Monday, March 13, 2017

National Learn About Butterflies Day



Do you find butterflies fascinating?   I've always thought they were pretty, but never really thought too much about them until I started researching to create a study for first graders a few years back.  We even planted a butterfly garden.  Tomorrow is National Learn About Butterflies Day.


Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet?  Good thing they don't wear shoes!  

 I really love vintage butterfly science prints.  They are quite lovely.  This one strikes my fancy because of the green butterfly with the pale aqua in its wings. 


I cleaned this up a little and enlarged the butterfly to really show it off.  If it strikes your fancy, you can download the print and the butterfly below.


The sentiment is included in the download.


Butterfly wings are clear!  I know, what???  The colors and patterns we see are reflections created by tiny scales that cover their wings.  

Isn't this butterfly and jar pretty?  


What makes this card extra cool is the jar on the back.  


The jars are glued together at the very top.  Running a bone folder along the curve of the bottom ridge helps the card top to lift easily for the recipient to see the inside.  I found these pretty jars at Iralamija's shop.  You can find the link below.


A group of butterflies is called a flutter.   I just got the new Butterfly kit from My Favorite Things in the mail. 


I used the stamps to create a circle flutter.


I found it much easier to keep the butterflies where I wanted them by first drawing a guide.  I decided where I wanted a butterfly and erased that part of the circle before stamping.  


You can download the Green Butterfly Science Print HERE.

Dropbox seems to work differently for different people.  Either right click and save when image appears or click the download button in the top right corner.  If neither method works, email me and I'll send the files to you.

Have a lovely National Learn About Butterflies Day.  It may be too early in your part of the world to see any butterflies yet, but keep an eye out!

  


17 comments:

  1. I always LOVE butterflies and your projects really make me smile! Thanks for sharing these wonderful butterflies! Your cards are fabulous, so different and all so lovely!! Great tip on the flutter and LOVE the jar card, it has an amazing design and so pretty detail with the twine and the little button! The first card looks adorable with the plaid paper that matches so well the green butterfly!

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  2. Such pretty makes Lori. A friend of mine took his young grandson to London Zoo at the weekend and one of his favourite things to see was the butterfly house as it is amazing walking through 'clouds' of pretty butterflies as they flutter about.
    Toni xx

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  3. Interesting butterfly lesson, and beautiful cards!! My favorite is the first one with it's bright and cheery colors. Love the little jar too. Thanks for the free printable...it's perfect for spring.

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  4. Thank you for the wonderful butterfly lesson! I love butterflies and your creations with them are so lovely!! Gorgeous color of green and fun jar card! I'm anxiously waiting for the MFT butterfly kit! Thank you for the awesome inspiration!

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  5. oh i love butterflies!! thanks for all the little fluttery tidbits about them!!! your projects are absolutely gorgeous (of course!!)

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  6. Soooooooo beautiful!!!LOVE the butterfly card and pretty jar!

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  7. Oh wow--you've outdone yourself, Lori! I'm so jealous you got the MFT butterfly kit & I totally adore how you used them! The jar card is gorgeous & I love the green butterfly with the aqua! You are so talented!

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  8. Oh my goodness these are all beautiful... and that digital plaid paper... awesome awesome!

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  9. Hi Lori,
    Beautiful! I love every project you make. Want to Thank You for telling me what printer you use when I asked you. It went on my "Wish List" and my sweet husband gave it to me for Valentines day. I love it!! Your butterflies were the first thing I've down loaded and done-scary computer stuff!. I've (just now) purchased many of the beautiful images from the site you linked to-awesome they are on sale. You know all the best things. Thank You for sharing your knowledge and finds!
    Hugs,
    Debbie Johnson

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    1. Hi, Debbie!
      How very cool - you got the printer. Have fun downloading and printing away!

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  10. So beautiful Lori!!!! I love all your creations and the Jar card is so cute ! I will have to try that, thank you for sharing :)

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  11. Hi Lori,
    I have a question (most likely a silly one), when you buy the digital download of the background paper-it is for a 12x12 paper...can you print on 8 1/2x11 and it come out alright? I want to make the butterfly card and love that plaid paper.
    Thank you,
    Debbie

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    1. Me again Lori-I bought the digital paper and it prints on normal sized card stock just fine! Thanks again for all your inspiration!

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  12. Such cute creations Lori. Each one shows those pretty butterflies off wonderfully. I had no idea their wings were clear. Thanks for the lesson. :-) Hugs!

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  13. Beautiful cards and love the jar shaped one. TFS

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  14. I have so many gorgeous projects to catch up on! Your creations are 'Oh so Pretty' Thank you for the hints and tips and interesting facts about butterflies. Fabulous inspiration, thank you for the download. Have a wondrful week Lori.x

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  15. What a fun post! I love seeing your beautiful projects, and reading all your fun facts about butterflies, too! Did you know that butterflies are not the only ones that smell with their feet? Flies do too.... but yuck on flies! ;)

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