Monday, 16 January 2012

Never be too busy for friendship

One of my favourite birds is the Humming Bird - they always seem so busy! I only hope they find time for friendship too :)

The current challenge over at 'Less is More' is 'Birds' and I really wanted to make a card for it - it has to be one layer too, even more pushing of the boundaries here. This can be a single bird or multiples from what I've seen. A quick rummage through my stamps revealed that I have a ton of bird stamps, some quirky, some funny, some in cages, some perfect for TH style cards.

Then I looked up from my desk and staring down at me rather accusingly from a shelf was a Humming Birds stamp I've never used. I can't recall how I came to have it even! But, I'm on a quest to use all the things lurking in my craft room that haven't been inked, snipped, stuck or used yet.

After some research I discovered that some Humming Birds are shades of brown and grey rather than than like brightly coloured jewels - my fear since I've had the stamp had been that I'd mess the bright colours up and it would just spoil a lovely stamped image, especially as the flowers were probably bright red hibiscus. So, this is what I made for the challenge:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card stock

- Humming Bird stamp, with the Latin name for the birds masked off - made in the USA by Personal Stamp Exchange but no name on it, coloured with Pro Markers in shades of warm grey, greens and reds

- sentiment from the Hero Arts 'Live Life' set

Then I ran away and left the card well alone for fear of itchy teeth and a need to add some nail heads or something and spoil it!

Di
x

40 comments:

Paula Whittaker said...

lovely card

Bernie said...

No Di I didn’t send you that stamp. I hope you find out who did. I recently found the same stamp in a thrift shop. I’ve just looked it up, it’s made by Personal Stamp Exchange. You’ve done such a lovely job of coloring it. I can’t do one layer cards, always have to add something to it. I hope when I do ink mine up I can do it the justice you did.
Hugs
Bernie

Irene said...

Hello Di

What a gorgeous, stunning and beautiful card. I LOVE it.
Your stamps is gorgeous.

luv
irene
xxxx

Annie said...

What a stunningly beautiful card Di.
Hugs,
A x
ps you could always add a butterfly hehehe

Gillian said...

Beautiful card Di, the red flowers work so well.

Jules said...

Hi Di

What a gorgeous card.

I love how the red flowers "pop" and your sentiment is just beautiful!

Fabulous finished look.

Love Jules xx

mamapez5 said...

This is lovely Di. And I know what you mean. I have been trying for over a year to enter this challenge, but I am just hopeless at leaving white spaces. I'll keep trying and one day I will manage one i am happy with and post it. Kate x

Gill xx said...

Hi Di
What a stunning picture the birds still look beautiful in grey's and the red flowers really set it off. I am sure that you will be a winner!!! Congratulations.

Sheila in Cyprus said...

Di, this is absolutely stunning.
Love your choice of colours.
Love Sheila x

Chrissie said...

Super card Di with a fabulous image and a super sentiment!
Simply terrific.
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Craftilicious said...

What a gorgeous card - love that stamp!

Elizabeth said...

Hello Di, love this card - that stamp is stunning and your colouring is ace. CAS cards are a real challenge for me too and I hesitate to colour, especially with ProMarkers, straight onto the card base because of the bleed through - even with an insert you would see it. Anyways, this is beautiful and it's good to see that your being true to your word and digging out the untouched stash and using it :) Elizabeth x

Angela said...

Hi Di,

this is so pretty. Love the colours. Got some Copic as a christmad prezzie but not as proficient as you. Really lovely card.

Angela said...

P.S. Good Luck with the Challenge Ax

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Superb CAS card for the challenge Di. Congrats. Leave those nail heads alone . . . . xxxx

MagsB said...

Another beautiful elegant card! What subtle colouring on the birds, they look fantastic next to the gorgeous red flower!

love Mags B x

Carol said...

This is fabulous Di, love the stamp and sentiment and your colouring is superb. Carol x

MaggieC said...

That is a beautiful card, Di. The birds and background in monochrome really provide a wonderful foil for the bright red splash of those flowers. You have reminded me that i also have a humming bird stamp, a small one from Clarity, and that would go beautifully with some of my flower digi stamps. Glad you lied my little Christmas card - I am into tiny cards at the moment, trying to use small bits of card as base cards. xx Maggie

Wishcraft said...

This is lovely Di! Great image and I love how you've coloured it - the splash of red really works. Fab sentiment too :o) Lisa x

~Tammy~ said...

Gorgeous!

Watts on the cards??? said...

Well done for walking away....great card...xxx

Suze Bain said...

Beautiful card Di, great colouring and love that sentiment. xx

Peggy said...

Di you were right to step away from the card.Perfect as it is. Love it! A winner surely. Dee xx

butlersabroad said...

Lovely card Di, I do love CAS. We get hummingbirds at our hanging baskets in the summer, they hardly stay still for a second though. I haven't hopped over any fences yet, but I did drive over some grass today, does that count??!

Hugs
Brenda

PS. I almost put "hello petal" on that card but thought that might be a bit obtuse for some!

Kathleen said...

Fabulous card Di and well done you for not adding anything else, this doesn't need it.
Great sentiment.

Kath x

Mandi said...

Sensational card, beautifully coloured

Many thanks
mandi
"Less is More"

Sally H said...

Wow, Di! This is perfect! Well done on mastering CAS single layers very quickly! You will get used to leaving it alone - honest!

Sally said...

A perfect CAS design Di & well done you for resisting temptation to add embellies! A lovely stamp which you've coloured beautifully.
Sally x

cats whiskers said...

OMG this is just stunning what beautiful work, the coloouring is out of this world
Hugs
Jacs xxxx

Sandra said...

Di, Your card is stunning!! nice to know your entering these challenges Di and this image you have used is beautiful and your colouring is gorgeous too .....see not so hard after all easy peasy and addictive..........lol:) Sandra H

Sam said...

Gorgeous card Di! What no nail heads?

505whimsygirl said...

hi there Di,

Beautiful card. Silly question - one level card means NO layers = just the cardstock that you stamp on?

You may see hummingbirds while you're here. I see them in my yard all summer long until mid-September.

Kay

Karen said...

A fab card Di, the colouring is just amazing :)

Heidi said...

Di this is absolutely gorgeous. I looked at the lim challenge and so far have not found my birdy stamps. eek. Beautiful colouring hugs heid x

Faith A said...

Stunning

Scrapmate said...

Fabulous card. The colouring is just perfect.

Viv said...

Brilliant card, well done :O) Viv xx

Pauline said...

Absolutely fabulous!

Jackie said...

This card is absolutely stunning Di. x

Linby said...

What a lovely card, beautifully coloured and with a great sentiment.
Linbyx