This card was inspired by an ancient memory of mine. I was on the California Pacific Coast somewhere near Monterrey or Carmel and we were eating lunch on an ocean view terrace and the table next to us was excitedly talking about the butterfly trees they had just experienced. I inquired and found out it was only about 30mins away and talked my friend into going. We parked our car and walked in about 10 or 15mins to a bluff over looking the ocean and at first nothing spectacular to see, then standing with a group of people so silent you could hear a pin drop, the lady next to me pointed and as I focused in a clump of trees seemed to be alive and covering it were a million monarch butterflies, fluttering and one piled on the other. I am not sure how long we stood and just stared at this remarkable site but I was lost in the beauty of it all. I then was told that the tree was a landing spot after their trek across the pacific from Hawaii non-stop to this spot to breed and then to die. It was one of those moments that I felt totally at one with my creator.
I created the one piece wreath of butterflies with my Cameo, then made a cutting file with the butterflies just a wee bit smaller and layered 4 onto the one piece, adhering them just at the body so their wings would be unattached. I then secured the wreath to a Memory Box "branch" cut and added a single butterfly to the upper right corner. Other than the butterfly color, this brings back the memory perfectly. Happy Sunday, hugs