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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Birds & Windows Challenge TD02

Greetings followers and new-comers!! It's time for the 2nd official Tiffany Doodles Challenge!!
The challenge starts today and lasts through the end of the month! You have 4 chances to win up to 7 digi stamps of your choice from Tiffany Doodles!

Giveaway Alert:

An extra note for today ....Happy Birthday to me! For my birthday, I would love love love to have 300 (or more) Google followers! If I reach 300 by the end of July, I will choose 7 random followers to win 1 digi each! Sound good?

Now, for my card this month, I used 2 Tiffany Doodles digi stamps!  The bluebird and shutters! I assembled the layout in Photoshop.  The background photo came from Windows vista (sample photos).  I added a generic window sill below the photo. Then added the left & right shutters on top of the photo.  If you have looked at my shutter stamp you will see that the shutters not angled and are straight across.  I changed the perspective of them by using "transform > perspective"  and nudging the inside corners upwards.  This made them look like they were open towards the outside.  I also added a drop shadow to add more dimension.  This is what my layout looked like in Photoshop before printing onto cardstock.  ▼
While I was printing,  I printed out an additional bird the same size so that I could place 1 on top of the flat one for extra dimension. After I got everything printed, I cut out the layout to fit onto my 4x5.5 card.  There was some space left at the bottom to add the wallpaper and sentiment.  I colored the shutters with my copics, I used G82 and BG11.  I tried to get a mix of blue and green for the old "peeled paint" effect.  I cut a piece of paper for the wallpaper and die-cut my small piece for the sentiment and colored it the same as the shutters.  Below the window sill I took Copic W3 and drew a line to make it look like a shadow below the sill.  I colored the flat bird and the top bird then cut it out and used a 3D glue zot to add dimension.  For the curtains, I used 2 pieces of fabric and hand-stitched them at the top with embroidery thread.  I tried to gather some pleats in them as I sewed.  Then tied them around the middle, then glued them at the bottom in a puffy way.  I added the fringe to the top and around mid section of each curtain.
I'd love to see what card you make! Please join us in this really fun challenge! Head over to Tiffany Doodles for all the details!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

My Birthday Giveaway & More!

My Birthday is July 7

For my birthday I want to give YOU presents!!!  It is my birthday wish to have 300 (or more) Google Followers to both of my sites - Tiffany's Garden & Tiffany Doodles.  If I reach 300 or more by the end of July, I will choose 7 random followers to win 1 digi each of your choice.  Yay!!

July Sponsorships for Tiffany Doodles

I'd also like to note that Tiffany Doodles is proud to sponsor 2 challenges in July!
I'm also delighted to tell you that I have been asked to be a Guest Designer for the Copic Creations "Bird" challenge!  The Design Team will be using my bird digi stamps exclusively for this event!  I'm so honored to have a project in the line up next to these seriously talented ladies!!  Thank you Mary!!

Tiffany Doodles July Challenge

Don't forget to swing by Tiffany Doodles on July 7 (next Wednesday) to join us for the 2nd ever TD Challenge. The Design Team and I have come up with a really fun challenge for you this month! Come over then to find out what it is! Each participant has 4 great chances to win up to 7 digis of their choice from my store!

Tiffany Doodles is now on Facebook & Twitter

Scroll Down to view my new Bird card!

Guess who's Guest Designer at Copic Creations?

Me! Not only am I the Guest Designer, but Tiffany Doodles is also the official sponsor for this July 1 challenge! The theme is "Birds" and each of their Team Members has chosen one of my bird digi stamps to create some beautiful and inspirational cards! Be sure to check out their blog for some inspiration!

For my card I chose the Warbler 2 stamp and colored this beautiful little guy true to life, bright yellow all over! This is a male yellow warbler and has a few brown streaks on his belly, the females have very faint brown streaks! Yellow warblers are so cute & are often mistaken for 'wild canaries'.  They make a beautiful fast chipping call/song that sounds like "sweet-sweet-sweet summer sweet".  You could say I'm a bird lover/watcher, and I really enjoy photographing them.  You'll find lots of bird digi stamps at Tiffany Doodles with tons more on the way!  The sentiment for my card was inspired by my trip to Bath & Body works this past weekend, they are having a "hello yellow" sale!  When you walk into the store instead of saying "hello" they say "yellow".  Cute.

Here are a few details about my card.  I created a 3.75" square document in Photoshop b/c I planned to use my Nestabilities Die Cut (standard large circle set) to cut out a circle around the sentiment.  (I used the 3.75" die cut).  In photoshop, I drew a circle path and typed my sentiment along the path.  Then drew another path and typed a long line of dots around that path.  Next, I brought in my digi and pasted it in the middle and resized to fit.  You'll notice a small touch of his tail is sticking out over the edge.  Before I die cut the circle shape I cut around the very edge of the tail and lifted it over the metal die cut so that the tail wouldn't cut off.
Next, I printed an additional bird in the same size so I could place it on top of the first one to add a little dimension.  I colored this bird and cut out with my sharp scissors and smeared on some yellow stickles with my finger.  While the birdie was drying his feathers, I did a little stitching with some light red embroidery thread.  After sewing the pretty paper to the die cut circle card stock I glued that onto a yellow piece of card stock .  Next I punched 1 1/2" circles on white card stock and then glued my pretty paper on top of those for sturdiness.   Here is my material list:
  • Warbler Digi Stamp -
  • Copics: Y08, Y15, E55
  • Yellow Stickles
  • Nestabilities Standard Circle Small
  • Paper - My Minds Eye - Bloom & Grow
  • Gina K white card stock
  • Embroidery Thread, Needle, Paper Peircer
  • 1 1/2" Circle Punch

Hope you like this card and my little yellow warbler! Check out Tiffany Doodles for more photo realistic birds and drawings.
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