Wednesday, April 20, 2016

You're So Tweet!

4/27/2016 Update: Top Three winner at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

One of the sweetest sounds to me is that of birds "singing" early in the morning. I enjoy taking my coffee (and the cat) onto the screened porch, where she and I listen and watch the birds. Living in Arizona makes it possible to enjoy most of the year.

On a panel of cardstock, the images were all stamped in black ink and then colored with dye markers. The ribbon was tied along the lower edge and the panel adhered to a panel of black cardstock and then adhered to the card base. The inside of the card was lined with a panel of white cardstock and stamped and colored with markers to coordinate with the card front. The card was finished off with a soft dusting of blue ink with a brush on both the front of the card as well as the stamped corner on the inside.

No sentiment is stamped inside in order to have sufficient space to write a note. I'm going to mail this to my elderly aunt so kept it low
profile. I try to send her a card every few weeks to brighten her day and she
loves to receive them!

My design was inspired by the sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #156 and the butterfly challenge at Creative with Stamps #1Be sure to take a look at their blogs and consider having some challenge fun.

Techniques: Stamping, coloring, ink dusting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

CTMH Materials
Stamp Set: "Sunshine Birdies"

Stampin' Up! Materials
Inks: Bashful Blue; Stampin' Write Markers in Bashful Blue, Crisp Cantaloupe, Daffodil Delight, Hello Honey, Poppy Parade, Pistachio Pudding, Lucky Limeade, Sahara Sand, Basic Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red

Other Materials: Stazon Jet Black Ink, Judikins Dusting Brush, ribbon from stash


  1. Mel, this is adorable...and great idea for this sketch. I love this stamp set and pick it up often and just haven't put it together with any sketch...great job.

  2. I love those little birds! They are so cute! Thanks for playing at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

  3. What a sweet note card! Love the idea of a handwritten note inside, Melanie.
    Thank you for playing with us at Creative with Stamps~Butterfly Challenge! :-)

  4. I love it! The little bird and branch images work perfectly with the sketch. Great colors too! :)

  5. I also love listening to the birds signing when I walk the dogs in the morning. Makes me have a spring in my step. Love your card and the sweet birds. Thanks for playing with us at AHSC.

  6. The branches coming from alternating directions is perfect for this card but it's the little "extras" that make the difference - the ink dusting to add such a gentle background, the masking of the top branch, and the double matting of the card front. All those little touches move this card from ordinary to extraordinary. Yet another superb job! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at AHSC.

  7. That's a really cool card! Love the birdies and the butterflies, of course! =)
    Thank you for joining us at Creative With Stamps!
    The Leaf Studio

  8. This card is adorable! Love those little birdies! Thanks so much for sharing with us at AHSC!

  9. Love what you did with this sketch! So adorable! Love the colors and coloring....and love the top branch coming from the left....awesome!

  10. Awww, this is just adorable. How nice that your older Auntie enjoys the cards you send- that's a wonderful treat for her! Sweet stamps... GREAT CARD! :) TY for playing with us over at AHSC this week! ~ Ali (AHSC DT)

  11. So cute :) The birds are really nice and your card looks so fresh!
    Thank you for joining us at "Creative with Stamps" again,
    Eunice (DT)

  12. Great card, I love how you used the birds! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  13. This is an adorable card! Love the alternating branches! Beautiful job! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Linda N
    DT member AHSC