That being said, I've made a card this morning for the Daring Card Makers 'Dare with a Challenge'! The challenge was to take the verse that Kathy gave us, and use it somehow in our card. The verse is "Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." Henry Van Dyke
I used Bazzill cardstock, topped with some old Anna Griffin paper that I distressed with scissors and then inked with brown ink. I machine stitched around the perimeter using dark green thread in several different stitches. Next came a piece of red polka-dotted paper from Wild Asparagus that I scissor-distressed, crumpled and inked. Next came another pattern of old Anna Griffin paper, which I mounted on a piece of thin cardstock, scissor-distressed and inked, then stitched with the machine as well.I glued this green piece on top of the polka-dotted piece, leaving the top open to make a pocket. This is where the verse comes in! I took a pearlized beige cardstock and printed the verse on my printer, then while the ink was still wet, added clear embossing powder and heat embossed it. I trimmed the top of the tag in a half circle and added a bow of burgundy satin ribbon.
From brown cardstock I cut a branch freehand and inked it with a darker brown ink. I found the cutest leaf bead in my bead stash, and added it to the end of one branch. Mr. Birdie is traced from a pattern, mounted on chipboard and cut in two pieces - the body and the wing - then inked, and given a seed bead eye. The burgundy paper is also Wild Asparagus. A little velvet ribbon adds a bit of color, and finishes off the card.
That's it from me for now. I hope you've enjoyed your visit as much as I have enjoyed having you visit me here at Camellia Cottage. Blessings to you! Becky