Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Beautiful boxed butterflies on a dreary dismal dank day!

For the last couple of days we have been experiencing Autumn weather, fog, drizzle, rain, wind and just to add to the misery it gets dark so early. Actually today it did not really ever get light with all the grey cloud and drizzle about. So what better way to cheer up a cheerless day than with a box of butterflies!

[caption id="attachment_1859" align="alignleft" width="293"]Closed box Closed box[/caption]

Materials used:
Deedee's Digi set- Bloom and Grow and Framed Comfort
exploding box die set
white card
white printing paper
printable acetate
construction weight acetate
pastel orange organza ribbon
gold peel off letters and numbers

I used one of the flowers from the Bloom and Grow set to make a sheet of backing paper on the computer and printed it off. I used the die to cut the exploding box elements twice from white card and constructed a double size one. I cut panels from the backing paper to cover the outside of the box and the inner 'shelves' of the box.

[caption id="attachment_1860" align="alignright" width="300"]Open box Opened box[/caption]

Using a basic graphics programme I made up a sheet of 40 butterflies of different sizes and recoloured them in different pastel shades. The butterfly image came from the Framed Comfort set. I printed the butterflies onto the acetate and cut them out. I then used strips of construction acetate and attached one to each butterfly. I then arrange my butterflies on their holding strips inside the box, sticking them to the inner strips. Finally I added the gold letters and numbers to make my greeting. When the box is folded flat it is kept together with the orange ribbon tied with a bow.

With so many butterflies to fit into the box and even with using a double sized box I still had butterflies sticking out when it was folded flat. They acted as a teaser as to what else might be in the box! As the butterflies are acetate the light shines through them and makes them look ethereal. I made the card for the 40th birthday of our former youth worker, hence the 40 carefully cut out butterflies!

Thanks for stopping by. Take care.


I would like to enter my box of butterflies into the following challenges:
2 Creative Chicks Showcase #4
Sisters of Craft - November Challenge
Artistic Inspirations #143 Anything Goes/twist birthdays
Crafting From the Heart #84
Craft Your Passion #286
Get Creative Challenges #27 - Birthday
Not Just Cards #26
Doodle Pantry Ants in my Pantry #11
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew #99 - Off the Edge
Through the Craftroom Door November 3-11
Little Claire's Monthly Digi Stamp Challenge #11


  1. Wow! That's really a gorgeous project, Pippa! It's so beautiful! :o)


  3. Nice Work. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Craft Your Passion this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

    Craft Your Passion DT

  4. Everything about this is just so HAPPY, Pippa! What an amazing project! I just know that she is going to love this very special birthday gift.

  5. WOW - that is true dedication Pippa. What a wonderful pop up box card xxx

  6. Wow. Stunning.
    Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks.
    DT Janis
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  7. Cathy(Kraftykoolkat)5 November 2015 at 13:57

    This is so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Creative Card Crew.
    Cathy DT Member

  8. This is great thanks for joining us at CCC xx Jan DT

  9. This is SO cheery(we're having a couple of dreary days too, and I agree with the early darkness since time change). Love the folded box but the acetate butterflies escaping really caught my eye. Have never tried to print on acetate (or transparencies). What a gorgeous airy look with the pastel colors. The idea that it all folds flat, is just brilliant! TFS & happy wkend. Hugs

  10. Wow! This is wonderful Pippa. Have a lovely weekend. x

  11. Wow, how cool is this?!! I loved seeing the box open with all those gorgeous butterflies fluttering. So glad that you shared this with us over on the Doodle Pantry blog. Good luck.
    ~Jo, DP-DT

  12. How very creative! So glad you came Through ‘The Craft Room Door’ to play! Can't wait to see more of your talent! Just as an FYI – the new TCRD magazine was released online today! Make sure you check it out!! Also, don’t miss out on the blog hop this week!
    Karen C

  13. Nice exploding box !!!! Glad you decided to join the challenge with us at Get Creative Challenges. Good luck, and hope you will join more challenges with us again.

  14. Wow this is lovely. Thank you for joining in with the Sisters of Craft challenge, good luck in the voting and we hope to see you again. Crafty Blessings. Tracy SOC DT x We now also have a Sisters of Craft Facebook Group where you share your makes, find inspiration and take part in mini challenges.

  15. Wow, amazing project!
    Thank you for sharing it with us at Little Claire's Digi Designs.
    xxx Margreet

  16. What a fantastic exploding box, I just love the butterflies. Good luck with your Little Claire digi stamp challenge.
    Love Alli Xx