Saturday, April 29, 2017

Smile Note Cards

Sometimes the most wonderful color and pattern combinations happen by pure accident. I was going through my collection of papers from Canvas Corp and while doing so found these three papers stacked on top of each other.

Wow -- I would never have thought to put these three papers together in a project, but something clicked and the result is a set of four little note cards.

This was actually a fairly easy project and I started by assembling all my materials and tools.

Canvas Corp: Grunge Check Ivory and Green
Canvas Corp: Grey and Ivory Mini Dot Reverse
Canvas Corp: Black and Ivory Plaid
Black Ink (Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Black Soot)
Tombo Mono Permanent Adhesive

Paper Cutter
Butterfly Punch (Fiskars)
Oval Punch (Fiskars)
Rubber stamp

I began by cutting out the base of each card using the Grunge Check Ivory and Green paper. The size is 3-3/4" x 5-1/2" (when folded measures 3-3/4" x 2-3/4"). The next step was to cut a 3" x 2" top panel from the Grey and Ivory Mini Dot Reverse paper

I stamped the "Smile" message on the back of a piece of the Grey and Ivory dot paper and then punched it out with my oval punch. I used my butterfly punch to punch out the figure from the Black and Ivory Plaid paper.

I easily assembled everything using my Tombo Mono Permanent Adhesive, which is my preferred adhesive.

I am so pleased with the way these note cards turned out. The color is very spring-like and they'd be a great way to say hello and make someone smile! They are now available in my Etsy shop, Pretty Byrd Designs.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Spring and Easter Cards

I'll confess up front that winter wasn't nearly as bad as it has been in past years. Nevertheless, I'm enjoying the return of Spring as much as I always do. Is there anything better than hearing those birds chirp in the early morning, or seeing the first little stems sprout out of the ground? It's all in anticipation of what is to come ... beautiful flowers, beautiful nature, the rebirth of all things wonderful.

And, it's nature that influences my creations for this time of year. Soft greens and florals inspired this Easter card:

Easter Card - Easter Blessings - Soft Colors - Ivory and Green - Shabby Chic Flower - Blank Card - Simple yet Elegant Style

Here's another card done in soft shades of green, pink and ivory. Perfect for any occasion this Spring. Spread that sunshine!!

Know someone with a Spring birthday ... here's a lovely greeting done in soft blue and brown. The butterflies are so cheery!

Spring Birthday Card - Butterfly Birthday Card - Happy Birthday - Light Blue and Brown Card - Happy Birthday - Blank Card - Butterflies

Easter is only a few weeks away ... and here's a card that features flowers and greenery and all things Spring!

Easter Card - Easter Blessings - Green and Turquoise - Shabby Chic Flowers - Ivory Accents - Blank Card

Well, these are just a few of the items I have listed in my Etsy shop, Pretty Byrd Designs, that are available for your gift-giving needs this season, In addition to cards, I have journals, keepsake boxes and mixed media art.

I invite you to visit my shop. Custom orders are always welcome -- please let me know if I can create something special for you!

Thanks for visiting today.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Love You Card

The winter months can be so dreary, so I was very glad to create my latest card featuring a cheery and colorful quilted heart.

Aren't these colors wonderful?

I started with a basic white card and layered it with a panel of vintage-style newsprint paper. The "Love You" message is printed in black ink on white cardstock and backed with violet paper. For a decorative touch, I added strips of black & white polka-dotted ribbon and white felt rick rack.

I then adhered the quilted heart to the bottom corner of the card and adorned it with a tiny white button.

The colors contrast nicely against the black and white -- and really make that colorful heart stand out!!

This charming heart was given to me compliments of the Etsy shop ArtFromTheCabin. Donna's shop features beautiful acrylic and watercolor paintings, cards and home decor items. Be sure to give her shop a visit soon!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday and Holiday Shopping

Beginning today, I'm offering 20% off on all purchases from my Etsy shop Pretty Byrd Designs. All you need to do is use coupon code HOLIDAY20 at checkout.

My shop offers a variety of originally designed and crafted cards,

Seasons Greetings - Christmas Card - Vintage Style - Red and Green - Festive Holiday Card - Blank Card - Poinsettia Flower Card - Detailed

mini journals,

Bulldog Christmas Journal - Bulldog Mini Journal - Christmas Mini Journal - Argyle Ribbon - Ho Ho Ho - Stocking Stuffer - Dog Lover Journal

and tags!

Holiday Gift Tags - Christmas Gift Tags - Set of 4 Gift Tags - Be Merry Be Bright - Red Tags - Red and Silver Tags - Holiday Gift Giving

The little journals make great stocking stuffers!

You'll find decorative boxes in a number of sizes. These boxes are perfect for presenting a gift, or can stand alone as a special keepsake.

Red and White Decorative Box - Red and White Cottage Chic Box - Rustic Style - Silver Accents - Keepsake Box - Red and White Gift Box

I also have an assortment of small mixed media canvases, perfect for your holiday decor!

I hope you'll visit my shop, Pretty Byrd Designs, soon and find a special gift for a family member or friend. And, if you see something you like, but want a different message, just let me know. Custom orders are gladly accepted!

Don't forget -- 20% off on all purchases. No minimum required. Use code HOLIDAY20!

Thanks for stopping by today.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Gift Guide - Part Three

Hi all,

Today I am featuring the third shop in our Scorpio's Power Team -- ZcrochetZ.

Michelle describes her shop as "Zomething practical, Zomething affordable, Zomething handmade unique." She offers a variety of wonderfully made crochet items as well as vintage finds, too.

Boho Stripped Scarf Crochet Multi-colored: turquoise yellow red black gray white

I love the colors in this great boho-style striped scarf. It's made with a mixture of yarns for lots of texture! This scarf would make a fabulous gift for anyone with a love of bright colors!

Coffee To-Go Bags, Solid Color Coffee Carry Pouches, Bring Your Own Coffee or Tea Bags

These sweet little pouches are so fun! They're such a handy way to carry coffee packets or tea bags! Fill them up with your recipient's favorite beverage and you've created a thoughtful gift, stocking stuffer or hostess gift.

Crochet Soap Saver with/without handmade Soap (choose 1)

Another awesome gift idea are these crocheted soap savers. Michelle says they are, "my practical and affordable way to save and use those special soaps or even your regular ones." They'd make a great presentation with handmade soaps, wouldn't they?

Well, I hope I've given you some ideas for gift giving this upcoming holiday season -- or for any special occasion.

Be sure to visit ZcrochetZ, Ceraminic, and ChompStomp soon. Don't forget Small Business Saturday on November 26.

Thanks for stopping today!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Gift Guide - Part Two

Hi everyone,

Today I'd like to introduce you to another wonderful shop from our Scorpio's Power Team -- Ceraminic.

Ildi's shop is full of the most beautiful ceramic home decorations and accessories that you will find anywhere. Her work features personalized dishes, ornaments, jewelry and bridal favors -- all made with love and attention to detail.

Green Leaves Ceramic Ring Dish Rustic Fall Small Pottery Plate Autumn Jewelry Dish

One of my favorites is this gorgeous ring dish featuring a green leaf. Isn't just exquisite? I love the color and know it would make a wonderful addition to a fall table. What a thoughtful hostess gift this would make.

If you are as big a fan of rustic decor as I am, I know you will adore these sweet acorn ornaments! The color and details are awesome! These would be a fun gift for a friend, co-worker or teacher!

Ceramic Flower Earrings Dandelion Porcelain Ginger and White Floral Studs Natural Every Day Jewelry Dangle Earrings

In keeping with the woodland and rustic theme, I thought I'd show you these delightful floral earrings! The painted dandelions are outstanding -- and these earrings are available in studs or dangles.

Thanks so much for visiting today -- and pleasure be sure to visit Ceraminic!

Next time we'll visit the third shop in Scorpio's Power, ZcrochetZ! See you then!


Monday, November 7, 2016

Tattered Angels Rocks!!

Hi all,

Today I'm featuring a really fun and quite quirky project featuring Tattered Angels paints and rocks!! Yes, rocks!

The idea was to use any rock (or rocks) and decorate with Tattered Angels paints! Once decorated and adorned, we were to leave our rocks in a public place ... as a gift for an unsuspecting soul! Isn't this a fun idea?

I gathered several of rocks various shapes from my yard and other local places and sprayed them with Valentine Pink Glimmer Mist. I tried to find rocks of different textures to see how the paint would adhere to both smooth and rough surfaces.

I also painted two of the rocks with white acrylic paint, and then sprayed them with the Valentine Pink to add a bit of contrast.

For a finishing touch, I then sprayed all of the rocks with Tattered Angels Vanilla Breeze Glimmer Mist to add a sparkling finish!

Once the paint was dried, I adhered white decorative trim around each rock. I then added snowflake embellishments to each rock.

I liked the way they gave off a vintage vibe, but knew we were supposed to place them outdoors! The pink and soft grey colors looked so great on my antique platter!!

So here they are, nestled in my garden among the ivy leaves and mulch. The pink rocks really stand out against the green and brown background -- so here's my idea. I walk throughout the neighborhood every day -- so my plan is to place one of these lovelies in a special spot -- something similar to the backdrop I've shown here!! 

I'm hoping each one will be found before we have a deep snowfall! :)

Thanks for stopping by today!