I keep an eye on and post for about 10 different challenges, part of them are weekly and part monthly. I enjoy making challenge projects, because that way I get to use techniques/ colours and or stamps that I might not otherwise try. Sometimes it can happen that several challenges have overlapping themes that can be combined, and at best they inspire the project to become more than what it would have otherwise been.
I was originally planning to post this butterfly card only for the Rubberdance January challenge (Frosty Blues). I used an old butterfly stencil and applied crackle paste... and encountered a number of problems: The paste ran underneath the stencil, the paper crimpled and when the paste was dry, it didn't attach properly to the base and started crumbling away. I tried attaching the loose chips with Glossy Accents, but wasn't satisfied with the result, and decided to dump the project: after all I had already posted for the challenge. A week later I checked the Paperilla-card challenge, and found that they wanted a blue card... I couldn't help thinking about the discarded butterfly image hidden somewhere on my shelf, and decided to take a new look at it. Motivated by the fact that I could post it for both challenges if I got it done before the end of January, I set to work... I added Glossy Accents over the butterfly image, shading with Distress Inks, light blue Stickles, some white beads, heat embossing and some more GA to adhere pieces of the crackle paste that still insisted on depatching from the paper... and here it is, not at all bad after all :)
I am also posting this for the SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge (Anything goes, so why not?) The butterfly theme had me thinking about flying... so I chose a sentiment on wings, that I really feel fits well, and I'm posting this for the SimonSaysStamp Monday challenge (Up in the clouds)... and I believe that's quite enough challenges for one little card!