Peep is the name of this little bird, designed by Stacey Yacula. I bought the bird and leaf stamps from Purple Onion Designs. I love sweet illustrations like this so I wanted to colour them in with soft colours which I did with my Stampin up markers and watercolour brush. The sentiment is also Stampin Up. I embossed the blue card with a Sizzix daisy embossing folder.
I've been a bit quiet on the blog front ... last week I spent some time making a few things to put up here but somehow I mislaid them. How annoying, I can't believe it, where can they have got to???? I don't know but I'm gonna keep searching because they can't have disappeared into thin air. Anyway if I find them soon they will be up this week.
Meanwhile, it has been very rainy here in Great Britain. I'm not complaining because it is perfect crafting weather and makes me very happy to be staying in and doing what I love. Well, I better get to it!!
I decided to make a quickie card today. Sometimes it's nice to come up with something quick and easy, especially when time is short.
I used 2 cute bird stamps from Squiggle Stamps, coloured them with Stampin Up markers, added beads for eyes and a sentiment from Hero Arts and voila! Loving the white space too, sometimes it's nice to leave it all clear and simple.
Here is another card I made for Andy, and it was a thank you card. You can see that the background I used was a page I tore out from a dictionary he gave me. I never thought of tearing out a page from a dictionary but someone gave me that idea (James from Craftasmic, actually!!). I'm not too good at distressed art as I didn't want to 'tear' the page for the distressed look so I cut it instead using the Nestabilities wonky rectangle die. I'm just too darn neat in card making (but not generally, ha ha). I then inked it with distress ink tea dye.
The bird is from the Stampin up bird punch which I also inked up with distress inks barn door and tea dye. And the wing is another bit of dictionary page.
I'd like to have been clever and used a page that was describing a 'bird' in the background and tore out a bit of page with 'wing' or 'feather' for the bird's wing as Andy suggested when I gave him the card ..... but I didn't .......... I used a page that described 'diligent' and 'dim' which really wasn't quite as clever or appropriate :). Ahh well, next time .....
I love images of birds and birdcages. I know the Tim Holtz birdcage die has been out for a few years now but I hadn't used it for awhile.
I used the lovely Coredinations Kraft Core card in teal for the background. This card is great because the teal colour is layered over a natural kraft core and gives a perfect time-worn look which is great when you rub off the top layer with sandpaper. Now rub is the wrong word but for the life of me I can't think of the right word!!!! I'm having a blank right in the middle of my brain this morning! I embossed it with a Cuttlebug embossing folder before taking that top layer of colour off, which then shows the kraft colour underneath. I will be editing this paragraph soon with the right words! The bird cage is die cut from white glossy card. And the bird is also die cut from white glossy card but I went over it with alcohol inks.
In this next version I masked off the edges of the card and blended some distress inks directly onto the card. The bird cage is die cut with silver mirror card.
And then another colour version with a speckly bird. These birds are so cute. All the sentiments are from Hero Arts clear stamps.
Today it is really cold outside and such a contrast to last week when it was really warm and sunny. Nice thing about bad weather is I do more craft work so it can't be so bad.
Okay I said I would show some birdcage cards today but I changed my mind because I wanted to show my latest mini canvas. This is a little gift I made for my lovely boyfriend, Andy.
I bought some mini canvases that come with cute little easels from The Works, such a bargain at 99p each! I covered it with some Sugar Dumpling paper from Art from the Heart. Then sealed that with a border of Tim Holtz tissue tape edged with distress spiced marmalade. The heart is die cut from grungeboard and stained with distress Mustard Seed and Barn door and then covered in Rock Candy crackle. I typed the words and printed out Snoopy. I used glossy accents on Woodstock to give him more dimension. I layered Snoopy to make him stand out .... actually in truth I kept getting yellow ink all over him so had to ... ahem .... cover up my mistakes (too many times to mention!), quite pleased with his 3D effect :).
I enjoyed making this and really it's no bigger than an ATC so I'm going to be making more as, unlike the bigger canvases, you don't need so many things to cover it.
Using another acrylic canvas i came up with this idea. To be honest, I love the Tim Holtz bird and birdcage die but was not so thrilled with the rest of my design. Well it's okay, but I like to love things I make and I just didn't love it, I need to make more and hope I get better ideas. Actually I have made another one I'll show soon, it's a mini one and it's cute.
I cut the bird and cage using Tim Holtz grungeboard. I painted the cage with pewter distress crackle paint. I inked the bird with blue china distress inks and edged it with mahogany. Then I covered it in rock candy crackle and added a bead for it's eye. Here is a closer look
The 'Listen to your heart' sentiment was a clear Tim Holtz stamp (yes it's meant to look that distressed :)) and I bought the bronze mini birdcage and bird from Craftasmic. The flower brad attaching the birdcage was from Stampin up. I used Tim Holtz tissue tape to edge around the acrylic bloc and the heart and swirls were more grungeboard shapes.
Tomorow I will be back with some birdcage cards I made awhile ago .... keep meaning to add them but life just keeps getting in the way of me updating my blog :).
Welcome! I like to create which is why I love drawing and card making. I live on my own with my cat Miaowski. I aspire to being an artist one day or to be talented in card making. Actually I aspire to be talented in at least something I love to do :)