Monday, January 15, 2018

Twofer-Feathers

I sure don't care for Mondays that have no mail. It is such a let down not to get at least something in the mail and especially when I know some stamping goodies are on the way. But I guess that still means I can play anyway and so today I made two more cards using feathers. This is for Darnell's new Twofer Card Challenge #1-Feathers which I think is such a fun challenge. I try to at least make one of my cards a bit outside of the box and I think I accomplished that this time too.


And I am proud to say I used some NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) which is a phrase that Darnell coined. I know I have quite a supply of unused goodies so this time I used the Tim Holtz Bird Crazy and Dies sets and also the Tim Holtz Crazy Talk stamp set. That has wonderful sentiments and they work for all year around too.


The first card is just using the tail feathers of the bird image. I used some Tombow markers to add color directly to the stamp by just coloring the tail feathers in various shades and stamped them onto a white card stock strip for the flowers. I then took the Tombow markers and hand drew the stems and leaves. This was then added to a black panel in which I used a Fiskers decorative scissors to cut the scalloped edges. I added a gingham ribbon and then placed it on the A2 size white card base The last step was to add the sentiment in Versafine black ink.


This card used a leftover piece of Color Burst paper that I had done quite some time ago. It was cut in a circle using the Cottage Cutz double stitched circle die and then I also cut another larger circle from the same set in black. These were layered together and since I already had the gingham ribbon handy I added some of that. My bird was stamped on white card stock and then I colored it in with Tombow markers before die cutting it. This bird was then popped up over the edge of the circle. The last step was to add the sentiments.

Well, now that was fun! I thank Darnell so much for coming up with a challenge that makes us look twice at our stamps and maybe find a way to get more mileage out of them. I hope you look your stamps over and see if you can find fun ways of using them in a different way too.

Thanks for all the visits and comments. Stamping hugs to all of you.

God bless,
Verna

32 comments:

Heidi Stamps said...

At first, I had no idea where the feathers were on your second card! Genius idea! You really have the hang of this challenge, I feel like I need to try again and do something more creative! Have a good night, Verna!

Sheri Gilson said...

Super cute cards, Verna! I need to get that crazy bird set!

Kara Lynne said...

I wanted to find the feathers before I read it in your post. I found them! Tail feather flowers, so clever! Both of your cards are wonderful, Verna! I love those bright flowers, and of course that crazy bird! Thanks for joining us again at Twofer Card Challenge!

Carol L said...

YOu should win some sort of prize for best use of tail feathers to make flowers! Genius idea, and such cute and fun cards too! Love them!

CHRISTINA HOR said...

These are two very sweet cards Verna! It always make me smile every time I see that crazy bird. LOL. Wishing you a lovely week ahead. Hugs.

Di said...

Ooooh, how clever are those flowers! Two great cards, love them.

Hugs

Di xx

Barbara said...

So stinking cute and clever to use just the tail feathers for the flowers. They really make sure cute ones.

Donna Phelan said...

Beautiful cards, fabulous colors! I loooove that bird lol So cute! I also love the black and white gingham ribbon, so fun to use on any color card!!! It always POPS!

Brenda in IN said...

Oh Verna, using those tail feathers is just inspired! What an adorable card that made. I love the TH birds and this is such a cute one.

Birgit said...

Oh wow! You had me stumped at first looking for how you used the same image on both cards. You clever gal! The tailfeather is genius!!! I see a winner here... ;0)

Viv's Visuals said...

What a clever idea to use the bird feathers for the tops of your lovely flowers Verna! Two great cards.

cm said...

Verna, your cards are Twofer terrific! Your feather flowers...absolute genius! So thrilled you're embracing the challenge, bringing incredible inspiration to the gallery!
~carol (Twofer Social Media Coordinator)

Leslie Miller said...

Now that is really thinking outside the box, Verna! First of all, two very nice cards. Love the Crazy Birds so much that it's crazy I don't have them. Love all the white space, your coloring, and the Color Burst background. But, oh, my gosh, using the tail feathers for flowers is brilliant! And you used NBUS -- double good! You have new goodies coming? That's so much fun!

Anita in France said...

Oh my goodness, Verna ... what a fabulous Twofer! That crazy bird is so much fun against the colour burst background ... and I love that you really stretched outside the box and made those delightful and deliciously CAS tail feather flowers! I had to look closely to find them! Thanks so much for playing along with us once again at Twofer! Anita :)

Shona Erlenborn said...

Brilliant idea to use those little tail feathers as flowers! So cute in both instances. Love the little crazy bird, especially against the colorburst background. Great ideas Verna!

Ina Grehan said...

How very clever of you to use just bird feathers for flowers. They look fabulous and so colourful. Your true bird card is so cute. Love the layout and again so colourful. Love your Twofer cards Verna.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Good job utilizing the feathers! You rocked this challenge!

laurie said...

These a are really fun Verna, and so perfect for the challenge. I hope I have time to play along too!

Greta said...

Oh my goodness-I would never have thought to use the tail as flowers--love it! 2 great cards for the challenge!

MaryH said...

Now this flower card has got to be the most creative & clever use of a stamp! How brilliant to use this funky bird's tail feathers to make a string of flowers. Loved both of these, and both are colorful and just pure fun! I was so pleased to see you in the Twofer, and I think I've only used the Crazy Bird sets once! TFS & Hugs

Sybrina K said...

Verna, What a clever use for those tail feathers! Love both cards... and am quite impressed with your creative use for that stamp. :)

Darnell said...

Okay, Verna, my friend, now you are really "cooking with gas," as an old friend in Iowa used to say when a situation started really working out! The fact that you made me ask Hammy, "Oh, no, where's the Crazy Bird on Verna's flower card?!" gives you High Tens from both of us for your clever, clever, clever use of just the tail feathers (and drawing the stems) for your pretty spring TOY card! The Brusho birdie card is also very special and I love the way you 'twinned' your gingham ribbon on both designs!! Seriously MWAH! Thank you for playing again at Twofer ~ I am getting such a kick out of seeing you love it and rock it!! Hugs, Darnell

Lisa said...

How very cool!! I love both of these and I especially love how you created those flowers! Beautiful cards!

Diane said...

I have to admit when I saw your card at Twofer, I was thinking, 'Where the heck are the feathers'..lol...very creative and now can't wait to see what the next challenge will be and how YOU incorporate that...you have me fascinated with this one...fun fun cards!

Sharon Fontenot said...

I am so PROUD of myself. I saw the tail feather just before I got to the part where you told which stamp was the same. I have to say: It was kind of like playing I Spy. Each card is an individual masterpiece.

Barb Ghig said...

Very clever take on the challenge, Verna! Congrats on your well-deserved win!!!

I Card Everyone said...

Verna!!! LOve your imagination, and ingenuity, too! Fabulous cards, well deserved win... congratulations!!!
=] Michele

Mac Mable said...

Stopping by to say Congratulations on your fabulous win with these fun and creative cards. Took me awhile to see how you used the feathers on your first card and how clever are you?....love both of them and thank you for the inspiration x

Jacquie Southas said...

Congratulations on your very well deserved win, Verna! Using the tail feathers as flowers is really thinking outside the box!

MaryH said...

Whoo Hoo! Just had a chance to check Twofer out, and saw your fantastic cards were the winner at the first ever Twofer challenge. I have to say I agree with Our Darnell....the tailfeather flowers were so original in this design, and certainly extreme creative thinking out of the box! You had some good competition, as I scrolled through the other winners, but You came out ahead with your delightful feathers take! TFS & Congratulations.

Macimbalo said...

Oh my goodness Verna - you are a genius! I love both cards and really appreciate your constant inspiration with your beautiful creations! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

Dora B. said...

Congratulations on bing selected as the winner of the Twofer challenge. You have a gift for being able to see more than the obvious. Great job!

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