Sunday, June 6, 2010

Birds is the Wird

Fresh from the GASC in Arlington, I came home with my arms full of new goodies and some extra time to play!!  Mr. Holtz was there hanging with the ladies and dazzling us with his fine talent and cool toys!!  I ended up getting his bird cage die and impression folders.

The card I made with the bird cage die was really fun. The cage die cut is large and it comes with it's bird so it easily fills up most of the front of the card for fast and easy designing!

The die cut through 4 pieces of brown CS like buttah. I layered 4 of the cages with fun foam (you know that crafty foam you can get at Mike's that is sticky on one side only, really thin?  That stuff is great for multi-layering!!) and placed it on the center of a piece of DP from Webster's Lullaby collection (Yummm!!).  I ran the die through again with more Lullaby DP to cut out a bird.  I sponged the edges of the bird pieces then slipped him through the bars of the bird cage, similar to the example on the die packaging.

Then the really fun part!!  Returning to my current obsession with peel-offs, I dressed up the cage and added a faux chain with those fabulous stickers!  Don't know if you can see the chain winding from the top of the cage down the side, but it's there and looks really cool!!

Dressed up the peel-offs with some half back pears and called it a card!! 

This card is for a couple of challenges this week, the IC (Layla Grace) and Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Color Challenge # 14 -- a monocromatic card, any color.  From the Layla Grace website, I chose this Oilo Nursery Bedding display  as my inspiration.

I used some Bazzil monochromatic greens and more of the Lullaby Lane DP that I got from the GASC this weekend. Stamped the bird cage and gnarly branches in the background from the "Birds at Home" set by Clear Art Stamps (another grab from the GASC).

Added YET ANOTHER peel-off, this time a white, lacy peel-off border, to finish off the edge across the top of the DP.  (And yes, there are more cards to come using peel-offs so get over it!!  LOL!! )

OK, just one more bird card!

This is for the Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS this weekend.   Congrats to this week's Featured Stamper "NikkiSchmaltz" whose amazing gallery is well worth the time to browse!I I chose this gorgeous "Vere Penny Lane" card of hers to CASE because I was running out of time this morning!! Otherwise, I would have kept on oohing and ahhing all day through her work!!

Used similar ribbon treatment, kept the color scheme and layout but switched out the materials for what I had in my own stash -- including more of the Lullaby Lane DP!. Changes include using a label shape instead of oval for the main image, adding a prima flower, and using a different scallop punch for trim at the bottom.

TFL, I'm so glad you stopped by!


Glenda said...

I love your cards so many things to look at. I must say I like your peel offs! Thanks for playing along with us and the Just For Fun Stamps Color Challenge!

Robin Kirkpatrick said...

Wow, Anne, these are all great cards. So many wonderful little details on each of them. Of course, I'm partial to the bird theme...;-)

Marilyn (mlj-mlj) said...

Oh my gosh...Tim Holtz in person; I am totally green with envy. And green with envy over your gorgeous card too. Nothing less than amazing, Anne! Love it!

Julia Aston said...

Sounds like you had a great time at the show with Mr. Tim!!! love this bird cage - can you e-mail me Anne about whether you can use this big dies on a cuttlebug??? or do you need to have the Big Kutz or whatever it's called?!?!?!?!

LOVE all your pretty birdie cards - super papers and designs!!

hugs to you GF!!!

Beverly said...

WOW! I'm SO jealous! When I grow up I want to be YOU! ha! I love that idea to use the craft foam... and what an extraordinary card! I sure do hope you frame it! It deserves to be on the wall.... Love all of the birdie cards. Fantastic!

JulieA said...

Wow Anne, those are both so super gorgeous! I can't decide which one I like better! Your new die is wonderful and makes a gorgeous birdcage. Your detail is divine!

Sherry Cheever said...

Gorgeous work! Thanks for playing along with JFF!

Joan Ervin said...

OMG, Anne....I love all your new goodies!!!! Your cards are all sooo the shabby chic look!!! I miss not seeing you this summer!! I didn't get to go to the show this DH went fishing...the nerve!!! Holly went on Thursday and brought me home some stamps...Whoohoo!!!

Tina said...

Your card with the bird cage die is amazing! I love it! I came across your blog from another blog I frequent. You can be sure I will be adding you to my reader! Actually, I think I already know you. I used to own Imprints in Fort Worth. Glad I found you! Tina

Sarah said...

OMW- your cards- and you blog- are so beautiful! I am so glad I stumbled over here ;-) I have a feeling I'll be visiting often. You do amazing work!