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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cheerful Critters & Feathered Friends {PP232}

Hiya friends!  We've got another challenge for you at The Paper Players.  It's the first one to be hosted by Joanne and she has a really sweet Clean-and-Simple challenge for us:
I was so excited when I saw Joanne's challenge because I love bird stamps and images!  I went looking through my stash and found mostly small bird images....hmmm.  I wanted to feature a bird more prominently and then it dawned on me!
I got to work with my favorite Cheerful Critters!  So, I colored this cubby little chick with Blendabilities in Daffodil Delight (light) and Calypso Coral (light & medium).  I had a little bit of grass left over from this card and I thought the chick looked perfect peeking out from it.  I then colored the sign with my [new-to-me] Soft Sky Blendabilities, go tout my Soft Sky cardstock for the base humming along thinking I'm doing great and then....WHOA!  The color of my sign didn't really match my Soft Sky card base?  Hmmm....has anyone else had this problem?  I put my little focal piece on a [retired] Bashful Blue card base and whaddyaknow?  It looked like a perfect match!  Maybe I just got an off batch of blendies?  Or, maybe it's because I only used the light & medium shades.  I'll have to experiment some more.
What I did like was the idea to use some washi tape as a base for my focal point.  The clean look of some simple washi tape makes quick work of a clean-and-simple design.  I've been going through alot of Linen Thread lately.  Just love the simple rustic/natural touch it adds to any project.  That, and it's a dream to tie into a bow.

I know that the rest of the design team has some amazing inspiration for you!  Be sure to pop over to The Paper Players to check them out.  Then, head to your craft space and share your Clean-and-Simple "Feathered Friends" projects with us before the challenge closes on Friday, February 20th at Noon (PST).

The Paper Players Design Team


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13 comments:

stampwithsandy said...

Your cheerful critter is so adorable and makes me smile, Nance! I bet you had so much fun making this card. The little stretch of grassy border is so cute, too!

laurie said...

The scene you created made me smile,too! I love that grass border, and how you added the twine. SO fun!

Ann Schach said...

How cute is this, Nance! The grass is the perfect touch! I also love the Washi! Great job!

Karren said...

I can't help but smile when I see this little bird. Fabulous card and I love how you've nestled him in some grass.

Joanne James said...

I love your cute little chick Nance - a cheerful feathered critter indeed! Great use of the washi and that fringed grass too - a fantastic card for my bird challenge this week!

LeAnne said...

Super cute, Nance! I love your sweet little bird, he makes me think spring might actually arrive after these cold, cold temps!
I haven't had too much experience with the Blendabilities and color-matching, but I know sometimes my regular SU markers are way off the cardstock color!

Debbie Mageed said...

Love, love, love this cute little bird! I can just imagine all of the messages he can say on his sign! Perfectly adorable details, too!!

Diane - oliver.mdiane@comcast.net said...

Nance love your chubby little chick, but to tell the truth I didn't know that was bird until this challenge came up! Funny right?
As for the blendabilities I don't many of them match.. at least not consistently. Some match the light, some the medium, etc. Some of the sets seem to match more than one of the SU colors. Right?
I use them all the time as well as the markers, and I'm not OCD about perfect match so I can let it go... at least much easier than your mom and Bev! hugs.

Diane - oliver.mdiane@comcast.net said...

Nance love your chubby little chick, but to tell the truth I didn't know that was bird until this challenge came up! Funny right?
As for the blendabilities I don't many of them match.. at least not consistently. Some match the light, some the medium, etc. Some of the sets seem to match more than one of the SU colors. Right?
I use them all the time as well as the markers, and I'm not OCD about perfect match so I can let it go... at least much easier than your mom and Bev! hugs.

jaydee said...

Nance, your chubby chick nestled in the grass is fabulous. It brought a huge smile to my face... oh yeah... the thought of spring brought a smile to my face, too!
hugs
jaydee

Nancy said...

Adorable little bird, love the Washi tape and the fringy grass

Shannon Jaramillo said...

It's funny that your card stock didn't match your coloring! I'm glad you had retired product to save the day! Your birdie is so bright and cheerful, certain to brighten someone's day! I must pull my washi tape out more often, I tend to overlook it...thanks for the inspiration!!

Claire Broadwater said...

Nance, this card is just too cute! Those chubby cheeks on that chick hidden in the grass is adorable! My grands loved it, too! This card made me smile! I long for Spring! XX