Birdies of Happiness


Warning. . . this is a rambly, rambly bit of blahblah! This is my version of Beate’s sketch for this week. Make sure to check on Beate, Cami, Charmaine, Laurie, Lori, Mary Jo, and Sharon, too. I had fun with this one, and can’t wait to see what they’ve created!

I fell in love with these Crafty Secrets Bird Notes after seeing several gorgeous creations in the gallery, and every time I went to look for them, they were sold out (I think everyone loved them and were just faster than me!). When I met Sandy, the owner of Crafty Secrets, at CHA and was gushing about her stamps and everything else (Anna is such a good designer as well as supplier. . . she even delivered in person once!) and how I never could time my purchases right, she said she’d be happy to help me. And help she did! I got a little package in the mail the other day, and have been wanting to play with these since! Thank you, Sandy . . . for producing such beautiful products and for being such a delight!

As you can tell from my mess, this card took a little bit of mess to pull together. I must have stamped and watercolored this image 5 or 6 times yesterday! I really wanted to use the Jenni Bowlin patterned paper (the mini papers are perfectly sized for card layers at 4″ x 4″) with the birds, so my card for sure would have turquoise in it. Then the patterned paper was not quite white and not quite ivory and not quite any neutral I had, so I resorted to dirtying my shimmery white and the patterned paper with some Ranger Distress Old Paper ink (and then ended up loving how vintage-y pretty it is!). The patterned paper was still not right, so I crumbled it up and threw it across the room. Well, not really. I crumbled it up and added more ink, and then tried to stick it down. And then had to use a different adhesive ’cause the Distress ink wouldn’t stick with the adhesive I had. Whew!

I mounted the layered watercolored image with tons of foam tape, and then thought I’d use some vintage trim on the card, but after dumping out all of the white and ivory bits of ribbon, I went to the pink ribbon and dumped *that* out. And then found this piece of oldish looking, rosy silk ribbon. And it was perfect. I stuck a page pebble over the sentiment, adhered it to the back of a SU! styled hardware piece, and then ran ribbon through. As an afterthought, I added a Kaiser turquoise rhinestone to the brad I stuck into the hardware in an attempt to keep the piece from sliding. ‘Cause I liked it, I added some Colorbok fake brads (they just stick on) and some more Kaiser rhinestones. . . and then called it done!

personal blahblah and stuff follow


Crafty Secrets Bird Notes

Ink: Palette Noir, Ranger Distress Old Paper, tons of ink to watercolor with Aqua Painter

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose, Shimmery White, Jenni Bowlin Tangerine Dream

Accessories: Silk ribbon from my stash, SU! styled hardware, Colorbok stick-on stud things, Kaiser rhinestones, foam mounting tape

Personal blahblah. . .

I’ve picked up quite a few bird things lately. Went back home a few weeks ago and bought these at my favorite boutique for my newly-painted mantel


and this little iron birdie and the bird bath (behind the pretty flowers I picked up at the wholesale florist yesterday) on the other side came from Target


Happy Spring!

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  1. Posted March 21, 2008 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Love the card, Jenn!! Aren’t the birdies the BEST! =)

  2. Posted March 21, 2008 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Oh…I need to come for a visit and check out your remodeled house. Your deco looks wonderful!
    Your card is gorgeous! I love the colors you paired together and that fantastic ribbon you used.
    Hugs and smiles

  3. Posted March 21, 2008 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    This is gorgeous, Jenn! The colors and coloring is fabulous!

  4. Posted March 21, 2008 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Wow Jenn….. gorgeous! Everything you do is gorgeous! And, my desk always looks like that… you mean that is a new mess? LOL. Have a wonderful Easter babe. Guess what my kids are getting out? YES…. I SAVED THE GLITTER EGGS!!! They can’t wait!!! 🙂

  5. Posted March 21, 2008 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Jenn, this is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

  6. Posted March 21, 2008 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Wow, this is gorgeous!!! Love it!

  7. Carolyn Sharkas
    Posted March 21, 2008 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Jenn, what a beautiful card, I love those little birdies, have been wanting that one for quite awhile myself.

  8. Posted March 21, 2008 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    OH that makes my heart happy! I love your card…I have ribbon envy and your mantle is gorgeous!!! Absolutely! Happy Easter, my friend.

  9. Posted March 21, 2008 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    My heart skipped a beat when I saw that GORGEOUS ribbon!!!! Then…it started beating faster when I saw your amazing birds!! What a gorgeous, gorgeous card!!! I hope you have a wonderful Easter!!

  10. Deb Greenwood
    Posted March 21, 2008 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    This is STUNNING!! Love it!

  11. Deb Greenwood
    Posted March 21, 2008 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing your work. I’m an absolute fan!

  12. Posted March 21, 2008 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    The vintage look is perfect! I can almost imagine it on my grandmother’s table when I was a little girl. The images are stunning and the ribbon completes it all. I am going to have to try the “throw it across the room” technique. does it work everytime? Janet in NC

  13. Posted March 21, 2008 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Wow Jenn. Those birdies and the sentiment are adorable. Great job on the sketch. Love all the elements and coloring. PERFECT!!!

  14. Posted March 21, 2008 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    What vintage-y goodness! Love the old-time feel and look of it, just gorgeous! So glad you persevered!

  15. Posted March 21, 2008 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Fabulous card, Jenn — love your watercoloring and that gorgeous ribbon . . . does it curl that way naturally? Beautiful colors together and your mantle is gorgeous as well! Happy Easter!

  16. Posted March 21, 2008 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Love your card it is Fab… Thank U for sharing

  17. Posted March 21, 2008 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    What an absolutely gorgeous card! The ribbon and colors are gorgeous – perfect spring card!

  18. Posted March 21, 2008 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    So pretty! I have this stamp set, and I need to get it inky!

  19. Posted March 22, 2008 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    I’m sorry you had a tough time with this, but the end result is just gorgeous!! I love your color choices, and coloring! Your sentiment and ribbon is sooo beautifully done as well!!

    Happy Easter!!

  20. Posted March 22, 2008 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    this card is soo pretty! I love the big bow.

  21. Debra
    Posted March 22, 2008 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous! Love the ribbon!

  22. Posted March 22, 2008 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Jen – Your card is beautiful! Love the colors and big bow! Reminds me of a modern victorian card! 😀

  23. Posted March 22, 2008 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    This is the prettiest painted birdies!! I’ve seen others use this stamp but you really got the colors just right!!..I use glimmer mist to get my colors just right on paper and ribbon (and even fabric) Nice job. Oh, Im new to your site…nice to meet you. Laurie

  24. Posted March 23, 2008 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    Just beautiful! Love that ribbon! TFS 🙂

  25. Posted March 23, 2008 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    These birds are so sweet. The bow is wonderful too! Joan

  26. Posted March 23, 2008 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    How pretty! The softness with the turquoise and pink is beautiful!

  27. Posted March 24, 2008 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    LOVE the card!! (it shuold fly into my mailbox!! LOL)
    Love the mantel and birdy stuff!!
    What do the words on the wall say?

  28. Darlene (SCS: akronstamperdpk)
    Posted March 25, 2008 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Fantastic card! LOVE this bird set! Your colors are perfect and really helps the winter blaaas go away and the feel of spring bounce back into my heart!!! I’m also so glad to see this card was chosen to be showcased in this week’s Crafty Secrets sketch challenge. So deserving!!!

  29. Lori G (Chef Mama)
    Posted March 26, 2008 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    Jenn, this is a sweet card! So pretty! Hope you had a great Easter with your family.

    Do you love birds? My MIL has about 30 (maybe more) birdhouses hanging in her backyard, and more inside. Actually, the colors on your card are about what she has in the interior of her home! I’ll have to CASE your color scheme for a card for her!

    Have a wonderful day.

  30. Posted March 26, 2008 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Oh, Jenn! Oooh-la-la! This is SO lovely! That ribbon is perfect–couldn’t be better!

  31. Posted April 19, 2008 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    im so in LOVE wiht this card!!! I love the ribbon!!!

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