Monday, March 18, 2013

Thankful for Nancy


Hi everyone.  This card is for a couple of challenges.  First, the SCS Featured Stamper (FS319) this week is my good friend, Nancy Littrell.  Congrats Nancy!!

Nancy and I met while on the CAS Design Team for SCS just over a year ago and we've been friends ever since.  We have so much in common, and share a passion for CAS cards.  I have been inspired by Nancy for many of my cards that I have made and I know that she has inspired many others as well.  Today it's all about her ... and she will know that I really worked hard to make this card for her :)  She has made several beautiful cards using the two-step bird punch from SU! and I mentioned to her that I had the same punch, but just couldn't seem to get it to work for me on any of my cards ... I had tried several times and they always looked terrible and I would ditch them and start with something else.  I think I ended up with some sort of complex about using this punch!! :)  Today I used this beautiful card from Nancy's gallery to get me over my phobia!!  I'm so happy with how this turned out ... thank you, thank you, thank you Nancy!  I appreciate you for all your wonderful cards and inspiration you provide, but most of all, I appreciate you for you.  Enjoy your special week, my friend!!

I'm also entering this into the Less Is More challenge (LIM#111 - frame it).  I used piercing to frame my label punch.



Stamps:  Be Happy Sentiments (AmyR)
Paper:  White, watercolor
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Not Quite Navy (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  2-Step bird punch, Label punch; Piercing tool, template and mat, Stamp-a-ma-jig, water mister, glue, and dimensionals



I dropped some watered-down re-inkers (Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Not Quite Navy), onto a piece of wet watercolor paper.  The ink spreads across the water to create a large piece of multi-colored watercolor paper, which I let dry and then punched out the bird and branch.  I punched a second branch which is attached to the inside of the card.


Here's a close-up of the main image:






18 comments:

  1. WOW! You rocked this card! I love the bird and just recently got the bird punch. You have certainly inspired me! Pinning to CASE you!

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  2. I love this card Loll, that's my favourite punch but I seem to use it just to embellish something whereas you have made it the focal point. Stunning colours;)
    Val x

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  3. Beautiful, Loll! You have used so many techniques on this deceptively simple card!
    chris
    x

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  4. You made me laugh with your recounting of a phobia about the bird punch! I'm okay with the bird punch but I have a couple of stamps that I have a complex about using!

    Your beautiful card is a wonderful tribute to Nancy who inspires me as well - I'm having trouble picking one of her cards as I love so many of them. And thank you for explaining how you got the lovely colour shading on the bird - I'll be trying that for sure.

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  5. Super beautiful, Lolly! I'd say you are well and truly over your bird punch phobia! This is brilliant and a total tribute to the awesome Nancy! Thank you so much for the watercolor blending tip, too. It looks like sponging without all the sponging! Love it!!

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  6. Stunning card Loll, the colouring is gorgeous. Think I need that punch!! Cathy x

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  7. Hi Loll, the colors on your bird and branch look amazing and so does the pieced frame. I hope I'll get to see this cute little birdie in your cards more often now! :)

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  8. Well you've certainly got over your phobia now Loll! This is stunning, especially with the watercoloured bird - the graduated colours are gorgeous.

    Karen x

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  9. This is so lovely. The hues are fascinating.

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  10. Gorgeous card Loll and love your beautifully coloured bird ......

    Anne

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  11. Beautiful card, brilliant watercolor technique. I love the 2 step bird punch, I use it mostly for wedding cards...white on white. I'm now inspired to color my birds. Thanks :)

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  12. Adore this card, have the punch! tra la la...:-)which I use quite often...

    Love the detail of the frame which really makes your card..
    Hugs denmo x

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  13. Thank you so much Loll for honoring me with your gorgeous watercolored bird. I am thrilled you used one of my all time favorite punches. Now you have inspired me to do a watercolor piece to use for my owl punch that has been negleted. We sure do inspire each other :-) I Treasure our instant friendship my friend!

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  14. what beautiful coloring on your bird Loll! the piercing really accents the die cut framing!

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  15. This is beautiful, Loll! You and Nancy are both such inspiration to a lot of people. I'm one of them. Your bird is beautiful and I love the piercing around the label!

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  16. Hi Loll,this is beautiful!! I just starting following your blog and got sooo much inspiration from you. So much that I just recently have your blog on my side bar, so now I can never miss a post. TFS

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  17. This is super Loll, I love the piercing!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    Less is More

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  18. What a lovely card... love how you used the frame theme. Thanks for joining us this week
    Jen
    "Less Is More"

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