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.


Materials:
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

Tools:
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!

Beth






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.

Beth



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!

Beth