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Monday, March 23, 2015

Happy Bird-Day to You!

It's time for me to share my March card with you at Craft-Dee BowZ where the challenge for the Design Team has been pets, bugs or animals and we've used the colors green, brown and yellow. You don't have to use animals or any special colors in our challenge since our challenge for you is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW. I used a pre-colored image from The Paper Shelter for my toucan that is over 2 years old now and I enhanced him a bit with my Copic markers. I cut out three Sizzix Hawaiian leaves, colored them with my markers, used assorted flower punches in oranges and yellows and added teal green glass flat back uncut jewels in the center of each (on the tiny flowers I used teal green paint and made my own centers). Now, I don't live in Hawaii or somewhere tropical, but I do live where it's hot already with our temps rising to 90 degrees this week!

The yellow background paper was made with a fern stamp that I bought in the 1980's from Hero Arts when they sold all individual stamps. I unmounted it from the wood when the foam decayed but will never forget buying this stamp since it was one of my first. I stamped it all over the yellow paper with my Versamark pad and then used yellow pearl embossing powder. My helpful idea is: when you don't have paper to match your image because you didn't pick the paper first, make your own background paper with stamps that you have! The die around my image is by Spellbinders.


My bow is made of yellow satin ribbon and is a double loop with an extra tail tied within the knot. It adds so much to my card and the yellow polka dot button and white embroidery thread finished it off. I used my Craft-Dee BowZ tool for this bow and adding the extra tail within the knot was easy peasy since I didn't have to hold the bow in my hand and try to do it. My little bow maker is so easy to use and saves me so much time!


I'm glad you stopped by to see my card and I hope it inspires you to join the challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ where ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW. I hope you've enjoyed seeing the Design Team's creations this month and you've got a few more days to get your card posted here before the drawing!

                                                                                      Hugs,
                                                          Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafters Cafe, Crafting by Designs, Inspiration Destination, Doodle Pantry, Little Miss Muffet, Catch the Bug (Bingo:  Button, No Designer Paper, Die Cut), Sister Act, Brown Sugar, Retro Rubber, Robyn's Fetish, Come and Get It, Not Just Cards, Corrosive Challenges, Top Tip Tuesday (TIP), Country View, Eclectic Ellapu, Love to Scrap, Hiding in my Craft Room, Memas Crafts, Dragonfly Dreams, Emerald Faeries, Crafts Galore Encore, Crafting with an Attitude, Scrap & Craft Inspiration, Crafty Ribbons , Crafts for the Craic (Bingo:  Flowers, Sentiment, Image), Reasonable Ribbon, Sentimental Sundays, Whoopsi Daisy, Party Time Tuesdays, Whimsy Inspires, One Stitch at a Time, Melonheadz Friends, Sparkle n Sprinkle

47 comments:

  1. I just LOVE this little guy! He is so bright and the "nest" is really wonderful! Thanks for joining us this week at Come and Get It Challenge!
    Julie

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  2. Great card thank you for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy Challenge hugs Sue DT xx

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  3. How fabulous Gail. Love the depth of colours and the gorgeous bow, leaves and flowers! Susan x

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  4. A pretty card, love the colour combo. Thanks for joining us at The Crafter's Cafe this week for our "What Season are you In?" challenge.

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  5. What a fabulous bright happy card you have created I just love the image which is so cute.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Dragonfly Dreams, hope we see you again soon...
    Love and Hugs ~ Lady Anne xx
    Dragonfly Dreams
    Anne's Paper Dream's Blog

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  6. This is a fabulous, bright and cheerful card. Love your colouring and colour choices.
    Lorraine

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  7. Brilliant card amazing colours and a gorgeous bow Thanks for the b great tip on backgrounds I regularly forget to pick my papers first !! love and hugs Carole x

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  8. Gorgeously colourful design, the flowers look fab arranged under the image and your bows always look stunning :-)

    Big hugs, Kat xx

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  9. This card is fantastic! I love your helpful hint - and embossing that fern - genius! I love how vivid and alive this card looks! Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber! I am glad you joined us!!

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  10. Your tropical leaves match the printed ones really well, Gail! The little added flowers/gems are a great addition, and you're right - that pretty yellow bow with the button just sets the whole card off. Super cute, as always, and will make for a tweet birthday greeting !!

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  11. What a fun card, Gail! Love the leaves and flowers! The bow is gorgeous! Having trouble commenting today so I'll keep it short and sweet since it probably won't take.

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  12. This gorgeous card really caught my eye Gail! Great image, fantastic colours and design!
    Chris
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  13. Your coloring on this card is great. I love the image. Great card. Thank you for joining us at Come And Get It challenge. Bunny DT

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  14. That Toucan is so much fun! Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber this week!

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  15. Such a fab card design, so clever. I just love the toucan and how you decoupaged those leaves. Thank you so much for playing this time at Party Time Tuesdays, good luck and hope to see you again soon. Andree (DT)

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  16. A fabulous card, I love the Toucan and the decoupaged leaves. thank you for sharing with us at Robyn's Fetish Challenge. Marlene DT

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  17. Such a lovely colourful card Gail, I LOVE that image, fabulous!
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

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  18. wonderful creation..thanks for joining in with our ATG Challenge at CRAFTY RIBBONS x carol

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  19. It isn't many times that I have to have two blog posts up so that I can comment and view at the same time, but this is definitely one of those times. This card is so filled with details that I have to refresh myself. Love the embossing with the background panel. Love the coloration for the main image! The texture and bow are exquisite. What can I say but AWESOME. Thanks for sharing this with RRBC this week! Hope to see you play often...

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  20. Love this!!! So cute!!! Fabulous bow you have added to this.

    Thanks for joining our monthly challenge here at Doodle Pantry challenge. Hope you will join us next time DT Crafting Vicky.

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  21. OMG I love your card! I truly love everything about it! You made a spectacular card with such an unique stamp - keep it always! Thank you for playing along with Retro Rubber this week and please play again soon!

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  22. What a cute card! Great job on the coloring. The colors you chose are so bright and cheery! Thank you for participating in the challenge at Mema's Crafts.

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  23. This is super cute and pretty - love the coloring!! Thanks for playing with Retro Rubber!!

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  24. A really great card in beautiful colors! Love all the embellishments and your pretty background paper. Thank you for sharing your wonderful card with us at Sparkle N Sprinkle.
    Eret x

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  25. Gorgeous card and love the embossed background. So glad you shared it with us for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge.

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  26. Love your card, so cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Crafting with an Attitude, good luck!!! Amy DT

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  27. So many details in this wonderful card! You are right about making your own background paper! The tone on tone with the embossing really does the trick to not over power the rest of the card. Thank you for joining us at Retro Rubber and come again soon!

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  28. WOW! That is such an awesome image and so beautifully coloured! I wouldve been lost really if I was asked to colour this! LOL
    TFS!

    ~ Erum
    Sentimental Sundays DT

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  29. Nice! Love the image and your coloring. Thanks for joining Mema's Crafts challenge.

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  30. Holy flibbertigibbets! This coloring is absolutely incredible! You are one talented lady! Thanks for sharing your art at Eclectic Ellapu!
    Becca
    Damsel of Distressed Cards

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  31. This is such a fun card Gail, I love your bright colours. Thank you for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts, and enjoy your weekend. Sue xx

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  32. Your beautiful card is due to your great colouring skills! Well done! Thanks for playing Bingo with us this week at Bugaboo Stamps' Catch the Bug Blog. I'm holding thumbs that your name comes up in the draw!
    Please join us again soon.
    love
    Jen L
    Bugaboo Stamps

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  33. Your card is super fun, bright, colorful and creative, and I can't thank you enough for sharing your talents with us. What a blessing to have you play along. I hope that you will join us again soon. I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful art. Have a great week, and thanks again for playing along with us at Really Reasonable Ribbon.
    Karen Letchworth
    www.karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com
    Really Reasonable Ribbon Design Team Member

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  34. What a handsome bird he is too! Great card. Love the big yellow bow. Thanks for joining us at OSAAT. Good luck. Maggie - DT

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  35. Beautiful image and wonderful colouring!
    Thanks for playing at Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.
    Ileanaxx

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  36. I'm back again, just to say thank you for sharing your card with us at Top Tip Tuesday challenge. Ok, and maybe to drool over that fab bow again!

    Big hugs, Kat xx

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  37. Such a bright and cheerful birthday card! Thanks for joining us at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog! Hope to see you again soon!! HUGS!
    Ann DT

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  38. What a lovely project! Thanks for joining the “Anything Goes” challenge at Eclectic Ellapu.
    x Asha

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  39. Love your Bright Spring Color project. Thanks for playing along with us at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

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  40. I love how bright and positive this card is. And the image is awesome too! Fab work! Thank you for playing with us at Crafty ribbons! Hugs! xx

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  41. Gail your card is awesome. Love your coloring too. Thanks so much for playing with us at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

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  42. I love this card! The Toucan is so funny. A card to brighten anyone's day! Thankyou for joining us at Craft for the Craic

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  43. Fabulous image and brilliant colouring love the sunny colours and gorgeous bow
    Carol x

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  44. this is a fun card... it is adorable!!!
    xoxo

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  45. I don't know how I got so far behind on commenting. I have been oooohing and awwwwing as I scrolled down your blog. I don't think I had really taken the time to look at your lovely bows. they are beautiful. I need a lesson from you! LOL! Someday we will have to get together and play....LOL!

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