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Wednesday’s Card: Sparkling Butterflies


First, I want to say how lucky I am to have so many caring and thoughtful people reading my blog. You guys leave the nicest comments!! It really brightens my day every time I read one. I read a lot of them to my kids – they love it!! You make me look so cool to them! 😉

Okay, so on to the card for this week. I just love this butterfly set from Hero Arts – the details on the butterfly – especially when stamped in black ink – are so pretty! Another product I used here that I absolutely love is Stickles. I’m sure a lot of you already have this product, but if you don’t, go get some! You know how sometimes you want to add glitter to something, but it’s just such a mess, and it gets all over the envelope when you mail it, then it sticks to other parts of the card…. on and on. Well, you just apply this glitter glue and it NEVER moves. You can’t brush it off. It’s PERFECT for scrapbooking too because you don’t have to worry about it getting on your photos. Anyway, enough said. Enjoy and have a great week!!

SONG: “Try” by Billy Pilgrim.



  1. wrote on August 10th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Dawn G.

    Wow. Wow. Wow. Your daughter has serious talent! Gorgeous painting! It obviously runs in the family! 🙂 Love your card!

  2. wrote on August 10th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Carol B

    What a beautiful card, love the butterflies with the stickles. Your lovely daughter has a great talent….just like her Mom.

  3. wrote on August 10th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Carol Lucas

    Beautiful card: I think you should frame it. That goes for your daughter’s painting, too!

  4. wrote on August 10th, 2011 at 10:08 am


    Your daughter’s painting is fantastic! She definitely got your artistic genes.

  5. wrote on August 10th, 2011 at 10:39 am


    This card is breathtaking. So simple but so elegant.

  6. wrote on August 10th, 2011 at 10:40 am


    Beautiful card…as always. Obvious that there is another artist in the family!!

  7. wrote on August 10th, 2011 at 11:16 am


    Beautiful..so elegant with those colors!

  8. wrote on August 10th, 2011 at 11:44 am


    Beautiful card, daughter and painting. Question: what is the big adhesive contraption you have been using? Does it work well for you? It looks a little cumbersome, however I am struggling to find the perfect adhesive. One with excellent stick and control.

    Thank you Darlene!


    • wrote on August 16th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      LaurMKK: My adhesive contraption (well put!) is a 3M ATG 700™ Gun. You can get it HERE. Yes, it is very bulky. I don’t like it very much for cards – I use it mostly for scrapbooking. But, it’s so darn economical that I try to use it on cards when I can. I usually use DUCK adhesive, but they discontinued the type I use awhile back – I’m just using up what I bought before they changed it. Once it’s gone, not sure what I am going to do! I’ll have to keep you posted. 🙂

  9. wrote on August 10th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Terri (blindstamper)

    Obviously your daughter has your talent. Her painting is GORGEOUS! I am very impressed. Your card and video were awesome too (as always). 🙂

  10. wrote on August 10th, 2011 at 12:14 pm


    No humoring necessary, love your daughters painting. What a great piece of art. Does she get to keep it or is it going in the family room ;- ) Very lovely card too, Darlene. Thanks for sharing.

  11. wrote on August 10th, 2011 at 12:28 pm


    Your daughter’s face shows here love of creating. Love the butterflies, stickles and bling. A very classic and beautiful card.

  12. wrote on August 10th, 2011 at 12:32 pm


    I am so happy to have found your blog! Your cards are so beautiful and your videos are very professional. I always look forward to watching them and learning from you.
    Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us.

  13. wrote on August 10th, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Eveline van Heijst

    I love the card, great butterflies, colors etc.
    I like your daughter’s artwork too, promising!

  14. wrote on August 10th, 2011 at 1:51 pm


    Wow, love the butterflies. I love that glitter. Alaina’s artwork is beautiful. Tell her Johnny and Kylie said it was beautiful and awesome!!

  15. wrote on August 10th, 2011 at 2:48 pm


    Oh yes… totally love Stickles!!! A truly great product. Thanks for your videos! Very pretty butterfly card!

  16. wrote on August 10th, 2011 at 5:24 pm


    Don’t have to humor you on your daughter’s painting…it’s really quite lovely! She looks very happy with it, too cute! Obviously she has your talents! Love the butterfly card, very pretty.

  17. wrote on August 10th, 2011 at 8:10 pm


    I have the larger butterfly on a wood block and have used it for years. It’s beautiful and I love how you used it. The card is so elegant. Your daughter is darling and her painting is wonderful. How proud you must be.

    Thanks so much for your videos. I look forward to them every Wednesday and wish you did one every day!!!

  18. wrote on August 10th, 2011 at 8:36 pm


    No matter how busy life gets ~ your blog is a weekly must view! Thanks for the continued inspiration . . .

  19. wrote on August 10th, 2011 at 9:12 pm


    Beautiful card and great artwork from the budding artist too !

  20. wrote on August 11th, 2011 at 12:14 am


    You make the simplest things look so elegant! I have learned to use the foam distressing technique from your videos. Thank you!

  21. wrote on August 11th, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Embossing Queen

    Thats a pretty good painting for a 10 year old. Congratulations to her. Your card is also gorgeous. My husband walked through as I was reading your post and was also impressed. He can be quite hard to please with cards. The colours you have used are so pretty and the stickles just set the whole thing off.

  22. wrote on August 11th, 2011 at 5:05 pm


    Your daughter’s painting is Beautiful. She is talented like her Mom. How great is that??? Your video and card are inspiring. I love butterfly cards. So glad I found your blog. Thanks for the writeup on Stickles, it was very helpful.

  23. wrote on August 11th, 2011 at 8:21 pm


    Darlene, your daughter’s painting is awesome. My daughter took some art classes when in school and I framed and hung all her art work. It is such a great achievement. And now I look back at them and am reminded of how proud I am of her! And, of course, your card is stunning… so simple and classic. Just love it.

  24. wrote on August 13th, 2011 at 7:04 pm


    I love your card. I’ve been using a lot of butterflies lately. Baja Breeze is one of my favorite colors and I love the way you paired it with the Crumb Cake and black. I’ll have to give that a try soon!

    Your daughter’s painting is fabulous! She looks so proud of herself and should be!

  25. wrote on August 13th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Dixie C.

    Your daughter did a terrific job! Great depth to the scene! Thanks for another pretty card! I so enjoy your videos!

  26. wrote on August 17th, 2011 at 9:26 am


    Hi Darlene,

    Your cards are always beautiful. I love to see them every Wednesday. What a surprise to see your daughters painting. She is also very talented.

    Kind regards from The Netherlands,


  27. wrote on November 14th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Meghan Debuse

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  28. wrote on March 24th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Sandy K

    Gorgeous! I’m loving your tutorials. You are so talented. That is a great picture by your daughter being a beginner. She has a future in art. She looks so proud.

  29. wrote on May 19th, 2012 at 9:38 am


    Have been watching your videos for a bit now and I just want to know how much I love your work! You color butterflies so realistically and differently. Thanks so much for sharing. I have received great ideas and inspiration from you!

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