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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Twofer Card Challenge: Zoo animals...

I really wanted to join in on the latest challenge over on the Twofer Card Challenge blog, so I did a search through my stamps and dies looking for a "zoo animal." I had some small dies of a lion, elephant and giraffe, but they really didn't inspire me. Then I came across a really old stamp of a bird--a parrot I think. The stamp set lost its packaging long ago, so I have no idea which company sold it.

The parrot spoke to me somehow, and I know I've seen parrots in zoos, so I decided to give it a go.

Here's what I came up with:

I googled some parrot images to see how they were colored, but decided to just "do my own thing." So be aware, these parrots are uniquely colored!

I started my cardmaking session by stamping the parrot a couple of times on cardstock and then once on a silicone craft sheet by Stampin' Up. Immediately after stamping it on the craft sheet, I applied a piece of cardstock to it to pick up the stamped image. This gave me the parrot image in reverse, so that I could have two parrots looking at each other.

My sister gave me this craft sheet a while ago, so I have to say a public "thanks" to her for this useful gift. You can see what it looks like in the photo on the left. It's about 6" square.

I colored my parrots with ProMarkers and fussy-cut them out. I used a couple of unbranded dies to cut the twig wreath and the branch. The hearts actually came from a border die.

For my background behind the parrots, I sponged on some blue ink and then used a Stampin' Up wooden stamp to add some speckles using the same blue ink.

Here you can see that my parrots are popped up on foam squares.

This is an anniversary card for my DH, so I stamped a simple sentiment on the inside. Our anniversary isn't until next October, so I'm definitely ahead of the game with this one!

My second card features just one parrot and is blank inside. The little butterflies were sent to me by a friend, and I think they were cut with a punch. Not sure, though. The branch on this card was cut with an old Quickutz 4x4 die that has three different branches on it.

You can see that I've popped this parrot up on foam squares, too, for a little dimension.

These cards were quick to make, and it was fun to dig out a really old stamp set and ink up this funny little parrot.

Our snow has mostly melted now, although the tulips and hyacinths are still shivering through the chilly evenings. I really hope there are no more wintry forecasts until next December!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.


designbydonna said...

Your parrots are sooo cute. I think the coloring is good. There are so many varieties of parrots, you couldn;t go wrong. That is a sweet anniversary card. If you are like me, now the challenge is remembering where you put it when the time comes.

Happy Dance said...

Just three blocks south of my house is our little zoo. We have a whole "house" of budgies, and I've seen bright yellow ones, blues, greens, whites...so yours reminded me of them right away! I love that you've reverse stamped the image! This makes a sweet anniversary card, and a very happy anniversary, too! Love the background you've created and that wreath is sweet. Your thinking of you card is adorable. Love that pretty piece of patterned paper you've chosen for it. Great designs, and thank you so much for joining us at the Twofer Challenge! (p.s. Your sister was wonderful to give you that craft sheet, too!) Bev

Carol L said...

These are both such cute cards with great coloring! Love those old SU! designer papers too!

Darnell said...

Oh, my gosh, Cheryl, your little stitched parrot is so adorable especially with the sunny yellow color and beautiful wing tips and tail feathers! You've created two awesome cards and scenes! I love the wintry wreath bedecked with hearts for your anniversary card and the beautiful panel design with the sweet butterflies on your TOY card! Thank you for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #15! Happy Easter! Hugs, Darnell

Glittered Paws said...

Just too cute - and love your coloring of the pretty birds. What a nice anniversary card for hubby.