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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Antiquity Songbird Inspired

I checked out the SCS IC355~Bella Soleil
and came across this photo......

Antiquity Songbird Containers (Set of 2)

 So I thought I would play along and try to make an inspired card.  This was a wee bit out of my comfort zone, it's funny how things never turn out what like is in my head!
I wanted to try the  Faux Patina technique and I think it was a massive fail, so I will have to try again and get it right!  I embossed a Spellbinders Circle with Birds and Swirls Cuttlebug folder. I sponge a tons of different inks and sprinkled some gold embossing powder in a few spots. I used Memory Box Perched Reed Bird, Lorelai Leaf and Pastry Labels dies to make this card. The bronze pearls were made with a Viva Decor Bronze Pearl Pen. My layout was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches~53.  I left off a couple of Stripes to make it work for me..

Popped the circle up over a Spellbinders Scallop Circle and layered it over an embossed brushed gold layer that had been distressed with Frayed Burlap ink.  The sentiment is from JustRites-Just Because Set and embossed with Versafine Vintage Sepia.  Here is the inside of the card......

 I am entering this in the following challenges as well.....

Crazy 4 Challenges-C4C155~Thank you or Thanksgiving Inspired

Simon Says Stamp~Emboss it

Oldie But A Goodie~Ribbons (my old is most of the ribbons,spellbinders, gold paper and the EF)

Thanks for stopping by! have a fabulous day!


  1. Ellen, this is beautiful!!!! What a stunning card! Love the way you did the embossed circle - so lovely!

  2. OMgosh I love the background, the colors, and the fabulous design, it totally looks like your inspirational piece, love it

  3. Gorgeous card - love the techniques you have used.
    Thanks for playing along with us at AOBG this time.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

    ps thanks also for popping by my blog and your lovely comment xx

  4. WOW!! This is stunning. I love the design and such gorgeous colours and textures


  5. Great card, love your inspiration and I think you did amazingly well with your textures and colours

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Challenge this week


    Jo x

  6. wow Ellen very beautiful.

    greetings karin

  7. What a gorgeous card Ellen, I love the colors and the sketch! The embossed circle is fabulous!
    Hugs, Berlinde



  9. Gorgeous card Ellen ! Love the colours and the faux patina, great work ! It matches the inspiration containers very well. You've been busy creating ! I'll check out the challenge sites :) Have a great day/week, Shirleyxx

  10. Wow ... What a great card this is. .... I love your inspiration and I think you have executed this beautifully!
    Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

  11. Wow! Beautiful, Ellen..your card looks so much like your inspiration photo. I love a bird card and this one is spectacular.

  12. I'm not sure what the Faux Patina technique is, but this is a beautiful card, Ellen! Wow! It doesn't look like you need any more practice!

  13. Beautiful card Ellen! I love that look! The colours are fabulous and your take on the sketch so creative! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  14. Your card is gorgeous! Thanks for playing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  15. Wowwwww my dearest lovely friend:) Gorgeous card and gorgeous creations:) You are so talented:) You have used beautiful colors too:)
    Have a fabulous week, big big hug,

  16. Gorgeous!!!! I don't know about the massive fail... Your embossed circle looks incredible to me!!! I love seeing the inspiration for a card! Love the inside too!!! Really pretty card!!!

  17. Hands down, you rocked this challenge girlfriend! Beautifully done!

  18. Absolutely gorgeous! A perfect take on the inspiration photo! Thanks for playing at Freshly Made Sketches!

  19. El dahling, what can I say about this one? Yikes. I'm at a loss for words,so I think I'll repeat what Stamp Muse said: you certainly rocked these challenges like no tomorrow! LIke wow,girlfriend. Over and out.

  20. Brilliant work - really lovely, Jx

  21. what a wonderful card from your inspiration Ellen! So pretty with the embossing and die cut bird!

  22. How creative and beautiful! I really like the colors and the symmetry you used with the bird and leaves! Awesome!!!

  23. Congratulations on your win at IO !!!! Happy to see you win :) Shirleyx

  24. I don't see any fail in this design! I love the blues and browns together and the different shapes work perfectly in the design.


  25. Эллен, очень элегантное сочетание вырубки и эмбоссинга!!!
    Так небычно и красиво подобраны цвета бумаги, ЗДОРОВО!

  26. Thanks for joining our challenge Oldie But A Goodie with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  27. I love your take on the sketch and the inspiration photo, Ellen...your card is beautiful!!!!! Love the colors and texture you added and the little bird is sooo cute!!!!

  28. this is Beautimous in every way! love these awesome colors and fun design! you go girl!


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