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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

ODBDSLC238 - Sketch challenge

Here is my card:
Our Daily Bread Designs, Spread Your Wings, Butterfly and Bugs, Birds and Nest, Layered Lacey Squares, Pennants, Shabby Rose Paper Collection, Designed by Elizabeth Whisson, Copics

And here is the sketch:

I've pretty much stuck with the sketch except that I've added flowers instead of the bow and reduced the dots to three instead of six.

I've used the stamp set Spread Your Wings from Our Daily Bread Designs and coloured the nest and bird using Copic markers. I've coloured my bird the colours of the female Blue Wren which can be found in the south-west of Western Australia (where I live) and throughout parts of eastern Australia too. The Blue Wren actually has quite a long tail (but we won't worry about that :-) ) The male is a brilliant blue but I wanted to colour the female for this image. She is usually a brown/grey colour with a blue tail and has this gorgeous orange/brown beak and the colour extends around her eye. They are such delicate and gorgeous little birds. They have pinkish/reddish eggs with brown spots (I've never seen the eggs but this is what a bird website told me). The bird is diecut using ODBD Birds and Nest dies. I've layered the nest and bird using ODBD Layered Lacey Squares Dies.

The papers/cardstock that I've used on my card include Bazzill, X-Press It blending card and ODBD Shabby Rose Paper Collection.

To make the flowers I've used ODBD Birds and Nest dies. I gave them some dimension using a stylus and foam mat. I then punched a hole in the middle of the flowers and added some pink stamens, gluing them at the back of the flowers. The leaves are diecut using this same set.

The cute little butterflies are stamped using Our Daily Bread Designs Butterfly and Bugs set and diecut using ODBD Butterfly and Bugs dies.

The sentiment is from the same Spread Your Wings stamp set and I've framed it using ODBD Layered Lacey Squares dies. Most layers have been inked with Distress Ink Walnut Stain.

For the layer behind the sentiment I used ODBD Pennant Dies. I first cut a strip of paper the same width as the diecut, then inserted it in the die - going over the top of the straight edge end (so it won't cut my paper) and then under the "notch" end of the die. This extends the length of the diecut and will give you a notch in one end.

For more inspiration for this challenge please visit my talented design team sisters:
RobinPaulaDiana, GracieChris and our special guest Amy

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC238 or to join the challenge click here. You have until 8 pm Sunday, 17 May 2015 EDT to join us (or 8 am Monday, 18 May 2015 AWST). By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate that can be used towards the purchase of stamps in the "stamps column" in the ODBD Store; or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge! The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.

Thanks for looking!


  1. Excellent Alshandra. Love your coloring as a native bird and the fact you explained what the bird is. The card is just fabulous.

    Hugs and Blessings

  2. BEAUTIFUL card dear friend! What a display of stunning dies and stamps. Great execution and lovely colors too! Hugs, Gracie / Graciellie Design

  3. Lovely Elizabeth! I love the distressing of your panels and flowers with the ink. Love the little butterflies and of course your gorgeous frame with the Lacey Square! Thanks for telling us about your native bird, that was fun to read about!

  4. So pretty Elizabeth, I like your color combo and those sweet little flowers in place of the bow! The embossed background square is a nice touch too!

  5. very pretty! great colors and design! love your sweet tiny flowers!

  6. So beautiful, Elizabeth!! I just love the shading of the flowers, the bird and your gorgeous combo of papers and colors!! Gorgeous take on the sketch my friend!

  7. Wonderful, Elizabeth! Love the Blue Wren. All the papers and colors looks so great together!!

  8. Oh, what a beautiful sketch card, Elizabeth, and I too loved hearing about your native bird. It's fun to make them something you are familiar with. Beautifully done with wonderful colors, and I always love the beautiful workmanship of your cards! Stunning! Hugs!


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