Beauty Abounds Butterfly Pop Up Birthday Card for PP440

by Joanne James5. May 2019 09:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the fabulous Jaydee to host this week and she has a fun theme challenge for you to work with:


Cards for friends are the best kind to make and I had a few different cards made that fitted this theme, but decided to share a special card that I made for one of my best friends who is celebrating a milestone birthday next month. This card is also perfect for the #SUOC222 celebratory theme over at SUO Challenges this week. My card is is bright, sparkly and features one of her favourite things - butterflies. First of all, here's the outside:


A selection of butterflies, loosely watercoloured in Melon Mambo and Lovely Lipstick and painted with Wink of Stella, along with the bokeh stamp from the Beauty Abounds stamp set, were flicked with ink and white shimmer paint, along with a liberal sprinkle of white metallic sequins form the basis for the background to my extra-large cardfront (it measure 15cm x 21cm) which provide a colourful background for my focal sentiment, which I accented with some layered diecut butterflies cut using pieces of the main large die in the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits set.

The Beauty Abounds stampset has such great sentiments for friendship cards; this one is completed on the inside of my card along with a fun pop-up surprise:


My simple pop-up includes the whole of the large butterfly thinlit, layered in black over Lovely Lipstick foil (ssaved from Sale-A-Bration). Difficult to photograph well, but it's really impressive in real life and I know my friend will love it! I added the second part of the sentiment; ours is indeed a friendship over many years, that started with the birth of our first babies but has grown in to something much more - it is not that one thing but a million little things that keep it going as the years go by.  I included some sparkly numbers (there comes a time when a milestone birthday is worth celebrating but does not necessarily need to be seen on the front of the card in my view!) along with a little more decoration and a birthday sentiment from the 'Beautiful Day' set that the watercoloured butterfly on the front also came from. 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


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Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

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Enjoy your day; we had a busy day yesterday with sport and a quick shopping trip for new school shoes for the youngest of the James Juniors who seems to be having a major growth spurt this year, (no blog post as I got too engrossed in a movie about Ted Bundy that I was watching last night and struggled to multi-process) so are looking forward to a slightly quieter one today, which will culminate with the final episode of the current season of 'Line of Duty' on TV tonight; any of my UK readers also looking forward to this 'who dunnit?' finale? We are also lucky to have a public holiday here in the UK this weekend, so will be making the most of the extra day tomorrow even though the weather is no great shakes - it's cold and showery and we even had hail yesterday! I'll be back then with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


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Comments (13) -

LaurieUnited States
5/5/2019 2:30:51 PM #

What a beautiful card! That pop up is awesome...I love it!


Windy Ellard
Windy EllardUnited States
5/5/2019 5:02:18 PM #

Love the background you created and then the inside is a wow!!! Awesome card!


Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
5/5/2019 8:49:13 PM #

My word, this is spectacular! The colours are so bright and celebratory. I love the way you've framed the sparkly numbers with that sweet cluster of stamps and die cuts - looks fabulous. But the pop up flight of butterflies - I"ll bet that is a total show-stopper in real life!


Wanda Cullen
Wanda CullenUnited States
5/5/2019 11:09:34 PM #

What a WOW card for your friend! Would love to see her face when she opens it up and the butterflies pop up! Gorgeous friend creation!


Nora Noll
Nora NollUnited States
5/6/2019 12:19:51 AM #

WOW!! This is awesome!! I LOVE the outside but the inside just ROCKS!!!


Kathy James
Kathy JamesUnited Kingdom
5/6/2019 1:08:39 PM #

F A B U L O U S!  I love it Joanne.


Fiona Whitehead
Fiona WhiteheadUnited Kingdom
5/7/2019 3:10:35 PM #

Gorgeous card - I love those pop up butterflies and those strong colours.  A great card for a celebration - thanks for joining us at SUO Challenge this week.


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
5/8/2019 12:51:38 PM #

This is amazing!  The front is beautiful enough, but to open it and see another array of floating butterflies...she will treasure this just as she treasures your friendship!


Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
5/8/2019 5:28:58 PM #

Joanne, this beautiful card will be cherished by your friend.  I love every detail.  The pop up butterflies are lovely!  The pink is just so beautiful and the sentiment is so true!!!!!!  I hope you have a fantastic week, My Friend!  XX


Anne Marie HIle
Anne Marie HIleUnited States
5/10/2019 2:01:55 AM #

Oh my word, is this ever lovely, Joanne! You had my attention at pink and sparkly. I'm sure your friend is going to adore this stunning card for her very special day.


Christy Stanford
Christy StanfordUnited States
5/12/2019 6:16:16 PM #

Your card is gorgeous, Joanne!  I really love how you watercolored the big butterfly from Beautiful Day on your's such a different way to use that big, bold stamp.  Thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges!


Cindy B Designs
Cindy B DesignsUnited States
5/13/2019 7:52:36 PM #

Crazy stunning card Joanne! Love the no-line watercoloring. Just wow. Thank you so much for playing along with us at We will have a new challenge tomorrow and hope to see you again!


Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
5/14/2019 4:31:36 PM #

Oh my gosh, Joanne...besides being absolutely stunning on the outside, the pop-up places this card right over the top! Stunning!!!


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