Friday, 19 August 2011

Watch the Birdie! (Inspired by a Blogger!)

I spend hours trawling through other peoples blogs looking at their creations, particularly when I am completely devoid of inspiration. This card is a product of one of those happy hours some time back - I saw something similar and decided to give it a try. 
Unhappily, I didn't save the link to the blog so I cannot share  - so if it was you that inspired me then I thank you. (And your creation was stunningly beautiful and much better than mine!).

I very rarely use distress ink for stamping but thought it was worth a go - and the card I saw had been made using Tim Holtz Artful Flight stamps (which I don't have!)

So the second card from me today is one I made with a birdcage stamp borrowed from my personal craft hire shop otherwise known as Maureen !!!!!!!!!!!
I stamped in Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and then sponged the edges with Spun Sugar before cutting out with a nestie.
The birdie is also stamped with Victorian Velvet (he's an Elusive Images stamp) and I gave him a tiny pearl eye!
The background paper is from the V and A Hanoverian collection and I love the linen texture - they also distress beautifully! I stitched onto pink cardstock and also used some paper from the Madeleine collection by K and Co again distressed and stitched and then used a 'textile' embossing folder on some pink cardstock and swiped the distress ink over the embossing.
Two shades of pink organza ribbon made into a double bow, pearls, roses, hatpins and a PC generated sentiment printed out in an exact a colour match as possible cut out with a nestie finished the front of the card.
The base was done using the same papers and I made a decorated box with the papers and some of the ribbon for the card to sit in.
Challenges -
Glitterfairies - Pink
Shopping Our Stash - Weakest Link (and mine is definitley papers- buy them, can't bear to use them, look at them and stroke 'em!!)
Incy Wincy - 3 embellishments, 2 papers, 1 image
Dream Valley - Distressing
Pollycraft - Distressing
Pink Elephant - Stitching
Cupcake Craftroom - Soft and Sweet
Papertake Weekly - Pearls and Ribbon


Monica said...

Hi Viv,

That shade of pink is one of my fave... and the distressing looks out of this world. Such a LOVELY creation.

xxx Monica

Lee said...

WOW.This is amazing.Love that stamp .Fab colours n layout.xx

Maureen said...

Really lovely - please note - hire charges have gone up!!

coops said...

wow this is beautiful viv.really classy and pretty :D

xx coops xx

Carla aka scrappypug said...

GORGEOUS! Love the colors and the ribbons! I hear ya on the paper...I buy it and then feel guilty for not using my older stuff first! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

Jackie said...

What a gorgeous card, so pretty in pink :o)
Jackie xx

Elli p.´s Stempelvitrine said...

A wonderful romantic card !
Have a nice weekend, Sabine

melsanford said...

Beautiful card! Love the distressed edges :-) Thankyou for joining us at Dream Valley! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

Sheena said...

I love the distressing you've done on this card - it's great! Thanks for joining us at Pollycraft this week, Sheena xx

georgina said...

This is wonderful Viv, love the whole thing, luv Georginax

Jules said...

This is fabulous Viv.

Love the colours and all the gorgeous details.

Loe Jules xx

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Gorgeous card!! Love all the shades of pink and the lovely bird cage image. Thanks for playing along with The Pink Elephant.

Anne said...

Perfect in pink, what a gorgeous card Viv. Of course you need to borrow from Maureen, you only have a few stamps of your own... :p)


Sharon Caudle said...

Beautiful card!! I love everything about it!! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us over at Papertake Weekly and hope you join us again soon!
hugs, Sharon

Shar said...

Very pretty!

Theresa said...

Beautiful!! I just love bird cages. Your did a wonderful job on this card. Thanks for joining us at The Cupcake Craftroom.

MrsK said...

This is one gorgeous card i love it! Thanks for joining us at The Cupcake Craftroom this month! Hope to see you again soon! Hugz Sal x

Teresa Arsenault said...

Viv, YOUR card is stunningly beautiful. Wow! I have to say it again - WOW. That was backwards. ;)

I was just admiring your lovely card on Anne's Cards 4U and decided to pop over for a visit. Your blog is so lovely. I am a new follower.

I hope you will visit my blog, Tickell Expressions. I am planning an exciting contest and giveaway soon - this Monday in fact. I hope you will take part.


June Nelson said...

bloomin heck Vivvy this is amazing I bet you got your inspiration from me..........not lol. anyway send some over to me cos I dont arf need some. Take care my pal beautiful beautiful xxxx