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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Those Crazy Ol' Birds #1 - Sunday 3rd May 2015

Hello Friends,


Thank you for stopping by! I'm was so pleased with your comments for the Sneakers card, which was a really fun card to make. 

I think I finally got around all your blogs yesterday....I'm sorry my visits are sporadic with quick comments lately, my valued (but too little!) craft time seems to be increasingly spent on time-consuming projects at the moment...and it be honest, I'm loving it. I just really enjoy taking a lot of time over something. The projects I made for the Eileen Hull post recently really brought that home to me.

This week I have made just one 'card' in three craft sessions, one of which was almost a whole day! Yes you did read that correctly... in truth it's not exactly a card - more a musical exploding box card, made for a wedding we are going to next month.

The bride is the eldest daughter of very good friends and they are a lovely couple, so I wanted to create something extra special...we are seeing her parents today and as it is virtually impossible to post, I wanted to hand it over to them. I will share it with you soon....

I've also been working on a couple of cards for other people; I  still keep getting asked for commissions, but I made the decision last year to not accept any more: I've been doing them for so many years and they take a lot of time, when I would rather be making projects that I really want to make. I used to tell myself that they were good for me because I was designing cards that were, well not exactly out of my comfort zone, but not what I would otherwise have made, but in truth I was finding that I was making so many cards for other people, that my own cards for birthdays etc ended up being very rushed. 

I do have a couple of 'customers' who have always given me a list of cards for the year and I agreed to carry on making for them, otherwise I have strangely found it very empowering to be true to myself and say sorry, but I can't do it!

Fun with Crazy Birds....

Last weekend I received a belated birthday present: Tim Holz's Crazy Birds stamps -  and before I started on the wedding project I made some craft time to play with them, so I made a card with each of the stamps in the set and here is the  first one...they are so quirky and funny, I love them!



 This is a shaker card...I used some lilac/mauve card for the base and inked the edges using Seedless Preserves distress ink. I then took some purple (with a hint of turquoise) patterned paper from stash. The paper was given free with a magazine quite some time ago and was in my 'must use up' box! I tore the edges and added this to the base card. I made the shaker from the same card as the base card and die cut using Spellbinders Classic Rectangles. I used little pink seed beads for the fill.

The flower is made using Spellbinders Carnation Creations, multi-layered and with a button and white twine for the centre. The edges were dusted with Seedless Preserves.

I coloured the bird with a mixture of Chameleon pens and Promarkers and decorated the envelope to match. To finish I die-cut 'Hello' with a Spellbinders D-Lite die.


 That's all for today, I hope you are all having a super Bank Holiday weekend(if you are in UK of course, but a super weekend to all!)...we had Friday off so spent the day in Cirencester, yesterday we had a mooch around Tetbury...the fields around here are all carpeted in yellow from the rapeseed plants, absolutely beautiful! Today we are seeing our friends and tomorrow, may be a trip to Bath, I am still looking for something to wear to the wedding!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X 

14 comments:

  1. Hi Carole this is an amazing card the little bird is so cute. I am still doing commissions and wedding invites it is strange trying to interpret what other people want. I hope that one day I will be making my daughter's wedding stationery and after that I think I will finish. I am looking forward to seeing some of your bigger projects. It would be so nice to meet up sometime. Hugs Jackie

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  2. Quirky and cute. Love the colors you went with here and the envelope is as cute as the card. I have been otherwise extremely busy and apologize for being quick with my comments also.Enjoy your day.

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  3. Hi Carole,
    oh what a very fab creation.
    Love that fab bird with attitude, and he is coloured so well.
    Beautiful colour choices, and another of those superb flowers.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  4. Beautiful card Carole! Amazing job colouring your crazy bird and I love that you did a matching envelope! hugs :)

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  5. Carole, once again your love for birds is shining through. You have coloured this little birdie so vibrantly and I love the shaker card design.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  6. Good for you Carole, saying no is not easy but sometimes we just need to take time for ourselves. I do love the crazy birds and the one you are showing today is my favourite, he really makes me smile! I love your gorgeous flower too. Hope you are having a lovely weekend. Hugs, Anne xx

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  7. Just love these crazy birds ....great shaker card and lovely colouring .. It is hard to say no at times

    Anne

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  8. Morning Carole,
    Great card, very vibrant.
    Lydia
    X

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  9. Brilliant card Carole, I love that "crazy bird" and your beautiful flower.
    It's hard to say "no" but once you have said it it makes you feel so much better in yourself.
    have a great day
    Patricia x

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  10. I want to see photos of the exploding box card!! I love the shaker card, I am on the fence about the Tim stamps, they are everywhere right now and I can't decide if they are scaring me or not (I find birds slightly scary..I know its like I am 5) Thanks for the Anniversary wishes - 2 years goes fast right?! Cx

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  11. Hi there Carole - yup it is me not just a figment of your imagination! I have just been looking over some of your previous posts but before I go on to that I want to say I think this birdy image is great, I've even seen a few like him on Planet Susie - the birds are all those lovely colours - lol! Nice touch to have also put him on the envelope. I checked out how the girls were doing and am very sorry to read about Bella, that was truly sad. I love the look of Tilda though, she seems to be extremely smart and am glad Cara has a new friend. Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

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  12. great card and the colors too! hope all is well. keep on crafting and enjoying it that is the essential
    hugs bibiana

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  13. Wowwwww Carole ,I love the cute and funny bird and coloring,,,,and your flower is great,,,,,what a amazing card this one,

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