Monday, April 14, 2008


to start the week off in an oh-so-creative style!

Sound okay? Very nice!

Crafty Deb sent this to me last week, and it just made me smile!

These are all of the dies she used:

QK Paisley (big) for the blue bird body
QK Funky Chicken using the beak and feet
QK Paisley (trio) using the smallest of the three for the wing
QK Apple
QK Leaf (single) cut out of just one color, and the veins highlighted with a gray marker
QK Flower (daisy) two of them layered together and secured with a brad

and Crafty Deb's most favorite, versatile die of the moment...
QK Grass

She also used a tiny butterfly from the QK Bugs Mini die, but sadly we're out of it this week. But any butterfly would do - you could even rubber stamp it or just sketch one in of your own.

She tore her tree trunk and branches from cardstock and printed out this totally appropriate saying from the computer. Assembled it all, added a few flourishes with her gray marker and there you have it!

What I love about this card idea though, is the versatility. You could easily cut the paisley bird out of red (cardinal) or brown (wren) or yellow (finch), for a different type look. You could even use a very light colored cardstock and chalk it up to be a robin or something tropical. THEN you could make the apple tree into a green apple tree, a golden apple tree, or a pear tree. Or how about using a Goosebumpz with any circle shape you have in your stash, and turning this into an orange tree!

Add any kind of greeting/salutation you need - and you're set for all kinds of occasions!

Love the cards that I can make up in advance - and leave the greeting off until I need it. In my book, that's a time-saver worth using to my advantage!

Remember ladies - I need your contest entries. We have two weeks left...and it's starting to get exciting! Love the ideas, love hearing from first time participants, love grabbing my dies and trying my hand at lifting your ideas! So inspiring!

I'll have a fun die-tip in another couple of days. An easy-peasie way to use those tiny SkinniMini fonts. Check back, because you won't want to miss it!

behave yourselves...


Sara said...

This has to be my favorite part of your blog! Love seeing the new way to use the dies! Very cute card!!!

Anonymous said...

That is crazy cute! I would have never used a paisley as a bird!! Way to go Deb!