Thursday, 13 March 2014

Floral Hearts and Butterflies.

This week some people in my life are dealing with grief, some expected but equally incomprehensible and other a few years old but still raw and upsetting.

I myself am coming to term with change and arguable grieving but in a different way.  Life is so fragile, can be shockingly short and just down right hard at times.  So as a way of trying to find good energy, positivity and what has been lacking in my life is some ways, 'a sense of purpose' I automatically reached for what I have found helps me.  Flowers and butterflies can be so beautiful, delicate and have a strange way for many to just make us smile, relaxed and hopefully less stressed.  Or is that wine?  Ok humour works too.......  so here is what today I have made.

The heart came from my LCS at an almighty bargain of £2.50 and I have had it stashed for a number of weeks.  It came with the ivory ribbon attached.

I used Mariposa paper collection from DCWV using the flower die from Stampin' Up! and green and cream card stock from my stash.  I also used both the butterfly punches from Stampin' Up! and punched butterflies from the left over paper from around the flower die, which only goes to reinforce keeping all your scrap is definitely the right thing to do (like I really need any convincing!).

I used my Sizzix Eclips to cut the leaves and Gumball Green ink from Stampin' Up! around the cut edges inside and out as it had white core.  The centre of the leaves was also removed and ink applied and the glued back onto the leave only at the bottom to allow it to move and add a further layer and dimension.  

Also from my stash using jewellery wire I places beads into the centres of the flowers wrapping this around the wicker base.

Again from my stash, believe me this is huge, I used hat pins, which I bought from a local haberdashery and twisted the beads on string onto one another to secure then pushed the pin into the wicker to secure it.  I also used tiny seed self adhesive bead, yes from my stash, onto the butterflies to tie it all together.

I'm kind of really liking this wicker heart and I was considering giving it to my mum for Mother's Day......mmmmmm might have to just stay on my wall, it looks gorgeous where it is.

Hope you all are enjoying this lovely sunshine, still a wee bit nippy but wonderful all the same.

Take care of u.

Pauline x

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.


  1. Pauline, this is truly a work of art! It heralds Spring in my book! Sweet detail has not been missed, like the hat pin and those love gems inside your beautiful flowers. Well done, my friend!

    1. Thank you Kay, your kind words bring me smiles and hugs, much needed x