Monday, August 6, 2012

For the Birds

Thanks to a dear friend who loves cards and birds, I'm hopping back into blogging with a series of posts with projects featuring birds  (see here).   OK, I love birds, too, which is why I just had to get the new stamp set, For the Birds, as one of my first purchases from the new 2012-2013 Annual Catalog.  A great all-purpose set with sweet bird images and coordinating sentiments for a variety of occasions.

RANDOM HEALTH TIP:  Coloring with markers may reduce blood pressure!  I brought some Stampin' Write Markers and stamped images to my last Dr. appointment and colored while I was waiting, and both my blood pressure numbers were about 10 points lower than usual.

I made a dozen of these for a swap, so I experimented with different ways of coloring the flowers, and with different combinations of embellishments and piercing.  I forgot to take a picture of one without any self-adhesive rhinestones, but I'm not sure which I liked best.  How about you?

Stamp set:  For the Birds   
Ink:  Basic Gray 
Cardstock:  Whisper White, So Saffron, Certainly Celery
Tools: Festival Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat,  2 1/2" circle punch,  Delicate Designs embossing folder, Window Frames Framelit
Accessories:  Basic Jewels Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals
Stampin Write Markers:  Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Pink Pirouette, More Mustard, Perfect Plum, Regal Rose


Debbie Martin said...

Love the cards. I will be getting this stamp set tomorrow in the mail. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

Diane - said...

Linda this is adorable. Love the softness of the embossing. So cute.

Anonymous said...

Lovely cards...both of them. The colours are sweet and soft and I love how you used the line of embossing. The first card is my favourite because of the asymmetrical placement of the rhinestones. They really focus the eye on the birds in the bath. --Doris

Linda said...

Thank you for the kind comments! I thought I was going to like the one w/ 4 smaller rhinestones better, but looking at them side-be-side, the asymmetrical one seemed more appealing, but I couldn't put my finger on why. Thanks, Doris! You're right - they draw the eye upward toward the birds, while the second one lets your focus wander round the edge of the circle where there is nothing special to see!