Birdie Wishes Your Way

I’m so glad to be back and playing along at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  Karren Johnson is hosting this week with a fresh and unique sketch, but don’t interpret that as “difficult”.  Karren is a very talented card maker/papercrafter, and that clearly carries over into her sketch designing.  I chose to use a bird and leaves in place of the three flowers…

FMS188-Bird-Builder-PunchI realized as I was finishing this card, the sentiment from the Butterfly Basics stamp set, “Sending Wishes Your Way”, doesn’t have to be used with the “Happy Birthday” that also comes with it.  So, I’ll leave it up to you to decide what kind of wishes I’m sending.  🙂


This was my first attempt with embossing paste (the stuff I used was called “Modeling Paste”, but I guess it’s the same thing).  If you’ve never tried it, it is actually pretty simple.  I had a old stencil (don’t remember when or where I bought it – maybe Memory Box ???) that I used because somehow, when I totally rearranged my craft room/office several months ago, I put my SU stars and hearts stencils somewhere really logical.  I’m sure of it.  I just don’t know where.  I know where they were BEFORE I moved the craft supplies around.  Oh, well.  Anyway, I really like the paste and love the texture.  Good news for impatient people like me:  the paste dries pretty quickly.

Another quick and easy card.  Thank you, Karren, for the inspiration:

FMS188 - Karren

 I hope you’ve been inspired by Karren’s sketch and my card.  Please visit Freshly Made Sketches for more inspiration from the ‘Clean Team’ and then take the challenge to make a card with this sketch.  I hope we see you in the gallery this week!

Additional Supplies (Non-SU):  Natural Twine, Palette Knives, Modeling Paste and Stencil.

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  1. Kim S

    SO incredibly sweet!! LOVE your elegant paste background – and the little nest is just perfect!

  2. Narelle Farrugia

    This is a really lovely card Cindy. I am loving the colours, the texture and absolutely adore your little bird/nest combo – too sweet!

  3. Jen Timko

    This is really, REALLY pretty. That background is so perfect for your sweet bird!

  4. Amie Kiger

    Simply sublime combination of beautiful elements! The emboss gives an elegant feel, and the bird cluster is full of texture of another variety! Gorgeous! 🙂

  5. KarrenJ

    Wow, just wow! This card is stunning, Cindy! The bird with his wee nest behind him is so cute and the texture of the embossing paste is gorgeous!

  6. LOIS

    I love the twine used for the next look. Very creative.

  7. Cindy Lovell

    Oh,your embossing paste background looks fabulous,Cindy! So pretty! The bird and the leaves look so beautiful here!! Beautiful job!!!

  8. Amy O'Neill

    Beautiful! I love the embossing paste background, and the bird in its little nest is so sweet. And I love how this would be perfect for lots of occasions — birthday and wedding/anniversary come to my mind.

  9. Jen Mitchell

    That paste makes a beautiful textured background for your colorful bird and flowers. Those little flowers are just so sweet!

  10. Jen Brum

    Wow Cindy! This card is just amazing! I love the texture of the background! That bird reminds me of Tiffany’s! So cute and I love how you’ve arranged the twine to look like a nest – or at least I think it looks like a nest!!!! Gorgeous!

  11. Bobbi Miller

    And, silly me… I forgot to tell you how much I LOVE your new blog design! Very pretty! Not that your old one wasn’t but this is fresh and new! 🙂

  12. Bobbi Miller

    WOW! Outstanding card Cindy! Embossing paste? I’ve heard of it, but have no idea what it is, or how to use it. I actually thought this was an embossing folder. It’s gorgeous and that bird punch will always be a favorite! Beautifully done my friend! Hugs!

  13. Linda Callahan

    This is gorgeous…..fabulous texture….and I love the nest! You do beautiful so well!

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