Monday, March 8, 2010

Carrdvarks Challenge (photo inspiration)

Just when you think you had enough of my birdcage cards... here I go again! Carrdvarks is having a picture inspiration challenge (see here).
So do I forgo this chance? NO, absolutely not. This card took the most planning /thoughts as I can't remember when last time I actually had to do something like this. I am a fairly quick card-maker since I'm very impatient in nature (at least that's what my kids told me). This exercise really forced me to think and plan ahead. I even made a "prototype" for the design and see if it works. I don't want to make just another bird cage card. It has to
have a little "something"....And how about opening that bird cage? I used a butterfly wing to hold the birdcage since its wings are rather flexible.
 I thought about using button, ribbon, brad....,but then I realize that butterfly wing is the easiest (least intrusive) and goes perfectly with the design.
I printed out three bird cage images (all next to each other and scored a line in between the cages) and folded the first two (back to back) and then you have a opening bird cage! I embossed the both sides of the white card stock with the CB folder and left the middle plain. I tried to mimic the background of the inspiration photo. Love the texture!
Hope you find this card has that little something.... As you can tell, I really enjoy making one. I hope you enjoy looking at my labor of love :)

43 comments:

Simone said...

Wow stunning card!! I love how you made the bird cage open to show your sentiment! You always come up with amazing ideas :)

Tara said...

Gorgeous!

Melissa said...

Beautiful card!

AnitaRex said...

What a great job with the challenge! This may be your best birdcage card yet! Love th embossing on the sides! Too cute!

donna mikasa said...

Stunning! Absolutely stunning! I love the dimension from the open bird cage and the touches of embossing--you are amazing, Virginia!! (Insert applause here....)

kANNAdyjka said...

Awesome!

Amy said...

Awesome card!! I love how you have the birdcage on the front of your card as an interactive piece. Thanks for joining us at Caardvarks!!

Sanne said...

Beautiful birdcage card Virginia - love it!

Linda aka Oz said...

did you skip breakfast and lunch?? Wow! this card is delightful, attractive and so very clever. Huge Congrats on the twitter nod also. Oz

Be(e) said...

When I saw that Caardvarks Challenge picture this weekend, I immediately thought of you, Virginia. I knew you wouldn't be able to resist ;) And what a creative one this time! I love all the stuff going on in the background and the fact that the cage opens up!! Fabulous!!

Alice Wertz said...

wow!! what a gorgeous card, Virginia!! i LOVE the opening birdcage and those fresh colors! stunning! LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!

Karen from MI said...

GENIUS, Virginia! You are the QUEEEN of CLEVERNESS in all of your card designs. You've also chosen the PERFECT shade of yellow for your LOVELY card!! It's such a SPRINGY card if I've ever seen one! I LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! Virginia, you put so much TIME and LOVE into this SWEET card and it really shows. Was this the card that was featured on Twitter? What a PERFECT CARD! Hope you had a great day and will have more of the same TODAY! Looks like a SUNNY ONE!!!!!! Love, Karen xoxoo

Lin said...

There goes that mind of yours again :) You have such a way of looking at things and seeing what most of us miss. GREAT card, Virginia - keeping my fingers crossed for you!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Wow, this is a killer card Virginia! You rock! LOVE the open bird cage and the butterfly is genius! Congrats on making it on HA twitter again! Good luck on the challenge!

Agata said...

Perfect in every bit!!! I was sure you'd take on this challenge and you did in a brilliant way! A great card with a WOW factor!!!

Jenyfur said...

Oh my gosh! what a fabulous and sweet card. love your take on the challenge, virginia, love it.

Karen B. said...

Just beautiful, and thanks for sharing your thought process!

Nancy said...

Just beautiful, Virginia. Such an amazing design. Love it!

Vicky said...

Amazing! Such a creative card! Good luck on the challenge! I think it's a winner!

Lucy Abrams said...

Amazing Virginia - this is so clever ad pretty and PERFECT.

Princess Danell said...

Totally beautiful. I love the open cage sentiment. Very clever!

Sue McRae said...

This is a fantabulous card Virginia! I think it's one of my all-time faves! Such a creative design and I'm glad you took so many shots of the card so we can see all the great details. You really rocked this challenge Virginia!

Tiffany said...

So clever and original of you to make that birdcage swing open, another wonderfully creative card, Virginia, congrats on the HA TWEET, yay!

Barbara said...

Oh Virginia! This is beautiful AND brilliant! I love the softness of the colours and the amazing birdcage! I love everything about this!I made a card for this challenge yesterday and it was very time intensive,just like yours.I'm hoping to actually get it up before the deadline. :-)

CinnamonSally said...

Wow another beautiful bird cage card Virginia, you have really made this image your own. I love the soft greens of this card and the clever opening cage.

BabyBokChoy said...

I saw that and thought of you immediately!! Your card is so so wonderful, I might have to try this challenge!!!

Dawn said...

Virginia - WOW is all I can say. This is just awesome. Truely a winner my dear. Your innovation is wonderful. Love the colours, the texute and all those adorable butterflies.

dstandard said...

Beautiful card - love that your little birdhouse opens!

trinharrieta said...

So clever, Virginia! Your card is just beautiful and certainly a winner!

alexandra s.m. said...

You're so funny :-D
YEah! The birdcages are back!

I love your card Virginia! That's got to be the most clever idea!!
Thanks for sharing ;-)

xox

paula said...

Virginia this is such a stunning card!!! I love what you came up with. Good luck with the challenge at Caardvarks. You should enter this in the Die Cut Diva's challenge for this month as well xoxoxoxoxoxo

Janetcraft said...

I love this card...the green..and the cage can be opened? wow this is so special and I will 'always be thinking of you''

colourmehappy said...

Gorgeous!! Great take on the challenge :-)

Suzanne C said...

This is stunning... Gorgeous colors and perfect design!

Lea L. said...

Very pretty!! I love how the birdcage opens, and the embossing is wonderful! I used the same embossing folder on my card! Great job with the Caardvarks challenge!

♥Lea

Tainan Jane said...

Wow....Virginia,我好喜歡這個以白色為底的卡片,那些蝴蝶是最美麗的要素,妳使用漸層的顏色變化就像蝴蝶拍動翅膀時所產生的視覺效果,甜美的設計與安排,創作出這樣精緻的卡片,好喜歡它!!!!!!
哇...好可愛的想法,原來得翻開鳥籠才看得到鳥兒與訊息,思路靈活的Virginia!

Tainan Jane said...

Wow....Virginia , 我好喜歡這個以白色為底的卡片 , 那些蝴蝶是最美麗的要素 , 妳使用漸層的顏色變化就像蝴蝶拍動翅膀時所產生的視覺效果 , 甜美的設計與安排 , 創作出這樣精緻的卡片 , 好喜歡它 !!!!!!
Virginia , 好喜歡妳這個好俏皮的想法 , 得翻開鳥籠才能看到鳥兒與訊息 , 思路靈活的 Virginia !!!

Eva said...

Ohhh..this is just awesome!!! Thanks for joining us at Caardvarks!

Linda L said...

Yaaaaay Virginia on your win over on the HA blog....fabbo! It is a brilliant card...great stuff! xL

Barbara said...

Congratulations on your Hero Arts win Virginia! This is such a wonderful card!!!

:-) Barbara

Be(e) said...

Congratulations, Virginia, on winning the Hero Arts Challenge! Well deserved! This card is such a beauty!

Linda Beeson said...

This is so wonderful! LOVE the bright greens and the clever opening cage.

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Out of this world!!!