Saturday, February 7, 2009

Two Owls and a Chicken

Nicole's wonderful 2nd Birthday Blitz continues today with a fun sketch challenge. One lucky winner will get lots and lots of ribbons including her soon to be released tiny dotted ribbon!

In honor of the new dotted paper and ribbons - I tried to use a lot of dots on my card. The background is cuttled with the Swiss Dots folder and I used Polka Dot Parade designer paper on the narrow panel.

In trying to keep to my New Year's Resolution to use what I already have (!) I inked up my cute owls from Papertrey's Wise Owl set - (this is the first inking although the purchase occurred MONTHS ago!!) I used the tree branch from the Out on a Limb set. I stamped the owls, masked them and then stamped the branch with Desert Sand ink by Close to My Heart as it's a light color and wouldn't obscure the sentiment.

I tried a new method on the side ribbon - I really dislike wrapping ribbon around the card and usually only add ribbon if I have a panel to wrap it on. Today I punched a hole using Stampin Up's Horizontal slot punch and put the ribbon through it and tied it on the front. I only attached the ribbon to the card on the inside so that it floats freely on the front. I like how this technique worked - it looks neat and clean.

Stamps: Wise Owl & Out on a Limb: PTI
Paper: Summer Sunrise, White, Ripe Avocado, DP: Polka Dot Parade & First Fruits Collection: PTI
Ink: True Black: PTI, Desert Sand: CTMH, So Saffron: SU
Accessories: Horizontal slot punch: SU, sponge, Eclipse Masking Tape, Prismacolor markers, foam dimensionals, Ripe avocado satin ribbon: PTI, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder

My second card today was for a challenge on Split Coast.

I knew as soon as I saw this fun little chicken (it's a door stop)that this would be my inspiration from the wonderful Hunkydoryhome web site that Stef showed us on the Inspiration Challenge . Although when I was loading up my card - I suddenly realized it's probably a rooster with his crown and wattle - right?? Oh well - what do us city girls know anyway......

if so - this little rooster is helping wifey by sitting on the eggs for a bit so she can go out shopping for a new basket! A girls gotta shop right??

I appreciate your stopping by today - leave me a comment so I can come by and say 'hi' to you!

Stamps: Thoughtful Phrases: Verve Visual
Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, Yo Yo Yellow, river rock: SU
Ink: True Black: PTI
Accessories: word punch:SU, flower punch: Martha Stewart, distressed stripes folder, cuttlebug, oval punches: SU, lace, pearls: Crystal Stickers

16 comments:

Amy said...

I love both of these. Great job on Nichole's sketch challenge, and that chicken is just too cute!

Lea L. said...

Both of these are adorable! Love the embossed backgrounds! Great job with Nicole's sketch!

~Lea

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

TEEHEE!! I have to say that I saw your title and I was looking for the "chick" in your first card and had no idea what you were talking about and then when I scrolled to leave a comment...there was the chick!! :)

They are both fabulous!! Love the design of your card with the sentiment and that chick is so cute...made me smile!! :) TFS!

Genevieve said...

Two beautiful cards, I really like the chicken one, it's so cute :)

{stampininthesun} said...

I love the chicken...super cute! It's very creative!
I think I have to get the owl set..your card is adorable!

One4Joy said...

Julia, did you ever NAIL the IC today!!!! Love the chicken, just love that chic!!!

Have a blessed Sunday

Deborah Anton said...

Both are wonderful!! I just love them!! Great job on the IC!!

~amy~ said...

okay...LOVE your cards julia!! The PTI one is simply adorable..I love all that is owls :) Your IC one is stinkin' a-dorable!!!

Deanna said...

Look at you mixing pattern paper for the sketch challenge! Love it!

Kristy Vernon said...

Both cards are really great! I love the rooster and also your interpretation of Nichole's sketch. I love those owls!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Love, love your chicken card! And your owls are the cutest.

Theresa said...

OMGosh, I love these projects, Julia! That chicken is just too darn cute!

dpkennedy said...

OMG! That rooster card is so cute! I think I need to have that doorstop too! Fantastic job! The owls are adorable too. Love the ribbon treatment! I admit too, that I have only inked up my owls for the first time this past weekend as well...and I had to have them when they came out! Shame on me!

Joan Ervin said...

Such awesome cards, Julia...love the little owls and the rooster card is fabulous!!! Love your take on tie inspiration!!! Hope you win the ribbon!!!

Velta said...

TOO stinkin cute :)

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

These are both so wonderful...I just LOVE that chicken card sittin' in a nest of lace!! Too cute!!!