Friday, February 11, 2011

Elegant Bird

I think I have overdosed on birds. This is the third card this week I've made with them. The colors this week at The Play Date Cafe challenge #68 are awesome.
I saw a lot of silver in the top, middle photo so I wanted to get elegant (while staying vintage) and use that on my pretty bird. I stamped the bird with VersaMark Dazzle and embossed with silver embossing tinsel. My flower was made from this tutorial and I used a pink ribbon with a silver sparkle thread running through it and added a pearl brad to the center. The flower was really easy to make, to my surprise.  I've used a foil doily and some pretty crocheted lace from JoAnn's. For the left corner, I snipped off a piece of the lace and added a button on top. Then, I add a couple of small, pink heart gemstones for a little romance.  Oh, for the bottom layer, I used a distress background stamp inked with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink.

My card is also entered into these challenges:
Mark's Finest Papers-Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge #41 to use a self made flower (I made a twisted ribbon rose)
Tuesday Throwdown #35-Add buttons to your artwork
Stampin B's Design Team #97-bird/birds on your card
Cute Card Thursday #151-Hearts and Flowers

EtsyInspired Challenge #125 My inspiration is from this pretty sparkle and shine headband from Daisy Petal Designs.

Pals Paper Arts#80-Vintage theme

Stamps: Inkadinkado-Gemstone Birds
Paper: Mark's Finest Papers-Grandma's Hope Chest Premium Paper Craft Pack, PTI white cardstock, Stampin'Up! Pretty in Pink
Ink: Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink
Accessories: button from stash, Wilton Foil Doily, pink heart gemstones, crochet lace from Jo-Ann Stores, Spare Parts pearl brad, Paper Shapes circle punch to make flower, embossing tinsel in silver

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I'm a Bird Lover!!! StampinB

It's snowing in my part of the South and looking very pretty. We're not as sick of it as some folks who have been slammed with it this winter. Actually, I'm loving it!

I'm such a bird lover and my favorite bird is the Eastern Bluebird. This image certainly looks like that kind to me. As hostess this week for the Stampin' B's Design Team, I ask that we use a bird/birds on our card or project. This image was given to me last year by Carol aka Gingerbeary8(on Splitcoaststampers) along with this beautiful birthday card. Also, I won a card of Carol's on the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge and it was absolutely awesome. The envies are almost as beautiful as the cards.
 I 'm not case-ing Carol's card
 but I did kind of do some of the corners like hers and used my woodland branch punch because it just called for that. I know bluebirds don't like the woods unless they are really open  and, from what I've read, prefer a lot of territory (about an acre) for nesting but I thought the woodsy punch looked just perfect with the birds and branches on it.
I made a flower using Spellbinders blossom die cut, stamping a design on it and using three coats of VersaMark for a shine. I then used my stylus to curl the edges a bit and added the brad to the center.
My card will be entered into Mark's Finest Papers Speedy the Cats Friends challenge #41-Geri asked that we use a self made flower.

My leaves are a die cut and I've loaded them with Stickles. I guess the glitter in my paper wasn't enough.
Colored my image with Copics and used a chrysanthemum punch for the corners.

My card is entered into these challenges, also.
EtsyInspired Challenge-My inspiration came from this wonderful store Daisy Petal Designs and this Fall Feather Fascinator is the item I loved and chose for inspiration.

 This is what was under the photo, the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. ~Henry Van Dyke
I love that and it is so true.

Pear Tree Design #35-Free for All
Craft Your Passion #44 - Anything Goes

Hope you'll play along with the Stampin' B's this week. Just link your card using the Inlinkz tool.
Or, if using Splitcoast, use the keyword StampinB.

Stamps: Inkadinkado Birds on Branch
Paper: Card base is Mark's Finest Papers from Grandma's Hope Chest Premium Paper Craft Pack, Stampin'Up! Night of Navy cardstock, Bo Bunny-Snowy Serenade
Accessories: Martha Stewart Woodland Branch edge punch, Martha Stewart Bird and Branch Corner Punch, Martha Stewart chrysanthemum punch, Making Memories antique copper brad, Sizzix Branch with leaves die cut, Lime green Stickles

New Home

My little birdie just moved into his new home and there are leaves so it must mean Spring has come. NOT at my house. Still cold as ever and expecting some snow tonight...maybe a few inches.
 I never have a card for someone moving into a new home so I took this opportunity while I'm entering Flourishes FTTC104-Button Up challenge to make one. Maki, the hostess this week said to use buttons on your card or project.

I made a very simple, one layer using Flourishes Home Tweet Home stamp set. I colored the leaves, bird,  and branches with Copics and Tombows. Added a crinkled ribbon, twine, and a button. I cut out and popped on my little bird and it's finished.

My card was also inspired by the challenge at Etsy Inspired Challenge -EIC125. My inspiration came from this wonderful Wild Leaves Hair Clip at Daisy Petal Designs.     
The leaves inspired me to use my Flourishes stamp with a branch and leaves and a pretty button.

My card is also for the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown #35 to use buttons on your artwork.
I've had this elegant button for a few weeks  and it has been begging to be this is the challenge for me.

Stamps: Flourishes Home Tweet Home
Paper: PTI white cardstock
Ink: Stampin'Up! Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Brown crinkled ribbon, JHB button, twine, Copics, Tombows