wire.

Since it’s up high, you can hardly see the white foam base, but I had moss roll and tucked it in. It would have been better to have put this down first and poked the flowers through it as I had to use some long straight pins and bend them over to hold it down.

               

A measly little hanging plant less than half that size runs around $35, but this one cost me less than $25 after all the discounts and looks way better… at least in my opinion. : )

I’ll be back soon with pictures from Butterfly World…. the last time we went early in the morning on a cool day and everyone was hanging around posing and waiting for the sun to warm them up rather than flitting around frantically like usual, so it’s taking me ages to whittle down the best of the pics to show you.. I’ve got it down to just over 100 so far. lol.

Have a wonderful day and I hope to see you back here real soon!

~D.Ann

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A Visit to Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County

Hello all! Those of you who are regulars here know that, in addition to crafting, I love photographing nature. Since many of my cards have flower in them, it’s also a great way to get color inspiration, too. We were fortunate to have some cooler days in March this year. After having missed most of the nice weather with that 3 month migraine, it was wonderful to get out and enjoy a garden again!

Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County, Florida is a 14 acre living plant museum divided into 23 themed gardens. It’s right across from the Palm Beach International Airport. For those of you who have been with me from the beginning, you may remember one of my early posts was of a visit to this garden. (Click HERE if you’d like to re-visit it. I’ve selected different flowers for this round). There is special pricing in effect as they currently have a special exhibition: Washed Ashore Art to Save the Sea.  It runs through June3,  2018. So, if you’re a member of the American Horticultural Society, you get a $5 discount off the $15 admission, instead of the usual free admission.

FYI, there is a main paved trail throughout the garden for easy wheelchair access, but to get close to many of the plants you’d have to go off-roading, which is tough.

Throughout the gardens are various sculptures of aquatic creatures endangered by marine debris and pollution. They are made of items collected from beaches by volunteers. This one, weighing in at 1600 pounds, is called Priscilla the Parrot Fish and she’s made of up toys, bottle caps, buoys, lighters, beer cans, a bowling pin, toothbrushes and fishing lures, among other things. Did you know that parrot fish feed on algae and take in coral in the process, which passes through their system undigested, coming out as sand? Think of this fish-produced sand next time you’re walking on the beach! : )

The botanical show opens in the parking lot with an arbor supporting the Variegated Chalice Vine (Solandra) with its huge, chalice-like flowers:

You know I can’t resist catching a busy bee hard at work!

This is the Vanilla Orchid which produces a seed pod which is fermented and dried into the “vanilla Bean” and then processed into vanilla extract. Wish computers came with a scratch-and-sniff feature!!

The cool thing about photographing flowers is that you notice things you might otherwise miss… I didn’t know there was another sweet little flower inside moss roses! Since it was in the edible plants section, it must be of the varieties that are fit for snacking.

Nasturtium flowers and leaves are also edible I have enjoyed them in salads.

I remember first seeing the Floss Silk Tree (Chorisia speciosa) in Paraguay. Commonly called the ‘Palo Borracho’ (drunken stick) as the trunk gets kind of a ‘beer belly’ as it matures. The silk was used in the past to stuff pillows. It almost looks like snow when it starts falling to the ground.

The huge spines covering the bark are pretty amazing!

Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha) or velvet sage is so fuzzy you just want to pet it!

Rosy Camphorweed (Pluchea rosea) is another fluffy little flower…

A zebra longwing butterfly (Heliconius charithonia) slurping some sweet nectar from a firebush (Hamelia patens).

This nifty little shrub has various names… Cup and Saucer plant, Chinese Hat plant & Parasol flower (Holmskioldia sanguinea):

Yes, even in Florida we have stink bugs.

Did you know the Sausage Tree (Kigelia africana) is from the bigonia family?! This is the first one where I’ve been able to get close to the ‘sausages’. They run 12-39″ long, up to 8″ wide and weigh up to 26 pounds. The fresh fruit is poisonous and must be dried, roasted or fermented for human consumption. Can you spot the orchids?

So neat to see the three stages of the canna (not a true lily) all together:

What is it about hollyhocks (Alcea rosea) that make me want to pluck them and twirl them like dancing dolls in rich chiffon ballroom gowns?!

A busy bee thoroughly enjoying himself on this Jamaican Poinsettia (Euphorbia punicea).

Just like this little guy, I hope to BEE back soon with more fun posts! I hope you enjoyed your garden tour – especially those of you who are still putting up with that white stuff that ISN’T Floss Silk!

~D.Ann

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Fab You – The Ton Mixed Media Card with Tyvek

Hello and welcome craft loving peeps!

Today the whim has taken me to a mixed media experiment to share with you. For a long time I’ve wanted to experiment with Tyvek and a while back I finally took the time to play with it. Wanna know how it went? I started with a Tyvek envelope I’d saved from the mail.

I blended some of the new Color Burst Water Reactive inks on it in a pretty spring palette.

I placed the colored side down between two sheets of parchment paper and ironed on the reverse side (no steam). The magic of working with Tyvek is when you add heat — as it heats up, it shrinks and forms cool bubbles on the reverse side:

The white sheet is the original size. The other side has a concave pattern. Some people like using that side, but I prefer the pebbly look.

You do have to be careful not to get it too hot as the Tyvek will burn away…

… and so will the ink. It wasn’t hard to reapply color to those areas with the stencil brushes and what didn’t get covered later was covered with other media.

I cut around the bubbles to make two square-ish ‘boxes for the centerpiece of my cards and then started adding other forms of media. I took some plain art stones and rolled them around on the ink pads. You can do it with stencil brushes, but I found it easier to just use my finger…

I also took some Color Bursts in matching colors, plus some liquid metals and mixed them with some Moonstone Glimmer paste to make some customized glimmery colors:

For the edges I pressed some Angelina fibers in similar Spring colors and stuck them down with double sided tape. Wherever the fibers didn’t cover the tape, I added glimmer paste to cover the area. To finish off, I added a few bits of yarn

Now it was time to finish the card. I chose to add a classy lady and “fab you” inside the ‘box’. Doesn’t she look like she’s wandering through a spring art gallery gala?!

And for the inside: “You’re the cat’s meow”

Some day I’ll finish the card I made with the other half of the Tyvek sheet and show you the results.

Materials used:

  • The Ton: Born Classy & Purrincess stamp sets
  • The Ton: Fabulous and Thank You word dies
  • Recollections Ballerina 110# pink cardstock & 65# black & white cardstock
  • Copic Markers: E00, 02, 11, 31, 51; YR21, 24
  • Misc. used Tyvek envelope (by DuPont)
  • Reynolds Parchment paper
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Water Reactive Inks: Chartreuse, Fuchsia, Lime Green, Orchid, Tangerine, Turquoise
  • Ken Oliver Color Bursts: Chartreuse, Fuchsia, Lime Green, Orchid, Tangerine, Turquoise
  • Ken Oliver Liquid Metals: Metallic Amethyst, Metallic Jade, Metallic Rose
  • Ken Oliver Mineral Burst Platinum
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Glimmer Paste: Moonstone
  • Prima Finnabair Art Ingredients Art Stones – white
  • Embellishment Village Crimped cut Angelina: Aurora Crystalina, Cobalt Sparkle, Cotton Candy, Lemon Sparkle, Sugar Plum, Watermelon
  • Sookwang Scor-tape
  • Tombow Foam Tape
  • Simply Defined “Stay Put” liquid adhesive
  • Feza Jazz metallic ladder yarn
  • Red Heart Boutique Treasure Mosaic
  • Sensations Cello Eyelash yarn Jewel Tone
  • Yarn Bee First Love Lovely

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Thanks so much for stopping by and for your encouraging comments – I always enjoy reading them!

~D.Ann

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Twisted Wire Floral Necklace

Hello! It’s good to see you all again! My migraines have decreased considerably and I’m catching up on a bazillion things that got put on hold the past three months. I had a request for a twisted wire necklace by a lady at the pharmacy who fell in love with this one when I wore it a few months ago::

That one was made with rose colored copper wire and twisting it hurt my hands. However, I found some nice purple colored 24 gauge Artistic Wire on clearance at Tuesday Morning and decided to try it. It’s MUCH easier to work with. Only problem is it’s a smidge thicker, so doesn’t go through some of the beads as well. I reamed out some and found substitutes for others. Here’s the finished project:

I also changed up the upper part as I found the plain wire chafed a bit and the clasp was unhandy. So I added seed beads and put on a magnetic clasp.

Note: when working with lucite flowers, it helps it sit better if you put a seed bead underneath. And, if you’re putting a bicone at the end of a stem, a seed bead on each side will help it sit better, too.

All in all, it is a fun project, although it takes me several hours to put together.

Even though mine isn’t as evenly twisted as this new one, I still like the color combo.

I like this one too… It’s a little more spring-y with the green leaves, don’t’cha think? I hope she likes it!

Thanks for taking the time to swing by today! I have a few fun back-logged posts I hope to crank out for you in the near future. I look forward to seeing you again soon!

Thanks for stopping by today!

~D.Ann

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