Monday, 25 March 2013

An Impulse To Soar

Simon Says Stamp and Show is all about QUOTES this week, it could be from your favourite lines in a movie, a favourite sentiment on a stamp, an inspirational quote or a favourite quote from a family member. Whatever your choice let inspiration strike and join in our challenge.

I have been inspired by birds this week to create a nature inspired card.
I love March, it's the start of the gardening season for me, I love my garden and everything that entails, including the wildlife, and birds are a must in my garden and I encourage them to visit as much as possible, a garden is not complete without birds. The Birds Of A Feather stamp set from Artistic Outpost was the perfect starting point for me, a beautiful image and perfect for stamping onto calico. The quote I used is one of my all time favourites from the Quotes and Quotables stamp sets from Artistic Outpost and perfect for my focal image. I wanted a real natural feel to this card and I think the muted tones showcase that beautifully.
I stamped the wonderful bird onto a piece of calico cut into a heart using black Archival Ink, I love the detail in this stamp.  I also added a panel of calico behind the bird and machine stitched to a piece of kraft card. I stamped the egg image and text also from the same stamp set and added touches of text using coffee Archival Ink randomly around the heart piece.
I stamped the fabulous quote onto white card with black Archival Ink and coloured with brushed corduroy Distress Ink, adding walnut stain around the edges. I added a few strips of lace to add to the natural feel of this piece.
I stamped "keep a song in your heart" onto the calico from the Artistic Outpost Songbirds stamp set and added two Melissa Frances heart resin embellishments for further dimension.
I also added some heart twine from my collection and two ornate corners.  I stamped the eggs to the bottom left hand corner and added a few stamped birds onto the kraft card.

For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.


Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x 


Products Used:

Artistic Outpost Birds Of A Feather Stamp Set
Artistic Outpost Quotes and Quotables Stamp Set
Artistic Outpost Songbirds Stamp Set
Archival Ink - Black, Coffee
Distress Inks - Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain
Melissa Frances Lace Trim Ribbon
Melissa Frances With All My Heart Resin Embellishments
 

26 comments:

scrappymo! said...

Love the printing and stitching on the fabric...it looks great!

Helen said...

What a great card - the quote is fabulous and the stamping amazing.

Barb Cady said...

This is a most fabulous card, I love the use of the calico. I have to look after the birds too, no garden is complete without birdsong! Hope your garden is not covered in white stuff! X

inkypinkycraft said...

Another beautiful make, love the neutral colour tones and fab quote hugs trace x

Candy C said...

Tracy...your bird piece is so lovely. There is so much to see on this! Love the background and the random stamping. The bits of lace that you have added are just lovely and give such a soft, feminine feeling to this piece. I love the Artistic Outpost set that you used. It has so many pretty images and words. The stitched material in the center of your card looks amazing and gives such perfect contrast. I love the piece of cloth that you've overlaid as well and the beautiful bird and sentiment on that piece as well. The dimensional "shabby" hearts are so sweet. Really pretty piece, Tracy! <3 Candy

Brenda Brown said...

A beautiful and cheery work of art Tracy with the real promise of Spring yet to come with our weather at the moment. I love the contrasts here, the dark brown and cream, the fabric and paper and the sentiment is perfect.
Have a good week.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Ria Gall said...

Hi Tracy
This is a beautiful card I love the use of the calico it gives it such a soft feel to the card.
Like you I love birds and these stamps are fantastic for any bird lover everything about them is nature.
Really beautiful
Ria

MichelleZ said...

Beautiful!!

bev said...

Tracy I am your newest Subscriber. Just found you via Trash to Treasure Art blog. This is gorgeous. I am looking forward to taking a look at other projects on your blog and thank you for sharing your project and ideas.

Kate said...

Tracy, I just love the nature theme to this piece. The cream and kraft are the perfect accent along with the stitching and metal embellies. Very pretty!
Kate

Carol Q said...

love this Tracy. great combination of paper and stitchery.

Lori said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love the scraps of lace...

Paper Profusion said...

Really exceptional. Love the fabric stamping and design. Nicola x

Sandra said...

Love this nature inspired card, Tracy! Really pretty! Love the sentiment too! Hugs, Sandra

Annie said...

Tracy this is so fabulous. Beautiful stamped images with lots of lace. I adore this piece...stunning

Hugs
Annie x

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Pretty project, Tracy! I love the touches of lace :)

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

barbarayaya62 said...

Beautiful piece! Love the quote, the colors and all details! BArbarayaya

Redanne said...

You really have created the most beautiful card Tracy, I love the layering of the fabric, the beautiful lace but most of all that wonderful bird image. The sentiment is the perfect finishing touch. Hugs, Anne x

craftytrog said...

What a beautiful work of art this is Tracy!!! Thanks for the inspiration!
Alison xx

butterfly said...

Oh... you beat me to it!! Thanks for your lovely comment - I've just arrived on my SSS bloghop to say a huge WOW... this is just beautiful - right up my street. See, despite all that colour, I'm a neutrals girl at heart! Brilliant background stamping, and one of my all time favourite sentiment stamps... must get it!
Alison x

Yvonne said...

Love your piece! It is so sweet! I have to have that stamp...thanks for enabling and inspiring!!!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Gorgeous! I love how you only used neutral colors to complete the piece. Blessings!

Suzanne C said...

My favorite quote too! Love this with the soft muslin the metal hearts and the natural touches of twine and beads. Sweet project!

Anita Houston said...

Tracy, your piece is wonderful! I love the neutrals, and these AO images and quote are wonderful! Love all the lace!!!!

Maura said...

I like the very natural feel to this piece. Thanks for the inspiration!

soapHOUSEmama said...

beautiful texture on this piece! So lovely :)