Friday, April 22, 2011

Life is making me happy today!

Fortunately I am not one of those people who can never be pleased and the littlest stupidest things can put me on a total happy high and today those things would be:
  1. the new cord to plug my laptop into my kitchen tv so I can turn my laptop into a DVD player to watch my crimal minds or whatever else strikes my fancy on a bigger screen. That also gets the laptop off the table to give me more room to craft!
  2. Christy Tomlinson's she art workshop...I'm in LOVE
  3. my new mixed media products
  4. a long weekend, even if is only three days
  5. stamping bella's mesh stamp
  6. and finally, my anything goes card

Aren't they JUST THE CUTEST THINGS EVER! And so perfect for Easter too, but that was just a coincidence.

Here is how I did it...I started with some very subtle background papers and one bold print. Papers are a mix of basic grey, kaiser craft and memory box. On the main focal background piece I stamped some of the mesh with distress ink tumbled glass, then with versa fine smokey grey. I didn't even put the stamp on a block, just held in in my hand and that assured me I would get a more random and subtle impression. (learned that trick from Emily!)

Then I stamped the largest of the eclectic birdies on the REVERSE side of the patterned paper and cut it out. I also stamped just the tail feather portion again on a coordinating paper and cut it out. The two smaller birds were stamped on the RIGHT side of some smaller print patterned paper in a light enough colour ink that would not cover the pattern entirely but be enough for me to see the edges to cut them out. Then I sponged the edges, drew around the edges with a fine black marker and accented with maisy KETTO'S POLKADOTS and more mesh. The eyes on the little birds were darkened with a marker, but the big mamma bird's eye is embellished with a button brad.

After gluing them down I drew in their legs with marker and added some grass with my pencils. Then I had to fill in the empty spaces above and after much deliberation I decided that I would part with some of my rubons....oh it was hard, but worth the sacrifice. I cut the sun freehand and added a bit of sponging but kept everything soft.

So what do you think? Personally I think it should be featured on cute overload dot com!

Next Week! With Mother's Day just around the corner our challenge next week is to celebrate a Mom in your could be your mother, your sister, a friend, or heck, even yourself!

AND! Jess has taken control of our forum and has tons of new fun going on over can upload your cards, check out the babarooni cards and even play in some challenges. Over the next little while I will be uploading many (if not ALL) of my blogged cards over to the gallery. That way if you remember you saw something and want to check it out again,  but don't want to scroll thru all the babble on my blog you can just hop on over there and have all my cards right there smack in your face to browse through. We are doing all we can to make things easier for you...and more fun! AFTER ALL...isn't it all about having fun! I have some helpful forum links down on my sidebar too so you may want to check it out.

Later, Linda


Dana White said...

What no colouring yet I'm still totally blown away! this is fabulous I really will have to take that course the next time it's offered!!

Bren said...

I think it's fabulous Linda. I would be please too. And, I'm glad I am not the only one who loves rubons but has a tough time using them. lol. How silly.

Pauline said...

GORGEOUS Linda. I'm with Dana, what no colouring. I think you have found the other side of you using doing the mixed media. Fabulous!

JanR said...

I love it! So cute and creative!

Riet said...

What a gorgeous card Linda.

Hugs Riet.xx

CraftyViolet said...

Love it! If you ever do a class at the Pickle for this card, I'm in!

Jess-The Whimsical Butterfly said...

I am JUST now getting bit by the Mixed media bug and you and Paula are my INSPIRATION today! WOW is this amazing-I'm w/ Dana-not even colored and it's still just mind-blowing! You ROCK, Lindabella!

The Spotted Chick said...

Eeeeeek! Aren't you the CLEVER one? I would have NEVER thought to paper piece these little guys. Absolutely GENIUS!! Oooooh, and LOVE the grass too! Happy Easter Lindabella!

Deanna said...

This card makes me happy!

Beth Norman said...

I'm so in love with your mixed media work. I was staring at this one on the Bella Blog. Oh my goodness, you really rock mixed media. I'm a lover of it and am currently working on a journal book. I'm happy to see the new direction in Bella land.

Judy said...

Well this card with birdies is just darling, such a marvelous creation. Thank you so much for your detailed description of how you did it. It helped me hear your thinking. TFS

Robin McK said...

Linda, I totally adore this card! I'm always a fan of your colouring, but I am loving your new experimentation with the mixed media!
Beautiful papers, and it's still you!

Leslie said...

WOW! You've done a fabulous job on this! I am still in shock though, that there is no colouring! :)

Crafty Cath said...

You amaze me. Creative juices seem to be your specialty. This is such an awesome spring card. Love your paperpieced chicks along with dabs of mesh stamping here and there. Neat!

Tammy Hershberger said...

This is fabulous, Linda! LOVE those chicks!

IsaNorris said...

Linda, your card is STUNNING !! love how you used my stamps.
Sorry I did not come and comment earlier


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