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CAS Challenge | The Paper Players | PP487

By Angie McKenzie for CAS Challenge Entry at The Paper Players, PP487; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the Free as a Bird and Bokeh Dots stamp sets and the Stitched Nested Labels Dies; #PP487 #thepaperplayerschallengeblog #stampinup #handmadecards #naturesinkspirations #keepstamping #spreadsunshine #quarantinecards  #friendshipcards #freeasabirdstampset #bokehdotsstampset #stitchednestedlabelsdies #rosebreastedgrosbeak #coloringwithblends #coloringwithwatercolorpencils #bling #cardchallenges #cardtechniques

The Paper Players have a Clean-and-Simple Challenge (PP487) going on this week that looks like a nice challenge...  with SPARKLE! as a requirement.  I was watching "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" with my hubby two nights ago and was totally in love with Marilyn's wardrobe... oh, so classic!  So today's card is totally inspired by one of her dresses... the luscious pink gown with opera-length gloves, the black velvet trim on the bow, and all that sparkling frosting.  Wow!


The Free as a Bird stamp set was one of first must have bundles from the Annual Catalog that has not been inked up enough...  so I thought I would attempt the coloring of a rose-breasted grosbeak.

By Angie McKenzie for CAS Challenge Entry at The Paper Players, PP487; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the Free as a Bird and Bokeh Dots stamp sets and the Stitched Nested Labels Dies; #PP487 #thepaperplayerschallengeblog #stampinup #handmadecards #naturesinkspirations #keepstamping #spreadsunshine #quarantinecards  #friendshipcards #freeasabirdstampset #bokehdotsstampset #stitchednestedlabelsdies #rosebreastedgrosbeak #coloringwithblends #coloringwithwatercolorpencils #bling #cardchallenges #cardtechniques

My inspiration for the setting of the grosbeak came from this amazing picture of a hometown friend who enjoyed capturing this beauty in her backyard!

Card inspiration photograph | Courtesy of Fran Burke | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Fran, thanks so much for letting me post this picture as it was such a pleasure to transpose it to a handmade card!

By Angie McKenzie for CAS Challenge Entry at The Paper Players, PP487; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the Free as a Bird and Bokeh Dots stamp sets and the Stitched Nested Labels Dies; #PP487 #thepaperplayerschallengeblog #stampinup #handmadecards #naturesinkspirations #keepstamping #spreadsunshine #quarantinecards  #friendshipcards #freeasabirdstampset #bokehdotsstampset #stitchednestedlabelsdies #rosebreastedgrosbeak #coloringwithblends #coloringwithwatercolorpencils #bling #cardchallenges #cardtechniques

The Free as a Bird bird stamp was stamped in Jet Black Stazon onto Whisper White cardstock while the branches were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento.  The branch was colored with the Light Stampin' Blends Marker and the leaves with Light Granny Apple Green and Dark Old Olive Stampin' Blends Markers.  The bird's legs and beak were lightly touched with a Light Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends Marker.  The bird was watercolored by applying a damp Aqua Painter to the tips of the Basic Black and Melon Mambo watercolor pencils multiple times until the desired results were achieved.  Once the coloring was complete, the elements were fussy cut.  The Bokeh Dots background was created with Granny Apple Green ink and the Stitched Nested Labels Dies.

For the bling element of the challenge, I chose to heat emboss the sentiment with Shimmer White Stampin' Emboss Powder.  Just the right amount to draw attention to a bird, don't you think?

The Melon Mambo cardbase and layers are inspired by Marilyn's gorgeous gown!  And, of course, the bling sentiment is the frosting that she wore with it!

By Angie McKenzie for CAS Challenge Entry at The Paper Players, PP487; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the Free as a Bird and Bokeh Dots stamp sets and the Stitched Nested Labels Dies; #PP487 #thepaperplayerschallengeblog #stampinup #handmadecards #naturesinkspirations #keepstamping #spreadsunshine #quarantinecards  #friendshipcards #freeasabirdstampset #bokehdotsstampset #stitchednestedlabelsdies #rosebreastedgrosbeak #coloringwithblends #coloringwithwatercolorpencils #bling #cardchallenges #cardtechniques

The layers and the bling sentiment were also carried over to the inside of the card.
While the leaf carried over to the inside and the envelope!

By Angie McKenzie for CAS Challenge Entry at The Paper Players, PP487; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the Free as a Bird and Bokeh Dots stamp sets and the Stitched Nested Labels Dies; #PP487 #thepaperplayerschallengeblog #stampinup #handmadecards #naturesinkspirations #keepstamping #spreadsunshine #quarantinecards  #friendshipcards #freeasabirdstampset #bokehdotsstampset #stitchednestedlabelsdies #rosebreastedgrosbeak #coloringwithblends #coloringwithwatercolorpencils #bling #cardchallenges #cardtechniques

A big thank you to The Paper Players PP487 challenge for the inspiration to go outside my creative comfort zone and add a little bling to my card! 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and if you're so inclined, pop by The Paper Players blog every now and then to see what challenges you may wish to join or use as inspiration to juice up your creativity.  Have a blessed day!

By Angie McKenzie for CAS Challenge Entry at The Paper Players, PP487; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the Free as a Bird and Bokeh Dots stamp sets and the Stitched Nested Labels Dies; #PP487 #thepaperplayerschallengeblog #stampinup #handmadecards #naturesinkspirations #keepstamping #spreadsunshine #quarantinecards  #friendshipcards #freeasabirdstampset #bokehdotsstampset #stitchednestedlabelsdies #rosebreastedgrosbeak #coloringwithblends #coloringwithwatercolorpencils #bling #cardchallenges #cardtechniques

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10 comments

  1. I love how your photo and movie inspired your card and sparkly sentiment Angie - just lovely. Thanks for playing along with us over at The Paper Players this week!

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    1. Thanks so much, Joanne! It was definitely something fun to try! Looking forward to more of the challenges. :)

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  2. Oh... I hadnt thought of creating a grosbeak out of these birds..... fabulous idea! I love the inspiration photo and you captured it and interpreted it beautifully. So glad to see you at the Players this week
    Jaydee

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    1. Thank you, Jaydee! Inspiration is everywhere, that's for sure! Glad I got you to thinking, too! :)

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  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! We had a rose-breasted grosbeak hang out for a day or so last year, enroute to wherever it is they settle! I was SO excited, I couldn't get a thing done around the house! You've done a marvelous job creating one for your card, and the sparkly sentiment is so cute! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Players this week!

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    1. Thank you so much, LeAnne! You made my day and it was a pleasure to play along with the challenge!

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  4. Oh, your card is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!! That color combo is lovely and just pops. Your grosbeak is so beautiful!!!!!!!!! I love how the movie inspired your card. So happy you joined us at The Paper Players this week!

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  5. Angie, I just love the inspiration for your card, especially that adorable feathered friend. Beautiful pop of color on such a clean design. Gorgeous, my friend! Thanks so much for joining us this week over at The Paper Players!

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    1. Thanks so much, Anne Marie, especially for the awesome challenge! xx

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