Wednesday 15 January 2014

Birdies bearing gifts

I was delighted to see that the challenge at Make My Monday this week is birds. Stampin' Up have lots of gorgeous ones, but I'm show-casing the gorgeous Love You More stamp set this week and there's a fabulous bird in that set. Come and see what I've done with him:

There's something a bit cheeky about this little retro-style bird! He normally wears his heart on his beak but I took that off him and gave him a flower to hold instead - using markers to ink up an image makes it easy to leave parts of the stamp out.

I masked and sponged a 'ground' for him to hop about on, added the sentiment and finished with a candy dot in the centre of the flower.

It occurred to me that you might want to see the original bird: This young lady is dressed in Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo plumage with Daffodil Delight tights and matching beak-stick; she carries this season's must-have accessory in Real Red!

Here's what you'll need to make these cards
Stamps: Love You More, sentiments from Teeny Tiny Wishes and Simply Sketched
Ink: Markers in Pacific Point, Garden Green, Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight
Card stock: Naturals White, Very Vanilla
Other: Candy dots, stamp-a-majig

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The description of the second bird brought back a vivid childhood memory for me of a visit to the Bath and West agricultural show which takes place in Somerset where I grew up. In the 70s, these shows were all livestock and tractors and, to be honest, there wasn't much going on there for a little girl whose passions were drawing and reading. There were stalls selling dog leads and horse blankets as well as the odd novelty stall but amongst all of this I remember discovering a fashion show! For a giddy half hour, I sat wide-eyed in a stuffy tent smelling of manure mesmerised by glamorous ladies floating about in the very latest 70s fashions while a lady with clipped BBC accents described the ensembles over a microphone. What a very long time ago that seems!

I'll be back tomorrow when it'll be Three Minute Thursday here and I'll have some quick cards to show you. Hope to see you then,


  1. Love the cards Vicky and your fashion commentary for the second one made me giggle!

  2. Love the cute bird and the two cards you've made with it. x

  3. Brilliant Vicky.

  4. These are lovely cards Vicky and perfect for our Birds challenge at MMM - I think you have forgotten to add it to the blog though as I can't see it over there - Jacqueline xx

  5. Cute cards. Love the little bird stamp and the colours you have chosen to stamp it in - so sweet x x

  6. Beautiful Vicky-Love this little guy(or gal!)and the flower in the beak is perfect(like your old Blog header!)
    Have a lovely day,Hugs,Nessa xx

  7. Two lovely cards, thanks for sharing with us at Make My Monday this week
    Rosie x
    p.s. I have been visiting but have struggled to leave a comment - good old blogger!


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