Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy Bird-day–CTD #223


Hi, everyone, and welcome to the first Color Throwdown Challenge of 2013! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and I’m wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

This week Joan is our host and picked her colors based on this inspiration piece. A very earthy palette that I found easy to work with—as soon as I accepted the fact that I could NOT get that birdcage out of my mind, LOL! I tried and tried to take it in another direction but nothing worked so I gave up and went with the flow. I’m so glad I did ‘cause I love how my card turned out :)

swatch 223

I started with a Whip Cream card stock base and added a Whip Cream card stock layer, popped up on foam. I cut the sweet bird cage from my Die-namics Contempo Cage & Stamp Set from Kraft corrugated paper and swiped it with my Soft Suede ink pad for some interest. Then I stamped the chain from the set with Soft Suede ink and laid down a pearl flourish before popping the cage up on foam bits. Next, I added some “branches” that I made from my Die-namics Winter Wreath and attached some Die-namics Mini Royal Roses along with some Die-namics Royal Leaves. The bird was cut from Kraft card stock and the wings from Soft Suede card stock. I added a pearl eye and popped him up on foam, then slipped the sentiment, stamped on a Die-namics Fishtail Flags STAX die cut under him.
Everything was swiped with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Here’s the inside with another sentiment from the set:


Here are the
Die-namics dies I used on this card:






And that’s it from me! Remember, you do not have to have the exact colors to play the Color Throwdown challenge. If you don't, just use the closest you have. So, c'mon over to the Color Throwdown blog and play along with us this week. Please use the link service to post your card and please link directly to your card so we can find it easily. And please include a link in your post to the
Color Throwdown. If you upload your card to a public forum, please use the keyword CTD223 so we can see your beauty all in one place. Hope to see you there! Be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week!

Barbara Anders (<--- You are here!)   
Broni Holcombe
Denise Marzec
Joan Ervin
Kerri Michaud
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put
Tammy Hershberger
Wanda Cullen
Miriam Napier (January Guest Designer) 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Die-namics Contempo Cage & Stamp Set (MFT)
Whip Cream card stock, Kraft card stock (MFT); Soft Suede, Kiwi Kiss (SU!)
Ink: Soft Suede (SU!); Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Die-namics Contempo Cage & Stamp Set, Die-namics Royal Leaves, Die-namics Mini Royal Roses, Die-namics Fishtail Flags STAX, Die-namics Winter Wreath (MFT); foam dots, pearl flourish (Zva)




  1. I LOOOOVE the sponged edges of the flowers....what an awesome look! Love the look of the pearls behind the cage, too. Awesome card, Barbara!

  2. this is so pretty, you have got such a knack for putting this stuff together.

  3. Soft, romantic, antique - I guess you could call it a vintage beauty!!! I love how your card turned out also Barbara!!

  4. Absolutely fabulous card, Barbara!! LOVE the distressed, sponged edges!!!

  5. Love the elgance mixed with the rustic bird cage and absolutely fell in love with this card as soon as I spotted it in the gallery! It's a real winner!

  6. oh my goodness..this is absolutely gorgeous. Love the birds and the sentiment and those pearls...so very pretty.

  7. This is beautiful Bar, so elegant with the swirl of pearls and tea stained roses! And I love the bird with bird cage!

  8. I love, love, love this! The softness and vintage feel, ooh. Did I mention that I love this?

  9. This is absolutely gorgeous, Bar...the pearl flourish, roses, birdcage...everything is sooo elegant!!!

  10. Beautiful card....and I just love the mini royal roses!! Its my first visit and entry to CTD and I'm looking forward to the next challenge. Hugs Emma x


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