Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SOS217: put a bird on it

occasionally at shopping our stash miss leslie sets a challenge that is soooooooooo up my street that i almost feel like i'm cheating. and this week's "put a bird on it" is definitely one of those times. what can i say? i like birds. i also have a number of family members who like birds too, so it's a pretty easy motif for me to build a card around. such as this one that coincidentally happens to be right here:

vintage sheet music, bird illustration and text from my stash; old pressed chipboard frame from the dollar store, i think... it was bright green so i painted it a bit more neutrally with a little craft paint. weird old flowers and leaves that were either given to me or came in a vase i bought at... you guessed it... yet another garage sale, lol! bling flourishes: recollections; stencils: heidi swapp and stencil girl; distress inks: ranger; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, uhu gluestick, sewing machine

i love photos and paintings of birds. i own quite a few stamps and stencils of birds. i've even been known to draw doodley little birds myself. but my all time favorite kind of bird to put on a card is a vintage illustration. when i'm at book sales and garage sales, i specifically look for the most battered old copies of bird books, just because they contain loads of gorgeous illustrations which are the perfect size for cardmaking, as this little chickadee illustrates pretty well, i think. for this card, i painted up a little pressed chipboard frame i found during the great clearout; threw a couple of shades of distress ink through some leafy stencils, and made a little collage that i framed up on some beautifully patina-ed vintage sheet music. i'm kind of glad that my mother's birthday is a few weeks away, so that i can sit this on my shelf for a bit and admire it, she said modestly! :) :) :)

there's lots more avian goodness from my dt sisters at SOS... won't you treat yourself to a little hop over there? ♥


  1. This is totally gorgeous, Lauren! This challenge certainly was made for you, Jo x

  2. Fabulous card, love all the elements. your collage cards are impressive.

  3. Wait, you mean you've stripped bare the dogwood in your dining room? I thought you stole all your fleurs from there. :)

  4. Beautifully done, Laurne! You really do have an amazing eye for composition!

  5. I just love this! And now I must CASE it!

  6. I don't see how a card could ever get prettier than this one! EVER! I love the chipboard frame around that beautiful bird and the music background couldn't be more perfect! Outstanding and stunning!

  7. So much pretty crafty fabulousness here! Love the layers, the bling and of course the bird!


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