Monday, January 24, 2011

H2H Challenge: Animals

This week's Heart 2 Heart challenge is to use animals (or birds) on your project. As one of this month's prize sponsors, I was invited (in advance) to play along.

I love, love, love the January stamp of the month, Find Your Style, and its pretty bird. I really have a thing for birds, and will probably one day be the crazy old lady in the park feeding the pigeons.

To make this circle card, I began with a piece of Lagoon cardstock from the Magnifique paper pack that I cut into a 4.5" circle card. Next, I cut a piece of the damask pattern with my large scalloped circle punch (approx. 3.5"). The center circle is another Magnifique pattern that I first & second generation stamped with Lagoon and Pacifica.

To create the bird, I first inked it up with Lagoon and then rolled the edges in Pacifica. After stamping on a scrap of Colonial White cardstock, I cut it out close to the edge, attached it to the top left of the card, and added a Mocha pearl for the eye. (I only glued the center/body of the bird so that the wings and tail curl up a bit.)

The flower was fun (and easy!) to make. Using vintage book pages is really popular right now. Since I'm an elementary school teacher, I have access to lots of paperbacks, and I've been saving the ones that can no longer be repaired to use in my crafting projects. You can also find books at yard sales and thrift stores. The great thing about using children's books is that you're probably not going to have anything inappropriate written on your flower!

To make the flower, I punched out six scalloped circle with my new CTMH 2" scalloped circle punch (available 2/1!). Next, I inked the edges in Pacifica ink to give them some dimension and to look more like an actual flower. I stacked yp the six flowers, one on top of the other, and then pierced a hole in the center for a Shimmer Designer brad. Go ahead and fasten the brad (splaying the little "legs" flat). Then, starting with the top layer, crumple up the flowers, one layer at a time, until you like how it looks. You may have to crumple and fluff more than once. Finally, use a glue dot or two to attach the flower to your project. A scrap of Chocolate designer ribbon finished it off.

If you have any questions, ask away. When I asked my husband what he thought of this card, he said, "You can't even mail that!" True, but not really the point. Oh well! Thanks for flying by! Give this week's H2H challenge a try.

Supplies from Close To My Heart: Find Your Style stamp set (available though 1/31/11); Magnifique paper pack; Lagoon, Pacifica, and Chocolate inks; Shimmer Designer Brads; Chocolate Designer Ribbon Rounds (retired); Mocha Opaques Pearls; 2" scallop circle punch

Other supplies: Marvy circle punch; vintage children's book


  1. There's more to cards than mailing! It could go in a gift bag or inside a box with a present. Love the flower, I predict that scalloped circle punch is going to be very popular.

  2. Haley this is so lovely - and that punched flower just makes the card. Glad to have you joining us this week at H2H :o)

  3. Love your card. Thanks for the idea of using children's books to make the flowers. I would definitely be the one who would manage to cut out the cuss word and it would be front and center!

  4. Hi Haley!
    I think your card is lovely! So it costs a little extra to mail... it's worth it. Hee-hee! Thanks for joining us this week and for being a sponsor!!

  5. Haley, this is gorgeous! Tell your hubby cards like this deserve the extra postage :) Love your flower, and it sounds easy to make...would make a pretty Mother's Day craft for your elementary kids. So glad you played along with us this week!

  6. Put a few labels of bubblewrap around the flower and mail in a bubble envie and it will do just fine. GREAT card, as always, Haley. I just am amazed at all you do and you do it well!


  7. I love this! All the little details you added really make this beautiful. Never thought about something inappropriate in vintage book pages - good tip!! My husband always comes up with some great responses, too, when I show him my cards :) Thanks for sponsoring H2H!


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