Saturday, September 12, 2015

Do You Know Your Birds?

   Hello, dear Virginia's blog friends/followers!
This is Dr. John. I was forced invited by my wife Virginia
to contribute a blog post about our recent trip to the UK and Norway. As some of you enjoyed my robin series, I decided to share a few bird pictures.
First are black swans we saw in Regents' Park, London.   

Does anyone know the names of the following?
Birds we saw in Bergen, Norway  

and Stavanger, Norway  
Finally, a bird's eye view of a seagull that followed our cruise ship.
If you would like to see the landscape/scenic pictures I took, please let me know. Thanks for looking!
(Dr. John in Stavanger, Norway)
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A big round of applause to Dr. John for his VERY first teaser post here. He is a seasoned photographer/traveler. Dr. John loves to share his love of traveling and has a wealth of knowledge. I know he has much more to share other than just BIRDS!! So why not ask him to do more blog posts?
If you like what he posted (he is a little shy...), please leave a comment :)

Dr. John asked me if I have a card to go with the bird  photos, well, here it is.
Especially for you
Initially, I tried the no-line coloring approach, but I didn't like the result, so I stamped it again after the coloring. 
About this card:
~line up the image with MISTI (it can be done without MISTI if you have a Fiskar stamp press)
~stamp the bird image in neutral tone (Antique Linen)
~color the bird and background with Zig Markers and Distress Inks
~after the image is dry, stamp the light brown ink (Khaki from SSS) and Delicata (gold)
~stamp the sentiment; add gold twines and sequins

Sometimes when you make a card, things do not go as planned (almost never). I experienced one of those "dropping-the-ink-pad and landing-squarely-on-your-project" accidents!
 See the angled line on the bird and branch? Well, I tried my best to cover it up, so it's not as noticeable. In the spirit of keeping it real, I am sharing this card.
I know that I am not the only one with this type of "accident" :)
I guess that's what keeping crafting fun. There is always something unexpected....
Happy weekend! The Monthly Stamp Study is coming up next!!

34 comments:

Rosie Espinoza said...

I am like Dr. John VERY shy & rarely comment on your blog/videos, but i am your fan Virginia & LOVE all your beautiful cards! you're truly an inspiration & i thank you for that, & please Dr. John, keep going! posting more & more photos of those GORGEOUS birds, or whatever you shoot, you have special eye & talent to snap any image you want! I THANK YOU in advance for that......you both are very special & WONDERFUL couple!! Sincerely. Rosie.

frommycraftroom said...

Gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing Dr John - I wouldn't mind you sharing more :)
Lovely card Virginia and thank you for sharing your accident and keeping it real :)

Bellule said...

Gorgeous photos ! Thanks to your husband to share it

On the third cliché it's a seagull's baby and the black and white bird is a " pie grièche" I don't know the name in English sorry ☺

Your card is so beautiful !!

Bises♥

nlwilson46 said...

Beautiful photos & yes we want more! I can't even see where the ink pad landed.

"glow" said...

hey virginia... awesome card!!!.... dr john.... wow.. those photos of birds! wow i need to learn to recognize birds and their names..:) thanks for a gr8 share from a lovely couple..:)

Susi Kelly said...

Definitely would LOVE to see some holiday photos, Dr. John. You sure have an eye for photography. And what a lovely segue for a beautiful card, Virginia!

Miriam Prantner said...

I would definitely like to see some landscape photos! Great post by Dr. John, and we have all had those dropping ink pad on card moments!!!

ionabunny said...

What fun. Dear Dr John, your first two are immature seagulls and the third one is a magpie. Hugz

Jackie Parkins said...

Dr. John, your photos are wonderful and I would love it if you would so more blog posts. It would be great to see more of your photos, you have a talent for it. Oh, Virginia, lovely card, too ;-).

Karen Hasheck said...

Loving Dr. John's photos and was missing his funny commentary. I got a chuckle every time you included his point of view because it was so similar to my husband's:)

Nora N. said...

Oh wow!! Dr. John's photos are STUNNING!! I would love to see more!!

Susanne Vargas said...

Gorgeous bird photos! Of course, I really hope we get to see the scenic pictures, too! Please?
Virginia, your bird card is a perfect match for the photos! It's beautiful and I wouldn't have noticed the "accident" if you hadn't mentioned it!
Have a great weekend,
Susanne

Nicole Parmentier said...

Love how you team up on the birds! Like to see more of these posts!! I don't like swans since they attacked my son when he was a toddler but the other pictures are beautiful ;-)

CONNIE BROOKS said...

Dr John....thank you for sharing your bird photos. I too, love birds of all kinds. Yes......please keep sharing your travel photos...the are fun and interesting...especially for someone who feels like they are traveling with you. IM from the US. Having travelled all over ASIA...seen many species of birds but not knowing the name of them. Virginia..loved your card...didn't see the oops until you told me. Cute card.

Gerry said...

More posts, please Dr.John. I travel through you! 😊

Angelique Vela said...

Great bird photos! Would love to see more photos of your trip! Your first unidentified bird is some species of immature gull. Sorry I'm not very good at telling them apart when they're young. Your second unidentified bird is easier, it's a Black-billed Magpie. Lovely card.

conil said...

Think you camoflauged the "ink pad drop" perfectly because this is a beautiful watercolor. It make for a wonderful card to enhance the bird photos.
Dr. John: Yes, please. You're an amazing photographer, and i'd like to see more of you work.

windinstarsranch said...

I love your birds. The black swans are my favorite maybe next to cardnals. Here is some info on your swans. http://beautyofbirds.com/blackswans.html

ScrapaDiddle said...

Great photos! So clear and crisp! I'm a bird lover so these mean a lot to me. Please include more of your photos. Love Dr. John's photos! Very pretty card too!

Harriet said...

Thank you, Dr. John, for the bird photos and thank you, Virginia, for the lovely bird card. I don't know the names of the birds...sorry. Virginia, I drop my stamp pad so often I don't even swear anymore....just keep on going. Like you, I can "save" a project but sadly, the ink blob is often too large.

Pamela Haskin said...

A great post, Dr John! I love your bird pictures. I especially like your gorgeous black swans. Hope to see some regular posts from you. And, Virginia, your card is beautiful, as always.

Noreen Fontana said...

Well, I love the bird photographs! In fact, since seeing the robins, I have taken a much greater interest in the birds in my yard. I thank you for sharing these. As always, your card is just beautiful, Virginia. Thank you.

Bonnie said...

I really enjoyed Dr. John's bird photos and peeked at the robin photos that I'd missed! What an amazing photographer! Would love to see more! And, Virginia, I didn't notice that line until you said where it was. I taught a class today and we decided if someone looks that close, we aren't sending them a card! Your bird turned out beautifully despite the lurching ink pad!

pcm said...

lovely pictures dr. john! you guys are too cute!

Sue Speck said...

No, I don't know my birds, but I sure am happy to see any of your bird photos, Dr John. Don't be shy . . . your work is terrific and always a joy to see!

Lisa said...

Thanks Dr. John, the black swans are beautiful!! And so is your card Virginia!

Tess Hackett said...

Great tag teaming post. Dr. John you need to share photos more often, we all enjoy them. Lovely photos and Virginia lovely card too. Thank you for sharing you creative fix to an oops on your card.

Taunya Butler said...

I loves seeing these pics especially the swans - I have always been fascinated by them!! So many incredible pictures and thanks for keeping it real with us and telling us about your little "accident" - I gasped with awe and delight over your card because I though it was so awesome!!! Happy weekend to you!!

Shelly said...

Some amazing photos, Dr. John!! Thanks for sharing and of course, feel free to share more! ;) Virginia, your card is absolutely beautiful!

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Thanks for the fabulous bird pictures Dr John, please keep them coming! I love yours and Virginia's Posts. Thanks for sharing!

alexandra s.m. said...

more of Dr John's pictures? yes, please!!
and let's not forget Stephanie's pictures, she has an eye like no other!!
beautiful Bird card my Friend!!
Thank you Team L!

Karen D. said...

beautiful Pics....Dr. John should post more often....
lovely card too mf.
hugs,
K

Laura Norris said...

Thanks to Dr. John for sharing his wonderful bird photos! They are amazing. I would love to see more from him, if he is willing to share! And your card is just perfect for this blog post Virginia. I never would have noticed your 'oops' unless you pointed it out! The bird is beautiful stamped in gold!

Kara Lynne said...

Wonderful post, Dr. John! Thanks for sharing your bird photos, and I'm looking forward to future posts to see what subject matter you will choose! Virginia, your card is so sweet and beautifully colored!