Sunday, August 24, 2014

Birdie with Heart Balloons







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Hi, Friends......

I am back with a quick card I made for this week's MFP Sketch With a Twist.  The twist they asked us to use is buttons.  Fun!  I don't use my stash of buttons nearly often enough.  How about you?


Here's the sketch they provided: 


I also continued my personal challenge of using the incredibly pretty and fresh monthly color palette from Inspired by Stamping:



My other card using this palette had lots of the aqua and peach, so this time I used lots of white.  I love the clean look!!




I was inspired to make this button balloon card by an adorable card by Kylie Adams that I found on the Cutting Edge Blog Hop.  So cute!!  I immediately knew what I wanted to do with buttons this week!!

I stamped and embossed my little birdie in white and painted with my Gelatos and waterbrush.  I think the little heart buttons were a dollar store find.  Sweet!  The papers are DCWV, including that fabulous burlap-looking one that I just bought.  It's called the Woven Stack and do I love it or what!??!!  Exactly what I needed for some subtle texture on this card!

Here's a close up so you can see my sweet little birdie and the texture.  I love how the birdie's wing is floral patterned.  I tried to echo that with peach butterfly print.
I drew in some balloon strings with a silver gel pen.  I am terrified to do anything free-hand, so please be kind in your comments.  Ha.  :)

I think that about covers my card.  Hope you like it!  Have a lovely week!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  MFP SpeedyTV Sketch with a Twist Challenge #112 - Use buttons
2.  Inspired by Stamping - IBSIC #85 - Color Inspiration 
3.  Red Rubber Designs Inspirational #134 - Just Wing It 
4.  We Do Doobadoo Challenge #13 - Add Textures 
5.  DL.Art - August Linky Challenge - Anything Goes

31 comments:

Stampsnob said...

I love the colors you used here Thanks for sharing with us at MFP....Always love your dog cat photos....Lis

Vickie Y said...

Adorable image and card! Love the soft colors you used and the creative balloons! Thank you for sharing with us at MFP Sketch with a Twist Challenge.

Drea Slee said...

So pretty!! Fabulous colors and design!! Love the balloons! Thanks for joining us @ Red Rubber Inspirationals!
Drea DT Host Inspirational #134

Karenladd said...

Wow Janis!! This card is amazing in every way! Love that pastel color combo and the combination of the sweet paper pieced bird, the embossed balloon strings and those buttons make for a fabulous card design. Love how the white space showcases that cute main image!

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Lis!! Glad you like the animal photos. I love it when people forward animal emails to me. Some are too good not to share with others!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Vickie!! I am just crazy over those colors from IBS. I like how the heart buttons worked for the balloons. They remind me of the animal balloons I would always beg my mom to buy me at the State Fair in Oregon when I was a kid! :)

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Drea! I appreciate your sweet comment so much!! The balloons were really fun to do.

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Karen. You are so encouraging!!! The birdie isn't actually pieced. It is just stamped and heat embossed and then watercolored with Gelatos, Metallic Melon and Tangerine blended together. IRL you can see the shimmer from the Metallic Melon, but it didn't photograph well so I didn't even mention it in my post. Thanks for mentioning the white space. I really like how all that white around the image looked, too!

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Janis

Greta said...

I totally love your card! Wonderful use of the buttons & your hand drawn strings are perfect!

Janis said...

Oh, Greta.....
Thank you for your kind words....esp about my balloon strings!!! Ha.
I really appreciate your visit!!

<3
Janis

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is so gorgeous, Thank you for playing along with us at We Do Doobadoo, Good Luck.
Kevin xx

Linda T said...

What a beautiful card. Love you're color choices and the white embossing on the bird. Love the heat buttons for the balloons. Lovely work.

Mynn xx said...

Absolutely darling! LOVE those fun heart buttons--perfect for balloons! Thanks for joining us at Inspired By Stamping! :) HUGS! Mynn xx

Karenladd said...

Oh yes, now that I took a second look I can see the heat embossing! The white embossing made it look like shiny patterned paper that you paper pieced. Either way, this is so pretty!

Janis said...

Kevin, I appreciate your visit and your encouraging comment!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks, Linda!! I just can't get enough of that color palette! Thanks for leaving your nice comment!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Mynn!!! I love hearts and thought those would be sweet as balloons, too!

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Janis

Christine said...

Love the button balloon idea. So cute. I agree - I'm always so nervous about any free-hand on my own cards and always admire others for it. It looks great with the silver here. Thanks so much for sharing with us on MFP's Sketch with a Twist.

SHartl said...

This is so cute and I love your hand drawn balloon strings with those little heart buttons. I believe I have some heart buttons sitting around here someplace and will have to try this myself!

Janis said...

Thank you, Christine. I'm glad to know it's not just me with fears of doing free-hand drawing!! Ha.

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks, Shannon!!! I need to use those sweet heart buttons more often. The package came with several different colors...fun!

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Janis

Sue D said...

So cute. Love the little birdie and the colors. Your balloon strings look great!

Janis said...

Oh, thanks for your encouraging words on the balloon strings!! This little birdie is one of my faves, too!

<3
Janis

Shan said...

Your card is absolutely darling! Love the adorable little bird and papers you used. Thank you for joining us at Inspired by Stamping. I hope you have a wonderful week. Hugs, Shan

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Shan. I love this little birdie image!!! And working with your IBS palette has been delightful!!!

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Janis

Jo Herbert said...

Just a gorgeous card. You have used the colour pallet well. Thanks for joining us at Inspired By Stamping. Jo (IBS DT)

Janis said...

Thank you, Jo!!! I really appreciate your sweet comment and you taking the time to come visit!!

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Janis

Karenladd said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations on winning the Inspired by Stamping challenge with this super adorable card Janis!! Everything about this project makes my heart sing!!

Janis said...

Karen, where did you see this? I didn't see it announced!!!

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Janis

Donna Nuce said...

Very sweet card! Love your little birdie and the cute button balloons. Thanks for joining us at Inspired by Stamping.

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Donna!! I appreciate your visit so much!!!

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Janis