Birds & Words

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Fall Birthday - Crazy!!


Love my fall and winter birthday cards!  So fun to customize these birthday greeting for the season.  I've got a TON of October & November birthdays to remember.

Creative Impressions fall leaf brads are great to bring in that feeling of leaves randomly floating to the ground.  I even dressed up the hat with a leaf instead of a flower. 

These funky Tim Holtz stamps are so fun for a whimsical greeting.  I've got a good friend who has had some surgery that will require a tough recovery.  She's not one for sappy sentiments and needs something to make her laugh.  This sentiment from Yvonne Blair over at Impression Obsession  is just perfect for this goofy bird. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Welcome to Autumn Splendor - Creative Impressions!


This is a glorious time of year here in Colorado.  I wake up to the sound of elk bugling and go to bed at night hearing the same calls.  Its enough to inspire one to create!


We have some guests arriving today and I wanted to make a quick little welcome tag for them.  I made a couple and wanted to show you both.

I cut off the bottom 1 3/4" of a #8 size tag so my elements would all fit on nicely.  I used an Art Impressions elk stamp, aspen leaves from B Line Designs and a Hero Arts alphabet set and Creative Impressions ribbons & brads.  I colored the aspen leaves with Fossilized Amber and Ripe Persimmon Distress inks.  I love the how the touches of Ripe Persimmon give the beautiful apricot color so prized in our fall color.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

How to Trick Out Your Bell Bottoms


I'm playing with Creative Impressions Embroidery Template again today.  I have some favorite, comfortable old bell bottom jeans and was in a 70s kind of mood.  I stitched my jeans back in the day but I don't think I ever added metal embellishments!  I used the Fan Stitch and added Creative Impressions antique copper photo holders and brads for a little fun metal fringe.  

I think I'm going to add this to the back pockets, too!










Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Happy Day to You!


Happy Day!  This little guy makes a super cute, whimsical birthday card for men of all ages.  Its loaded with Creative Impressions embellishments and features a new Embroidery Stitch Template!  More about that below.


I wanted to create a frame with folded margins on a panel of cotton broadcloth.  I folded all four sides and ironed them down.  I was going to make french knots in the corners with Creative Impressions organdy 1/8" ribbon, but.....


I ended up liking the knots on the other side better.  Here you can see the pencil marks created with the Embroidery Stitch Template.


The template sheets are made to be cut apart, which I obviously haven't done yet.  I lined up and marked the template on all four sides.  I came up with a stitch pattern and went to work.


Here is the detail of my stitches using embroidery thread.  I added CI micro brads at selected points and stacked CI buttons tied with CI twine.  


This are the brand new Embroidery Stitch Templates.  Very cleverly designed, you can use these on paper or fabric.  You can see all the templates and the great variety of stitches you can make below.  To order, contact Creative Impressions in Colorado Springs at 719-596-4860.  They'll take good care of you!











Thursday, July 26, 2018

Tag Art Love!!


Tag Art Love today with a tag from my starter basket.  I had previously splotched Distress Oxide Inks onto a tag and a die cut butterfly.  I was playing with making stems with twisted twine from Creative Impressions for flowers stems.  They make a pretty subtle texture on card panels, layered over burlap, layered over an inky tag.




Punch a couple of holes with an awl onto your panel.  Thread twine through the panel and tape the tail in the back.  Twist the twine, thread back through and tape the remaining tail in the back.


Organization tip:  I keep lengths of twine, waxed linen, and other fibers for sewing onto cards and paper arts projects in a small clear glass jar.  I punch a couple of holes in the lid and keep a couple of needles, threaded or ready to thread for sewing.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Simple "Thank You" Surprise

I have two gears.  Either way-to-much, over-the-top, this-is-going-to-cost-a-fortune-to-mail or super simple.  Today is super simple.


Elegant, black & white card front with a die cut "thank you".  Tip:  I used low tack washi tape to line up my words and then pulled it up after I glued down the die cuts.


Black and white carries through inside with an added pop of gold embossing powder.  I used my Perfect Medium pen and wrote out my message and then embossed that with gold embossing powder.  A little gold Creative Impressions heart give the message a little punch.


I used Ranger clear Embossing Dabber and smeared around the border of the white textured panel and embossed that with gold EP.  I used a distressing tool and scratched the edges of a white layer, applied Embossing Dabber to the scratched edge and then drug that edge through gold EP for a fine detail layer.


The inside panel is a pop up.  

Cards usually have a decorated front and a simple message and signature inside.  I wanted to reverse that on this card and make the inside an embellished surprise!



Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Best Creative Wishes from Creative Impressions!


This week I've got a fun 6x6 card for you, layered up with lots of butterflies and a bit of crinoline.


I made a trip down to Colorado to see Janet at Creative Impressions.


I love getting together with creative friends to discuss designs and make plans!


One of the sweetest ladies in the world.  So easy to love.


Creative Impressions is HUGE!  A great collection of ribbons and embellishments.  It always reminds me of that final scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark.  You may remember the scene when they assure Indy that they are taking care the Ark of the Covenant.  "Our top men are on it."  Then you see it be wheeled into a warehouse in a box labeled "Top Secret Government Intel: Do Not Open".


There's no telling what she's got in there!!  Ha!