Wednesday, 6 January 2016

I can't stand it! I gotta have a bird!

I realised today I had missed a colleague’s birthday at the end of last year so had to whip up a quick card; cue the Crazy Birds from Tim Holtz.

To make up my card I went looking for a sketch and liked the one from Always Playing with Paper but wasn’t really sure what to do with it that would look good but also be done quickly.  Then I saw the challenge over at Cards und More was to do a one layer card, which got the creativity flowing and I thought about adding the elements with various different techniques.  Throw in the Incy Wincy Designs’ challenge theme of white with a splash of colour and it then became about texture and interest without the colour.

Unfortunately I didn’t have time to go back and redo things to ensure perfection but this year I have challenged myself be happy with imperfection.  So we won’t mention the imperfect bits but instead focus on the techniques.  The rectangle element is Tim's Nordic stamp in white embossing powder that is meant to have a hint of blue.  The circular element was created from a stencil and clear gel medium.  The rest was layered stamping with my bird and the present taking the place of the stars in the sketch.  They were also the splash of colour.

All in all I am quite pleased with how this turned especially given the very limited time it took to produce.  Loving the Crazy Birds for male cards and already loving the way my creativity is being challenged at the start of this year.

Chalks & Powders etc
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Memory Box Texture Stencil ~ 88505 Shine
Inks & Paints etc
Ranger ~ Archival Black & Emboss it Clear
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz ~ CMS212 Bird Crazy, CMS237 Crazy Things, CMS243 Nordic and Plaid & THJ009 Saying Stuff
Cards und More #149 ~ One-layer card

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I think you have done a fantastic job with all three challenges and I can't believe you made a one layer card work with the sketch! It is fabulous! Those birds are so much fun. Thank you for joining us at the challenge.

  2. EEEkkkk Super cute, so glad you joined us at The Challenge! I have a giveaway on my blog here, feel free to stop by for a chance to win!

  3. So cute! That bird cracks me up; his expression is priceless! Love the embossing and the stenciling. What a wonderful card!! Great take on this sketch, too! Bev

  4. Fab card Emily! Love the textured elements which give interest and the bright bird is definitely a "Splash of Colour"!. Thanks for playing along at Incy Wincy Designs this time.
    Helen x (DT)

  5. These birds are so cute and I love your CAS card. Thank you for playing along with The Challenge.

  6. Super cute card. Love those birds, haven't gotten them yet myself. Thanks for playing The Challenge!

  7. Absolutely adorable birthday card! Thanks for joining us at The Challenge!

  8. So cute ! Thanks for joining us at Cards und More !


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