A Bird Song

Yesterday I finally got the courage to cut into the gorgeous Bird Song by Graphic 45. This beautiful collection has been discontinued for a while, but I managed to find several 12×12 and 8×8 sheets on eBay, and they have been lying on my shelf for a few months now, waiting to be used.

I often find myself spending hours simply looking at scrapbooking paper, gathering strength to cut into it for the first time. What if I want to fussy-cut a picture in the middle, where on the edge do I start cutting to get to it? And what if I only have one – or ten, for that matter – sheets of the design? And what if it’s out of print? Ah!

The scent of ink – deep breath. The grainy finish – almost touching the blades. The crackling sound – a little easier from now on. But then a new sheet/ paper pad / collection; and the struggle begins again. Very dramatic. But that is what beautiful craft supplies do to you. Please, tell me I am not the only one!

Anyway, I managed to do it, and here is the result: a postcard featuring a beautifully dressed lady standing in her quite impressive garden, looking at a bird on a giant peony – in short, having the best moments.

This postcard (6″ x 4″) has been inspired by Memoirs of a Geisha from The Library Challenge. How I wish I found that blog earlier! I love reading and am always inspired by books in all domains of my life. In fact, a lot of my creations have been inspired by literature in some way or another (one example: I have always been obsessed with Alice). Anyway, this postcard features the new-to-me Bird Song, a sentiment stamp, several birds (wings!), and is full of floral/botanical motifs. So I am entering seven challenges (trying hard to do that New Years resolution thing).

Graphic 45
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
Make My Monday
Sunday Postcard Art
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
The Library Challenge
Take a Word Challenge

Two of the challengers (the last two) are completely new to me. Very exciting!

Thank you for visiting!

12 thoughts on “A Bird Song

  1. Beautiful creations. Love the layout and the patterned paper you’ve chosen. Thanks for playing along with us at Make My Monday Challenge. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.

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  2. Wow. I love the richness of the different pattern papers together. It is a wonderful and beautiful postcard! I also have to admire the paper for a long time before I get the courage to cut it.

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  3. This is really beautiful – I love the richness of the colour and pattern – it almost looks like fabric . Thanks for joining The Library. Now you’ve found us I hope you’ll join in more challenges. The current challenge is Absolute Beginners, and if you enjoy the Asian/Oriental look we have a new challenge starting on Jan 20th that I think you’ll enjoy.

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  4. What a great post and a stunning project! I could relate to your hesitant feelings about cutting into paper you love! It is always scary for me, too, but you have created something truly unique and lovely as a result. I think the composition is gorgeous and it all came together beautifully. You wrote about staring at patterned paper all day– i could stare at this project all day! Beautiful work and thank you for taking the time to share it with us for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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