Sunday, February 27, 2011

Dilapidated Birdhouses

I'm using the colors from The Play Date Cafe challenge #70. And, what bright, cheerful colors they are!!

 I watercolored my houses and had a bit of a time trying to get the green. Every time I took a picture, it turned yellow. Went back and tweaked the watercoloring and I hope it is close enough. I painted the birdhouses as if they were worn and in need of a paint job. I really love this stamp and haven't used it in a while.

I used my new Spellbinder's Decorative Window Scene die cut (exclusive to Heartfelt Creations)  and removed  the window panes for this one.
I cut my birdhouses away from the sentiment which encircled the card and barely painted the wood and trees with a sandy color. My leaves are from Kraft paper .
No, I did not make the zipper flower I used, although I have seen a tutorial showing how to make it. I was in Wal-Mart looking at ribbon one day and just a bit down the aisle, there it was. I rather like it.

I distressed my paper with a Distressed embossing folder to match the old birdhouses.

I'm entering this card into these challenges:
Crazy4Challenges C4C76-With Spring coming, they want flowers (well, I have one and it's rather large so just count it as two or more. LOL)
Fussy and Fancy-Embossing and /or paper piecing (I dry embossed my paper and frame).
Paper Cutz Challenge #80-Spring (I think my cards SAYS spring all over)

Recipe:
Stamps: Art Impressions (no name)
Paper: PTI white cardstock, unknown dp given to me, Stampin'Up! Kraft, Canson watercolor paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Spellbinders Decorative Window Scene die made exclusively for Heartfelt Creations, Tombows, watercolor brush, zipper flower, Sizzix branches with leaves, Cuttlebug Distressed embossing folder

19 comments:

Basslady said...

a real masterpiece, sweety!

the arrangement of the punched details and the image are perfect!

so fresh and adorable!

many hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Marisa said...

Noticed that zipper flower right away :) Love the leaves and the frame around the houses. Well done.

Nigel said...

Wonderful card, and the zipper flower is fab :)

Lynne in NI said...

Wow, Brenda, you definately nailed that challenge! Love how you used the colours and the little bird houses are so cute!
Hope you've had a good weekend, can't believe its Sunday evening already!

Tracey said...

WOW Benzi!!! FABULOUS card!!! Your green is perfect! Thanks for joining us at the Play Date Cafe :)

Emily Keaton said...

What a cool card, Benzi!! That zipper flower is a great accent piece for this--goes along nicely with your aged/dilapidated birdhouses. What a cool frame, and those kraft leaves/branches are a lovely touch that tie in nicely with your flower. Awesome work with the PDCC colors! Oh, and a coinky dink (which perhaps I should have typed as "co-inky dink" is just a cutesy word for "coincidence"!!). See you!!

Carol L said...

What a find Brenda! I've never seen a finished zipper flower like this - I thought everyone had to make their own! What do I know anyway? LOL This card is just great! I just love the birdhouses, colors and leaves on this great card! Have a great week!!

Bonnie said...

I love your birdhouses! What a wonderful stamp!Great job on painting them! This is such a bright and happy card!

Jinny Newlin said...

This is fantastic, Benzi! LOVE all the texture you've created and that fantastic, zipper flower! Thank you so much for playing along with us, this week, in The Cafe!

Barbara said...

What can I say? It's fabulous.

Maria said...

Wow...just love this...so creative!!! So much texture...fantastic zipper flower! Great bird houses and wonderful use of die cuts!!!

maryr917 said...

this is such a pretty card benzi-love yoru coloring on the dilapidated birdhouses

Michele Gross said...

I love that zipper flower! Such a wonderful texture!! Fun play on the colors and glad you came to play with us at The Play Date Cafe!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Well, I was about to congratulate you on making your first zipper flower, but I see that congrats are NOT in order here. ;)
I do love that Spellbinders window frame die, though. Talk about who's being an enabler now, Prez! And I love the name of your post. It made me chuckle. Glad you played at the Cafe with us, Benz!

Sarah Anderson said...

Those dilapidated birdhouses are gorgeous!!!Thanks so much for joining us in the play date cafe this week :)

Davi said...

Fab job Benzi love the frame around that pretty image and the fun zipper flower. How cool that they make them now. :)

Jaclyn Miller said...

Hi Benzi, this is really neat how you've framed those houses with that lacy piece. Love the addition of the zipper flower. Thanks for playing along at The Play Date Cafe.

Ruby said...

Ooh Benzi, I just LOVE your zipper flower and your card is fab too! I'm a bit behind with commenting but thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe!

Juanita said...

Adorable card, love the flower. thanks for sharing with us at Fussy and Fancy.