Thursday, June 16, 2011

Blue Bird On A Branch


Verve Diva Andrea came up with this fabulous sketch for us to use this week.  I know I'll be using this layout again - no skewed panels and a nice big oval that has endless possibilities :)

I wanted to use SU's bird punch as I recently got it and figured it would be a great fit for the oval.  My Costco DP pile continues to diminishing (yeah!) as this piece of DP provided the launching point for this card.

Just love the rounded corners and scallops along the bottom of this sketch, and I think my little bird is a happy camper sitting in his twig against the embossed background.  The sheer ribbon is actually  on the navy side, but Photoshop didn't think so and turned it into a much lighter colour :(  It matches the navy much better in real life - honest!

After playing around with what to do on the brocade blue background panel, I decided to leave it blank as I wanted the focus on the bird and oval.  Now that I look at it, I'm not totally sold on my decision.  Thinking some French Script in VersaMark may have done the trick.  What do you think? 

I'm on a stamping frenzie this week as school will be out on the 29th and summer stamping is always so unpredictable with summer activities, vacations, kids home, a flexible schedule etc. etc.  Hoping to get a few extra cards made so I can use them as back ups for when I don't get time to stamp this summer.  We'll see how far I get LOL!  Okay, my break is over - back to stamping!





What's In It?
Paper: Costco DP, Brocade Blue, Going Grey, Night of Navy
 Accessories:  Lacy Oval and Oval Nesties, PTI Medium Scallop Die, Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder, SU Bird Punch, Corner Rounder, Crimper, 5/8" Sheer Blue Ribbon, Half Pearls, Dimensionals



22 comments:

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Wow, this is awesome. I love the background stamp for the punched bird. The colors give this card a soft serene feel. You can feel the ocean breeze and smell the salt sea air. So pretty.

Bear Hugs,
Carol :O}

Bonnie said...

This is a great layout with the rounded corners and scallops! The bird is a perfect addition to the framed ovals!

Denise Marzec said...

Pretty blue tones! I love your clean style!

Benzi said...

O.K., you're talking Benzi cards with the birdie..love it and your dp is wonderful. Yes, I think your bird is very content on that branch. Nothing else needed.

TannyP said...

Beautiful blue bird, Marisa! That scalloped panel is incredible and the colors of this card really are perfect =)

Andrea Ewen said...

Boy, oh boy is this a beautiful blue bird on a brown branch, baby! (I thought I'd keep the alliteration going, haha...) I think it's perfect the way it is, the textured background really highlights that darling birdie!
Two more half days to go before the kids get out! My dad is taking them to the beach today so that I can get some cleaning {code word for crafting, shhh} done. I have my niece and nephew visiting, too, until July 3rd. Now I gotta keep 4 kids entertained...yikes! What would the chances be that they would want to make cards with me? (And not use my good stuff, and not ask me how to do anything? haha...pretty slim, huh?)
Have a great day my dear...and keep churning out the creative crafty card creations...ok, I've worn that out... :)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love the blue and this layout rocks!

Christina said...

Marisa, big ovals are to me what skewed panels are to you! I fear them! LOL! But you obviously know how to work them, as this card is a true beauty. Blue is my favorite color, so you get bonus points for that. I like the Brocade Blue panel as it is, a nice contrast to the patterned paper, but I'm sure French Script would be lovely, too. Either way, beautifully done!

Emily Keaton said...

I LOVE the blue and white on this card, Marisa. Makes for such a fresh design!

Crystal said...

So pretty, love the blue and that birdie is soooo sweet!

Silke Ledlow said...

Totally sweet card Marisa. The embossing is awesome and I like the punched out bird :) !!! Perfect take on the Sketch!

Can't wait for my girls to go back to school...LOL! Enjoy your summer! Hugs ~S~

Viv said...

Oh Marisa!!! This is breathtaking!
LOVE the blue, love the bird, love the ribbon, love the scalloped border...in fact, love everything!
Viv xxx

Nance said...

Beautiful bluebird card Marisa! The embossed BG really pops and I'm with Christina, I like the blue background just as it is. This is a great sketch too and I love your use of the little black pearls at each scallop--such a Marisa touch! Love it! ((hugs))

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

This is GORGEOUS girlie! LOVE all the blues, and the layout and bird are FAB! LOVE the bling on the scalloped border as well!!!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

You rocked Andrea's sketch Marisa!! Love your textured oval with that sweet little bird! And the sheer ribbon is beautiful!!

Vickie Z said...

Great take on this sketch!! Love all the blues-they look wonderful together. Embossed oval with the adorable bird is fabulous!! Dang-- okay skewed panels don't get me but those rounded corners??

Judy Rozema said...

What a gorgeous card, Marisa! I love the background behind the bird.

Debbie Carriere said...

Marisa, this is lovely!!! So serene. I like the background as is, really makes the bird & that wonderful embossing stand out! Have a great Friday!

Dawn B. said...

This is a beauty Marisa. I love the way you used your colors. We are already on summer break. I love this time...

Sue Kohler said...

loving those colours!!! awesome work with the sketch, the birdie looks like a happy lil' fella!! :)

Katina said...

It's perfect Marisa!! Absolutely gorgeous! xx

Colleen Dietrich said...

I've got to break out my birdie punch again. It's been a while since I've seen him. I love the color scheme...so soft, gentle, peaceful.