Friday 12 August 2011

Botanical Gazette bird

I'm not doing too well at taking a break at all am I?! It's just that I saw the challenge over at Make My Monday and it's to make a card using bugs or birds... well, bugs I'm happy to ignore but I really do have a thing about birds! I've been stroking my Botanical Gazette designer papers for a while - I still have loads left! - and one of them has the most gorgeous bird design on it that I thought would make a fabulous focal point for a card. Here's what I did with it:

The piece of designer paper with the bird on it has been torn and mounted on a piece of Early Espresso card stock stamped in Whisper White craft ink with my French Foliage stamp set. (What on earth did I use for everything before I had this set?!!)

Here's a close up! To add a little interest to the card I knotted a piece of Marina Mist taffeta ribbon round a clip and slid it over the Early Espresso panel. This is one of the clips from the assortment in this month's free gift by the way. There are three styles and they make brilliant embellishments for all sorts of cards and 3D projects.

Look at that gorgeous bird! I shaded it with a brown watercolour pencil to give it a bit more prominence. This Botanical Gazette designer paper is just beautiful - just look at all the detail in this piece! I was going to add a sentiment on a tag tied onto the clip but I didn't really want to add any more to it - it works fine as a note card.

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: French Foliage
Ink: Whisper White craft ink
Card stock: Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso
Other:Botanical Gazette designer paper, watercolour pencils, clip assortment, Marina Mist 1/8" taffeta ribbon
You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.

I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who sent me get well messages while I had my chest infection with the dalek voice. You'll be glad to know I feel on top of the world now and have my normal voice back. My children are slightly disappointed but for me the novelty wore off quite quickly! And I've regained my ability to empty a room in seconds by singing rousing songs from old musicals - yay!

Thank you for looking here today. See you soon!


  1. Beautiful card Vicky! I love how you've made the bird image on this DS paper the focal point! I too absolutely love the french foliage set. What did we do before this????
    Have a great wekend.
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  2. It all goes together beautifully. I like using the papers as a change from stamping images and he does look as if he deserves to be on a card on his own! x

  3. Really missed your posts while you were away. This is such a lovely natural card. I've seen this DSP and wondered about it. Would be great for masculine type cards.

  4. Vicky this is gorgeous (by the way I was wondering what to do with those little clippy thingies!!!) - this is perfect for our challenge at Make My Monday thanks for joining in again - Jacqueline xx

  5. Terrific card.

    Nearly spluttered my mouthful of coffee everywhere when I read about your room emptying technique! You're hilarious! Glad you're fully recovered.

    Hugs, Sandra

  6. Fabulous card Vicky, I love the design paper and little bird. What a fab idea to use the clip with a piece of ribbon.


  7. Wow Vicky this card is so beautifull i might just to have a go at it as my friends birthday is comming up and she adores birds and of course with your permision
    Shame you dont live a bit closer you could have popped in for a pot of jam enjoy your weekend Luv Sue x

  8. Your work is just so beautiful. I love how you did not overdo it. Just lovely. Thanks for dropping by my blog today!

  9. Wow, this is so lovely, the bird stamp is gorgeous! Love the torn edges, it adds so much interest! Love it!

  10. Lovely card, Vicky! Glad you are not too harsh on yourself with taking a break lol Hugs Janna

  11. Love this card Vicky! Is the tape measure printed on the DSP? I do wish SU would show the full pages in the catty :(

  12. Hi Vicky
    Stunning the Bird....Delish....glad you are better....
    hugs sylvie

  13. Simple and elegant, a beautiful card. Thanks once again Vicky for your continued support at Make My Monday. Caz

  14. Hi Vicky, Gorgeous card, love that pretty bird too:0) Glad you're feeling better now, Gay xxx

  15. Hi Vicky, I love this delightful card. lovely to see you at the Make My Monday challenge.
    Sorry to hear you've not been well but pleased to hear you're on the mend!
    Suzi B x

  16. Love what you've done with this, the clip is a great idea.

  17. Vicky, I love this bird, he/she looks so realistic, and the metal clip is a super touch.

    Enjoy singing now your voice is back!!!!


  18. Your quite right to stroke these lovely papers, i love that vintage article look :)
    The clip is a great feature too. Glad your voice and health are back to normal now.
    Jenny x

  19. Lovely card Vicky. Glad you're feeling better and are back to posting (even if you are supposed to be having a break) we missed you!!
    M x

  20. What an absolutely beautiful card! Love the little clip detail - so effective!

  21. That really is a gorgeous bird Vicky and can see why you've been admiring it. Lovely card and the knotted ribbon is the perfect finishing touch.
    Thanks for joining in with Make My Monday birds or bugs challenge and wishing you good luck.
    Fliss x

  22. Hi Vicky, hope you are well, I haven't been blog surfing in a while but did tonight via Andy's blog, wow! you do some lovely cards and projects hope you and your family have a great summer x

  23. wow! Vicky, love this card. Hope you don't mind if I CASE it.
    Kelly xx


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