February 25, 2010

Hello There Birdie!

I love birds (and green!), so I had to play along with this week's Pals Paper Arts Challenge:

Here's my DEEsign (I was totally inspired by the colors and rug in the top right photo and the birdcage in the bottom left photo):

And the DEEtails:

1. Making the birdcage was not easy! I used 24 gauge jewelry wire and created the birdcage by hand. I used 3 metal brads to help hold it in place at the top and sides. It's a little hard to tell in the photo, but the cage is 3-dimensional, as in, the wires are curved out so there's a little space inside for the birdie. After looking at the photo, I think it could use a little handle thing at the top... perhaps I'll add it later. For now, my fingers hurt too much!

2. I stamped the bird from my Wings of Friendship hostess set (love it!) with VersaMark on Kiwi Kiss paper and embossed him. The I mounted him so he's 3-dimensional inside his cage. Sorry, he didn't photograph very well...

3. Then I stamped the Hello there! sentiment from my Cheep Talk set. I used a 1" and 1 1/2" circle punch around the text instead of cutting it out, so I have a nice arc there. I used 3-dimensional mounts again.

4. I mounted my Going Gray square onto a piece of Kiwi Kiss card stock, which I then placed on my Basic Gray card. I love this color combination!

5. And of course, I had to have some distressed and crumpled flowers! I sure crumpled the heck out of these, punched out of 1", 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" circles and secured together with a metal snap.

Hope you like it!


  1. Wow - you are so creative - love how you made the birdcage! And those flowers are wonderful! Great card - glad you are playing @PPA!

  2. Wow.... this is absolutely GORGEOUS.... So creative. Love the color scheme, too.
    thanks so much for sharing

  3. Love the fun and funky flowers. Great inspired PPA card! Hugs, M

  4. Oh SO creative!!! I am jealous of your skillz~~

  5. Congrats on being named a PPA Artist Pick this week! So creative!

  6. YOU are amazing! Oh my, I love that bird cage! I can only imagine how your fingers were hurting afterwards. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. LOVE how you made the bird cage!! Brilliant card!!

  8. Hello Nina,
    It's the first time I've visited your blog. I just saw your totally amazing card on Paper Pals. Girl, this is such an original Spring card. I am adding your blog to my favourites. You rock! :-)

  9. Congrats on being one of the pals picks . . . well deserved. hugs, m

  10. Love this....anything with a 3-D look. And, of course, who doesn't love all the shabby flowers. Thanks for sharing and Congrats on being picked for PPA.
    Gayla O'Dell