Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Julie...and America

My sister's birthday is July 4th, and she has this thing for birds.  Every year for Christmas, I try to find her a small bird ornament to add to her collection.  She has bird houses and a few bird decorations around her house, but outside of the Christmas ornaments, she really doesn't want any more bird presents.  Instead, she got a bird card for her birthday.

This card is also part of the Operation Write Home Blog Tour.  We were supposed to make a birthday card.  Using Red, White and Blue were optional.  I wanted to use those colors but in a way that didn't look patriotic.  I've been wanting to try out the technique where you put drops of re-inker on several sheets of baby wipes to create your own ink pad.  As you can see, I went a little crazy using my "ink pad" for the background, birds and to custom color a white grosgrain ribbon.  A very unique look and lots of fun.

To spice up the birds, I used wire to create their tail feathers and added a little bead just for the fun of it.  I love how I can use all the beads, buttons, and "hard candy" on OWH cards because the soldiers get to send them for free.

Until next time,
Becca

35 comments:

  1. Well Happy Birthday to Julie too! I agree with you Becca...it's so nice to use all the goodies on cards since the troops get free mail service! Happy 4th of July!

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  2. Love your birds -- their colors and the wire tail feathers! Your sister will surely be thrilled!

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  3. Your overall card is beautiful and I love the wire on the birds feathers.

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  4. Awesome card, a lot of work went into this. My birthday is July 8 but I'm sure I'm older than your sister. She'll love the card.

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  5. I love the card and the reinker technique - thanks so much for explaining that!

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  6. Wow, what a beautiful card. The wire details are gorgeous!

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  7. Great card. The bird is adorable and I love that technique! The beads and wire add a special touch to the card making it adorable.

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  8. Oh fun! I tried the ink on the baby wipes trick a few weeks ago. It was fun but I made a super big mess. I am going to have to try it again. I love how your ribbon turned out. :)

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  9. Wow what a great card. I love the birds.

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  10. Gorgeous colors in this card. Beautiful.
    Paulette

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  11. It's a lovely card, I love the ink you did and the birds are to cute, nice job.

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  12. gorgeous card. I love trying new techniques and yours is awesome and I will give it a try. The birds are adorable. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Your birds are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Your card is gorgeous. I love all the techniques and details... especially the wire for the birds' tails. Happy 4th!

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  15. Wowza - this is gorgeous! I have this stamp set and I am going to totally CASE you. :)

    Have a safe & happy July 4th week end!

    Please stop by my blog and sign up to win my blog candy.

    Cheryl
    http://shestamps.blogspot.com/

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  16. Your card turned out awesome!!! Happy Bday to your sis too!! Enjoy the 4th weekend!

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  17. Becca,
    Nice use of color I like that stamp set. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Such a great idea to use wire for the tail! Lovely card.

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  19. Wow I never heard of that technique - I bet your card smells yummy! It's awfully pretty too!

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  20. Cute card. I think your sister will love it.

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  21. Your swirly look came out great! I love it. I need to try that technique!

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  22. What a beautiful card- your inky techniques are wonderful! Happy 4th!

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  23. I love your birds - the finish looks like enamel. TFS
    DianeL
    loyaz1@wbhsi.net

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  24. This is a very beautiful card!

    Happy 4th of July & birthday to your sister!

    Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    ~Ola
    okj83 at live dot com

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  25. What a beautiful card! Love your baby wipe ink pad bird and ribbon. The wire tail feather are a great touch! Happy Birthday to your sister, Happy Birthday America!
    R/

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  26. Absolutely gorgeous! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  27. Love your birds & the cute tail. Happy birthday Julie too. Happy 4th

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  28. I am contestant #67 on this fabulous tour for such a good cause. Please stop by my blog and sign up to win my blog candy that I Did It Creations is sponsoring for the tour. Hugs Teresa xxx

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  29. I absolutely love this card, I also have a "thing" for birds. Happy 4th and Happy Birthday to Julie, too.

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  30. what a great card! I love how you inked the ribbon and the tail on the bird. great job

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  31. very creative use of metal on the card! Happy 4th of July!

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  32. Beautiful card!! love the birds!!

    happy 4th
    Susan

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