Monday, 13 July 2015

Bird Crazy ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hi everyone and welcome to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! This week there are no rules, it's just ANYTHING GOES!!

Hope you'll join us and play along and we can't wait to see what you create...

For my project, I decided to have a bit of fun this week and wanted to play with those crazy birds  and speaking of crazy birds ~ did you see Tim's new Bird Crazy die set and all those fun stamps that now go with these birds? I just love them and can't wait to play with these asap! But I digress, so back to this week's post and my card...and because I don't have either of those sets...YET, I combined one of the birds with my other favourite stamp collection from Tim Holtz ~ Flower Garden.
So, here's how I made it...
To begin with I took a piece of watercolour card and stamped my bird into position using Jet Black Archival Ink. I then scribbled my colours of Distress Marker Pens onto my craft sheet and using a water brush, I picked up the colour and painted my adorable crazy bird!

Always heat dry your artwork to set the inks before moving onto the next stage and for this I used Distress Inks and a blending tool to create a cloudy sky background, by blending the Tumbled Glass Distress Ink around a scalloped die cut and used Pumice Stone Distress Ink to add the ground for the bird to stand on.

Now, I need to work on those flowers and for this I stamped three images of the same flower and again water coloured them using Distress Marker Pens and a water brush.
I also stamped a couple of the stems and used Twisted Citron and Shabby Shutters to colour them.

I cut the leaves away from one of the stems and then attached both stems to my artwork, adding the cutaway leaves at the bottom, where the stems join.

I then placed two of my painted flowers onto the stems and used foam pads to add some dimension.
As for the remaining flower, well it had to be done...his face was crying out for it and the last flower was popped onto his head!! Again I used foam pads to created dimension and perspective.
To complete my artwork I inked around the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and matted it onto black soot core'dinations card. I mounted the artwork onto a black card blank and added some dried moss, cheesecloth and a Remnant Rub.
I then stamped the quote onto some inked card stock, matted it onto a piece of card which I inked with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to match my flowers and attached the quote, together with some linen ribbon, tied into a bow.
As the finishing touch I added a beautiful crystal gem...
 ...and that completes my project for this week and who could not love that little face, with his quizzical look ~ he's just totally adorable and I hope you've loved this card, as much as I loved making it! I definitely smiled throughout the creative process!
As always, if you need any further inspiration for this challenge, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. Good luck....




Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again soon...love Emma xx

Products used:

Dried Moss and cheesecloth from my own stash

38 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! Such a cute card. What a clever idea to use a flower as a hat. Thanks for sharing the crazy fun!

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  2. Loved it the minute I saw it! The colors are beautiful and what a hat!

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  3. Sooo cute this little bird peeping out of this big flower!!! :-) Beautiful colouring!!! And yes, I can't wait to get the new crazy bird dies too!!!

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  4. Oh this made me smile ...what a lovely card and cracking idea to give him a hat.....xxx another stunner Emma xxx

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  5. superb card! I love how you place the flower hat on the bird...so cute! Fabulous colouring, everything look so perfect! Stunning!!!!

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  6. This is gorgeous Emma! I love your crazy bird with a flower hat, such a clever idea and I love the textures you've used. Especially the moss at the base of the flowers, so creative. :)

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  7. This is super cute Emma, I love the crazy bird with his flower hat, he is so adorable. Thank you for putting a huge smile on my face today! x

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  8. Super adorable! I love my crazy bird & this flower hat is so cute. I can't wait for the new stamps either!

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  9. Hilarious and beautiful all at the same time! The coloring on your images is excellent and the flower hat is brilliant!

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  10. That is very sweet. The look on her face. Fantastic idea and perfect sentiment. Hugz

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  11. Delightful card, beautiful flowers and that wonderful crazy bird!

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  12. so totally cute. your fussy cutting is so neat. i really need to get those birds. they are too comical, hugs xx

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  13. I love those crazy birds, too, Emma. Putting the little flower hat on him was genius!

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  14. Hahahaha, this is endearing. You did a fabulous job.

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  15. All right, I am in awe of how you took the flower and made it into a hat for your oh, so lovely crazy bird! LOVE this!!

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  16. Love your cute card! Emma. The colors are wonderful :)

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  17. Love this how cute is he with the flower as a hat!!

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  18. Thanks for my Monday Morning smile:) Your card is utterly adorable!

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  19. I love the flower on top of the bird - too funny - thanks for sharing that idea

    Barb Housner

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  20. Oh my goodness, this made me smile, Emma! This is absolutely adorable!!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp

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  21. Oh my word! This is the cutest, cutest , cutest card!!!

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  22. Oh Emma, I love this Card! these birdies are just so gorgeous, with oodles of character, and I really like the flowers too, so to give him one as a hat is just Wonderful! XX

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  23. Absolutely adorable Emma. What a brilliant idea to add that flower as a had. So very whimsical and loveable!! -- Mary Elizabeth

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  24. This is such a great card, Emma! As always, it has your signature mix of elegance and amazing attention to detail, yet it's still so charming and whimsical. I've never seen a flower used as a birdie hat-topper, so that just proves that the sentiment you used is perfect for YOU! You really do see the world in your own fabulous way and I'm glad that we get to benefit from your creative visions!

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  25. What a cute card, Emma. Love that you've gave this crazy bird a flower hat! So sweet! Hugs, Sandra

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  26. Stop it...you're making me want this flower garden stamp! I love your bird crazy and flower hat combo. I cannot wait for the bird crazy thinlits! It's great being on the team with you! You know I'm a HUGE fan!!!!

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  27. What a fun and creative combination of stamps! Fabulous project!

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  28. THIS! Now I need to get the flower set I didn't know I needed to have now.

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  29. Oh Emma your Crazy bird card rocks! You have given him/her even more personality than he already had with the 'flower topper' . LOVE him /her Your watercolouring n chosen colours are wonderful n work so well against the black card . Love the dimension you have given to the flowers and a perfect quote as you really have thought what no one else has thought I'm sure by combining the two stampsets in such a fun way . I always look forward to seeing your makes for SSS on a Monday morning - they always bring a smile but this one not only made me smile but lol too ( in a good way) Thankyou Emma Hugs x

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  30. Brilliant. This can't fail to make the recipient smile. I certainly did.

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  31. Love it Emma! Those crazy birds always make me smile and adding the flower garden 'hat' was a stroke of genius!

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  32. Oh my! This is sooooo cute!!! You are so clever to pop that flower on the bird's head! This is fabulous!

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  33. Using that flower as a hat was so clever Emma! Love your card, it is gorgeous.

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  34. You are so clever Emma, I love your work. X

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  35. You smacked it right out of the ball park for cuteness! It is a feel good card that I just have to do!

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  36. What a wonderful card! Thank you so much for the instructions as I'm so new to this type of stamping and coloring especially. You did a magnificent-and super cute- job. Mary

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Emma ~xx

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