For the Birds Blog Hop

Hello & welcome to our September Blog Hop- For the Birds!  I’m a sucker for bird stamps and dies, but when I started to plan my design for this hop I realized it’s been a while since I got a new one.  I’m sure after seeing the cards the rest of the team make I’ll have a big wish list 🙂

As usual, we ask that you leave us some comments along the way as you do the hop- we’ll be selecting one special commenter to win a $50 gift certificate to the SNS online store!  You’ll also find some great savings there this weekend, so be sure to check it out!

For my card, I decided to feature a favorite of mine, the feathered friends dies by Tim Holtz.  It had been a while since I’ve made anything with these, so I started by inking up a bunch of backgrounds so I could cut multiple times and mix & match them.  I wanted to pair with one of the backgrounds I made the other day when I was playing around with my Distress Inks & Floral Outline Stamps, so I chose one of the more neutral colored birds to complement the flowers.

I overwatered the background with water to try to bleed the colors out… which didn’t work quite like I wanted, but still made a nice, soft design.  I spritzed over it with bundled sage Distress Spray Stain to tie it together with the greens in the bird as well.

As you can see, the inky green part has a text pattern and some gold shimmer to it!  I don’t have any of the new Distress Mica Sprays, but I have plenty of shimmery things in my stash to help me improvise 🙂

My little sentiment is from an older Tim Holtz set, Crazy Talk. It’s got a bunch of great sentiments to mix & match AND it’s still available to purchase!

Now it’s time to carry on hopping!  You are here with me, Tara and your next stop is Susan.  Enjoy!  Don’t forget to leave some comments for a chance to win!

Thanks for visiting, and have fun!

Inky hugs,





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25 Responses to “For the Birds Blog Hop”What You're Saying

  1. Lindsey M-P says:

    This is gorgeous, Tara! Love both the bird and the beautiful flowers.

  2. Such a soft, pretty card, Tara. I like the added details on the die cut bird, as well.

  3. Such an awesome card Tara – fun colours and design.

  4. Meghan Kennihan says:

    I love this theme! BIRDS! This is stunning Tara! Really beautiful!

  5. Patti J. says:

    Thanks for sharing! Your watercoloring is lovely! This card will make someone very happy!

  6. glennis f says:

    Love the effect of watercolour on your card

  7. Vicki Kroll says:

    I love birds too and your card is so pretty. Love the flowers and the technique you used on the bird.

  8. Carol E. Wortman says:

    I’m impressed by this. There is so much I love about it!

  9. I also like Bird Stamps and only own 2…and that’s pretty incredible for me. Great card and looking forward to hopping through the inspiration.

  10. Susan Powell says:

    This is beautiful Tara! I love that bird.

  11. Sharon Gullikson says:

    I am a bird LOVER!!! So this is extra pretty to me. It just makes me happy. And I like how you paired the bird with the gorgeous flowers…

  12. Elaine Breton says:

    Love the birdies stamp set !

  13. Cheryl Taylor says:

    A lovely card. I love the contrast between the colourful flowers and the more neutral bird. Really like the Bundled Sage stain accent spray.

  14. Pam Colosimo says:

    Lovely card. The watercolor adds a dreamy effect to the flowers. I too cut my die several at a time, because face it, once is just not enough.

  15. Patti says:

    Hahahaha. Love the penguin on your email notification writing at the chalk board “I will not buy more copics”. Yeah, right! Love it! ❤

  16. Marie says:

    Like you I am sucker for anything birds. LOL I have had to conceal a breeding pair of pigeons from my neighbors so that they could nest in peace. We managed to get four sets of fledglings before being found out when they decided to work on the balconies. I had a fledgling still in my flower pot at the time so I warned the workers just how angry I would be if they harmed him. lol It worked, as they did other balconies so he could grow and fly. The power of an angry faced woman on a mission! LOL

  17. Piroska says:

    I love your bird card. I love the effect on your background.

  18. Denise Bryant says:

    I love your mixed media style bird with the pretty floral background! Beautiful card!

  19. Patricia Beck says:

    Your card is so pretty, and I like the idea of spritzing with the green to tie it together with the bird. I have backgrounds or other components that you have inspired me to pull off the pile and look at differently to create a new card. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  20. Dee Earnshaw says:

    love this pretty card – the two toned bird is so sweet

  21. JENNIFER INGLE says:

    Very pretty card!

  22. Beverly Jordan says:

    I am loving the bird theme!! One of my fav’s! And am loving the vintage look of the flowers to match! Beautifully done!

  23. Carol says:

    Your bird and florals pairing is absolutely stunning! I think your spritzed flowers are a success; definitely soft and dreamy!

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