Thursday, April 29, 2010

Play Date Cafe Challenge #27

Here is the inspiration showing the colors for this week's Play Date Cafe Challenge.  I love the soft blue and green!


I loved these cute birdhouses, and my brain went right to my Tim Holtz birdcage diecut.  I used a blue paper with subtle ivory dots. 

                  


I wanted it to hang from a branch, so the Hero Arts branch was clear stamped and embossed, then cut out.  The background of the ivory parchment card was first stamped here and there with a script stamp in broken china distress ink, then I layered the branch and the birdcage.  I had these pretty buttons which seemed to fit; they were strung together with twine first, then glued to the bottom of the birdcage. I tried several different printed papers for my bird, a template from my friend Mary Anne, with a punched heart wing, but none of them did the trick until I tried putting this subtle green check through a cuttlebug Victoria folder, then sanding.  I thought it gave just the right texture I needed.  To finish, I added the sentiment, a little twine bow at the top of the cage, and distressed lightly around the edges of the card in broken china.

Supplies: Tim Holtz birdcage die cut, assorted blue and ivory buttons, twine, Hero Arts LP123 Artistic Windows (script), CL338 Be Yourself (branch), CL177 SparkleClear Hello Birdie, parchment, green, blue cardstock, unknown printed cardstock, blue gem for bird's eye, broken china distress and versafine onyx black inks

32 comments:

  1. oh this is soooooooo yummy, especially your cuttlebugged bird :) thanks for playing at the play date cafe

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  2. gorgeous card, Lin! i LOVE the colors and your design! the way you used that vine/leaf stamp is genius! i adore this card!! =)

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  3. Just perfect Lin. Love how you did the delicate colours. just love that die cut cage. Must try and get my hands on it,

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  4. great idea to hang the bird cage from that HA branch! and I love your embossed and sanded bird...such a great card!

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  5. Gosh, this is so pretty Lin! Love that birdcage and now that I've seen it used so much, I might have to invest in it! Perfect look on the bird, wonderful texture!

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  6. Beautiful...this color combo is right up your alley isn't it?! Love your sweet composition, the embossed bird is fabulous!
    bless you,
    nancy

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  7. Just lovely, Lin! Love the bird and bird cage and the subtle background.. Thanks for playing at the Play Date Cafe this week!!

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  8. What a wonderful take on the inspiration picture, Lin! I love the beautiful birdcage and the texture you've given to the bird! :)

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  9. Lin...I love all the details of this card...it is awesome. AND thank you for commenting on my blog. I had a another great card class tonight and will post sometime in the next few days.

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  10. Love all the textures & detail! Great take on this week's colors at the Play Date Cafe! Thanks so much for playing along :)

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  11. Your card is so beautiful Lin. You did such a great job from the inspiration. So many lovely details to see!

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  12. Gorgeous - love how you did the sentiment Lin - you are so creative. Love the leaves too.

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  13. Such a pretty card! I love the way you placed the buttons on this card and that branch/leaves. Beautiful!

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  14. This is a really pretty card and I love the bird. Well put together. Tracy Evans x

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  15. Absolutely GORGEOUS! Love your composition and design! The bird cage is just lovely with that branch...Congrats on your deer card being featured in CARDS blog!! Way to go, big sis!!

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  16. Ooooooo, I have been eyeing Tim's birdy diecut and now I WANTS it even more...! Such a pretty card Lin, perfect for the challenge! :)

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  17. Lin...absolutely wonderful card and a PeRfEcT use of the Play Date Cafe colors : ) So great to have you play with us again!

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  18. Wonderful creation! Add the vine to the bird cage was a great touch. Thanks for playing at the PDCC.

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  19. I LOVE the way you cut out the branch! The blues on this card really speak to me. Just brilliant!

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  20. Just beautiful! I love every little detail including what almost looks like early mornig dew on the leaves! :)

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  21. Love the beautiful design of this! The branch is inspired and the texture on the bird perfect! Beautiful! So happy that you decided to play in the challenge this week!

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  22. Such a beautiful card, Lin! Love all the texture!!!! TFS

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  23. What a beautiful creation!! All the dimension is wonderful.

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  24. Gorgeous card Lin! I love how you've done the heart shaped wing on the bird, and all of the texture. Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe this week!

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  25. gorgeous! I love the heart shaped wings and all the texture. Beautiful use of the colors :)

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  26. SO pretty! LOVE birds--and this is a beautiful combo of the bird, cage, text background....LOVE IT! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Great job with the challenge this week--thanks for joining in the fun at the PDCC!

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  27. Such a stunning card, Congratulations to your win!

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  28. Congratulations Lin! I love all the details of your card. Simply gorgeous!

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  29. Congratulations to you Lin, such a gorgeous winner!

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  30. Yay, Lin! So happy for you - what a beautiful card!

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  31. WOW! This card is incredible!!

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