Sunday, 1 May 2016

Art is an abstraction

I’m sharing a fun card I made using Tim Holtz’s Bird Crazy and Crazy Things stamps.

My card design follows the current sketch over at CAS Colours & Sketches with my two circular (sort of) elements being my bird and my scribble.  I’ve cut the scribble out of designer paper scraps, which I’ve also used to cut the glasses to fit with the challenge theme at Less is More.

Edna is looking for quilting or paper piecing at the Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers so I’ve gone to town on the layers on birdie.  For something different I’ve coloured him with watercolour pencils and softened the look by stamping in Ground Espresso rather than a black ink.  I added in the glasses (which sadly didn’t fit on the birdie I chose) as the friend this is going out to wears them.  The somewhat snarky sentiment is a nod to the fact he is a few years older than me although, truth be told, I’ve forgotten what age he actually is.  He is an art teacher though so the artistic theme fits nicely.  I was going to go with an ink splat but have no idea where those dies went I even managed to lose the packet from the dies I used while making up my card, perhaps abstraction isn’t just in my card theme!

Derwent Watercolour Pencils
Head, Hair & Wings 45 Mineral Green & 47 Grass Green
Beak & Feet 6 Deep Cadmium & 10 Orange Chrome
Body 32 Spectrum Blue & 35 Prussian Blue
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Thinlits Dies ~ 660954 Bird Crazy, 660953 Crazy Things & 660980 Festive Scribbles
Rub-ons from stash
Inks & Paints etc
Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink ~ Ground Espresso
Kaisercraft Kaleidoscope Collection ~ Scrap
Prima Craftsman ~ Scrap
Tim Holtz Idea-ology ~ Frost Film
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection ~ CMS212 Bird Crazy & CMS237 Crazy Things
Less is More ~ Designer paper in a CAS style
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Fun card - love the painting of numbers...perfect for the sentiment; clever! Thanks for playing along with us at CC&S!

  2. Oh, fantastic! I love the design and the clever use of DP for the scribble. This is a really fun, upbeat card - love it! Great LIM entry :)

  3. Great and fun card ! Love your design !

  4. Fabulous card, love that bird and the great use of the paper piecing. Thanks for playing along with the "quilt" challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.

  5. This is super fun Emily. I had to look twice, but I did spot the designer paper before reading what you had written. Lovely colouring on your crazy bird - but that sentiment is just fantastic!
    Thank you so much for sharing this with.
    Sharon xx
    "Less is More"

  6. Super fun card, love your bird and the sentiment. Thanks for playing along with the "quilt" challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.

  7. I'm glad that I am not the only one that loses things while crafting! Your Crazy Bird and paper piecing look great Thanks for joining the "Q is for Quilts" challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

  8. I sometimes think losing crafty items is a signal that it's time to clean up a bit; luckily I can usually ignore that signal. Love your bird with his glasses and paint brush! The sentiment is perfect. Thanks for joining the fun at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

  9. I love your card, that bird looks brilliant and your sentiment made me laugh out loud! Thanks so much for joining us at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, Jo x

  10. Crazy bird is a fun image and I like the way you created the scribble. Ingenious interpretation of the sketch.Thanks for playing along at CC&S
    Louise xx

  11. What a fun sentiment and, as ever, I love those crazy birds!
    Thanks so much for joining us
    "Less is More"

  12. What a fun card and I love the sentiment!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  13. This is a really fun use of the sketch at CAS Colours & Sketches. The sentiment is awesome by the way. Thanks for joining us this week, hope to see you again soon. Liz x

  14. Love your take on that sketch (it scared me! LOL!) Your paper pieced crazy bird rocks, as does the sentiment! Thanks for joining us at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

  15. Fantastic card, great take on the sketch as well! Gotta love those crazy birds!! Thanks for joining the sisterhood of snarky stampers for Q is for Quilts!!



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