Monday, April 9, 2012

A Bird Does Not Sing...

Hello and happy Monday crafty folks! I hope you had a gorgeous weekend and your Monday started with a smile. :)

I've been working on beaded hat pins and brooches and such for so long that I haven't touched paper in ages. Feels like it, anyway. My smile comes from the sheer joy of remembering *how* to make a card and making one from the delicious Pion Designs "Fairytale of Spring" paper. I've been sitting on it for weeks and finally used a wee bit this weekend.

Before I started, I knew I needed a little poke to send me in the right direction. My lovely friend Linda, also known as The Funkie Junkie, started up a new vintage-themed challenge blog called Frilly and Funkie. The challenge theme is "I'll Take Your Word For It" and the idea is to let a sentiment take center stage on your project.

I wanted to use my new Pion Designs paper, but I don't have a lot of sentiment stamps that would work with it. After searching around bit I found this bird one hanging out with the punches in the shoe rack behind the door. Perfect! The bird is from a package of K & Co. die-cut bits and the branch cut from a PD paper using the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Branch die.

The music notes are Dusty Attic, onto which I gobbed pale pink crackle paint... which didn't work very well. I covered it all in Glossy Accents to seal and set it aside for months (because I can't throw anything away). Finally it found the right project!

Flowers are a combination of really old Wild Orchid and brand spankin' new Wild Orchid. The crochet flowers are Michael's Recollections line. I added the stamen to the bottom one and used the top left one as a mini doily.

In case you're wondering, I got the hard-to-find Pion Designs paper collections from Linda's Etsy shop. You can still shop there, or at her new Zibbet shop. It's just a coincidence that I'm entering a Funkie Junkie challenge with Funkie Junkie paper. It doesn't get me an advantage or anything... does it? *wink*

Thanks for visiting today!



Jill said...

Fabulous work again Susan!
I love the vintage look on your card and the bird are really ment to be on a card with the lovely Pion papers :)
Fantastic flowers :)
Hope you have had a wonderful weekend and I wish you another beautiful week!
Big hugs, Jill

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh, Susan, this is stunning! Love your sentiment and how you've placed the bird and music notes. It all comes together beautifully. The flowers are gorgeous (very cool contrast between the old and new DIs) too. So glad to see you at Frilly & Funkie!

Teresa Kline said...

this is gorgeous, I adore your flowers and the sentiment on the tag, very sweet...hope you have a wonderful week!

enjoy *~*

Anne said...

This is gorgeous! I love the colors, and the flowers are stunning. Beautiful details, and the image and sentiment is perfect. :)

Hugs, Anne.

debby4000 said...

Love your gorgeous card Susan.

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Oh Susan, you've got me drooling over this one. I think that is my favorite sheet of paper from that Pion pack and your bird/branch and music staff are the perfect accompaniment to your sentiment! Really gorgeous lace and flowers too. An altogether perfect celebration of springtime!

Thanks so much for linking up my shops too - really appreciate the pitch for that and for the Pion paper!

Hope you had a wonderful Easter.


PS - And thanks for playing with us over at Frilly and Funkie - hope you will be a regular!

Astrid Maclean said...

Just found you via Pinterest, as one does lol.... Love your creations, this is a wonderful card and your stickpins further down are to die for. Wished I knew how to do them, they're fabulous!!!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card Susan, love the sentiment and the flowers are beautiful ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x