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Saturday, 4 August 2012

Happy Bird-day

I'm getting this entry in to enter the My Favorite Things August guest designer contest with just a couple of days to go - whew!  This month there's another gorgeous sketch to follow and I decided to deviate from my usual cutesy, clean style and go for shabby chic instead...




And look - no stamp!  Well, apart from the sentiment which is from the Contempo Cage & Stamp set, as are the bird cage and bird dies.  I popped the sentiment on one of the tabs from the Die-namics Mini Tabs Foursome and used the Die-namics Leafy Flourish and Die-namics - Royal Rose die.  There was plenty of distressing and inking edges on this one and for texture I used some cream twine and lace.  And here's the sketch we had to follow...



The submissions for the contest are really high again this month so I'm not sure if this will be good enough to win but I will keep on trying!

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your weekend!







I am entering my card into the following challenges:


41 comments:

Sasha said...

This is really different for you, Mary, but I really love it! I love the ditsy paper design. Your little, bird, cage and rolled flowers are all gorgeous! x

Sue said...

Wow! this is gorgeous Mary! what a sweet bird and cage! Love the scrummy papers and lace - and those roses are really beautiful !! it's a stunning card!
Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Big Hugs
Sue xx

Evy said...

You've made a stunning card! Something totally different for you, but i love it! Good luck on the Guest-DT contest, Hope you'll win!

hugs, Evy

Doreen said...

Oh this is gorgeous Mary,love the bird and cage.xxx

Alyce said...

Love this Mary J! What a great take on the sketch...plus I really love those papers...where are they from? Goodluck with the submission - they would be silly not to take you! :D

Shelby said...

Such a beautiful creation! Love the die cuts you've used and the colors are so lush.

Shelby

Theresa said...

So darn gorgeous! Love the bird cage and the DP is just lovely.

JanR said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Mary! If it was up to me I'd totally pick you.

Pam Sparks said...

Beautiful Mary! Love it! It's a winner!

Amanda R said...

Very nice Mary and always fun to step outside of our norm. Good luck with the dt appllication!

Jennifer said...

This is so very delightful! I love all the dimension that this card has! Wonderful papers and flowers you used!

Chrissy said...

I love it Mary,it is gorgeous,,love the papers and the little bird and cage, fabulous flowers,Oh!Good Luck hunny, fingers and toes crossed for you..

luv CHRISSYxx

RiNNE said...

What a wonderful card- so gorgeously shabby chic! The flowers are divine, the birdcage stunning!

Cindy Haffner said...

LOVIN this Mary!!~

heidy said...

Oh this is so pretty MaryJ,your such a talented girl!
Keeping my fingers crossed for you!!!
XXX Heidy

Sue said...

Just absolutely gorgeous Mary. Love the colour palette first up, then those fabulous distressed layers, you have used the pp to it's max bringing in the mustard just makes the card Po. Great shabby effect on the card; you say you have moved from cutesie with this one but your Bird is rather darn cute!
Smiles:)
Sue

Donna Mosley said...

STUNNING! Mary. Love the beautiful papers and dies.

Donna x

sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!! This is stunning Mary J. I love the way you have used the sketch, the colours and design are wonderful.
Good luck with the GDT call

Hope you have a good Sunday
Sue

coops said...

wow so gorgeous mary.i love the birdcage and your papers and layers are stunning ;D

xx coops xx

Stamps and Paper said...

stunning work Mary and I just love those papers


Anne

Christine L said...

Love your fabulous birdcage Mary... and your layout is gorgeous.

Hugs
Christine x

Shannon White said...

Wowie Mary! this is Gorgeous! Love all the Yummy MFT goodness you have going on here! 8-) And the dp's you chose are so Pretty Pretty too! Just Love every Fabulous detail my friend! Keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you for the GD Spot! 8-)

Hugs
Shannon

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

Wow! This is so stunning! Love how you've used the dies and the sketch.

Lisa Jane said...

ooh this is sooo very shabby chic .. gorgeous .. well apart from the bird lol
Lisa x

Faye said...

Mary, I really, really like this stylish card. Really like it. xx

Anita said...

Gorgeous card Mary J. I love the shabby chic look. I always plan to play along in the MFT monthly challenges abut always seem to run out of time ;( Good luck in the challenge - I hope you win!!!

pinky said...

Its just gorgeous Mary and no stamp! Love the colour combination and gorgeous papers. Good luck.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

This is so adorable, love the shabby chic and how you used this sketch

Beth Moore said...

Love how you used the sketch to create this beautiful card, the cage and bird are so sweet and love your color combination as well with the Kraft cardstock... I'm showcasing your card on our Feature Me Friday post of The Kraft Journal blog this Friday August 10, stop by the blog anytime that day or after to pick up your Featured Artist button and thanks so much for playing along with us at The Kraft Journal too!

Maureen said...

This is just amazing!! Good luck with the contest!

Lorraine said...

Ooh gorgeous shabby chic card, Mary J! You are totally rockin' the dies lately!

Wendy said...

Absolutely stunning Mary J, love it so much...Good luck.
Wendy xx

Kathleen said...

Must admit I am a big fan of your cute and clean style but this is also a fabulous card. Great papers and great images and the flowers are stunning.

Kath x

Plastic cards said...

This is so nice. How many time was taken during the designing of this card?

Lisa M said...

Ahhhhh! Gorgeous! :)

Tammy said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Mary!! I love all of the die cuts and your beautiful papers! Thanks for joining us at Wags 'n Whiskers!
Tammy x

Gemma said...

Simply stunning..just loving everything about it!
hugs and xxx
Gemma

sammi said...

Gorgeous card, Mary. Love the vintage feel and all the beautiful details. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us in our "August Anything Goes" challenge at Catch The Bug! We hope to see you, again, next time!! ~~Sammibug~~ DT Member For Bugaboo Stamps

Jodie Mackrell said...

great card! thanks for playing this weeks challenge at Catch the Bug!

Lynn said...

Beautiful card! Congrats on being featured at The Kraft Journal!

Vic said...

wow!! this card is just completely gorgeous!! i love everything about it...colours, layout, that cute bird!!!!

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