Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hummingbird Thanks

Wow! It's been a week since I've posted (sorry), and over a week since I've stamped -- Yikes! It meant a lot to me to have some of you check in on me to make sure everything was okay (thank you so much for thinking of me). I'm fine, just been a little busier than I anticipated. In this past week, I've had visiting relatives from out of town (and they're still here; the side benefit of that is that now my house is clean -lol); the kids are still in swimming lessons (three weeks down, one to go); and my sweet doggie injured one of her paws in a big way so she's needed some trips to the vet (with more to follow) and a lot of extra time, love, and attention. Crazy week, but it's all good...and since it's officially our first week of "summer," I'm a happy, stamper. ;D

Tomorrow's planned out for me already and that means I won't get to stamp again until Saturday, so today I'm gonna share a card with you that I made a couple weeks ago during the Kim Hughes Blitz over at Cornish Heritage Farms (remember that?).

This particular challenge required that we use a winged image, so I used Kim Hughes' Pretty Birds (for the hummingbird, floral image, and paisley), and then I used Silhouette Blooms II for the sentiment. I just adore Kim's style, and the quality of the stamps put out by Cornish Heritage Farms make it so fun to create with them -- a winning combination in my book!

If these patterned papers (Wild Asparagus "Sweet Little One" plaid and paisley by My Mind's Eye) look familiar to you, you're not crazy -- they remind me a lot of the other Wild Asparagus papers I used on a couple cards last month, only they're a little different. ;) I think this paisley paper is so beautiful -- the soft colors, the design, and the shabby look all really appeal to me. And as with the other papers (which also have pretty much the same colors), the cardstock colors here are White Daisy, Hollyhock, and (ret.) Summer Cloud Blue.

The sketch credit goes to Beate Johns for her Weekend Sketch Challenge #51, and I really enjoyed working with this one. I think the finished size for my card was 4.5" x 6.25"; I'm sure it would easily be adaptable for just about any size variation you could come up with.

The focal image was cut and dry embossed using several different sizes of the rectangle classic and scalloped Nestabilities and adhered using dimensionals over the ribbon. I stamped the floral images on the White Daisy cardstock using Jet Black Staz-On, and then again on the patterned papers so I could paper piece the flowers and leaves. The hummingbird was lightly stamped in Key Lime ink and then I rolled some of the edges in Desert Sand ink. The flowers were outlined with Star Dust Stickles, and I also added some to the belly and wings of the hummingbird. I also sponged on some Heavenly Blue ink 'sky' and used a waterbrush to create some 'grass' beneath the hand-drawn 'ground.'

The wide strip across the center of the card has a few layers -- the gingham layer was scalloped and pierced, and the top patterned paper layer was stitched. In keeping with the paisley feel of the predominant patterned paper, the Hollyhock layer behind all that was lightly stamped with a paisley image from the Pretty Birds set, though it's almost invisible in this picture.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Hollyhock, (ret.) Summer Cloud Blue (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Wild Asparagus "Sweet Little One" paisley and plaid (My Mind's Eye); Stamps: Pretty Birds, Silhouette Blooms II (Cornish Heritage Farms); Inks: Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), Heavenly Blue, Key Lime, Desert Sand (CTMH); Other: classic and scalloped rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), Mountain Lake craft seam binding (Martha Stewart), Black Pigment Pro pen (American Crafts), scallop decorative edge scissors(Fiskars), sponge, waterbrush, paper piercer (CTMH), sewing machine, white thread


Jeanne said...

This card is very pretty with all the little details. Hummingbirds are so sweet aren't they?

I've been pretty busy, too and that's why I've neglected my blog as well. LOL

Susan (rainy) said...

I love the dp panel with the scalloped and pierced gingham behind it. Such a wonderful detail. That sweet little silhouette hummingbird image is darling. Christi this card is beautiful! All the layers are awesome.

Barb W said...

Really pretty card, Christi! Hummingbirds are my favorite. I love your color combo and that bow off to the side is just the sweetest thing. Thank you for sharing and glad to 'see' you back. Enjoy your summer!

Kristine said...

Gorgeous card!! and yes, life gets busy!! :) Wish I had those spellbinders...maybe some day. They sure look neat on your cards!! Have a super weekend!!

malieta said...

Your card is beautiful...I love the colors!