Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I Brake for Challenges - Summer!


It's time for the next challenge from the I Brake for Challenges blog! Can you guess what it is this time? It's all about Summer - hot days, swimming, flip flops, and BBQ's!

So what does a birdhouse have to do with summer? Bear with me as I tell you a little story. Every year we have some barn swallows who nest in the spaces under our porches. Well, right now I've been seeing a lot of those barn swallows flying in and they are hanging out on the ledges and on our outdoor ceiling fans. I don't know if these are the parents or the babies, but they come back every year. Sooooo..... I had birdies on the brain when I was creating my "summery" card. :-)

I was also inspired by a couple of challenges over on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog. They have a sketch challenge and a color challenge going on - click on those to see what they are and play along! I used summery colors - fun oranges and pale blues - and I aged these papers by doing the Distressed Papers technique. The birdhouse image (Birdhouses Set from I Brake for Stamps) is colored with Copic markers directly on some patterned paper. The ribbon is actually some white ribbon that I colored with some distress stains. A few Wild Orchid flowers from I Brake for Stamps provide the finishing touch on this clean and simple card.

I hope you play along with this fun Summer challenge over at the I Brake for Challenges blog. Feel free to combine this with the sketch challenge and the color challenge on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog as well! :-)


Stamps: Birdhouses Set - I Brake for Stamps (use code SAVE10HOLLY to save 10% off your order)
Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento
CS: dark brown, Stella Rose-Mabel paper (My Minds Eye)
Other: distress stains, white ribbon, Wild Orchid Flowers from I Brake for Stamps
TJ Technique: Distressed Paper

4 comments:

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wonderful summer card- I love birdwatching in the summertime...all of our birds fly South to the warmer climate : ) I love the color combo you used!

BarbaraW said...

Love the birdhouse and the colors in the background are fab.

Shar said...

Fabulous card, Holly! I so love how you used the sketch and the colors!

Beverly Gotthardt said...

How cool about your barn swallows, we have a pair on our porch also. They are very fun to watch. Love how you kept the colors soft on your card.