Monday, April 29, 2013

FCCB #158

PAPER ROSES

That reminds me of Marie Osmond.  Except when I was younger (much, much younger), I always thought she was singing "Paper Rosy".  When I think about it, there were a lot of songs I didn't really know the right words to.  But I still sang them at the top of my lungs.  Still do.  LOL

#158 Paper Roses
After all the craziness this week of working full-time, doing home remodeling (my mom is moving in next month and we needed to make some rooms "handicap accessible" as she uses a walker), getting our seasonal site at the campground cleaned up, cleaning up the flower beds and yard at home, my granddaughter's third birthday party and trying to keep up with 7 dogs, I've been a little bird brained.  Can you understand why?  I'm so glad I HAD to spend some time in my craft room for this challenge.  More than just meeting my timeline for the Design Team, I needed the peace and quiet and craftiness that I get from spending time in my little Craft Room.  It is my therapy.  It is my zen.  I can close the door and the world disappears.  All that I have to think about is creating.  Woosah.

So with my bird-brained mentality, I naturally had to have something bird-related on my project...a card.  Shocker, I know.  I love doing cards.  They are tiny masterpieces that don't take a long time to perfect.  They're perfect for the tiny amount of time I have lately.  I can complete one project in a sitting and still get that sense of accomplishment and joy.  And the bonus is, someone else will get to enjoy it at some point when I send it away.

And this is my card.


I used white cardstock as the base and a beautiful tangerine for the layer, which was embossed with one of the new Anna Griffin's Cuttlebug Embossing Folders called Poppy.  The bird and birdcage was cut from the Bloom cartridge, and the leaves were cut from Cricut Essentials.  I actually think they are supposed to be flowers, but I rather liked them as curly leaves and they matched the curly legs on the birdcage so nicely.  

The sentiment is from a Stampin' Up! set called Happy Harmony.  I mounted it on a chipboard tag and added a couple of pearl embellishments.  The flowers I have actually had for years and have no idea who manufactured them.  I inked a little bit on the white flowers and added pearls to all the centers.  I was going to use the Cricut to cut out some flowers since there are such a wide variety of them available, but in the interest of time (not to mention I have no patience lately), I decided to use what I had on hand, and they were a perfect fit.

Here are a couple of close-ups.




That last one really shows the beautiful detail you get from the Anna Griffin embossing folders. And some of the ones she does are larger so I could easily do a 5x5 layer in them.  I love that.

As I'm writing this on an early Sunday morning, I am listening to the carpet guy slamming staples birds singing and watching the crappy rain beautiful sunrise and squirrels and bunnies playing in my yard. All is right with the world in my little corner of the house.  I'd really like to just stay here all day, but, unfortunately, I hear rakes and dishes and bathroom walls calling my name.  At least I got to enjoy a few minutes of woosah.

Til next time, keepin' it crafty!

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