Monday, January 03, 2011

Little Birdie Finds a Home

Hi there blog friends! I finally got my Little Bird set from PTI and I ran to my stamps to dig out Bird Watching because I just knew these two would go well together. I never cared for the birds in bird watching because they were solid and the houses were outlines. Peeps it needs to be all solid or all outline I do not like the whole solid and outline mixy matchy. Anyway these birds from Little Bitty Bird are the perfect scale for the cute bird houses. I have been a happy girl stamping away today!
On this first card I mixed my bird houses and bitty birds with one of my fillable frames sets. I colored everything using my copics. Let me offer you a little tip here, if you are coloring on PTI's vintage cream the copics are going to spread more than normal. So stay back away from the line. Give the color somewhere to move to. Also the darker the color the more it bleeds so when using dark brown or dark red be really careful.
This card I took the same basic stamping "picture" and trimmed it closer. Colors and "picture" are basically the same, however I added two more hearts to make the picture more vertical for my vertical card. Its colored almost identical to the first one. I added a fillable frame that I matted on some red bitty dot paper. I paper pieced two of the hearts and then colored the bird to match. I also used my white gel pen to add a little border to the longer picture.

Next is the details... now I dont always do these things. Sometimes I am too tired or too hurried. But its the details that really make a project stand out. Take the back of the envelope for instance- here I added a little bird and the word hello. What a nice little surprise for the recipient. Thats not something you find at hallmark.
Here I lined the envie with bitty dot paper. If you have the PTI envie die this is a simple and easy step. Sure the envelope might get tossed. Who cares? Look at the impact this has. This makes people stop and say Wow!
And finally we have the front of the envie. The fillable frames make the perfect address frames. So quick and easy to do. If you have a little extra time add one of the stamps you used on the card or a coordinating stamp. Here I have two little birds and the heart. I generally dont color on envies because of the whole bleeding thing but if you wanted to you could. Just slip a little scrap of card inside to soak up the ink. Easy peasy and really worth the extra effort to make something stand out.

34 comments:

Dana said...

Love, love, love those bird houses and birdies Michele! Such attention to detail!

Renee said...

These are fabulous!! I was never interested in Bird Watching...you may have changed my mind!

Ted said...

Oh Michele, you wicked enabler! These cards turned out adorable and now you have me wondering if I should get those stamp sets! What am I going to do with you?!

Susan said...

You are so right, they are perfect together!! I love how you paired them up. Those colors are fantastic, the cards are so cute and the envelope just knocks it out of the park. LOVE them!

Denise said...

These sets are FAB together. All your finishing details really make a difference... off to add the envie liner to my cart. ;)

Maggie said...

Ahhhhh, this is SO CUTE! I'm with you on the solid/outline stamps.....now I TOTALLY need to get the birdie set :)

Cathy Weber said...

Darn. Darn. Darn. I should never have looked at your post. You are so right about those little birds fitting perfectly with the little bird houses. I love your cards. The coloring is so good. Great job. I loved it.

Jessica Wekenman said...

I am so loving your cards! I have been eyeing the Bird Watching set, but like you, was never crazy about the birds! Now I have 2 sets to buy! I love all your details and your coloring! Just beautiful!

Jessica said...

So cute! I love how those sets just seem to go together. Cute cards!

christy compton hall said...

Adorable! Just adorable. I love all the attention to detail on the envelopes too.

Baseret said...

That is sooo cute!!I love those little birds!

Jen Carter said...

Those are so cute!! Job well done! Love the 2 sets paired together and the way the finished envelopes just totally completes it! Super!

Audrey said...

My Little Bitty Bird set just came today... obviously I will need those birdhouses! They look fabulous together! Thanks for sharing :)

Kristii said...

So way cute!!!! I may have to get the bird houses for sure!!! Thanks for enabling me!!! I love it!!!!

Laurie said...

Adorable Michelle! Your coloring is awesome!

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

Super cute card...you're right the details make the card! Love all the details you added here!

Sharron said...

So adorable--love both your card & the envie! You are right--the sets go together perfectly. I have Bird Watching but Little Bitty Bird is still in my cart. Thanks for your inspiration!

Jennifer Holmes said...

Ack! Those birds are too perfect with the birdhouses! I have this set on my list, just waiting on more birthday money...lol!

nancy jane said...

Those little bitty birds looks right at home perched on those houses. All the extra touches look phenomenal.

Stephanie said...

Michelle......How cute are these??? OMG, I love what you did with combining these stamp sets! Lovely!

Debbie Gaydos said...

.... where to start!? I knew I shouldn't have looked.... now I have to go add those birdhouses to my cart! :) These are SO cute! Your coloring is PERFECT. The layouts are adorable! I love it all!

Becky said...

So cute!! I love the envelope. It really does make a great presentation for such hard work.

Kara said...

so cute!! i haven't even started coloring mine yet.....so much you can do with this set!

Sue Plote said...

Michelle, everything about these is amazing! Love combining the old and new sets, the colors are awesome, and each detaill is perfect!

teegee7617 said...

Adorable! And you are right those two sets work perfectly together!

Susan T said...

Too cute. Thanks for sharing.

Melissa said...

So, so cute! What a perfect pairing of sets! All the detail on the envelope are beautiful...something I always forget to do!

Cheryl said...

So, so cute! I love the colors, and I love how you stamped the envelope. Great card!

Sue Ann said...

I just do not know what to say ........ Michele this is AMAZING your coloring your color choices all of it is just amazing!!!

Belinda said...

This is SUPER sweet! :) What a fun use of the sets!

Kelly S. said...

Awesome, Michelle! Your coloring is amazing, and I love the colors you chose for your cards! FABULOUS set pairing, you are so right!

Lisa said...

So cute Michele!
I love, love, love the envelope! Totally makes it!

Love ya!

Lisa

Laura Isham said...

Michelle, these are fantastic! Your coloring is gorgeous, and your creativity is ingenious! Thanks so much for sharing!

Rachel Izakowicz said...

Wow!!! Love these cards - colors, details, everything is perfect! And the decorated envelopes are gorgeous!