Monday, 2 January 2012

Clockwork Birds for Make my Monday

Hi everybody

I wish all my followers and lovely commenters a Happy, Healthy and Safe 2012, and hope that 2012 is what you want it to be.

This is the first challenge of the year at  Make My Monday,  and we are starting with a new theme.  January is Nature, and the first challenge is to make something with Birds on it.

This is my take on the Birds - slightly quirky.  These are not new stamps, but they have not been inked before, so as far as I am concerned they are new!!

I made the background for the stamping with Pan Pastels.  I am in love - they are so easy peasy to blend and so smooth and soft.  .  These are fairly new in my craft stash, but I had them sometime before Christmas.  I had to cancel a class at L B Crafts with Lin, and decided to use the money to purchase some of the Pan Pastels.  Now these were on my Christmas list but I think everybody thought I had enough craft stash so everything crafty was totally ignored.

The stamps are Paper Artsy.  I have stamped the cogs and clock in Distress Inks, and the birds and measure in Archival Black.  Along the bottom is a strip of tissue tape.  I have added a small clock and key.  I thought the birds looked slightly feminine, hence the soft colours, and the background paper which is from K &Co Ancestry.

I am entering this for the following challenges:

Fashionable Stamping - Anything goes with new stash
Creative Inspirations Paint - Inspired by something new
Robyn's Fetish - Anything Goes
Pile It On - Anything Goes
Hiding in my Craftroom - Freestyle
Simon Says Stamp - Something New

I really appreciate it that you take the time to look at my blog and leave such lovely comments. Thank you each and every one of you. Hugs,


  1. Just love your quirky take on the challenge theme Val and the birds are fabulous. The Pan pastel background looks great too and I love those as well having splurged on a set with my birthday cash.
    Lovely to see you've entered our latest FSC challenge too and it's fabulous for the theme.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year and a great 2012.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  2. A fabulous card and brilliant interpretation of the challenge Val.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  3. Brilliant ... love those birds... not got any Pan Pastels but the more I read about them the more I'm tempted... and you haven't helped! I'm supposed to be cutting down on new stash :o(
    Love and best wishes for 2012
    Sue xx

  4. A fabulous take on the challenge theme Val, the pastel background is wonderful too. Happy New Year to you hon, hope it's a good one for you xx

  5. What a wonderfully unique take on the bird challenge!!! LOVE it--love the steampunk feel and the way you've used colors! :) Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2012!!!

  6. What great stamps to use on such a lovely coloured background, gives another dimension to Steampunk! A brilliant card.
    Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

  7. I love your card!
    Thanks for entering the Robyns fetish Challenge!
    DT member

  8. Such a fantastic card, your background looks fabulous. Also your stamping is great.
    Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

  9. Thanks for playing alone with Robyn's Fetish. i love your background paper. Edwina Brown

  10. You have a wonderful blog hun! Good Luck with our DT Call over at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  11. Lovely card and gorgeous colours
    Lindsay xx

  12. Steampunk birds, great idea Val, you always manage something different. Great. Caz

  13. Your card is WONDERFUL!!
    Thank You for joining us at PIO! Happy New Year! Have a GREAT day!

  14. Gorgeous card!
    Thanks for joining us at Pile It On!
    Helen x

  15. Hi Val, thanks for visiting my blog yesterday - much appreciated! I love the pastel colours you've used to ink your background to the clockwork birds. And your family should know by now that you can never have enough stash!!

  16. Hi chick. Love this card - the colours are fab and the detail is brilliant :) Thank you for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge, hugs, Dawny :)x

  17. This is such a unique take on the challenge Val - I love it in all its quirkiness! Vicky x


Thank you soooo much for all the wonderful comments you leave on my Blog. I appreciate each and every one....and for you taking the time to do so....I will try to get over to your Blog too.
Love and big hugs
Val xx


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