Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Songbird Serenade


May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
~Irish Blessing


Skipping Stones Design has another really cool sketch this week. You can make it clean and simple, shabby and chic, or whatever suits your fancy. There are many wonderful examples over on the Skipping Stones blog, as well as challenge details!


The beautiful, neutral color palette offered at The Play Date Cafe and a Favorite Things Challenge from Basic Grey proved to be such a great starting point. If you haven't noticed, I've got a thing for crafting with birds lately, they prove to be one of my all time favorite subjects. I've also been experimenting with layers, textures and the natural color scheme. It's fun to step outside your normal limits, just to see what you can come up with.  I started by stamping the sweet little songbird image from Heartsong onto kraft paper, colored him with a mixture of Copics and Prismacolors and then carefully fussy cut him so he could rest on a burlap background. A bit of beautifully realistic patterned paper from Basic Grey's Curio Collection and twine, a button and a stamped sentiment from Uplifting completes the look.

40 comments:

Tammy said...

Love the burlap with that floral PP--great pairing of masculine and feminine for one great card!

jengd said...

Beautiful Karen! LOVE that brown palette and the mix of botanical, burlap and hand-colored!

Ruby said...

Beautiful card Karen, such wonderful use of our challenge colours! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at The Play Date Cafe!

Katie Gehring said...

This is stunning! Love Heartsong with that lovely patterned paper!

Emily Keaton said...

So beautiful, Karen! I love that burlap background.

Jingle said...

Karen, this is so amazingly pretty! WOW! I love it!

Ivanka said...

Beautiful!! Love the texture you've added.

Heather Innusa said...

This is so wonderful Karen! You are absolutely brilliant with this color palate!! I love the burlap addition!

Basement Stamper said...

The burlap against that paper with the bird is perfect.

Sherry Eckblad said...

swoon, absolutely love this card Karen. The texture, the bird, the BG curio papers. You have some mad paper skills.

Lisa said...

SPECTACULAR Karen! Love the earthy natural look of this card!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Just gorgeous, Karen! That paper is divine.

Thanks a bunch for playing with us at The Play Date Cafe this week!

artfuldelight said...

Oh wow!!! Love it!! :-)

Lynn said...

Sighing with happiness as I look at this card. The BG paper is beautiful and your coloring is amazing as always. love the bird on the twine ledge.

Annette said...

you have the cutest bird stamps...I love this...and the burlap is a wonderful add...amazing card..

Jenny said...

I love these colours and your rustic treatment of them just made them even more appealing :) I love your bird cards!
Jenny x

Chunyuan said...

fantastic card. the coloring of the bird is gorgeous. love the texture of burlap behind the bird. such a happy card.

Aimes said...

That sketch would have me running a mile - I really admire the way you can take a sketch and make it work without it looking too busy (kwim?)
That sweet li'l birdie is stunning!
Hugs,
Aimes
x

Jay Gee said...

Gorgeous Karen - you do natural colours so well and I love the textures on your card :)

~amy~ said...

Oh Karen, this is gorgeous...the texture and patterns are stunning together!!!!

Jinny Newlin said...

This is just beautiful, Karen! LOVE that bit of burlap, and you always ROCK that sweet, little bird! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!

~Tammy~ said...

This is superb! I love the diverse textures and patterns. SIGH!

Lindsay said...

So fabulous Karen! LOVE the texture from that burlap!

BabyBokChoy said...

I LOVE the pairing of this BG paper with the burlap. I would have never thought that they would go together so well!

papertrails leaver said...

What a beautiful card! Love the use of burlap!

Jen W. said...

Another stunner,Karen! That sweet bird looks perfect nestled onto the burlap and that Curio paper is gorgeous!

lisa arana said...

I couldn't figure out how you stamped the bird on the burlap. Amazing how fantastic the paper birdie just blends in perfectly. Beautifully done.

Lynnda Hosni said...

What a pretty card! Love the pp used too... hugs..xoxo

Cherry's Jubilee said...

love that burlap..so happy to have found your blog. cherry

alexandra s.m. said...

This is amazing!
The design, the palette, the texture!
Wow!

TFS Karen~

lynn said...

fabulous texture, adorable little bird--love this, karen:)

Dana Nelson said...

This is so lovely! Love the subdued femininity.

Michele Gross said...

Oh Karen! WOW!! This is really and truly fabulous :) Awesome job with the Play Date Cafe colors :)

Dolly Daydreams said...

This is stunning it has everything, i love the bird and your beautiful layout and great texture too.

Marie

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Way to work that burlap girlfriend, and you do well with birds, stick with what's working.

Jaclyn Miller said...

Absolutely fantastic! Love the use of that burlap. Thank you for playing along with The Play Date Cafe.

jen said...

What a gorgeous contradiction in textures! The burlap & the sweet little bird. Beautiful use of those colors too!

Rica said...

Such a beautiful card Karen, fantastic details, such a sweet image and I adore all the wonderful textures!!!

Thanks so much for joining us with the Basic Grey challenge.
Love
Heather xx

jo (http://joboogie.typepad.com) said...

Beautiful! The colors are just perfect! :)

Trinh said...

Gorgeous! Love the burlap.