Wednesday, June 12, 2024



This week's Colour Creations blog hop is all about Azure Afternoon, a blue in Stampin' Up!'s Brights collection.

I have used this colour combination to make two birthday cards with a butterfly theme:

CARD #1:

I love the patterns in the 6"x6" Designer Series Paper, in all the colour collections, this year.  I was happy for the leafy/floral pattern to feature heavily, with the butterflies almost blending into the background.  I much preferred this look, to having the butterflies highlighted on white circles (which is what I first tried out).

Using blending brushes, I applied ink to Paper Butterfly Accents.  I started with Blueberry Bushel ink on the butterflies' bodies and antennae, then blended outwards with Azure Afternoon and Melon Mambo inks.  Once dry, I painted clear Wink of Stella over the butterflies to give them a lovely shimmer.

I decorated the butterflies' bodies with Iridescent Pearls.

As you can see, I used two of the patterns of Azure Afternoon paper from the Brights DSP pack.  I sponged the edges with Azure Afternoon ink before adhering them to a Blueberry Bushel card mat.

A small piece of Melon Mambo card, embossed with a Basics 3D embossing folder, was added to the card front, and a White Diagonal Ribbon bow affixed with glue dots.

The sentiment, from Sketched Butterflies, was stamped in Blueberry Bushel ink on a piece of Basic White card, which I then cut using a Sentimental Park Die.  I also used Sentimental Park Dies to cut the five small flowers, from a piece of Basic White card on which I'd blended the three colours used for the butterflies.  After gluing the flowers to the edges of the sentiment label, I added Rainbow Adhesive-Backed Dots to three of the flower centres.

CARD #2:

I had blended ink on a third butterfly, using the same three colours as above, so decided to create a second card while I had out my supplies.

For this card, I matted a strip of the Azure Afternoon DSP on Melon Mambo card.  The background panel is a piece of Azure Afternoon card, sponged around the edges with Azure Afternoon ink.  Using the Sketched Butterflies stamp set, I stamped small butterflies in Azure Afternoon and Blueberry Bushel inks (stamped off first onto scrap paper, to make the impressions a little less dark than full-strength).  I splattered ink on the background, using the Dark Azure Afternoon Stampin' Blends marker, by flicking the brush tip end against the inside of the open lid.  Once I'd given the panel the ink treatment, I ran it through my Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine, inside the Cute Crochet 3D embossing folder.  I love the fine, delicate, detail that this folder gives.

The Paper Butterfly Accent, once coloured, was adhered to a Basic White circle cut using Stylish Shapes Dies.  I added three Rainbow Adhesive-Backed Dots to the butterfly's body.

The sentiment, also from Sketched Butterflies, was stamped in Azure Afternoon ink on Basic White card.  I used a label die from the Lovely & Sweet Dies collection to cut it out.

The ribbon is White Diagonal Ribbon, coloured with the Dark Azure Afternoon Stampin' Blends marker.  I wrapped a shorter length around the central strip of DSP and card, and secured a bow on top using glue dots.

A few Basic Rhinestones were added to the card front, to give it a bit of light and sparkle.

Inside the card, I added a couple of Azure Afternoon butterflies, cut using dies from the Sketched Butterflies bundle.  These were part of a single die-cut of three joined butterflies, that I separated using Paper Snips.

Next up on tonight's blog hop is Rachel Woollard:

If you come across any broken links, or would like to see a full list of participants in this week's blog hop, head over to Catherine Proctor's blog.  Cathy does a fantastic job of co-ordinating our Colour Creations shares every week.

Listed below are all the products I used to make my cards.  If you live in Australia, and would like to shop with me for your Stampin' Up! supplies, you can get to my online store by clicking on any of the thumbnail images below.  

The gorgeous Sketched Butterflies bundle is on special this month, along with Stampin' Up!'s die-cutting machines.  Don't miss out on the great bargains on offer, with a further 10% off all stamp and die bundles (that are already 10% cheaper than if purchased as separate items).  Click on the graphic, to see all the specials on bundles through to 30th June.

Product List


  1. Two beautiful butterfly cards, Christine! How good does Azure Afternoon look with Blueberry Bushel and Melon Mambo? Your blending is beautiful and i love the way you decorated the butterflies' bodies with Iridescent Pearls!

  2. What great cards and I just love the treatment of your butterflies! Your second card has so much to look at with all the stamping and the embossing. How great is that crochet embossing folder. For some reason I keep looking at the second card butterfly and seeing a face 😀 great cards!

  3. Rachel Woollard12 June, 2024 21:33

    Two stunning cards Christine, lovely hints of shimmer and sparkle. The pops of Melon Mambo are really effective with Azure Afternoon.

  4. Theresa Gerrard13 June, 2024 12:31

    Two beautiful cards with such an interesting yet effective colour combination. The Wink of Stella would really make those butterflies shimmer. I do like the second card the best with just the peeper of Melon Mambo and the coloured white ribbon.

  5. A wonderful set of cards and l’m loving the vibrant colours especially paired with Melon Mambo. Christine the small butterflies stamped in two tones looks fantastic especially embossed with the Crochet EF,

  6. So pretty, Christine, both cards are gorgeous, but I do love the white circle used on the 2nd card to highlight the butterfly. I also love the embossed texture & stamping of the smaller butterflies in the background.

  7. Lovely colour combination and two cards this week! Both cards are lovely but I have to admit to loving the 2nd card more. Its the white circle highlighting the butterfly for me.

  8. Vicki Boucher27 June, 2024 14:53

    Your butterflies are so pretty in Blueberry Bushel, Azure Afternoon and Melon Mambo. Great idea to colour in the white ribbon with Azure Afternoon Blends, I always forget we can do this to our white ribbons. Two gorgeous cards to show off Azure Afternoon.