February 05, 2019

Wildflowers of America


I'm happy to be part of Richele Christensen's blog hop of artists who made show samples for the Tim Holtz booths at Creativation 2019.

This piece features Idea-ology and I used a Vignette Tray (large), new Vignette Divided Drawer, Worn Wallpaper, Butterfly Adornments, new Ephemera (Keepsakes), new/revised Layers (Botanicals), Bouquet, Mini Hardware, Corners, and Ball Chain.


I took the dividers out of the drawer, lined it with paper, anchored it inside a large tray, and placed 1/2" thick foam core around the circumference to make it less deep (underneath the Worn Wallpaper).

My technique for painting the butterflies is simple and all you need is a steady hand. I used thin acrylic paint and a tiny paint brush to apply multiple coats layering one transparent color over another.

The new/revised assortment of Botanicals (Layers) is really beautiful and was my inspiration for this piece. The mix of flowers is very different from the last release and much improved with lots of roses and lovely banner pieces all in multiple sizes of left and right versions.

Botanicals Layers - New Version
Botanicals Layers - Old Version

I also mixed in a few of the fabric-like flowers called Bouquet after lightly tinting the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink.


The wire mesh in the background is made out of something called "hardware cloth." In my neighborhood, it's used as a fence around plants to keep the rabbits from chewing them.

I sponged on off-white paint and built a ledge for it to rest on from thin wooden strips painted to match the box's paper lining.

The Worn Wallpaper was distressed by placing torn strips over the top of one another and inking the edges to make them stand out. And yes, that's Ball Chain (it comes in three different metal finishes) which was used to embellish the border.

Good luck with the giveaway (comment by midnight PST February 9). Contest has ended, see winners announcement here. I hope we've inspired you! If you are hopping in order, Cheiron Brandon is up next.

CREATIVATIONS 2019 BLOG HOP

Cathie Parreco (Beulah Bee) YOU ARE HERE...

209 comments:

  1. Cheerful and loaded with sunshine and happiness! Your art never fails to amaze me!

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  2. A real stunner! LOVE the painted over metal and the grid!

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  3. Gosh, I can see this trip around costing me a lot of money - lol! I want everything I have seen so far and those butterflies that you painted so beautifully have just shot to the top of my list. Your tray is gorgeous Cathie! Anne x

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  4. I love all these details, especially how you used the ball chain in the corner, brilliant!!! Gorgeous project Beulah :)

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  5. Absolutely beautiful, thank you for sharing

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  6. Jaw dropping. Just a delightful and brilliant presentation. And, yes! I am inspired. Got to look for that fencing stuff too😂. TU for sharing!

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  7. you made the butterflies look like enamelled pins

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  8. What a pretty home decor! Love the size of the panel and all the tiny flowers. I miss the Spring now even more!

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  9. Your jewelled butterflies look amazing perched among the flowers, and I love the metal grid in the background. A magical garden for them to play in.
    Alison x

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  10. Beautiful!
    Love, love the flowers and butterflies.

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  11. Ball chain is brilliant! This work is a dream: fabulous colors, fabulos design, fabulous details, fabulous butterflies....barbara

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  12. Beautiful piece of art. Love everything about this project. Vintage grunge is awesome. You do amazing work. Thank you for sharing your art.🐧

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  13. This piece is beyond amazing. So so gorgeous!

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  14. Beautiful! I could see this on my wall

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  15. Beautiful dimensional panel, the butterflies add so much movement and dimension. Gorgeous decorative piece of work. Tracy ❤️

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  16. Absolutely Gorgeous! Love the dimension. Thanks for sharing. 💖 phoebe

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  17. Oh Cathie...I am in love with this project! It makes me think about Art Nouveau home decor...absolutely amazing! Hugs Simona

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  18. Thanks for sharing <3 what a lovely artwork ..

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  19. Perfection! Thank you for sharing the process Cathie! Love the hardware cloth and the ball chain is such a great detail. Beautiful!!

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  20. Love your entry into the blog hop, truly magnificent! Your attention to every little detail is meticulous! I love the way the whole project flows.

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  21. Stunning !!! Beautiful piece of art, I feel spring in the air as I enjoy looking at your butterflies and flowers !! So cleaver with the ball chain, tray and
    On and on !!

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  22. I just love the butterflies and the beautiful home you created for them.

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  23. Gorgeous! And so many unique ideas! All the fabulous creators on this blog hop get so creative and out-of-the box.... inspiring!!!

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  24. It is a wowser! Love your piece of art!
    Lula xx

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  25. Such an Exquisite piece , Cathie. So thoughtfully created with a keen eye for detail. Those butterflies are special .... tfs Cathie

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  26. Oh my goodness. This is just breathtaking and so much went into it. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

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  27. Just gorgeous. Thanks for all the details in making this. New products are going to be fun.

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  28. Beautiful project! Such great details. I adore the butterflies.

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  29. LOVE those butterflies! Gorgeous! TFS!

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  30. Love the butterflies and flowers, wonderful inspiration

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  31. Love this beautiful piece! The butterflies are gorgeous and the use of the ball chain is perfection.

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  32. What a beautiful and elegant creation, the butterflies and florals are spectacular and love the Vignette Divided Door! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

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  33. Wow, this is a gorgeous piece. I love everything about it...the colors, the florals, butterflies, and background. Thank you for sharing, and inspiring.

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  34. Wow! This piece is simply amazing! Color, dimension, flowers and butterfly’s!

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  35. Your project is absolutely incredible! I love everything about it! thanks for sharing :)

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  36. Wow! This is awesome! Love the butterflies, the flowers well I love it all ❤️
    Hugs, Anita Sæløen Hop

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  37. This is incredibly beautiful! The butterflies are gorgeous and the use of the ball chain is awesome. Thank you for sharing, and the inspiration!!

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  38. Those butterflies are incredible. I still don't quite understand how you make them, but I sure can enjoy looking at your creation.

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  39. What a STUNNING piece <3 From the grid background to the softness of the flowers and butterflies...it's amazing!

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  40. Gorgeous piece, I love what you did! Thank you for sharing your inspirations.

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  41. AMAZING! I live the use of practical products laying around the house, like the mesh in the background. So creative and such an inspiring finished product.

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  42. Absolutely stunning! I have to keep going back to take it all in! <3 <3

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  43. WOW, just beautiful...I was wondering what material the grid was made from...I'm in trouble though if you need a steady hand to paint the Butterflies...LOL. But, I will give it a go anyway and see how they come out...

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  44. Those painted butterflies are really cool. ❤️

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  45. A gorgeous piece ! I love how you decorated the tray with the worn wallpaper ,the hardware cloth, the ball chain and those corners ; such a unique touch to your beautiful florals! Those butterflies are stunning too!

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  46. Such a gorgeous spring piece. The butterflies a so pretty and I love the rabbit fence was we would call it too. Everything is so unique. Thanks for sharing

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  47. That is really a nice piece!! Thanks for showing the old and new botanicals!!

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  48. One of the nice things about hops like this as it makes me think about the possibilities not only of what I can do with new things, but also about ways to use what I already own. Thanks for posting this.

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  49. Love this vintage garden themed assemblage! Using the hardware cloth is genius and really sets of those lovely ephemera flowers and postcard. The butterflies are drop dead gorgeous; than you for sharing tips on how to paint them. (Filed away for future projects!) You are such an amazing artist, and thank you for sharing your inspiration!

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  50. Very pretty! Very creative. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  51. Beautiful. The attention to detail makes this fabulous!

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  52. This project is so beautiful.

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  53. such a wonderful project. thanks for all the info and as always for sharing.

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  54. You inspire me to use all the beautiful ephemera that I purchase but save for that just right project.

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  55. This is so beautiful. You are inspiring

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  56. So beautiful! I love the look of the hardware cloth, it’s like a garden trellis!

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  57. This is stunning! Love the hardware cloth you used to place all the botanicals and butterflies on (and thanks for the picture of the difference between the old and the new). Beautiful piece with lots of layers!

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  58. Absolutely stunkingky beautiful .Loving almbthe elements
    Cheers judex

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  59. Love the butterflies, gorgeous! How they pop out and all the little details behind them, awesome!!

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  60. I truly love seeing your work. This piece captured my eye, the texture from the hardware cloth creates such an airy backdrop without interfering with the focal point. Your butterflies are gorgeous, the perfect complement to the new botanical pieces. A stunning display of gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.

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  61. This piece really stood out in the booth! It was so different. I love how you used the butterflies.

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  62. Those butterflies are very cool.

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  63. Oh my..! Wauw! This one is like no other I’ve seen. Those butterflies looks sooo amazing, but so does the rest. I’m in awe..!

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  64. Love this piece! Those butterflys are amazing.

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  65. Those butterflies are so beautiful and detailed. Stunning piece.

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  66. I love how this turned out especially the use of all the ephemera! Thanks for sharing!

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  67. So beautiful! Love the ball chain, so clever! Your work is always stunning, so much attention to detail!

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  68. What an amazing piece of art - I hope you think it a compliment if I attempt to copy for my mums 80th this year - I have 5 mths to make it 🤣🙏😍

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  69. So incredible... great inspiration.

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  70. What a lovely piece you made, the tray is the perfect piece to decorate. You did a marvelous job on this piece. I hope it’s hanging someplace special!

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  71. Truly delightful! Thank you for sharing!!

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  72. Wow - stunning piece of art!

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  73. So many amazing details in this project. Beautiful!

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  74. Beulah, love all of the detail in this project...those butterflies are gorgeous!

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  75. Beautiful, butterflies really stand out,thanks

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  76. Thank you for sharing. Very beautiful! I love the butterflies and how you incorporate them into your artwork.

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  77. I didn't know there were two different versions. Love this.

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    1. The old version will eventually be replaced with the new version. The product number is the same.

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  78. This project is awesome! Love the tray and the butterflies.

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  79. I absolutely love how you colored the butterflies! I'm going to try that.

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  80. Florals are my sweet spot, and this is truly a feast for the eyes. Thank you for sharing the details!

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  81. gorgeous!! those butterflies! LOVE them. =)

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  82. Love the concept, colors and the way it invokes vintage happy!

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  83. Love what you did with the butterflies!

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  84. Absolutely stunning art.
    xoxo Sioux

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  85. Love the botanicals & butterflies! Beautiful work.

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  86. What a gorgeous project. The layers are lovely! Thanks for sharing your talent!

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  87. Beautiful project! Love the details and clever with the wire mesh!

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  88. This is so inspiring, every time some time I look at it I see something different.

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  89. I love this panel, it's a masterpiece! You brought spring into my heart!

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  90. Oh this is so elegant! What a lovely present it would make for someone. Thank you so much for sharing and giving us such wonderful inspiration.

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  91. What a gorgeous piece Cathie! I love all the detail you included with the mesh, ball chain and the dimension. Thank you for sharing your creativity and talent.

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  92. your tray is stunning Cathie, a gorgeous collage of all things floral and wow wow wow, those butterflies are amazing hugs kath xxx

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  93. The vignette tray with the wire mesh in the middle is so cool!!! The flowers and butterflies are so beautiful!!!

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  94. Beautiful project! Thanks for sharing all of the details...the colored butterflies are stunning!

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  95. Love the drawer. Now your really making me want spring.gorgeous

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  96. Wow!! What a beautiful decor this display makes, love the butterflies

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  97. Beautiful, beautiful project! Thank you for showing the difference between the botanicals! Who Knew! I'm getting some new ones! Wonderful job!

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  98. Wow! this makes a beautiful Spring picture! TFS! :)

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  99. This is looking so gorgeous, love it, greetings Anneke

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  100. Wow this looks amazing and so much work in the making xx

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  101. That's beautiful. I love the butterflies.

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  102. I remember seeing your beautiful creation in a video of Tim's booth. What a gorgeous creation!

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  103. Wow! Beautiful project!!! Love all the details!!!

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  104. Such a beautiful piece, I was in awe of it at the show. I went and bought some of the butterflies and I'm going to have a go at painting them. Love how you used the ball chain and the raised worn wallpaper background is really clever. <3

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  105. Wow, wow, wow, this is SO amazing, Cathie! Gorgeous detailing and layering, and I adore your painting of those butterflies! <3

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  106. Nice dimension in your art. great ideas!

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  107. So gorgeous! At 1st glance, one of the butterflies looks like the antique brooch in my jewelry box. Amazing!

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  108. My goodness, this is stunning! Great work!

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  109. Beautiful! The butterflies are particularly stunning...they look like cloisonné.

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  110. WOW this is a stunning piece of art - thanks for sharing:)

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  111. Wow! Your art is amazing! Would love to display it in my craft room.
    Thanks so much for sharing...

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  112. Super gorgeous!

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  113. This composition is beautiful, I had the old version of botanical, I would like to have the second now. Thank you.

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  114. Wow! Absolutely stunning! Love all the details.

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  115. This is fantastic.
    I can picture this on
    my front door - in a
    lightweight paper.
    The flowers and
    butterflies are
    gorgeous. this
    for sharing.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  116. Wow!!! Absolutely beautiful. What inspiration.

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  117. What a great project! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  118. Such a spectacular design and palette on this delightful project. This is a genuine show stopper.

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  119. Such a gorgeous project, love all the detail right down to the ball chain. WONDERFUL! Thanks for sharing.

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  120. wow! this is simply stunning. thanks for sharing your work of art.

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  121. This is awesome, love the project!!

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  122. Beautiful! I love the butterflies! Clever use for the ball chain!

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  123. So pretty, I love the way you painted the butterfly's

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  124. This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

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  125. Your butterflies are beautiful! And I love how you used the hardware cloth. Thanks for sharing your technique.

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  126. This is stunning! Such professional work! Love the butterflies best!

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  127. Love the treatment you gave those butterfly adornments, they really stand out...so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing Cathie!

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  128. I love the tutorial and the detail work you did is amazing! I know I cannot replicate this, but I'm going to try to make something similar this spring. Thank you for the inspiration Beula Bee!!

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  129. This is one of the most beautiful projects I've ever seen! So inspiring. Need to go...to start dreaming up something akin to this. Thank you!

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  130. Wow! That is awesome! The colored butterflies are so beautiful. Everything about this piece is stunning. Thanks for sharing.

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  131. Those butterflies are amazing. I must try your technique.

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  132. OMG! Beautiful!!! I love the Worn Wallpaper! It adds such a vintage feel to the drawer. Love it!

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  133. what a gorgeous floral hanging! Your flowers and butterflies are just beautiful as well as your lovely frame!

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  134. Lovely ideas here ... a blog hop full of inspiration

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  135. Your piece is so elegant that it took my breath away!
    I loved reading how you created all the pieces and put them together. Amazing!

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  136. Absolutely gorgeous. The colors, embellishments, the creativity is just stunning. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  137. Love this, thanks for showing how you did it!

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  138. thielenlori55@gmail. comFebruary 6, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    What a beautiful project love how you used the botanical leaves me so inspired

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  139. Butterflies are fantastic. Such creativity!!

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  140. What an amazing piece. Next time I’m in the hardware store will pick up some “chicken wire” because that gave your project a great unexpected element.

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  141. Beautiful! You made the butterflies come alive.

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  142. Love those butterflies.....the mesh background....well the whole dang thing actually!

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  143. The detail is amazing! You could look at that for hours and find something new all the time.

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  144. This is such a gorgeous piece! I love how you used that hardware mesh in the background, so striking!

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  145. What a gorgeous project Cathie. Love the pretty butterflies and the botanical background... the dimensional flowers are a lovely addition. So many pretty elements.

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  146. I love how you combined so many different elements and thinking outside the box with your use of "hardware cloth".

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  147. So beautiful how you give at the butterflies tridimensio with color

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  148. Oh, this is so amazing, wonderful details. Thank you so much.

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  149. Love the wire and the ball chain! What great ways to re-purpose them. And the metal corners totally set off the whole piece. (I have tons of acrylic paint. Never thought to use it on the adornments-Thanks!)

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  150. I love the way you intertwined the theme of the ephemera with the new Butterly Adornments. Absolutely gorgeous piece of home decor!

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  151. A very innovative use of products. The result is stunning!

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  152. Stunning piece, love the use of hardware cloth.
    Debbie Emmons

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  153. This is absolutely stunning!! I love everything about it, especially the butterflies!! I am so looking forward to gathering these items! Thank you for sharing!!

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  154. This is such a beautiful artwork.

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  155. Simply stunning ❤️ Your creativity is so inspirational!

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  156. THis is beautiful! And the prettiest hardware cloth I have ever seen :)

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  157. This is just beautiful. I love the little details like the corners and the ball chain. The butterflies and flowers are just so pretty. Awesome project!

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  158. Gorgeous and so interesting. Love, love, love the butterflies!

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  159. Breathtaking. I love this from the first product to the last you put on this stunning tray.
    Thank you so much Cathie for sharing this great piece of art.

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  160. This is absolutely breathtaking. Really love the colorful butterflies.

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  161. This is simply stunning and so creative! The juxtaposition of the mesh and metal ball chain with the natural elements, in this case, flowers and butterflies, creates an unusual yet familiar scene! Thank you so much for sharing your mixed media project and instructions!

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  162. Love all the flowers & butterflies. Very beautiful

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  163. That's a really great looking tray.

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  164. I was drooling over those butterflies on Instagram and I think the use of ball chain as a border detail is just brilliant! What a gorgeous project!!

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  165. This is a fabulous project! I love it!

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  166. I love this piece, I have just the place for it at my house!!!! Great use of hardware cloth, I would not have thought to use that outside of my garden!

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  167. Wow, beautiful work and I can see how lovely those Botanicals are this time around, most inspiring.

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  168. Butterflies! I'm going to have to buy that! thanks for the ideas on using things around the house and the distressing torn paper look is one I will try soon!

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  169. Gorgeous 😍😍😍😍😍

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  170. WOW! I think that sums it up in one word! Beautiful project!

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  171. Love these butterflies, what a beautiful piece!

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  172. Fantastic project- I love the layers and the textures! Beautiful!

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  173. Oh wow this is just stunning!! love the arrangement of everything and the lovely butterflies and flowers!

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  174. Wow, stunning project! Incredible detail and visual interest - amazing!

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  175. I loved reading about how you put your beautiful layers together and my goodness, I found myself waiting for these butterflies to fly right off the piece! Wow!

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  176. I can't wait to make some projects like yours with my College Art Student daughter. She loves to do things like this too. Thanks for sharing.

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