The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Happy Bird in Neutrals

I have been so inspired by the recent Moxie Fab World Color Inspiration for Card Makers challenges! This happy bird card is the result of my latest try at this series of six Moxie Fab World challenges. I created it for the Neutrals Challenge, which featured these pretty colors: I interpreted them as vanilla, kraft, and baja breeze.

I was also inspired by the beautiful jewelry sold in the Modern Bird Etsy shop, featured in this week's EtsyInspired Challenge #122. This sweet silver bird necklace reminded me of the bird stamp I used, a $1-bin rubber stamp that I picked up at Michael's last spring.
The City Crafter Challenge for week #40 is handmade flowers. Several months ago I read a wonderful tutorial on turning Prima basic five-petal paper flowers into much more impressive tea roses. I dug up that tutorial and within minutes was making my very own paper roses to use on this card. Aren't they sweet?
Other challenges I incorporated into this card:
I really enjoyed punching up the Moxie Fab neutrals for this card. It was fun combining the casual (the distressed-look kraft DP and the hemp twine) with some fancy touches (intricate border punches, rhinestone-studded tail feathers, finely detailed roses). Thanks for joining me for my little slice of bliss today!!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Craft Smart (distributed by Michael's)
Paper: SU baja breeze CS, The Paper Company vanilla CS,
MFP cream CS, MFP chip board CS, BasicGrey Basic Kraft DP
Ink: SU baja breeze
Accessories: CM corner rounder punch, MS modern garland corner and edge punches, scissors, basic Prima flowers, foam tape, hemp twine, TE Tiny Twinkles
Techniques: handmade flowers, paper piecing

22 comments:

Glenda said...

Absolutely fantastic! Great bird, flowers and I love the punches!

Benzi said...

Ooh, Emily..some of my favorties-birds, flowers, polka dots. I love this card and the flower is awesome. I have to check out that tutorial..thanks for leaving it with us. The bling on the feathers is darling.
Since you've mentioned my Stampin B card for tommorrow, let me tell you it was fun. I can't wait to see yours, either. We'll be back to the Fair tomorrow. LOL

Kristi S. said...

This is so pretty Emily!I just made a card using kraft stock and i think it's becoming my new favorite neutral!

hugs,
Kristi

Marisa said...

So cute, Emily! You are pushing me into wanting the corner punch for this set. Looks fabulous as a frame around the focal image and then again across the bottom. Great use of the challenge too. Fabulous card :)

Anita said...

Wow, this is beautiful Emily. I love the colors and that bird image is so pretty. I really like the punch you used and your flowers look amazing too.

Bonnie said...

I love the neutral colors, the bird and especially the beautiful roses! Thanks for linking the tutorial.

Meg said...

Great card! I love the punch around the page you used!

Joanne (jojot) said...

this is a 'tweet' one...love the rounded corners, the colors, the border,...LOVE it all

Emily Branch said...

Love those color challenges over at Paper Crafts!! This card is SUPERB!! Lovely stamped birdie and those lovely border punches are a perfect touch! Thanks for playing with us at EIC this week!

Ros said...

Beautiful card and fabulous flowers ... thank you so much for playing along with us at CCCB

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Very cute, lovely colors and awesome handmade flowers, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

Ruby said...

So pretty! I love the kraft, I really should work with that more, it looks great! Thanks for joining in the fun with us over at EIC!

Angi @ CokiePop said...

The design is beautiful. Love those flowers. Thanks for playing with us at Etsy Inspired. :)

Kristy Smith said...

I love love love this little bird! Great job Emily! The colors and the border punch are just superb! =)

Rica said...

Beautiful card Emily, fabulous colour combo and your punched frame is stunning. I love the little bird and lovely handmade roses.

So glad you could join us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge,
hugs
Heather xx

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Beautiful work with the punch! I love the simple, neutral colors too!

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!!

-Sarah

Colleen Dietrich said...

Seriously beautiful! Love the handmade flowers, the colors, that 'famous' bird (I remember how much he cost, too!). Very well done!

alicaz said...

so pretty! Love your handmade flowers and border punch!
Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week!

Dawn said...

Very cute card. This colour combo is def challenging but you pulled it off beautifully!

Cheryl Nelson said...

So sweet and pretty! love your handmade flowers!
Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

Pam W. said...

Great card. From the sweet little bird to the gorgeous punches - WOW!

Cath said...

Hey Emily! Thanks for entering the Neutrals Challenge in the Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week suite of six challenges in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)