Saturday, May 24, 2014

Close To You

This is my card "live" on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog today!!
Don't forget our weekly challenge ends there tonight at midnight....
you still have time to get an entry in
and could win an amazing prize!!

Hello Classy Friends....
Diane here with you today.....

Have you been bitten by the "stencil" bug yet?
I sure have....and the Classy Cards 'n Such online store
has a large selection to choose from....
I have been purchasing many myself and created this simple but pretty card.
For my card, I used just a "portion" of my Memory Box Texture Tessatina stencil...
That is one of the things I love about the stencils, 
you can use all of it or just a portion like I did.
I used TH Distress ink "Salty Ocean" applied with the new TH Mini Ink Blending Tool
going darker in the middle and lighter towards the outer edges.
When I was satisfied with the results, I ran my panel through my Zutter Distresser
 I then stamped my "Why Do birds" sentiment from Impression Obsession 
directly on my stenciling..
I die cut Impression Obsession Large Bird on a Branch and popped him up with

I next cut a panel from the beautiful Bluebell Stardream Metallic 105# paper
and mounted my stenciled panel.   I really love how this card turned out...
I had thought about adding a bow to the branch, but decided I liked it "as is"!!

I hope you have enjoyed today's post and take some time to check out all the many
stencils in the store.  A little bit of a "heads up" is our June 9th challenge
"create your own background" using a stencil or background stamp....
giving you plenty of time to purchase and play with some stenciling of your own!!

Entering the following challenges:
Craftitude .... Die-licious (use a die)
Sister Act .... Anything Goes
Polkadoodle .... Things With Wings
Crafty Girls .... Anything Goes


Ros Crawford said...

Wow!! Loving this one Diane ... A perfect die with that stencilling and I recognise that song!

Darlene said...

Oh sure! Now I'll have THAT song stuck in my head all day! LOL! This is FABULOUS ... what a great idea and your stenciling is beautiful! Thanks for inspiration once again ... you are amazing! So many great ideas! Love this one! Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Polkadoodles said...

Wow, I love the simplicity of this it's stunning! What a fabulous card, so great! Love everything about it! Thanks for joining us on the Wings & Things challenge at - good luck!

Lisa said...

This is gorgeous, Diane!! I love the beautiful bird on the branch!! The touch of stencling is fabulous!! And I so love the distressed edges!! Fabulous card my friend!! Love it!! I hope you enjoy the long weekend at home!! Big hugs :)

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Crafty In Carolina Stamper said...

Beautiful card! I love how you did the rough edges and the subtle stenciled background. Very lovely! Thanks for joining us at Craftitude! ~Shana DT

Anjie said...

Lovely card! Thanks for joining us in our Wings & Things challenge at
Anjie (DT)

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, Diane... the softly stenciled background, the designer paper bird and branch, the song quote -- all together they are perfection! I don't have stencils but looking at this I'm thinking I have some dies I could use as stencils. Inspiring, to say the least!

Kristi said...

Gorgeous card, Diane! Love the stenciling (I haven't been bitten yet!LOL)and you know I'm bird crazy!♥

PoppyK said...

What a great creation thank you for stopping by Polkadoodles Have a great day and Keeeeeeeep Crafting Katie DT x

JMC Creates said...

Wow what a pretty card I love stenciling and the soft colours are great. Jacqui from Craftitude

Anonymous said...

Hi, A lovely project, love the pretty colours. Thank you for joining Crafty Girls this fortnight. Good luck and we hope to see you again soon.
Hugs Erin DT and Co Owner x

fiona mctiernan walker said...

A great card love the colours chosen.
Thank you for joining our challenge this fortnight at Crafty Girls.
Fiona dt/blog co-owner x

Shirley said...

How very creative with the bird die cut! I love the distressed edges, choice of stencil, and wonderful sentiment too! Great colors!