Saturday, April 5, 2008

this one's for the birds!

...and the butterflies...and the bugs...and the angels...and the airplanes. that's right, the new caardvarks challenge, FLIGHT OF FANCY, dares you to submit your finest, fanciest, funnest and flightiest creations!

before i show you my cards for this challenge i feel it is my public duty to report a serious case of GRAND THEFT BIRDHOUSE!!!!! you see, *everything* that is cool about my cards: the shape of the houses, the layers of papers, the trims of lace and flowers, the charming vintage + funk vibe...allllllllll of that was lifted lock, stock, and birdseed barrel from my blogging friend lori, whose site is called faerie window. lori recently took part in an art blogging event called "bling your birdhouse" and lemme just say this: if birdhouse blinging ever becomes an olympic event, miss lori will have a lock on that gold medal! when i saw her creations, i was truly blown away. so much so, that i wanted to copy (ummmmmmm) steal (ahem!) pay tribute to (yeah, that's better!) her idea in card form. i did... :)

(birdhouse idea & basic shapes: lori karla/faerie window; birds & text page cut from a vintage children's encyclopedia; patterned paper: frances meyer, creative imaginations, daisy d's, making memories, scenic route, k&co; chipboard: deja views; flowers & leaves: prima, paper source; brads: making memories, doodlebug; rickrack: making memories; other: ledger paper, vintage lace, wired pearls, foam tape, colorbox inks)

these are going to be our mother's day cards--both jeff's mom and my own adore birds, birdhouses, and vintagey bits and bobs, so i think these will be a pretty big hit! where will YOUR flight of fancy take you??! i can't wait to see!


  1. Love your beautiful birdhouse cards Lauren!!

  2. Love your take on the challenge. We tribute to our favorite designs and designers once in a while! ;^)

  3. Your blinged-out birdhouses are beautiful. I am always amazed at the creativity of others and my lack of it, haha!!

  4. My mother-in-law would love one of these. I'm going to have to see if I can find any blingy birdhouse goodies in my stash. Yours are wonderful!

  5. Wow, what an excellent tribute to Lori's lovely birdhouses! I am in awe of your talent to see something and duplicate it as a card. I enjoyed looking at Lori's birdhouses (and her other magnificent creations). No doubt she will be very impressed with your mother's day cards. I'll bet all of your relatives frame your cards and have the pictures displyed in their homes.

  6. well aren't YOU sweet? thanks for the plug:) and i told you this already, you have made the birdhouses your very own and they are wonderful!!! i LOVE them!!! the moms will be thrilled! and i really think they should frame these beauties as mentioned by June, wouldn't that be lovely?

  7. beautiful Lauren:)x

  8. OMG i thought i commented on here.
    But i guess i didnt..
    OMG its simply GOOOOORGEOUS!
    All the detail and the floewrs and leaves and pp!
    OMG!. ABsolutely INCREDDIBLE!
    i think this is one of my fav thigs you have EVER done! :D (And your purple people eater ;))
    Have a great week!

  9. I LOVE these Lauren! They are BEAUTIFUL! Great pics from the encylopedia! xx

  10. I absolutely love these!! Soooo neat! I might have to give this a shot! And yes, the flowers that Viki has on her blog would look sooo cute!. I got one made up today..its on my blog. Laurie

  11. Theivery or not...your birdhouse is "tweet." Can't believe no one commented with that sentiment yet.

  12. Very nice cards. I love all the detail and different textures.


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