Saturday, January 28, 2017

Birdy Birthday Card


Such a fun little card to make, using CAS(e) this Sketch #206 Challenge as a jumping off point:


This Crate Paper caught my eye right away and I snipped it up in mere seconds.  I cut it with a Simon Says DieNamics stitched rectangular die into and then sheared it off angle ways.  I chose to use the bird as a focal point toward the bottom but use punched out hearts from the same paper as the bit that draws the eye up to the sentiment.  I used my go-to teeny tiny My Favorite Things stamp to say Happy Birthday and, after bumping a few of the hearts up, added some tiny hand drawn dashes up to the hearts. 


The work of art is above all a process of creation,

it is never experienced as a mere product.

- Paul Khee

This quote struck me.  I believe it is what binds us all togehter.  I used to do a lot of “fine art” and when my sister Nina introduced me to making cards, I had a real wrestle in my mind to think of it as anything but a tiddly hobby.  I loved it, but I felt that it did not have any value for my time – not compared to a painting which might hang for years and generations… However, I’ve come to be humbled by what creating (especially online with Nina and my Sister in Law Judy).  The opportunity to all create together is priceless.  The cards are hugely fun to make and honestly, I have to tell you that the work I see all you card-makers do out there, well you are fine artists in my opinion.  I’ve seen so many of you push creativity to the enth degree!  I see you using mixed medias and making cards that could and should be hung and framed. 


But most of all, I’ve seen the absolute joy when someone I’ve gifted a simple card to can bring.  I can’t tell you how many times a card has touched someone’s heart.  How many times someone has let me know that my little card was just the thing someone needed at that exact time.  I am so very thankful today for this community of artists (yeah, YOU!)  Have a happy and creative weekend! 



  1. love you card ...might have to give that challenge a try. thanks for sharing.

  2. What a sweet birthday card. I love that you punched the hearts from the patterned paper. Thanks for playing along with us at CAS(E) This Sketch!

  3. I love that patterned paper! Fabulous take on the sketch!

  4. Adorable card Barb, I love that super cute paper and those tiny hearts. I love the quote too.


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