Saturday, August 2, 2014

Tweet, Tweet, Chirp, Chirp!

Greetings!  The weeks are flying by, aren't they? Already it is time for another challenge over at Inkspirational!  This time around, the challenge is to create a card using Markers or Pencils.  I rarely work with Markers of Pencils, so this was indeed a challenge for me!  It was further complicated by the fact that we are in the process of getting ready to move, and some time ago I packed up items in my craft room that are seldom used, and as you guessed it, that included markers and pencils!  Golly gee, what to do....

I just happened to need to go over to the Office Supply Store as my computer was on the blink, and while there, checked out the fine arts aisle and treated myself to some new Watercolor Colored Pencils!  (The ones in storage were just inexpensive ones, purchased in the toy aisle at the drug store, so I was really excited about opening these up and getting creative.)

I have been wanting to ink up my new Scribbly Birds by Dina Wakely and they seemed just right for this challenge.  I stamped them with Black Archival Ink onto scrap white card, trimmed them and then colored them with a variety of colored pencils. Afterwards, I spritzed a bit of water onto my craft mat and blended the coloring with a small paint brush dipped in water.  I really like how they turned out!

For my card base, I chose stencils by Red Lead Paperworks and stenciled the feathers and eggs with Distress Ink in colors I thought blended well with the birds.  I next flicked drops of water onto the card base and removed bits of ink to mottle the card front.  I finished with a stencil of Tim Hotlz's in Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The edges of the card were distressed with Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Ink, too.  The birds were also distressed with a bit of VP DI and mounted to the card front.  I decided to mount the bluebird on foam dots.  The sentiments are also by Dina Wakely.  The top of the card is wrapped with ivory burlap string by May Arts and the twigs are from my back yard!

I hope you will pop over to Inkspirational and check out the gorgeous projects the Design Team created for you and then consider sharing a project of your own.

On a personal note, I wanted to share with you that we lost our dear sweet Standard Poodle, Josephine, earlier this week. She was in good health, though 14.5 years of age.  It was quite a shock for us, and we miss her terribly.  She was such a part of our family and gave us unconditional love and great joy. Here's to you, our dear Jojobean!

Hugs, Yvonne


Dots Dabbles said...

Oh I love these scribbly birds Yvonne! You have showed them off so beautifully.
Dot x

Nonni said...

Your card is beautiful! I love the bird stamps and you did wonders with with your new pencils. Again, so sorry to hear about Josephine, my thoughts are with you. xxx

Pia Krogh Larsen said...

Gorgeous and very artistic card with the Wakely bird stamps.
As a dog owner I am so sorry to hear about your loss.

Sue said...

Hello Yvonne,
I love what you have done here with your pencils and the scribbly birds.
The card is very impressive and arty.

sandie said...

So sorry to hear of your loss Yvonne, this must be so hard, thinking of you x
Your little birds are adorable and I do love how you have coloured them, the base of your card certainly did turn out fab and such a perfect compliment to the little birds. Take care xx

Marina said...

This is beautiful and great to see that the challenge really brought out your creativity (and a new set of pencils!). I love the bird stamp and the soft blending of colours.

Kay Wallace said...

You are the third friend to have lost a pet this week, Yvonne, and it is such a heartbreaking thing to have happen, especially unexpectedly, as in Josephine's case. Hugs to your family!

On a happier note, I can tell you that I love birds and so this piece especially appeals to be. Love the bright, bright colors as much as those sweet images, and that oh-so-perfect quote! Well done!

Meggymay said...

A beautiful card, those are favourite stamps of mine.
I know what you are going through losing your faithful family pet, I send you hug, remember the fun and love she gave you all.
Yvonne xx

Anonymous said...

This card is really cute Yvonne! Your work with the stencils is great and I love those birds!

So sorry for the loss of Josephine. It sounds like she was a wonderful companion for your family.

- Shauna

Kim M said...

What a wonderful card! Love those birds. Sorry to hear of your loss. It's so hard to lose a pet. They are such a part of the family. Hugs to you!

cm said...

Hugs to you on the loss of your girl; I know you'll miss her immensely! Your card: absolutely wonderful! Your shopping for water-colour pencils - great investment, because you've certainly worked magic with these sweet scribbly bird images! Delightful, cheery card...and so many cool techniques coming into play!

Greta said...

Oh my heart goes out to you & your family at the loss of your dear 4 legged family member, Yvonne--I've been there. Those birds are incredible--your purchase was well worth it! Fabulous background--creative & gorgeous card!

Sophie said...

Wenn du drei Vögel auf der Karte hast, dann ist das ein riesiges Format :-)
Wunderschön sind die Vögel coloriert.
Mir gefällt das sehr.

Herzlichst Sophie

Silvia(Barnie) said...

I really love these birds, your creation looks fantastic.

Buttons said...

Yvonne, I love how you've used the scribbly birds with the egg and feather background. Such a great design. I was so sorry to hear your news about Josephine and send you my best wishes. Losing a much loved best friend like this is so hard. Jenny x

Dana Joy said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. Wanted to say I love your card. I'm a new follower. Hope you'll follow me too.

Terry said...

Yvonne, I love those fun birds and that background is gorgeous! You rocked the markers and watercoloring. I am so sorry about your Josephine. To so many of us our pets are family and there is something about dogs and they just steel our hearts. Our Molly is 14 or older and I cherish every day. Thinking of you.

butterfly said...

I'm so sad and sorry to hear about Josephine - she's a beautiful dog, you must miss her terribly.

The card is a happier place - lovely colours in the eggy background, and the birds look enchanting.
Alison xx

Shirley Chillman said...

Yvonne being a dog lover and owner of two my heart goes out to you. Nothing could be sadder than loosing such a faithful friend. They give you such unconditional love and expect nothing in return. Josephine looked a real treasure.

I love your make sweets.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x