Monday, 22 April 2013

Metamorphosis of the Custard Canary

The house gnomes have been busy restoring the grounds as the snow is melting, leaving piles of dead leaves and muck. Hobchobber did a lovely job of cleaning out the bird fountain, polishing the old marble carving and filling it with clean water. It wasn’t long before two Custard Canaries found their way to the fountain and began cleaning themselves. Spring is certainly a time for change, and I was delighted to be able to witness one of the Custard Canaries morph into a giant Honied Heron! Only about 25% of them actually survive the metamorphosis and this guy was one of the lucky ones.

Challenged to create a one layer card (and trust was challenge!), I broke out my Lawn Fawn “Gnome Sweet Gnome” set and stamped out a little scene. I coloured everything with Prismacolors. Instead of blending with Gamsol like I usually do, I left everything “sketchy”, colouring it like that on purpose to give it a “children’s colouring book” type feeling. The sentiment I stamped using the Unity “Tail Feather” set. It felt rather plain with no embellishments, but I earned +319 white space exp points. No idea what those will be used for...but every little bit of exp helps.

On the inside I stamped some flowers using the Unity “Naturally Yours” set. I left it sentiment free so I had more versatility as to what to use this card for.

I stamped the same flowers on the envelope to make everything all matchy-match.

These feathered friends will be entered into the following challenges:

I watched in awe as the Honied Heron flew around the grounds. It sent the hellhounds into a frenzy before flying off towards the Moonstar Mountains, where it is rumoured the surviving Honied Herons roost.

~ Guild Master Crystal ~


Jaydee said...

Crystal, love your beautifully composed bird and bath card. The sentiment is perfect with the image. You really proved that a one layer card can be full of interest with lots of color and great composition. So glad you joined the paper Players this week and thanks for rocking my challenge

Christine - Cndn Stamper said...

I just love your card. The sentiment and image are just perfect with each other. What a great encouragement card. Thanks for joining us this week on Speedy TV's Simple Salutations. Good luck and hope to see you next week.

Christine - Guest Designer.

stamping sue said...

what a great scene in the yard of a nice spring day with the tulips blooming.
thanks for joining simple salutations and good luck in drawing.
stamping sue

kren said...

Simple and cute! TFS!


Jayne A said...

Fabulous card. Thanks for joining us at Diva's.

Nance Leedy said...

Darling card, Crystal! I love the little scene you've created and those birdies are so sweet! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

stampwithsandy said...

So cute! Love the little bird fluttering to the bird bath. You colored it perfectly. Thanks so much for sharing your creation with us at The Paper Players, Crystal!

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