I actually keep challenges in a spreadsheet (I know. It's a character flaw. Don't get me started on my books, playlists and pants-that-fit-me spreadsheets.) I knew there was a current bird challenge and I knew that with the Taylored Expressions release last week, I had some birds that I seriously wanted to use. I flipped to my spreadsheet and right there across the spreadsheet for this week were three challenges that were perfect for my birds.
The Color Throwdown had three bright, bird-like colors. (Although having said that about the bright colors, if you like the birds, this card by Heather Nichols using them in blues and kraft is stunning!)
CAS(E) this Sketch has three little images and I figured a birdhouse and two birds equals three! Fun thing - this is a retro sketch with the original being from June 2013 when I was actually on the design team! This card is what I did the sketch almost six years ago.
The bird challenge at Addicted to CAS is what started this, although in my opinion, I did kind of step over the line with this being a CAS card. For me, CAS does not include a full background of patterned paper - it's all white space. I do adore clean and open white space but I just couldn't do it on this card. While I am not a yellow fan, my birds needed that warmth. They just didn't pop on a white background. My CAS side did come through in my choice of yellow. I originally had the bright yellow out that I used for the birds but I ended up with a softer yellow with a subtle pattern to soften it even more. (The color still pops in the picture but trust me that this is big step down from the Lemon Meringue of the birds.)
Here are the little birds again. I did cut their little perches separately and I cut the birdhouse in black and trimmed off a piece for the roof. I wanted an itty-bitty friendship sentiment and found it in an entirely different set, Laurels.
I love the Scandinavian Folk Art look and am thrilled that there are more in the collection with more to come! Check out the new release category at Taylored Expressions to see what's new.