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


Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Gorgeous card hubby & 13 year old daughter, drag me our eldest whos 14 & our dawg all over looking for the elusive birds lololol...its fab I love looking for them & when they spot them the looks one their faces!!!!

He has a blog with pics of the birds we have seen here in the UK....if you go to my blog & on the left hand side my list of fav blogs his is called Staffs Twitcher!!

Thank you so much for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion this week, good luck!!
Hugs Shell xx

Carol L said...

These birds are so stinkin' cute sitting there on that branch together!! I love how you colored them to resemble your favorite bird too. The punched borders, the glittered stem leaves and especially that dazzling flower all make for one wonderful card! Enjoy your snow! This time around it's going just south of us and we're missing it! We're expecting temps to reach 50 by the weekend! Woot!!

Virgo5 said...

Beautiful, love the patterened flower!

Emily Keaton said...

Benzi, your bluebirds are absolutely adorable. I love all the fantastic details you included on this sweet card. Thanks for a fun StampinB challenge this week--although it was about birds, it certainly wasn't FOR the birds LOL!!!

de said...

Beautiful card!

Thanks for playing EtsyInspired this week!

Pam~ said...

You do such a fabulous job bringing your birds to life! Beautiful card!

Talked to my son today and he was pretty psyched that he didn't have school today. Sounds like Huntsville had snow and ice. Plenty of snow to look at here in Jersey.

Davi said...

Love it Benzi!! Those birds are just so sweet and those colors and the very cool flowers are the best!!

Susan Raihala said...

Gorgeous! The colors and the coloring are so lovely, and the bling really kicks this card into orbit!

Thanks for playing with Speedy's friends!

Lou Mac said...

What a gorgeous card - I love your source of inspiration. The image is simply dreamy and I love the handmade flower - the centrepiece is stunning!!

Thanks for joining us over at Pear Tree Designs in our 'Free For All' challenge - good luck.

Lou Mac. xo

Joanne (jojot) said...

what a fab 'flock' of tweeters......with so many wonderful embellies adding to the design....great challenge.....haven't pulled out any birds for a while and they are among my favs

Stephanie said...

Very pretty! Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.

Lynne in NI said...

Cuuute card! Love your row of little birdies ... don't think we get Bluebirds in this part of the globe!
Glad to hear you're still enjoying your snow ... we've some forecast for tonight, but hopefully will only be a wee flurry!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Killer coloring on your birds!!

Julie said...

Love this one! Those birds are gorgeous and your flower is perfection!

Carol Hurlock said...

Benzi this is awesome. I love how you colored your image. I love all the leaf punches you used to create a feeling of the birds being in the tree. That flower is the piece d' resistance to top off one spectacular card. Love it.

Bear Hugs,
Carol :O}

Bonnie said...

Pretty little bluebirds! Thanks for this challenge!