Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Black and White Spring Butterflies and Flowers

I love black and white cards; they seem so crisp and fresh, with a lot of contrast. However, I have to be careful to not make a high percentage of the card black, because that would make it too morbid, because black is a very dark color (no pun intended!). This is a card with the hope of Spring with butterflies and flowers.

The Kensington Border (Memory Box) is so intricate that it will not show up unless the background piece is a strong contrast, so that's why black and white were chosen for the layout. I tried using the die with a patterned paper that was pink and white, but the design did not show up on a pink background or a white background; actually, any strong contrasting solid colors would look nice with this die, like red and white or a strong blue or purple, pink, etc., with a white background or contrasting color.

It was lightened up somewhat by a whimsical white ribbon and bow with black polka dots. The white background piece was embossed with a Darice Flower Frenzy EF. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up Bitty Banners. My husband thought it looked a little dark, so I sprayed it with Diamond Dust Glitter Mist and added some pearls on the top and in the center of the flowers. This is for our daughter, who lives very far away; we don't get to see her very often, but talk to her several times a week.

Closeup of the glitter mist:

I am entering this card in the following challenges ending:

Feb 25 Crafty Cardmakers - Add Texture UE
Feb 25 Glitter 'n' Sparkle Challenge - Ribbon or Lace UE
Feb 25 Dies R Us Challenge - Spring 3E #3
Feb 25 Crafting by Designs - AG UE
Feb 26 Die Cuttin' Divas - Animals 3E #1
Feb 28 Bit More Time to Craft - AG UE 
Feb 28 DL Art Thankful Thursday Challenge - AG 1 entry per day
Feb 28 Word Art Wednesday - AG 5E #3
Feb 28 Crafty Creations - AG 2E #1
Mar 03 613 Avenue Create - AAG UE

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I always appreciate your visits. As always, I pray for God's highest and best to you today and every day.  

Numbers 6:24-26  May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.  NLT

Many rich blessings, Ginny B.

Romans 10:9-11 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. NLT 

Acts 13:38-39"Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins. Everyone who believes in him is declared right with God—something the law of Moses could never do."  NLT


  1. I too love black/white cards! This is just gorgeous Ginny! LOVE IT! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Think Spring’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  2. This is stunning! Love the black against the white and especially against the embossing! Great card! Thanks for joining our "Think Spring" challenge at Dies R Us!

  3. Oh what a great card, loving your layout.
    Thanks for joining us over at Glitter 'N' Sparkle.
    Jean DT xxx

  4. Hi Ginny

    I too love black and white cards and yours is so very stunning!

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers


  5. Very striking! Love the black and white. Thanks for joining us at Dies R Us!

  6. So pretty. I love how the butterflies are flitting above the flowers.

    Thank you for joining us at Die Cuttin' Divas this week!

  7. Wow - this is so glittery and perfect with the intricate die and the black and white color motif. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Crafty Creations challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  8. Stunning card, love the black and white and the die is just fabulous, thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers, Jac x

  9. Super stylish card 🙂 – thanks for joining in the Glitter ‘N’ Sparkle Challenge Ribbon or Lace – Sarah DT –

  10. This is gorgeous! Thank you for joining our Challenge a few weeks ago at Word Art Wednesday. We have a week left on our current Challenge and I hope you join us again. Leaving you with the inspiration of God's Word in Psalm 84:11 and it says, "For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly." Have a blessed week.

    JO ANN


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