Tuesday, February 24, 2009

You're A Hoot

Greetings! How was your day? Sean didn't have to work so we slept in (he had a show last night and we didn't get to sleep until almost 2:00. I'm too young to say things like "I'm too old for this", but I'm seriously too old for that) and visited the zoo. It was fun to be at the zoo today because it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. We only went to a few of the exhibits, but it was really nice to walk in the sunshine and watch the animals.

Anyway, on to today's card. One of our friends recently celebrated a birthday, but we haven't been able to get together yet to celebrate. I wanted to make him a card for when we have dinner next week. I didn't want to go my usual "man birthday card" route (usually a cupcake) so I settled on this (Sean approved) owl image from Kim Hughes's Pretty Birds set from Cornish Heritage Farms. Sean's only request was that he wanted the card to be blue. So I thought, "What's more fun than a blue owl?" Obviously my conclusion was, "Nothing!" I stamped the owl and branch images on a piece of white cardstock and colored them with colored pencils and mineral spirits. I layered that onto a piece of Ripe Avocado cardstock and set it aside.

Then, I took a piece of blue cardstock and stamped the dashed grid background (LOVE this background) from the Background Basics: Retro in white ink. The sentiment (also from Pretty Birds) is stamped in brown ink as well. That piece of blue cardstock was then adhered to a Kraft base.

I decided the focal image was a little naked, so I wrapped it with some yellow embroidery floss and added a button from my collection. That piece was then mounted to the blue layer/Kraft base using foam tape. I hope he likes it!

Thanks for stopping by today. Until next time...

Cardstock: Ripe Avocado, Kraft - Papertrey Ink; Blue - Bazzill; Ultimate white - Strathmore
Stamps: Pretty Birds (Kim Hughes Collection) - Cornish Heritage Farms; Background Basics: Retro - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Burnt Umber - Palette; Frost White - Colorbox
Other: Colored Pencils - Prismacolor; Odorless Mineral Spirits; Embroidery Floss - DMC; Foam Tape - Scotch; Button


Anonymous said...

He'll like it very much ;) And so sorry about not getting together last night - we got your message too late. Next week? Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday?

Kimberly said...

I scrolled down from the blog hop. I have this set, too, and I've been wondering how to make the owl less "cute" to use for guy cards. Thanks for the inspiration.