Beautiful boxed butterflies on a dreary dismal dank day!

For the last couple of days we have been experiencing Autumn weather, fog, drizzle, rain, wind and just to add to the misery it gets dark so early. Actually today it did not really ever get light with all the grey cloud and drizzle about. So what better way to cheer up a cheerless day than with a box of butterflies!

Closed box

Closed box

Materials used:
Deedee’s Digi set- Bloom and Grow and Framed Comfort
exploding box die set
white card
white printing paper
printable acetate
construction weight acetate
pastel orange organza ribbon
gold peel off letters and numbers

I used one of the flowers from the Bloom and Grow set to make a sheet of backing paper on the computer and printed it off. I used the die to cut the exploding box elements twice from white card and constructed a double size one. I cut panels from the backing paper to cover the outside of the box and the inner ‘shelves’ of the box.

Open box

Opened box

Using a basic graphics programme I made up a sheet of 40 butterflies of different sizes and recoloured them in different pastel shades. The butterfly image came from the Framed Comfort set. I printed the butterflies onto the acetate and cut them out. I then used strips of construction acetate and attached one to each butterfly. I then arrange my butterflies on their holding strips inside the box, sticking them to the inner strips. Finally I added the gold letters and numbers to make my greeting. When the box is folded flat it is kept together with the orange ribbon tied with a bow.

With so many butterflies to fit into the box and even with using a double sized box I still had butterflies sticking out when it was folded flat. They acted as a teaser as to what else might be in the box! As the butterflies are acetate the light shines through them and makes them look ethereal. I made the card for the 40th birthday of our former youth worker, hence the 40 carefully cut out butterflies!

Thanks for stopping by. Take care.


I would like to enter my box of butterflies into the following challenges:
2 Creative Chicks Showcase #4
Sisters of Craft – November Challenge
Artistic Inspirations #143 Anything Goes/twist birthdays
Crafting From the Heart #84
Craft Your Passion #286
Get Creative Challenges #27 – Birthday
Not Just Cards #26
Doodle Pantry Ants in my Pantry #11
Papertake Weekly Challenge – Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew #99 – Off the Edge
Through the Craftroom Door November 3-11
Little Claire’s Monthly Digi Stamp Challenge #11


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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19 Responses to Beautiful boxed butterflies on a dreary dismal dank day!

  1. Wow! That’s really a gorgeous project, Pippa! It’s so beautiful! :o)

  2. Nice Work. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Craft Your Passion this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

    Craft Your Passion DT

  3. Deedee says:

    Everything about this is just so HAPPY, Pippa! What an amazing project! I just know that she is going to love this very special birthday gift.

  4. SARN says:

    WOW – that is true dedication Pippa. What a wonderful pop up box card xxx

  5. Janis says:

    Wow. Stunning.
    Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks.
    DT Janis
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  6. Cathy(Kraftykoolkat) says:

    This is so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Creative Card Crew.
    Cathy DT Member

  7. Jan Ltc! says:

    This is great thanks for joining us at CCC xx Jan DT

  8. jmhave44 says:

    This is SO cheery(we’re having a couple of dreary days too, and I agree with the early darkness since time change). Love the folded box but the acetate butterflies escaping really caught my eye. Have never tried to print on acetate (or transparencies). What a gorgeous airy look with the pastel colors. The idea that it all folds flat, is just brilliant! TFS & happy wkend. Hugs

  9. This is gorgeous!!
    Thank you for sharing with Little Claire!
    DT for Little Claire Digi!
    Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

  10. This is stunning! Gorgeous job

  11. Florence says:

    Wow! This is wonderful Pippa. Have a lovely weekend. x

  12. Joanna Moore says:

    Wow, how cool is this?!! I loved seeing the box open with all those gorgeous butterflies fluttering. So glad that you shared this with us over on the Doodle Pantry blog. Good luck.
    ~Jo, DP-DT

  13. How very creative! So glad you came Through ‘The Craft Room Door’ to play! Can’t wait to see more of your talent! Just as an FYI – the new TCRD magazine was released online today! Make sure you check it out!! Also, don’t miss out on the blog hop this week!
    Karen C

  14. Anonymous says:

    Nice exploding box !!!! Glad you decided to join the challenge with us at Get Creative Challenges. Good luck, and hope you will join more challenges with us again.

  15. Tracy W says:

    Wow this is lovely. Thank you for joining in with the Sisters of Craft challenge, good luck in the voting and we hope to see you again. Crafty Blessings. Tracy SOC DT x We now also have a Sisters of Craft Facebook Group where you share your makes, find inspiration and take part in mini challenges.

  16. Margreet says:

    Wow, amazing project!
    Thank you for sharing it with us at Little Claire’s Digi Designs.
    xxx Margreet

  17. Allison Hugill says:

    What a fantastic exploding box, I just love the butterflies. Good luck with your Little Claire digi stamp challenge.
    Love Alli Xx

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