Friday, April 23, 2010

Fabulous Friday: Barn Swallow Card

Hi girls! It's another Fabulous Friday - here at home and certainly over at Sugar Creek Hollow! Part of the fun is a free digital image that Tracy posts each week. This weeks is a really cute image perfect for summer! Be sure to go over and pick it up!

I have used the sketch for tomorrow for today's card --- and I have to say that I went a little overboard on this card. It's also one of my favorite cards ever! I really love how it turned out!


Yep - look at all those rhinestones. And I edged my flower in stickles. And some rhinestone swirls. And lace. And flowers - TWO of them!

I used the Barn Swallow image from Sugar Creek Hollow, one of my favorite images. I flipped it in Photoshop before printing it out so that my little birdie was facing the direction I wanted for my card.

Before I sat down to create this card, I went to the Daily Dare and decided to see if I could find any other challenges that I could incorporate into my card. I had a basic idea of what I was going to use. I found an old hymnal at a thrift store earlier in the week and knew that would factor in. As I explored each challenge, my card began to take shape --- and amazingly, I actually remembered each little thought that I had!!!!

Another look at my card -- this one all fancied up with a background and stuff. Which do you prefer, a blank background or the "styled" background?

Okay, here are all the challenges that I incorporated into my card!
Sugar Creek Hollow - sketch - it will post tomorrow on the store blog, but you can get a jump start today!

SCS Ways to Use It: Mixing Patterns
SCS Free for All: Take a Vacation - for the last few summers, my family has gone to the mountains. I love the peace and quiet. I love the less hurried pace. I LOVE waking up in the morning to a cool, crisp morning and hearing the birds sing. Watching the through the mountains....hence the hymn I chose - Behold the Dawn.
Something Completely Different: H - I knew I was going to use a humn in my sketch - that counts, right?
Dare U 2 Digi: Use Flowers
Clearly iStamp: Use ribbon - I used lace, that's the same, right?
S2G - Use flowers
The ABC Challenge: S is for Sparkle - I don't know if you can see in the photo, but the paper I pieced my bird on -- has a shimmer to it. It's really cool! It's from a GCD stack I got at Hobby Lobby.
The Belli Challenge: Use Die Cuts - my little branch for my birdie. I trimmed him off the branch he's drawn on and mounted him to this instead.
Fab 'n Funky: Get it All Out - use a guilty stash item. The stickpin is mine. It's a Making Memories that I bought forever and ever ago. It's one of those things that I find hard to use --- because then what if I don't have it in the future? Crazy, huh? I did add a little rhinestone to it as well.
Little Red Wagon: Ruffles -- this is the first time I've done this I think. Wow. That took some time! Worth it though, don't you think!?!
The Pixie Cottage: Make a card for Mother's Day or a Special Lady
Stampotique: Make a girly girl card. It's not pink but I think it's pretty girly!
Tellen's Place: Ink Distressing I did quite a bit of that on this one. The gingham in the background was black and white - I just smeared it with Antique Linen ink. Inked the edges of the decorative left panel and the hymn block. The gingham flower was also white and I inked it with a copic marker to darken it so it would match.
Wild Flower Patch - use paper piecing. Can you resist a polka dot bird? I sure can't!

Thanks so much for stopping by today ladies! I just love seeing that you swing by for a look-see. Don't foget to head over to Sugar Creek Hollow and pick up today's free image (click on the Fabulous Friday tag on the left). You can also shop for lots of digital images, including my barn swallow from today. For just a few dollars**, you can have instant gratification. We'd love to see you join in the sketch challenge too!
**Did you know that Sugar Creek Hollow funds a ministry at Tracy's church that feeds the hungry in her community? That's pretty cool in my opinion!

You should also go see what the other designers have for you today!
 CheriDani ♥ Donna ♥ Joan
JoselineKristina ♥ LindaLoretta 
MarshaNancySarah 
April Guest Designer
Martha



43 comments:

Becky said...

This is one fabulous card, love it!

Donna Moore said...

I adore the way you printed the bird on designer paper, your entire venture turned into a work of art!!

LeAnne said...

A beautiful creation...I need to "hop" over to Sugarcreek, that's a wonderful digi image!

Katie said...

I can see why you love it!
I really like that little gingham ribbon flower.
Thanks for playing in The Pixie Cottage :)

Lisa Lara said...

Your ribbon flower is magical!!!! Love it! Thank you for joining us for the CIC12 challenge. Good luck.

jane said...

A lovely card thanks for playing at Tellens Place
Luv Jane xxx

Beautiful Greetings said...

Gorgeous card! I love the black/red/white combo and that bird is adorable. Thanks for joining us at the Pixie Cottage this week.

Joan Ervin said...

I just love this card...the sheet music looks awesome in the background and I love the little bird perched on the branch!!! Thanks for joining us in the Belli challenge and the Clearly Inspired challenge!!!

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

absotively, posilutely gorgeous!

Joseline said...

Wow!! You did an amazing job with this card Cassie!! I love all the details. The music sheet DP is perfect!!

Alicia said...

Great card! Love how you used the sheet paper and ink distressing. Thanks for joining us at Tellen's Place!

Randi said...

Gorgeous Cassie! Love all the black and ivory with the little bits of red!

Laura said...

Very stylish and I love the vintage feel and the colours.
Thanks for playing at SCD this week.

Ang said...

H for Hymn counts !! Love your card

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wow Cassie!!! What a gorgeous card!! I jsut love all your details from the ribbon flower to the ruffled lace, to the black, red and white, to the paper pieced bird!! Such elegance my friend!! Have a great weekend!!
hugs,
Chris

Carol said...

lovely card and a great take on our H theme for this week.

Thanks for joining us at SCD.

jdmommy said...

My favorite colors, esp. the RED! Great job.I love that bird!! Thanks for playing the Belli Challenge!

the whimsical butterfly said...

This is so beautiful!

Cheryl said...

really love this hun such a great design and such detail too thank for joining us at the pixie cottage do hope to see you again love hugs cheyrl xxxx

Avril Tanner said...

Very Pretty I like the combination of elements you used!

marysanders123 said...

Wow this is amazing! You took classic colors to a whole other level! Love it. That red flower really pops and makes you take notice of the swallow which would have otherwise gotten lost amonst the black and white. Great job!

Katie Renz said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Clearly Inspired Challenge.

Cassie said...

I love that little ribbon flower! Glad you played along at the CIC ;D

Rosanne said...

Absolutely gorgeous Cassie! Thanks for playing along with Little Red Wagon!

HappyCrafter said...

What a gorgeous card, love all the layers and the sheet music.

Chris said...

Beautiful card and a gorgeous combination of colours. Thanks for joining us at DU2DS.

Anne said...

What an elegant card, you can't go wrong with B&W and red!

Thanks for playing along at Shirleys2Girls
Hugs
Anne

Jane Wetzel said...

no such thing as "overboard" here...I think this is PERFECT! Thanks for joining us at S2G!

precious said...

This is one great card! Glad you played along!

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Tracey said...

wow! this is stunning! i love all of it! especially the bird!!! thanks for joining us at the Pixie Cottage!

Terry Oulboub said...

Cassie, what a lovely card and you worked such wonders with your ink distressing! I love the pages from the hymn book - very clever! Thanks for playing along with us at Tellen's Place! :)

Ceal said...

Beautiful Beautiful! I just love everything about it! TFS and playing with us in the belli challenge

Joynana said...

Great card, I also like how you used the music. Thanks for joining us at Tellen's Place.

andrea said...

beautiful card,fab papers and love the stickpin thankyou for joining us at fab'n'funky this week
andrea

Summerthyme Studio said...

Great card Thanks for playing SDC

Vicki

Davi said...

Love this card..The great layers, colors and that bird is fab! Thanks for joining us at the Pixie Cottage!

Ann English said...

What a gorgeous creation! Thank you for joining us at Shirleys2Girls for Twisted Thursday!

Jen Shults said...

Gorgeous card! I love these colors and the vintage look! Your paper piecing is fabulous! Thanks for playing with us at Wild Flower Wednesday!

Tanya Rudd said...

What a fabulous Mother's Day Card.

Thank you for playing with The Pixie Cottage this week.
Hugs
Tanya

Katarina said...

Love this style it's absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for joining the pixie cottage this week.

Sandra said...

Oh my Gosh.... How many Challenges?
Thanks for joining in with ours over on Dare U
Sandra x

inkpaperstamps said...

The jewels add such a glam touch--great card!

Deanne Burton said...

Gorgeous card!

Thanks for participating in the Shirley's 2 Girls blog challenge!!!