Thursday, 24 November 2011

Let Your Dreams Take Flight

Hi blog friends!  I thought that I would mix it up a bit today and show a card that was made about six months ago using the Spellbinders bird cage die set.  I didn't get very much time to play with this die set as it had been added last minute to a show I was doing at the time.  I think I have four or five cards total that use this set (mixed in with my backlog of card samples) but it quite lovely.  I tried something different here and I was rather pleased with how it turned out.  I used the actual die as a stencil for my card.  I applied black soot distress ink through the die so that you get the very subtle hint of the birdcage on the background.  I used the bird die from the set and mounted it in the centre of the floral doily pieces in the corner of the card.  The back piece of background card was embossed using the floral embossing folder and I very lightly inked it around the edges with the black soot to bring the pattern into view.  I wanted to bring a bit more of the coral colour in to the card for balance  so I ruched the vintage ribbon down the side of the floral doily border and added a scrunched messy bow and a couple of black decorative pins as accents.  A fun technique to give a try sometime!  All for now,
Sue x

78 comments:

mags said...

Lovely card Sue. Great idea using the dies as a stencil. Gives a lovely muted birdcage on the background.
Mags
x

starcyl said...

Lovely once again and I like the idea of using a die as a stencil.
Jenny x

Anonymous said...

I woud never have thought of using the dies as a stencil only but is looks so nice I will definately be trying that with other dies. It is a lovely card and thanks for giving us another brilliant idea
Heather x

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue as the last few comments I would never of thought of using the die for a stencil, but it looks fab........ Thanks for sharing. Lots of love Jenny L.

Julia Watts said...

Love the border and the ruched ribbon. Julia xxx

Carole said...

ooh Sue! I bought this die some months ago, but haven'r had time to use it yet...now I just have to try this card!! Happy Thanksgiving, hope you had a good trip and are now enjoying time with your parents, Carole Z xx

DI said...

Why is it we never have these ideas it takes your genius to light the spark. thank you

LellyJelly said...

Nice sentiment,unusual combo.x

Christine said...

Love this set - especially that little bird, really cute. x

Alison said...

lovely card once again x

CraftyLoops said...

Oh Wow Sue, this is beautiful. I love the techniques youve used. Just thought I would let you know, I got my stamps! YEAH! Thank you so much again. Theyre beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving. Lee x

Hellma said...

Love your card, the colors, the sentiment is just so sweet.

Jan said...

Gorgeous card xx Jan

Anonymous said...

The ribbon, bow and hat pin sre definately your signature piece.
A simple card but it says it all.
Hugs Amandax

Sue Yorkshire said...

Another masterpiece Sue. Love the stencilling.

Sue xxx

pinky said...

Thats a cool idea Sue and it looks amazing. Love what you did with the ribbon:)

Maryann said...

Really great card again Sue. I love this set of dies, but unfortunately haven´t got it yet, but it´s one of those on my wishlist, that´s for sure he he. Hope you´re enjoying time with your family now and have a wonderful time at home.

Uta said...

Wow, what a great card.

sandra(misty) said...

Another great card sue your blog is the first thing I look at every day

Toni said...

Sue,
Just love your cards, the embellishments, the ribbons. I have a question though, how do you send your cards through the post. Do you always use a box or do you use envoboxes. I need a tutorial to make the latter I think.
Keep up the inspiration, your cards are wonderful.
Toni x

Sandra F said...

Lovely card Sue

DEBBIE said...

SUE LOVELY CARD
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

Janet said...

That is a great card Sue, I have the bird cage dies, but never used them, but I am going to have a go now.
xxx Janet

baa-me-chick said...

Lovely once again.......a good technique to try.
Happy Thanksgiving! Nicki xx

dutchess said...

Hi Sue a delight of ribbon its just wonderful and vibrant....what a good idea using the stencil like that how I wish I could think out of the box better...but I am learning thanks to you!...My stamp set arrived this morning thank you so much Sue...lovely butterflies take care Margaret

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, Love this combination of colours and love the design, have not got the birdcage and bird but will invest in a set thanks. Yvonne xx

jollyjoyce said...

Happy Thanksgiving Sue to you and your family. Hope you have a lovely day. The colours are beautiful as always.

Rita said...

Lovely card Sue. Again the colours are fantastic. Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs Rita xxx

eileen.fj said...

Hi Sue
Love the muted colouring on this card which gives a lovely vintage look.

Eileen x

elkearts&crafts said...

Hi Sue,
Love the colours, the combination could be adjusted to make a nice Christmas card.

Hope you are enjoying your holiday.

Elaine J

Fiona said...

Love the stencilled effect

Helen said...

Beautiful, especially love the ribbon on this one xxx

cazlan said...

another beautiful card - love the colours and the little bird is so cute xxx carole

Craftychris said...

Stencilling is such a good idea and the ribbon looks fab! x

CraftyJo said...

Great ideas for different use of the dies, as always you come up with something special.

Janet said...

This card just goes to show you don't have to put lots of spellbinders on to make a great card. It is a good one for those who like a little less on their cards - not like me who likes loads and loads on mine!!!!

craftycarol said...

Hi Sue,
I love this card and the ribbon is gorgous and goes well with this style of card.
Carol x

CraftyMaria said...

Hi Sue, love it, love it!! sometimes less is more and on this occasion you hit the nail on the head. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Thanks. MariaS

Fuchsia said...

This is really stunning Sue
Happy Thanksgiving x

Vie Carter said...

Loved the muted effect

lovely ribbon

Vie Carter
x

marg said...

Hello Sue
Lovely card and the stencil effect !
My Spellbinders arrived today, so now some serious playing with them.
Take Care
Love Marg

Maggie said...

Lovely card Sue,I have this set and I love it.

Happy thanksgiving enjoy time with your family

Maggie H

Sandra said...

Hi Sue another stunner
Sandra x

PaulineC said...

I am very pleased to see this as I love this die. Gorgeous ribbon effects.

Kate's Cards said...

Love the fairly muted pallette you have used here Sue.
xx

bhavana said...

What another great card, using the die as a stencil was brilliant!! you always thing outside of the box, and then pull something amazing out!!

bhavana said...

ps, forgot to say - HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!

Barbara Phillips said...

Lovely card Sue. Hope you are enjoying your holiday and having a good rest. Received your card today and its absolutely gorgeous.

Rhonda Miller said...

What a beautiful card. Happy Thanksgiving.

Missmizog said...

Fantastic card. Happy thanksgiving.
Sue

Crafty mop said...

Love the colours and the ribbon sue . Lovely card x

Tracy said...

Fab card again - love the ribbon and bow.

lion_tamer said...

Very effective really like it x

Sarpreet said...

This is stunning, and very clever. the stencil embossed look. I love what you do with the stencils - you are very inventive

inkypinkycraft said...

Love the gorgeous crunched ribbon, fab colour.great card trace x

Jane said...

Love the red ribbon, I have the bird cage dies never used them, will have a go but I think I will cut the die out rather than stenciling, a little to muted for me.
Jane xx

Anonymous said...

Lovely card Sue, will give this one a go.

Gwen Marsden said...

Beautiful card sue

jayne said...

Hi sue what a great card love all your cards
i have ordered the pick of the week and can,t wait for it to arrive and maybe i can get some results like you .
thanks jayne

Redanne said...

Hi Sue, another card that shows the amazing versatility of Spellbinder dies (and your obvious talent!). Great card, love the colours.
Congrats on the No. 2 spot!! Regards, Anne Rx

Elaine L said...

Hope you are having a great day today - must try this technique. Nice moody card.
Elaine

Clai01 said...

Great card!

Christine B. said...

Hi Sue, What a great idea, never thought of stencilling with the dies. A must to try. You have a made another beautiful card. Hugs x ChrisB

lilygee said...

Hello Everyone - this is truly one of my favorite sets and I used it two weeks ago to make a get well card for a very precious loved one who was in hospital. This is a very nice card Sue and using it as a stencil is such a good idea - I've found that some of the leaf dies, if cut from ordinary copier paper make really nice stencils for background papers - the copier paper doesn't leave a ridge at all. Thanks for showing some of the older dies - I love them.
Hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving.
love from lilygee xxx

KimberleyG said...

It looks great as a stencil.

sheila said...

Thank you Sue for another lovely card which encourages us to think about using our crafting tools in different ways.

Lindyloo said...

Hi Sue, I am truly sorry to be so late commenting but life is extreme at the moment. I have a quote today; I think it represents what I see in your delightful card. Hope thats ok.
'God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.' (Jacques Deval)
Do you think this bird dreamed of taking flight? Hope you are not too jet lagged and have enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving. Regards Linda

Becky Dunham said...

Another lovely card Sue! I love that soot technique - that would be fun to try that out. Thanks for sharing :)

GoonerGirl said...

Another beautiful card. I need everything but money is tight at the moment. Hope you had a lovely thanksgiving day with the family.. Chris xx

uniqui said...

Its my birthday today and I have treated myself to yet another set of spellbinders. These are my favoutite colours this card is stunning.

irene j said...

Loved all the recent shows Sue and looking forward to getting my new dies. Just a thought - would be wonderful if some dies were created to cut out the treasure box stamps (creative expressions) love those stamps and am loathed to cut off the decorative hedges. Sure there must be lots of those stamps out there! Keep those inspirations rolling xx

Shelley said...

Lovely card

Ciacchina said...

ma che bella!

miislucky said...

Love the vintage look! It's very pretty! Mimi

violetclouds said...

really like this card. That bird, with a bit of promarker could easily turn into a festive robin

DEBBIE said...

SUE THIS CARD IS LOVELY
FROM DEBBIE

Vee Cassidy said...

I love the juxtaposition of the smoky tones and the bright scarlet ribbon,lovely, moody card.
Vee x (You should really hold an exhibition each card is a work of art. I have to revisit many of my favourites and that makes them more than cards.)

Jackie D said...

I like this idea Sue, something a little different

love from Jackie D