Thursday, January 19, 2012

Now in Flight: Kari's Butterfly Kisses Blogaversary January 19 Blog Hop

If you are here for Tina's 3-0 Birthday Blog Hop, please click HERE

Our friend, Kari, chose the butterfly to celebrate her blog's anniversary, and to have you all visit on a Hop to see projects featuring this lovely creature, the butterfly.

So if you've come from Ashley's blog, you're on the right flight.  If you'd like to start at the beginning, and wish Kari well on the start of her new year of blogging, go HERE.

To continue on the hop, please go to AMY next. Be sure to leave comments and ♥ love ♥ along the way to qualify for the blog candy detailed on the blog of our hostess and 2-year blogger, Kari.  A full list of hop stops can also be found at Kari's blog.

And now for my project:

What a beautiful image, full of hope and new life, dazzling color and freedom of expression! 

Our projects are to use a butterfly, and so mine does.  A dream one night brought this card to me -- a colorful flock, released to the winds, when our creativity emerges. 

This card is 5x5".  I generated the sentiments on my computer and printed them on an 8.5x11" white cardstock. I lined up my Spellbinders circle die to cut the opening over the words "Unleash the creativity."  I then lined up stripes of colored stock on my Cricut mat, and cut oodles of butterflies (found on my favorite cartridge, "Cake Basics", using the shadow/shift) that are 1/2" each.  I used Aleene's Turbo Tack glue on just the body portion of each of the butterflies, lining them up in flight as if to form a rainbow of ideas.

I thought I was done with butterflies for the week ... 

... But then, just as I was creating this post, a new bloggie friend, my watercoloring friend Jenn, told me about THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT and asked if I'd join in. The timing and theme were too coincidental ... and if it's about children, and memorializing them, I'm in.

The Butterfly Project is a special exhibit, scheduled to be placed in the Spring of 2014, that has been created by the Houston Holocaust Museum to honor the estimated 1,500,000 innocent lives of children lost during the Holocaust. Each life will be represented by a handmade butterfly made in many media from all over the world. They have already collected 900,000 butterflies!!  Will you be making a single butterfly, to send to Houston's Holocaust Museum by December 31, 2012?  I will be.

If you'd like more information, click on the pink text next to the butterfly image, above left. You'll find parameters on what size to make your butterfly, limitations, and where/when to send it.

This tender poem was written by one young woman who lost her life in Auschwitz in 1944. It lends the reason for the exhibit:

The Butterfly

The last, the very last,
So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow.
Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing
against a white stone....

Such, such a yellow
Is carried lightly ’way up high.
It went away I’m sure
because it wished
to kiss the world good-bye.
For seven weeks I’ve lived in here,
Penned up inside this ghetto.
But I have found what I love here.
The dandelions call to me
And the white chestnut branches in the court.
Only I never saw another butterfly.

That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don’t live in here, in the ghetto.
by Pavel Friedman, June 4, 1942

Born in Prague on Jan. 7, 1921.
Deported to the Terezin Concentration Camp on April 26, 1942.
Died in Aushchwitz on Sept. 29, 1944.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Your next stop on Kari's 
Butterfly Kisses Blogaversary Hop is AMY


Brittney said...

Too neat!

Linda Therrien said...

WOW - your cards are really beautiful!! Love the colorful butterflies.

You are a talented lady, love the painted butterfly.


Janet said...

Spectacular card Your imagination is wonderful I so love all your work thank you for the wonderful poem and info on the Butterfly project. will look at particpating!Big Blog Hugs, Janet

Beckie said...

Gorgeous card!! Just stinking gorgeous.

Be blessed, Beckie

Vicki said...

Ellen, your card is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the butterfly project too.

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Lynne said...

Ellen, your card is absolutely stunning - love how it came to you and yes, I would be interested in the Butterfly Project also....
Always a pleasure hopping with you my new friend
Hugs, Love, and Pixie Dust
Her Craftiness

Tanya said...

Love it! Nicely done :)

Unknown said...

Love your card and the butterfly project is very thoughtful, thanks for pointing it out.

Shelly Lynn said...

Beautiful card Ellen!!!

Jennifer McLean said...

Your butterfly cards are fantastic, I especially like the creativity one that you say you dreamed about. What a wonderful dream. Talk soon, I owe you an email!! We're ensconced here, in snow. Yuck, cold and slippery.

Cathie w said...

ver pretty what a great project


Naomi Edwards said...

Super Wow! Beatuiful card! All those butterflies!! Thanks for sharing the butterfly project, I would like to do that for sure! Very nice poems too... wow you worked hard on this post! Kari is lucky to have you on her Blogaversary Party Blog hop!

Michelle F. said...

Your butterflies will flutter their way into Kari's heart! Lovely job.

JaniceA said...

Beautiful card! I love all the butterflies!

Anonymous said...

This card is so pretty. You did an excellent job. I love the simplicity of it (even though it doesn't look simple to make.) it is very neat and everything has it's perfect spot!

Aim said...

I just LOVE your beautiful card, Ellen!! Such an uplifting reminder... Thanks for the info on the museum exhibit -- I'll have to check that out!! :)

Thanks so much for sharing and being a part of the hop!!

Amy :) at

Anonymous said...

What a great card I love it.

Susan L said...

I want to have your dreams!!! These cards are just so beautiful. You are amazing. So happy we hopped together :)

Happy Scrappin'

Sue B

Walking on Water said...

Stunning! love how you got all those butterflies on there and sharing the Butterfly project...will check into that and thanks for being in the hop and celebrating with me! hugs! :)

CLB said...

Very beautiful and creative. Love the inspiration that is pouring from this card! TFS

Tammy said...

Very lovely!!! Really lovely!!! Thanks so much for allowing me to glean from you---beautiful job---and LOVE the music:) be blessed
Beyond Measure

callyannc said...

So cute and love the colors! CallyAnn

Scrappin' Sista said...

Simply amazing. I love that the butterflies seem to fly right off your card. The Holocaust Museum in Houstin is a wonderful place. TFS! Grace and peace.


Amanda said...

Uh-Maze-Zing card! I absolutely adore it~so simple, yet so beautiful! Clever & unique;) The Butterfly Project is wonderful! I luv this idea~how tragic the holocaust was & what a perfect way 2 memorialize those innocent little children! I'll definitely make a butterfly! Following via GFC! Thanx~prhmangel at gmail dot com

CathyinMN said...

Love your butterfly card! TFS!
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