November 11, 2012

GOLDFINCH IN CATTAILS

My mom has a birthday coming up on Saturday, so I wanted to make her a really special birthday card. She loves having birds come to their feeder outside the kitchen window, and talks about them frequently to me.

I have had a stamp set, Every Moment, that is, unfortunately retired now, for awhile, and never used it. One of the images in the set, a bird in cattails, was especially appealing to me. The real reason I purchased the set. So, here was my chance to finally use it and make someone happy.



Since American Goldfinches are bright bright yellow (in the summer), I decided to stamp it in Basic Black onto a retired card stock color, Yoyo Yellow. The perfect yellow for a finch. I added a few finchlike characteristics to him and cut him out. I stamped the image once more on Naturals White card stock and colored in the cattails with Stampin' Write Markers. I then popped the cut-out finch over the stamped one with a few pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals.

I framed the finished piece with one of the Labels Collection Framelits diecut in my Big Shot, then used a larger Framelit to create the Soft Suede mat around it. Adding two antiquey brads to the top and bottom of the mat seemed to anchor the image. Stampin' Up!'s new Woodgrain Embossing Folder used with Always Artichoke card stock seemed to be the perfect background for this natural scene. A bow created from Always Artichoke Seam Binding Ribbon added the needed feminine touch.

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Smiles.

14 comments:

  1. What a precious card, I love the textured paper in the background. Thanks so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.
    Steph
    swtboutique.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw, thanks, Stephanie, for your nice words. And thank you for letting me link up! :>)

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  2. So pretty, I love the background! It looks like it could be a picture as well! Thank you for linking it up to the Saturday SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!
    http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/search/label/craftshowcase

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    1. Thank you, Marti, for your nice comment and for letting me link up with you! :>)

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  3. I love your card. I love goldfinches too, such a pretty bird.

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    1. Thanks, Christina! I love them too -- they are SOOOO yellow and cheery! :>)

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  4. Oh what a sweet tweet card!! your mother (Happy Birthday!!), will LOVE it! Beautiful job!
    Blessings,
    Doni

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    1. A sweet tweet card -- I love it! Thanks! And, just to report, my mom did love it! Thank you, Doni! :>)

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  5. Pretty! I love the wood grain look :)

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    1. Thanks, Paula. I just got the woodgrain embossing folder, and LOVE IT! I think you will be seeing it a lot on my cards in the future. I'm planning on using it on one of my Christmas cards for sure. :>)

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  6. This is such a lovely card. I love how it turned out. Visiting from DearCreatives.com

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    1. Thank you, Theresa! I am pleased with how it turned out also. And thanks for visiting!! :>)

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  7. I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week! http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/clever-chicks-blog-hop-8-and-rural.html

    I hope to see you there!
    Cheers!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

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    1. Thanks, Kathy, for the invite. I will be linking up as soon as I figure out how to link back to your blog. I am missing out on lots of good opportunities until I figure that out. :>(

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