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Sequin Flower Butterflies

Sequin Butterflies

Hi All!

Today I used some sequins in the shape of a flower to fill my butterfly die cuts. I didn’t realize these flowers were actually “sequins” until after I recorded the video, so I kept calling them different things because I didn’t know what to call them, lol! Here’s what they look like up close:

Sequin Butterflies

I watercolored the stripes with silver distress paint (it’s actually called “brushed pewter”, but to me it’s silver). I first tried it with straight paint, but it was too dark and distracting. Adding the water made it a nice, subtle background.

I love how the “I Love You” sentiment is all spaced out. I got it from the Love Languages set, which I also used on this card.

I added the bow on the right to balance out the rest of the card, which was heavily skewed left.

Enjoy and see you Friday! 🙂



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

SSS Petite Butterflies
SSS Petite Butterflies
Flower Sequins
Flower Sequins
Brushed Pewter Distress Paint
Pewter Distress Paint
Simon Says Stamp Languages
Love Languages
Ranger Watercolor Paper
Ranger Watercolor Paper
Ranger Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Doodle Twine, Black Beetle
Black Beetle Twine
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Stampin' Up! Mini Glue Dots
Mini Glue Dots
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on February 4th, 2015 at 9:30 am


    Really cute card I love how you used the flower sequins to give it pop!!

  2. wrote on February 4th, 2015 at 10:19 am


    I like the idea of gluing the flowers in place. Faux shaker card? 🙂 Thanks for the idea!

    • wrote on February 4th, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Interestingly enough, I started out wanting to make it a shaker with the flowers but decided full coverage with glue would be better. 🙂

  3. wrote on February 4th, 2015 at 1:11 pm


    Such a pretty card! You just crack me up, Darlene! Your comment about your gross cutting plate made me giggle. Fantastic vid as always.

  4. wrote on February 4th, 2015 at 1:31 pm


    Oh Darlene, what a beautiful and colorful card, very Spring like with those lovely butterflies. If this tiny flowers have a hole in the middle then they are sequences, but what ever you call them, they are beautiful.
    Now, my cutting plates look just as “loved” as yours. I soaked them in some warm water for a while and then, I just scrub them with an old tooth brush, almost all the paper imbedded in the cuts came out. You must let them dry completely before using them again.
    Thank you for another delightful video, I love the fact you encourage us to try new products and techniques to really expand our crafting horizons.

  5. wrote on February 4th, 2015 at 2:07 pm


    Darlene, you are so funny!! That is probably exactly what I would have said about the cutting plate! HAHA They do get icky really fast…it’s good, though because you are making great use of them! Love the card and how you always manage to do something unique and all your own. That is what sets you aside from the rest and why I follow you. Thanks for another fantastic card and sharing your creations. =)

  6. wrote on February 4th, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Brenda West

    I got a 503 services unavailable for my video. I’ve been watching you other videos, even went to another from the other day. So I’m wondering what happened. The card is beautiful, by the way. (o;

  7. wrote on February 4th, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Brenda West

    Well, right after sending the last comment, I scrolled up and there it was. Yippee!

  8. wrote on February 4th, 2015 at 2:29 pm


    Lovely card! I would be interested to hear your thoughts/opinions on distress paint vs distress inks. You make the paint look very easy and mess free 🙂

    • wrote on February 4th, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      I really love distress paints. To me, they are a very juicy pigment ink pad and not like dye inks at all. You can apply them directly to your stamps before you stamp them (but be careful because too much paint and you’ll get mush), like I did on this card. Plus, they can be watered down for a pretty effect. Just another medium to add to your collection. 🙂

  9. wrote on February 4th, 2015 at 2:31 pm


    Love those tiny sequins and they look so beautiful in the butterflies.

  10. wrote on February 4th, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Barb M.

    What a wonderful idea!! I need to make 3 birthday cards this week and could not come up with any unique ideas, sooooo I am going to snitch this one! TFS!! 🙂

  11. wrote on February 4th, 2015 at 3:01 pm


    Sweet. The sequins really add zing to your design.

  12. wrote on February 4th, 2015 at 5:19 pm


    This is a wonderful card, and I look forward to making it soon. Thanks once again!

  13. wrote on February 4th, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Kylie Adams

    Lovely card… I love the bright colorful butterflies!!

  14. wrote on February 4th, 2015 at 7:09 pm


    What a great idea for using up those little “bits” you collect in your stash that you never quite know what to do with. Might have to have a play and see what I can come up with. Thanks for sharing, Darlene.

  15. wrote on February 4th, 2015 at 8:24 pm


    I love the whole design of this card Darlene. Adhering the sequins in the die cut shape is so effective. Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. wrote on February 4th, 2015 at 10:23 pm


    This is a very cool card I absolutely love it! It is so different and the butterflies with those little flowers go together so well! TFS!

  17. wrote on February 5th, 2015 at 7:10 am


    I love your card style,… the new website is great too! What program/website do you use to create your supply list? A friend is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in Canada and she is new to blogging. I think she would like that feature 🙂

    • wrote on February 6th, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Nicole, actually I create it by hand using an html table. I go get the product images myself and store my supply links in an Excel spreadsheet. I cut and paste the ones I’ve used before. It’s kind of time consuming, but I wasn’t happy with the solutions that were out there.

  18. wrote on February 5th, 2015 at 11:00 am


    Very clever and a joy to look at.

    Thanx, Cyn

  19. wrote on February 6th, 2015 at 5:09 am


    Learning new ideas and techniques from you is one of the things I love about your videos. Plus it’s relaxing listening to your ‘calm’ explanations, and your go-with-the-flow personality shines through. So very glad I discovered your blog several years ago, and now I am more than happy to support your livelovecards venture.

  20. wrote on February 6th, 2015 at 9:31 am


    Darlene – another great card! I purchased new plates last fall and vowed to keep one of them smooth. Ha ha. Like that was going to happen. Any hints on how to store glossy accents? So often I have trouble getting it out of the bottle. A friend tried using a baby bottle nipple and that didn’t work, either. I love it but find I need to buy new bottles too often. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Stamp on!!

    • wrote on February 6th, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      I’m still on my first bottle from several years ago, so I’m not sure what you mean. I store mine upright. Sometimes the opening gets stopped up with dry glossy accents, but I just use a pin to clear it. Why are you buying new bottles?

  21. wrote on February 8th, 2015 at 12:06 pm


    So so beautiful card and I love the faux shaker, I will try it for sure !

  22. wrote on February 18th, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    jeanie king

    Hi, when ever I try to watch your video, it start to play then NO sound. What is wrong

    • wrote on February 21st, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Jeanie. I’m sorry you’re having trouble. Please visit my Help page for troubleshooting. If none of those things work for you, please email me.

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