It’s no secret, I love to alter things. I love to take a piece of chipboard and make it my own! Today’s steal the Doodlebug Butterflies made the springboard for creating so easy. With so many different color combinations to choose from, the possibilities are outstanding!

I have to admit, once again it’s as though the manufacturer created a product just for me. Just a couple of weeks ago, we decided to do an overhaul on my teenage girls bedroom. The papers in one of the collections were perfect to match their new paint, so I decided to make them each a butterfly to bling up their message boards.

I’ll walk you through the step by step process of how I created my butterflies.

Step 1: Select the papers you would like to use to cover your butterflies and trace the shape onto the paper and then cut out. Note: while these butterflies are designed to be individual altered pieces, I thought it would be fun to layer them for added dimension.

Step 2: For added dimension, in the edges of the cut out shapes with a coordinating ink.

Step 3: I thought it would be fun to add a little heat embossing around the white edges of the butterfly. Simply brush the edges of the butterfly across a Versamark or other pigment ink pad, add desired color of powder and heat.

Step 4: I wanted to add a little more glimmer to my butterflies so I added a coating of “Old Lace” glimmer mist.

Step 5: Next I used my piercing tool and added holes around the edges of the smaller butterfly so that I could add some stitching.

Step 6: The fun part…embellish as desired!

Step 7: In order to add a little extra bit of dimension, I used a strip of pop foam to adhere my butterflies together.

Step 8: Firmly press the smaller butterfly into place on top of the larger butterfly.

Step 9: To create the wire base for the butterfly beads, I folded the provided wire in half and then used some wire crafting pliers to create a little twist at the fold of the wire, so that the beads wont fall off.

Step 10: You know me and my love of bling. I wanted to add some sparkle to the beads so I coated them with spray adhesive then rolled them through some Doodlebug Sugar Coated Glitter.

Step 11: Next I used my hot glue gun to adhere the body of the butterfly to the wings. All done!

Now I have to admit, while I was sitting at my work desk stitching the butterflies I thought how fun it would be to create some “lacing cards” for a child to have. Bet you couldn’t guess that I couldn’t resist and had to make some! I pulled out my ModPodge and my stash of eyelets and set to work.

I thought it would be fun to combine a lacing card and matching card into the larger butterfly so I used some of my Sassafras Paper Whimsies and decoupaged one set onto the butterfly and have the other set for a small child to use as a matching game. You could even add a small piece of velcro to the base as well as the backsides of the shapes to make storage easier and eliminate the possibility of losing the shapes. Add a bit of yarn and a large plastic craft needle and your kids have got a great educational game to occupy them for awhile.

I think it’s time for a giveawayso if you’d like to have your chance to win these lacing card butterflies, simply leave your comment here by Monday at 11:59 MST and I will choose a random winner to send these butterflies to.

I hope you have a great weekend and find some time to get crafty!