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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

My Birds!

Hi all! As I mentioned in my previous post, I *finally* was able to locate my missing mojo (apparently it was not a fan of this scorching Texas heat and was hiding! LOL!) and I finally got some stamping done. And now without further ado, I am soooooo excited to introduce one of the latest FireCracker Designs by Pamela sets to you - because it's one I begged and pleaded Pamela to make!!!!! She called the set A Little Bird Told Me, but I am going to just call these *My Birds* from here on out. :-D No, of course I didn't DRAW them, I'm not that talented for crying out loud! I leave that to the professionals like Pamela. But I did mention to her that I adore purple martins, and I've personally never seen any purple martin stamps. And then I became a little obsessive compulsive and sent her a whole bunch of links to photos of the birds and their houses. And I compiled a list of possible quotes and sentiments to include. And finally she gave in and said ALRIGHT ALREADY, ENOUGH WITH THE BIRDS, I'LL DO IT!! Just kidding. She was awesome as always and liked the idea right away. Yay! It was soooo exciting to see what she did with my little suggestion! She added a chickadee to my martin stamps, but I *suppose* that is ok...! hee hee Truly, I just LOVE THESE STAMPS!! They are so pretty. They make me smile. Now I have to show you MY martins!! I have this house in the back corner of my yard. It's so fun when they return every spring to have their babies. It's supposed to be the same family year after year, if I understand correctly. So they truly are MY martins!!
The first card I created up above uses Jen's latest SFYTT! I loved the big circle on the sketch and thought a lace doily would be fun to put there. I had a wee mishap with the puffy paint, which of course I added at the very end so I was super duper bummed! But oh well, what can ya do? I added a little Shimmerz to the bird's neck and underside, because the martins have a bit of a shine to them. The males really look more black, with a deep purple to their heads when they are in the right light, but that was just too hard to capture with Copics. :-) (for me anyway - maybe Leslie or Debbie will buy this set and we can all see how the expert colorers do it... LOL!)This second card was fun to create because I pulled out a technique I haven't done in AGES - I stamped the birdhouse image in Versamark, then extended the pole with a embossing pen, and embossed the whole thing in black EP. Then I used BLEACH to color in the image. It was fun because I couldn't remember what color you get when you bleach the Stampin' Up black cardstock - turns out it's yellow! Neat, huh? I'm going to have to try this on some other colors too and see what I get! I also found a set of bird charms in my stash that made a fun addition to this card.And now the REALLY fun part - Pamela has offered up a 15% discount code - on your ENTIRE order - now through Friday. Just enter code LIBBY1 when you checkout. YAY! I really hope you like my birds, and if you get them please by all means let me know, I'd *LOVE* to see what you do with them!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! And tune in all week, I have more sweet bird creations to share! Take care!!
  • Stamps: A Little Bird Told Me from FireCracker Designs by Pamela
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Soft Suede, Eggplant Envy, GP white
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Chocolate Chip, Copic markers for coloring
  • Accessories: Spellbinders dies, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, Fiskars tag punch, Shimmerz, doily, satin ribbon, sewing machine, puffy paint, sponge
  • Stamps: A Little Bird Told Me from FireCracker Designs by Pamela
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Basic Black, Kraft, Papertrey Ink purple CS and DP
  • Ink: Versamark, Elegant Eggplant, Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: Bleach, Black EP, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, Spellbinders die, SU slit & corner punches, sewing machine, silver brads, bird charm, May Arts ribbon, sponge


  1. You did a SUPERB job on these Libby!! I'm so glad you 'allowed' me to add the chickadee....always one of MY favorite birds....grin

    Hope you get years of entertainment from YOUR birds.....he he he

  2. Love 'your' birds Libby, and the story behind them is just too funny when you tell it. Great work on both card, glad your mojo is back!

  3. Beautiful card! I love the story with the stamps.

  4. so now I know the story behind the birds - I love this one! This is great Libby!

  5. Wow! Those cards are fantastic. I love the first card, the colors just stand out for me and the purple, well, it looks awesome! Great job!

  6. Wow, these are awesome. My sister is a purple martin FANATIC. She has written articles and had people come from far away to see her houses....she would love these! But I would have to use them as she is always out in the yard with her martins!

  7. Gosh, Libby, I just had to laugh all the way through this post. It was so entertaining! I LOVE your set, even if Pamela did have to go and throw in that little chickadee (which is adorable, BTW). I was thinking it had a good selection of sentiments with it, when I then read you helped compile those, too. Your martins and birdhouse will be famous now! Love your cards, too! Jen has the BEST sketches, I think. BTW, I'm writing this from a motel room in northern CA - on vacation. We went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium today. Just had to stop in and say "hi". I'm trying to be better about keeping up...

  8. Love the stamps, love the cards! Glad to see you back with your mojo! It helps to have your own stamps doesn't it! ;)

  9. Holy cow girl!! These projects are so gorgeous!! I love those purple martins too!! Beautiful details girl!! :) Hope you're doing well!


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