Saturday, August 7, 2010

Happy Bird Day: TSSC {133} & DCBD {188}

Hi all! This is another new catalog item that was a must-have. Aviary. I just love it. I love birds and the birdcages are so much fun and versatile too. They can be elegant or whimsical as is the case here for a couple of new-to-me challenges. I am loving all these challenges. So good for getting the mojo goin'. The colors came from Diva Coffee Break Designs: Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist & Early Espresso. All 4 are among SU's newest core colors and a welcome addition to the color family--so rich and saturated and they look great together too. I love this sketch from Mary Jo, the Techno Stamper, I think I'm going to use it over and over. In fact, I already have some cards with this sketch swimming in my head right now! My sneak peek goodies from the Holiday Mini catalog arrive Monday so I should have some fun stuff to show you!

Some Canopy Tips:

Make your own paper: I didn't have designer paper in any of these colors--can you believe it?! So I made my own with the Newsprint DSP. Ink a brayer with your color of choice, here I used Marina Mist, and roll it right over a neutral piece of patterned paper. Here the sheet music from Newsprint turns into Marina Mist designer paper!

Designer Buttons: These are a steal! Sold in bundles of 72 for each color family. 4 each of 3 different designs in 6! That's a lot of coordinated button happiness for just $8.95. And look, the new 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (here in Early Espresso) threads through the button perfectly.

The Insider: I just love finishing the inside of my cards. I often use dark colors for the card base which means that I need a neutral writing surface inside. But the fun comes in carrying over design elements from the front and playing with the details.

Notice how the insider birds have rocked their cage and hightailed it outta there?! It's just a little extra attention to the details that make it special for the recipient.

Thanks for looking and don't forget to check back for some sneak peeks in the next few days. Before you go...wonder what this little guy is about? Since my owl anniversary card yesterday, we've been cuckoo for owls around the Canopy. My 6YO daughter has posted some darling owl projects to her blog, Arden's Garden of Crafts. Please take a look. She would soooo love a comment from you! I can hear her in the morning..."mama how many comments do I have?"!

Thank you for your visit(s)...enjoy the rest of your weekend!

8/9/10 edit: Thank you Mary Jo! This card made it to the Top 3 at The Techno Stamper. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome sketch with us, Mary Jo! I'm so glad you liked my card!

stamps: aviary, picture this (retired)
ink: daffodil delight, cherry cobbler, marina mist, early espresso
paper: newsprint dsp; early espresso, whisper white, cherry cobbler, daffodil delight CS
xtras: elegant lines TIF; scallop edge punch; basic rhinestones; designer buttons (brights); 1/8" taffeta ribbon (early espresso); modern label punch


Always Playing with Paper said...

Awesome idea with the DSP and those buttons are cute! Love the owl project you daughter did! I am teaching Owls in September to my Gr.2/3's, now I MUST get this punch!! LOL!

Stacey Schafer said...

your little Arden is one talented mommy, like daughter:)

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

so very adorable, I am going to have to get that SU very cute...have a fantastic day!

enjoy *~*

MJ said...

I swore I didn't need this set, but I am not sure how much longer I can hold out. What a fun/cute card. I love all your extras. The stamp set combinations are perfect! Heading over to your daughter's blog now! Thanks for playing along with my sketch challenge!

Nancy said...

How adorable! Just love those little birdies and their cages, especially love your idea for making your own designer paper, great idea.
I like the way the yellow ribbon (or is it paper) is scrunched up adding interest. Funny how the inside rocked cage turned out...another cute and whimsical idea.

Always Playing with Paper said...

Hi Nance,
Congrats on being chosen as a Cut Above this week at the Paper Players!!!
Lesley :)

Christina said...

I've been eyeing this set, and you may have just put me over the edge! Love those birdcages and birds. And how clever are you to recolor your patterned paper? It all works so beautifully together, and the inside is arguably even cuter with the birdies making their "escape"!

Linda Callahan said...

You are a mojo machine! (How are ya likin' my new adjectives???) And definitely a cut above - congrats! Love how the music is singin' the blues...........

Diane - Rubber 'n Rafters said...

What a GREAT card! The colors just pop off the post and the inside is so cute and cleaver. I have the set and haven't use it yet, you make me want to make something NOW... Congrats on the recognition, but no surprise. You are one talented creator.

Tammy Fite said...

This is beautiful--great use of the colors for the challenge! And, I love the inside--I never think to stamp the inside! Thanks for playing along with the divas!

LeAnne said...

Oh, this set is on my wish list!! I love this! I can't wait to go check out Arden's blog, too!

Robin's Craft Room said...

I just love the birds inside! What a cute idea! I never think to carry an idea through to the inside of the card.

Mary Brown said...

I think this is one of the two best sets in the new catalog! LOVE IT...and you REALLY nailed both of the challenges with it.

Bev Gomez said...

OMG! I bought this set but haven't even used it yet! Your card is over the top darling. I am now following you. I love your blog! Bev

Created By You said...

Beautiful Card Nancy, thanks for playing along with Diva Coffee Break Designs this week {love your card}