Friday, March 19, 2010

A Bird in the Hand

Daring Cardmakers Day today and it's Vanessa who's set this tweet little dare.
 ".... I really love this time of year because the nights are rapidly getting shorter and the days longer. Spring is in the air, the birds are chirping and tweeting early in the mornings and I'm starting to think about mowing that lawn again!
Your challenge this week is :
Tweetie Pie
Please use a bird or birds on your card and thats it, any kind you like.
As always, we'd love to see what you make, so please leave a link on the DCM BLOG so we can admire your creations."
 It's seems like ages since I've had a chance to play with the fab Funky Hand "Dreams Come True" CD, so knowing there was a really cute little birdie digi stamp on there I thought I'd take the chance to put that right.

I was tempted for a minute to use the cute owl that's also one of the "stamps", but then my eye caught the watering can design....and the two sets of lollipop flowers and together with the long-legged birdie a plan was hatched ("oh no, not another pun", I hear you sigh).

The papers are printed using Funky Hand's "Dreams Come True" CD.  A spotty one for the birdie and a gorgeous striped design for the watering can and the awning - a Martha Stewart border punch was used for the scalloped edge.
I converted the birdie and watering can from the original digi images to templates for Robo cutting and gave each some dimension by cutting in layers of card as well as paper.  For the upper layer of the bird I made the template so it would cut around the wing , so that that the wing could then fold upwards a little.
For  Ms Birdie's legs I've used very narrow B&W braid
I used both sets of lollipop flowers, resized, "glued" together and repeated before printing them out.  I like the way the flowers are decorative enough not to need colouring in - especially as my skills in that department are laughable! I did feel they needed a bit of colour to tie the whole thing together so I added a few tiny buttons to their centres.  I've used embroidery floss to make tiny bows for some of the flowers, and also knotted some through the button holes
The sentiment was an afterthought - I was going to leave it without a message but the gap at the bottom of the card just looked a bit wrong, so I've used rub-on letters (Maya Road) to add a little "any-time" greeting.

We saw some fabulous cards last week for the Daffodils challenge and I'm absolutely sure that this week will be fab too.  If you've not checked out the DCM BLOG yet, please do go and see all the chirpy little numbers the team have made this week - they are all wonderful!
Now I'm off to stick inserts in and bag up some cards to send off - not my favourite bit of card-making, but once that's done I can do some more interesting stuff.
Catch you later


Lythan said...

those Robo Skillz are amazing Kathy. What a fabulous card. I love the border at the top

Andria said...

WOW - What a totally awe inspiring card. So creative and so colourful and so original, it's totlly gorgeous :).

Paula said...

love it - its so quirky and fun!

Karen said...

Love this Kathy! XXX

Wipso said...

What a cute card Kathy. If only the birds would do the watering eh? :-)
A x

Kaz said...

Fab Kathy, it's lovely and bright and happy xx

Dolly said...

Fabulous! I love the birdies legs, inspired. :)xx

Angelnorth said...

Fun and funky, love his long legs!

Lynda said...

You are such a clever girl with paper and robo - this is a brilliant card Kathy. Lots of fun and just gorgeous at the same time.

Love Lynda xxx

tracy said...

he's very lovely kathy,great colours :)

Janice said...

Great use of the Funky Hand CD. Lovely bright card.

Vanessa said...

I love your robo skills Kathy. :) A really chirpy card - love it. :)

Enfys said...

I really really love what you did with the DCT images on this one Kathy. Fab.
En xx

Caroline said...

Fab card Kathy...x

Allison said...

its fab and funky Kathy

oblibby said...

That card is so cute, Mrs Robo-Expert.

Lisa xoxo

Gez said...

Ooooh cute birdie. Your card is fab Kathy..xx