When Things Don’t Go Quite As Expected – The Paper Players 345

Clean and Simple – Butterflies is Nance’s theme this week over at The Paper Players. It seems simple enough. And clear. You can’t miss the “Clean and Simple” part. So how did I end up making THIS card??


What can I say, Nance?? (Insert sheepish grin) I guess I have a problem with directions?? lol. I think I just focused on the word “butterflies” and everything else went to the back burner. I’m not quite sure I could get much further away from the “clean and simple” concept! But I adore how the card turned out and thought it pretty funny, I hope you folks don’t throw me out 🙂


  • Tonight of Navy card base cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Calypso Coral card stock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″



  • This floral pattern is my absolute FAVORITE pattern in the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. Again, the coordination of products does my work for me. The Night of Navy pattern in the small die cut butterfly pops against the Calypso Coral design of the larger die cut butterfly and both pull the colors out of the floral pattern paper magnificently.
  • I added a simple vellum die cut circle behind the butterfly to give the busy patterns of the butterfly some separation from the busy pattern below.
  • And then I couldn’t help myself and pulled out Gold Metallic Thread to add some more ‘pop’ to my card. I have struggled with using this fine metallic thread but came up with a trick this time that I am passing on to you to use or not. I turned the large die cut butterfly over and adhered two small glue dots to the back of the wings, one one each side, where they wouldn’t be seen from the front. Next, I wrapped the thread around my four fingers several times, four to six times, and then snipped the end. Finally, I carefully pulled my looped thread off my hand and, holding on to the loops from the two sides of my “circle”, I laid the grouping of thread across each of the glue dots, pushing in to make sure they held. Once they were secure, I added another glue dot on top to secure them more firmly. I used my Piercing Tool to separate the loops and make them look random.
  • I used one gold faceted Gem in the center of the butterfly to coordinate with my gold thread. Just lovely, I think!


  • I love the soft romantic feel of the font in the happy birthday sentiment. Just perfect for this card. Banners and layers are a simple way to dress up a sentiment!


  • I’m fairly sure I’ve used these exact two stamps on the inside of another card, but that’s okay. When it works, it works! I love how the coral and navy colors play off of each other!

So there you have it! My (not) “Clean and Simple” card!! I feel so bad that I missed that part of the challenge, but adore the card anyway 🙂

Have a great rest of your week!



Price: $110.00


  1. Nance Leedy says:

    Shannon, you crack me up! I love that you got carried away with your beautiful butterfly card. It’s easy to see why with that gorgeous paper as inspiration for your colors. Whether CAS or not, it is just gorgeous and I’m so glad you shared it with us this week!

  2. Claire Broadwater says:

    Shannon, I am with you on CAS! It is so difficult to stop! I love the vellum behind your gorgeous butterflies and the gold thread. So happy you joined us at The Paper Player this week! XX

  3. Joanne James says:

    Ha ha Shannon – I love your card too and we so wouldn’t throw you out for such a beautiful creation, CAS or otherwise! I love that background paper too and your twine tip is very useful. So glad you shared your card with us over at The Paper Players this week!

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