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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bluebird of Happiness


It's still frosty cold outside, which makes me completely happy.  It'll start warming up here in the North Texas area by the end of the week, but I'm enjoying every minute of nights in the 30's for now.  The consistently cold weather won't begin until some time in December.  Some years it's hot here for Thanksgiving, some years it's rainy and cold.  I'm hoping for rainy and cold.  :)

Today's card looks summery, but look closely at his little branch and the berries - what you can see (that's not covered by my bow) has snow on it.  

This stamp is Snow Bird from Stampendous and he was ever so fun to color, probably because he's just plain CUTE, all fluffed up like that.  Had to color him blue - he just LOOKED like he should be blue.  The paper is all SU - Bashful Blue for the base and bottom layer (which I embossed with, once again, the Snow Burst ef), then Whisper White and Real Red.   I colored the little guy with Copics.

I punched the flower out of white CS using SB Poinsettia die and colored it with two colors of Creative Inspirations inks - Garnet and Rustic Red, two alternating coats of each.  I used a glitter pen for the subtle veins.  The pine branches are from a MS punch using green from my stash.  A pearl, which I colored with a yellow Copic, finishes the center of the flower.

I dyed my own seam binding using TH Distress Stain in Broken China.  I absolutely LOVE dying my own seam binding - it's the only way to get custom colors, plus it's FUN.  The little greeting is from the SU Tiny Tags stamp set punched with the Jewelry Tag punch, with a plain red one behind it.  I like the bit of color a second tag gives.  They're tied to the bow with some blue baker's twine.

This stick pin is my latest passion.  I can't begin to tell you how much fun I have making these and am waiting on another order of supplies so I can start making even longer ones - big, seriously glammy stick (or hat) pins.  Since I sort of tend to like the over-the-top look anyway, these will be right up my alley when embellishing my cards.

If you look closely (and/or enlarge the picture), you can see the little snowflake punched edge on the center panel which I've painted with a couple more colors of CI paints.  And there's also a small, white picket fence behind the center panel as well.  This card follows this week's MOJO Monday sketch.

So that is today's little Bluebird of Happiness.  Somedays a girl's just gotta have a dose of cute.  Have a lovely day, and I hope you find the time to craft, even if only for a bit.

Happy crafting!

Challenges entered:

ALOTA Rubber Stamps #94 - Blue and White
TSG181 - Let It Snow
Tuesday Throwdown #124 - Thankful for You
Delightful Challenges - Let It Delightfully Snow!
Charisma Cardz Challenge #44 - Feeling Blue
Crafty Ribbons Challenge #32 - Nursery Rhymes ("The Bluebird's Garden")
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #75 - Pearls and Flowers 
MFP Simple Salutations #18 - Winter Bird
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #133 - Add a Fence
Pile It On #46 - Let's Be Thankful 


Debbie D (Padster) said...

Beautiful card and such a cute chubby bird - thanks for sharing with us at Fussy and Fancy Friday
Debbie x

Laine said...

Such a beautiful card Shea. I absolutely love it. Wonderful colouring and fabulous colour tones. Such yummy details. Loving the pin. Thank you for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.

Pat Garvin said...

Gorgeous pin. THanks for joining Speedy Fox and Friends.

Mum of 4 said...

Absolutely gawwwwjus card, Shea!!! That little bird is so cute and you colored him/her exceptionally well!! Love the decorated pin too!!!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Your BlueBird is definitely a Happy Bird. Wonderful coloring. Especially like the ribbon. Thanks for entering Mark's Finest Papers Simple Salutations Winter Bird challenge.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
MFP SS Hostess

Cat's sCrap said...

Magnificent card. Fantastic work of colours on your bird. Beautiful embossing. Congratulations !

Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.

Hugs from France.

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Angie said...

Beautiful card!!! I love the fern branches tucked behind your Poinsettia! Love the EF! I love your stick pin! You are making them yourself? So pretty!!!

Angie said...

LOL!!! I have written you 2 comments and I keep forgetting to say: THANKS for playing along with us at Speedy Fox & Friends!!!!!

butterfly said...

Absolutely delightful! I love your fluffy little bird, and your colouring is lovely. Great background too... thanks so much for joining us at Fussy and Fancy!
Alison x

cotnob said...

This is such a pretty card Shea, I love your beautifully coloured image and embossed background. I always die my seam binding or colour it with ProMarkers as well.

Kimie said...

Now this is more like you! :) That is the cutest little bird I have ever seen and I love the hat/stick pin. Great job on the card and the pin. I may need to try my hand at those. That is something MM would love to do with me. :) MWAH!

Elizabeth Hart said...

Gorgeous card! You attention to all the details is just phenomenal including the custom coloring of the seam binding. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Pile it On Challenge.

Laura said...

I know what you mean about seam binding - hours of fun!!
A beautiful card, thanks for joining in at Crafty Ribbons.

Theresa said...

Lovely Blue Bird and such great embellishments. Thanks for joining us at Speedy Fox and Friends this week....glad you tucked in the fence in the background.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Truly beautiful. Thanks for playing at CR

Kate said...

Beautiful card! Wonderful colors. Thanks for joining us at Speedy Fox & Friends.

Tessa en Anke said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons
hugs Anke

Crafty Kitten said...

What a sweet card - never heard of that rhyme before. Love your stick pin too. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Ribbons this time.
Dawn xx

Deanne Clarke-Saunders said...

Love it! Gorgeous! Thanks for participating in our PILE IT ON challenge!!

cebelica said...

Such a beautiful card! I love the image you used, it's adorable. Thank you for playing with us at Crafty ribbons! Hugs! xx

Larelyn said...

Love the image and the way you've arranged all the elements. Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Throwdown.