Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Blue Bird

Hi all,
well I am back again, after the excitment of actually winning Makeesha Byl's first challenge of the year (see my last post). I was doubly pleased in retrospect when I realised it had been a colour challenge, and those are usually the ones I struggle with the most. This week however Makeesha set an inspiration challenge. Here's her pic.

What I found immediately striking was both the clean, whiteness of the image and the branches. It also made me think blue, I think because that clear bright light streaming in - to me meant there just had to be a blue sky outside. Ok here's what I ended up with.

I really wanted to stick to basic palette of Chocolate Chip, White and the blue I settled on was Brocade Blue. I admit I have rarely used it which is a pity as I do like it very much. The perfect stamp set arrived the day of the challenge - so I got to play with new "rubber" too - always fun! First I inked up the stamp in Versamark, then in Chocolate Chip, after stamping I very quickly added clear embossing powder so I could emboss it. Which you can't see in the photos unfortunately. I trimmed out the image then mounted it (on dimensionals) on a layer of Whisper White, then layered that on Chocolate Chip. That panel was again raised up on dimensionals. This was mounted on the base which was Chocolate Chip, with a dry embossed branch pattern. The cuttlebug folder was too small to do the whole panel, so I did one half then the other and covered the meeting point with some Brocade Blue ribbon. I added a little Brocade Blue bird to the trees and a sentiment tag embellished with a lovely big blue button, threaded with some linen twine. The inside was finished off with another tree and some more birds. It makes I think a nice birthday card, most likely for a man.

Thanks for visiting,


Recipe: All SU unless noted otherwise
Stamps: Through the Trees (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Brocade Blue
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue, Veramark
Accessories: Brocade Blue wide grosgrain ribbon, Linen twine, Enchanted Evening button Papertrey Inc), Cuttlebug folder Forest Branches, dimensionals, double sided tape, SNAIL adhesive


  1. Absolutely GORGEOUS Kim. Love it.

    xx Sarah

  2. A very beautiful card - great work.

  3. Love this card Kim. That stamp set is great, and you've captured the feeling of the inspiration image perfectly.


  4. Fabulous Kim! So artisitic and creative. Love your layout and that gorgeous button!

  5. Great card - nice clean lines, and I love that new stamp set!

  6. WOW! Kim your card is just stunning! I love it.

  7. Wow, Kim, perfect interpretation of the inspiration piece!!! Your card is gorgeous. :)



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