“Happier Than A Bird With A French Fry”

Y’all, today’s theme for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge was “Anything Goes” and highlighting Hero Arts brand stamps. Ashamed to say it, but I don’t own any Hero Arts stamps. I guess that goes back to being a Tim Holtz addict. A majority of my stamps are for mixed media projects, and mainly of the Tim Holtz variety. Seeing that the theme was “anything goes”, I went with Bird Crazy from Stampers Anonymous. My paper today was Dylusions mixed media cardstock, and just a generic card base I picked up at Joanns a while back. My background inks were, or course, Distress Oxides. The Colors I chose for today were Speckled Egg and Cracked Pistachio. At first, I was aiming for a sky and grass background, but I’m not sure I accomplished that, but I love it just the same. I smudged a small amount of the ink onto my nonstick side of my Tim Holtz Glass Media mat and spritzed it with some water from my Distress Sprayer bottle. The water gives the ink those nice big water droplets that I like to soak up with my paper. After I applied the Speckled Egg, I made sure that my paper was good and dry by using my Ranger Heat It tool. I then used the same technique with the Cracked Pistachio. Once I was happy with the coverage, I used my Distress Oxide Vintage Photo to distress the edges of my project.

The next thing I did was take my regular Distress Ink in Speckled Egg and stamped some text into the background. I didn’t have to stamp my birds today because I already had a bit of a stock pile from my Vagabond weekend a few weeks ago (see earlier post). I did however have to stamp my sentiment. I just love this saying! ” Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry.” I’d say that brings up an image of a pretty happy bird. Haha. To stamp my image, I just used Neenah white cardstock and my Distress Archival Black Soot. I did use my Stamping Platform just in case I needed to stamp the image again to get a good image.

In sticking with the Tim Holtz theme, I decided to use my Distress Crayons to color my birds. I’m still a little new at this water coloring thing, but I think they turned out okay.

Then, last but not least everything was glued down with my Distress Collage Medium. I did however pop dot the birds to give the card a little dimension.

I said it before, I haven’t been much of a card maker in the past, but the thing I think I love most about cards is they are just a mini art project. When I’m done, I feel like something has definitely been accomplished. Getting on FB and watching the live demos on Saturday, and getting more active on Instagram has definitely inspired me to get back in the craft room and try. If it hadn’t been for the demos, and the encouraging to get on Instagram, I wouldn’t have found the Simon Says Stamp challenges. I am really enjoying them. If you haven’t yet, you should check them out. Maybe you will be inspired to get in there and create again, instead of just being a curator of nice craft supplies. Haha.

Until next time,

Jennifer

Here is a list of the supplies used in today’s video:

   Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock

Products used :

   Distress Oxide Ink Speckled Egg

   Distress Oxide Ink Cracked Pistachio

   Distress Oxide Ink Vintage Photo

   Distress Collage Medium

   Distress Archival Ink Black Soot

   Distress Ink Speckled Egg

   Distress Crayon Tumbled Glass

   Distress Crayon Broken China

   Distress Crayon Spun sugar

   Distress Crayon Scattered Stray

   Distress Crayon Dried Marigold

   Distress Crayon Wild Honey

Tools:

   Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy CMS212

   Ranger Blending Tool & Foams

   Ranger Heat it Craft Tool

   Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer

   Tim Holtz Media Mat by Tonic

   Sizzix Bird Crazy Thinlits 660954

   X-press it Double Sided tape

   Vicki Boutin Water Brush Set

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