Friday, July 31, 2015

Bird-Chirping Weather FWF - 7-31

Oh, such a very naughty kitty-cat!!!

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Hi, Friends.....

I am here with my Unity - Friends with Flair project for the week.  I used a super-fun Unity grab bag stamp:  "My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather."  Sweet!  I have had this card partially made for months, but didn't know exactly how I wanted to use the elements.  So today I finally made the plunge and went shabby chic.  I even was able to use a large scrap of pastel pink cardstock for the big background piece!  Yay!!

My bird on the branch is the Sizzix Bigz Bird Branch die by Tim Holtz.  I die cut some Core'dinations heavy duty white cardstock for a good sturdy base without having to layer it.  Then I Versamarked and heat embossed the daylights out of it with layers and layers of powders of many colors, including verdigris, gold, maroon, and copper. I achieved a wonderful texture and blistery effect for the rough branch by overheating some embossing enamel on it.  When I had trouble getting my powders and such to stay put, I used glue.  I simulated the coloration of the robin by strategically adding the powders in the right spots.

My pink background is a complex mix of little pattern stamping, heat embossing, sponging, and splattering with water.  Distress ink in Worn Lipstick is the most predominant feature.  Love how it looks like a sunrise behind my bird.  A big single-knot in some thrift store frayed satin blanket binding for the bow and a strip behind the focal panel in the same color ties everything  together.  

I hope you have enjoyed my card.  I love how it turned out!!!
Thank you so much for your visit and for the lovely comments you leave.  Have a wonderful weekend!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Unity - Friends with Flair Link-Up
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
3. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Not Ordinary Paper (I used an extra heavy weight cardstock for my die cut. I hope that is out of the ordinary enough!)
4. Simon Says Stamp Work-It Wednesday - Use Die-Cuts
5. DRS Challenge #185 - Cause a Scene
6. Stamp and Create - July Challenge - Patterns

(I stamped my little patterned stamps in a checkerboard square arrangement on the focal panel.)
7. Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #226 - The Great Outdoors


Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Wow! This turned out beautifully! Kudos to you for waiting out your partially-created card until it was just right! I have several partially-created stuff in my stash, so I appreciate how you were able to finish it off in such a stunning way. The way you did the bird and the branch with that gorgeous texture made my jaw drop! I really adore the blistering effect and can picture it being used on so many applications! So thank you for the inspiration and for sharing one heck of a cool card with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

vinita jain said...

Hello Janis! Hope u are enjoying your weekend!
Your card is very beautiful. I love this embossed Robin with lots of pink and love this beautiful design!
Today I showcased a card at my site using your Butterflies die cut:) So glad to be used in my creation! Kindly visit my blog!

Karenladd said...

WOW!!! I am just so impressed by everything about this beautiful card. That die cut bird on a branch (I may have to ask for this die for Christmas!) is already lovely but your embossing and layering of powders (hee hee...even pulling glue into the mix) gives amazing texture and color! The background, while full of color, lets that bird and branch shine! I also love the contrast between the rough textured branch and the satiny ribbon bow. This is glorious in every meaning of the word!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

The texture is awesome! Totally love the sentiment, also.

Stampsnob. said...

Love it Color is perfect all around.........Lis

Daniella said...

This is so beautiful Janis!! I love the effect you got on the branch and the bird! Totally awesome!
Congratulations on 100+ followers!!

Lagene said...

AWESOME card! I love the effect all the different powders made on the heat embossed branch & bird!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Beautiful card!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Wow, Janis, this is fabulous!!! My favorite! At first glance I really thought you used a real branch. Great job! And I love birdies, so I was hooked at first sight. (And that IS a very naughty kitty at top!). lol

Sue D said...

Beautiful colors and textures and love this sentiment.

JPScraps said...

Beautiful! LOVE the embossing!

Dawn Fields said...

Pretty card!

CA Scrapper said...

So beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Die Cuttin' Divas this week.


FiestyCrafter (Tina) said...

Quite stunning! All that embossing paid off with an amazing results. Be proud :o)

Miwa said...

Gorgeous! Love the details!

Janett Ray said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for joining the DRS designs challenge.

ionabunny said...

Hi Janis, love the branch. Must try. Great card. Hugz

Mandy said...

Janis this is another gorgeous card! I love the textures and colours, they are so striking.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp wednesday Challenge
Mandy xx

nwilliams6 said...

Janis, love your pretty card. That bg is soooo awesome - makes me want to go create something right now. Thanks for sharing it with us in the DRS Designs Challenge!!! Hugz