Can you keep a secret? This is the card that I created to send to my son along with a bag of some favorite Jelly Beans. This will be his second Easter at seminary during the pandemic and I want to send him a little bit of love to help offset the loss of a “normal” Holy Week. In fact, last year was his first Easter in grad school, so he doesn’t know how it would be normally. But I’m 100% certain that it is some sort of communal worship on each of the days and a big celebration on Easter Sunday. Instead he gets to hang out in his apartment and participate in Zoom sessions – nothing close to what this season should be. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely agree that safety HAS to be the highest priority, but I’m not going to pretend that it isn’t costly to our spirits to be denied communal celebration of this incredibly important holiday.

This card challenge was the perfect inspiration for my card. I love using butterflies for Easter cards because they are a perfect symbol of hope and rebirth that fits the celebration. So, I designed this Clean & Layered card using the retiring Butterfly Beauty dies to create a kaleidoscope of butterflies. I just barely learned that the name for a group of butterflies is “kaleidoscope” – isn’t that perfect? Anyhow… the challenge also inspired me to pick the patterned paper because of the rich jewel-tone colors.

I used a number of retiring products for my card, and I also wanted to take another opportunity to highlight these beautiful items that will no longer be available soon. Specifically, the following things are retiring (and I’ll be very sad to see them go):

  • Butterfly Beauty dies
  • Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets
  • Purple Posy cardstock
  • Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper

Thankfully the Butterfly Brilliance bundle is now available, but the style is a little different. If you love the dies that I used here, I encourage you to purchase them while you can.

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