Welcome to a crafting extravaganza all week featuring myself and other Artists In Residence from IMAGINE Crafts, along with the Design Team Members of Authentique Paper and May Arts Ribbon.

This week I got to combine so many of my favorite things – ribbons of different textures and sizes, beautiful paper with imaginative designs, and shimmering inks and creative medium – I found a plain kraft container and knew it was ready for a new look!


Butterflies & Ribbon  Cronincompanystore.com

Of course I couldn’t just cover the outside, continue through the post to see the surprise inside!

IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Creative Medium Shimmer; Delicata Golden Glitz; Sheer Shimmer Spritz; Daubers
Authentique Harmony & Radiant Paper
May Arts Ribbon – string & checkered ribbon
Sizzix Camellia die
Punches: Martha Stewart butterflies; EK Success large butterfly

Cut strips of paper to cover top and sides of container and adhere with Creative Medium. Trim ‘love and life will love you back’ badge from Authentique’s card making stack and adhere to side with creative medium – while I was adhering the badge, I tucked pieces of ribbon under the side edges, careful not to glue them to the sides as well. Once it all dried, I tied the ribbon to a bow on the backside.


Next, punch 20 or so small butterflies, a few larger butterflies, and die cut 3 full camellias using a variety of paper designs. Using a dauber, lightly cover and edge with Delicata Golden Glitz.


Here’s the surprise inside!

After punching about 20 small butterflies, I attached them to May Arts twine of various lengths. I punched holes in a circle cut to fit the bottom of the container and threaded the strings and secured to bottom of the container.


This way the butterflies will fly out each time I open the box but they won’t fly away!

cronincompanystore.com  camellia lid
To finish I adhered the camellias to the lid, layering the sizes and curling the petals slightly – lastly adding a butterfly resting on top of the flower & a bit of ribbon to the edges.

I like to think that wherever this will be, I’ll just need to glance at it, and knowing there’s a surprise inside will make me smile.


Here are today’s other featured Artists In Residence projects:

Baerbel Born

Nancy Hawes

There’s more inspiration to be found on the Authentique Paper and May Arts blogs!  Simply visit these blogs to view the projects created by their company’s design teams and to view the other prizes available.

Prizes galore for participating in the Blog Hop this week!

All three participating companies in this week’s Blog Hop will all be giving away 3 prize packages for leaving comments on the featured blog posts. Each day will we feature projects created by the artists from IMAGINE Crafts, Authentique Paper and May Arts. Simply visit their blogs and leave a comment on each post by midnight PST September 27th. We will randomly select three different blogs from the seven days, then randomly draw one commenter from each blog as the winner.


Blog Hop Hint: if you click on a link that takes you to a page saying something like, “Sorry this page cannot be found, just click on the header at the top of the blog (usually a picture, or the blog’s name), and it will take you to that blog’s most recent post. That post *should* be our hop. If not, you can probably scroll down a short way to find the hop post.











21 Responses to Butterflies & Ribbons

  1. Love the surprise factor and the gorgeous papers you have used

  2. Linda F says:

    What a lovely gift container. I love the tethered butterflies inside. What a fun idea.

  3. What a sweet little surprise box! I love the pretty butterflies and the lovely flower you created for the top.
    Thank you for sharing this fun idea! 🙂

  4. marylouh says:

    the flower on top of the box is so full of petals and the colors are so pretty. Love the butterflies. the paper inside with the butterflies is wonderful. I love anything with butterflies.
    thanks for sharing a darling container.

  5. Sue K says:

    WOW!!! Beautiful and wonderful surprise inside. Great papers and totally creative.


  6. Carla Hundley says:

    Very unique project.
    The butterflies inside
    are a wonderful idea!
    Carla from Utah

  7. barb macaskill says:

    I am in love and my heart is singing!!! LOVELOVELOVE this awesome upcycle!! I am going to have to borrow this idea!! I love butterflies and know someone else who could use a happy spot in their day so I am going to make her one of these!! TFS!

  8. Neva says:

    Butterflies are a favorite of mine, what a beautiful projecr.

  9. Viki B says:

    What a sweet box. I love the butterflies!

  10. Amy C. says:

    This is such a petty and original project! I love all the butterflies fluttering out of the box and the inside lined with paper is a nice touch.

  11. Robin B. says:

    Wow, this is stunning! I love the patterns and butterflies.

  12. sherry butcher says:

    Wonderful. Love the butterflies coming out of the can. Great colors, papers and ribbons. TFS.

  13. What a perfect idea to send to someone! This would cheer them up or at least Make Their Day!!! Love love love!

  14. Sue D says:

    I like how you decorated this container and all the butterflies.

  15. TracyM #6773 says:

    What a BEAUTIFUL makeover Maureen!!!
    LOVE the sentiment badge and pretty colors, LOVE the camellias on top, LOVE the butterfly surprise inside too, I can understand how they make you smile and look forward to making one to cheer up a friend recovering from surgery 🙂
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION!!!

  16. Janis in ID says:

    A total delight!!!! Delicately pretty and everything wonderful. LOVE those butterflies inside!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  17. Valerie Breingan says:

    I’ve never used creative medium before.Never seen it.This is just adoreable.

  18. Yolanda says:

    I love this project..it is super cute and such a clever idea.

  19. Heather Thompson says:

    Very neat idea, love that they “fly out” but not fly away. Very cool.

  20. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome and fun project! Love the colors!

  21. Katie B. says:

    Beautiful idea and execution! Love the twine and the inking. Wonderful lid too. Great job. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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