Little critters

It’s Less is More challenge time again and this time the theme is ‘Little Creatures’. Just lately my life has been full of little creatures; the annual fly invasion has just finished and now the spiders are moving in and at school I have just done minibeasts with the children in science. I never cease to be amazed at the transformation of the humble caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly so have used that idea for my card.

SAM_0867.jpg with watermark

Materials used:
white stamping card
white card
snippet of gold mirri card
Memento tuxedo black ink pad
Adirondack meadow ink pad
set of ‘educational’ butterfly life cycle stamps (not exactly the best quality of stamp!)
Clarity ‘Dream’ stamp
circle dies
leafy swirl die
white gelli roll pen
Spectrum Noir pens

I used an A4 piece of white card to make the card blank, folding it so that the back was wider than the front. I cut swirly leaf out of the middle of a scrap piece of card to use as a stencil then stencilled down the right hand side of the card using the meadow ink.

On the stamped the butterfly and the caterpillar onto the stamping card with the black ink and coloured them in using the Spectrum Noir pens, highlighting the white spots on the butterfly with a white gelli roll pen and drawing in a stem for the caterpillar by hand. The butterfly stamp does not produce a crisp image so I went over it with a black Spectrum Noir pen.

I fussy cut the butterfly and used a circle die to cut the caterpiller, and a slightly larger circle die to cut a mat from the snippet of gold mirri card.

I matted the caterpillar image and stuck it at the bottom left of the card blank using 3d foam pads. I glued the body of the caterpillar at the top right of the front flap so the wings are dimensional. Finally I stamped ‘Dream’ across the middle of the card using the black ink.

The weather has started getting cooler now with the approach of winter so the minibeasts will all be hiding away somewhere warm soon!

Thank you for visiting. Take care.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Less is More – Little Creatures
Outlawz Monday Greetings – Use your circles
Pixies Snippets Playground – week 147

Clear it out challenge – Orange/Black


About Pippa

I started crafting at an early age though not always successfully, my pillowcase tennis dress has, thankfully, disappeared into history. Funnily sewing is not something I enjoy! My favourite crafty activity has to be card making, especially stamping which I have been doing for over 20 years and am still a beginner, there is always something new to learn. I also enjoy knitting and crochet. I am not an artist, cannot even draw a straight line with a ruler, but I love colouring in, which is why stamping appeals so much. I am married, have recently retired from being a part time HLTA at a local village primary school, have two grown up daughters, both married and a mad cat called Finnegan. That, in a nutshell, is me.
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16 Responses to Little critters

  1. Mrs A. says:

    Your butterfly is absolutely beautiful. The colours are brilliant. hugs Mrs A.

  2. Linda Weber says:

    Awesome Pippa!!! Would love to have you enter something in our card making group’s challenge at – love your work!

  3. Anne Ray says:

    Pippa what a lovely life cycle idea with your mini beast!
    Thanks for joining us at LIM this week
    Less is More Designer

  4. Di says:

    Wow Pippa – what a stunner! Your butterfly is so, so realistic too.


    Di xx

  5. Sarah says:

    A gorgeous, cute and clever idea Pippa
    Great LIM card
    Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

  6. Lynn says:

    Thanks for joining us @ CIO challenge blog…your project is awesome…hope you stop by and play with us again <

  7. Lisa M. says:

    Beautiful black and orange butterfly. Perfect the Clear It Out Challenge. Thank you for joining us this week. Hope you join us again at Clear It Out.

  8. chrissieann says:

    I’m sorry my visit is a little late this week!
    This is a great idea and a gorgeous butterfly!
    Thanks so much
    “Less is More”

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