Butterflies for Art Elements May Theme

The team at Art Elements may be taking a bit of a break, but they're still inspiring us with monthly themes. The format has changed a bit too as it's no longer a blog hop. Instead, they've opened up the challenge to anyone with a Facebook account. Completed (and works-in-progress) art pieces that fit within the challenge are to be posted within that month's album in their Art Elements Community. You can read more about it on their blog post about May's theme: Butterflies. While this is no longer a blog hop, I can't let the month end without sharing my own contributions.

Let me go ahead and confess that I didn't get near as much done as I had initially thought I would. 
To start the month, and go ahead and have something that included the theme, I made a Mother's Day card for my mom and utilized a bunch of die-cuts in my stash that I've been meaning to try. I used scrapbook paper that has music notes on it to cut out the butterflies since my mom likes music and plays the piano.

Those butterflies were her favorite thing on the card! (Pardon my messy embossing. I had to scrabble together the sentiment as I couldn't find the Mother's Day stamp set I know I have and have since unearthed!)

During the month, I've also done a bit of art journaling for my #The100DayProject. This one with the butterfly has been one of my favorites.
The butterfly itself comes from a package of Tim Holtz Botanicals that I'm finding I love! The sentiment is from a package of Tim Holtz Quote Chips.

My actual task for this page was to use that ticket stub, but the little piece of button card and the handmade texture paste all called out to me too. But, it was the butterfly that stole the show.

While I didn't make this necklace over the course of the month, I did include it in my contributions to the Art Elements Album since it's one of my favorite things I've ever made.
In fact, I may have made it for another challenge. I actually can't remember. 

The body of the butterfly is a vintage hinge I picked up at an antique store. I riveted it to tin pieces that I had cut into the shape of butterfly wings.
I love that the hinges made it possible for the wings to move. 

I've got loads of other ideas for this theme. There's a stack of stamps on my hutch, some rub-on images next to my computer, a wood butterfly shape on my desk, and several ideas written in my notebook. Alas, I either ran out of time or motivation to finish them this month. But, you can believe that you'll likely see more butterfly projects from me in the future!

Make sure you join the Art Elements Community on Facebook so you can see what the other artists made and maybe even join in the inspired fun yourself!

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  1. Regardless of when you made your necklace, it is beautiful! I love it!

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    1. Aw, thank you, Mary! It's possible I made it for another theme challenge, but I can't even remember. I was absolutely smitten with it - though I did struggle with getting it riveted just right. I'm so pleased you like it too.

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  2. Hope, I love the card and journal page - the sentiment "use your wings"! And the necklace is a-maze-ing! I can see why it is a favorite.

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    1. Thanks so much, Ann! The sentiment for that journal page wasn't too corny was it? I'm such a literal person. I appreciate you taking the time to come by and share such kind words. It means so much to me.

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  3. I love love the butterfly necklace. the hinges make it look very ornate and the flower rivets add another layer of detailing to the piece.

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    1. Divya, Thanks! I love that hinge and wish I could find more like it. I'm always looking for some. And, the flowers are actually just bead caps I used to help size-down the holes in the hinge as they were far too large for the nail-head rivets I use. But, they worked beautifully to bring in the gold tone that's also on the tin. I'm so pleased you picked up on those details. Thank you!

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  4. Your card is really pretty. If you hadn't mentioned the print on the card I would have thought you set out to have it look like that. I love the hinged butterfly necklace. Great idea!

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    1. Kathy, Thank you! I'm glad the embossing error wasn't obvious. And, I'm glad you said it since you know card-making! I appreciate you taking the time to come by and lift me up. Thanks! :)

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  5. Wow - I am in love with the necklace. I love the idea of using an antique hinge to create the body of the butterfly. Such a cool idea.
    I love your work with paper. The pieces you create are amazing.
    The Mother's Day card was awesome!

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  6. It would've been a pity to miss such a great challenge :) You're so lucky to work in many media and be able to make different stuff. the cards are very pretty but the necklace is an absolute favorite!

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