Mar 19 2010

Bloggers Challenge – Spring

Today certainly feels and looks like spring around here!  We have been having beautiful sunny days (unusual for Ohio) and temps in the high 50s, low 60s.  I can see the golfers playing from my house, so the course must be open.


Bloggers' Challenge for today is a Spring theme…perfect!  I also combined it with another challenge and used Mary Jo's Monday Lunchtime Sketch to build the card for my punch flowers.


I started with a base of Old Olive cardstock and layered on a piece of Stampin' Up!'s Cottage Wall Designer Paper in the olive print.  For the back layer, I ran the Pale Plum Cardstock thru the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder and layered it on Rich Razzleberry.  The next layer, I used the stripe pattern in Cottage Wall DSP and layered it on Rich Razzleberry cardstock again. 


I used the Two-Step Bird Punch (and you thought it was just for punching birds…lol!) and created the vine from the leaves, then used the bird's wing and created the buds for the flowers.  The Old Olive part of the bud is the wing with the point down and a V cut into the rounded part.  The Pale Plum is the wing with the point upward for the flower bud.  I sponged the edges of the Pale Plum with Rich Razzleberry and the Old Olive cardstock with Old Olive Classic Ink, too, for some shading and definition.  I adhered them to Whisper White cardstock and layered that on Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  Finally, I stamped Happy Birthday from Stampin' Up!'s Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set in Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink and punched it with the Word Window Punch.  That was layered onto a Pale Plum Modern Label Punch and tucked under the front panel.


I loved Mary Jo's sketch, and I think it fits the Spring Theme for Bloggers' Challenge as well!  I hope you have a great weekend!  Come back tomorrow for the monthly Control Freaks Tour de Freaks Blog Hop!  You'll be glad you did!

27 People have left comments on this post

Mar 19, 2010 - 12:03:03

Wonderful birthday card, love your choice of colors!

Mar 19, 2010 - 12:03:51

Ohhh great color choice, Connie! Love your take on the sketch, with the details of DP and texture! WONDERFUL!

Mar 19, 2010 - 01:03:47
Gerrie said:

Great card, love the flowers and the texture too!  hugz

Mar 19, 2010 - 01:03:58

Well my word, what a person can create with punches.. A really innovative card Connie!!  I love the soft shades of this card…perfect for spring.
connie paxman

Mar 19, 2010 - 01:03:49
Ida said:

Very pretty and what a clever use of the bird punch.  Great out of the box technique.

Mar 19, 2010 - 01:03:25
kim howard said:

Very pretty card!  Love the roses!

Mar 19, 2010 - 02:03:21

Connie–it sure is Sring–love your Spring project. Isn't it great to see the SUN again!

Mar 19, 2010 - 02:03:20
Marsha said:

Great punch art and color combo…love it :-)!

Mar 19, 2010 - 03:03:49

Very cute card and so clever with that punch!

Mar 19, 2010 - 04:03:49
Toni said:

Love your flowers/buds Connie!

Mar 19, 2010 - 10:03:26

I love the color combo and of course the use of the bird punch!

Mar 19, 2010 - 10:03:44
Stacy said:

I love your use of the bird punch to create the beautiful rosebuds–this is a lovely card.

Mar 19, 2010 - 11:03:15
Lisa Bohler said:

Bird wing buds, who would have thought it?  Connie, that's who!  What a beautiful and innovative card!  Very pretty!

Mar 19, 2010 - 11:03:02
Lisa M said:

Love the way these wings work as buds.  Pretty card with the Cottage Wall paper.

Mar 20, 2010 - 08:03:22

Love this.  I love all the ideas everyone comes up with for this punch (that I don't own).  Great card, so unique and pretty.  Thanks so much for using my sketch, fabulous job.

Mar 20, 2010 - 10:03:13
Tami Black said:

I should always wait to order those punches until I've seen you work your magic with them.  I couldn't figure this one out until you told me it was the bird punch — and I passed right over that dude!  Very clever and pretty at the same time!

Mar 20, 2010 - 11:03:08

I love this paper.. yes it's VERY spring!  Beautiful job!

Mar 20, 2010 - 12:03:32
Kay Kalthoff said:

AMAZING card! It's begging to be cased so my customers can see it, too!! Thanks for sharing!

Mar 20, 2010 - 02:03:50
Barbara Washington said:

Love the colors and your layering. Cool use of the punch.

Mar 20, 2010 - 06:03:52
Nikki said:

Sooo clever…and gorgeous!  Love it Connie!  {SMILES}

Mar 21, 2010 - 09:03:21

Pretty!  Great "out of the box" use for the punch! 

Mar 21, 2010 - 03:03:30
BarbaraD said:

Oh!  I love this idea for the bird punch.!……how clever!!  Great card.

Mar 21, 2010 - 04:03:58

Connie, what a lovely card!  Great use of the bird punch!  An unexpected use of a tool is so cool ! 

Mar 21, 2010 - 09:03:30

Beautifully done Connie!  Those buds are just lovely!  😀

Mar 21, 2010 - 11:03:16
Lori said:

Just beautiful, Connie.  Love your creative use of the punch, too.

Mar 23, 2010 - 09:03:58
Rachel Hope said:

So pretty! Love those buds!!!

Mar 24, 2010 - 11:03:13

This is totally awesome Connie!! Love how you made the flowers and vine using our bird punch!! Yet another great reason to own this punch!!