Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Winter Chickadee in Sepia

     Third post of the day so scroll down for my tea bag holder card tutorial for The Kraft Journal and my DT card for this weeks challenge at Papercraft Star.
     If you all could see my kitchen table right now you would all run screaming in fear.  LOL  It's covered in mounds of crafting supplies because for some silly reason I decided to start working on four different cards at the same time!  :-)  I have managed to complete two of them, just havent' put away all the supplies, which is usually a must for me before I start a new project.  Of course I don't normally start four at a time either.  LOL
     Last week I was so thrilled and honored to have been chosen as the Guest Designer for the next upcoming challenge over at Suzanne Dean's Color Me Creative Classroom Copic Challenge with my little scalloped Fall Greetings card.  So you'll be seeing that project at the end of the month when that new challenge starts.  I had to attempt a new technique for the assignment that I've been wanting to try for a while and I'm pretty pleased with how it came out.  Now I just have to put the rest of the card together.  :-)
     Anyway, I decided to play along again with this weeks challenge which is a technique I have tried before, but don't consider myself very adept at--monochromatic with a pop of color.  Actually the challenge is to use black and white or sepia tones with a pop to mimic an old timey photo.
     For my card I used a base of black and used a decorative corner punch I had to create a frame with an antique feel around my center panel.  The patterned paper is a new 7 Gypsies purchase I made during Hobby Lobby's awesome 50% off paper sale this week.  I added a little Frayed Burlap distress ink to tone done the white in the pattern.  The sweet little bird was die cut using a new Nestie I just got.  It's edges are inked with the Frayed Burlap also.  The image is all Copics with a little Shapie white paint pen for the shine on the berries.  I probably should have done a few thing a little differently on the birdie, but I'm not touching it now.  LOL  Leave well enough alone--right?  :-)
     So this is a for fun card and I'd like to enter it in these challenges:

The Sisterhood of Crafters--for the birds
Party Time Tuesday--sketch OR monochromatic 
The Shabby Tea Room--vintage white
Scrappy Frogs--vintage
Sugar Creek Hollow--fancy borders

Hope you're having a great week!


  • Papers:  7 Gypsies Venice, Recollections, Copic X-Press it Blending card
  • Stamp:  Fred, She Said "Winter Chickadee"
  • Copics:  E71, E74, E79, R35, R37, R39
  • Ink:  Frayed Burlap Distress ink, Sharpie extra fine point white paint pen
  • Tools:  Nestabilities Labels Nine (S4-310), EK Success decorative corner punch
  • Miscellaneous:  Offray ribbon, paper doily from my stash


  1. GORGEOUS Tracy!! The design is beautiful and I love the neutral color palette with the pop of red. TFS, Regan

  2. This is indeed beautiful Tracy! That little bit of red is spot on!! Hugs, Ira

  3. p.s. Congratulations on your new GD spot!!

  4. Oh Tracy,another beautiful card!
    Hugs Heidy

  5. It's really beautiful Tracy! We have lots of Chickadees around here! They're a real favorite of mine! Love the new paper and the new Nestie! Sure would like to see a picture of your kitchen table! :o)

  6. Oh Wow lovely job:-) I like how the berries "Pop" with color:-) Thanks o much for joining us at Color Me Creative

  7. Lucky you scoring that paper and love the pop of red with this rustic image....just my style. Thanks for playing again at SCH.
    Congrats on the GDT spot
    Patti SCH/DT

  8. This is wonderful ... love the colors and design! Thanks for playing our 'for the birds' challenge at The Sisterhood!

    1 of the Sistahs

  9. Hehehe I'm always working on several cards among other projects at the same time! Oh I know what you mean about a mound! I guess it's my short attention span. Then I'll get all overwhelmed by my hot mess and can't focus on anything else until I'm organized again. Lol darn vicious cycle, I do love it though!
    Your card is fabulous! Can't wait to see what else you were working on ;)
    Kindest regards,

  10. OMG Tracy! This card is so beautiful! You have colored that cute little bird so wonderfully! He's so cute I want to invite him over for a hot cup of cocoa:-).


  11. Really gorgeous card, Tracy! I completely adore the neutral colors here, and your framework is stunning. Love the fancy punched edges, the doily, and your new Nestie die cut. And stunning coloring job on that lovely bird. Love the pop of red on the berries.

  12. What a gorgeous card!!! Love the pop of red :-) Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful card in the Shabby Tea Room this week :-)

  13. Another great card. You always have the best images.. I just love seeing your creations..

    Hugs, Linda

  14. hhhmmm, didn't I leave a comment on this? I know I came, I saw, I drooled but I didn't type? So not like me!! Something must've happened to get me off track. I really do think it is gorgeous! I love the sepia tones and those berries just give it a little splash!

  15. Love that bird in sepia. This is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow!

  16. So beautifly coloured and very elegant card.

  17. This card is not only beautiful it is elegant, no it is stunning okay it is just down right GORGEOUS! Love it!! I am so happy you shared it with us over at the Sisterhood of Crafters.

  18. Beautiful card! Thank you for joining us at CMC!
    Hugs, Marie
    CMC DT

  19. Congratulations for the Winner!
    This little Bird is fabulous!! Just love it :)

  20. ooh...I like the natural look of this! Thanks for partying with us at Party Time Tuesdays!


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