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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Challenge #49! Animals

Well, I really didn't know what to do for this one at first. You see, I do not own any sets that have "animals," or so I thought! Turns out that although I don't own a traditional nature or kiddie animal set, there ARE animals in my stamp collection....and maybe there are some in yours as well! There's frogs (Unfrogettable), butterflies (Ok, maybe that's a stretch!), there's horses (Wanted...that stamp has yet to see ink!), and a couple of birds (Touch of Nature, Always).....and that's what I used here. Birds are hot in the stamping world right now....and now that I've actually USED this one, I've fallen in love with it!


So, I decided on the bird image from my new set, Always....this whole set is just so lovely, but I have to be honest and let you know that I purchased it just for the heart! Ok, so the animal was chosen and then I spotted this scrap of Ginger Blossom DSP on my desktop and worked from there. Have you ever created a card and didn't know where you were going with it?....I mean you had no direction or design in mind...just kind of went with it? That's what happened here. I don't think it's a copy or CASE of anything out there, but it may have come from something I've seen....who knows?!


The bird image is a solid-image stamp and sometimes they are the most difficult to get the best ink coverage, especially when brand new, like this one*. That's why he's embossed....first stamped in Chocolate Chip Craft Ink and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder....but, I don't think you can really see than on your computer screen. Everything on this card is from SU, except for the brown silk flower which I purchased last year on my jaunt to visit some stamping gal pals at Cape Cod last year. And you know what?!! I think I've fallen in love with River Rock! After all these months of not knowing quite what to do with it!! AND it's only around for another 2 months! (sigh!!) Sometimes, I'm a slow learner!

Hope you enjoy this week's edition of the Challenge. Now I'm off to see what all the other uber-talented bloggers have done. Come on and visit with me!


Stamps: Always
Inks: Chocolate Chip Classic & Craft, Ruby Red
CS: Whisper White, River Rock, Groovy Guava, Ruby Red, Ginger Blossom DSP
Misc: Chocolate Satin Ribbon**, Brown Silk Flower (non-SU), Brass Build-a-Brad, Clear EP
**Retired
*Check out Pat's blog here for some great tips on working with solid-image stamps. She has an EXCELLENT tutorial on conditioning and preparing your stamps for ink....you shouldn't miss it!

14 comments:

Lynn Mercurio said...

This is beautiful! I love the contrast of the designer paper with the Chocolate Chip...wonderful job!

KimberlyG said...

Love your card Barbara! These colors are just wonderful together! Beautifully done! :D

Lisa Bohler said...

Very elegant card! Nicely done!

Beckie said...

Lovely card! I too didn't think I had animals...had this set too. Gee...a bird is an animal? I may have to get my head examined! You did great!!

Barb Hardeman said...

This is a totally cool card. I love that bird and the stamp set also! You layout is great and colors are so rich and warm. Great job on the challenge, Barb.

Ida said...

Very nice, I so enjoy the stamp set you used (glad you inked it up) and your card is lovely.

Chrissy D said...

Ohhh gorgeous! Beautifully done. TFS!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Beautiful! These colors are lovely!

Jane Bosi said...

I love this card!!! Soooo pretty! Great Job, Barbara!

Connie said...

You know...I thought EVERYONE would use Always, so I stayed away from using it! Great job...love the layout and colors on your card!

Regina Cornelius said...

very nice!!! i love the layout...and the chocolate satin ribbon....devine!

Nikki Bond said...

I love this set and you used it beautifully! It looks so good with that dp! {sMILEs}

Kathie Bailey said...

Barbara, this is gorgeous! I love what you did with Always.

Robin Merriman said...

This is so pretty, Barbara. I love your colors. You did a beautiful job.

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