Sunday, April 17, 2016

Flowering branch

If your like me you are enjoying all the beautiful blooming trees, so I just had to capture that in a spring birthday card for a friend.

I love the Memory Box Woodland Branch die because you can use it in so many ways and you can have it bare or add as many leaves as you want, in any size you want too.  I decided to use the Memory Box Grove leaves for my branch today. For the flowers I used the bigger set of flowers from the Taylored Expressions Arbor Accessories die set.  The big cardinal is from the Cheery Lynn Designs Feathered Friends die set, there are 4 different birds that come in this set. Finished it off with Memory Box Happy Birthday garland .  Finished it off with a couple small cardinals perched on the garland from the Poppystamps Cheery Cardinals die set.  You may recognize the little cardinals I used them on my first project I did for the design team.

For the background I just cut a piece of cardstock with my scalloped scissor and then took my Tumbled Glass Distress ink and sponged the sky.

My tips:
Add details with your markers as I did with the cardinals eye and beak. I added a little bit of darker red chalk to his wing.  Isn't the details on these birds terrific and all in the set are that way.  I've also added a bit of Fruit punch stickles to the inside of the flowers for a bit of shimmer.

Another tip is when you have small pieces to apply to a project like the little leaves, run a strip of the paper or card stock you are using through your Xyron and then cut using your die, peel off the backing with your nails or your piercing tool like in the picture below and add them to your project.

All links to the dies are in the description above.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today,



    AppleApricot Wen said...

    This is such a beautiful Spring card, Connie! Yes I do love the blossoms in the tree. And combined with a bird it's even better :)

    Stamping With Bibiana said...

    great card! I hope you are doing OK...big hugs from california

    Nancy Chan said...

    Hello Connie, I like your Spring card. Pretty bird and flowers on a branch. Have a wonderful Sunday!

    Pam Sparks said...

    Beautiful creating Connie! Spring indeed! Love your scene!

    Debbie said...

    this card is PERFECT for spring and for any bird lover. your attention to detail connie is really amazing, every little corner of the card is attended to. thanks for the tutorial, i would have overlooked some of these beautiful details if not for that!! a soft, lovely sky, someone is going to have a very happy birthday!!!!

    CherylQuilts said...

    Oh, Connie, what a beautiful spring card, and the birds are singing more this time of year here in South Florida. I love this versatile branch, and the cardinal is stunning. And oh, the work of putting all the small leaves and flowers - but it was SO very worth it all! Beautifully done, sweet friend! Hugs! xoxo

    Leslie Miller said...

    Beautiful! All those tiny details are fabulous! Love the bird set. I almost got it, but deferred till later. On my wish list, though! I need to wait because I still have lots of dies I haven't used yet. You did an amazing job on this. I'm inspired!

    Donna Ellis said...

    Wow! Gorgeous card, Connie! I am in awe of all those tiny pieces being impeccably placed into your beautiful scene! (thanks for showing how the blooming branch came together with the emerging leaves!). The sky is also quite lovely - it reminds me of our Florida sunshiny skies! That happy birthday banner with the scalloping is wonderful! I've not seen it before. Darling touch to put the cardinals on either side of the banner! hugs, de

    Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

    I love the flowers on the branch and your great bird. Even with your tip, I think you are patient to place all those leaves. You got such a great result!

    Stephanie said...

    As a lover of Cardinals I must say that I simply adore this card! Beautiful work, my friend.

    I can't tell you how wonderful it is to pay you a visit :) Have a wonderful week. Love you!

    Alex said...

    Oh so did it again, Connie! Spring blossoms just melt my heart, there's nothing more breathtaking than a tree in full blossom against a blue sky.
    Blessings, my friend.

    Christine said...

    Oh well done, connie I love this one especially with the cardinal and sweet blossoms!

    Diane said...

    What a fun card design Connie, love the red cardinal.

    Hugs Diane

    Roosterhead Designs said...

    Gorgeousness Connie!! So many pretty details, and the bird is amazing! Beautiful work as always~ Karen O

    Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

    oooh Connie lovely work agree with you on this bird dies they are gorgeous well done on all the little details..
    Thanks so much for the inspiration.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

    Unknown said...

    I adore this card and your beautiful Red Cardinals! Such a happy card and that HB garland die is just fantastic! It's going to be so much fun playing along side of you at DRU! xo~

    Lowcarb team member said...

    Beautiful card.

    All the best Jan

    Monika/Buzsy said...

    So pretty Connie. Love the sweet little blossoms with the leaves... the bird looks amazing with the details... great tips!