Thursday, May 2, 2013

From Our Nest


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Who can believe May is here already? It really doesn't seem like it because it has been a cool, rainy Spring. Rain, rain, go away...I want to work in my yard and it seems to be so ugly on weekends when hubby is home to help. Hmmm....is he ordering that rain? LOL

Shirley Quarry is our hostess for the month of May at CCEE Stampers and is bringing us some fun challenges. This week's challenge is Make it Shimmer. As you can see, or maybe you can't, I have shimmer on the center of my flowers. That is gold Stickles and I must say they aren't shimmering much in the photo, but they are looking pretty good in real life. I also put glossy accents for a bit more shimmer on the bird's yellow wings...not showing at all. Sorry.

I did have fun coloring my image which is a digi from Digital Two for Tuesday, taken from The Buddy Magazine. I tried to make my birds look like male and female red winged black birds. After coloring, I sponged around the image in blue.

We hope you'll join us this week and let your card shimmer and sparkle. Just add your card with the inlinkz tool. Happy stamping!

My card is entered into The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge-Free for All
Linking to the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog-Happy Mail (Just because- to make someone happy-no specific occasion)

Recipe:
Stamps-Digital Two for Tuesday, Sentiment is Our Daily Bird Designs/Nest set
Paper-PTI white cardstock, black cardstock from Hobby Lobby, unknown scrap of dp
Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMagic Aegean Blue
Accessories-Gold Stickles, Copics, Glossy Accents

28 comments:

Sindhu said...

Beautiful card Benzi!! Love the gorgeous image and the way you coloured it.

Sabrina said...

I can see some shimmer in the top right flower ;-), so I know it must be there in the others too. It's such a shame that shimmer and sparkle can be so hard to capture.
Love your red-winged blackbirds. It's funny, I was just looking them up somewhere recently. All we have are plain all-black, though the female is a muted brown a bit like yours.

Beebeebabs said...

Love your card you did a fabulous card - great coloring tfs!!!

Donna Hanley said...

Yes we can see some of the shimmer. Outstanding job on the birds, on everything. The black and white paper is so beautiful and it looks like it is part of an actual frame for this beautiful scene. I managed to get a little bit of evening gardening done yesterday, hoping to get more done this afternoon. I've managed to buy everything from the nursery, so I HAVE to find time to layout and plant. Luck to both of us. If it were up to my hubby, he'd order rain everyday (gardening is not his thing).

Audrey Ann said...

Benzi - this is AMAZING! I love your blackbirds - I see these birds in my yard, they always make a shrill sound before landing like they're announcing their presence and yours are colored beautifully!
Hope all is well my friend :)!
Blessings,
Audrey

Cora said...

Beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

wannabcre8tive said...

A gorgeous card. I love the beautiful birds with the glossy accents and the stickled flowers.

NanaConnie said...

Stunning coloring, Benzi. Love that elegant paper you chose to border the image. This one is 100% WOW!

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

Great digi image, and fabulous coloring of the red wing blackbird couple. I find it so hard to photograph shiny and glittery......IRL this has to be gorgeous!!

Hussena said...

What a gorgeous card Benzi!..I just love the digi you have used and your coloring is awesome..I really like the way the DP blends in with the image..At first I thought you had stamped it!..This is definitely a fabulous card! :)

Ellen said...

You have out done yourself here Benz! Love the image to start with but you colored it up so wonderfully. The black dp is so striking~Love this card it evokes lots of memories from my farming days.
Big hugs,
Ellen

Marisa said...

Fabulously coloured image and love the black trim to frame it.

Lois said...

I think I'm getting the same rain as you are, Brenda! It's very dreary today, but your card certainly brightened it up.

Vicky Gould said...

Oh, Brenda...I love, love, love your red winged blackbirds...what a gorgeous card!

myrepeatingpatterns said...

I really love birds and the way you encorporated them in your card is really exquisite. I love the way you colored them so that they look like a pair and the composition is spot on.
The sentiment is so sweet.

Carol L said...

Oh my goodness, those birds are colored so beautifully I did a double-take! The black,red, & yellow one looks REAL!! I love the flowers and beautiful background sponging too! This is just one LOVELY card!!

Kathy Bradley said...

Benz,
What a gorgeous card! I really love the red-winged black birds. They are awesome to watch as they perch on the most wispy stem of grasses. They really are beautiful in the sun!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

WOW Benzi this is awesome! Your red-winged blackbird is GORGEOUS ... great job of coloring! And I love the design ... such an inspirational piece ... well done!
Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘Free For All (anything goes)’ challenge and please come back again soon!
Darlene
one of the 'Sistahs'
The Sisterhood of Crafters
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

Maria said...

Just LOVE this card Benzi!!! Those birds are so gorgeous!!! Such a beautiful scene with background, sponging and colorful birds! Take care and have a wonderful weekend, hugs!

Lee-Anne said...

Loving those birds and your fabulous coloring, Benzi! Beautiful, beautiful card!

Bonnie said...

Beautiful birds, Benzi! I just posted a card with glitter in the flower, I need to go back and edit it. I'd forgotten about this challenge. Our weather isn't much better than yours. We did see the sun for a couple of hours today. It looked good!

Laurel said...

So pretty and elegant! Fantastic.

Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Challenge this week!

~ Laurel

Lynne in NI said...

What a fabulously coloured card, don't think I've seen this birdie image before!! We've got blackbirds at the bottom of our garden - they're my favourite birds as they've the most fabulous song in the evening, never sing 2 lines the same.

Colleen Dietrich said...

Don't you hate how the shiny, shimmery, glossy things never really show up well in photos? Hmmph! I get that too.

I really like this sketch. The black and white damask goes well with the birdies, and I love how the layers extend all the way to the edges.

~Tammy~ said...

Brenda, this is gorgeous! Love the beautiful image behind the gorgeous damask backdrop!

nwilliams6 said...

I can't believe I have missed so many cards you have done - wow - I am sooo late. I will be late for another week (the wedding is this week) and then I will be back to my normal self which is late only half the time - LOL! Love this vivid and beautiful scene - a wonderful card. Hugz - zillions of them!

debby4000 said...

Oh what a gorgeous, striking card, absolutely love it.

Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp challenge.

luv
Debby

Joanne (jojot) said...

what a stunner.....your coloring is fabulous....the dp is perfect to bring the focus on those tweeters....wonderful work