Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Birdie Birthday

Another year has started which means another round of Birthday Cards for the men in my life.  In the last 2 years, i've done the whole "sailing" and "boat" theme to death - you can see some of those cards here, here, here and here.  So, I needed some new mojo that didn't involve boats or maps.

Michey's Note:  I've decided to enter this into Our Creative Corner's "Over the Edge" challenge.  I originally wanted to go a bit more outside the lines than I did, but I have to mail this card, so I had to keep it envelope friendly.  I hope this still counts >.<

Yeah, it's got a bird, but it's a boy bird for sure!  I'm still smitten with the Weathered Wood technique I first blogged about last week, so I set off to come up with another combination.  This one uses Sahara Sand, River Rock and Always Artichoke.  I splattered on some Bravo Burgundy and Soft Suede with my Color Spritzer tool... I seriously can't get enough of my color spritzer - I practically use it on EVERY CARD these days... you'll see ;-)

The birdy is one of our A La Carte stamps - Young Vermillion. Isn't he a handsome little fella?  He's stamped in Soft Suede and has some pool party colored in on his chest using a blender pen. This panel was then sponged and splattered with soft suede and matted on a piece of Bravo Burgundy.

The "Happy Birthday" sentiment is from Perfectly Penned, stamped in Soft Suede and similarly distressed.

Everything is mounted a tad bit askew on an Always Artichoke panel that's been embossed using the Houndstooth Embossing Folder.  It's then tied with some Linen Thread and I added some tags to finish it off.

So, what do you think?  Did I pull off a boy-ish card without using any images of vehicles, powertools, or sports?

Thanks for taking a peek!

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Stamps: Young Vermillion, Perfectly Penned, Tiny Tags
Paper: River Rock, Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
Ink: River Rock, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, Pool Party
Accessories: Big Shot, Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Jewelry Tag Punch, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Linen Thread, Color Spritzer Tool, Blender Pen, Distressing Essentials Kit


  1. NICE WORK!!! I love the background...looks like old barn wood...what a nice look. The bird is fantastic, and this will be a keepsake card. That you for joining in at Our Creative Corner this week!

  2. Hello Michey
    It looks like a man card to me. and your Bg reminds me of corrugated iron,and I think you have enough hanging off the edge, the colour palette is rather wonderful.
    Thank you so very much for joining us this week at OCC, we are so pleased to see your work.

  3. I liked the card and the technique so well I pinned it and Fb'd it

  4. Gorgeous masculine card! I definitely need to try the weathered wood technique!

  5. Amazing card. Love the colors and the technique you used.

  6. This is a fantastic card! Wow! I struggle with masculine cards, but you seriously nailed it with this one.

  7. Lovely masculine card Michey. Love the weathered wood technique and it goes perfect with the card and sentiment. TFS.

  8. Great card, Michele! (I finally was able to link to your blog, but only through Google search...not SC)
    Anyway, I'm following and look forward to more of your great projects and inspiration! TFS. - Micki

  9. Oh my, what a great card ... and what a fabu technique, love the background ... you have put this card together wonderfully!
    Thanks for joining us at Our creative Corner!!!

  10. Hi Michey! Wow, your work is always so beautiful and this is cetainly no exception! I love the soft colors you used and and the subtle distressed elements you added. This is truly beautiful and I am so inspired to try out the Weathered Wood Technique. Thank you for sharing the link! Thanks so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner! Have a great day! Hugs! :)


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