Posts Tagged ‘birds’

Tuesday with Tara {take 251} Feathered Friend

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing a simple card that showcases a fun little mixed media bird from Tim Holtz’s Feathered Friends die set, all ready to build a nest.  There are two birds in this die set and I love them both!  If you haven’t seen yet, I’ve used the larger bird on my beach scene card for our June Perfect Pearls Blog Hop.  (Check it out HERE– and be sure to visit the rest of the blogs too, there’s some great inspiration from our fabulous creative design team!)

I honestly just grabbed some scraps I had on my work space to die cut this cutie and added a bit of ink.  I love the combo of colored card stock, kraft & book print for her.  The ‘twig’ in her mouth was also a scrap I had from another project, I just added a few touches of perfect pearls to make it shine a bit 🙂

The background layer from my card was an inky mix of Speckled Egg and Old Paper Distress Oxide, mixed together on the same surface that had bits of turquoise Perfect Pearls left on it…  I love how the smooshing gave a bit of a marbled effect with the shimmer.  It’s subtle, but it shines when you hit it with the light!

A piece of frayed canvas gave me both a surface for the bird to stand on and some extra threads for it to carry.  Perfect little additions for a card that is on it’s way to my Mom (Happy Birthday Mom!).

I finished the card off with some heat embossing in a powder that is similar to kraft.  The color is almost too subtle to really pop in a photograph, but I still think it works!  My sentiment is by Gina K.  It’s a beautiful but simple script that works with so many designs.

I hope you like my little feathered friend!  Have a fantastic week 🙂

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 228} Merry Birdie

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Happy Tuesday! Can you believe it’s officially less than a month until Christmas? I haven’t started decorating yet, but I’m finally getting inspired to make Christmas cards! Today I want to share a couple fun cards I made with Dina Wakley’s set Scribbly Holiday Birdie 2. I was so excited to see this set released in cling this year, as I got it as a limited release in clear a couple years ago and it’s a really fun one! For today’s cards, I worked with just one of the birdies, making two similar cards. I hope they make you smile 🙂

The Basics

On my first card, I used a background I had previously stamped using my Snowflakes Turnabout stamp by Concord & 9th. I chose 2 shades of red and 2 shades of green Distress Oxide to stamp with for a bright & cheery background. I typically don’t work with a lot of red & green (together) on my Christmas cards, so I chose the brighter of the greens to highlight here for a whimsical twist.

This bird is pretty good size- the square watercolor panel I stamped on is 4×4″ and there are three different hats included in the set. I stamped in permanent ink and colored him ‘scribbly’ style with Dina’s Scribble Sticks, then blended with a water brush. The hat was stamped separately and layered over my bird for extra dimension (I added a foam square under the pom-pom).

The Details

This cute sentiment ‘tweet tweet merry merry’ comes with the Holiday Birdie Stamp set. When I pulled it off to use it, I realized I had trimmed it so I could use one of the ‘merry’ words separately. I decided to leave that word off and add a Shadow Script die cut to complete the sentiment. The sentiment & Holly berries were both embossed with Wow Apple Red embossing powder.

I stamped the holly leaves on book print and layered them onto cardstock for a bit more stability. To finish off the card, I added some glitter as well as some fun red & white twine from my stash.

Snow Birdie

My second card has the same birdie with bold, grungy snowflakes (an old Tim Holtz stamp set) in the background!

I love this fun red hat! Together with the red embossed sentiment and red & white twine, it gives some fun pops of colour.

I finished this card off with a little bit more glitter and some bling. Since I smudged some ink on the bottom of my white panel, I also added a wash of color for the birdie to stand on 😉

I hope my Merry Birdie cards make you smile! I’ve still got another hat I colored up, ready to go… so watch for it on an upcoming card!

Inky hugs,


Floral Aviary Tag

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

How TWEET is this Floral Aviary Set from Flora and Fauna???

I just love the whimsical little images in this set and loved coloring them even more!

I created my tag using a Luggage Tag die from my stash but any  tag die will do like the Concord and 9th Sprinkles tag. I die cut it from Bristol Smooth cardstock and used fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxides with a blending tool to create my background.

I colored the image with Copics and Spectrum Noir markers and then fussy cut them out. I created the cage using  a Spellbinders Bird Cage Die, but Penny Black has some adorable ones here too. I die cut the bird cage from white cardstock three times and adhered them together, and then embossed the top layer with Clear Embossing poweder twice…doesn’t it look like a real shiny metal bird cage? lol

I adhered the flowers and birds with the cage onto my tag using glue and foam tape. I then stamped the sentiment using Versafine Black Onyx Ink. Some white gel pen highlights finished off my little tag.

Thank you for stopping by today and happy Craftin’!