My DH and I just recently returned home from a month long trip to Mexico.  Of course, I had to take some stamps and papers and Copics on the trip!  Here is a card I made while there. Since there was a limit to the supply of colored cardstock I could fit in my one allotted “play” suitcase, the red border is instead a piece of Select White cardstock which was colored with the Copic for a perfect match to the lanterns.

A white gel pen was used to draw the pattern on the lanterns.

This card is playing along in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  “Winged Things”.

Just for fun I thought I would share some pictures of mangroves and critters that I took while on a little side trip into the jungle!  You can click on them to enlarge.


Remember to keep hands (and arms!) inside the boat!!


Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Happy Congratulations”; Clear Art Stamps “Born To Fly”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:

Accessories: Martha Stewart “Royal Butterfly” Punch; KaiserCraft Self-Adhesive Black Pearls

11 Responses to “Butterfly Wings and the Jungle”

  1. Great idea for stretching your supplies while on vacation. I also love the white gell pen to make the crinkles on the lanterns.

  2. Gorgeous card, love the lanterns, the colours are so vibrant and eye catching. great design too and I love the added butterflies. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Tracy x x

  3. Gorgeous Susan! The lanterns are so realistic looking. Your vacation photos are wonderful! Just loved looking at them.

  4. Welcome Home! Wow, this is a genius creation, Susan. What a great idea about making your own colored paper. Not only is it gorgeous, but an outstanding design. You have taken the use of a while gel pen to new levels! I am going to have to see if SU! has this set in digital format.

    Outstanding photos of your trip. I would have freaked at the alligators.

  5. WB from your trip, and TFS the photos! I wouldn’t like being so close to those reptiles in the water though! LOL
    I love how you made such a pretty card with limited supplies! The gel pen accents are wonderful, and the Copic colored cardstock is a perfect match!

  6. That is great you were able to get away and looks like you had a great time. Love the way you gave pattern to the lanterns and the butterflies stringing them up is such a great idea!

  7. I just love the card, Susan! Love how you added the lines to the lanterns and have the butterflies as though they’re holding them aloft. Great placement of the sentiment, and perfect match with the Copic colored border. Awesome vacation photos! Just look how well camoflauged each of the critters are. Amazing. I love the first photo which makes me feel like I’m taking that trip with you. So pretty! I really appreciate that you shared them.

  8. Welcome to the Jungle! That certainly looks like a neat place to visit (and to keep your hands and legs inside!!!). Love the party lantern card. I am so impressed that you colored the white piece to match your coloring. Whoa!!

  9. I really-really like the colors you chose for your beautiful card, Susan!
    Thank you so much for sharing nature pictures.

  10. Very clever!! And wow- what cool sights to see! 🙂

  11. I love how the butterflies carry the lines! Great idea!
    … and lovely pic – great fotographer! Thanks for sharing!

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